WordPress Theme: Installation Guide

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Installing The Theme

This doc shows you how to install a TemplateAccess WordPress Theme.

Steps:

  1. Unzip the compressed theme ZIP file
  2. Locate your WordPress directory
  3. Drag and upload the entire theme folder to: /wp-content/themes/ (located within your WordPress folder) After uploading, it should look like this: /wp-content/themes/newly-uploaded-theme/

Tip: Your theme folder contains files such as index.php, functions.php, *.php.

Note: We highly recommend you upload these files using FTP software, using online upload tools via
your web browser may cause upload problems. You can download free FTP software at: http://filezilla-project.org/

 

Plugins


If there are any plugins associated with this theme, upload these plugins to your WordPress plugins folder.

The plugin folder is usually located in: /wp-content/plugins/

 

Activating The Theme


After uploading:

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard – e.g. www.yoursite.com/blog/wp-admin/
  2. Activate all the plugins you’ve just uploaded – Found under “Plugins”
  3. Click Appearance -> Themes, find the theme you just uploaded and select “Activate”
  4. Once the theme has loaded, click “THEME OPTIONS”. You can also find this via Appearance -> Theme Options
  5. Click the “RELOAD DATA” button to load the themes configuration files.
  6. Now click on the “RELOAD XML” button to load the themes default settings.
  7. Add Widgets to complete your blog! (Appearance -> Widgets)
  8. If your theme supports custom homepages (HomePage and Blog layout), read “custom-homepage-setup.doc”.
  9. You can also reference our online support site for more information.

 

Quick FAQ


Q. My theme looks broken after I install it?

A. The WordPress search widget is most likely causing this issue. Goto WP Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets.

Find the “Search” Widget. You need to either define a “Title” for this widget or remove it. This should fix the problem.

Q. Will your themes work with WordPress.com?

A. WordPress.com does not support 3rd party themes. Their explanation is as follows:

“Because of the way WordPress.com’s technical infrastructure is designed, we are not

able to support uploading of custom WordPress themes on our service.”

Q. How do I setup a custom homepage, so I have a static front page and also a blog?

A. Please read custom-homepage-setup.doc or visit our support site

Q. I see a “RELOAD DATA” button in my Theme Options page?

A. Our themes use the OptionTree system to enable full theme customization. Whenever you activate one of our themes,

you need to press “Reload Data” so that the themes configuration files are loaded.

Q. I see a “RELOAD XML” button in my Theme Options page?

A. This loads the themes default settings. Use this when you want to see how the theme should look by default.

If you ever break/incorrectly setup up a theme, you can reset the theme to its default settings by pressing the “RELOAD XML” button.

Q. My jquery banner/homepage slider is not showing?

A. To ensure your slider is showing:

  • Make sure you first install the “WP Theme Slider” plugin supplied with each theme distribution. This is found in the plugins folder.
  • Next, enable it in the Themes Options page -> General Options -> “Active/deactive slider”.
  • You now need to let the theme know where to make it show up on your blog. Todo this:
  • Goto “Appearance -> Widgets”, drag the “Theme Slider” widget over to the “Slider Plugins” panel. Click Save.
  • Your slider should now appear correctly. To setup and define slider images, size, slider type, etc, goto “Appearance -> Theme Slider”.

 

Using Thumbnails


To define a thumbnail for each post, you must use the custom field tag:

“post-img”, followed by the image url as value.

Example:

Custom Field: post-img

Value: /thumbnails/picture1.jpg

WordPress v3.x or higher users can skip this step and use the “Set Featured Image” option when editing their WordPress posts.

Auto Image Resizing


If you enable the “Auto image resizing” feature in your theme, TimThumb is activated.

You can customize this plugin by editing the timthumb-config.php & timthumb.php file

found within your theme directory.

 

Remember


Before you use this theme, we strongly recommend you install all the plugins
located in the /plugins/ folder to ensure 100% proper theme rendering.

The following plugins are recommended for installation:

/theme-slider/ – Features three integrated jquery sliders with easy setup options.

/wp-cufon/ – Smooth font replacement. Lets you embed any font on your page.

/contact-form-*/ – Complete form management solution with CAPTCHA support.

/sociable-30/ – Lets your users share your content with various social networking sites.

/adrotate/ – A complete system for handling ads, including ad-rotation.

/flickr-rss/ – Allows you to integrate Flickr photos into your site.

/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/ – Shows related WordPress posts.

/wp-pagenavi/ – Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress site.

/wordpress-popular-posts/ – Shows the most popular entries on your blog.

+ any other plugin found or mentioned within the theme distribution.

 

Extras

If you want to dig into the code, you can directly edit them with your favorite text editor.

header.php – Lets you change header area

footer.php – Lets you change footer content

sidebar.php – Lets you change sidebar content

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