General Overview & First Steps (video)

After you've installed the theme, here are some tips on some things you might want to do to get started.

Note: Alternatively, if you're looking for a quicker setup process to skip all this, and just copy your theme's demo, see the demo video in the article, Importing Sample Data and Copying a Demo.

This video summarizes most of the steps you see documented below, in this section.

Select Your Theme Base

After you've installed everything, one of the important first steps in configuration is to decide which theme base you're going to use. Your theme is going to have a Developer base that has less stylistic user options, which makes the theme a little easier to modify through CSS customization. Any other theme bases you see will build upon that default Developer base by adding more stylistic user options to the Theme Options page. Additional theme bases may also change the outer theme design structure slightly, as well.

Note: Not all themes include theme bases; so if you do not see this page in your WordPress admin, simply skip this step.

Appearance > Theme Base

Configure Your Theme Options

Next, make sure to setup your Theme Options, which can be found at Appearance > Theme Options in your WordPress admin. Make sure to give these a thorough read-through so you know what you have control of from there.

Appearance > Theme Options

Create a Menu

At this point, even though you may not have created any pages for your website just yet, it's still a good idea to create your main menu and apply it to the proper theme location. This way, the site will start to come together visually on the frontend, along with establishing a starting point to build from in the backend.

Go to Appearance > Menus, create a menu, and apply it to the "Primary Navigation" location. If your site has no pages yet, add something like a Home button, in order to have some sort of visual starting point when you view the frontend of your website. Then, as your site grows, you can continue adding pages to this menu.

Appearance > Menus

Setup Your Homepage

In general, most of our theme demos are setup with a custom layout built with our layout builder plugin — This was one of the recommended plugins you should have installed previously. See article, Installation).

With the layout builder, you'll have a sample layout that can be applied called something like {Theme Name} Homepage. This will allow you to quickly insert something similar to your theme's default demo homepage into a static page, as a starting point.

Pages > Add New

Then, you'll go to Settings > Reading > Front page displays, and apply the page you created as your static front page.

Settings > Reading

All of this is covered in greater detail from the layout builder video series. See article, Theme Blvd Layout Builder.

Setup Your Blog

Realistically, there are many ways you could setup a blog with our theme framework, but here's a really simple way. — Create a page, and apply the "Blog" page template. Then, simply Link to this page from your main menu.

Pages > Add New

Note: This process doesn't involve selecting a "posts page" from Settings > Reading > Front page displays of your WordPress admin panel. However, if you'd like to create a static page with the default page template, and select it here as your "posts page" you can do that, as well. However, this limits you to the Blog style of displaying posts. See article, Post Displays.

Setup Your Footer

If you didn't setup your footer in your Theme Options, make sure to do that. This is done from Appearance > Theme Options > Layout > Footer. Below is a screenshot of how many of our demo websites setup their footers.

Appearance > Theme Options > Layout > Footer

The setup in the above screenshot requires that you're using Theme Blvd Widget Areas plugin to create your three floating widget areas.

Appearance > Widget Areas

And then at Appearance > Widgets you'll put in the widgets you want in those widget areas, as normal.

For those curious to know how we put the contact info in the footer of many of our demos, it's done with the Simple Contact widget from our Theme Blvd Widget Pack plugin.

Appearance > Widgets

Regenerate your Thumbnails

If you're working with a WordPress site where you've already uploaded images, it's important to regenerate your thumbnails so all of your currently uploaded images match the dimensions needed with the theme's features. See article, Image Sizes.