By: Tomas Toman
First of all, I would like to thank you for choosing BrightNews! I firmly believe that you will be satisfied with the product. In case of any problems or doubts you can use the BrightNews Official Support (in English, German or Czech).
Thanks so much!
BrightNews is an easily customizable WordPress blog and magazine theme. It is a fully responsive theme that allows for easy viewing on any device. With BrightNews theme, your news will be always bright! Using Theme Options panel and Drag-and-drop Page Builder, you can customize this theme directly to your needs. BrightNews is fully compatible with the popular WooCommerce plugin.
Compatible Browsers: Internet Explorer 8+, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari
Compatible WordPress Versions: 3.5+
For BrightNews installation, you must follow these basic steps:
Alternatively, you can install this theme via your WordPress administration. Go to “Appearance > Themes” panel and using “Install Themes” tool upload the original ZIP file. After uploading, activate the theme.
Once you have purchased BrightNews Premium Version, simply delete the "brightnews" folder in "wp-content/themes" directory on your host web server and replace it by extracted folder that you have got by purchasing BrightNews Premium Version.
Or, if the previous described procedure will not be comfortable for you, go to “Appearance > Themes” panel in your WordPress administration and using “Install Themes” tool upload the ZIP file which you got by purchasing BrightNews Premium Version. Before this, you should delete the original Free Version of this theme, if you have installed it (but it is not necessary).
The options framework is available through the link "Theme Options" located on the upper horizontal admin bar (or via panel "Appearance => Theme Options").
This tab is used for choosing one of the basic color schemes and setting the main parts of layout (header, right sidebar, footer, favicon).
You can find here the single posts/pages displaying options, too. You can set if you want to display the related posts, featured images, dates, categories, tags and authors on individual posts.
There are 2 options for displaying your homepage. You can set them in Settings > Reading panel in your WordPress administration:
1. Your latest posts
2. A static page
By default, the latest posts from all the categories are displayed on your homepage. BrightNews theme allows to display the latest posts from the specific categories. This is done by the BrightNews Homepage Widgets. You can choose from 5 different BrightNews Homepage Widgets:
1. BrightNews Homepage Column-Posts
2. BrightNews Homepage Default-Posts
3. BrightNews Homepage Grid-Posts
4. BrightNews Homepage List-Posts
5. BrightNews Homepage Slider-Posts
The individual widgets differ in the way how the latest posts are displayed. In the Free version is available only BrightNews Homepage Default-Posts widget.
For displaying boxes with the latest posts from a specific category, go to "Appearance > Widgets" settings. Insert as many BrightNews Homepage Widgets as you want into "Homepage posts" widget section.
BrightNews also allows displaying a slideshow on the homepage with your latest posts. For displaying a Slideshow at the top of your homepage, the Cyclone Slider 2 plugin has to be installed. For creating a new Slideshow, go to the Cyclone Slider settings. After creating the Slideshow, go to the Widgets settings. Insert one Cyclone Slider Widget into "Homepage slideshow" widget section and select the desired Slideshow from a drop-down list.
This tab is used for setting your own color scheme. You can choose here the colors of individual parts of layout, headlines and texts. Using color pickers, you can easily choose exactly that color you want. You can also directly enter the hexadecimal code of your favorite color.
Tip: If you want to use the same color for more items, simply copy and paste its hexadecimal code instead of setting it using color pickers on each item.
Color settings panel
This tab is used for selecting Google fonts for individual headlines and text areas. BrightNews offers more than 200 fonts for choosing. The default fonts are specified in the main stylesheet file (style.css in the main theme folder).
In Premium version, you also can set the font-size of individual headlines and text areas.
On this tab, you can choose wheter to display or not the Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 sharing buttons which may appear below your single posts/pages content.
There also are fields for URL addresses of your social networking profiles and RSS, which will display the icon-links in header.
Social networking panel
On this tab, you can fill your own cascading style sheet information (CSS) for modifying the layout. So you do not have to write your custom CSS straight into the file style.css in the main theme folder. The CSS information defined on this tab appear in the "head" section of source code.
Above the Custom CSS field, there are also links for editing widgets, slideshows, main background and menus.
In the main page background, you can display one of the pre-defined background patterns or your custom image or one selected color.
For selecting one of the pre-defined patterns, go to "Theme Options > General Settings > Background Pattern". From the drop-down list, select one pattern.
For setting your own background image or color, go to "Appearance > Background" panel. Upload your own photography and set here all the background-image settings (position, repeating, attachment). For setting one-color background, use the color picker at the bottom of this page. To make the selected color visible, there MUST NOT be set any background image or pre-defined background pattern.
