Thank you for purchasing my theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to post your questions on support forums. Thanks so much!
This theme was created by Flow (follow). It was tested on Wordpress 3.1.3. I'm sure that it's going to work also on some older as well as some further versions of Wordpress. I will update it in case it doesn't work on some further version of Wordpress and notify you about it on ThemeForest item page. Once updates become available you will be able to download all the files from ThemeForest again.
If you encounter any errors please contact me on support forums and I will fix them as soon as possible (you will be able to redownload fixed theme from ThemeForest item page). If you have any suggestions regarding this theme let me know! I will improve or fix it if necessary because I'd like everyone to by fully satisfied with it! Okay, so let's get started!
You need a working copy of Wordpress installed on your own server (wordpress.com hosting won't work) in order to start. You should know how to use it (e.g. how to enter admin panel, how to write posts etc.). This may help you: New To WordPress - Where to Start. Make sure that your server is using PHP5 (not PHP4).
You can install and configure this theme the same way as most of the other themes. Please follow the steps below:
Check out my video presenting how to install this theme! Please note that you will also have to install Typography plugin. It is in the package.
Once you install this theme some new tools will appear in the admin menu. If you have imported sample content then you will not have to configure anything except adding your sidebar and footer widgets. Below you'll find explanation of each theme option. This should make it easier for you to configure everything and replace sample content with your content.
Please visit support forums if you have any problems with installing this theme.
Below you'll find all the theme settings with descriptions.
Choose the panel called Essence > General. Main theme settings will appear to the right.
In admin panel go to Essence > Sliders. There are following options available:
Go to Essence > Blog.
Once you go to Essence > Sidebars. You can create additional sidebars there.
Select Essence > Footer.
In admin panel select 3D Slider. You'll find there lots of different settings for 3D slider. Descriptions are available next to them. Default settings are just fine and most likely you'll be only interested in changing transition effect or animation speed. Other settings are included for your convenience.
You can set your background color and upload your background image here. There are also various other options available to help you adjust everything perfectly.
There's a typography plugin included in the package along with the theme. Follow the instructions in the package to install it. Then go to Appearance > Typography. There's a panel to manage your typography. More information on that is available in the typography plugin package and on support forums.
Once you import sample content you'll have working portfolios with example posts. I recommend to read the following anyway to find out how to create and edit portfolio. Follow the instructions below to create working portfolio page:
Note: Portfolio templates require images in proper sizes. You may upload them on new portfolio item page.
IMPORTANT: For some portfolio templates (like 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th) you need to have AT LEAST TWO POSTS in two categories to make it work. Otherwise, some errors may appear.
IMPORTANT: You can use prettyphoto-full-size custom field to add larger image or video to prettyPhoto enhanced portfolio templates. They can be in any size. Example link would look like this: http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/larger-image.jpg
Once you import sample content you'll have working blog with example posts. I recommend to read the following anyway to find out how to create and edit blog. Follow the instructions below to create working blog page:
Select Footer in theme settings. First choose some number of footer columns you'd like to use and fill in "Footer Copyright Notice" section. Then go to Appearance > Widgets and populate footer columns (sidebars two to six) with some widgets you'd like to use.
There are five sliders available. If you have uploaded sample content then they are all ready to use and you don't have to do anything except selecting one of them in Essence > Slideshow.
Once you go to Appearance > Widgets you'll notice that there are six widget areas.
You can populate them with any widgets. Some widgets doesn't work in some areas because they either doesn't have specific style for that area or they simply don't fit that area. Widgets like on live preview will work just fine in their current areas.
Read the separate document about shortcodes used in this template.
This theme is a fixed layout with two columns and there is also full-width page template. All of the information within the main content area is nested within a div with an id of "content". The sidebar's (column #2) content is within a div with an id of "sidebar". The general template structure is the same throughout the template. It uses 12 column 960 grid with 60px wide columns and 20px gutter. Most of the PHP, HTML and CSS code is well commented so it's easy to modify.
If you're going to edit CSS files make the backup copy first. The main style is in style.css file. It's very well commented so I believe that there won't be any problems with editing it.
PSD file is included in the package. Almost everything is grouped and different elements are placed on separate layers. PSD file includes only the most important elements of the theme (like header and footer). Everything in between is plain background with simple text anyway so I didn't include that. Everything is layered so it should be easy to make some changes.
I've used the following images, icons or other files as listed.
Things above are mainly licensed under GPL or MIT (or both). Check websites and/or licensing folder for more information or email me to get more information.
Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. No guarantees, but I'll do my best to assist. 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.