Getting Started

Getting Started

Independent Publisher is a clean and polished theme with a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images. It’s designed to enhance your content and provide an immersive experience for your readers. With a special focus on readability, the content looks crisp and easy on the eyes. Independent Publisher is responsive, adjusting its layout to accommodate various devices and screen sizes.

To make your site look like the demo, you’ll need to publish a few posts with Featured Images. Once you’ve done that, you can move on to setting up a Custom Header.

Custom Header & Featured Images


You can personalize your site with a Custom Header, which is used as the background for your site title and tagline on all posts and pages. To add your custom header, go to Customize → Header Image.


The Featured Images from your pages and posts can optionally replace your Custom Header. To enable this, go to Customize → Theme Options and check box for Use Post Cover Images. The recommended size for these images is 1400 by 600 pixels.


Gravatar Logo


Independent Publisher has been built with the personal blogger in mind, so only a Gravatar image can be used as the site logo. By default, the site owner’s Gravatar is displayed in the header.

If you want to display someone else’s Gravatar, navigate to the Customize → Theme Options and change the Gravatar email address. You can also hide the logo from Customize → Theme Options.


Create a Menu

Independent Publisher provides support for one Custom Menu, displayed in the left column, which can be configured via Customize → Menus.

Social Links Menu

Independent Publisher allows you to display links to your social media profiles, like Twitter and Facebook, as icons using a Custom Menu. The Social Links Menu is displayed below the site’s title and tagline. Learn how to set it up.

Slideout Panel


The slideout panel is displayed when a custom header is activated, or when the post/page has a Featured Image set. When activated, your Custom Menu will appear inside the slideout panel.

Click or tap the menu icon in the header to display it. When the slideout panel is not activated, a dropdown menu is displayed instead.

Widgets and Other Features

Independent Publisher supports one widget area on the left side of the theme.

It also supports the following features:

Social Links Menu
Featured Images
Post Formats
Custom Menus
Custom Background
Custom Header
Supported Social Networks

Linking to any of the following sites in the Social Links Menu will automatically display its icon:

Email (mailto: links)
RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

The main column width is max 700.
The Widget Area width is 250.
Featured Images work best with 1400 wide by 600 high.
Custom Header Image is 1440 wide by 600 high.

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