For setting your custom header image, go to "Appearance > Header" panel and upload or select your own image. The minimal width of your header image should be at least 640 pixels.
Note: If you upload more images in "Appearance > Header" panel, you can use them for displaying on individual pages (you can set them when you are editing a page/post through "Header" panel which is displayed just under the Content editor).
In "Theme Options > General Settings > Header Options > Display Header Image", you can set the header image to be visible on all pages or only on the homepage.
There are several areas for displaying widgets in BrightNews Theme:
The Widget panel is located in "Appearance => Widgets" section. If you want to place a widget in some of that areas, simply drag its panel and drop it to the area where you want to display the widget.
Right Sidebar widget area displays in the right sidebar on all your pages and posts. Its name in "Appearance => Widgets" panel is "Right Sidebar". You can put here as many widgets as you want.
Footer widget area displays in the footer as the 3 columns of widgets. In "Appearance => Widgets" panel, you can see 3 areas for individual columns: "Footer left widget area", "Footer middle widget area" and "Footer right widget area". This boxes represent those 3 columns. You can put as many widgets as you want on each column.
The widget area for copyright and other notices displays in the footer, below the main Footer widget area (described above). Its name in "Appearance => Widgets" panel is "Footer notices". Put here one "Text" widget. Into the content field of this widget fill the text (or HTML code) you want to display here. The "Title" field of this Text widget should stay empty.
The widget area for displaying Home page slideshow is reserved for one "Cyclone Slider Widget". Its name in "Appearance => Widgets" panel is "Homepage slideshow". Put here one "Cyclone Slider Widget" and choose the slideshow you want to display on your homepage.
For making this feature available, the Cyclone Slider 2 plugin has to be installed. For creating a new Slideshow, go to the "Cyclone Slider" settings in your WordPress administration. After creating the Slideshow, go to the Widgets settings and follow the steps described above.
BrightNews theme allows to display the latest posts from the specific categories. This is done by the BrightNews Homepage Widgets. You can choose from 5 different BrightNews Homepage Widgets to insert into "Homepage posts" widget area. The individual widgets differ in the way how the latest posts are displayed (described in detail in Custom widgets paragraph).
BrightNews Theme offers 9 custom widgets:
BrightNews Homepage Widgets allows to display the latest posts from the specific categories on your homepage. You can choose from 5 different BrightNews Homepage Widgets:
For using these widgets, go to "Appearance > Widgets" settings. Insert as many BrightNews Homepage Widgets as you want into "Homepage posts" widget section.
Note: BrightNews Homepage Widgets are are designed ONLY for putting into "Homepage posts" widget area, not for the other widget areas.
Boxes created by the BrightNews Homepage Widgets
This widget is ready to use for displaying icons with links to your profiles on social networks and RSS feed. Put BrightNews Social Widget into Sidebar or Footer widget area in "Appearance => Widgets" panel and fill requested URL addresses. These social networks and services are supported:
This widget is ready to use for displaying Facebook Like Box. The Like Box is a special version of the Like Button designed only for Facebook Pages. Using this widget, you can easily promote your Facebook page on your website.
Put BrightNews Facebook Like Box Widget into Sidebar or Footer widget area in "Appearance => Widgets" panel and fill the full URL of your Facebook Page that will be liked. Then set a height of Like Box and specify whether to display the profile photos of people who like the Page and a stream of the latest posts by the Page.
This widget is ready to use for displaying Twitter Follow button. Put BrightNews Twitter Widget into Sidebar or Footer widget area in "Appearance => Widgets" panel and fill the Twitter username you want to display via Twitter Follow button.
This widget is ready for displaying the popular posts, recent posts, comments and tags in tabbed format in your sidebar.
In BrightNews theme, there are 2 areas for displaying menus:
Menu settings panel is located in "Appearance => Menus". At first create a new menu and assign it to one of two pre-defined Menu areas. Then in left panels choose required pages/categories or custom links and add them to your new Menu. Then save all changes.
If you want to create a submenu, just drag required menu item and move it more to the right against its parent item. When you drop your sub-item, it should stay with indentation against the parent item. This way you can create unlimited levels of submenus.
Example of three-levels menu
Beside Default Template, BrightNews offers 9 other custom Page templates. If you create a new page or edit some existing page, you can choose the Page template in "Page Attributes => Template" right panel.
"Sitemap" Page template is ready for displaying your sitemap page. If you want to use it, the Dagon Design Sitemap Generator plugin must be activated. The sitemap options can be edited on "Settings => DDSitemapGen" panel.
