This document contains instructions for installing and customizing your Wordpress Theme Please note that this document does not contain instructions for installing, maintaining, or using Wordpress. Rather, this document is aimed at only installing and using your WordPress Theme. Should you require help installing and setting up Wordpress please go to http://www.wordpress.org for further information.
Once Wordpress is installed, please verify that the it is working on your website before continuing.
2. Replace Default Images
After unzipping the theme, you'll find two folders - one called "hybrid" and one with the name of your theme, for example, "blackportrait". You can ignore the "hybrid" folder entirely, as you should never modify any files in this folder.
Now you can replace the default images. Go into your theme's folder and you'll find many files and folders. The "images" folder contains all images for the entire theme, except for the portfolio page images (see step 3). You may go into this folder and replace those image files with your own. You MUST make sure your images match the names of the default images EXACTLY. You must also take care to ensure your images are the same dimensions.
In the "images" folder you'll find several images which can be replaced with your own. These images appear as the main images on each page and also as the home page mini portfolio. For instance, the image named "about.jpg" will appear as the main image (the big image) on the about page. Another example, the "01.jpg" image will appear as one of the home page mini portfolio images on the home page. You may replace these images now, taking care to ensure the names and dimensions match the defaults.
There are a few other images which you will also want to replace: "default_thumbnail.jpg" and "logo.png". The "default_thumbnail" will appear on pages which have mini-posts or post excerpts, as the post thumbnail, if (and only if) no other image is available as a thumbnail for that post. The other image, "logo", is for your logo. This image may be replaced with your own logo. We suggest using a PNG-24 file type (with transparency) for your logo, if your logo has a background color which would interfere with the appearance of the theme. Otherwise, any normal image file type (.jpg, .gif, etc) will work. You can use any dimensions you wish for your logo, but please try to be reasonable. Each theme is different, but generally any logo size which is no bigger than 700px wide by 200px high is acceptable. You may wish to try several sizes of your logo, to find which looks best along with your theme.
3. Replace Default Portfolio Pictures
Find the "pictures" folder and open it up. Inside that folder you'll find 30 pictures labeled 1.jpg through 30.jpg. These are the full-sized versions of the pictures. Replace all these pictures with files of the same name and dimensions. Then, inside the "pictures" folder, you'll also find a "thumbs" folder. Replace the pictures in the "thumbs" folder in the same manner.
You can easily increase or decrease the amount of pictures that show up on your portfolio page by modifying the file "pictures.xml". Open this file in a plain-text editor to make adjustments. In this file you'll find 30 lines which look like "<pic thumb="path-to-thumb" src="path-to-picture">". You may duplicate one of these lines, taking care to rename the image (so if you duplicate the last line, the image name by default is 30.jpg, rename this to a new, un-used name, like 31.jpg), on both the thumb="" and the src="" paths. Or you may simply removed those lines which you are not going to use. So, if you only use 20 photos, named 1.jpg through 20.jpg, then delete the lines with picture names 21.jpg through 30.jpg.
1. Upload the Theme
You need to upload both folders to Wordpress theme folder. When you are in the root of your Wordpress installation (this varies depending on how you installed it), the path to the theme folder is this: yourwebsite.com/wp-content/themes/. This is the folder where your two theme folders need to be uploaded to. If you're having trouble locating you Wordpress theme folder, please refer to Wordpress's documentation which can be found at http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes
2. Activate the Theme
- Click on the Appearance
menu on the left-hand side
3. You're Done!
1. Set up your static home page
b.) After you setup your home page, click on Settings in your Wordpress admin. This will open the Settings submenu where you will have several menu options. Click on Reading in the submenu. Now the settings are visible on the right hand side of the screen. At the very top, on the right-hand side of the screen, you'll find "Front Page Displays" with two options. Select the "A static page" option. Immediately below this you'll see the "Front page" drop down where you should choose "Home" or choose whichever page you set up using the Home Page template in part 'a' of this section. You're home page is now set up!
2. Replacing images and pictures
3. Creating your pages
Please be sure to ONLY use page Templates which begin with a plus (+). When you create a new page (or while you're editing an existing page) you'll see the Template drop down on the right-hand side of the screen. There are many options to choose from in this drop down, but you should only ever use those templates which begin with a plus. These will be at the top of the list, for your convenience.
Each page template is named according to its intended use. The following page templates should only be used as their name suggests. These templates are reserved for their intended use and have special built in functionality that allows them to work the way they do. Please only use these page templates as intended: Home Page, Portfolio, Archives, Contact.
The New Page template is for creating pages which do not fall under one of the predefined templates. You may use this template repeatedly to create as many pages as you wish, each with their own name, content, and main photo. See step 4 for more details.
Using the New Page page template
You may repeat this process to create as many pages as you wish.
Setting up your contact form
Click on Appearance, then in Appearance submenu (underneath), click on Editor. The Editor will bring up a list of all theme files. There will be many files listed on the right-hand side. Find the file named "form-mail.php" and click it. This will load the file into the editor window. Once the file is loaded in the window, there are instructions for modifying the appropriate lines right in the file itself. Please refer to the instructions in the file at this point.
So you know, you will be editing 6 settings: time zone, where to send the email, where to CC the email, email subject, where to redirect the page after the form is filled out, and a security check.
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