Basic Setup & Configuration

After you have installed your theme, there are a few things you need to do to ensure it’s running smoothly and properly configured.

Revising The Theme Options

All premium themes come with a special admin panel found in Appearance > Customize. 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.

All the theme options are located in the Appearance > Customize menu. This panel contains a number of tabs, mostly depending on the theme itself and the number of options it comes with. These tabs organize all the options logically and in categories, so if you’re looking for something like the menu, chances are that you will find it in the Menus tab. You don’t need to save your settings every time you wish to change tabs. As long as you don’t leave the Customizer panel itself, you can tweak all the settings you want and then hit Publish only once.

These options vary from theme to theme, and it’s a good idea to check them all in order to know about the possibilities the theme offers you. Also, you should make sure they are configured to meet your needs, even if they come with a default configuration right out of the box.

Setting Up Human-Readable URLs

WordPress lets you change the default, cryptic URLs into more human readable ones like:

To configure these ‘pretty’ permalinks, you need to head over to Settings > Permalinks. There you will be faced with a few options to display your URLs. Here you can select any one of the URLs schemes, or build your own using the Custom Structure option. For most sites, the Post Name option is recommended as it offers the simplest form of URL.