General Setup

Installation

To install the Gamer 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:

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

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.

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

Gamer requires the Organic Builder Widgets plugin for building custom page layouts, including the home page. The plugin transforms the WordPress Customizer into a page builder using custom widgets, allowing you to create pages with dynamic content sections. You will be prompted to install and activate the plugin upon activation of the theme.

Demo content can be installed using the One Click Demo Import plugin. Upon activating the theme, you will be recommended to install the plugin.

The Jetpack plugin may optionally be used for displaying projects on the Portfolio page template, and testimonials on Testimonials page template.

Note: The contact form is powered by Gravity Forms, an excellent premium WordPress contact form plugin (free alternatives include ‘Contact Form 7’ and ‘Jetpack Forms’). If you want to make use of the shop portion of the theme you will need to install WooCommerce.

Demo Content (Optional)

Demo content can be installed using the One Click Demo Import plugin. Upon activating the theme, you will be recommended to install the plugin. Follow these steps to install the demo content:
  1. Installation and activate the One Click Demo Import plugin.
  2. Make sure all required plugins are active.
  3. Navigate to Appearance > Import Demo Data within the WordPress admin.
  4. Click the blue “Import” button for the Default Demo Import.
  5. Wait for the import to complete. It may take a few minutes.
  6. Begin editing.

Note: All content, widgets and customizer options will be imported from the theme demo. Importing demo data will add to any existing content you have already created. Deleting the demo content must be done manually.

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: 240 x 360px

Gamer Featured Large: 2400 x 1800px
Gamer Featured Medium: 1200 x 1200px
Gamer Featured Small: 640 x 640px
Gamer Featured Square: 1200 x 1200px

Custom Menus

You can setup and manage your menu under Appearance > Menus, in your WordPress dashboard. The theme utilizes 3 custom menus; a Main Menu, Footer Menu and Social Menu for displaying social media icons. 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 Setup

Organic Builder Widgets

The Gamer Theme requires the Organic Builder Widgets plugin for building custom page layouts, including the home page. The plugin transforms the WordPress Customizer into a page builder using custom widgets, allowing you to create pages with dynamic content sections. The plugin allows you to customize the home page however you see fit, by displaying a variety of sections such as content slideshows, hero sections, testimonials, pricing tables and more.

Please refer to the tutorial for using the Organic Builder Widgets.

Note: After creating a home page, you may need to set the page as the “Front Page” for your website:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Reading within the WordPress admin.
  2. Select the option to display a static front page.
  3. Choose your desired page as the Front page from the dropdown page selection.
  4. Click the blue Save Changes button.

Home Page Legend

The legend below outlines the various widgets and elements of the home page demo:

Page Template Setup

Page Templates

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

Portfolio

The theme utilizes the Portfolio custom post type from Jetpack to display an archive page of portfolio projects. In order to display a portfolio, you will need to install the Jetpack plugin, and add your projects individually. Projects are then displayed on the Portfolio archive page (e.g. yourdomain.com/portfolio/).

Testimonials

The theme utilizes the Testimonials custom post type from Jetpack to display an archive page of testimonials. In order to display testimonials, you will need to install the Jetpack plugin, and add your testimonials individually. Testimonials are then displayed on the Testimonial archive page (e.g. yourdomain.com/testimonial/).

Slideshow

An image slideshow can be added to the top of a page using the Slideshow page template. Within the page editor, create a gallery using the Add Media button. Insert that gallery into the page content, and the page template will automatically create a slideshow from the gallery. You can manage the position of images within the gallery editor.

Note: Within the Gutenberg block editor, a slideshow must be added using the WordPress gallery shortcode.

Landing

A “Coming Soon” or “Under Construction” page can be created by using the Landing page template. You can then apply the landing page as your front page within the WordPress Reading settings.

Misc Settings

WooCommerce

Please see WooCommerce documentation for help with using WooCommerce: http://docs.woothemes.com/documentation/plugins/woocommerce/

bbPress Forums

Please see bbPress documentation for help with using bbPress: https://codex.bbpress.org/