Onyx Theme Documentation

This page will provide you with the necessary information to getting the Onyx theme set up on your site. The links below apply to the features associated with the current version of this theme. If you feel there is anything missing form this page, please post a topic “Tutorial Request” in the Onyx forum and we’ll add it to this page.

General Documentation


Widget Styles

With Onyx, you can quickly apply individual styling to each widget in your (left and right) sidebars. To do this, simply go to your Widgets manager (Appearance » Widgets) and select Light, Medium, Dark, or Default style.

We also found the Dynamic Widgets plugin to be the absolute best way to specify where each page your widgets should appear. Many other plugins of this type conflict with the Widget interface and create some pretty bad headaches. The Dynamic Widgets plugin proved to work flawlessly with Onyx and is in use on this demo.



Menus Setup

In your WordPress admin, navigate to Appearance → Menus (screenshot)

If you’re setting up a new theme, when you click the Menus link you may be presented with a page that looks like this.

What we want to do is create a menu, so the first thing to do is type a name for our menu (e.g; Main Menu) then click on “Create Menu”.

Go ahead and click “Save Menu”.
Get in the habit of doing this frequently because (unlike WordPress widgets) the menu settings are only saved when you click “Save Menu”.

To the left side of the menu manager, you’ll see a “Theme Locations” box (screenshot). Assign the menu to the appropriate theme location and click “Save”.

It’s important to understand that different themes support unique theme locations for menus.
For example, the Onyx WordPress theme has a menu located at the very top of the theme as well as a main menu near the logo. Refer to your theme’s documentation to reference the unique theme locations for your theme.

Now, to start adding menu items to your menu:

The first item you’ll probably want to do is add is a “Home” link. If so, just click the Pages box (screenshot) and select the “Home” item, then click “Add to Menu”.
You’ll notice the menu item is now added to your menu.

Repeat the process above to add Pages, Categories, and Custom Links to your menus.

You can also drag-and-drop each menu item to set the item ordering.
To make a menu item a sublevel (or child) item, just drag it horizontally until you notice an indention (screenshot).

Remember to Click Save! Get in the habit of doing this regularly just to be safe.
Your entire menu changes will be lost if you navigate away from the menu manager without doing so.



Home Page Setup

When you first install the Onyx theme, you’ll probably wonder why it doesn’t look exactly like the demo. Have no fear. Setting up your home page is probably the first thing you’ll want to do, so before you begin, be sure to read the “Setting up a Static Front Page in WordPress” article in the general help section.

Once you’ve got a static Page as your home page, you can start adding content. You can either use any of Onyx’s content templates or you can built your own using the shortcodes.