Aurora Sample

Aurora Sample

Design Details

Template type PREMIUM
Control panel version 2
Supports categories YES
Supports sub pages YES
Supports video YES
Contact form YES
Supports logo YES
Slideshow in gallery YES
Maximum galleries UNLIMITED
Images in galleries UNLIMITED

Image Sizes

All images should be uploaded to your image bank and optimized for the web.

**NOTE: if your Aurora Way is older, gallery images should be sized 530h x 900w

Image Width Height
Background image 900 280
Gallery images 900 600
Page images 900 280

Site Colors Settings:

Go to Site Settings/Colors in your site control tools

You will find the ability to change about nine(9) colors from the Colors section.

Color Name Color Description
Title Color: this controls your site title color and page title color when on an Information page.
Text Color: this controls the navigational elements of your site (main/sub menus, music player, copyright message, etc)
Body Color: this controls the color of the browser body.
Secondary Color: this controls the color of the top/bottom color panels on the site.
Border Color: this controls the music player icon and the intro dashed bar.
Page Background Color: this controls the background color of the contact field labels of your contact form.
Custom Color 1: this controls the ‘click’ color of your menu, music player, etc.
Custom Color 2: this controls the ‘mouseover’ color of your menu, copyright, navigational items. this also controls the border color of your contact form fields and labels.
Custom Color 3: this controls the text on all pages (not the page titles but just the text on the information and contact pages)

Special Features:

Custom Category and Info Page thumbnails

By default, Aurora fills the categories and pages menus with thumbs using thumbnails of the first image in the first gallery of a category for the categories menu and thumbnails of page images for each page in the pages menu. However, Aurora does allow you to make custom thumbnails for each of your Categories and Pages. To turn off the automatic menu thumbs, enter ‘false’ in the Auto menu thumbs filed under Site Settings > Template Settings. Create a thumbnail sized image that is 200 pixels by 132 pixels. Name the thumbnail the exact name of your Category Title or Page Title with the name ending in “_thumb.jpg” (that is an underscore before the word thumb) Example: “Weddings Two_thumb.jpg” Where the Category name is “Weddings Two”. This is case sensitive. And do not include the quotes. You will upload these images differently as well. Go to Images/Upload Images then use the link that says ‘the old fashioned way’. NOTE: With the version 3 admin panel, the ‘old fashion way’ does not apply. Just upload thumbnail as in the above example and admin panel will automatically load to correct category/page.

Advanced Template Settings

Below is a screenshot of some of the advanced features configurable in the Admin under Advanced > Template Settings. Including the transparency value of the color fields on the site, Info and Contact Page background transparency, menu names and extra links, and slideshow speed in seconds.

Intro Slideshow

Under Site Settings > Intro/Texture upload images for the intro or background image that appears when your site opens. Press the upload new file button under Background/Intro and select a new image to upload. Intro images should be optimized and sized according to the template image specifications. Drag and drop the images to reorder them. Press the delete button on the right to delete an image.

Slideshow Speed

The slideshow speed can be controlled in the Advanced > Template Settings area. The value entered in this area is in seconds. If slideshow speed is not defined, the template has a default slideshow speed of 4 seconds.


To have a link in your menu or sub menu that redirects to another website, create a page or sub page in your admin with the following text in the text area using standard mode:


(replace ‘‘ with your website URL)


To add songs to your site, upload them from your Admin panel under: Site Settings > Music > Upload New Music Track…

The jukebox will read ID3 tags from MP3 files. Depending on what music player you use, you may have to “Convert ID3 Tags…” before they are uploaded to your site. ID3 version 2.4 is recommended.


Upload an image for the background texture under Site Settings > Intro/Texture. Press the upload new file button under Texture and select a new image to upload. Texture images should be sized to a minimum of 1400 x 1050 pixels. To remove the texture press the delete button to the right of the image.

***Textures are an easy way to set your site apart and give it depth. We have an incredible set of texture packs to choose from created directly by our developers for you HERE.

App Alpha

The app alpha will change the alpha of the top and bottom sections of the site. (the big color sections above and below the actual content of the site.)

Info Page Alpha

The info page alpha is the alpha specific to the page image/text area on all pages (not galleries) and contact form.

Main Menu Redirects

The main menu (top right) for the site allows you to add three redirects. To add/remove items simply chose Advanced/Template Settings. Set Men Num Links to 0-3 (0 for no redirects, 1 for 1 redirect, etc). Then scroll down to Menu Link 1 Title and name the link text (this is what the site visitor will see) and then add the Menu Link 1 URL (where the redirect will link to).

Main Menu Labels

In the site control tools chose Advanced/Template Settings and change the labels for your info section main link, portfolio main link and contact form label to whatever you like.


To display the availability calendar, create a page called ‘calendar’ under the Pages tab. Manage the calendar’s page settings from the edit page option in the pages tab. To manage the calendar dates and content, go to the Calendar tab. Enter your calendar’s title and description, and press the submit button to save this information. Press the calendar boxes to select or deselect a day.

Font Modifiers

Font Modifiers allow you to increase or decrease the size of the text from its default size (set at 0) for your Site Title, Navigation, and Pages. This is most helpful when selecting fonts that render at small sizes.


You can find helpful information on video here.

Social Media

As of 2/27/2010 it is possible to add social media icons and links to Aurora. Under Site Settings > Profile under the Social Media section, add a reference to the image for a given social network and a link to a page on that network using the following format:


In this case, the images ‘facebook.png’, and ‘twitter.png’ should be uploaded to the image bank. Both pngs and jpgs can be used for these icons. There are many places to find social media icons for your site. Here is an example of one set.

Social media icons can also be added to the bottom of any page by adding the same code found in Site Settings > Profile prefixed by the text ‘SOCIAL MEDIA:’. The final text should look like this at the bottom of the page text section:


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