Change it up! Making the switch from iNove to Nelo

Nelo Theme in Blog Layout

The Nelo theme offers a variety of layout choices for your blog.  You want to make sure that you choose the layout that will meet your needs. In the dashboard, got to Theme Options, you have two layout choices, blog homepage or custom homepage. If you choose blog homepage for your layout choice, your posts will appear just like they did when you were using iNove.

The custom homepage layout gives you the choice to show only a custom post, recent post, or both custom post with recent post.

Custom Post

Nelo Theme Custom Post on Custom Homepage

If you choose to show only a custom post, the image and post you create will always be displayed on your blog homepage.
Think of it like a static page.  It may look like all of your content is gone- don’t stress! Your other posts are on your blog, but will have to be accessed through category links, tags, or pages.   If you want to change the image for the Custom Image and Custom Post, you will need to go to your blog dashboard, then Appearance, and select Custom Homepage

Recent Post

This setting will show your most recent posts on your custom homepage. The most recent post, will wrap around the custom image that you upload to your custom homepage.  The your recent posts will appear under the Latest News heading.  If there is an image in your post, it will be displayed to the left of the post summary.  The text of the summary will start at the left margin if there is not an image present in the blog post.

Custom Post with Recent Post

Use this setting if you want to have a static image and post appear on your homepage along with the most recent posts that you have added to your blog.  When using this setting, however, you may run into a problem.  If you have added images to your media library, the most recent image will be repeated.  So if you want to keep the custom post and show your recent posts without having a repeated image, you can just add a plain white image to your media library.  Then, the plain white image is repeated, but you can’t see it if you are using a white background.  I know it is not the most “technical” solution, but it works!  The Nelo Theme developers are in the process of fixing this issue.  We will let you know when the problem has been resolved.

Nelo is a great theme once you understand the difference between the blog homepage and custom homepage.  If you are looking for some inspiration on ways that you can use Nelo to set up your blog, check out the following elementary blogs.

Mr. McCallum- ECLC

Ms. Grabow- Grade 1

Ms. Juteau- Grade 1

Mr. Rea- Grade 2

Ms. McGrath- Grade 3

Ms. Hines- Grade 4

How to Link Pages to Categories

Example of sub-categories mapped as pages

As you may have noticed, the new WordPress themes introduced this year do not offer support for categories as drop-down menus (nested). However, they do support pages as drop-downs, and with a little tweaking, we can have the pages link to categories and sub-categories once again (or anything else you’d like). Here’s how:

  1. Activate the plugin, “Page Links To” – found under “Plugins” on the left side of your dashboard.

2. Create a new page (or edit an existing page). At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the option to add a URL (web address).

3. Simply type or paste a URL in that box, and the page will then redirect to that URL when clicked. This could be anything – a particular category, page, blog, website, etc.

4. If you’ve linked this page to a particular category, and wish for the sub-category to also show, simply create a new page once again, but this time you’ll attribute this page to the page parent.

5. Select the parent page (the page this will fall under), and be sure to repeat Step 3 once again for adding a URL (which would be the sub-category).

Clear as mud?

This is a bit tricky to do. If  you’d like assistance, please let me know.