HitMag WordPress theme documentation

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  1. Introduction.
  2. Theme Installation.
  3. Magazine Homepage.
  4. Widgets.
  5. Widget Areas.
  6. Add a custom logo.
  7. Custom Menu / Social Menu.
  8. Featured Slider.

1. Introduction

This is the documentation page of the HitMag WordPress Theme. We will try to keep everything well documented. If you are not sure about any particular area of this please use the support forum.

2. Theme Installation

  • Theme installation process is same as others.
  • Download the .zip file. ( HitMag PRO can be downloaded from https://themezhut.com/my-account/ after the purchase. )
  • Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress Dashboard.
  • Click on the Add New button.
  • Click on the Upload Theme button on the top.
  • Use Choose File button to select .zip file.
  • Select the theme ‘zip’ file from your computer and click Install Now Button.
  • After successfully installing the theme click “Activate Theme”.

3. Magazine Homepage

– Adding a magazine homepage.
  • Create a new page by going to Pages > Add New in the WordPress Dashboard
  • Give the page a name whatever you want. eg : Home.
  • Then from the page attributes options box select the Template as Magazine Homepage.

Creating Magazine Homepage WordPress

  • Then Go to Settings > Reading in the WordPress Dashboard and select the “A Static Page” option which is under the heading “Front Page Displays”.
  • Then Select the page that you created earlier from the “Front Page” drop down . eg: Home

Reading Settings

– Adding a blog post page when magazine homepage is activated.
  • Go to Pages > Add New in the WordPress Dashboard.
  • Give it a name whatever you want. eg : Blog.
  • Then from the page attributes options box select the Template as Default Template.
  • Then Go to Settings > Reading in the WordPress Dashboard and select the option “A static page” which is under the heading “Front Page Displays”.
  • Then Select the page that you created from the “Posts Page” drop down . eg: Blog.

Now you have created a “Magazine Homepage” to display posts widgets and “Blog page” to display normal blog posts. To display posts widgets in magazine homepage drag and drop Magazine posts widgets to “Magazine Homepage” widget area.

4. Widgets

There are 5 widgets bundled with the free theme.

  1. HitMag: Magazine Posts (Style 1) – Can be displayed in Magazine Homepage widget area, Main Sidebar and Footer Sidebars.
  2. HitMag: Magazine Posts (Style 2) – Can be displayed in Magazine Homepage widget area, Main Sidebar and Footer Sidebars.
  3. HitMag: Magazine Posts (Style 3) – Can be displayed in Magazine Homepage widget area, Main Sidebar and Footer Sidebars.
  4. HitMag: Sidebar Posts  – Can be displayed in Main Sidebar and Footer Sidebars.
  5. HitMag: Popular posts, Comments, Tags widget.  – Can be displayed in Main Sidebar and Footer Sidebars.

5. Widget Areas

1.  Magazine Homepage
2.  Main Sidebar
3.  Header Advertisement Area
4.  Footer Left Sidebar
5.  Footer Mid Sidebar
6.  Footer Right Sidebar

Add each widget to the relevant widget areas and arrange them in any order you want.

6. Add a Custom Logo

Adding a custom logo is very easy. Please use the following steps.

  • Go to Customizer > Site Identity in the WordPress Dashboard. ( Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Site Identity ).
  • Then click on the “Select Logo” button which is under the “Logo” title. Then use the upload tab to upload a logo or select the previously uploaded logo from the popped up media library window.
  • Now if you don’t want to show the site title and description text you can un-check the “Display site title and tagline” check box.
  • Click “Save and Publish” button at the top.

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7. Custom Main Menu

  • Go to Appearance > Menus in the WordPress Dashboard.
  • In the edit menus tab click on the “create new menu” link.
  • Give a Menu Name and click button “create menu”.  For example if you are planing to use this as main menu type “Main Menu”
  • Then you can choose/create the links from the tabs (Pages/Posts/Custom Links/Categories) which are in the left hand side of the screen.
  • After Creating the menu select the Theme Location of the menu.(It’s under the Menu Settings which is in the bottom of the page. ) Select where you want to show this menu. Theme has three menu locations. ( Main Menu, Top Menu, Social Media Menu )
  • Finally Hit Save.

