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In this Renkon video tutorial Ellen explains how easy it is to set up the theme and use all the theme features.

Theme Features

Get an overview on the Renkon theme features, find at the text documentations, see which plugins the theme is prepared for, download a child theme and look at the Renkon theme showcase to see how the theme looks on other live websites.

Responsive Webdesign – Renkon has a mobile-first, responsive web design. That means, with Renkon your website looks great on mobile devices and big desktop screens. All theme icons are optimized for Retina displays.

Theme Optionen – The theme options page offers you to customize the Renkon theme to your needs without having to change any theme template files (see a screenshot of the Theme Options Page).

Off Canvas Layout – The modern Off Canvas approach makes your website content even more accessible on mobile devices. Sidebar widgets and the main navigation will be hidden by default and can be moved into the screen if needed.

Cross Browser Compatible – Renkon supports all current browsers (tested in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE 9+, iOS and Android).

Externe Plugins – Renkon is prepared for the following WordPress plugins: Contact Form 7, Jetpack (Social Comments, Twitter Widget, Blog-Subscribe), Disqus Comments, WP-PageNavi & Better WP Recent Comments

Translation Ready – Renkon is ready to be translated into other languages (you can use the plugin Codestyling Localization for your translation). Current available translations: English and German.

Child Theme & Changelog – Download a sample Renkon Child Theme folder and have a look at all theme changes in the Renkon Changelog.

Showcase – See how other people use the Renkon theme and get some inspirations in the Renkon theme showcase.

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85 Comments

    • Hi, Brett, thanks for letting me know and of course I’m very happy that you also like the Renkon theme :) Your sites all look sooo beautiful! Best, Ellen

  1. Dan

    Really love this theme, I’ve just started putting it togather but can’t seem to make my post images on the homepage masonry or very in size, they all appear as small squares about 80pxx80px how do I adjust this?

  2. Dan

    Hi, I think I may have fixed it, I basically deleted all images in my media library and now it seems to have worked for one image so far. But made me think, will this theme only work with images uploaded through the media library as I also had some images uploaded using the nextgen gallery widget, which may have been causing the issue.

  3. floortje

    Hi Ellen,
    Is it posible to edit the hight of the header image. Now its 900px i like to change this in 280px.
    I’m from Holland, i can read Germain so you can answer in your own language.

    I like to work with your themes.

    Best, floortje

    • @floortje: Unfortunately the 900px is a fixed height, because otherwise the header text option and the responsiveness of the header image wouldn’t work correctly anymore. I hope you can find a bigger image to include, that you like, too. Best, Ellen

    • @floortje: I’ll stick to English, so other users can read the answer, too :) Unfortunately the header image height in the Renkon theme needs to be of 900px, otherwise the responsive layout for mobile devices will not work correctly anymore. I hope you still like the theme, Best, Ellen

  4. Hi Ellen,
    I love this theme! However, I have a slight problem with the circle button in the header. It seems to get cut on the side and bottom. Can you tell me how to fix it? Thanks!

  5. Hello,
    I installed Renkon and am just really confused after looking at both the documentation and the video as to how to make the pictures look like any of the demos as the post do not show up like in the demo or open to their own page where you can add comments/media/text etc. I would like to view the images only and the text only within the photos like in the demo for my site I am building: http://localwebbuzz.com/ . My site looks bad now but hope to get it close to the look of some of the showcase work with different sizes of the images and all. I am not a WordPress expert but have built sites before and usually do things on pages and never post. Any help is welcomed and appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • @Adam: For standard posts you will need to add “Featured Images” to each post to have a preview image like in the Renkon live demo. For single image or gallery post (see post formats) the preview image will show up automatically. To show the preview pictures (thumbnails) in different sizes, you need to set one of your categories as a featured catgegory, see Theme Options / Post with big Thumbnails.

      I hope this explanation helps you to set up the Renkon theme like in the demo.

      Best, Ellen

  6. Okay, I believe I figure out some things but not clear how to straighten the images on http://localwebbuzz.com/ to make them level with the other images where everything is aligned?

    How do you remove Article word from the post in the upper left hand side?

    How do I remove the image word from the post image?

    I still cannot quite figure out how to make the images different sizes as they look on the demo site to explore different sizes so if anyone has any advice then please chime in to this or the above.

    Thanks in advance!

