WP Barrister

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WP Barrister is another very corporate design. Again it is especially suited to professional services companies

that want to showcase their people on the website. Bundled with our own People plugin the Barrister theme makes it easy to deploy a staff profile page in an attractive and contemporary mason style layout featuring profile pictures and social media links, plus links to individual profile pages where each staff member can have their own biography.

The theme is of course entirely responsive, comes with a range of templates for static pages, alt home page layouts and the usual post and archive templates. It also offers a range of easy customization options, including:

  • The ability to add your own logo
  • Easily add links to your favorite social media profiles
  • Choose from one of 3 geometric background textures, or upload your own!
  • Optional slide background images on the home page
  • Change the primary theme colors to anything you like
  • Choose whether to display the author bio box at the bottom of all posts

Barrister theme in other languages

Video Demo


This theme is released under a GPL 2.0 license.

For support on this theme please visit our WordPress help desk. First time webmasters should also read our guide to setting up a blog.

152 thoughts on “WP Barrister

  1. Yang says:

    Hi! the footer didn’t show. How to fix that? Thank you

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Yang, can you be more specific? What do you mean the footer didn’t show? If the footer is literally missing then it means your installation of the theme wasn’t complete.

      1. Yang says:

        Charles, When I installed the theme and preview it, the footer is still there but when I edit the style.css the footer is now missing.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Exactly. When you edited the style sheet you broke something. We can’t help with that.

  2. Hermann says:


    that’s easier than the other way. Try it out now.


  3. Hermann says:

    Hi Charles,

    I’m just starting with deeper wordpress work and found your template very nice and useful. The question is if I can swap the content around to have the aside section on the left side and the article/posts/pages on the right. Where do I have to put my screwdriver? It’s in the CSS or any of the pages templates? I’m not experienced with php.

    Many thanks in advance fo a reply,
    Cheers, Hermann

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @Hermann,

      Thanks for using our theme

      This didn’t include PHP nor CSS, what you only need is swap the HTML code in single.php, page.php, index.php or even available author.php, archive.php

      So from this order

      <div id="main" class="col620 clearfix">
      //main content
      <div id="sidebar" class="widget-area col300">
      // sidebar content

      to this

      <div id="sidebar" class="widget-area col300">
      // sidebar content
      <div id="main" class="col620 clearfix">
      //main content

      Hope that helps

  4. Karel says:

    Hi, is there a way to reduce the size of the sticky news or to totally disable the feature ? Regards,

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Karel, there is no setting for this. You could customize the home page template to remove the featured post from the layout.

  5. Eric says:

    Thank you very much, it worked!

  6. Eric says:

    I work online and in localhost. I use WP Barrister.

  7. Eric says:

    I would remove the banner on the home page with the latest published article, is it possible? Thank you! I use the WP theme Barrister.

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @eric,

      Thanks for using our theme

      Are you using page template in your site homepage? can you elaborate more and yeah it’s possible

      Hope that helps

      1. Eric says:

        Yes, I use the template in my website homepage. How to remove the banner indicating the last article on the home page? I speak French, sorry for my english…

        1. Ryan S says:

          Thanks for the reply, are you working online or localhost only? if localhost can you tell me what page template you’re using for front-page?, thanks

          1. Eric says:

            I work online and in localhost. However, I can not find the model of the first page. To be clear, I want to remove it: http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=737966scrbarrister.png

          2. Ryan S says:

            There are two best options to remove the banner

            1. CSS, just use this code and paste it somewhere in theme style.css file
            #wpb-banner{ display: none; }
            2. Remove HTML code instead in index.php start from line #3-25

            Hope that helps

  8. Simon says:


  9. Neil says:

    Hi, and thanks for this great theme!
    I am having trouble adding the Blog function as it appears on the demo site. I don’t see a blog template file to use. The closest thing I did was add a menu link to a ‘blog’ category which I created. However this doesn’t give the text of the most recent post, as it appears to do on the demo site.
    Any help is much appreciated!

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Neil, assuming you have created a static home page using the home page template then you just need to create a new static page (call it “blog”) then go to Settings > Reading and assign it as the blog page. Easy 🙂

  10. Marsha Willis says:

    How to I change to the homepage template?

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @marsha

      Thanks for using our theme

      You can update it in Settings -> Reading and choose static in Front page displays and update Front-page

      Hope that helps

      1. Marsha Willis says:

        Hey Ryan

        Thanks for the fast reply.

