Mercia Documentation

Welcome to the Mercia theme documentation. These instructions briefly explain how to setup and configure all theme features.

Table of Contents

Theme Installation

Since it is the same procedure for every theme, this tutorial does not explain how to install the theme. If you need help with the theme installation, please see the Install WordPress themes tutorial.

Install PRO Version Plugin

Please be aware that the PRO Version of Mercia is an Add-on plugin for the Mercia theme. Therefore you have to install and activate the Mercia theme and install the Mercia Pro plugin in addition. You can learn how to install Plugins on the Install WordPress plugins tutorial.

Configure Theme Options

Mercia supports the awesome Theme Customizer. You can configure all theme settings on Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.

The Theme Options panel in the Customizer includes following sections:

  • Layout Settings
  • Header Settings (only with PRO version)
  • Blog Settings
  • Post Settings
  • Color Settings (only with PRO version)
  • Typography (only with PRO version)
  • Footer Settings (only with PRO version)

Set up WordPress Features

The theme supports several WordPress core features you know:

Magazine Homepage

You can use the Magazine Widgets to create a magazine-styled homepage in the Customizer. Therefore go to Appearance → Customize → Widgets → Magazine Homepage.

Please see our Magazine Widgets Tutorial for detailed instructions about the Magazine features.

Setup and Configure Pro Version Features

The Pro Version of Mercia is an add-on plugin which you can purchase on the Mercia Pro page.

Install PRO Version Plugin

You can download Mercia Pro on our downloads page. If you need help to install the plugin please visit our Install WordPress plugins tutorial.

Custom Colors and Custom Fonts

You can customize the theme colors and fonts on Appearance → Customize → Theme Options → Theme Colors / Theme Fonts.

Footer Widgets

Mercia Pro adds a widgetized footer area. You can add your footer widgets on Appearance → Widgets.

Hide Credit Link

You can disable the credit link to on Appearance → Customize → Theme Options → Footer Settings.

Theme Specifications

The defined image sizes have an image ratio of 16:10 (rectangular) or 4:3 (square):

  1. The main content column width is 840.
  2. Single Posts use an image size of 1200x600 for Full Width Header, and 840x525 for default single post layout. Ratio is 16:10.
  3. For the default Blog Layout and the Blog Grid layout, the image sizes are 840x525 (Ratio 16:10).
  4. For the Blog List layout, the image size is 840x630 (Ratio 4:3).
  5. The image sizes in the Magazine Widgets are 840x525 (large), 440x275 (medium) and 200x125 (small). Ratio is 16:10.
  6. The Image Overlay style in the Magazine Widgets uses the sizes 840x630 (large) and 440x330 (medium). Ratio is 4:3.
  7. The Custom Header image will display at a maximum width of 2560 and a flexible height (default height = 500).

All measurements in pixels.


Thank you so much for using the Mercia WordPress theme.