This is the new version of Gaunt, my free WordPress theme. It is compatible with the latest version of WordPress as of this writing (January, 2021). Here are some things you should know about using Gaunt.
- The Home page shows the latest post (not page). If you use a featured image in the post, that will show, otherwise, a beautiful gradient will be the circle background.
- For best results, set your media sizes as: Thumbnail- 300 / 300 (crop to exact), Medium-1000 / 1000, Large 2000 / 2000. No worries if you’ve already sized things differently, update your media settings, install the Regenerate Thumbnail Plugin and batch resize them all. The latest version of WordPress uses loading=”lazy” by default for inline images (not that you shouldn’t compress them a little bit, though).
- There are no post types, other than a standard post.
- The “sidebar” is shown before the footer on this site (blocked out area). You can customize this via “appearance > widgets” in the back-end.
- If a page has children, they will show on the parent page ONLY if that parent has the “show children” page template activated (right column of the edit page under “page” rather than “block”).
- If you use a “featured image” (not required) it will show on the home page (when it is the latest post) and the background header of the actual post (example). The post you’re reading now does not include a featured image.
- If want to use a featured image JUST for the sake of a thumbnail (and not a header/hero image) choose the page template “minimal” (this will hide the featured image on the actual page, and also hide the sidebar).
- There’s only so much room: by using a primary menu (in appearance) you can put as many things in as you want, but I’d suggest limiting it to five. This is a philosophy AND design decision. It’ll force you to be brief.
- Here’s an example of a page with a featured image (if no featured image is chosen, no big deal, page content will just start below the title)
- Gaunt is very responsive! Jetpack + Photon could make it even snappier on a mobile view. Those are easily installable, so I’ll leave it up to you.
- There are no plugins required to make Gaunt work. The installation you see here is just the default WordPress install, without Jetpack, even.
- There are no dropdowns/submenus. You can make them all you want in the back end (Appearance: Menu) but they won’t show up.
- Comments will not show, ever, but you could get a disable comments plugin if you want reinforcement.
- I didn’t mess around with social cards, but there are a lot of plugins you can choose from for that.
This info is all on the Github repository for Gaunt.