Introduction

This is the XTC Themes Control Panel, a page with a set of options that let the user customize and take control of the look and behavior of the theme.

Some themes might have custom parameters in the wxtcAdmin panel, however most of the them share some base parameters (example: xtcMenu and Typography settings). To get more information about each theme features and options, please read the corresponding User Guide.

Parameters Overview


Theme Style

This section contains the parameters that control the theme and widgets general appearance: Theme Layouts, Theme Styles and Widgets Styles. More parameters might be present in some themes (example: Theme Style Variation).

Theme Layout: Select one of the layouts available for the theme. Layouts define the overall location of elements in the theme. See your theme’s User’s Guide or the online demos to check the different layouts possibilities.

Theme Style: Select one of the styles available for the theme. Each style applies a different CSS design configuration over the theme without changing the layout.

Widget Style: Choose one of the styles for the widgets, this will affect all the widgets in the theme, except for the ones that have a custom class added in the Widgets page.


Typography

Control the typography properties. The typography variations may affect or not some of the frontpage items (like widgets or menus) depending on the CSS code aplied on them, however this typography variations will always affect the post, pages and dinamic content in general, unless other typography properties are specified.

* All this properties can be overwritten in the style.css file of each theme if customization is required.

Font Family: The font-family CSS value. The available font families may vary from one theme to another.

Font-size: The default text size: Small, Medium or Large.

Font-color: The default text color. The available values can vary from one theme to another.


XTC Menu

The xtcMenu is the menu system that comes with all the XTC Wordpress Themes. It allows the user to set which items to show in the main menu. Choose between Pages, Categories a mix of both or the new Wordpress 3 feature: “Custom Menu” which will let you control the whole menu in a very detailed way.

XTC Menu: General

Menu Items: Select the type of items that should be displayed in the main menu. You can choose between ”Pages”, “Categories”, “Pages & Categories” (Pages first), “Categories & Pages” (Categories first) or the “Wordpress 3 Menu System”.

Home Link: Choose where in the menu to display (or not) the “Home” link. In the first place, last or none.

Home Link Text: The text of the link to the home page. Default is “Home”.

Menu Levels: Select “Only Top Level” to display only the parent items when “Pages” or “Categories” are selected. Top-levels and Sub-levels are the default option.

Max. Items Displayed: The amount of items to display in the menu, besides the “Home” link (if activated). If “Pages & Categories” or “Categories & Pages” is the selected option in the “Menu Items” parameter, the “Max. Items Displayed” value affects each type of items individualy.

Menu Style: Choose the style of the menu to use. Select “Suckerfish” for a single column menu, “Dualfish” for a 2 columns menu and “Dropline” to display a full width dropdown menu.

Fx. Animation: The menu animation mode. Choose “Slide” to only animate the height of the dropdowns, “Fade” to only animate the opacity of the flyouts and “Slide & Fade” to use both effects.

Fx. Duration: The duration of the menu animation.

XTC Menu: Categories

The following parameters apply to the categories menu items, this means only when the “Menu Items” parameter includes the “Category” value.

Categories Order By: The criteria used to sort the categories in the menu. Default: sort by “Name”.

Categories Order: The sort order for the categories in the menu. Default: Ascending.

Categories Hide Empty: Whether to hide the empty categories or not. An empty category is the one that doesn’t have any post filled under it.

Categories Excluded: A list of the category IDs to exclude from the menu. The IDs must be entered separated by comma and in ascending order.

XTC MENU: Pages

The following parameters apply to the pages menu items, this means only when the “Menu Items” parameter includes the “Pages” value.

Pages Order By: The criteria used to sort the pages items in the menu. Default: sort by “Name”.

Pages Order: The sort order for the categories items in the menu. Default: Ascending.

Pages Excluded: A list of the pages IDs to exclude from the menu. The IDs must be entered separated by comma and in ascending order.


Miscellaneous Settings

Frontpage Loop: Whether to display the Loop in the frontpage or not. (More information about the Loop http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop).

Posts Lists Display: The format of the content in the loop. Choose between “Content” to display the whole post or “Excerpt” to display the content of the post’s excerpt field. If the excerpt hasn’t been defined it will be replaced by an automatic summary of the post, which contains the first 55 words of the post. (More information about the Excerpt: http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/the_excerpt).

Include jQuery: Select “Yes” to include the jQuery 1.3.2 javascript library in “noConflict” mode. This feature is very useful if you are including jQuery code or extensions in the theme. Since our themes and widgets use Mootools library this is the safer way to avoid Javascript issues.

Show Empty Positions: Choose “Yes” to show the position of the empty “Widgetizable Areas”. Use this tool to preview where in the layout a widget can be placed.


SEO Meta Tags

WxtcAdmin includes an easy way to set the Meta tags that will help you to improve your “Search Engine Optimization” strategy.

Description: A quick description of your site. After indexed by search engines, this description is going to be shown along with the link to your website in the Search Engine’s results pages. This description will fill the “description” meta tag. (See more information about meta tags here http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_meta.asp).

Keywords: A list of keywords related to your site conent separated by comma. This list will fill the “keywords” meta tag. (See more information about meta tags here http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_meta.asp).


Theme Info

Some important data of the theme is shown in this section: Name, Version, Description, Demo URL and Author URL. The name and version of the theme are very useful information when posting in forums or sending support tickets.

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