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Install and Set-Up Guide

Install and Set-Up Guide

By on May 30, 2010 in Tutorials with No Comments

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 Supported Plugins

This theme has built-in support for several plugins:

Optional: WordPress Popular Posts – Your Most Popular Posts will appear in sliding panels at the top of the page.

Optional: Contact Form 7 – If you want a contact form somewhere on your site, the theme is already equipped to integrate with this plugin. See here for an example.

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.

Step 3 – Visit the Theme Settings Page and Run the Regenerate Thumbnails Tool

After you activate the theme, you should be automatically redirected to this 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. That will ensure all your site images will be sized properly for the theme.

Beyond that, we’ve given you several optional settings on the Theme Settings page, so feel free to look around, change a few settings, and see what sort of site you can create for yourself.

In particular, you may want to activate or investigate the following features:

  • Basic Site Settings
  • Subscription Form – set up your email subscription form.
  • Social Network Settings – add your social network profile info.
  • Header Image – upload your custom header image.
  • Sliding Panel Settings – set up the content for your top of page sliding panels.

Please note: the Theme Settings page will offer plenty of additional guidance on how to use many of the features in the theme.

Step 4 – Add Some Content to Footer Widgets

Click the Appearance tab, then Widgets, and place some content in your footer (if you’d like to use footer widgets).

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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