With the exception of the special front page template and the additional 9 widgets, Proxima doesn’t introduce any new back-end features. So if you are familiar with WordPress, you will feel at home using the theme.
Front Page template
If you want to achieve the layout, shown on Proxima’s demo site, you’d need to:
- Create a new page at Pages ➝ Add New. Use whatever title you want – “Home” for example. There is no need to add any other text.
- Select “Front Page” from the Template drop-down. Publish the page.
- Go to Settings ➝ Reading and set the “Front page displays” option to “A static page (select below)”. Then select the page you created in the previous steps from the dropdown list and click “Save Changes”.
- To display the featured content slider, simply mark the posts you want to appear there as “Sticky”.
- Navigate to Appearance ➝ Widgets and note the “Front Page” widget area.
- Drag and set some widgets to that “Front Page” sidebar. The following widgets are used on the demo: Proxima Posts (Horizontal), followed by four Proxima Posts (Vertical) widgets. The widget area is truly flexible, so you can add whatever you want, but the above two widgets are built specifically to be used on the front page.
The theme is packed with 9 widgets:
- Proxima – Subscribe – allowing visitors to subscribe to your FeedBurner feed.
- Proxima Tabs – displaying popular posts (based on the number of comments), recent posts and tags in a neat tabbed box.
- Proxima Posts (Horizontal) – used to display horizontally arranged posts from a specific category.
- Proxima Posts (Vertical) – used to display vertically arranged posts from a specific category.
- Proxima 468×60 Ad – display a standard 468×60 banner.
- Proxima 300×250 Ad – display a 300×250 banner.
- Proxima 125×125 Ad – display up to four 125×125 banners.
- Proxima 120×600 Ad – display up to two 120×600 banners.
- Proxima 120×240 Ad – display up to two 120×240 banners.
You can find Proxima’s theme settings in “Appearance ➝ Customize” and play with the available options. If you want change the theme even further, you should build your own Proxima child theme and separate your custom code there.