Admired Theme for WordPress

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More and more themes are taking advantage of Theme Options in WordPress, particularly when site administrators are not designers or developers but still want some ability to make widespread changes to the site without breaking functionality or aesthetics. Today I’m looking at a fairly clean and straightforward theme that breaks from the pack by doing just that.

At a glance, the Admired theme looks a lot like the open, airy themes common to light news / site hybrid themes for WordPress. All the usual WordPress 3 bells and whistles are supported, like multiple drag-and-drop menus, backgrounds, widgets and so forth.  However, once you drill down into the Appearance section of the Dashboard, you’ll find a section called Admired Options.

Admired Options

Eleven sections allow even non-technical users to tweak the theme in a variety of ways. While these aren’t intended to make the entire site fluid, it does allow a user to add personal touches as well as function.

  • Layout: Choose alternative color schemes and modify the location and number of sidebars.
  • General:  Site-wide text colors, post thumbnails, calendar options.
  • Fonts: Either use web-safe fonts or access Google fonts for typographical flair!
  • Header: Custom logo, site title/description & menu colors.
  • Sidebar: Background, text and bullet colors.
  • Comments: Background, text and form colors.
  • Footer:  Scroll to top function, developer credit link, copyright information, additional footer text.
  • Pagination: Text, background, hover colors.
  • Social:   Add and configure buttons for RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, etc.
  • Advanced: Turn off standard meta tags (good if you are using an SEO plugin). Custom CSS.
  • Analytics:  Incorporation Google Analytics or Clicky Analytics.

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60 Comments
    • John
    • September 21, 2012
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    Hello thx a lot for ur help
    In my website, the links appear in the same colour as the text, is it possible to change their colour so that they can be clear and recognisable in the posts?
    Thx again

    • Mary
    • August 31, 2012
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    Hello, I have 2 questions please.
    First, In the static front page, I chose “select” in both the front page and posts page. Question is the posts are shown in full in the main page, there is no part of the post and then a “read more” link.
    Second How to add expandable posts with a read more link in the static page?
    Thanks

    • Reply

      Good morning, Mary. Firstly, if you choose “select” for your home and blog pages but don’t specific a static page, WordPress should still use it or the theme’s default. In order to get a preview of your posts on your blog page (and the link to more/continue), you’ll have to tell WordPress where you want to cut off the preview. To do this, open an individual posts, place your cursor at the point you want to cut off the preview and click the Insert More button from the editor bar above your post content. Publish/Update the post. Some themes create an automatic excerpt based on a fixed length, but these can cut off the post in an undesirable location. If you want this automatic excerpt, you’ll need to alter some of the backend code of your site. If you require custom programming work, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to take a look at your site, needs and offer a quote.

    • John
    • August 16, 2012
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    Hello,
    I want to to add widgets to both sides, I chose from the layout , but when am at the widget section , I can’t find widgets to fill out the other side, am not sure why.

    • Reply

      Morning, John. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. To activate the second sidebar, you must select the page you want to have a second sidebar, change the template for that page to “Three Column Template” then Update/Publish the page. Now you should be able to set, edit and view widgets placed in the second sidebar area for that page. ONLY pages set to the Three Column Template will display the second sidebar.

    • Mary
    • August 15, 2012
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    Can I remove the website and email part of the comments? And can I change the title to comment please?

    • Reply

      While there is no feature allowing this in the Admired theme (or most themes for that matter), you can achieve this with some editing of the CSS, HTML and PHP of your WordPress site. This does require some familiarity with these languages and I strongly recommend making a backup before performing such edits. If you require custom programming work, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to take a look at your site, needs and offer a quote.

    • Jo
    • August 15, 2012
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    Hello, I really love this theme
    I have a question however,
    When I allow comments in the posts, all I get is leave a reply
    1-is it possible that I change it’s name to “leave a comment” for example?
    2- is there a possibility that I add a name field?

    If so, how?
    Thanks in advance

    • Reply

      Yes, John both of these are possible, but are not features of the Admired theme. They require some knowledge of PHP/HTML and editing the backend files of both WordPress and the theme. If you require custom programming work, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to take a look at your site, needs and offer a quote.

  1. Reply

    Now is there the background image, tahncks agian and sorry for bothering you!

    • Reply

      Never a bother, Bogman. Glad we could help. Best of luck with your site!