If you want to display only some pages without the main right sidebar, simply use this template for these pages.
This template displays the page in the same way as the "Full-width" template, but it will not display the Facebook, Twitter and Google + sharing buttons. It could be useful for creating pages using Drag-and-drop Page Builder.
If you want to hide the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Sharing Buttons only on some pages, simply use this template for these pages. It could be useful for creating pages using Drag-and-drop Page Builder.
This template hides the whole Comments area (even if the comments are allowed for this page).
This template displays only the page Content without the page Title.
This template displays the page content only for logged-in users (otherwise it displays only the Log-in form).
This template displays only the page content without menus, right sidebar, comments area and footer widget areas. You can use it for creating a temporary home page before your website will be ready for the public launch.
This template displays the page in the same way as the "Full-width" template, but it will not display the page title.
Using Drag-and-drop Page Builder, you can simply create your own page templates. Working with Page Builder is as easy as managing widgets in "Appearance > Widgets" panel. By default, the Page Builder contains 35 widgets altogether:
If you have installed some plugins offering their own custom widgets, they will be probably also included into the Page Builder widgets offer.
For more information about Page Builder, please visit the official website of Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin.
Tip: If you does not want to display the Share Buttons on your page, just select the "Page without Share Buttons" or "Full Width without Share Buttons" page template instead of Default page template.
Some functions of BrightNews are conditioned by installing some plugins. The recommended plugins are included in the installation folder of BrightNews (folder "plugins"). If some of the recommended plugins are inactive, you can see them in "Appearance => Install Plugins" panel.
List of recommended plugins:
The plugins are modified to ensure the best compatibility with BrightNews. If you will find their newer versions on web, I don't recommend to update them, because all the custom modifications will be lost. Plugins updates will come automatic with newer versions of BrightNews.
If you want to display breadcrumb navigation above the main content headlines, the Breadcrumb NavXT plugin has to be installed and activated. This plugin provides many advanced options for displaying breadcrumb navigation. You can set them on "Settings => Breadcrumb NavXT" panel.
If you want to use the "Sitemap" Page template, the Dagon Design Sitemap Generator plugin has to be installed and activated. This plugin provides many advanced options for displaying pages and posts in sitemap. You can set them on "Settings => DDSitemapGen" panel.
Slideshows are based on Cyclone Slider 2 plugin. You can edit them under "Cyclone Slider" tab in the main WordPress navigation. The plugin provides displaying images, Youtube or Vimeo videos and Custom HTML content in Slideshow. There are 4 different slideshow templates customized for BrightNews: Standard, Default, Thumbnails and Dark. The control is very easy and intuitive. On the right panels of Slideshow editing form, you can set dimensions, transitions effects and other options. Above these panels are generated Shortcodes for simply adding your slideshows into the posts or pages.
If you want to add some Slideshow into Homepage header using "Cyclone Slider Widget", please read this paragraph. Recommended size of Homepage slideshow is 640 x 400 px.
For adding some slideshow in the content of your static pages or posts, you can use Cyclone Slider 2 shortcode: [cycloneslider id="slideshow-id"].
The Drag-and-drop Page Builder is based on Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin. You can find the base settings (for example widgets margin) of this plugin in "Settings > Page Builder" panel. For learning how to work with Page Builder, please read this paragraph.
BrightNews offers several custom shortcodes for easy displaying of some HTML objects on pages/posts or widgets:
1.) [image src="Image URL"]
Shortcode for displaying images. It is especially useful for inserting images into Text widgets.
2.) [table cols="headline1,headline2" data="row 1 value 1,row 1 value 2,row 2 value 1,row 2 value 2"]
Shortcode for displaying tables. The parameter "cols" is used for inserting headlines of individual columns. The parameter "data" is used for inserting own data in rows of your table.
3.) [button link="URL address"]TEXT OF YOUR BUTTON[/button]
Shortcode for displaying left-aligned buttons.
4.) [highlight]HIGHLIGHTED TEXT[/highlight]
Shortcode for displaying color-highlighted text (the color is editable in "Theme Options > Colors").
5.) [google-map address="Address of any place in the world" width="100%" height="200px"]
Shortcode for displaying Google maps. The "width" and "height" parameters are optional. You can set the dimensions in percentages or pixels, but for responzive displaying is recommended to input percentage dimensions.
6.) <!-- ddsitemapgen -->
Shortcode for displaying Sitemap in the content of any page/post.
7.) [cycloneslider id="slideshow-id"]
Shortcode for displaying a slideshow created using Cyclone Slider 2 plugin in the content of any page/post.