Social Media Menu.

It is very easy to add a social media menu to your site top bar with HitMag theme. Adding a social media menu is same as adding other menus as described above. Use custom links to add social media links ( eg: https://facebook.com/themezhut ) and select the menu location as “Social Media Menu”.

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Use custom links to add social links.

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Now your social links will be displayed at the top bar of the site as shown in the demo.

8. Featured Images and Slider

Sometimes you may have noticed that when you upload featured images from posts they don’t have same sizes in the blog index page or magazine page. To fix that please use the great regenerate thumbnail plugin to crop images. It will crop all the featured images of posts.

Activate slider

Note: You have to have activated the magazine homepage as described above, in order to display slider.

1. Go to Appearance > Customize > Slider Settings.
2. Switch On Featured slider.
3. Then select the category of posts which you want to display in the slider. ( Featured images of posts of the selected category will be displayed as slider images.
– Featured images of posts should be at least in width of 735px and in height of 360px to display slider images properly.

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112 thoughts on “HitMag WordPress theme documentation

  1. Hi Pubudu,

    Can I use the Pro Hit Mag theme on more that one site without have to buy the theme every wp website?

    I have several different blogs … and Pro Hit Mag will work great with all of them. I have one website
    under development right now, and I would like to consider using Pro HitMag.

    Thank you.

      1. Blog, on the other hand is not a category. In blog WordPress displays all the posts those belong to all the categories or uncategorized posts. You can create a page to and assign it to display blog posts. Please read the documentation ( Magazine Homepage > Adding a blog post page when magazine homepage is activated ) to learn how to do that.

    1. Hi Mike,

      You don’t have to create a page to display all the posts belong to a particular category. Only you have to do is create a category from Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Add New. Then assign posts to that category from posts. That category archive page will be created automatically for you. You can find the link to that category archive page from Dashboard > Appearance > Menus. There is a toggled menu in the left side of the Menus page. Find the “Categories” section from that toggled menu and mark and add the category to the menu. It will link to the particular category archive.

      Thank You.

  2. Hello, is there a way to control the “related posts”? (How many, relate them using Categories and/or Tags and/or more complex semantic rules…)

    I feel like it would be a great addition… assuming these options are not somewhere already!

  3. Hi,
    First thanks for the amazing theme!

    I just need to know if this theme supports (RTL) option, also if can be used with the polylang & WPML plugins, in case to use it for several languages.

    thanks again.

  4. I really like this theme! But I cannot find where I can access the header.php file so that I can put Google console and Google analytics codes in there. Can you point me in a good direction?

  5. Hi,

    I have been using the free version of this website to test it out, and I really like it. It is well designed and user friendly. On the free version, I believe that you can only use the magazine template on the home page. Is it possible to have magazine templates with different content in each on different pages in the paid for version?

    Thank you

  6. Hi,

    I can’t seem to get rid of the white space area in the header. This is usually the area where the site name and tagline go, but I want to hide them so that I can just use my own logo image. How can I get rid of the white bar because it makes the alignment off?

    Thanks!

    Carlos

    1. Hi Carlos,

      Please copy and paste the following css code in the Additional CSS area of the customizer to remove that white space.

      .header-main-area {
      display: none;
      }

      I hope this will help you.

      Thanks.

    1. Hi Revathi,

      It cannot display images in the WordPress default recent posts widget. Please use the Sidebar Posts widget that comes with HitMag theme. You can use it to display recent posts with images.

      Thanks.

        1. Hi Yev,

          They are displayed by the Jetpack plugin. Go to Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings and turn off the Related Posts Module.

          Thank You.

    1. Hi Tracy,

      I am sorry for the late reply. Yes of course you can display latest 5 posts in the slider instead of posts from a category. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Slider Settings. Then select “–Show All Posts–” in the select dropdown which is titled under “Select the category for slider posts”.

      Thank You.

