In this tutorial, we will cover the Template settings for Suffusion theme. The templates contained within Suffusion theme allow you to customize auto-generated pages like search page, categories page, author posts page, and sitemap page.
Suffusion gives you some control over how pages will look when generated unlike most WordPress themes which do not allow customization of auto-generated pages.
Also we will briefly look at the Magazine template and Custom template that are set in the template settings.
From the Suffusion Dashboard, click the menu item titled “templates.” The templates section of Suffusion covers a variety of template settings that can be modified to change the look and feel of the site in several different situations.
The magazine template settings are primarily found in this section. The magazine template will display featured content, headlines, excerpts, and catagories. If you want to display the magazine template for your home page, you will find the setting here. You may also display any page using the magazine template. There are a variety of settings for displaying headlines, excerpts, and catagories.
You can set up the layout of the magazine template here also. Suffusion allows you to create from 1 to 10 category blocks per row on a page when using the magazine template. Here is an example of how the magazine template could be used.
The “page of posts” template can be used to create a page of posts. This will follow the default sidebar layout for the theme.
The “single categories” template is applied whenever you open a category. It displays all posts associated with a category.. This template is automatically assigned to every category you cannot manually assign it.
The “single tag” template is automatically applied whenever you open a tag – you cannot manually assign it. It displays all posts with a particular tag.
As with the “single tag” template, the author template is automatically applied whenever you open an author page – you cannot manually assign it. It displays all posts associated with an author.
The search template is applied whenever you get search results. This is where it is activated. As discussed previously, there are also modifications for the search template found in the “layouts section” which can be accessed from the suffusion navigation.
The Attachments template is an inbuilt WP template that gets assigned when a user clicks an image, audio, or video attachment, a in a post. These settings allow for customization of the visual presentation of the attachments when opened in a web page.
The sitemap template can be used to show users a path around your site. The sitemap would be set up when creating a page. When creating a page, you can locate the sitemap template in the “page attributes” and then in the page attributes, click on the link that is titled “Template.” It is here that you will select the “site map” template if you desire to set up a site map of your own.
If you have a site for book reviews the Now Reading Reloaded plugin is a great one to use. Suffusion has templates that support this plugin, which you can control here.
The 404 Page is encountered when a user tries to access a page that isn’t there. You can configure your 404 page title and content here.
The “Custom Layout” template offers you 5 special widget areas that you can use to build just about any layout that you wish. Each widget area can be defined with a different number of columns. The heights of the widgets in each such widget area can be further controlled so as to maximize your look and feel effects. Define your defaults here, then use this template while creating a page. Each widget area can be customized with the settings found here. In another video, we will look at the custom layout template more in-depth.
You can use the Magazine, Page of Posts, and Custom Layout Templates on any page that you create. Activate this template for any page when the page is created. When you create a page there is an option on the right hand side that is titled “page attributes.” Click on the down arrow that says “Template.” Here you can choose the template or the sidebar layout you would like to display for this particular page. The default setting will automatically be selected unless you choose to modify it.
To wrap up let me mention the section of Suffusion Theme titled: “Custom Types.” Suffusion Theme Version 4.0.0 and beyond, no longer supports the options for Custom Post Types with the theme. You can download the Suffusion Custom Post Types plugin if you would like to customize the layout of particular posts on your blog.
Now that you have finished with the Suffusion Theme Overview, Watch the video series called, “Wordpress and Suffusion Theme Set-up from Start to finish.” In this video series, I build a website from the ground up using Suffusion Theme.