8.) [display-posts category="category-slug" include_excerpt="true"]
Shortcode for displaying a listing of posts in post/page content or in a Text widget.
Arguments for [display-posts] shortcode:
Specify the post author
Example: [display-posts author="bill"]
Specify the category slug (or comma separated list of category slugs)
Example: [display-posts category="fishing,hiking"]
Specify the date format used when include_date is true. See Formatting Date and Time on the Codex for more information.
Example: [display-posts include_date="true" date_format="F j, Y"]
Specify a specific post ID (or multiple post IDs) to display.
Example: [display-posts id="9, 10"]
Specify an image size for displaying the featured image, if the post has one. The image_size can be set to thumbnail, medium, large (all controlled from Settings > Reading), or a custom image size.
Example: [display-posts image_size="thumbnail"]
Include the post's date after the post title. The default format is (7/30/12), but this can be customized using the 'date_format' parameter.
Example [display-posts include_date="true"]
Include the post's excerpt after the title (and date if provided).
Example: [display-posts include_excerpt="true"]
The number of posts to pass over
Example: [display-posts offset="3"]
Specify whether posts are ordered in descending order (DESC) or ascending order (ASC).
Example: [display-posts order="ASC"]
Specify what the posts are ordered by. See the available parameters here.
Example: [display-posts orderby="title"]
Display the pages that are a child of a certain page. You can either specify an ID or 'current', which displays the children of the current page.
Example: [display-posts post_type="page" post_parent="8"]
Show posts associated with a certain post status
Example: [display-posts post_status="publish, future"]
Specify which post type to use. You can use a default one (post or page), or a custom post type you've created.
Example: [display-posts post_type="event"]
How many posts to display.
Example: [display-posts posts_per_page="5"]
Display posts from a specific tag, or tags
Example: [display-posts tag="tag1, tag2"]
taxonomy, tax_term, and tax_operator
Use these parameters to do advanced taxonomy queries. Use 'taxonomy' for the taxonomy you'd like to query, 'tax_term' for the term slug (or terms) you'd like to include, and 'operator' to change how the query uses those terms (most likely this field will not be needed).
Default: 'taxonomy' = empty , 'tax_term' = empty , 'tax_operator' = 'IN'
Example: [display-posts taxonomy="color" tax_term="blue, green"]
What type of HTML should be used to display the listings. It can be an unordered list (ul), ordered list (ol), or divs (div) which you can then style yourself.
Example: [display-posts wrapper="ol"]
BrightNews theme is ready for translation into any language. The .pot file (brightnews.pot) is located in "languages" theme folder. BrightNews contains integrated Czech (cs_CZ), Danish (da_DK), Dutch (nl_NL), French (fr_FR), German (de_DE), Greek (el), Italian (it_IT), Polish (pl_PL), Russian (ru_RU), Slovak (sk_SK) and Spanish (es_ES) language localizations. The best way how to make the language localization is creating your own .po and .mo files and adding them in "languages" theme folder. If you create them, please let me know, I will add your language localization into the official theme distribution.
If you don't know how to create the .po and .mo files, never mind! Simply install CodeStyling Localization plugin and create your language localization on "Tools => Localization" panel.
1.) Where could I edit my website title and description?
Go to the "Settings => General" panel and rewrite here the fields "Site Title" and "Tagline".
2.) Where could I allow/disallow comments adding?
Go to the "Settings => Discussion" panel and set the options according to your needs. If you want to disallow adding comments only for one specific page/post, you can do so using "Quick Edit" link at this page/post in "Posts > All Posts" or "Pages > All Pages".
3.) What are the "Tags"?
Tags are similar to Categories. They are used for better description of posts. We can say that Tags are the keywords which specify the posts in great detail.
4.) How could I set title, description and keywords meta tags for each page and post?
The easiest way is to install some SEO plugin, for example All In One SEO Pack.
5.) Where could I set the number of posts, which display on index/categories/archives/search pages?
Go to the "Settings => Reading" panel and set the options according to your needs.
6.) I do not want to display the latest posts on my home page. Could I set a static page as my home page?
Yes, go to the "Settings => Reading" panel and choose the option "A static page" instead of "Your latest posts".
7.) How could I set the URL addresses of my pages and posts into user-friendly form, instead of "?p=123" displaying?
Go to the "Settings => Permalinks" panel and choose the option "Post name" in section "Common Settings".
8.) Where could I set my time zone and date/time format?
Go to the "Settings => General" panel and set the options according to your needs.
Once again, thank you so much for choosing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. No guarantees, but I'll do my best to assist. Best regards and have fun with BrightNews!