Lyra Blog

Table of Contents


Setup WordPress
Using wordpress & quick start videos
Login to wordpress
ITDR Admin
Branding this template
Understanding device responsive designs

Setup Pages

Archives page
Contact page
Portfolio pages

Setup Universal Items

Image sizes



Setup WordPress
For those that are self-hosted (not on our membership plan) go here to learn how to setup WordPress on your server.  If you are on our membership plan then there is no database setup needed.


Using WordPress & quick start videos - Watch Videos
We created a video library to help walk you through how to WordPress and certain things on our template.  Take a look at the video library here.


Login to WordPress
To login to the backend of WordPress go to where you installed it and add "/wp-admin" to the end of the URL.  So for example, it could be "" or if you installed it in the blog directory then it would be "".


ITDR Admin - View Example Video
The ITDR Admin is where you can choose colors, fonts, sizes, change settings, and change features, etc. in your template.  After you activate your theme it will be located on the bottom of the navigation in the backend of WordPress.


Branding this template - Watch Video
This is a short video to show you how to brand this template in our ITDR Admin.


Understanding device responsive design
This blog is based on a device responsive design, meaning it changes it's structure to better fit the size of the screen viewing it.  This means it will likely appear different on a mobile device than your computer.


Setup Pages

Setup archives page
In the "pages" tab click the "add new" button. Title the page. Then in the attributes panel on the right, use the Template drop down and select "Archives". Now publish.

Setup contact page
In the "pages" tab click the "add new" button, title the page, then in the attributes panel on the right, use the Template drop down and select “Contact”. Now publish.

If you want a sidebar on the contact page where you have the option to include your email, phone, fax, address, and even a Google map, go to the ITDR Admin (bottom of the WordPress navigation) > Setup > Contact and fill in your desired information.

To get a Google Map on the contact page like the demo, go to Google Maps and search your address. Now click "Link" on the top right of the page and copy the HTML embed code. Then go to the "Contact Page" section of the theme admin panel and paste the code in the Google Maps box. You can adjust the size of the map by adjusting the “height” and “width” in the code you just pasted.

Setup a portfolio page (uses BlogShow) - Watch Video Tutorial
Portfolio pages are essentially just a page with a Blogshow embedded in it.    You can get detailed information about using Blogshow here.  To create a Blogshow:

  1. Create your page and Title it.
  2. Click the ITDR logo on the top bar of the editor (where you type text into your page).  Make sure your Blogshow Plugin is activated!
  3. (optional) – To change the design (including height and width) click the “Global Settings” tab.
  4. Click the “Image Sets” tab.
  5. Click “New” and title the set.
  6. Select the set you just created and click the "Image List" tab.
  7. Click “Upload” and upload your desired images.
  8. Click the "Insert" tab and click “Insert into Post!” on the bottom.


Setup Universal Items

To edit the logo go to the ITDR Admin > Design > Logo.

To use the default logo simply add text in the "Logo Text" field.  You can also change the text/color/size/font of each line of the logo.

If you are going to use a different logo you can upload it in the "Logo" field.  (Refer to the "Image sizes" section of this document for recommended sizing.)


Setup your navigation - Watch Video Tutorial
NOTE:  You need to have WordPress 3 of greater.

  1. Go to the "Menus" tab under "Appearance".  
  2. Create a New Menu by giving it a title, then clicking “Create Menu”.
  3. Assign the menu to it's location by selecting it in the dropdown in the top left under the "Theme Location" tab.  Click save.
  4. Select the pages, categories, or custom links that you want in this navigation and add them to your menu.  To create a sub-navigation item, click and drag an already added menu item and put it under & to the right of the desired parent navigation item.
    1. IMPORTANT: due to the complexity of the navigation this blog can only have navigations 2 levels deep.  Anything higher than 2nd level sub-navigations items will not work.
    2. NOTE: To create a "dead" navigation item (one that doesn't link to anything), create a custom link with a link to somewhere fake (example:  Then once added find it on the right column, click the dropdown arrow, and delete the link.


Setup your header
To add your image to the header go to the ITDR Admin > Header tab.