    • @Adam: To delete the words “Image” and “Article” you can just add the following CSS in the Custom CSS option on the theme options page:

      .entry-postformat {
      	display: none !important;
      }
      

      Best, Ellen

      • I tried entering the above code in the box of the theme options which was the last box before saving in every combination that I could think of with the spacing you provided (also without spacing and numbers) and cannot get this working. What am I doing wrong?

        Also, how do I keep all post on the home page with the creating an older entry page which makes users hit that button to view other entries?

        • @Adam: I’m not 100% sure, if you mean this setting, but you can set the number of posts on your first blog page in Settings/Reading.

          Regarding your image post sizes, did you have a look at the Renkon Documentation, see “Image Measurements”? There you see the sizes you will need for your thumbnails and it recommends the “Regenerate Thumbnails” Plugin to resize existing thumbnails. So for standard posts you need to include a featured thumbnail image, in order to have an image for this post on the blog page.

          Best, Ellen

  7. Hi Ellen! I am having issues with my blog home page correctly loading my thumbnails in IE and Safari. I am using the advance lazy load plugin, which I believe is causing the issue. Wondering if you knew a solution? Thanks a bunch! Ryan

    • @Ryan: I haven’t tested it myself, but it seems then the Lazy Load Plugin conflicts with the the Renkon Masonry script. Did you try to deactivate the Lazy Loads plugin to see, if everything works then?

      Best, Ellen

  8. Klaus

    Hallo Ellen,
    hab mir heute Dein Renkom Theme installiert und bin echt begeistert. Das meiste lässt sich super einstellen. Aber eine kleine Frage hab ich schon mal. In Deinem Beispiel Blog ist der header der einzelnen Seiten zentriert. Im original linksbündig. Zentriert gefällt mir schon ganz gut aber ich bekomme das leider nicht hin. Hast Du ein Tip für mich ?

    LG Klaus

    • Klaus

      Hallo Ellen,
      hat sich glaube ich erledigt. Die Zentrierung ist abhängig von der Formatvorlage. Bei der Standartvorlage ist es linksbündig und bei Bild zentriert. Allerdings ist der gesamte nachfolgende Text auch zentriert. OK macht aber nichts. Sobald ich fertig bin, schicke ich Dir gerne den Link für Deine Beispielseite.

      LG Klaus

  9. Hi, I am trying to upload a header at 2x the recommended size in order to view it well on my retina display but the theme keeps cropping it. What should I do? Thanks!

  10. Hello! I am very interested in this theme, I LOVE it.

    I have two questions though.

    1. Can I add a custom menu at the top (I mean, some links like the ones at the bottom: Simple Page, Blog Archive and Contact)? I want to have a menu at the top of the page and be able to access some pages without opening the built in Menu thingie from the right corner.

    2. I love that you can upload a preview image of any size in blog posts and it appears at its original size. But what if I add more images in the post? Are the rest of the images scaled down to a certain size, or they appear at their original size, like the preview image?

    Looking forward to your answer, thank you in advance! :)

  11. Hello Ellen or to whomever may know,

    I sent you 3 emails asking the following questions but have not heard a response:

    1. Is there a way to adjust the size of the header image and if so how?
    2. Is there a way to adjust the sizes of both the logo and the menu icon (I want to make them both larger) to make them both bigger or stated another way to extend the sizes beyond the theme maximum?

    I am sure that you are busy and/or missed the messages as Gmail groups messages together.

    I am looking forward to the answers.

    Thanks in advance!

    Adam

    • @Adam: I’m really very sorry for my late reply, but unfortunately I can not answer customization questions for our themes and I can only answer here in the comments area of the theme pages or you can get support directly in our theme forum (but not for customization questions again). Please don’t ask theme questions via email, since I can not answer all theme users individually.

      Regarding your questions:
      1. No, the header images has to be of the fixed value 1440x900px (see also description in the Renkon documentation).
      2. This would be a theme customization, since by default the logo image should be 40px in height. A customization is possible, but would require additional CSS adjustments.

      I hope my answers are still helpful.

      Best, Ellen

  12. Hi,

    first of all, I love this theme! ;)

    But if you wanna use the infinite-scroll implementation, you have to deactivate the WP-PageNavi Plugin. I always get mad with infinite-scroll until I figured this out.

