Woo Themes

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All Woo Themes use a common framework that may be confusing at first. This post centralizes various Woo Theme screen casts to make it easier to take advantage of these themes’ functionality.

Themes Options Panel:

Woo provides theme-specific controls on the dashboard.  Depending upon the choice of theme, there may be more or less options available.  The screenshot on the left shows how the general Theme Options Panel appears on the dashboard. In this particular case, the “Canvas” theme is activated.

The options most commonly used are “Theme Options,” “Sidebar Manager” and “Custom Navigation.” “SEO” stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it is used to configure how search engines index your blog. Again, Woo offers much granularity.  In “Framework Settings, ” you can import and export settings when switching between Woo themes.  You can also disable the “Buy Themes” option here, and change the look-and-feel of the Woo backend panels on your dashboard.

Woo Theme Screencasts

There are currently over 15 great screencasts created by Woo to guide users through the themes’ nuances.  Click here to go to the page with all the videos, or to continue to read further to find the video for you.

An Introduction to Theme Options

Clicking on “Theme Options” provides a way to control of how your blog appears. This video shows how to use the Theme Options panel.

Brief Tour of Woo Framework

Woo themes all have a common framework, and this video explains how it operates.

Working with the Sidebar Manager

All Woo themes uses the Sidebar Manager to control their widgetized areas (i.e. their sidebars and footers). You may specify how their widgetized area appear on specific pages and posts.    For more information, watch this video, courtesy of Woo Themes:

Setting up Widgets on a WooThemes website:

This video continues the discussion on how to configure sidebars and footers using installed and pre-installed widgets.

Getting Started with WooSEO:

The Woo Framework provide a common method to configure Search Engine Optimization across all their themes.  This video provides much useful information.

The Canvas Theme

This is a great theme, especially if you new to the Woo framework. The Canvas theme is minimal and clean, but totally configurable. The following 4 videos provide a good starting point for this theme, and all the other, more specific themes which Woo provides.

Canvas Theme – Part One

Canvas Theme – Part Two

Canvas Theme – Part Three

Canvas Theme – Part Four

Puzzling Questions

1.  It is easy to see that you can create a custom header image.  But how to replace keep your title from overlaying this new header?

Add the following to your custom.css

#logo .site-title, #logo .site-description {

Good to Know “Woo” Terminology:

  • Tumblog

Some of Woo’s themes are Tumblog themes, meaning they have functionality that enables users to quick create articles,

  • Sliders

Some of Woo thems come with slider functionality.  This

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