        That is how I have it set up but it is showing as 2 columns vs one with the widgets below.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Marsha, it sounds like you have not applied the Alt-homepage template to you new static homepage. In the right hand column of the page edit screen you will see an option to change from the default template. Once you have done this then go to Appearance > Widgets and add the widgets you want to the dedicated homepage widget area.

        2. Ryan S says:

          The reason is that is how the page(page.php) template works, if you’d like to have fullwidth only and or footer area then try other page template, or you can create your own frontpage.php file, but I suggest using page template instead.

          If this sounds techie for you, you can contact us at [email protected], Thanks

          1. Marsha Willis says:

            Got it working. Thanks for your help.

  11. Sdra says:

    Hi Charles ! This is a great theme ! Contents are displayed in a clear and efficient way.

    Meanwhile, I’m dealing with an issue for days… I translated my Blog into French (thanks to php files), but I don’t manage to find where I could change this automatically generated sentence “ON 17 DÉCEMBRE 2013 BY CLUB ABONNÉS, LE BLOG” displayed under the title of each publication.

    I just want to translate the words “ON” and “BY” and I can’t find them into the php files.
    Hope you could help me because I tried many things without success.

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @Sdra,

      Thanks for using our theme

      If it’s not available in .po file you can update it manually in functions.php file at line #633

      Hope that helps

      1. SDRA says:

        I found it ! Thank you so much for helping me !!

        Have a nice day

  12. Stan says:

    Hi Charles

    Awesome Theme!

    Where can i find the background image that is being used in the wp-barrister theme demo?

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @Stan,

      Thanks for using our theme

      Here’s the background link http://wpbarrister.com/wp-content/themes/wp-barrister/library/images/backgrounds/bg1.png

      Hope that helps

  13. Crystal says:

    Hi Charles, thanks for reply. Title text is big. I did play with the font options and that made it a bit better. The white space I am referring to is the space above and below the text I have showing in the slider.

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @crystal

      You can remove the white space before the slider in style.css at line #2879 or in .slide-title selector, just reduce or remove the margin-bottom, yes both margin-bottom, hope that helps

  14. Crystal says:

    New to wordpress, love your theme. Is there a way to reduce the size of the text in the slider? For some reason the header text is showing up huge, taking up most of the slider space. In addition, there is a lot of white space in the slider, is there a way to reduce that? Thank you.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Crystal, thanks, glad you like the theme. I’m not 100% clear on your issue as the Barrister theme doesn’t have a slider. Can you provide a link to your site or a screenshot of the problem?

      1. Crystal says:

        Yes, sorry. The theme is actually Newswire.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Crystal, I could still use a link to your site or a screenshot of the issue in question. The design does feature a pretty big headline for the slider (see the demo), though I’m not sure what you mean by a lot of whitespace. I’m not clear if “huge” means the title text is bigger than it should be or if you want to change the design.

  15. Jessica says:

    Thanks! Do you know how I mark it as sticky? That’s not a setting I’ve seen on there. For alt_homepage, would that solve the problem or should I stick with the default homepage template?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Jessica, here’s a how-to on the Sticky posts feature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtNJx-m5_r8

      I don’t think the Alt_homepage template is what you want as it doesn’t show the latest posts.

      1. Jessica says:

        Thank you!! Definitely worked.

  16. Jessica says:

    Hi! We switched to this theme and really like it, but we’re trying to figure out how to designate one post or page to stay static on the homepage in the red box (a welcome message), while the smaller posts at the bottom can update over time with what’s new. When I was demoing the theme it appeared we could do that (one of the reasons we chose the theme) but now I can’t figure out how. Is there a setting or something that I’m missing? Thanks!

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Jessica, if you are using a stock standard WP settings with your home page showing your posts (and are not using one of the Alt_homepage templates) then the home page will by default show your latest posts with the very latest featured at the top. Just mark one of your posts as sticky and it will stick to that top spot.

  17. Aberrans says:

    Fantastic theme, was wondering if you could help me with a problem though?

    I’m using a custom menu via Appearance > Menus and although Pages show just fine, when I add a custom link it shows on the menu dashboard but not on the actual site.

    If I go to Appearance > Customize > Navigation and select my menu the custom link does appear, however the parent pages no longer drop down and it shows all my pages, making the navigation very complicated!

    Any help would be much appreciated 🙂

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Aberrans, that sounds very odd. Can you provide a link to your site so we can check it out? Or some screenshots of the problem?

