Oslo Theme Manual

Please note that this theme currently has limited support, meaning we may provide bug fixes and security updates, but are not regularly updating it. As of March 31, 2018 we will be discontinuing support completely for our WordPress and Tumblr products. Thank you for understanding.

Oslo is a stunning blend of refinement and organization. It's a mature two-column theme fit for portfolio and general blog use, built around a supremely customizable sidebar and beautiful typography.


  • Oslo is an extremely customizable dual-channel theme for virtually any use.
  • Oslo's sidebar is a perfect nexus, both easily brandable and intuitively organized.
  • Ultra-modern typography and simple image controls round out Oslo's gorgeous face.
  • Fully responsive on all devices.

General Appearance

All of Oslo's settings can be accessed using the Customize page for your site. Login to your site's Dashboard and select Appearance > Customize from the left-hand menu. Now you can customize your site using the blue bar on the right-hand side of the screen. See below for more information on how to use these tools.


To set your logo, select Theme from the Customize page. Next, upload your logo image with the upload tool under the Logo heading. If you'd like to display the logo by itself, open the Site Title section and make sure that the Display Header Text box is unchecked.

Sidebar Background

To set a sidebar background image, select Header from the Customize page. Here you can add a new image, or select one from your media library. Note: the background image will be resized to fill the entire sidebar, so make sure it's a large image! To make the sidebar background image semi-transparent, select Theme from the Customize page, and use the Header Image Opacity selector.

Sidebar Text

To change the sidebar text colour, select Colors from the Customize page and use the Header Text Color tool. Note: this doesn't change the menu text colour, which always stays white for better readability. To hide or show the site title and description, open the Site Title section and use the Display Header Text box.

Sidebar Menu

The menu always has white text on a black background, but you can change how much of your sidebar background color/image shows through. To change the transparency of the menu background, select Theme from the Customize page, and use the Menu Background Opacity selector. If you have a sidebar background image, you can also choose to apply a blur effect when the menu is open. Select Theme from the Customize page and use the Blur Menu Background box. Note: if you do not have a background image set, this doesn't do anything.

Pages and Posts

By default, your pages will show a Published date at the bottom. If you would like to remove this, select Theme from the Customize page and uncheck the Display Metadata on Pagesbox.


Oslo supports comments via the Jetpack Comments plugin on WordPress.com. Comments work out of the box, so you can start posting and holding discussions around your content immediately. WordPress does, however, give you options for managing how comments are displayed and when. To display comments on a per post basis, open up the post you'd like to enable or disable comments on by clicking Posts > All Posts in the left-hand sidebar in your Dashboard. Find the post you want to change, and click on it. Once you're on the posts's edit page, locate the tab toward the top right-hand side of the page labeled Screen Options. To display the options for toggling comments on/off, make sure the box next to Discussion is checked. This will reveal an additional box in the editor below labeled Discussion. To enable comments on a post, check the box next to Allow Comments in the Discussion box. You can do the same for pingbacks and trackbacks if you wish. To disable comments, just leave the box next to Allow Comments unchecked. If you'd like to control how your comments are displayed when they're enabled, select Settings > Discussion in the left-hand sidebar in your Dashboard. From here, you'll be able to control the specifics of how comments are displayed on the page. For more information about customizing comments, check out the WordPress.com comments documentation.

Social Media Links

Oslo gives you the option of adding social media links to the bottom of the sidebar. To add a link, select Theme from the Customize page. Here you will see quite a few text boxes where you can enter your links. For some social links, you can enter either a URL or your username. For example, if you'd like to add your Twitter profile, you would enter http://twitter.com/[your user name] or just [your user name]. Currently, Oslo offers support for: Bandcamp, Behance, Delicious, deviantART, Digg, Dribbble, Etsy, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, Last.fm, E-Mail, Myspace, Pinboard, Pinterest, Rdio, Skype, Soundcloud, Spotify, StumbleUpon, Svpply, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube.

World-class customer support

Our support staff is committed to helping you solve any problems you encounter along the way. Exceptional, human support matters to us a great deal. Contact us or check our help centre if you need any help at all.