Initial Configuration And Theme Setup

A checklist of things you should do to properly configure your WordPress site.
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Get started with your new theme

First off, thank you for using one of our WordPress themes. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed building it piece by piece. Here you can find an extensive article on how to get started with your new theme, as well as some useful tips to get the most out of it.

Download your PRO theme

All the PRO themes are different from their Lite versions and you will have to install them. You usually find all the necessary information in the emails you receive from us after the purchase is completed.

If not cannot find those emails go to this URL: https://cpothemes.com/account and login in with the email you used when making the purchase. From there you can download the zip files with the PRO themes.
After you downloaded the zip file go to your website’s dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add new > Upload theme > select the zip file > Install the theme > then Activate it. It’s that easy!

Initial installation and configuration

The first step to get your website up and running is to install the WordPress theme you have purchased. Check out these articles for in-depth guidelines on how to do it:

Install highly recommended plugins

As soon as your theme is installed and activated, you should also install our recommended plugins. These plugins are the following:

  • CPO Content Types: Helps you manage special content such as the portfolio.
  • CPO Shortcodes: Lets you insert multimedia elements into your content.
  • CPO Widgets: Adds a number of useful widgets not included in WordPress.

While these plugins are mostly optional, the most essential one is CPO Content Types. This is a free & lightweight utility that will allow you to manage all the special content in your site, such as the homepage slider or the portfolio. Without it, you won’t be able to use the full potential of the theme.

Right after installation, the theme itself will prompt you to go to the tutorial page located under Appearance > About Theme Name, where you can follow these same instructions:

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You can also install CPO Content Types right from your WordPress dashboard, in the Plugins > Add New page. Simply search for CPO Content Types, and it will appear as the first result.

This plugin does not need any additional configuration.

Start adding custom content

content-typesOur themes are mostly managed through the use of custom post types. If you have installed CPO Content Types, you should see the various content types available to your theme in the main admin menu. Each one of these areas has an interface identical to that of posts and pages.

Each content type serves a particular purpose, and there are up to seven different types. Click on each one of the following to know more about each one:

To start adding content, all you need is to start creating posts in each category. Some content types such as slides or feature blocks will automatically be used in the homepage. Other content types will need to be marked as featured, such as team members, portfolio items and services.

You do not have to worry about handling the layout of your website. Your site will take shape just by creating these content types like you would do with static pages. After you have created them, you can head over to the WordPress Customizer to tweak the styling of your site. Read on!

Customizing The Theme Options

All premium themes make use of the WordPress Customizer to manage the various options and settings. You can go to Appearance > Customize, and then find all the additional settings that the theme gives you.

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There you will find all of the settings that control the theme’s behavior and appearance, such as setting a custom logo, selecting which elements of a blog post to display, or the number of columns a portfolio should have. Our themes will normally add the following sections:

  • Site Identity – Adds a custom logo image
  • Layout – Lets you change and move elements around
  • Colors – Allows you to manage the color palette
  • Typography – Allows you to change the fonts

The available options may vary from theme to theme but they are mostly standardized. For example, blogging-based themes that do not come with a portfolio will lack any options to change the portfolio layout, and so on.

The more interesting options in the customizer are located in the Layout tab. Here are some of them:

  • Reordering the homepage sections
  • Adjusting the number of columns for each section
  • Changing the titles of each section
  • Toggling dates and authors in blog posts