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Install and Set-Up Guide

June 17, 2012 | By | Reply More

It’s not difficult to set up your new theme. Follow this simple guide and you’ll have it knocked out in a snap.

Step 1 – Upload the Theme Files to Your WordPress Site

Option 1: Upload Via WordPress Dashboard

If you are using WordPress 2.8 or above, you can install the theme’s .zip file directly from your WordPress Dashboard. This simplifies things since you don’t need to use FTP:

  1. When viewing the WordPress Dashboard, go to Appearance >> Themes
  2. Click “Add New” (button at top)
  3. Click “Upload Theme”
  4. Click “Choose File” then navigate to where you downloaded the theme .zip file; click “Open”
  5. Click “Install Now”
  6. When done installing, click “Activate”
  7. That’s it!

Option 2: Upload Via FTP

For this option, you’ll need an FTP (file transfer protocol) program. An FTP program allows you to transfer files between your computer and your web hosting account. There are several available, but I use FileZilla.

First, you’ll need to unzip the theme folder. Then, upload it to the /wp-content/themes/ folder in your WordPress installation.

Step 2 – Install and Activate Optional Plugins

This theme has built-in support for several optional plugins:

Optional: WordPress Popular Posts – Your Most Popular Posts will appear in the right sidebar in the tabbed navigation box as seen on this site.

Optional: WP-PageNavi – This is a great little plugin by Lester Chan that will add page numbers in place of the “Older Posts” and “Newer Posts” links at the bottom of your pages.

Optional: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – this plugin will place Related Posts at the bottom of the Single Post page (see example). After you activate the plugin, visit the plugin settings page, and uncheck the box that says “Automatically display related posts.”

Optional: Yoast Breadcrumbs – This plugin will place breadcrumb navigation at the top of your pages. Simply activate the plugin, and the breadcrumb will appear automatically.

Step 3 – Visit the Theme Settings Page and Regenerate Thumbnails

After you activate the theme, you should be automatically redirected to the Theme Settings Page. If not, the link is available under the Appearance tab.

The first thing you’ll want to do is run the Regenerate Thumbnails tool. This will ensure your featured content images and post thumbnails are sized correctly for the theme.

After that, go back to the theme settings page, and take a look around. We’ve given you several optional settings for the theme, so feel free to change a few of them, and see what sort of site you can create for yourself.

In particular, you may want to check out the following feature areas:

  • Basic Site Settings
  • Featured Posts
  • Subscription Form and Contact Settings
  • Advertisement Settings

Step 4 – Add Some Content to Your Sidebars and Footer Widgets

Click the Appearance tab, then Widgets, and place some content in your sidebar and footer (if you’d like to use footer widgets). This is also the page where you can add the “Side Tabs” widget which will display Popular Posts, Recent Posts, Recent Categories and Archives (as seen on the right sidebar on this site). You can also place your Subscribe Box in either your wide sidebar or footer via the Subscribe Box widget (as seen on the right sidebar on this site).

Step 5 – Be Sure to Change Your Permalink Settings

In your WordPress control panel, click Settings >> Permalinks, and change your permalink structure to anything other than the default. This will help the theme run smoother, and it’s much better for search engine optimization.

Step 6 – Custom Menus

In WordPress 3.0 and above you are able to take advantage of the custom menus feature. Here is a short screencast to show you how it works.

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