M Theater contains an optional ‘Full-Width Post Format’ which hides sidebar content and stretches your main content to the full-width of the wrapper (equal to the width of the header banner). This feature may be helpful for certain types of content display, such as large images, video clips, interactive games (see example below) or information grids.
Full-Width Display Format Per Post or Page
To make your Posts full-width on a per-post or per-page basis:
- Check ‘Yes’ in the Full Width Content? widget checkbox (usually located on the right side of the Edit screen). unchecking this box will return content to its normal display.
- For Posts, you can optionally add the Tag “mt fullview” (make sure “fullview” is one word, no spaces). Once published, that post will automatically convert to the ‘Full-Width Post Format.’ If you checked ‘Yes’ in the Full Width Content? widget checkbox, there is no need to add the “mt fullview” custom Tag.
- For Pages, you can optionally choose “Full-width Page” under Page Templates. Again, if you checked ‘Yes’ in the Full Width Content? widget checkbox, there is no need to add the “mt fullview” custom Tag.
Full-Width Display for Archive and Home Page Only
You can now make your MTheater-powered archives (Search, Tag, Category, By Date) and home page full-width, while keeping your sidebar on single pages and posts. Find the checkbox option in your Administration Panel, under Appearance > Theme Options. Check option for either archives (Search, Tag, Category, By Date) or home page, or both. Hit Save and your single pages will not be affected.
Full-Width Display for All Pages and Posts on a Website
To make all of your content full-width, in your Administration Panel, go to Appearance > Widgets and remove all widgets from the Main Sidebar. Now whenever you publish a new Post, they will display in the ‘Full-Width Post Format.’ You can change Posts back to Standard View, with Sidebar, at anytime by adding widgets to the Main Sidebar.
NOTE: The ‘Full-Width Post Format’ is not the same as the ‘Full-Width Page Template.’ The ‘Full-Width Page Template’ uses the same display effect but for Pages. To make your Pages full-width, select the ‘Full-width Page’ option from the drop-down menu under Page Attributes (see example left).
What’s the difference between Posts and Pages?
Posts: These are regularly updated individual content pages. They include Ongoing Events, Blogs, Status Updates, etc. They are catalogued by Date, Tag, Category and Author. In M Theater and other WordPress Themes, they can also be used for special content display, such as the home page Slideshow. There could be hundreds or thousands of Posts on a website.
Pages: These consist of content meant to be static. They include Contacts, About pages, Services Offered pages, etc. In many cases, Page names are displayed on the top navigation bar of a website. There are generally a limited number of Pages on a website, although there is no limit to the number of Pages you can create on your website.
The screenshots below illustrate how the same content displays using the Standard vs. Full-Width Post options.