Aquene is stylish and lightweight theme specially crafted for magazines, newspapers or personal blogs. By taking a minimalist approach to design, theme is focusing more on readability to make the content more appealing, engaging and usable. Best of all, your sophisticated website will look great across all devices.

Activating Your License

Our premium products come with a license key, which is needed in case you want to receive automatic updates and support for as long as your license is valid. While premium products are fully functional without entering a license key, you won’t get notifications about updates in your WordPress dashboard.

So, it’s better to keep it active to gain access to security updates, bug fixes and new features. Learn how to locate your license key and activate it.

Recommended Plugins

We highly recommend to install Jetpack plugin which provides powerful features previously only available to users. Jetpack is developed by Automattic, the makers of

After the plugin was installed and activated, you will be asked to connect to If you don’t have a account, you can create one. It’s totally free and easy. Note, it does not force you to build a site on

The reason you should connect to is because many of Jetpack modules are integrated with specific robust functionality of that platform.


If the sidebar widget area is empty, your blog will have a three-column layout. We recommend setting six, nine, or 12 posts per page in order to avoid gaps. You can configure the number of posts displayed in the WP Admin dashboard at Settings → Reading, next to “Blog pages show at most.”

Featured Content

Aquene allows you to display selected posts in a featured area above the blog. These posts are selected by assigning them a specific tag of your choosing.

To set the tag to use in the Featured Content section, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Customizer → Featured Content.
  2. In the Tag name field, add the tag you’ll use on posts to be displayed as Featured Content. For example, you could use the tag featured. Click Save & Publish.
  3. Add the same tag to the posts (or pages) you want to display in the Featured Content area.
Note: This feature requires Jetpack plugin installed on your website.

Setting the Sidebar Position

Aquene will display a sidebar if widgets are assigned to the Sidebar widget area. The sidebar will be on the right by default, but you can also move it to the left:

  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options.
  2. Select the desired alignment from the Sidebar Position drop-down menu.
  3. Click Save & Publish.

Custom Menus

Header and Footer custom menus can be configured via Appearance → Menus.

Social Menu

Aquene supports a social links menu that uses icons in both the header and footer to connect your readers to your social media profiles.

The following sites will automatically display their icons in your menu:

Full-Width Template

Create or edit a page, and assign it to the Full-Width Page template from the Page Attributes box.

Widget Areas

Aquene includes two widget areas which allow you to add extra content to your site:

  • Sidebar widget area: displayed on the right or left side.
  • Footer widget area: displayed at the bottom of your site.

If there are no widgets in the sidebar area, the theme automatically adjusts to a three columns layout in archive views and single column layout in single-page views.

If the sidebar area has widgets then the theme will have a two columns layout.

Featured Images

Aquene supports Featured Images on both posts and pages. Each post’s Featured Image will be displayed under its header. If the Featured Image is not assigned then the theme will display a gray placeholder in archive views.

Typography Styles

Aquene offers a series of custom styles that you can use on your website.


The introduction text can be displayed between the headline and body of each post. Add your intro in the Excerpt field of each post, which you’ll find under the Editor in your Dashboard.

Pull Quotes

In order to have a pull quote in your content area, simply add a class of alignleft or alignright to a blockquote element.

<blockquote class="pull-left">
You can highlight your quote or sentence by adding it in a pull quote and wrap the text in a blockquote tag with the CSS class of pull-left or pull-right.

Drop Caps

A drop cap is a large letter at the beginning of a paragraph. To add a drop cap, simply wrap the first letter of your paragraph with a “span” tag that has “dropcap” class.

<span class="dropcap">W</span>ordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes.