Theme Instructions


Cooperative - a minimalist theme that supports multiple authors for creating a team portfolio and blog.


  1. Download the zip file from your members dashboard. This will always be the most current version of the theme.
  2. Log in to your WordPress dashboard. This can be found at
  3. Go to Appearance > Themes and click on the _Install Themes_ tab
  4. Click on the _Upload_ link
  5. Upload the zip file that you downloaded from your members dashboard and click _Install Now_
  6. Click _Activate_ to use the theme you just installed.

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Demo content

Optional: You can download a demo content file here that you can import in Tools > Import. In many cases just importing the demo content will not work since you will also have to make some manual configurations. Please go through this documentation to fully understand how the theme works in order to customize it to fit your needs.

Theme Customizer

With the Theme Customizer, you can set your title and tagline, upload a logo, choose your fonts, set a background image, assign your menus, and choose a static home page. You can preview your changes by clicking the Customize link below your active theme on your Appearance > Themes page.

*Please note: Setting a static home page will remove the default home page elements built into the theme.

Header Images

This theme supports header images. To add a header image go to Appearance > Header.

Theme Options

Visit the Appearance -> Theme Options page to set up your theme, upload a logo, choose Google Fonts and add custom CSS and more. These options will not be deleted when you update your theme.

CSS creates the style of your site. For example, to hide the description of your site, simply paste this code into the custom CSS box: #site-description { display: none; }.


Cooperative supports three widgetized areas ( sidebar, footer, homepage ). For more detail about adding widgets to your site, please read Adding Widgets.


Our themes use WordPress’s custom menus option. These can be created in Appearance > Menus. To add a new menu to your site:

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus.
  2. Create a new menu item by clicking the + tab.
  3. Select the pages you want to display in your menu and click the Add to Menu button. If you do not see the type of page (category, tag, portfolio, gallery, etc) you want to display, click the Screen Options link at the top of the page and make sure the page type is checked.
  4. Once you have set your menu as you want it, click the Save Menu button.
  5. Then, assign that menu to your desired theme location to ensure your menu appears where you want it and click Save.

Add a Custom Menu

Social Media Icons

You can add social media icons to your Footer menu. This theme supports the following custom icons—Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, RSS, Google Plus, YouTube.

In your Menus panel on your dashboard, click on the arrow for each menu item to open the details box. You should see an option for _CSS Classes_. If you do not see this option, click the _Screen Options_ link at the top of the page and make sure _CSS Classes_ is checked in the menu that opens up.

To specify which icon will display, enter the corresponding class name in the CSS Classes box. Please note that these class names are case sensitive. The corresponding class names are: icon-facebook, icon-twitter, icon-vimeo, icon-youtube, icon-feed, icon-google-plus, icon-earth, icon-link.

This is an image of a correctly completed menu details section:

Social Media custom menu

Featured Images

This theme relies heavily on Featured Images. The Featured Image will be displayed on Archive pages.

To choose the image you want to set as a featured image for this post and click the _Set as Featured Image_ button. For best results use images that are at least 960 pixels wide.

Add a Featured Image

Post Formats

Cooperative supports the following post formats — standard, image, gallery, video —.

  • Standard Post Formats - Use the Standard Post Format to display whatever you insert into the visual editor on the homepage and on single posts. Be sure to upload and assign a Featured Image for each post.

  • Image Post Formats - Create a post and assign it to the Image Post Format. Be sure to set a Featured Image.

  • Gallery Post Formats - To show a gallery, create a post and assign it to the Gallery Post Format. Upload as many images as you like using the media uploader tool and insert the Gallery into the post. This will add the gallery shorcode to the page, which looks like this in HTML mode: [gallery ids="1,2,3,4"]. Be sure to assign a Featured Image for that post. For best results, use images that are at least 960 pixels wide. All posts assigned to the Gallery Post Format will then display image slideshow.

To insert a gallery:

  1. Click on the Add Media button to launch the Media Uploader tool.
  2. Click the Create Gallery option.
  3. You can choose to upload images from your computer or you can use images that already exist in your Media Library. You cannot use an image from a URL on the web in your gallery.
  4. If you are uploading images, click the Select Files button and navigate to each of your images on your computer. Click the Open button to open each image.
  5. Once each of your images has been uploaded, you will have the option to add a title, caption, alternative text and description.
  6. After you have added all of the images you wish to display in the gallery, switch to your media library tab and select those images.
  7. Then, click the Create a New Gallery button

Insert a Gallery

  • Video Post Formats - Create a post and assign it to the Video Post Format. Paste the URL to the video you want to display into the editor. Be sure to set a Featured Image.

Embed Multimedia into Posts or Pages

For externally hosted videos (for example a YouTube or Vimeo video), you can directly paste the link of your video page into the content editor. You do not have to paste the embed code. WordPress will automatically embed the video from the link.

You can easily embed videos from a Video hosting service such as Vimeo or YouTube into your posts or pages.

To add a video:

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, add a new post or page (or edit an existing post or page).
  2. Paste in your video’s URL, for example
  3. Publish or Update your post or page.

_Please note: If your video is not appearing correctly, remove the ‘s’ from the URL, so https becomes http._

Team Members

To add team members you need to create a user profile for each team member and check them as staff. You can do that by going to WordPress dashboard > Users. Edit a user and check "Staff member" option under "Profile Information" section.

You can choose to display staff member on homepage, team page or both by checking "Display on homepage" and "Display on team page" options.

To add social media icons for each member simply fill out Twitter, Facebook, Google +, YouTube, Vimeo fields.

Page Templates

Cooperative comes with four page templates ( team, team - grid layout , blog, blog - grid layout ). Team page template displays your staff members. Blog page template displays your latest posts.