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A Closer Look at Bello: A Free WordPress Theme from WeGraphics

A Closer Look at Bello: A Free WordPress Theme from WeGraphics

Last week we released a free WordPress theme title Bello. For this theme we set out to make something simple and elegant. The theme is intended for designers or photographers, but could easily be converted for use with small business or personal sites. In this post, I’m going to walk through some of the awesome features available with Bello.


If you haven’t seen Bello yet, you can download the theme here.  Bello features a clean and simple design. It’s meant to be open and easy to read. The main menu includes 2 levels of slide drop down menus, as well as a space to display your latest tweet.

The main post list will display differently based on post type. The sidebar includes a custom Widget to display the latest portfolio entries.

The portfolio can be displayed as 2, 3 or 4 columns. The theme utilizes PrettyPhoto pop-ups for displaying full image views.

The theme takes advantage of the the WeGraphics WP admin panel. From this panel you can control and customize a multitude of options.

From the style and layout tab, you can control everything from post options to fonts and colors. You can also swap out the large background image that appears on each page from this panel.

Bello also features a Portfolio custom post type. This allows you to view and manage your portfolio items separately from other posts.

Download the Free Bello theme from WeGraphics and give these features a test run.

View a live demo of Below here
View the theme documentation here

If you have questions or would like to see new features added to upcoming releases of Bello, feel free to post those in the comments field below.

 

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Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is a graphic designer who loves working with various media. He combines traditional art styles with a little experimentation and digital flare. Nathan's works have contained everything from ink and paint to leaves and a box of dirt. Everything is fare game when it comes to his approach to art. Nathan lives in Austin, Texas where he has been working as a designer for 10 years.

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  1. nice one! I’m setting it up for a new website based on art. looks like just what I needed.
    but I was wondering if it would be possible to set a gallery in a portfolio page (in order to have one portfolio per artist with many pictures) or to have the same pop-up gallery display we have now for portfolio but with gallery post. great work!

    • oh and I forgot to say I can’t upload my own logo. I tried a png file with the suggested dimensions but I get a white rectangle and nothing happens. no update after clicking “save” button. any idea?

    • did try with background and it’s the same issue. another bug: in the home page, only the first gallery post displays. I have other two after and no picture showing. I must click the arrow to see the pictures.

    • Hi Ivan,

      If you’re not able to upload your logo or background photos, check the permissions of the folder found on http://yoursite.com/wp-content/themes/bello-theme/custom-uploads – it should be set to 777

      In regards to creating a gallery, you should be able to do that under each portfolio’s item’s info. Just create a gallery and make the size=”slideshow”

      You could then remove the featured image from that page by finding and removing it from single-portfolio.php

      Hope that helps!
      - Natalie

  2. Hello,
    I enjoy your theme. i would like to limit view of posts in archive pages and main index page and add a read more link, is it possible to tell me the way ?

    Thank you,
    Mena.

    • I know about the way when i start out a new post, but i want to apply this to older posts too.

  3. I managed to do it.
    by replacing with in “index.php” and put that “<a href="”> Read More…” under it.

    then added the class “read-more” to it to become <a class="read-more" href="”> Read More…

    to get the look of original more tag

    used references :
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-limit-the-size-of-the-post-on-frontpage
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Excerpt

    Thank you for a great theme.

    check my blog here: http://blog.tangyandbrightdesigns.com/

    tell my what you think ?

    • Very cool to see Bello alive on your site! And glad you figured out the Read More customization :)

  4. ssi48

    Hello, Natalie! Your theme is great, though I have a background issue with it — it is not displaying at any page.
    Uploading images doesn’t help, I see uploaded files in ‘custom uploads’ folder, but bg is still not showing up.
    Please help

  5. how to change to 4 columns like the second pic above shows

  6. Dee

    Hi Natalie,

    first off: amazing work! This is the best free wordpress theme by far!

    But I also can’t upload a background image. When i select an image and click upload, a white rectangle appears and stays forever (i guess this is supposed to display some kind of upload status message – but it stays blank). And no bg image shows on the site.
    I have set the permissions to 777 – still no luck.
    Any help?

    Thanks!

  7. I have the same problem, permissions are set to 777, but still not able to upload any logo, even within the size 134 px x 134 px – it is a very beautiful theme, so I hope you can give me a clue of how we can make it work..! Thanks! :)

  8. Hi there… Would like to get my site customized too, with my own logo and background image, but to no avail. I have set the folder permissions to 777 but still nothing happens. :( I hope you guys can figure out what’s wrong… this is an ace theme and I really like it! Amazing job overall. Can’t believe it’s free. More power!

  9. Hi Nathan and Natalie, I love this theme and am using it for our family business bar/cafe/store. I have a query about something weird going on with the site name and tagline settings – not sure where this has gone wrong, but the site name repeats and the tagline doesn’t appear. Seems to happen for me regardless of whether I use the bello custom option or the settings info in the dashboard. It means the site name repeats in google results, too.

    Curious as to whether anyone’s experienced this?

    I’ve also had trouble changing from the default font style – it doesn’t like to stay changed. But, all in all, still a great design, so thank you! Great work.

  10. HI, I’M Francesco from Italy.
    One info! how i can see the background image in IE browser???
    implements javascrpipt effects?
    thanks

  11. I am also having trouble changing the logo etc… any suggestions? Thanks

  12. Hi there – love the theme, but wondering if there’s a way to have a single column layout for the home page? that would make it perfect! ;-)

    Thanks!
    ~C

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  14. simona

    HI!
    I really love your theme!
    It’s perfect…. I just have a problem with the Twitter stream.
    Could you help me?

  15. Micahel

    I LOVE this theme! But, I cannot figure out how to configure it so that the sidebar shows on all the pages, as it does on the sample portfolio page. I have tried changing the page templates, to no avail. I am new to wordpress and not a tekkie, so I am sure it is something simple. Could you please help? Thank you!

  16. Nikki

    hi! I’ve download Bello, but the upload buttons don’t work :( I’m using Firefox web browser on Linux if that helps.

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