Wordpress basics (5)

Installing a theme

1. Login to your WordPress admin panel
2. Go to “appearance” – “themes”
3. Click on “add new” on top of the screen
4. Click on “upload theme”
5. Click on “choose file” and simply locate the WordPress theme zip and upload it

Flushing the permalinks

1. Login to your WordPress admin panel
2. Go to “settings” – “permalinks”
3. Simply press “Save changes”

Importing content to your WordPress installation

1. Login to your WordPress admin panel
2. Go to “tools” – “import”
3. Click on the system you want to import content from (WordPress, Blogger etc.)
4. Click on it and install the plugin by clicking on “install now”
5. Click on “Activate Plugin & run importer”
6. Click on “choose file” and point it to the demo content file. On my themes it is located inside the downloadable theme zip (.xml).

Difference between wordpress.org and .com

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. You can either choose to create your own website by simply signing up on wordpress.com or host your own website by downloading wordpress.org and installing it on your host.

wordpress.com

1. You create an account on wordpress.com
2. You get hosted by wordpress.com itself
3. You can only install certain themes and customize them
4. You cannot freely install plugins

wordpress.org

1. You download the wordpress.zip
2. You install it on your own host
3. You can install all themes you want
4. You can freely install plugins

Embed videos in your post content

1. Edit a post inside your admin panel
2. Go to your preferred video website and locate your video you want to embed
3. Simply copy the URL in your browser
4. Paste it in your post content and it should just pop up

General themes (8)

Installing the child theme

All of the themes come with a child theme. You should install it to make sure you can make changes without interfering with future updates.

1. Go to you ThemeForest downloads page and click on “download”
2. Next select the option “All files and documentation”
3. Download the zip and unpack it with your software
4. You’ll notice two .zip files inside the one you downloaded being a childtheme.zip and uploadthemetowordpress.zip
5. Install both and activate the child theme.
6. Now you can use the child theme’s stylesheet to make changes without interfering with future updates to the core theme

Locating the documentation pdf

This is due to the fact that there are multiple download options on ThemeForest.

1. Go to your ThemeForest downloads page
2. Locate the theme you wanted to download
3. Click on “Download” and select “All files and documentation”
4. You will now download a full zip that can be unpacked and which will contain the documentation folder

Missing stylesheet when installing

This is due to the fact that there was a wrong zip uploaded via the WordPress admin area.

1. Go to your ThemeForest downloads page and locate the theme you wish to download
2. Click on “download” and select “Installable WordPress file only”
3. Upload that zip via your WordPress admin panel
4. Now you have successfully installed the correct file

Custom fields aren’t showing inside admin area

1. Go to your WordPress admin panel and change a post or page
2. Click on “Screen Options” in the top right corner of the screen
3. Check the option you wish to display

Setting a custom homepage

1. First create a new page which you want to set as your front page
2. Select “Custom homepage” under “Page template” in the right hand side sidebar column
3. Save that page & publish it
4. Go to “Settings” inside your WordPress admin panel and then “Reading”
5. You’ll see a section called “Front page displays’
6. Set the page you created in step one as your “Front page”
7. You also have the option to decide on which page the blog posts will be displayed

Setting the header image

1. Go to “Appearance” and click on “Header”
2. Simply upload the background image there
3. You will then be asked if you would like to crop it. You can choose to skip this (unless the image is too large in size in which case you are obliged to crop it)
4. If there is any error that pops up, this is most likely due to an upload limit on your host in which case you could try lowering the graphic quality of the image to reduce its size (in kb)

Changing the order of the portfolio item images

1. Go to your portfolio item inside your WordPress admin panel
2. Click on your Featured image thumbnail or on the “Add Media” button above the post content editor
3. Then under “Media Library” choose “Uploaded to this post” in the dropdown menu
4. You will now see each image uploaded to the current portfolio item
5. Simply drag and drop the images in another position to switch their order

Translating your theme

1. First locate the .pot file inside “includes” – “languages”
2. There will be a default.po and default.mo file
3. Open the .po file with a translate program such as POEdit and start translating the english words in your language
4. When complete, save the file twice, as two separate files – a .po file and a .mo file. When you save the files, you must name them according to your language code.The language codes can be found at WordPress in your Language. Example: the language code for English is en_EN, so you would save the translated files as en_EN.po first, then en_EN.mo.
5. Then upload those two translated files into the “includes” “languages” folder and overwrite the two old files in there
6. The final step is to add: define (‘WPLANG’, ‘fr_FR‘); inside your wp_config file. Again replace the language code with the one corresponding your language.
7. Save the wp_config file and you’re good to go!