Let’s Get Started
Thank you for purchasing Fancy That! To get this theme up and running like the demo, first, you must purchase and upload the Genesis Framework to your WP account. To do this:
- Login to your WP Admin dashboard
- From the dash, place your mouse over Appearance, then select Themes.
- On the Themes page, select Add New at the top and upload the Genesis Framework from wherever you have it saved on your computer.
- Activate it.
Once you’ve completed this, upload the Fancy That zip folder in the same way. Activate the theme if it isn’t automatically done. Now, let’s begin setting it up like the demo!
The Prep Work
The first thing we’re going to do is complete the behind the scenes work, and what I mean by that is all the settings that need to be in place from your admin dashboard. On the panel at the far left, click on the Genesis tab. Next, arrange your settings like the following:
- In Default Layout, click the first layout option, which is the content+sidebar option.
- In Comments and Trackbacks, check the “on posts?” box for Enable Comments.
You are now good to go with the Genesis options! But we’re not done yet.
- Hover over Settings on the admin panel and click Reading.
- For Front Page displays, make sure “Your Latest Posts” is selected.
- For Blog pages show at most, choose the number of posts you want a viewer to initially see when they visit your homepage. The demo number is two.
- Next, hover over Users and select “Your Profile.” Look over all options, but primarily, write a short bio and make sure “Enable Author Box on this User’s Posts?” is checked.
Having the admin email of your site tied to Gravatar is a good idea, and makes a few parts of setting up your theme like the demo easier. Click the link and follow the steps they give to have a globally recognized image for WordPress.
Hover over the Plugins option on your admin panel and click Add New to search WP’s database for these plugins. Then, click to install and activate them on your site.
- Genesis – eNews Extended – This plugin will display the email subscribe form.
- Simple Social Icons – Used at the top and bottom of the theme and provides links to your social media accounts.
- Instagram Feed (optional)
- Jetpack (optional) – The contact form on the demo is created by Jetpack, but you could use another plugin.
- MailPoet Newsletters (optional) – If you do not want to pay for a third party company to handle your email output, this free plugin is a great option, and integrates with the eNews Extended plugin.
All other plugins on the sidebar of the demo are automatically available through WordPress when setting up the sidebar.
Making It Pretty
Now we can begin putting the theme together on the front end. Click the name of your website at the top left side of the screen–this will bring you to the front page of your website. Click the Customize option up top.
- Site Identity: Name your website and come up with a tagline. Also, upload a browser icon if you have one.
- Header Image: Upload your logo here. The theme requires a logo no larger than 380 x 90. If you need to change the size, check out this tutorial.
- Menus: Go into Menu Locations and under Primary Navigation Menu choose what menu you would like to be above your logo. If you don’t have a menu made yet, you’ll need to create one.
- In Primary Sidebar:
- Genesis – User Profile: (automatic) Select your user name and if you have Gravatar connected to your email properly, your picture and bio should pop up.
- Simple Social Icons: Choose how you want the icons to appear and then enter the URL of your profiles into the appropriate space.
- Search Bar (automatic)
- Categories (automatic)
- Genesis eNews Extended: In the “Text To Show Before Form” box, write what you would like your form to say before the subscribe boxes. Next, if you are using Mailpoet, scroll down and check the “My first list” option, along with “First name” and “Last name.” Lastly, scroll down and write in what you would like the subscribe boxes to say.
- Pages (automatic)
- Text: (automatic) Use this plugin to place the Instagram shortcode. You will need to configure Instagram separately.
- In Primary Sidebar:
Alternate Homepage Post Layout
In this version of the homepage, the posts are displayed by widgets instead of by the blog archive. If you would like to arrange your posts to appear in this way, follow these steps:
Open up the Customizer panel and click on the Widgets option.
- Then, in Home – Top:
- Genesis – Featured Posts: (automatic) Arrange the settings as seen below.
- In Home – Bottom:
- Genesis – Featured Posts: Arrange the settings as seen below.
- In Home – Bottom:
Although nothing is placed inside the footer for the demo, you are welcome to place any widgets you like.
You’ve now fully set up Fancy That!
I’ve done the best I can to guide you through the process, but if there is a step I’ve missed or if something doesn’t make sense, PLEASE let me know in the comments. In this way, if someone else has the same problem they can see that it’s already been asked and solved. DO NOT message through any contact form. Please, comment. 🙂