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Getting Started with Tribes Pro

Ready to start customizing your site with Tribes Pro? Follow this guide to learn how to use each of Tribes Pro’s features on your site.

If you need help installing Tribes Pro, please follow this tutorial first: How to Install Tribes Pro.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

This guide will teach you how to use each of the new features added with Tribes Pro. The tutorials are newbie-friendly, so every step is explained in detail.

It’s recommended that you follow along with your site as you read.

New Layouts

Tribes uses a single column layout, but Tribes Pro adds 7 brand new layouts to the site

Tribes Pro Layout

The layout is applied to all pages on your site. However, every Post/Page can also use its own layout.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to change to a new layout:

Tutorial: How to Change Your Layout

Custom Colors

Tribes Pro adds color controls for virtually every element on the site. This includes colors for specific elements, like widget titles and menu links, and hover effects for buttons, social icons, and more.

The color controls are grouped into sections. Each section covers one area of the site, such as the Primary Menu or the Footer.

Tribes Pro Colors

Changing these colors will allow you to match your site to your brand’s colors (or simply pick a color you like).

Follow this tutorial to learn how to change your colors with Tribes Pro:

Tutorial: How to Change Your Colors

Use New Fonts

Tribes Pro adds 728 new fonts to choose from.

Tribes Pro Fonts

With the increased selection, you can choose the font that perfectly complements your content.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to apply a new font to your site:

Tutorial: How to Use Your New Fonts

Change Your Font Sizes

Tribes Pro adds font size controls for 5 different site elements.

Tribes Pro Font Sizes

Follow this tutorial to learn how to customize your font sizes:

Tutorial: How to Change Your Font Sizes

Flexible Header Image

The header image is a large image displayed at the top of your site, spanning from one side of the screen to the other.

Tribes Pro Header Image

It’s great for displaying a welcome message on just the homepage, or an interesting graphic across the site.

Learn how to add a header image to your site with this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Add a Header Image

Featured Videos

Just like Featured Sliders replace Featured Images, Featured Videos can be used to add videos in place of Featured Images.

This gives you a simple and beautiful way to publish videos on your site.

Period Pro Featured Video

Tribes Pro will responsively embed videos from any of the following sites:

  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Dailymotion
  • Animoto
  • Funny or Die
  • Hulu
  • TED
  • WordPress.tv
  • Blip
  • Vine

All you need is the URL of the video to embed it. While not video sites, you can also embed SlideShare presentations and SoundCloud tracks with Featured Videos.

Tutorial: How to Add Featured Videos

Featured Sliders

Featured Sliders can be used to replace Featured Images with sliders.

Period Pro Featured Sliders

Tribes Pro integrates with the Meta Slider plugin to add Featured Sliders. Like with Featured Images, every Post and Page can have a different Featured Slider.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to add Featured Sliders to your site:

Tutorial: How to Add Featured Sliders

Featured Image Sizes

Featured Images have a fixed 2:1 aspect ration in Tribes. With Tribes Pro, you can choose from a variety of new sizes including using the image’s natural dimensions.

Tribes Pro Featured Image Sizes

You can change the aspect ratio for individual images in the post editor as well.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to edit the Featured Image Sizes on your site:

Tutorial: How to Change the Featured Image Size

Background Images

The Tribes Pro plugin lets you add a custom background image behind the site content.

Tribes Pro Background Images

To learn how to add new background images to your site, follow this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Add a Background Image

Background Textures

Just like the background image feature, Tribes Pro lets you add a repeating background texture to your site.

Tribes Pro comes with 39 bundled textures.

Tribes Pro Background Texture

Follow this tutorial to learn how to add a texture to the background of your site:

Tutorial: How to Add a Background Texture

New Widget Areas

The Tribes theme has a simple one-column design and no widget areas.

Tribes Pro adds a sidebar and four other new widget areas to Tribes.

Tribes Pro Widget Areas

Widgets can be added to any of the widget areas from the Appearance > Widgets menu or from the Customizer.

Display Controls

Tribes Pro allows you to hide any of the default elements on the site.

Tribes Pro Display Controls

Follow this tutorial to learn how to show or hide elements on your site:

Tutorial: How to Show/Hide Site Elements

By default, the footer text in Tribes reads, “Tribes WordPress Theme by Compete Themes”, and links to our site.

With Tribes Pro, you can easily replace this text with whatever you want it to say.

Tribes Pro Footer Text

To learn how to replace the footer text, follow this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Change the Footer Text

Conclusion

If there’s anything else you want to change about your site that wasn’t covered, check for an article about it in the sidebar to the left. Otherwise, there’s probably a free plugin available for it on wordpress.org.

Check out our WordPress Resources page to find awesome plugins and tools we recommend, and if you want to try using CSS to customize Tribes Pro, we’ve got some pre-written snippets for you to get started with in the Tribes CSS Snippets Collection.

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