“Cavan” Documentation by “3Forty Media” v1.6.1


By: 3Forty Media

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Installation
  3. Plugins
  4. Customizer
  5. Navigation
  6. Widgets
  7. Post Formats
  8. Post Formats
  9. Sources and Credits
  10. Changelog

Introduction - top

Thankyou for purchasing Cavan, I really hope you enjoy Cavan as much as I enjoy developing it. Cavan features two fully widgitized sidebar areas, 2 menu areas, a featured slideshow area and a footer carousel. Together with multiple grid and list layouts it provides all you need for a clean, lightweight and beautiful blog.

This document will help you get your theme installed and setup but if you do have questions please leave a comment or send me an email via my profile page.

If you love Cavan, or even if you don't please take a moment to leave a comment or review. Thanks so much!

Installation - top

Once you have downloaded the zipped package to your computer, you will need to extract it to a location you choose. Then simply open that extracted folder and you will see Cavan-v1.x.zip, this is your theme, and we just need to install it.

Option 1. Wordpress Admin (Easy Method)

Login to your WordPress Admin and go to: Appearance > Themes.

At the top of the screen click Install Theme. Next at the top of the screen click Add New and then click the Upload Theme button at the top of the screen. Click the browse button and locate Cavan.zip select it and press the Install Now button

Once installation is complete click Activate to activate the theme.

Option 2. FTP (Advanced Method)

Extract Cavan.zip and upload the extracted Cavan folder to your wordpress installation themes folder /wp-content/themes/

Finally you need to activate the theme. Go to: Apperance > Themes and click Activate on the Cavan theme

Demo Data

If this is a fresh or first time installation you may find it helpful to import the data from the demo. I have supplied an XML file in your download that contains posts, comments and pages with the option to download associated media. To import this file go to: Tools > Import and Click Run Importer

Click the Browse button and locate the demo-data.xml file inside your download folder. Next click Upload file and import. Once the import is complete you will be asked if you would like to import media, this will download all the associated media for the posts and pages.

All post images are from Unsplash or Pexels and are licensed CC0.

Plugins - top

Cavan requires no plugins, however there are a few essential plugins to beautify your theme with the features you see on the demo. Once you have installed your them you will be prompted to download and install some required plugins and some recommended plugins.

Click begin installing plugins. This will take you to the Install required plugins page. To begin installing plugins, check each plugin you want to install and select Install from the drop down menu. This will install your plugins.

Essential Plugins

340Media Theme Plugins
This plugin is bundled with your theme and you simply need to install it to enable; featured slider, post share buttons and post carousel

Regenerate Thumbnails
This plugin enables you to batch resize all your thumbnails and feature images to the size used by Cavan. I highly recommend this plugin if you want to get the best out of Cavan.

All other plugins are supported by Cavan but it is your choice whether you install them or not

Once installed go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and click activate on each plugin you just installed.

To complete theme installation

Now your theme is installed and you have downloaded and activated at least the essential plugins. At this point I recommend regenerating your thumbnails which will create the sizes we need for your theme without changing or deleting any other sizes you already have. Let's do that now. Click Tools > Regenerate Thumbnails

All you have to do is click Regenerate Thumbnails for All x Attachments, then wait as your new thumbails are generated. Once complete you can view your homepage and see all your existing post thumbnails resized for your theme. Now you can head on over to the customizer and start updating settings.

Customizer - top

Cavan comes with several theme specific customization options. These are located in the WordPress Customizer which can be located in Apperance > Customize. All Cavan options are labelled Cavan: Setting Name. These options allow you to configure your theme and turn on/off included features

Customization Options

We will go into more detail on some of these below, but before we do that lets look at the Site Identity setting and in particular choosing the correct logo for your blog.

Uploading your logo

Cavan is designed from the outset to support high resolution displays as standard. Whatever logo you upload Cavan will scale it down by 50%, this will then look great on high resolution displays. To ensure that your logo looks good across both standard and high resolution displays and at the size you want it to be, you need to upload a logo that is twice the size you want it displayed. Here's an example: Appearance > Customize > Site Identity

1. Let's say this is the size you want your logo on all displays

2. This is the size you will need to upload, it is twice the size of the above logo

3. Cavan will scale the large logo down to this size

You can upload any orientaion logo (vertical/horizontal) and Cavan will scale it down by 50% and centralize it both horizontally and vertically


Cavan supports two post layouts for your hompepage. Appearance > Customize > Cavan: Layout Settings

You can also choose to show or hide the sidebar.