        1. Hi Belal,

          What is the option you are looking for? There are only two options in the slider settings. And the slider displays only on the “Magazine Homepage”. So you need to create a magazine homepage first. There are many options in the PRO version.

          Thank You.

    1. Dear Cheryle,

      Since Gravatar is the WordPress’s by default Avatar service, we have added support for that. However I found a plugin called WP User Avatar which gives you the ability use your site’s media library images to use as Avatar. Could you please try this plugin? Here is it -https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-user-avatar/

      Thank You.

  7. Hello, Great theme. Looking to see if i can put social media icons/links on the opposite side of the header where the date is currently displayed? Great to add FB, Instagram and Twitter

    Thanks,

    C

    1. Hi Sina,

      To show images on the slider you need to set featured images for the posts those are shown in the slider.

      Thank You.

    1. Hi Yev,

      As mentioned in the documentation please install the “Regenerate Thumbnail” plugin and run it once to resize all the images at once.

      Thank You.

  8. Hello, Please i cant seem to find the button for uploading my own custom logo…. is this option removed in the free edition of this theme?

    1. Hello Harrison,

      No it is not removed from free version. Please go to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity and set your logo. However if your WordPress version is below 4.5 logo option will not support.

      Thank You.

    1. Hi Yev,

      It seems you have activated the Jetpack’s mobile theme on your site. Go to Jetpack > Settings and search for “Mobile Theme”. Please switch it off.

      Thank You.

  9. Hi, I would like to remove the author information from the featured slider, is there a setting for this or any other way to remove that information?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Pav,

      I am sorry, currently there is not a widget for that. However it is a good idea. I think there may be plugins for that.

      Thank You.

  10. HI,
    I just purchased the PRO version for a reason that I want to dock my google ad which is the last widget at the main side bar while the content length is longer than side bar, I saw this function is presented in your PRO version demo. But why my google ad is still scrolled up together with the content, do I miss any additional settings to achieve this? Thanks.

  11. Hi,

    First of all thanks for this clean and good looking Hitmag theme. I have installed your free theme and soon I will go for pro. Is there any plugin to load website fast?

    Thanks
    Raj

  12. Hi, it’s impressive from the time I met your pro theme. Great job!
    Anyway, can this theme able to show share counter?
    Also I would like to show also the author profile. Your assistance will be a great work for me.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Priyal,

      You can do that from Dashboard > Apperance > Customize > Post Options > and switch off “Author details box after the post”.

      Thank You.

  13. I may be on the wrong page, I’m looking for support for the Hit theme. Specifically, the white bar across the home page. I can empty all the widgets out of it, but I need to entirely remove the bar. Can’t find anything in the customize location and I’ve tried to hack at the code but it’s still there. Any way you can help?

  14. Love your theme… getting used to the settings but wanting to change the font, size and position of the header text… is there an easy way to do this?

    Many thanks

  15. Hi,
    First of all a massive thanks for this theme. We are trying it out for a charity for refugees in London.
    We are having an issue and the issue is the slider get stopped after the last image.
    Is that a bug or a feature.
    Please help.
    We are using the free version and here is the site http://islingtonrefugeeforum.org/

    Thanks again

  16. How can I remove Powered by WordPress and HitMag? There is no “editor” available in appearances…Please tell me I am using the free version.

    1. You can use custom css to hide that. However in pro version you can do that and add new one easily just from the customizer.

      Thank You.

  17. Hi Pubudu,
    great theme, thanks!
    With regard to the featured slider: is there a possibility to add multiple category selection (not just picking one or all category) and to enable sticky posts (showing first)? Maybe there is a hook I could work with?
    Thank you so much! moaschtr

  18. Saying more about how I want my site to look: it’s https://go4ward.info/risescitech. What we’d like to do is designate some posts as quick takes — very short — and put them the sidebar, not in the main content area. But nothing happens when I select ‘right sidebar’ as the layout option. Is it because we already use a sidebar widget? Any help would be most appreciated.