    Kind regards
    Heiko ‘Schubie’ Schubert

  13. Hi! I am really excited to work on this lovely theme. But I am having a hard time figuring out how to do the basic setup and customizations. This is for videography, and I’m not sure how to make the thumbnails look so great and varied in size like your example, unless I put a photo in the post, which looks strange since I also need to put the video in the post. I tried using the featured image on the right, but that makes it a very small square thumbnail. :(

    Also, how do I get the main header arrow circle like in your example?

    Thanks so much!

    -Aria

    • Hi Aria,

      in general Renkon is mainly a photoblog theme and not really developed to be a video blog. However if you support extra thumbnail/featured images for your posts (e.g. stills from your videos) I think it would work well, too. To include featured images that have the right size (and not the small square thumbnails) you need to set your thumbnail size under Settings / Media to 800px in width (I recommend 800x800px). After you saved your settings you need to install and run the Regenerate Thumbnail plugin for older, already published posts.

      You can find all detailed image sizes for Renkon also at the top of the Renkon Documentation.

      Best, Ellen

  14. Hello Ellen.
    I’m Japanese Photographer KUMA.
    I finding my brand new site Wptheme by “.photographer”domain, find this theme!
    This is best theme for my re-branding.

    “It’s amazing! ” I cried out(in corporate office…. :) )

    As a matter I thought that each content, should I can click the entire image rather than character is good.

    But, maybe because of the good is brought into conscious of the title to the viewer better to getting them to click a character

    I wonder whether you are so dare?

    But great Anyway!

    • @KUMA: Thank you sooo much for your nice comment on the Renkon theme, made me smile :) Unfortunately the Renkon desktop version is not designed to have the whole image clickable, only the title and the comments link. This way the reader can choose to go to the comments area directly, so we decided on this option. I hope you still like the Renkon theme :)

      Best, Ellen

  15. Andrii

    Hi, Ellen!

    Thanks for the great theme.

    I have one question though. How is it possible to remove “category” indication in the post? The point is that the only category I use is “featured” for the tumbnails display. And with all the other posts it is shown as “Category – no category”

    Thank you in advance for support!

    • Hi Andril,

      thanks a lot for your feedback for the Renkon theme, so happy you like it! Yes, this is possible, but you would need to change the template file “content-single.php” directly and delete the following code (see line 48) in this file:

      <div class="entry-cats"><span><?php _e('Category ', 'renkon') ?></span><?php the_category(', '); ?></div>
      

      Best, Ellen

  16. joagmv

    Hello!!

    I’ve just purchased the renkon theme and trying to “copy” your demo because I like that the images of the front pages are all different sizes… but I cant. How can I do that if all my pictures have the same size? Changing the thumb size from media tool?

    Regards,
    joagmv

    • @joagmv: On the theme options page in the Renkon theme you will find the option to set up a “featured” category. After saving your settings all posts with in this category will show up bigger (like you see in the Renkon live demo).

      Best, Ellen

  17. Hi,
    I enjoy using your Renkon theme!

    Everything works fine using on my Firefox browser, but when using Safari I’m noticing several vertical white lines appearing when I select the off-canvas menu option (from either the front page or a category listing – i.e., Graphics, etc.)?

    If I’m on a page or single post and select the off-canvas menu option, everything is fine.

    Any advice is appreciated, thank you.

    Phil

    • Hi Phil,

      I just fixes this Safari issue in the latest Renkon update last weekend. If you are using the latest version of the Renkon theme, the bug should not appear any longer.

      Best, Ellen

    • Hi Stuart,
      I’m so sorry for my late reply. In the Theme Bundle you will get all our Premium WordPress themes as well as all future theme releases within one year of your purchase. Then after that you will receive a 20% discount coupon to renew the theme bundle for an additional year. With the single theme purchase you will receive only the Renkon theme with access to all updates for 1 year.

      I hope my answer is still helpful.
      Best, Ellen

  18. Don’t worry, I figured out the difference. I do however have problems with the template. For someone reason when I create a gallery all my images come out square and blurry. You can see here http://web.stuartmichael.com.au/?p=28 I have also uploaded high quality images so I’m not sure what’s going on.

    Anther problem I’m having is that the homepage images are also having sizing issues.. http://www.web.stuartmichael.com.au when I have uploaded high quality images they come out small and when you hover over them with your mouse the black highlighter covers move than the image. I hope you know what I mean.

    Please help.

