Tech Theme Documentation

General Setup

Installation


To install the Tech theme you must first have a working WordPress(.org) installation. For information on installing WordPress, please see Installing WordPress, from the WordPress Codex. Once WordPress has been setup in your hosting environment, you can install your theme one of two ways:

FTP upload: download and un-zip your theme folder, and using the FTP program of your choice upload the theme folder to the ‘../wp-content/themes/’ folder on your server.

WordPress dashboard: download your theme and sign into your WordPress dashboard (e.g., yourdomain.com/wp-admin). Navigate to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload, and select your zipped theme folder, click “Install Now”. Once the theme is uploaded you will need to activate it, either with the provided link or under Appearance > Themes.

Note: If you use Safari as your primary browser you may find that your theme folder is not zipped after downloading it. You will need to re-compress your theme folder before initiating the second installation process.

Plugins


The Tech Theme does not require any plugins, but please note that the contact form is powered by Gravity Forms, an excellent premium WordPress contact form plugin. Free alternatives include ‘Contact Form 7’ and ‘Jetpack Forms’.

The ‘Options Framework’ plugin is bundled with, and powers the tech Theme options panel (Appearance > Theme Options).

Demo Content (Optional)


You can install your theme’s demo content with the .xml file download in your account page. Please refer to the following tutorial for instructions on installing your demo content: Installing Demo Content

Reading Settings


Using the ‘you latest posts’ reading setting (Settings > Reading) is required to setup the homepage as seen in the demo. See our ‘Reading Settings‘ tutorial.

Image Dimensions


Theme defined image dimensions are as follows (these can be found in the ‘Theme Setup’ function at the top of your functions.php file):

Logo: 400x100px

Slideshow Featured Image: 980x550px
Square Featured Image: 640x640px
Page Featured Image: 980x580px
Portfolio Featured Image: 360x480px

Custom Header


The custom header for the tech Theme can be uploaded under Appearance > Header, in your theme’s options panel.

Header Menu


You can setup and manage your menu under Appearance > Menus, in your WordPress dashboard. See the Codex for an explanation of the custom menu system (Note: this tutorial is for WordPress.com, but the process is the same).

Homepage and Footer Setup

Homepage Teasers Posts


Posts from a chosen category can be displayed below the homepage slider, and configured under Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage.

Homepage Featured Posts


Posts from a chosen category can be displayed below the homepage slider, and configured under Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage.

Footer Widgets


Footer widgets can be added to the footer under Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard. If no widgets are added to the footer, this section will not be displayed.

Page Template Setup

Page Templates


Please see our ‘Quick Start Guide’ for setting up the Tech Theme’s various page templates.

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