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Setting the portfolio

Introduction

There are a few steps which need to be accomplished to have the portfolio page up and running correctly. Following is the summary of the steps required:

  1. Create portfolio categories
  2. Create portfolio items
  3. Set a portfolio page template
  4. Set the portfolio page parameters
  5. Set additional settings via admin panel (optional)

The next paragraphs will be devoted to the steps described above.

Creating the categories

It is very important that every item in portfolio is assigned to a category otherwise it will not display on items list. This is why you should create the categories first. To create a portfolio category go to "portfolio » Categories" section in your admin area (Screenshot 12).
The section is pretty same as category interface for regular wordpress posts so you should be comfortable dealing with this part. Add some categories and we are done with this part.:

Portfolio - add category
Screenshot 12: Portfolio categories

Useful to know

You can have unlimited portfolios on unlimited pages. This is achieved by assigning various categories to various portfolio pages.

Creating portfolio posts

A number of custom options is available for any portfolio post created. Some of the options common for all posts and pages have been described in the Setting the pages section of the documentation. If you haven't read it, make sure to do so before going ahead. The post-specific options available are illustrated in the Screenshot 13:

Portfolio item options
Screenshot 13: Portfolio item options

Note that assigning various sizes to posts you can achieve variable size portfolio layout. Other options are quite self-explanatory. The last thing we'd like to stop on is "Make featured" option. If selected, you can use this in portfolio listing shortcode later to list featured items only rather than listing the latest items.

  1. Create the posts

    Go to Portfolio => Add new section in your admin panel and create a post. Don't forget to set a featured image for each post. You will also need to assign the post at least to one category. How to create categories is described in the next paragraph

  2. Set post options

    There's number of options which can be set for each individual portfolio post. We will not stop on this as the fields are very descriptive. Check Screenshot 13 for an illustration.

  3. Misc: Sorting the posts

    Go to Portfolio => Sort items section in your admin panel. Here you can sort the posts with the help of the drag&drop functionality provided. Not that the posts are not sorted on per-category basis.

Set a portfolio page template

Once you are done creating the posts and categories, time to assign the corresponding template to your portfolio page. Choose the relevant portfolio template (screenshot 14).

Setting the portfolio page template
Screenshot 14: Setting the portfolio template

Set the portfolio page parameters

The last step is setting the corresponding parameters for the current portfolio page. Screenshot 15 illustrates the page parameters block.

Portfolio page settings
Screenshot 15: Portfolio page settings.

Following is the description of parameters available:

  1. Portfolio categories

    Check the categories the items of which you'd like to show on current portfolio page. At least one category must be chosen from this list.

  2. Portfolio items per page.

    This applies only to non-animated portfolio layouts with pagination.

  3. Portfolio type

    Choose between non-animated portfolio layout with pagination or animated without pagination. In the latter case all items will be shown in one page. If the first option is selected, the number of items to show should be set from the "Portfolio items per page" field.

  4. Facebook Like button

    If selected, a button will appear after each post allowing visitors to like the post on Facebook.

  5. Item layout type

    The post can have a few layout combinations on listing, this is where you can choose the preferred one.

Those were the steps required to have a fully functional portfolio.

Set admin settings

You can optionally set variety of parameters for portfolio via theme's admin panel. Screenshot 16 illustrates the page parameters block. All options are self-explanatory and wherever needed a hint is provided (check the icon with question mark).

Portfolio page settings
Screenshot 16: Portfolio admin settings.

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