  19. Hi,
    I can’t figure out the way to enable follow-up comment and new post notification options below the comment field on my website while using the HitMag WordPress theme. Could you please help?
    Thanks,
    Kaushik

    1. Hi Philip,

      You can do it with css. Copy and paste the following CSS code in the Additional CSS area of the customizer.

      .site-branding {
      float: none;
      display: table;
      width: 100%;
      }

      .site-branding-content {
      display: table-cell;
      text-align: center;
      vertical-align: middle;
      }

      .hm-logo {
      float: none;
      display: inline-block;
      vertical-align: top;
      }

      Thank You.

  20. Please I’m finding it difficult to display blog posts together with magazine homepage…it only displays the hitmag posts for magazine homepage and post loop widget as well but I can’t seem to see the normal blog posts that have pagination. Help please

    1. Hi Asikwe,

      I am sorry it cannot display blog posts in the static page. Please create a blog posts archive separately.

      Thank You.

  21. Hi, first of all thanks a lot for the theme. great job.

    my question: how can i change the_excerpt() from counting words to counting charakters?

    thank you!

  22. Hi Pubudu,
    I have a problem which is getting me mad… I use HitMag on two differents blogs. On the first one it works perfectly but on the second one i have troubles with the sharing on Facebook and with the mobile version.
    When articles are published on facebook it’s the default image of the blog that appear and not the ‘image à la une’ i don’t understand why (it worked with the previous theme i used and i didn’t change anything on the setting of WP)
    I disabled the Jetpack mobile theme but still, on my mobile the theme doesn’t work. I don’t understand…
    Can you help me?
    Thank you so much.
    Lauriane

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      You need to create a magazine homepage. Please read the documentation to learn how to do that.

      Thank You.

    1. Hi Belal,

      I cannot understand your first question. Could you please explain it a little bit?

      Currently you are displaying pages on the menu. You can display categories on the menu. And let people view category wise posts. Go to Appearance > Menus and add categories to your menu.

      Thank You.

  23. How do I make my 5 featured posts static (not change)?? Once I enter a 6th post the first post is no longer featured. Thanks!

    1. Hi Albert,

      I am sorry for the late reply. To do that make a category specifically for slider. Name it whatever you want. For example “Featured”. Then assign this category to posts those you want to display in slider. Then choose that “Featured” category for the slider from the slider settings at customizer.

      I hope this will help you.

      Thank You.

  24. Hey
    Is there any chance I can customize the slider?
    I’d like to set one category for each one of the buttons/icons below the slider, so it could update automatically the specific category slide when I post something new, instead of being latest posts.

    Thanks a lot

    1. Hi,

      Yes. Create a new category specifically for the slider. For example create a category called “Featured”. Then assign posts to that category those you want to display on the slider. Then choose the slider category as “Featured” from the slider settings of the customizer.

      I hope this will help you. If not please leave a reply.

      Thank You.

  25. Hi, i am trying to hide the sidebar on some pages – i have installed the Content Aware Sidebars to allow me to hide the sidebar – because I am now showing a different sidebar that has no widgets added, it should hide the sidebar but it doesn’t – instead there is just whitespace. I think it is something to do with the function is_active_sidebar( ‘target-sidebar’ ) which is different in your theme than the default code.

    Can you help please?

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Josephine,

      You can change your post or page layout from the post or page edit screen if you want to change layout uniquely. Go to post/page edit screen and find the “Select Layout” metabox.

      If you want to change your page layout globally please go to Appearance > Customize > Page Options > Content and Sidebar Alignment ( For post layouts use Post Options > Content and Sidebar Alignment )

      I hope this will help you. If not please leave a reply.

      Thank You.

  26. Dear all

    we are using your hitmag theme for a dutch web site. I managed to change the most important text into dutch. However, the date in the top menu bar does not wish to go to dutch even if the wp version we have is in dutch and dutch has been set to standard language. Am I missing an option setting?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. Dear Koper,

      Thank you for letting us know about this. We will fix this in the next theme update.

      Thank You.

    1. Hello Kris,

      To do that you need to manually remove media queries in the style.css file. This may take some time.

      Thank You.

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