1. Intro
  2. Startup
  3. Theme Setup
  4. Blog Setup
  5. Onepager Setup
  6. Post Formats
  7. Portfolio Setup
  8. Theme Shortcodes
  9. Theme Widgets
  10. Bundled plugins
  11. Theme Updates
  12. PSD Files
  13. CSS Structure
  14. Video tutorials
  15. Sources and Credits

SIMPL

Premium Responsive Wordpress Theme


Thank you for purchasing this theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to email via the user page contact form on this page. http://themeforest.net/user/createit-pl/portfolio Thanks so much!

Startup


Installation

The theme can be installed by uploading it to your server via ftp in wp-content/themes folder. Copy themes directory into wp-content/themes of your WordPress installtion.
You can also use archive (zip file) from the theme's folder (after you've unarchived the package you've downloaded from Themeforest) and install it via Appearance > Themes > Install Themes tab. To use the theme you need to activate it.

Remember that you MUST install SIMPL theme before any other flavour! SIMPL theme contains all required files, other themes are Child Themes only.

After installation you should see the following folder structure:

1-Click Demo Import

You can easily configure theme to look exactly like on a demo page. Once theme is activated, navigate to Appearance > Theme Options > General > 1-Click Demo Import and click "import" button.

That's it - your site is now ready!

XML import

Please refer to 1-Click Demo Import section to automatically setup Wordpress installation. All steps described below are configured by 1-Click Demo Import.

Before import data and options you should set the appropriate values for the "Thumbnail size" and "Medium size" in "Image Size" section via Settings > Media.

1. Import content

You can import posts, pages, comments, categories and tags from your Wordpress export file via Tools > Import. You can use our demo data for the proper theme from the x_demo_content file in Demo Content folder.

2. Import options

If you have exported some previous SIMPL Theme options, you can load it via General > Import/Export section in Appearance > Theme Options. You can use our demo options for the proper theme from the .txt file in Demo Content folder.

Please remember to activate the main menu via Appearance > Menus

3. Import Revolution Slider (example from demo page)
  1. In Panel Administration choose "Revolution Slider" section from main menu
  2. Create new Slider with this options: Slider Alias: main, Slider Type: Full Width
  3. Choose "Edit Slides" and then "To Slider Settings"
  4. In Edit Slider Options, at the bottom, please click "Show Export / Import" link and "Choose the import file" from "Demo Content/revolution_slider_homepage.txt" nad click "Import Slider".

Simple configuration

In this chapter we will show you what you need to do to create a simple site using our theme. Deeper analysis on the functionality of the theme is provided in several next chapters. You can also see the usage showcase of the theme on our demo site

1. Logo setup

Go to Appearance > Theme Options and choose the logo icons via Media Library. Always remember to click the "Save changes" button after providing some changes via Theme Options screen.

2. Setup pages

Create pages for Your site via Pages > Add New menu. For the beginning we recommend to create Homepage and set it as the Wordpress Homepage via Pages section in Appearance > Theme Options.

When creating your pages, remember you can change the template of each of the pages via Page Attributes section in Pages > Add New

3. Setup blog

Activate your blog index and single post pages via Posts section in Appearance > Theme Options menu. In theme options you can also customize the content of these pages.

4. Setup portfolio

Create your portfolio via Portfolio items menu (the full discussion on creating the portfolio items and taxonomy is available here).

5. Setup navigation menu

Our theme provides the main menu functionality available via Appearance > Menus, where you can create and activate the navigation tree available on the top of the site.

6. Setup widgets

We provide 5 widget slots (one sidebar and four footer columns). You can add there any default Wordpress widget and any of our custom theme widgets

7. Customize pages

This theme is built upon Bootstrap framework and is fully responsive.

You can customize the css and javascript via Code section in Appearance > Theme Options menu. Don't forget to explore more advanced options of the theme.

There is a large amount of the powerfull shortcodes provided by our theme, which you can use on every single page on your site.

8. Layout options

You can setup your page with global layout setting available via Appearance > Theme Options > Style menu. We provide 13 different background patterns and two types of layout - boxed and full.

