Lovely - Setup Instructions
Below are all the tutorials on getting your new Lovely theme set up to appear like our demo. Here is a link as well to our demo that you can view for reference as you’re setting up your new theme!
Plugins needed before you get started!
- Genesis Enews Extended– This is used for the subscribe/newsletter areas.
- Genesis Responsive Slider– This is used for the slider on the home page.
- Simple Social Icons– This is used for the social media icons in the sidebar.
- Regenerate Thumbnails– This is used to recrop your images if all your images are oddly sized.
- Widget Importer & Exporter– This is used to import all the widgets from the demo and helps with setting up the theme for the first time.
How do I set up my navigation menu?
- Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Menus and create your Custom Menu.
- Click Screen Options in the upper right corner of the Menus page to choose which options you wish to show for your menu items.
- Select the items you wish to add to your menu, and click “Add to Menu”. You can simply drag and drop the items into the order you wish them to appear.
- Assign the navigation you’d like to the left as your Primary Navigation and the one you’d like on the right as your Secondary Navigation.
How do I set up the newsletter above the header?
This theme uses the Genesis Enews Extended plugin for the newsletter, which can be obtained here, or by searing in Dashboard>Plugins>Add New.
In your widgets menu, drag a Text Widget AND a Genesis Enews Widget to the ‘Enews Above Header’ widget area.
In your text widget, simply type what you’d like shown. Then set up the Genesis Enews widget as shown below.
How do I set up the social media icons?
This theme uses the Simple Social Icons Plugin, which can be obtained here or by searching in Dashboard>Plugins>Add New.
In your Widgets menu, drag the widget labeled “Simple Social Icons” into a widgetized Area.
– The demo displays them in the Primary Sidebar widget area.
Configure the widget by choosing a title, icon size and color, and the URLs to your various social profiles.
Here is a screenshot of the settings used in the Lovely demo
How do I set up the social sharing links at the bottom of each post?
This theme uses the Jetpack plugin, which can be obtained here or by searching in Dashboard>Plugins>Add New.
Once installed and activated, you will need to sync this with your WordPress.com account. If you don’t have an account there, you’ll just need to create a free account.
You’ll then navigate to Jetpack>Sharing>Configure and set your configuration to match the screenshot below.
How do I set up the slider?
This theme uses the Genesis Responsive Slider Plugin, which can be obtained here or by searching in Dashboard>Plugins>Add New.
1. Install and activate the plugin
2. Configure the slider settings (Dashboard>Genesis>Slider Settings) as shown in the screenshot below.
3. Visit Dashboard>Appearance>Widgets and drag a Genesis-Slider widget to the Home – Top area.
How do I set up the home page widgets?
The home page is comprised of 4 widget areas:
- Home- Top (slider)
- Home- Bottom Left
- Home- Bottom Middle
- Home- Bottom Right
How do I upload my own logo?
Navigation to Appearance>Header. Select the browse button and upload your logo.
For best results, your logo should be sized at 305px wide by 135px high before you upload.
How do I upload my own background?
Navigation to Appearance>Background. Select the browse button and upload your background.
How do I set up my portfolio?
The Portfolio page is set up as a custom Post type. You’ll see Portfolio on the left of your WordPress dashboard. Create a New Post there and then view http://www.yoursite.com/portfolio and you’ll see your first post!
If you are seeing a ‘page cannot be found’ error, you’ll need to reset your Permalinks. Go to Settings>Permalinks in your WP Dashboard and click save at the bottom of the page without making any changes. Then visit http://www.yoursite.com/portfolio and your Portfolio should now be working!
How do I change the color scheme?
Go to Dashboard>Genesis>Theme Settings and select the color you want from the dropdown menu.