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An introduction to the Matin theme

Welcome to the Matin introduction where I will take you through the specifics of this theme and how you can begin setting up your new website. With clean simple design, the primary purpose of this theme is to keep things simplified and less cluttered so that all you have to worry about it creating great content. This theme is best suited for bloggers, both personal and business.

Key Features

First, you are getting a theme with more features, functions, and options, but ultimately, here is a key list of features:

  • Mobile Responsive
  • Unlimited Colours using a single preset control
  • You also get a “Dark” version of this theme
  • 10 Sidebar Positions with select groups having dynamic width capability
  • 5 Blog Styles & Layouts
  • 3 Full Post Styles & Layouts
  • 4 Boxed Layout options
  • Custom Page Background
  • Choice of using Excerpts
  • Auto Create Featured Image thumbnails
  • WP Custom Image header with additional header style options
  • Show or Hide Page Elements
  • Live Preview Customizer
  • Social Network Menus with Icons
  • RTL – Right to Left
  • WP Post Formats
  • Basic Typography Options
  • Custom WP Gallery Image Viewer
  • Custom Error Page
  • Built with the Bootstrap 4 (new) Grid Layout
  • Additional Page Layout Templates

Customizing Your Theme

As I will keep saying this for every theme I release, there is one important element to consider when setting up your theme and website, is customization. If you plan to modify the theme at some point in time, such as modifying a theme template, or perhaps you want to add something more, I strongly recommend using a child theme. I may create a tutorial about child themes, but the WordPress.org website has a Child Theme tutorial that you can follow.

Ultimately, using a child theme will prevent you from losing any changes you make whenever this theme has an update. Making changes to the theme’s files will result in being overwritten when you update, which is why using a child theme is critical.

Theme Info Page

When you are in your site’s admin area, you have a theme information page available to you with quick links to resources and support. Go to the Appearance menu group and look for the “About Matin” link.

about matin

You will see a page with tabs, each containing valuable information for your reference.

about matin page

One in particular is the CHANGELOG tab which outlines what changes were made in the current and previous versions of this theme. 

How to Begin

Now that you’ve installed the theme, the fun begins, so I recommend exploring the customizer (found under the Appearance menu group) and all of its settings. From there, start planning out your website (if new), otherwise start adjusting your site to the new theme and features.