The Circularize’d WordPress Theme doesn’t require any customization to get the theme working right out of the box.  It does however have some advanced features that are a great addition to the theme and are easy to add.
Table of Contents

  • Custom Admin Menu
  • Custom Fields
  • The Custom Admin Menu

    The admin menu provides you with ability to change some of the blogs settings such as site color or advertising options.

    After you’ve selected Circularize’d as your current WordPress theme the Circularize’d Theme Settings tab presents itself.

    From this screen you can quickly customize your theme.

    Blog Theme Settings

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    Site Color – Select either Red, Blue or Green from the drop down menu to change the blogs theme to the selected color.

    Title Placement – Move the title of your blog to either in front of the circles or to the top of the site. Titles put in front of the circles are displayed in white and are bled into the white background for the blog. Titles put at the top are displayed in whichever site color you have chosen.

    Site Logo – Enter the full image URL for a logo you would like to use starting with the http://   The maximum height for logos is 100px and the maximum width is 750px if your title placement is ‘Top of Site’ or 960px if your title placement is ‘In Front of Circles’.

    Example: If you were to upload your site logo using WordPress’ built in image uploader, you would copy and paste the file URL e.g. http://demo.jeremyadamdavis.com/wordpress/circularized/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/logo.png

    Post Title Image Placement – Select either right or left to determine if the optional post title images are displayed to the left or right of the post title.

    Google Analytics Code – Enter the entire snippet of code that Google gives you when you add a new website profile.

    Advertising Settings

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    Advertising Section – Select which style of advertising you would like to use on your blog. Choose among a 300×250 Google Adsense Image, four 125×125 Ad Blocks to select your own advertisers, both advertising styles or don’t display any ads on your blog.

    Google Adsense ID – Enter in your Publisher ID given to you by Google Adsense. This is used to make sure you get your money when you chose the 300×250 Google Adsense Image advertising option.

    Adspot Image – Enter in the full image URL for the 125×125 ad block starting with the http://

    Adspot URL – Enter in the full URL you would like the visitor to go do when they click the 125×125 image.

    Custom Fields

    By adding the custom fields to your posts you can give your post a post title image and a subtitle.

    The Circularize’d WordPress Theme has two simple custom fields that you might like to use to spruce up some of your posts.

    Here’s a sample post that uses both the post title image and subtitle custom field options.

    If you aren’t familiar with custom fields, then go read about custom fields from either the WordPress Codex or in a better explained version by Justin Tadlock.

    Or you can just quickly try the two custom fields below and learn a bit by trial and error.

    Adding a Post Title Image

    This will add an image next to your post title on your homepage and your archives pages. This can help brighten up those pages where there is mostly text.

    If you are so inclined to have a post title image, do as follows:

    1. Start writing a new post or editing an existing one.

    2. Upload the image you want.

    Click the ‘Upload Image’ button and upload the image from your computer that you are wanting to use.

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    Keeping the width under 300px would be a good idea so that the post title doesn’t become too smashed, but do what you want, it’s your blog.

    3. Copy the image URL location.

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    This is displayed in “Link URL” field. Select and copy the URL starting after /circularized/ Be sure to include that final forward slash after circularized. You might have to click the ‘File URL’ button to view the image’s URL path.

    4. Scroll down to the Custom Fields Options.

    5. For the Key type in ‘post-image’ (no parentheses).

    Depending on which version of WordPress you are using you can either directly add a new Key to your custom fields or you will have to click the ‘Enter New’ link to do so.

    6. For the Value paste in the image location from above.

    7. Click ‘Add Custom Field’.

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    8. All Done!

    View a sample post using the post-image custom field.

    Adding a Post Subtitle

    Everyone once in while I feel like that would like to add more to my post’s title, but can’t because of space or clarity issues. If you have that problem too, then solve it with a subtitle. Subtitles are also good to use if you have a series of posts.

    1. Start writing a new post or editing an existing one.

    2. Scroll down to the Custom Fields Options.

    3. For the Key type in ‘subtitle’ (no parentheses).

    4. For the Value write in your subtitle.

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    5. Click ‘Add Custom Field’.

    6. All Done!

    View a sample post using the subtitle custom field.