Theme Setup Guide
Now that you have the theme installed and active, it's time to decide how you want to set up the theme for the first time. There are two options:
- Leave it as is and setup the theme from scratch. This option is the easy one, you just need to create a homepage and then go through the Theme Options panel to setup the theme look & feel however you'd like. To create your homepage, please see the Creating a Homepage section below.
- Install the demo content. This option involves installing the XML demo content via the WordPress import tool and then going through the Theme Options panel to setup the theme look & feel however you'd like. To import the demo content, please see the Importing the Demo Content section below. Please note that you'll want to take a look through the Creating a Homepage section as well, particularly near the end where you choose your Front Page from the Settings > Reading panel.
Importing the Demo Content
This theme comes with a folder called XML Demo Content. It contains a number of importable files. Each one is named appropriately but some are different than others. To import this content, you need to:
- Go to Tools > Import and choose WordPress.
- Install and activate the WordPress Import plugin if it isn't there yet.
- You can now choose an import file to use from the WordPress Import folder
Here are the different content types and what you need to know about each:
- Everything (demo-all.xml) — This will import everything (except for a few outliers, see below). You will need to have certain plugins installed and active for some of the content to come through properly (if you aren't going to use one of these plugins there's no need to worry about it). Those plugins include: The Events Calendar, Espresso Add-Ons, and WooCommerce.
Other types of import files:
- Gravity Forms (Gravity Forms/gravity_form.xml) — Once you have Gravity Forms installed (this is a premium plugin found here: http://gravityforms.com), you can go to Forms > Import/Export. From there, click the Import Forms tab and then upload the file to import the form(s).
- Revolution Slider (Revolution Slider/homepage-slider.zip) — Once you have Slider Revolution installed (install it via the Appearance > Install Plugins page), you can go to the Revolution Slider panel and then click the green Import Slider button on the right. Choose the zip file to import.
Creating a Homepage / Page
The first thing you'll want to do is create yourself a homepage. One thing to note is that the homepage is just like any other page, you're just creating it in such a way that it looks more like a homepage than a regular page. This could include a slider at the top, some upcoming events and recent blog posts down the middle, and maybe some custom homepage widgets at the bottom. So to get started, let's take a look at all of the page settings that are available to use and how it works.
Each page you create includes a number of blocks you can choose or not choose to use. You can also set the order of each of these blocks throughout the pages you create. These blocks include:
- Slider — This block will always be at the top of the page if you choose to use it. If you have some Garnish Sliders or Slider Revolution sliders created, they will show up in the dropdown for you to choose. If you choose to use a Garnish slider, it will give you options for auto-cycling the slider.
- Page Content — This is the actual content of the page. You may or may not need to use this on the homepage. If you don't add anything to the content area, then this won't show up at all (including the page title and breadcrumbs). If you do add page content, you can choose to hide the title and/or breadcrumbs (a useful option for the homepage).
- Sidebar Layout — The sidebar will only show up if the Page Content also does. You can choose to show a sidebar (left or right) or to show no sidebar (and leave the page content full width). You can also choose which sidebar widget area to use on this particular page.
- Feature Blocks — A great piece of content for a homepage, the feature blocks can be 1, 2 or 3 blocks of content to a section on the page. You first need to create these feature blocks from the Feature Blocks > Add New menu option (be sure to set a featured image on each). Then, you'll see those feature blocks show up in the dropdowns in this section of the Page Settings panel.
- Recent Posts — This will display recent Posts from a category (or all categories) of your choosing. You can choose to display posts in groups of 3.
- Upcoming Events — This section will display upcoming events in two different style options. You can choose to display them similarly to the recent posts section in groups of 3. Or you can choose to display a custom Weekly Schedule view that will allow your visitors to view the upcoming events in a cool, ajax-powered schedule view (note that this section only shows up if you have The Events Calendar plugin installed).
- Parallax Zone — More of a visual feature, this will allow you to create a section of text that has an image background. The image will scroll slightly slower than the rest of the page, giving it a parallax effect. This section is recommended for blocks of text that are quick snippets of information.
- Page Widgets — Along with the ability to add widgets to a sidebar and the footer, you can add page widgets to individual pages. You can choose between 1, 2 and 3 columns and choose a widget area for each column.
- Recent Tweets — You can add this block only after you've filled out the appropriate fields in the Theme Options panel. With the Twitter API information, this section won't work
Once you have your homepage built out, you need to tell WordPress:
- Go to Settings > Reading and then choose "A static page" radio option.
- Then in the dropdowns below, select your homepage and blog posts page (If you have one created. If not, create a page called Blog and choose it here).