  2. Reply

    Tahnks to your theme my site look a lot better now. http://www.rumeniinitalai.it
    I would like to ask you, why I can’t not upload a image as background?
    It appers for a few sseconds till the page is loaded, then dissapeared. Why?
    Tahnkyou once agian!

    • Reply

      Hi Bogdan, glad to meet another happy WordPress user. Which background feature are you having difficulty and how did you add it?

      • Reply

        I tried to upload an image background from background uploader of them menu, but it didn’t show up. Precisly, it shows up just for the time that the site is loading in a browser, but then disseaperes. I tried tu upload it in FTP, and choose then from menu, backgrounds – choose an image as background!, but not working. Otherise evrithing else is just fine. Tahnks agin.

        • Reply

          Hmn, in Appearances | Background, once you have uploaded or selected your background image, have you set “Display Options” (position, tiling, etc)? Display Options will not appear until you have selected your image.

          • Yes, I did!

  3. Reply

    Hi Goeffrey,

    Admired is a great theme, really like it! I am adding adsense to it, using the side column. I work well as I do not need to add it to every page. However, I would like to keep a two columns layout, but without the adsense content for the Home page. Any idea of how to get a different layout for the home page? Or keeping the same structure but changing the content of the side bar?

    Many thanks for your help!

    • Reply

      A couple different options come to mind. You could make a Home Page template page which does not contain the Adsense content and only use template for the home page. Alternatively, since you are placing the Adsense in the widget area, you could set up any number of widgets solutions that allow you to pick and choose what pages, categories, etc individual widgets appear in. Finally, if you are comfortable with PHP and/or Javascript, you could write some conditional code that hid the Adsense code on your Home page only. Hope this gives you some options. Best of luck with your site.

    • soji
    • August 1, 2012
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    Please how do i insert google adsense within post in admired theme?

    • Reply

      Hello Soji and thank you for dropping by. The Admired theme does not have this ability. In fact, normally you cannot put Google Adsense into the middle of a Post or Page in core WordPress either (it would strip out JavaScript as a security measure). Usually, Google’s Adsense code is placed in some part of a theme template part of the page or post (header, footer, sidebars, etc). However there are plugins and custom code modifications for WordPress that allow you greater flexibility. For example, allowing the insertion of Google Adsense into a Post or Page at fixed point (before/after more/cuts, for example) or allowing you to chose a specific spot when writing your Post or Page (usually with a shortcode). You may wish to peruse the WordPress Plugin Repository for some solutions. If you require a commercially implemented solution, please feel free to contact us at ItsWordPress with details of your specific needs and your site and we can provide a price quote.

    • Hody
    • June 13, 2012
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    I love your theme, but I am difficult to modify the header background.
    When I update from theme option, the picture is not full width? how do I make full width, but the title text still on default position.

    • Reply

      Hi Hody. I can’t take credit for this theme, it was created by Brad Thomas (see above). I think the confusion arises because the theme uses either a logo image OR a site title. To have a background image, you’ll probably have to edit your style.css file. #header-logo, #site-description and #site-title are a good place to start. If you are not comfortable mucking about with the CSS and graphics of your theme, you may wish to retain the services of a WordPress developer to make them for you. Best of luck!

    • Chahat
    • June 1, 2012
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    How to change color of HOME, About us, contact bar menu in this theme?

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      Hi Chahat. The main menu bar color is controlled by going to Admired Options and then Header. Here you will see color selectors for the menus (standard, hover, dropdown, etc). Once you have chosen the colors you want, make sure to click on the Save All Changes button in the lower right corner of this page. Good luck.

    • Jeff
    • April 26, 2012
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    Love the theme! Is is possible to change the post thumbnails to a larger size?
    I changed everything I could find in the files about thum sizes but still small

    • Reply

      I don’t see that option in the theme’s settings either, Jeff, so I don’t think you missed anything there. In core WordPress, you are able to alter the automatic thumbnail size generated by the Media Library, however. Settings | Media. That may be a good place to start. I do not believe this would alter old thumbnails retroactively though, so probably best to test it with a new, test post and images. From there, the Admired theme calls the thumbnails in several places, look for the_post_thumbnail(array(100,100) in the various loop files. Best of luck!

