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Vanderbilt WordPress Theme

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A few assumptions …

This theme has been tested with WORDPRESS 3.1.1 +. DO NOT USE THIS with any version less than 3.0, it is not compatible.

  • This theme is setup under the assumption that your site navigational structure is based on the PAGES and SUBPAGES of the site. Any news or blog posts or other date-based information would be within the POSTS section.
  • If you are using POSTS as your websites page structure – this theme won’t look right at first. I’d encourage you to move your posts to pages, as that’s what pages are meant to be (there are quite a few plugins that will move your posts to pages with the click of a button) — 🙂 And keep posts for date based information.
  • The homepage of your site is one of your pages. You set this at: Settings > Reading > Front Page Displays *choose your homepage * You must set this in order to have the display look correct.

Below is a brief description of the current options available in the theme.

General Site Settings

  • Navigation Style – top with dropdowns or right side list.
  • Pages to hide in navigation – include the page ids of pages you don’t want to appear in your navigation (i.e. your homepage, or a page that is in your site – but isn’t primary information)
  • Short Descriptive Blurb for right sidebar – perhaps a one or two sentence blurb about your organization (not required)
  • Search Method – use wordpress search or the Vanderbilt Google Search appliance.
  • Breadcrumbs – breadcrumb navigation is displayed automatically at the top of all pages and posts.

Graphic Header Options

  • Use an image as the header instead of text – if you’d like to use a graphic header instead of plain Text (This also moves the searchbox down to the right column)
  • URL of header image – simply create an image no wider than 950 pixels, upload it – and put the URL here.
  • Header Background Color – pick a color to coordinate with your background image.

Homepage Slider Settings

  • Include slideshow on homepage – Any post or page with a tag “featured” will be put in the slideshow. The image that will be used is the FEATURED IMAGE that you choose in the right column.
  • For the caption – it automatically pulls the title of the page or post. If you would rather use customized text, simply add a customfield “featuretext” with the text you would like to use (being mindful of the length available for display).

Right Column News Feed

  • Include news feed in the right column?
  • External news feed – if you’d rather use an external news feed instead of the POSTS section of your website, place the feed URL here (beginning with http:// and NOT feed://)
  • If you do have a news section in your WordPress site – the theme is thumbnail enabled. Currently – the thumbnails only display on the archives page.

Social Media Links

  • The social media section in the extended footer.
  • Connect Section Title – what you would like the header of that section to be.
  • Facebook – URL to your facebook page
  • Twitter – URL to your twitter account
  • Flickr – URL to your flickr account
  • Flickr UserID – your flickr userid (NOT YOUR LOGIN); go to this website to find your flickr id:
  • YouTube – URL to your youtube account


  • Footer Link List Heading – currently YOUR VANDERBILT
  • Link List Column One – formatted as unordered list; input as many li’s with links as you would like in the left column
  • Link List Column Two – formatted as unordered list; input as many li’s with links as you would like in the right column
  • Footer copyright text – this will display next to the Vanderbilt University copyright notice.
  • Google Analytics Code – put your google analytics code here – it will be placed right above the closing body tag.

Shortcodes available

    • – placing this shortcode on a page will automatically list all of the subpages of the current page.
    • – this short code allows you to post code that won’t be altered. Useful for iframes, inline javascripts, etc.
      • You create a customfield — name it googlecal or vimeo or sitemason (whatever you want).
      • Paste the html/php/js code you are wanting to use in as the value.
      • Click “add custom field”
      • Go back up to the post – where you want the code to be – and put the shortcode in: or .
    • Recent News

      – showposts allows you to provide a listing of posts on a post or a page; you can display posts from a specific category or tag – and decide how many posts you want to display – and in what order they should display (default displays by date, in ascending order). (examples below)
      • Recent News

      • Recent News

      • Recent News

    Other built-in features:

    • Breadcrumbs – breadcrumb navigation will automatically appear on all pages other than your homepage.
    • Sharing – social media sharing icons are added at the bottom of each page or post.