Wordpress child theme based on Reactor 5.1.1 for Aurora theater shooting trial coverage, http://theatertrial.denverpost.com/ .
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Theater Trial

A child theme for Reactor designed for The Denver Post's Aurora theater shooting trial coverage microsite.

Setting up for dev, beta or prod

Required parent theme

Reactor (Customized DP version)

Required Plugins


Site settings

  1. Go to Settings -> General
    • Set the Site Title to "Theater Shooting Trial"

Theme Customizations

All found in Appearance -> Customize

  1. General
    • Set Title to Theater Shooting Trial
    • Set Tagline to Aurora theater shooting trial coverage from The Denver Post
    • Uncheck Show Title & Tagline
  2. Navigation
    • Set Top Bar Title to Theater Trial
    • Set Top Bar Title Link to the appropriate fully-qualified URL (localhost, beta, etc.)
    • Check Fixed Top Bar
    • Uncheck Sticky Top Bar
    • Uncheck Contain Top Bar Width
    • Uncheck Enable Top Bar Search
  3. Fonts & Colors
    • Set Title Font to Raleway
    • Set Content Font to PT Sans
  4. Front Page
    • Set Post Columns to 1 Column
    • Set Number of Posts to 10 or adjust as desired
    • Uncheck Link Post Titles
    • Check Show Page Links

Plugin Setup

  1. Jetpack
    • If on beta/prod, connect Jetpack to Wordpress using the DPO account.
  2. AP Style Dates and Times
    • Activate plugin
    • in Settings->AP Dates & Times:
      • Check Capitalize the word "today"
      • Check Yes, capitalize 'noon' and 'midnight'
  3. Disqus
    • Disable the Disqus plugin. There are no comments on this site.
  4. Wordpress SEO
    • Under SEO->Social:
      1. Accounts tab:
      2. Facebook tab:
        • Check Add Open Graph meta data
      3. Twitter tab:
        • Check Add Twitter card meta data
      4. Google+ tab:
        • Check Add Google+ specific post meta data
    • Under SEO->Advanced
      1. Permalinks tab:
        • Check Strip the category base...

Set up Pages

Front Page

  1. Create a blank page called Aurora theater shooting trial coverage from The Denver Post
    • Select the template Front Page from the Page Template dropdown at right
    • Don't put any content in the page body
  2. Head to Settings -> Reading and set Front page displays to A static page
    • Select the Aurora theater shooting trial coverage from The Denver Post page you just created under "Front page"
    • While you're here, don't forget to set the RSS feeds to "Summary"


When adding items to menus, you can add or edit the Navigation label (displayed text) and Title Attribute (displayed on hover, used for SEO and Accessibility) under Menu Structure after the item is added.

Top Bar menu

  • Must be named top bar
  • Assign to the Top Bar Right position
  • Add top-level categories and place sub categories beneath them as desired


  1. Go to Settings->Discussion and:
  2. Uncheck:
    • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article
    • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)
    • Allow people to post comments on new articles
    • Anyone posts a comment
    • A comment is held for moderation
  3. Check:
    • Comment must be manually approved
  4. Click Save Changes