    • Jim
    • April 22, 2012
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    Hi, great article and a brilliant theme. With my fairly novice WordPress skills, how to I display both a logo and an ad banner in the header? I can create a logo any size required, I then want to be able to insert an ad banner to the right of the logo and change this on a regular basis.

    Any help appreciated.

    • Reply

      Hi Jim, thanks for dropping by. The header image feature of Admired seems to really be designed for displaying a logo and probably isn’t well-suited to your need for banner advertisement. If it were my site and I wanted to embed Adsense, a rotating set of banners or a manually controlled banners , I’d probably re-code the PHP of the header.php (or create an alternate header.php). In the case of the later two, employing a plugin to make controlling the resulting ad rotation or swapping out banners less tedious (take a look at Adwit Banner Manager or Useful Banner Manager, both in the Official WordPress Repository). The pertinent section of the header.php file starts at

  4. Reply

    Hi there, how do I hide or remove the page titles which appear at the top of each page in the Admired theme?

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      Hi Caspar, I’m not aware of a setting that allows you to hide the Page title in the Admired theme, but you could add a little CSS to the theme’s style.css file to hide the Page title. Try adding .page .entry-header { display: none; } (I put it in the Content section just to keep things tidy). This should hide Page titles while leaving Blog Post titles intact. Best of luck.

      • Reply

        Thanks Geoffrey, that worked like a charm. I did put the solution in the Custom CSS section of the theme, so I won’t have to do it again for future updates.

    • bryan
    • April 21, 2012
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    hi, i like the admired theme but i cant seem to center my header image. how do i do that?

    i have the alignment centered but still its aligned to the left. i cant seem to change the alignment whatsoever, even tried aligning it to the right and the header image just wont move. so what am i doing wrong?

    thanks

    • Reply

      Evening, Bryan. Are you using a header logo image instead of a title & description? If so find #header-logo in the Admired style.css and add background-position: center !important; to it. If you are still having problems, leave a link to your WordPress page.

      • Reply

        Mine keeps staying shifted as well as the search tool. im trying to make the site complete 980px but for some strange reason the image shifts left. also is there a way for the background in the content and sidebar to be complete white instead of transparent?

        • Reply

          Hi again, Rafael. I think I understand what you are trying to do, but can you drop me a screen capture marked up with where you want you want the content to fall/stop compared to the sidebar? gfortier@itswordpress.com. Thanks.

        • Reply

          Hi Rafael, have you tried altering the CSS as described above (Bryan’s thread)? The content and sidebar can also be altered in the theme’s CSS.

          • im trying to change the content width on the left side wher thoe posts are, so they are not so close to the sidebar. I changed a few sections but nothing seems to move the layout.

        • bryan
        • April 21, 2012
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        great, that worked like a charm. thanks for your help.

    • Lily
    • April 11, 2012
    Reply

    Hello,

    I love the admired theme, and I hope you can help me with a few things. Is it possible to have a much more larger header?
    I would like to style as well the menu bar, make it smaller and all the categories (pages) in one line. Now there is too much space between the categories. I would also like to change the font-family and the font-size.
    And one more thing, to invite people to leave comment more easily, I wish “reply” could be more visible, may be on top?
    Thanks!

    • Reply

      Hi Lily, sorry about the slow reply, it has been a busy week. The changes you mention all sound possible, but wouldn’t definitely require some significant changes to the CSS (and possibly some graphics) to accomplish. That is one of the great things about WordPress and the open source approach, you can dig in and make those sort of changes. If you are not comfortable mucking about with the CSS and graphics of your theme, you may wish to retain the services of a WordPress developer to make them for you.

        • Lily
        • April 22, 2012
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        Thanks Geoffrey!

  5. Reply

    Hi, I am also using your theme and love it. I don’t know much about css and was wondering what exactly to delete to disable the comment section on all pages of my site? I tried to look for the stuff you listed above in the editor section of wordpress and couldn’t find that specific coding.

    • Reply

      If you are not comfortable editing PHP, it is little more work, but you can use WordPress’s built in settings to remove that ability to comment on all FUTURE pages/posts by going to Settings | Discussion and un-checking the box labeled “Allow people to post comments on new articles”, then click “Save Changes”.

      This method will require you to modify EXISTING pages/posts to remove commenting, though. Edit each post/page and un-check “Allow Comments” and click Update to save changes.

