Theme Settings

Theme Settings are in the Appearance menu, and control some of the elements of your site which are present on every page.

General Settings

Google Analytics – this allows you to include your own google analytics tag to the site. Any number of tags can be added to the site from multiple accounts. This feature is included for backwards compatibility with sites which have been using google analytics prior to 2018 – google now recommend including analytics through google tag manager, which is not possible using this theme as it already include the code for the corporate tag manager account. If you need any help with statistics for your site, please read this page on the Communications team website.

Google API key – adding a google API key is essential if you plan to use the maps widget on any of your pages.

Google Search Console – if you would like to use Google Search Console to improve your site’s SEO, you will need to prove your ownership of the site. This theme supports the tag method of doing this (DNS and file upload are not supported). tags input here must be complete, and free of any surrounding whitespace.

Bing Webmaster Tools – if you would like to use Bing Webmaster Tools to improve your site’s SEO, you will need to prove your ownership of the site. This theme supports the tag method of doing this (DNS and file upload are not supported). tags input here must be complete, and free of any surrounding whitespace.

Social Media

This is where you can configure the icons which link to your social media sites (these are shown in the footer), which social media platforms you want to make available to users to share your content, and your twitter timeline (shown in the footer)

Social media links are added by clicking on the Add link button, choosing the platform (which will select the correct logo) and entering the URL of your timeline / page.

Twitter timelines can be embedded using a twitter “app” which has to be set up in the twitter user’s account. This method bypasses the twitter cookies by requesting data from twitter directly from the server, formatting it, and then sending it to the user’s browser. In this way, all the data gathering takes place on the server rather than in the client, and no cookies need to be set. You set up apps in twitter here:

https://dev.twitter.com/apps

When you create an app, use the site URL in both the Website box and the callback URL box. You will also need to have a mobile telephone number associated with the twitter account.

Creating an app will give you two pieces of information (initially) – the Consumer key and Consumer secret. You will also need two additional pieces of information which you can get by clicking on the Create my access token button. The remaining two pieces of information, your Access Token and Access Token Secret will appear at the bottom of the page.

You can also add your twitter “avatar” to the footer by uploading an image here.

Sponsor/Partner Logos

To add the logo of a sponsor in the footer of all pages on your site, click on the Add sponsor button, and fill out the sponsor name and URL. Images for sponsor logos will be displayed at 60px high.