Thank you for your interest in Katori!
Katori is a free WordPress theme that is meant for photographers who want to show some of their work on their own website. It also works great just as a simple blog theme, in case your portfolio isn't yet ready to be shown to the world.
Let's see what this theme is all about as we go through this quick tutorial.
1. Recommended plugins
- Jetpack – If you don't have it already, you should really install Jetpack. Basically, you need the Custom Content module from Jetpack in case you want to use the portfolio feature of this theme. More on this later.
- Regenerate thumbnails – As with any other theme, you should install and run this plugin in order to be sure that your images will look great.
2. General settings
The General settings tab is located in the Customizer. Go there and you'll find a set of options that I'm sure you're going to love, like logo upload, favicon upload and Apple touch icons upload for all necessary sizes.
3. Front page configuration
Right below the General tab in the Customizer, you can find another section called Front page config. This section consists of three sub-sections: Slider, Welcome section, Portfolio section. Let's see what you can do with them.
- Slider – This is where you can configure the full screen slider that you probably saw in the theme demo. Upload up to 5 images and toggle on the slider. If you need more than 5 images, you can easily extend the theme with a child theme and add more slots.
- Welcome section – The welcome section is positioned directly above the slider (although it works the same if the slider is not active). In this section you can add your photo, a title and a short description of yourself. I'm sure you already saw all this in the theme demo, what you did not see was how to have certain words colored. To do this, wrap the word you want in a span ( e.g. <span>word</span> ).
- Portfolio section – This is where Jetpack comes into play. If you haven't done so already, install Jetpack and active the Custom Content module, than go ahead and add new portfolio items. The portfolio is filterable by Project Type, so make sure you add project types to your items. Of course, your portfolio items will need featured images that will be displayed on the front page. Also, from the Customizer you can set a title to be displayed above your portfolio.
4. Blog options
Just like the rest of the theme options, the Blog options section can also be found in the Customizer. There you'll find a set of options that include the ability to set the excerpt lenght, post info on/off toggles for single posts as well as for the rest of the pages, an option to show the full content of your posts on your index and last but not least, options to hide the featured images on the index or on single posts and pages.
The Fonts tab located in the Customizer provides a list of about twenty Google Fonts. We've selected the most popular fonts available from Google so you can customize the look of your site even more if you want. Also, font size options are provided in the same tab.
Last tab from the Customizer that we've added some options to is the Colors tab. Go there and you'll find the ability to change both primary and secondary colors, as well as the colors for many other theme elements. Of course, an option is available to change your background color.