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Introducing Alto

Alto is a content-focused theme that channels the best of digital publishing. Sharp lettering and simple organization provide an engrossing reader experience, all easily tuned to fit your content perfectly. A subtle mix of traditional and contemporary aesthetics, Alto is a perfect frame for blogs, portfolios, and magazines.

Overview

  • Alto is designed to feel and flow like a digital magazine.
  • Make important content permanently prominent using Alto’s sticky posts feature.
  • Alto supports standard post types, pages, widgets.
  • Keep your readers connected with links to more than 25 social media sites.
  • Enable proper dialogue with Alto’s optional threaded comments.

Features

Resonsive layout

Responsive@2x

Alto is fully responsive and scales to fit any size device and browser.

Alternate Post Types

No one’s a fan of monotony. That’s why we’ve packed two alternative post types (aka permalink page styles) with Alto:

Default

Header-1@2x

Alt. 1

Header-2@2x

Alt. 2

Header-3@2x

Header-4@2x

Setup

Setup: Custom Header

Alto gives you the ability to display a custom header with your logo, title, and site description.

To setup your header, login to the Dashboard for your site and from the left-hand menu, select *Appearance > Customize*. On the next screen, from the blue bar on the right-hand side, select *Header*. Here, you can upload an image to be used as your logo. Alto is designed to display your logo either by itself, or alongside the title and description for your site.

If you’d like to display the logo by itself, select *Site Title* from the blue menu and make sure that the *Display Header Text* box is unchecked.

Setup: Custom Colors

Setup your own custom color palette and background image using the WordPress Custom Design add-on.

To enable the Custom Design add-on, login to the Dashboard for your site and from the left-hand menu, select *Appearance > Customize*.

On the next screen, from the blue bar on the right-hand side, select *Colors*. By default, you can set the background color for your theme through the color swatch labeled “Background.” If you’d like to change the accent colors for the theme, you’ll need to purchase the Custom Design add-on from WordPress.

Setup: Custom Design Add-On

The custom design add-on provides the option of setting up to 2 colors for your theme, or, selecting from an array of pre-defined color palettes. To set either of the two colors available (or to choose a pre-defined palette), select *Colors* from the blue bar on the right-hand side.

To set the colors yourself, click on the individual swatches beneath the “Colors” label. This will reveal a color picker for you to set your desired colors. If you’d rather use a pre-defined palette, click on one of the palette images below the “Choose a Palette” label.

Setup: Alternative Single Post Layouts

Alto comes with the option of changing the style of your single post layout (also know as the “permalink page” for your posts). To change the style of the single post layout, login to the Dashboard for your site and from the left-hand menu, select *Appearance > Customize*.

On the next screen, from the blue bar on the right-hand side, select *Single Post Style*. In total, the theme supports three styles: the Default style, Alternative Style 1, and Alternative Style 2. To set one of the alternative styles, select the option from the drop down under the “Select a Single Post Style” label.

*Important:* If you’d like to preview the single post style live, click on one of the posts for your site while you’re in the customize panel. When you select an option, the page will automatically update to display the changes before you save.

Once you’ve chosen the single post style that looks best for your site, click the “Save” button on the bottom of the blue bar.

Setup: Social Media Links

Alto gives you the option of adding in social media links to your favorite social networks to the right-hand side of the theme’s footer. To add your social media profiles, log into the Dashboard for your site and (from the left-hand menu) select *Appearance > Menus*.

On the next screen, locate the option at the top to “Create a New Menu.” Next, set the Menu Name field to “Social.” To add your profiles, select *Links* from the accordion menu on the left (between Pages and Categories) to reveal the Links panel. For each profile you’d like to add, set the URL field to the address of your profile on the site. Don’t forget the http:// at the beginning!

For example, if you’d like to add your Twitter profile, you would set the URL to http://twitter.com/%5Byour user name]. Next, make sure to set the link text (this doesn’t display on the theme but helps visually impaired visitors identify the link). Set this to the name of the social network, e.g., “Twitter.”

Currently, Alto offers support for: Bandcamp, Behance, Del.ico.us, DeviantArt, Digg, Dribbble, Etsy, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Github, Instagram, Last.fm, LinkedIn, Pinboard, Pinterest, Rdio, Skype, Soundcloud, Spotify, StumbleUpon, Svpply, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus (+), MySpace, and Vimeo.

Once you’ve added your links, under the “Menu Settings” section, make sure to check the “Social” box next to the “Theme Locations” option. When that’s done, click the blue “Save Menu” button and your social links will be added to your theme.

Setup: Comments

Alto supports comments via the Jetpack Comments plugin on WordPress.com. Comments work out of the box, so you can start posting and holding discussions around your content immediately. WordPress does, however, give you options for managing how comments are displayed and when.

To display comments on a per post basis, open up the post you’d like to enable or disable comments on by clicking Posts > All Posts in the left-hand sidebar in your Dashboard. From here, click on either the title of the post or the Edit link beneath the post to view the edit screen.

Once you’re there, locate the tab toward the top right-hand side of the page labeled “Screen Options.” To display the options for toggling comments on/off, make sure the box next to “Discussion” is checked. This will reveal an additional box in the editor below labeled “Discussion.”

To enable comments on a post, check the box next to “Allow Comments” in the Discussion box. You can do the same for [pingbacks and trackbacks](http://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/pingbacks/) if you wish. To disable comments, just leave the box next to “Allow Comments” unchecked.

If you’d like to control *how* your comments are displayed when they’re enabled, select Settings > Discussion in the left-hand sidebar in your Dashboard. From here, you’ll be able to control the specifics of how comments are displayed on the page. For more information about customizing comments, check out the [WordPress.com comments documentation](http://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/).

Support

We’ve been making themes since 2009. Truth to be told, we wouldn’t still be afloat had we not acknowledged, early on, that each individual customer is important. Exceptional customer support matters to us a great deal.

Each one of our themes comes fully backed by our dedicated support team (all of us). We’re good people, with real faces, and we like what we do. We’ve also created a help centre so you can get help at any hour. Send us an email or tweet at us during office hours (we’re in PST!).

We’re always happy to answer questions. Not sure what theme is best? Looking for a particular feature? Get in touch.

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