Additionally every page/post/portfolio item layout can be configured separately via edit screen of the item - option "Use boxed layout" in the "Template settings" section.

9. Page title and breadcrumbs

You can turn on/off these elements globally via Appearance > Theme Options. You can setup different configuration for every page type - page, post, portfolio, faq via tab in theme options.

Additionally every page/post/portfolio item can be configured separately via edit screen of the item - options "Show title", "Show breadcrumbs" in the "Template settings" section.

Theme Setup


Options

You can access custom theme options via Appearance > Theme Options from wordpress admin bar. Most of the options are self-explanatory and also some help information is provided.


1. General

Basic logo and footer configuration.

The Import/Export tab allows you to save your current theme options to the text file or restore them from existing theme options export file.

2. Style

All style setting are available for two modes: Basic color scheme and Distinctive color scheme You can configure global settings for background plus font and color of basic html elements like headers and links.

In this section you can also configure some custom style for Contact, Social, Newsletter and Testimonials widgets.

3. Pages

In this section you can set custom Mainpage on Your site.

4. Posts

You can set which page should be blog index.

We also provide you the mechanizm to customize both blog index page and single post page. You can choose which elements (post information) will be displayed on these pages.

Collection page options: Posts per page (pager - how many posts should be displayed on a single blog index page), Date (show or hide date for every single post in the list), Image (show or hide images), Author (show or hide authors), Summary (show or hide excerpts), Categories (show or hide categories summary)

Single post page options: Date (show or hide date), Image (show or hide image), Author (show or hide author), Summary (show or hide excerpt), Categories (show or hide categories summary), Comments (show or hide comments summary), Comment form (show or hide comment form)

5. Portfolio

Portfolio elements can be configure analogously to posts.

6. Code

You can set account number (UA-XXXXXXXX-X) for the Google Analytics module used for tracking the site.

In this section you can also set any custom CSS or Javascript code, which will be used on Your site with the highest priority.

Templates, sidebar and footer

The theme provides 3 basic templates for site pages - left sidebar, no sidebar (default) and right sidebar:

The footer is built from 4 columns which gives you a flexible way to arrange the content of it.

Blog Setup


Blog pages configuration is described in Options section.

Onepager Setup


To create onepager site with "scroll to section" menu follow these steps :
1. Create page with all sections. Each section should begin with [title_row] shortcode or any other html element with unique id, for example :

      [title_row header="Our Work" id="work"]
        (...) content (...)
      [title_row header="Services" id="services"]
        (...) content (...)
      [title_row header="About us" id="about"]
        (...) content (...)
      

2. In Appearance / Menus create new main menu (using "Custom Links" option), where URL will be section id with "/#" sign, for example : /#services or /#about. We recommend to set the URL scrolling to the top of the page as '#top' - it will scroll to the very top of the page.
3. In Appearance / Theme Options / General - Main - 'One pager with sticky menu' you can set "sticky" - menu will be always visible.

Post Formats


The theme supports different post formats in order to change the appearance of the content. You can use standard, image, gallery, audio, video, aside, quote and link formats.

Standard post format

Typical appearance, the content will not be changed.

Image post format

To use it, select "Image" from the "format" section. The featured image and meta data will be shown.

Gallery post format

To use it, select "Gallery" from the "format" section. You can create the gallery for you post or use any Revolution Slider slideshow previously created. You can choose it from the additional post menu in "Gallery format settings" section.

Audio post format

To use it, select "Audio" from the "format" section. You will find the additional "Audio format settings" to upload .mp3 or .ogg/.oga self hosted files (you have to provide both formats for appropriate display across all browsers.). You can additionally provide the poster file.

Video post format

To use it, select "Video" from the "format" section. You will find the additional "Video format settings". You can upload self hosted .m4v and .ogv files (you have to provide both formats for appropriate display across all browsers.). Additionally you can provide a 'direct link' to embed movie from popular services like Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion or use your own embed code.

Aside post format

To use it, select "Aside" from the "format" section. Your post content will be shown, your title not.

Quote post format

To use it, select "Quote" from the "format" section. You will find the additional "Quote format settings" to enter your quote. Your post title will be used as the quote source/author

Link post format

To use it, select "Link" from the "format" section. You will find the additional "Quote format settings" to enter your link. Your URL will be shown and your post title will be used as the link text.

