How to style Modularity Lite 1.3 by GraphPaperPress

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Modularity Lite returns with version 1.3, this time boasting WordPress Menus and a dynamic slideshow option to keep us excited. You can even change colours and your background image. Making it your own was never easier. Here are my notes from when I created minor amendmends for Simon’s website

My original article on how to style this puppy goes back to version 1.1. With each update, the code has dramatically changed and therefore needs different tweaks. If you’re running an older version of Modularity Lite, check out my instructions for Version 1.2.

Instructions Included

Your first port of call when tweaking this theme is to check out the included instructions. They can be found as handy HTML file in /wp-content/themes/modularity-lite/instructions.html. So if your website is, and WordPress is installed in your root directory, you can read them browsing

It’s essential reading. Tells you a lot – but not everything 😉

Dynamic Slideshow

The new dynamic slideshow pulls in images from your last 5 posts and displayes them. For this to work, you’ll first have to enable the slideshow by ticking the box in Appearance – Theme Options.

I had some trouble getting images to show up, so here’s what I’ve learnt:

  • Images need to be associated with posts. If you add them to a page, or if you upload them via the media uploader without associating them to a post, those images will not show up in the slideshow.
  • Your slideshow is 950×425 pixels by default. If you upload images that are smaller than this, they will not show up.

To reiterate: Slideshow images MUST BE exactly 950×425 pixels or larger. Smaller images WILL NOT show up. Don’t ask me why – I’m just the messenger 😉

Slowing Down the Slideshow

Again this has slightly changed from previous versions. Those transition effects are done with something called Jquery Cycle Plugin. For our purposes, we need to have a look at the functions.php file and find this bit of code at the bottom of the file:

 speed: '2500',
 timeout: '500',
 pause: 1

The “timeout” value is the one we want to change. Change it to 5000 and your slides will show for 5 seconds, 10000 will show them for 10 seconds, etc.

The “speed” value is responsible for the transition duration. The default looks good to me, but try 5000 for sloooower transitions, or even 1 for cuts between pictures.

Static Slideshow

I wanted to build a brochure site with static pages and didn’t need the punch out catalogs,CMS or “posts” part of the website. By default however, the slideshow only displays when you show “your latest posts” on your homepage. It disappears when you show “a static page” (you can select this under Settings – Reading).

My first idea was to only show one post on the front page and be done with it – however this will only display the image from the post shown. Images from Posts that are not shown are not incorporated into the dynamic slideshow. Bugger!

This leaves us no option but to re-write the code that used to work so well in Version 1.2. Let’s do that. First, let’s create a folder for our images:

  • in the theme folder (/modularity-lite/) find the /images/ folder and create a new one called /slideshow/ – just like in the old version you’ll end up with /modularity-lite/images/slideshow
  • find 5 suitable images you’d like to use for the slideshow (950 x 425px or larger)
  • name them “image1.jpg”, “image2.jpg” and so forth amd upload them into the slideshow folder

Next, edit the page.php file and find where the get_header() statement is executed. Right underneath it we’ll call the slideshow images by adding this bit of code:

<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>


This will rotate our new images on each and every page – no questions asked.

If you would like to use the static slideshow on your “blog” page instead, then insert the above code in the index.php file (again underneath the get_header() statement).

Conditional Slideshow – only show it on certain Pages

Making the above principle of the Static Slideshow conditional is a tad more tricky because it requires more coding; say you have 5 static pages and you only want the slideshow to show up on one of them, that sort of thing. Here’s what you need to do:

  • take the above slideshow code and put it in an empty text file
  • call it “slideshow.php”
  • upload it into the theme’s directory (in our case the full path is wp-content/themes/modularity-lite)
  • find out which page ID you’d like the slideshow to appear on – I’ll explain how this works in a minute

Next, open your page.php file and add the following conditional statement underneath the get_header() statement. For this example, we’ll assume your page ID is 11:

This snippet will check if we’re on the right page, and if that is the case it loads the code from above via the file you’ve uploaded. If we’re on any other page it simply ignores the file and no slideshow is displayed.

To find out your page ID, go to Pages and hover your mouse over the page titles. Keep an eye on your browser status bar at the bottom – you’ll see the value change where it says “…?post=11” – that number is your page ID.

Changing the Slideshow Height

Would you like to adjust the height of the slideshow? That’ll turn it into animated headers – very swish indeed! All you need to do is take a look at the style.css file and find the following snippet (it’s towards the end):

/* Slideshow */
#slideshow {
 padding: 0;
 list-style: none;
 margin: 0 0 3em 0;
 overflow: hidden;
 min-height: 425px

Adjust the min-hight parameter to something like 200px and your slideshow loses some height. Regardless of how tall your pictures are they will be cropped automatically (and free of charge… nice!)

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231 thoughts on “How to style Modularity Lite 1.3 by GraphPaperPress”

  1. Great tutorial ! Thank you so much !
    I would have a few questions :
    How could I :
    – reduce the height of the images on the static slideshow
    – only have the slideshow on the first page
    – replace the existing menu by an accordion image menu instead (which file of the theme should I edit?)

    Thanks again for your help !!!

  2. Hi Jade,

    those are tough questions! I can’t help you with the accordion image idea (because I don’t know what you mean), but I can help you with the height of the slideshow. Take a look at the style.css file and see if you can find the code at the bottom that reads

    /* Slideshow */
    #slideshow {
    padding: 0;
    list-style: none;
    margin: 0 0 3em 0;
    overflow: hidden;
    min-height: 425px

    Change the min-height parameter to your liking for a slimmer slideshow.

    As for the static slideshow (as explained above) you can add the code I’ve posted in the index.php (underneath the get_header() statement). This will insert the slideshow on the front page, IF you show your blog entires there. It won’t show up if you have a static page selected here.

  3. Hi Jay,

    I followed your instructions and it perfectly works. I managed to get a slimmer slideshow ! Thanks.

    However, I am having some problems when it comes to only showing the slideshow on my front page. I added the code you’ve posted in the index.php (underneath the get_header() statement) but nothing happens and I still have the slideshow on every page…

    I’m sorry to keep bothering you but I have a few more questions reg. the sidebar and the menu.

    How could I possibly modify the width of the sidebar ? I would like to make it slimmer. Is there also a way to get rid of the thin black lines which separate the widgets ? (I am using a white background)

    My question reg. the menu is : which part of which file should I edit in order to replace the existing navigation bar (the one which shows up on the top right corner of the page) by an accordion image menu ?

    I apologize for those questions but your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks you again for all of your work !

  4. Hi Jade, glad it worked for you so far. You can always to say thanks 😉

    About the slideshow: it depends what you’ve set under Settings – Reading. If you set this to display “yoru latest posts”, the code above needs to go into the index.php file. If it’s set to “a static page”, the code needs to go into the page.php file. I’ve amended the article to include instructions to make this conditional. It’s complex but it works.

    About the sidebar width: this is a tricky one too – have a look in /library/screen.css for this. Under the section /* grid.css */ you’ll find several “span” values. Two of them are responsible for the content (.span-15) and sidebar width (.span-8). Thsoe numbers have to add up to the default container width (which is 900 by default). Make one slimmer and the other one bigger to modify your sidebar width.

    About the Nav Menu: the latest version fo this theme (1.3) uses the WordPress Menu option to create the navigation (under Appearance – Menu). In previous versions you could amend the nav.php file but that’s gone now. I can code this back for you if you’re interested for a small fee – however you will lose the option to use WordPress Menus.

    Hope all this helps 😉

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