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Setup Guide

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Installation

Theme Installation

Tip: Before uploading the theme’s zip file, make sure you unzip the main file from ThemeForest and then locate the only zip file in the /theme/ folder and upload that to WordPress.

To install this theme you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. For information in regard to installing the WordPress platform, please see the WordPress Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

Installation

When you are ready to install a theme, you must first upload the theme files and then activate the theme itself. The theme files can be uploaded in two ways:

  • FTP Upload: Using your FTP program, upload the non-zipped theme folder into the /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server.
  • WordPress Upload: Navigate to Appearance > Add New Themes > Upload. Go to browse, and select the zipped theme folder. Hit “Install Now” and the theme will be uploaded and installed.

Once the theme is uploaded, you need to activate it. Go to Appearance > Themes and activate your chosen theme.

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Install Demo Content

This Is Optional.

You can install the theme demo content using the XML Dummy Content file that is included with the theme download.

First go to your WordPress backend and click on Tools > Import > WordPress, it will ask you to install a plugin if you haven’t already.

Once installed activate the plugin and select the XML file from your theme download files, it will be in a folder called “XML Dummy Content” the file is called “demo-content.wordpress.xml”

Once uploaded it will ask you to import the data into your WordPress user account select from the drop-down an existing user, also click on the check box that says “Download and import file attachments”Once complete all the data will be imported into your site (Note: This can take up to 3 minutes to import).

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Adding Content

FLIP Pages

Tip: The demo content includes a homepage, but follow along below if you want to create a new one from scratch.

  1. Create a new page, let’s call it “Homepage”.
  2. Every page you create has the same options. You can use all of these options to set up a page in any way you’d like.
    1. Slider: Once you’ve created a slider or two, you can choose to display that on a page. This will always display at the top of the page.
    2. Page Content: This will display the content you put in the main content area. You can choose here the location of that block and whether or not you want to display the breadcrumbs and page title.
    3. Recent Posts: You can display recent posts on any page. Choose the location, category (optional) and how many you want to display.
    4. Testimonials: You can display recent testimonials (in a mini-slider) on any page as well. Similar to posts, you choose the category (optional) and how many you want to display. You can also choose the sort order with testimonials.
    5. Portfolio: You can display recent portfolio items as well. These have the same options as testimonials: location, category, sort order and number to display.
    6. Page Widgets: You can display the Page Widgets block on any page as well. Choose the number of columns and the location.
  3. The demo homepage as all of the above in a certain order, customize your homepage (and every other page) to suit your needs. The possibilities are endless!

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Posts & Post Formats

  1. Create a new post from the sidebar. Add a title for the post.
  2. Each post is very similar to a page, just add some content!
  3. You can choose from multiple “Post Formats” to display different types of content. Each type has a different look and feel (colors can be set via the Theme Optinos panel), and different types of content. For more information on Post Formats, check out the WordPress Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Formats

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FLIP Sliders

Follow the video above to create your own Flip Sliders.

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FLIP Portfolios

Follow along using the video above to create your first portfolio item.

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FLIP Testimonials

  1. Create a new testimonial from the sidebar. Give it a title so you can remember which one it is.
  2. Each testimonial has fields for the actual testimonial, the person’s name and the company name. The person’s name and company name are both optional, but it’s suggested that you use at least one of them.
  3. You can choose to create a testimonial category or add this to a current category. This way you can pick and choose which testimonials to display when creating your pages.

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Customizations

FLIP Style & Settings

Check out the “Theme Options” panel.

Navigate to “Appearance > Theme Options” to start customizing the look & feel of your new site. There are several tabs here, so let’s cover those now:

Logo

  • You can either use a text-based or image-based logo in this theme. Just pick one and either chanage the text/font styling or upload an image to replace the logo.

General Styling

  • Background Texture: You can upload an image (a transparent PNG is best) to set a texture on the background of your sidebar and loading areas. It is suggested that you use a very subtle pattern here.
  • Favicon Replacement: You can replace your Favicon here. PNGs work best.

Colors

  • Make it your own! You can customize LOTS of colors here. Change the main sidebar background color, the footer background color, and all of the post format colors. The text in the posts will either be white or black depending on the shade of color you choose. This is automatic.

Footer Settings

  • You can choose to either hide the footer completely, or set the left and right content (both are optional). You can either display the Footer Menu or just plain text in either spot.

Social Settings

  • Add your Links: Add as many social links as you’d like here and they will show up in the sidebar under the main navigation.

Twitter & Facebook Settings

  • If you want to use either the Twitter or Facebook widget you’ll need to enter your oAuth credentials for each. To get these credentials, follow the instructions above these specific settings.

Miscellaneous

  • Google Analytics: Paste in your Google Analytics code here.
  • Custom CSS Code: If you want to add or adjust the styling of certain parts of the design, feel free to add them here.

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Creating a Child Theme

Tip: Creating a child theme will save you lots of time in the future for when theme updates are released, you won’t lose your customizations.

This Is Optional

To create a child theme do the following:

  1. Go to /wp-content/themes. Create a new folder and name it the name of your child theme.
  2. Create a file and name it style.css. In the file include the following information:
    /* 
    Theme Name: Scheetz Designs Child Theme 
    Description: Child theme for a Scheetz Designs theme 
    Author: Scheetz Designs 
    Template: themenamehere 
    */
    
    @import url("../themenamehere/style.css");
  3. Replace “themenamehere” with the main theme name (born, rebirth, flip, glory, savior, etc.)
  4. Activate the theme.
  5. Add any additional CSS changes to this file, instead of changing the main theme.

More information regarding child themes can be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

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