As I was getting ready to send these testers notes about via email, I realized that it would be just as useful to share them here on the blog, as what we are doing now is about being out in the open. So for those ready and willing to help with tesitng, thank you!
Download / Install
If you are comfortable using git, you can get the most recent version navigating in your Shell to your WordPress theme directory and entering the following:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:adventistchurch/alps-wordpress.git
If you want to download it, use this link for the most recent version from GitHub.
Once installed you will need to enable the ALPS theme under Appearance > Themes
After enabled, you will be prompted to install 2 required plugins.
Note: alps-wordpress currently ships with the Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugin. This will be removed in a future update. (Issue: https://github.com/adventistchurch/alps-wordpress/issues/36)
Initial Display Options:
When you install the theme, it will default to the Ming color theme. You can make those changes in the “Options” link in the admin sidebar, (/wp-admin/admin.php?page=acf-options). From there you can upload a set of custom logos, and an alternate text graphic. The templates for the logo text (https://alps.adventist.io/public/?p=organisms-header-division-no-logo) is available on Github with the ALPS UI Kit. https://github.com/adventistchurch/alps-uikit/tree/master/logo-kit
By default, the posts are displayed in the “river of news” reverse chronological flow. You can also create a custom homepage by creating a page, and titling it “Home”.
Basic widgets are available with more ALPS styling coming soon for the default widgets.
The “Page” content type contains some extra settings that allow you to create carousels and control the breakout block contents, as well as control some of the extra settings.
The “Page” template is what you would use to create a channel page: https://alps.adventist.io/public/?p=pages-channel-main-with-image
The page carousel allows you to create a carousel from images on the site, with options set multiple slides, and several formats for the carousel (Large format with text overlay, 2 column, etc.)
The breakout block is currently handled as a “Sitewide:” setting on the “Home” page type edit form.
The comments currently aren’t displaying… yet. In fact, had it not been for the comments, Adventist.io would be running with ALPS already! (Issue: https://github.com/adventistchurch/alps-wordpress/issues/38)
A Live Example
If you want to see a live example site built in ALPS, take a look at the dev site from our developer.
Bugs, Questions, Feedback
We’d love hear from you and if you have questions, feedback or find bugs in the theme, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Before you post new tickets, look over the existing tickets and if there is one related to your question, you can comment there, otherwise, please create a new ticket!