    Thanks,
    Stuart

    • Hi Stuart,

      okay, no problem, you can just set your thumbnails to at least 800px width under Settings / Media and then install and run the Regenerate Thumbnail WordPress plugin. After that all your thumbnails should be sharp and in the right size.

      Best, Ellen

  19. Hello Ellen,
    I’m a French bloger and I have bought the theme bundle and I’m finally using the Renkon theme. I love the design, however, I’d like to have the same homepage as a blog shown on your showcase: http://www.weltenbummlermag.de/
    A homepage like a usual blog. How can I do this ?
    I really want to keep the Renkon theme as it’s really original and cute.
    Thanks a lot for your help,
    Trav.

    • Hi Trav,

      thanks a lot for your great feedback regarding the Renkon theme. Unfortunately the example you linked to is a very customized version of Renkon and I don’t have the code available to show you how to do this kind of theme customization. Since you bought the Theme Bundle, maybe you try out another one of our themes like Oita, Baylys or Kiore Moana to get the single column blog style. Baylys offers a big header image as well as a single-column blog layout (without sidebar) as well.

      Best, ellen

  20. Hello,
    Can you help me figure out why all my posts appear aligned on the left side of my home page? I would prefer them to be aligned in rows of two, side by side (as the appear when you make the window smaller). In a full sized window, they are all on the left.

    Thank you

    • Hi Lauren,

      wow, you have really beautiful images, your site looks great! I think you also figured out the image alignment already, since I couldn’t see a problem on your blog. Please let me know, if you need additional help with the images.

      Best, Ellen

  21. Hon

    Hi! Amazing theme. I like it alot. I have 1 question. Is there a way to spawn a NEW TAB when you click on a link(article, image, etc)? I am hosting rather large picture files (1980×1300) and they are about 1 megabyte each so it takes the page a considerable amount of time to load them. If i could spawn a new tab when a link is clicked, this would be great because the visitor would not have to click back and have the page reload again. Is this possible? Thank you again!

    • Hi Hon,

      thank you so much for your great feedback :) Btw, you have amazing pictures, really love them! Unfortunately there is no option in the Renkon theme to do that. In case you are a little bit familiar with WordPress you could might add additional Thumbnail sizes (via the functions.php file) like it is explained in the following WordPress blog post: “How to Create Additional Image Sizes in WordPress”. I hope this is maybe helpful. B
      Best, Ellen

  22. Hi Ellen,

    Love the theme, but having a minor issue with some images not showing up on the home page, when I view the site on the iPhone. I have not seen this issue with any of the other post. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Best,

    Candise

    • Hi Candise,
      I just checked your website on an iPhone and couldn’t see any missing images. Did you maybe try to load the site while having a very slow internet connection? Since images are bigger in file size, it could happen that the connection was not strong enough to load all the content fast enough? Also I would recommend to add the following custom CSS to the Custom CSS theme option (see the last theme options) to prevent your logo of showing up a little bit to low in the desktop view:

      @media screen and (min-width: 768px){
      .site-title { padding-top: 2px;}
      }
      

      I hope this is helpful. Best, Ellen

  23. Vory

    Hi Ellen:

    Could I use the Renkon theme at Word Press even if this theme doesn’t appear in the available themes at the WP website? I really want to start using it but I’m afraid that I buy it directly with you and can’t use it on Word Press.

    Thanks,
    Vory

    • Hi Vory,
      thanks for your great feedback, at the moment Renkon is only available for self-hosted WordPress websites, but unfortunately not for WordPress.com. So you would need your own domain and webspace to be able to use the Renkon version you can purchase here on Elmastudio directly.

      Best, Ellen

  24. Hi Ellen,
    I am having a few challenges and would like your help. My website: http://www.eyeheart.co.uk
    -I had my menu page on the right side all set up with information and it seemed to be working fine. Suddenly it won’t show up. I have tried over the last few days and each day it wont show. Can you help to get it back?
    -I like this example for how I would like my page to look http://showcase.elmastudio.de/2013/10/07/inspiration-now-renkon/. It seems that they are able to fit many more images onto the front page where I have only 10 and it goes onto the next page to the older entries. Is there a way to get more images onto the home page so that it essentially keeps going and going? Also, on that example, the images are a bit smaller. I am posting mostly image/gallery posts and I am not setting a featured image. It is picking a photo from the post at random (as far as I can tell). Is there a way for me to get it to look closer to the example?

