Theme Instructions


Storyteller is a responsive portfolio WordPress theme, with post format support, alternative color styles and gallery features.


  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.

Recommended Plugin Configuration

  • Disable all lightbox/slideshow/gallery plugins, including the GPP Slideshow Plugin. This theme already includes a slideshow script, so using another slideshow plugin will cause a conflict.

Theme Customizer

With the Theme Customizer, you can set your title and tagline, upload a logo, change your color scheme, 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. You must keep this set to_ Display Latest Posts _to display the homepage slideshow, the Experience section, and the homepage widgets._

Header Images

This theme supports header images. You can use the default header image or upload one of your own. Header images should be sized at 1600 px wide by 600 px tall. If you don't have the slideshow enabled on the homepage, your header image will appear. The header image will also appear on all interior pages.

Theme Options

Visit the Appearance -> Theme Options page to set up your theme, upload a logo, select alternative styles, set up the homepage slideshow, and add custom CSS. Styles added here 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; }.

Homepage Slideshow

You can add a slideshow to the homepage by activating it in your Theme Options and uploading your images. Images should be sized to 1600 px wide by 600 px tall. Drag and drop the slides to reorganize the order of how the images appear in your slideshow.

_When uploading your images on this page, be sure to click the_ File URL _button and then_ Insert into Post _button to grab the correct path to your image._


Storyteller supports widgetized areas. To turn on the Sidebar on your inside pages, add widgets to the Sidebar widget area.

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 Top menu. This theme supports five custom icons—Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, RSS, Phone.

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: facebook, twitter, vimeo, rss, and phone.

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

Social Media custom menu

Always Set Featured Images

This theme relies heavily on Featured Images. If your post is missing a Featured Image, the post may not appear on the homepage or 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

StoryTeller supports the following post formats — gallery, standard — which are unique layouts for specific types of posts. This will allow you to display a separate layout depending on whether you want to display slideshows or standard text and images on your site.

  • Gallery Post Formats - To show a slideshow of images (an image gallery), upload as many images as you like using the media uploader tool and insert the Gallery into the post. 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 the Gallery at the top of the post, with any text added into your post's edit page displayed below.

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

  • 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.

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._

Page Templates

This theme provides four page templates: Default, Full-Width Page, Blog, and Blog 3 Column.

  1. The Default page template is the standard page layout, and will display the Sidebar if you have it activated in your widgets area.
  2. The Full-Width page template removes the Sidebar, even if it is set in the widgets area, and stretches your content to the full-width of the page.
  3. The Blog page template will display all of your blog posts on this page. You can determine how many posts will appear on each page before the 'Older Entries' link in Settings > Reading, by setting a value for 'Blog Pages Display at Most'.
  4. The Blog 3 Column page template displays the featured images for each of your blog posts in a three-column grid and a short excerpt. Each image is a link to the individual blog post page.