Portfolio Setup


The theme comes with a custom post type for portfolio (works). Portfolio pages configuration is described in Options section.

Regular blog posts are separated from portfolio items - in the main Wordpress Admin menu you can find section Portfolio items

Add new portfolio item

You can add new portfolio item via Portfolio items > Add New. Beside regular post elements like title, description, excerpt, featured image (which is very important - it will be used both on the list of works as well as on the single work page), you can also define client, date, tools, external url (which will be used on the portfolio public page) and featured video (it will be displayed instead of the featured image on the single portfolio item page).

Portfolio taxonomy

You can organize your works with portfolio categories and tags which are built using Wordpress custom taxonomy functionality (they are separated from regular Wordpress categories and tags and are accessible via Portfolio items > Categories and Portfolio items > Tags).

Theme Shortcodes


It's very important to understand the mechanism of building the page structure using shortcodes. Each row of the content should be built with the [row] shortcode and then each row divided into columns with the [x_column] shortcodes (please see bootstrap documentation to see the meaning of the "row" and "spanX" classes). It gives you a very flexible way to arrange the content and makes you sure everything will look exactly as you wish.

You can find full shortcode documentation on our demo site.

We provide the shortcodes generator, which is also available in fullscreen mode:

Theme Widgets


Bundled Plugins


SIMPL comes with plugins. After theme activation, a list of recommended plugins will appear (if not already installed and activated). All plugins are optional but highly recommended.

Theme Updates


Theme comes with automatic update feature. When new version is available, notice will be visible in Appearance - Themes page. View video tutorial.

Note that modified theme files will be deleted.
CSS Structure section describes how to modify theme without loosing any changes.

PSD Files


 

There are 10 PSD files included in the project.

  • 01a-home-slider.psd
  • 01b-home-parallax.psd
  • 01-home (dark).psd
  • 02a-portfolio-list-2col.psd
  • 02b-portfolio-list-3col.psd
  • 02c-portfolio-list-4col.psd
  • 03-portfolio-details.psd
  • 04-blog-list.psd
  • 05-blog-details.psd
  • 06-shortcodes.psd

Each PSD file is of course layered, layers are groupped into directories. If you'd like to change anything in the page layout, please put jpg/png image in HTML/img directory.

CSS Structure


Main css file is style.css, which include bootstrap framework and all page styles.
If needed we include also css files for jquery libraries (like flexslider).
Structure of the style.css file:

  1. Bootstrap CSS Framework v. 2.2.2.
  2. Awesome Icons
  3. Google Fonts
  4. General Styles
    • Paragraphs
    • Links
    • Headers
    • Main Menu
    • Buttons
    • Forms
    • STLYES FOR PAGES :
      • Blog
      • Portfolio
      • Footer
      • FootNotes
      • Parallax
      • Top Page Box
    • COMPONENTS
      • main box title
      • small title
      • progress bar
      • tabs
      • accordion
      • custom lists
      • alerts box
      • tweet box
      • social icons
      • share box
      • recent posts
      • recent tweets
      • box quote
      • price table
      • promo banner
      • services with big icon
      • team box
      • flickr photos
      • custom google map
      • contact box
      • style for image
      • big circle with text
    • responsive video
    • utility classes
    • back to top link
    • PLUGINS
      • isotope
      • prettyphoto
      • flexslider
    • dark version theme
    • media queries, adjustments
      • @media (max-width: 1080px) {}
      • @media (max-width: 979px){}
      • @media (max-width: 767px) {}
      • @media (max-width: 480px) {}

If you would like to change css, the best way is to add custom css in Wordpress Panel.
Please go to Appearance / Theme Options / Code / Custom styles - Custom CSS.
In Custom CSS textarea you can paste any css code that will overwrite default styles.

Video tutorials


Sources & Credits


The following sources and files have been used to build up this theme


Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme. As we sat the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme.  If you have a more general question relating to the themes on ThemeForest, you might consider visiting the forums and asking your question in the "Item Discussion" section.

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