      1. Aberrans says:

        Thank you, website is: http://katiestainer.com/

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Abberans, I’m not sure what the problem is here. Under Appearance > Menus, have you clicked on the Manage Locations tab to ensure that your custom menu is assigned to the primary menu location?

          1. Aberrans says:

            Have tried that too – has the same effect as doing the same through Appearance > Customise 🙁 Have left it like this so you can see that all the links are showing now instead of the parents having drop downs. Solves the custom link not showing problems but makes the navigation a bit messy!

          2. charles Charles says:

            Hmmm, I hesitate to ask, but have you indented (or nested) the sub pages in your custom menu? It looks like they are all set as top level links. You need to click and drag the sub pages in the custom menu so they are indented below the top level pages. The theme will then display the indented pages as drop downs.

          3. Aberrans says:

            I had indented the sub pages in the menu but decided to start over from scratch and create a new menu (though i’d tried this before this time I deleted ALL the old menus first), again with indented pages, and this seems to have solved the problem! No idea why all the other menus with indented pages didn’t work but its all fine now 🙂 Thank you soo much for you help, I love this theme!

  18. Farcas Gelu Danut says:

    Hi, Sorry, i’m new in WordPress. 😉
    I want to add text (title and descroption) after logo.
    Please, help.

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @farcas,

      Thanks for using our theme

      In header.php right after the title you can add <p><?php bloginfo('description'); ?></p> or in line #103

      If you need further help you can email as at, just make sure you’re using child-theme so new theme update won’t overwrite your changes.

      Hope that helps

  19. Matthew says:

    I’m using your theme with the People Profile CPT plugin. I’d like to remove the “people” name from the permalink, but I can’t seem to find what I need to change to remove this. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @Matthew,

      Thanks for using our theme

      This include plugin customisation and way beyond we can help here at comment support, perhaps you can contact us for paid support at [email protected], thanks

  20. Thanks for sharing the theme! Works perfect for photo projects as well, as it shows all the pictures on the front page. I have one concern though. Is it possible to remove the menubar where the logo is located? Either that or possibility to add graphics on the whole “bar”.

    Best regards,
    Michael Fristedt

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Michael, there is no admin setting for this. You’ll need to customize the header.php template to do this. If you are making local customizations please be sure to set up the theme as a child theme first.

  21. Konstantin says:

    How to change the number of people profiles appearing in People section? Right now it only shows 10, but I need more than 30. Thank you.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Konstantin, in the current version of the theme this is tied to the posts per page setting under Settings > Reading. Defaults to 10. We’ll probably create a separate setting for this in the next version.

      1. Konstantin says:

        If I do that it changes the number of posts on one page for the entire website. Is there a way to specify the number of posts exclusively for the people page?

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Konstantin, good question. There is no setting for that it would require some theme customization…which would require you set up the theme as a child theme first to ensure local customizations were not overwritten in future theme updates. It’s a good point though, I’ve added this to the list of features we should enable for the next version.

  22. windomearle says:

    Hi Charles! I do need help to do that, I already send you an e-mail.

  23. windomearle says:

    Hi Charles!

    How can I change the copyright information in the footer?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi windomearle, this will require you edit the footer.php template file. If you do start making changes to template files, please make sure you set up the theme as a child theme first. If you need help with this email us at [email protected] and we can work up an estimate.

  24. Roger battersby says:

    Hi Tex!

    Awesome theme (WP Advocate), looks and works wonderfully!

    Slight confusion with the Gallery for the front page slider – I’ve added the gallery to the page content (looks like shortcode [gallery ids="29,28,25,27"]) and the slider b/g works fine. The problem is that the image thumbs are also showing up on the page with the text in the transparent box – any way to hide the thumbs?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hmm, that’s odd. Can you share a link or screenshot?

      1. Roger battersby says:

        Sure its at sample.digitalisotope.com

        1. charles Charles says:

          Thanks Roger. Have you edited the template at all? Or do you have any other gallery plugins enabled (eg. Nextgen)?

          I’m not sure why this is happening. If you check out the home page of our demo you can see this in action http://wpadvocate.org/ – in this example I simply added a gallery to the body of the page and the template is sliding the images, but it doesn’t show the thumbnails. We’ve coded this template to only show static text.

          1. Roger battersby says:

            Got it!!! Apologies for wasting your time mate!