Featured Area

Cavan includes 3 different featured post type options. Appearance > Customize > Cavan: Featured Area Settings


Cavan supports two post layouts for the archive. Appearance > Customize > Cavan: Layout Settings

You can also choose to show or hide the sidebar

Footer Carousel

Cavan includes a footer carousel with 3 post type options. Appearance > Customize > Cavan: Footer Carousel Settings

To activate the carousel the number of posts should be more than 4

Theme Colour Editor

You can change the primary colour scheme of Cavan. Appearance > Customize > Cavan: Colour Scheme Settings

This allows you to change the five primary "block" colours and the font colour.

The customizer provides a quick and easy and way to change your colour scheme. For major style changes I recommend installing the child theme and writing your own CSS

Cavan has support for two menus: Appearance > Menus. At the very least you will need to create one Primary menu, other menus are optional

To create a new menu click create a new menu and save it. Once you have created your menu, assign it by checking the Display Location in Menu Settings and Save

Primary Menu

This is the primary menu. It is located in the slide out sidebar as standard. Additionally you can enable a primary menu display in the header Apperance > Customize > Layout Settings and check "Display Primary Navigation in Header". The primary menu in the header supports 3 levels of hierarchy Parent > Child > Grandchild and the slide out sidebar supports unlimited levels

Footer Menu

This is the secondary footer menu. It is located on the right hand side of the footer

Widgets - top

Cavan has two widgetized sidebars supporting all standard WordPress widgets and also a widget area in the footer just for the WP Instagram Widget called Instagram Footer

To activate a widget go to: Appearance > Widgets and drag your widgets to the appropriate widget area. You can also manage your widgets inside the Customizer if you prefer.

Please note: The Instagram Footer widget area is designed only for the WP Instagram Widget, you may use a different Instagram Plugin but there will be no styling so may not look as intended.

Setting up Instagram Footer

One of the settings for the WP Instagram Widget is Number of Photos. Cavan supports a maximum of 6 per row but you can have as many rows as you need. here's how it works:

Up to 6 Photos - Will be displayed in single row and break neatly into 2 rows at different browser resolutions

More than 6 Photos - The number of photos you enter in the widget settings will be divided by two to give you 2 rows, so simply enter an even number that divides into two, for example: 8,10,12. That will give you 2 rows of 4, 2 rows of 5 or 2 rows of 6. This will break neatly into several rows at different browser resolutions.

Cavan includes three custom widgets

Supported Plugins & Widgets

Cavan includes styling for the following third party Plugins and Widgets.

Post Formats - top

Cavan supports 4 post formats

Depending on which format you select for your posts the content, images and embeded media is uniquely displayed. Lets look at them.

Select this format for standard posts, you can emebed media, galleries, images and video as normal.

The gallery format is ideal for gallery posts where you have images you want to showcase. You should embed your galleries in the normal way and this post format will take all your galleries and convert them to a unique slider display in the post header. All your embeded galleries will be removed from the post leaving just your formatted entry text.

If you upload a featured image to a gallery post format, this will be the image displayed in archive loops, but no featured image will be displayed in single post view. If you do not upload a feature image the first image in your gallery will be used for archive loops.

If you do not want your galleries converted to a featured slider simply select the standard post format and your galleries will work as normal, jetpack is also supported for this post format.

Select this format when you want to feature your embeded video in the featured header area of posts. If selected this format will take the first video/audio in your post and display it in the featured header area. Your first video/audio embed will then be removed from the post leaving your formatted text and any other media you have embeded.

You should upload a featured image to video posts as this will be displayed in the archive loop. If you do not upload a featured image a placeholder image will be used.

Theme customizations

I have included a child theme in your download package called cavan-child.zip. If you would like to customize your theme you may prefer to install the child theme via the same method described in the Installation section and make any changes you require directly to the child theme. The child theme will inherit all the functions and styling of the parent theme and leave you free to make any changes you need without affecting your main theme.

Sources and Credits - top

I've used the following images, icons or other files as listed.

Changelog - top

February 15, 2019 - v1.6.1

February 09, 2019 - v1.6

June 10, 2018 - v1.5

May 15, 2018 - v1.4

April 24, 2018 - v1.3

April 18, 2018 - v1.2

April 04, 2018 - v1.1

March 27, 2018 - Initial Release

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