      If you cannot see the Allow Comments option in your post/page editor, make sure “Discussion” is checked in the drop-down menu “Screen Options”. Best of luck.

  6. Reply

    Hi, i’m also using yours wordpress theme, it’s great… but can you help me, i dont know how to put adsense between name of the post and post text, or how o put adsense intro the post…

    Thank you one more time, and keep working…

    • Reply

      Hey Kazayoushi. Thanks for swinging by. I’m not actually the author of this theme (I just reviewed it here on my site). That honor belongs to Brad Thomas over at WP Ultra (http://wp-ultra.com/). However, I can answer your question if you’re willing to edit the theme.

      In your Dashboard, go to Appearance | Editor (you can also edit offline and upload via FTP if you prefer). You are looking for the file called loop-single.php. I would strongly recommend making a back up of this file in case anything goes wrong. Look for the line containing . This signifies the end of the title and its meta data. If you insert your Google Adsense code here and save, it should appear after the title and post meta date in all single Posts on your site.

      If you are not comfortable editing the theme files, there are plugins that can also insert ads, but they tend to have less fine control over positioning. And speaking of positioning, remember you can wrap your Google Adsense code in a div to use CSS to get better control over its placement (just as long as your styling does not violate Google’s Adsense Terms and Conditions.

      • Reply

        Thank you a lot for advice… I bookmarked this website so i in near future i will choose what to do…

        Cheers

  7. Reply

    1. I want to display site title as well as logo in the header. How to do it? The logo and site tile alongwith description gets overlapped on left corner.

    2. The home page title tag is not showing the site title in the browser title bar, how to get it displayed?

    • Reply

      Hi Sudesh and thanks for dropping by.

      1. To have BOTH a logo and text title (and possibly tagline) simultaneously may require modifying the CSS in Admired Theme’s style.css. The IDs you are looking for are under #header-logo, #site-description and #site-title.

      2. In WordPress Dashboard under Settings | General, do you have the Site Title and Tagline fields defined? Also check to make sure you don’t have any conflicts with third-party SEO plugins (Admired Options | Advanced).

    • MD. Tanvir Alam
    • March 6, 2012
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    Hello ,
    How can i change my Banner on Admire theme. I have designed myself. Now i want to place on my header, Would you please tell me how to do it.

    Thanks

    • Reply

      Hi Tanvir and thanks for swinging by my site. You can change the header/logo of the Admired theme by going into Appearances and clicking on Header. The first item on the Header page is a field to upload a new logo/header or choose an existing image from your WordPress Media Library. Once you have done so, scroll to the bottom and click on the blue Save All Changes button. Best of luck!

    • Caspar
    • January 26, 2012
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    Hi there,

    Through the Admired theme options it is possible to change to site title color. Is it also possible to change the site title color on hover?

    How do I set a LinkedIn button in the social section, just like the existing Google, Twitter etc buttons?

    • Reply

      Hi Caspar, thanks for swinging by. To answer questions in order:
      1) Site Title Color, Yes! Go to Appearances, Admired Options and select Header. Scroll down to the Site Title option and use the color selector. Click Save All Changes.
      2) Hover Color: I didn’t see an Admired Option for hover color, but if you are comfortable with CSS, this can probably be altered in the site’s css files.
      3) Unfortunately, there is no LinkedIn option that I see, but the author or a developer familiar with PHP & WordPress could probably add one to either the Admired Options or directly to the theme.
      You may wish to try reach out to the author directly at http://wp-ultra.com/contact/ .

    • Jack
    • January 16, 2012
    Reply

    How can I remove the comments from showing up using the Admired theme? Here is my issue: http://www.nirocconsultants.com/?page_id=2

    • Reply

      If you want to disable comments on ONLY that Page, go to that page in your WordPress Dashboard and uncheck “Allow Discusssion” and Update the page. If you don’t see a Discussions section, click on Screen Options at the top of your Page and you can make the Discussions section visible. If you want to disable comments on ALL pages in the theme, you can comment out or remove the < ?php comments_template(); ?>” from the page.php of your theme.

      • Reply

        Pardon me, in the Admired theme the snippet to remove is < ?php if ( comments_open()): comments_template( '', true ); endif; ?>.

  8. Reply

    Thanks for this post, glad you like the theme.

    • Reply

      You’re welcome, Brad. And thank you for your contributions to the WordPress community.

 

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