Cornerstone: Setup

Upon activating Cornerstone for the first time, you’ll want to make sure you do some basic setup. There are two main locations that you’ll want to do this in. First, you’ll need to specify your global plugin settings in the WordPress admin panel. Secondly, you’ll want to specify your various design options afforded by the plugin in the Customizer.

Admin Settings Panel

The first stop we’ll make along the way is the Cornerstone settings page, located in the WordPress menu under Settings > Cornerstone. Once you’re there, you’ll want to specify a few different global settings for your plugin and how you want it to work in your installation:

  1. Allowed Post Types – for this particular setting, you’ll want to specify which post types to enable Cornerstone on. For example, you may want to utilize it on your pages to build them out as you desire, but you might not plan on utilizing it on your blog posts. In this instance, you can simply select Page and leave Post unchecked, which will remove the Edit with Cornerstone button from your editing page in WordPress. If you have any additional post types available in your installation, you should see them here as well (for instance, Product if you’re running WooCommerce). Keep in mind that the content area output for different post types might only be a small section on a page. For example, with WooCommerce, there is a lot of additional generated content on a product page along with the content from the WordPress editor (thumbnails, tabs for product information, generated featured products, et cetera). Cornerstone does not allow these types of features to be altered as these will be handled by the plugin/theme you’re utilizing, or may even need to tap into them using a child theme for greater control. Cornerstone itself is a page builder specific to the content area of the WordPress editor.
  2. Permissions – you may wish to keep Cornerstone hidden from users with certain permissions. If that is the case, you can do that here by deselecting that particular user role. This is great especially if you run a large website with many different content creators. Building off of our previous example, you may wish to have Cornerstone only active on pages and for Administrators, but leave it hidden not only from posts, but also from Authors, so none of your contributors can utilize it if desired.
  3. Show WordPress Toolbar – While editing in Cornerstone, you may opt to display the WordPress toolbar.
  4. Fun Mode – Turns on creative save messages.

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