  25. Min

    Hi, I want to buy this theme and will apply my website.

    But I have some problem.

    My website should pirnts korean. So, I look around other theme site and
    found some theme apply “Google fonts”.

    I studied wordpress, and found solution coding.

    @import url(http://fonts.googleapis.com/earlyaccess/nanumgothic.css);
    font-family: ‘Nanum Gothic’, sans-serif;

    If I want to this google fonts, should I enter this code?
    Or,,is this theme apply Google font Automatically?

  26. Hello,

    after the installation of WordPress 3.9.1 DE I can’t open the sidebar at the front-end. The sidebar is activated at the back-end.

    Please, can you help me? Many thanks…

      • Hi Norman,
        yes, we had to prepare an update for Renkon on WordPress 3.9 +, here are all the details about the update (you can just download the current Renkon version using your original download link).
        Please let me know, if you have any further issues or questions.
        Best, Ellen

        • Hello Ellen,

          I used the same download link I received with my theme purchase, deleted the template and reinstalled the one I just downloaded. They are the same version and the problem still exists for me. The file version and version I just downloaded through the theme purchase email are both 1.0.2

          • Hi Shimon,
            I’m so sorry for this confusion. It’s only the zip file (and the download text link) that has still the old theme versions name (1.0.2). Inside the zip folder is always the latest Renkon theme version. You will see the current theme version number under Appearance / Themes as soon as you updated the theme file. I know it’s not perfect, but unfortunately at the moment I can not update the file/link names, because it would break the download links for some Renkon theme users. I will find a better solution, as soon as I can.
            Best, Ellen

    • Hi Crystal,
      I’m so sorry that I missed to answer your question. There is an update for Renkon available for the WordPress 3.9 plus version that will fix the menu error. Please have a look at the update info here: http://themeupdates.elmastudio.de/category/renkon/

      You can just use your original download link to download the new Renkon version again (please just ignore the old version number in the download link file, inside the zip folder is always the current Renkon theme version).

      Please let me know, if you need any further help.
      Best, Ellen

      • Thank you, Ellen. I have my menu back so that has been fixed. I was, however, also hoping you could help with the other issue I was having:
        -I like this example for how I would like my page to look http://showcase.elmastudio.de/2013/10/07/inspiration-now-renkon/. It seems that they are able to fit many more images onto the front page where I have only 10 and it goes onto the next page to the older entries. Is there a way to get more images onto the home page so that it essentially keeps going and going? Also, on that example, the images are a bit smaller. I am posting mostly image/gallery posts and I am not setting a featured image. It is picking a photo from the post at random (as far as I can tell). Is there a way for me to get it to look closer to the example?

  27. Hi Elma,

    I’m having some trouble customising thumbnail images for the homepage. I have set the thumbnail pictures to 800px by 800 px as recommended and installed and activated the regenerate thumbnails plugin. I have even added a category slug to be used as “Featured” under the theme options. However, the images on the homepage are still the small squares. Only the text title space is increasing. Can you please help me with this?

    Thanks
    Minal

    • Hi Minal,
      somehow it seems that the regenerating of the thumbnails did not work yet, but I’m sure it is just a small thing we are missing. Did you check, if you have saved your media settings with at least 800px width under Settings / Media. And after the “Regenerate Thumbnails” plugin installation, did you then run the plugin in the plugins settings?

      Please let me know, if the problem is still not solved after following the above steps.
      Best, Ellen

  28. Rousse

    Dear Ellen,

    I want to put a video instead a picture on header renkon theme. Is that possible? Its possible that the miniatures header post do the same, I mean, show not only static images…

    Also the renkon social widget doesent appear and I dont why…

    Best regards!!

    Rousse ;))

    • Hi Rousse,
      unfortunately this is not possible in the Renkon theme, since Renkon is only prepared for a featured image. Also for the featured images, videos are not possible, but you can add videos inside the post and maybe add just a featured image.
      Best, Ellen

  29. Ellen,

    I am trying to get more images onto my front page. On some examples I see that they seem to run on forever but mine will only allow about ten images. It then makes you click an arrow for “older entries.” Can I change this so they keep running on and on?

    Thank you,
    Crystal Mazzali

    • Hi Crystal,
      yes, Renkon comes with its’ own “Infinite Scroll” option, you just need to check the box under Appearance / Theme Options and your images will also load automatically.
      Best, Ellen

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