            It was because I’d changed a line in the content-intro.php file

            as i was trying to keep the formatting line break to split the text into two paras. I guess the smartest thing to do is either edit the wp_advocate_excerpt function to find another way to preserve html formatting… OR actually thinking about it I can just hard code the text into the template (content-intro.php)

          2. Roger battersby says:

            FROM echo wp_advocate_excerpt TO echo the_content

          3. Roger battersby says:

            Charles – thanks for the support dude – got it all sorted!

            In case anyone’s interested…
            To keep the paragraph formatting in the intro text I wound up doing 2 things:
            1) In the file (content-intro.php) use the_content() instead of wp_advocate_excerpt()
            2) Add the line add_filter(‘the_content’, ‘strip_shortcodes’); to functions.php

            Sorry to hack your code guys – I couldn’t come close to what you folks do – sincerely appreciated!

          4. Roger battersby says:

            Sorry to spam – an amendment to what i just posted (feel free to remove my last message)
            My method from an hr or 2 ago didnt work…instead I pretty much did this:

          5. charles Charles says:

            Hey Roger, really appreciate you sharing for everyones benefit. Cheers.

          6. Roger battersby says:

            Thanks Charles – much obliged!

  25. Texan says:

    While using the alt_homepage template, I cannot display an image in the body of the page using standard HTML.

    If I convert the page back to a People Profile Template, it appears no problem. But I want this home page to have the alt sidebar at the bottom, so that isn’t a good option.


    1. Ryan S says:

      Hi @texan,

      Thanks for using our theme

      Sorry but I’m a bit confuse what you really did on your site or what you’re trying to accomplish

      I have few questions
      1. You’re using the page for Front Page?
      2. Where did you add your HTMl code?


      1. Texan says:

        Yes, the alt_homepage template page is being used for the front page (home page) of the website.

        The HTML code (img src=”mylink”) is being added to the main body of that page. When the page is converted to “People Profile” template – the image appears, without any other changes. When the page is converted to “Alt_Homepage” the image disappears.

        1. Ryan S says:

          Then one thing is certain you’ve added the code in wrong file, instead of Alt_Homepage page template you’ve added it in People Profile.

        2. charles Charles says:

          Hi Texan, the answer is simply that the alt-home page template doesn’t support images. It automatically strips out anything but plain text. This is intentional and if it issn’t doing this on the Profile template then that is an oversite on that template. Changing this behaviour is possible but will require some customization of the template. We can do this but it is beyond the level of support we can provide here in the comments. If you need our help please email us at [email protected] and we’ll work out an estimate. Thanks.

  26. elroy heesbeen says:

    how to create a slider (i had two sliders revolution and meta slider and how to make meet the team page? i cant make this ….or how to start with it….thankx

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Elroy, the theme doesn’t have a slider in the traditional sense. If you use the alt home page template you can add a regular wordpress image gallery to the page content and the template will slide the gallery images in the background.

      To create the team page you must first install the People plugin which is prompted when you first install the theme. If you dismissed this prompt you’ll need to reinstall the theme and be sure to follow through on the prompts to install the people plugin…

      This plugin adds a new custom post type to manage people/staff profiles. Once you have created some people profiles you need to create a new “meet the team” page and apply the people profile template to that page…this will then show all the profiles you have created, each linking to an individual profile page.

      1. slawek says:

        Is it possible to install slider (Cyclone Slider 2) at Home page (Alt_Homepage) in wpb-baner or in wpb-content area.

        1. Ryan S says:

          Hi @slawek,

          Thanks for using our theme

          Yeah, but you have to update alt_homepage to add shortcode or template function in there to display the slider on that specific page.

          Hope that helps

  27. Zekerijah Salihovic says:

    Hi, Charles!
    Thanks for your reply. I watched the youtube clip you posted and id does great promotion for your theme.

  28. Zekerijah Salihovi? says:

    Hi, Charles!
    I like your theme. It’s so elegant. I have almost finished setting it up, but I can’t get the homepage slider working. It displays the text and excerpt, but no image.
    Am I doing something wrong or…
    Thanks for your theme, again.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Zekerijah, if you are using the home page template for the home page (and you don’t have to) then you can just add a regular WordPress image gallery to the content and the template will automatically slide these images in the background. We just uploaded a video which shows this in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx0AQh0_IAk

  29. Raziel says:

    Seems to be what I’m looking for. How to download ?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Raziel, just subscribe and you’ll get the download link immediately.

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