General Setup

Installation

To install the StartUp 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

StartUp requires the Organic Customizer 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. Navigate to Appearance > Import Demo Data within the WordPress admin.
  3. Click the blue “Import” button for the Default Demo Import.
  4. Wait for the import to complete. It may take a few minutes.
  5. 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: 80 x 320px

StartUp Featured Large: 2400 x 1800px
StartUp Featured Medium: 1200 x 800px
StartUp Featured Small: 640 x 640px
StartUp Featured Square: 1200 x 1200px

Shortcodes

The theme optionally utilizes shortcodes from the Organic Shortcodes plugin. Please refer to the following links for examples.

Accordion
Alert boxes
Bar Ratings
Buttons
Columns
Icons
Modal Box
Tabs
Toggles

Custom Menus

You can setup and manage your menu under Appearance > Menus, in your WordPress dashboard. The theme utilizes 2 custom menus; a Main Menu, and Social Menu for displaying social media icons in the footer. 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 Customizer Widgets

StartUp requires the Organic Customizer 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 Customizer 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.

Page Template Setup

Page Templates

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

Portfolio

The theme contains a Portfolio page template that uses Jetpack custom post types to display projects. Alternatively, if you do not have Jetpack installed, you may select a post category for the portfolio under Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Page Template Options. You may choose the column layouts for the Portfolio page template under Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Layout.

Testimonials

The theme contains a Testimonials page template that uses Jetpack custom post types to display testimonials. Alternatively, if you do not have Jetpack installed, you may select a post category for the testimonials under Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Page Template Options.

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.

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/
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