Design Aglow - Backyard Picnic (no longer sold)

Table of Contents


Setup WordPress
Using wordpress & quick start videos
Login to wordpress
ITDR Admin

Setup Pages

Home & Blog page
Home page
Under Construction page
Archives page
Contact page
Portfolio pages

Setup Universal Items

Image sizes
Blog post feature image



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.


Setup Pages

Setup home & blog page - Watch Video Tutorial
NOTE:  If you don’t want a home page and would prefer to just have the blog page as your home page, you don’t need to do these steps.

In the "pages" tab click the "add new" button. Create a page called "Home". Then in the attributes panel on the right, use the Template drop down and select "Homepage". Now publish.

When you make a blog page set the template setting as "Blog".  

Next, go to the "Settings" tab and go into the "Reading" section. Select the button that says "static page" and set the front page as "Home" and the posts page as "Blog" if you created a blog page.

NOTE: if you'd like for the blog to appear in the .com/blog area you will need to go to Permalinks then change the url to custom and put in /%postname%/


Setup home page

> Home page - add twitter feed
To setup the twitter feed go to the ITDR Admin (bottom of the WordPress navigation) > Setup.  Now change “Use Twitter” to true and type in your twitter username in the “Twitter Username” field.

> Home page - add welcome text
To setup a welcome message and the intro boxes on the home page, go to the ITDR Admin (bottom of the WordPress navigation)  > Welcome tab.

> Home page - adding images in the "Latest Posts" section of the homepage
NOTE:  You need to have WordPress 3 or greater.

  •     Go into your latest post in the WordPress backend
  •     Find the "Featured Image" panel in the bottom right and click "Set Featured Image"
  •     Click "Select Image" and upload your desired image.
  •     Click "Use as Featured Image".
  •     Click "Update" or "Save" to the post.


Setup under construction page
You have the ability to add an "Under Construction" page so that visitors to the site see this page no matter what page they are trying to access.  If you're logged into Wordpress, however, you will see your site as if there was no "Under Construction" page, giving you the ability to populate and design it without anybody seeing what you're doing.  To add the page go to the ITDR Admin > Under Construction tab.

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 to the ITDR Admin > Desgin > Logo.

There are three scenarios for the logo size: default logo, custom logo with header pattern on, and custom logo with header pattern off.  The header pattern can be turned on/off in ITDR Admin > Desgin > "Use Header Pattern".  The header pattern on creates a fixed height for the header while the header pattern off makes it adjustable.

  • Default Logo - the default logo allows you to change the text/size/font/color in the default logo texture. 
  • Custom logo with header pattern ON - logo image size:  no taller than 125px, width is adjustable.
  • Custom logo with header pattern OFF:  height and width is adjustable.

The logo size we used in the demo is 600px by 125px. 

IMPORTANT: The sizes include padding on the top in the image to bring it down from the top of the page.


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 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".


Images 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: 590 x 60 pixels
  • header image: 960 x 500 pixels
  • home page - "recent posts" section image: 229 x 172 pixels (same as blog post featured image
  • home page - "links" section image: 313 x 180 pixels
  • blog post - with sidebar image: 690 pixels wide
  • blog post - without sidebar image: 960 pixels wide
  • page - image: 960 pixels wide
  • portfolio page - blogshow images: 960 x 565 pixels


Blog post feature images
The "feature image" is the image that shows up in the "recent posts" section on the home page.  To upload a "feature image" go into your post in the backend of WordPress and upload an image into the "Featured Image" block. If you don't upload a featured image, it will use the first image in the post.


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 Facebook and login.  
  2. Go to
  3. Click "Apps" in the navigation.  Click "Allow" if prompted.
  4. Click "Create a New App".
  5. Title the app, read the terms if you're a reader ;), and click agree, click "Create App".
  6. Fill out the captcha if it comes up.
  7. Locate the section titled "Select how your app integrates with Facebook" near the bottom and type in your "Site URL". (this must be an exact match AND include a trailing slash "/")
  8. Locate and copy the app ID.
  9. Go to the ITDR Admin panel in WordPress > Setup > Social Media > type in your app ID into the "Facebook App ID" field.  Save.
  10. Wait a few minutes as it takes some time to kick in.
  11. Now to moderate your comments you can go to  It is also worth noting that you can change the settings by click the "Settings" button on the right of this screen.

"To add multiple moderators, separate the uids by comma without spaces." 


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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  • 0
    Bailey Mohr

    Please indicate the size (and settings) of the blogshow shown on the portfolio page for the demo of Backyard Picnic.

  • 0
    Brad Hassett

    Hey Bailey,

    The blogshow is 960 by 640 pixels on the portfolio page of the demo.  I'll add that in the notes above. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • 0
    Francisca Nunez

    why are my posts causing a 404 error when I go to that post on my blog?

  • 0
    Brad Hassett

    Francisca,  please submit a support ticket so we can take a look.

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