In this tutorial for the Back-end settings of Suffusion theme, we will cover comment customization, search engine optimization, child theme integration, and more.
These setting allow further customization of suffusion is ways that other themes fall short
For those who prefer to read, the following covers the content of the video above.
The first on the list is the SEO and Meta settings, these settings allow customized search engine optimization directly within suffusion. With this section activated, SEO is a snap and not extra SEO plugin is necessary. You need to be aware that if you activate the SEO settings, you will need to make sure that you do not have any other SEO plugins activated.
The comment settings allow you to open and close comments on any page or post. In these settings, you can also turn off the message that says “the comments are closed for this post.”
The “User Profiles” settings allows some general modifications to admin users of your website. This includes showing a Gravatar for authors.
If you have a Google Analytics account the “Analytics” settings allow you to add your Google analytics tracking code. The tracking code is copied directly from your Google analytics account and pasted into the tracking code field.
The “OpenID Setup” settings allow you to integrate your website with OpenID if you desire to do that. Basically, openID is a way that users can create a web wide username and password that will work on any site that is integrated with openID.
If you want even greater control of the look of your website, and the bundled styles don’t make you happy, you can add your own styles here. You can either add externally defined stylesheets or define the CSS here. This can also be accomplished by creating a child-theme and putting your custom styles in it. I discussed child theme development in another series of videos on this website.
In the Modules section, you can disable widgets that are not in use, this will help keep your site load lower and possibly enhance page load speed.
The “site optimization” section contains several modifications that can be implemented in order to reduce your page load speed. You may or may not need this type of optimization on your site and the best way to determine this is to run some site optimization diagnostics on your website. There are a number of tools on the web that can accomplish this for you.
The “Child Themes” setting has one function. It ensures that your site inherits or does not inherit all stylesheets corresponding to the theme selection. I use a child theme with most of my sites and I set suffusion to Inherit all stylesheets corresponding to the theme selection.
In the next video, we will look at the “Templates” section from the Suffusion Theme dashboard.