Setup your welcome message
To add your welcome message go to the ITDR Admin > Welcome tab.

Setup a sidebar

  1. Go to the ITDR Admin > Setup.  Change “Use Sidebar” to true.
  2. On the WordPress navigation go to Appearance > Widgets.
  3. Click and drag your desired widgets from the left panel to the right panel named "Sidebar".


Image sizes
Refer to the "Intothedarkroom Message" on the top of your WordPress backend for images size for your blogsite (changing settings can change the image sizes). 

Learn how to save your images here.

Demo image sizes:

  • logo: 140 x 40 pixels
  • header image: 920 x 248 pixels
  • blog post - with sidebar image: 497 pixels wide
  • blog post - without sidebar image: 731 pixels wide
  • page - image: 920 pixels wide


Fonts - Watch Video Tutorial
The default fonts in the demo are:

  • Navigation Font: Droid Sans
  • Heading Font1: Droid Sans
  • Heading Font2: Droid Sans
  • Content Font: Inconsolata

To upload a custom font to this template do the following:

Step 1: Prepare your zipped font file

  1. If you already have the OTF or TTF file that you want to use then skip to step 6.
  2. Go to
  3. Find your font, click on it so it takes you to that font's page
  4. Click the "Download OTF or TTF" button
  5. Unzip the file
  6. Go back to and click the "Web Generator" button in the navigation
  7. Click the "Add Fonts" button and upload the font file (that you just unzipped)
  8. Check the Agreement box
  9. Click the "Download your kit" button (this is the zip file that you will upload to your product)

* Please note: if you are using Safari, the zip might automatically unpack once downloaded. This will not work. To change this setting

In Safari go to Preferences > General, and uncheck "Open SAFE files after downloading". 

Step 2: Upload a font

  1. If you are logged into the backend of your product,
  2. Click on the "Design tab"
  3. Click on the "Fonts" tab
  4. Click "Upload"
  5. Click "Save"


There are two types of comments you can use on this template:  Wordpress comments and Facebook comments.  You can only one OR the other, but you can't use both at the same time because they aren't compatible with each other.  More detail on each system is below:

> Comments - WordPress Comments
Facebook comments are turned on by default for this blog, however, you have the ability to use the standard WordPress comment system as well.  To do this go to the ITDR Admin > Setup tab > Social Media tab > turn "Use Facebook Comments" to false.

> Comments - Facebook Comments
To moderate facebook comments you have two options:  moderating comments with your Facebook username or moderating comments with an app ID.  The difference is that with your facebook user ID you can only moderate comments by checking each post to see if there has been a comment.  You will be notified of comments and there is no central location to moderate all comments left on your blog.  If you use an app ID you can login to one central location to moderate all comments left on your blog.

To moderate with your Facebook user ID:

  1. Go Facebook and login. 
  2. Go to your profile page and look at the URL.  It should say something like "" or "".  Depending on your case your user ID is "joesmith7" or "123456789".
  3. Go to the ITDR Admin panel in WordPress > Setup > Social Media > type in your Facebook ID into the "Facebook Username" field.  Save.
  4. Wait a few minutes as it takes some time to kick in.
  5. Now to moderate your comments go the comments in an entry and you will see a "Moderator View".

To moderate with an app ID:

  1. Go to Facebook and login.
  2. Go to
  3. Click "My Apps > Add a New App" in the navigation. Click "Website".
  4. Name your new app. Click "Create New Facebook App ID".
  5. Choose a category. Click "Create App ID".
  6. In the code it generated, find the number next to the label "appId". Copy that number.
  7. Go to Wordpress > ITDR Admin > Setup tab > Social Media tab.
  8. Add the number you copied to "Facebook App ID" and save.
  9. Now to moderate your new comments you can go to:
  10. That's it!


Using Shortcodes
Shortcodes are just easy ways to enhance a page or post.  This theme comes with a bunch of shortcodes that you can find here:

To implement one of these shortcodes into your page/post just copy and paste the example given under the titles of each shortcode.  Then change the content within it to be your desired text.

For example to get a quote in your blog, copy and paste “[quote]your text here[/quote]” into your page/post, then change the text to whatever your quote is.


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