Sushil Adhikari

How to Make Custom Changes to your Theme

You will hear this often and this is something that WordPress recommends; but if you plan to make custom changes to your theme, whether mine or from someone else, the best way is to use a child theme. You can read more about child themes here: Child Themes The reason for using a child theme is because if updates are available for your theme, in this case the parent theme of Circumference, you won’t lose any custom changes because they were done in the child theme. How this works is that the child theme inherits the styles and functionality of the main theme (the Parent theme), so any updates that happen, it will inherit those. However, if you made any custom changes to the theme, these exist in the child theme and not the parent theme, which is why when you update, you don’t lose the changes. When to Use…    read more 

How to Make Custom Changes to your Theme

You will hear this often and this is something that WordPress recommends; but if you plan to make custom changes to your theme, whether our or from someone else, the best way is to use a child theme. You can read more about child themes here: Child Themes The reason for using a child theme is because if updates are available for your theme, in this case the parent theme of flat Responsive, you won’t lose any custom changes because they were done in the child theme. How this works is that the child theme inherits the styles and functionality of the main theme (the Parent theme), so any updates that happen, it will inherit those. However, if you made any custom changes to the theme, these exist in the child theme and not the parent theme, which is why when you update, you don’t lose the changes. When to…    read more 

How to find your theme options

Circumference uses the WordPress Customizer which is a feature WordPress offers you to make changes to your active theme. Every theme will load up within the customizer, but what will be different from theme-to-theme are the settings and options they offer. The customizer gives you a live preview window of your website, and within the left column, you will see a series of tabs, each labeled as to what they are for. Access Your Customizer There are a few ways of getting to the customizer: Go to Appearance >> Customize In your Dashboard home page, click on the big button labeled as “Customize Your Site” Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Customize Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Details >> Customize The two most common methods are from the dashboard home page and the menu under Appearance >> Customize Screencast Tutorial

How to find your theme options

Flat Responsive uses the WordPress Customizer which is a feature WordPress offers you to make changes to your active theme. Every theme will load up within the customizer, but what will be different from theme-to-theme are the settings and options they offer. The customizer gives you a live preview window of your website, and within the left column, you will see a series of tabs, each labeled as to what they are for. Access Your Customizer There are a few ways of getting to the customizer: Go to Appearance >> Customize In your Dashboard home page, click on the big button labeled as “Customize Your Site” Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Customize Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Details >> Customize The two most common methods are from the dashboard home page and the menu under Appearance >> Customize

Media Settings for Image Uploads

This should be considered as optional, but I will explain and show you why I like to remove my WordPress media settings which are preset when you first install WordPress. If you go to: Settings >> Media >> Media Settings …you will see the following media sizes and other settings: Now I will show you what it does by uploading 17 photos to my Media Library… With Media Settings As you can see, WordPress will automatically generate thumbnails based on the settings (sizes) whether you want them or not. In fact, my media library went from 17 photos to a whopping 56! Why would you want to remove the settings? Because your hosting package has a certain amount of diskspace given to you, so if you upload a lot of images on a regular basis, that diskspace is going to get filled up fast and you will be billed by…    read more 

Media Settings for Image Uploads

This should be considered as optional, but we will explain and show you why we like to remove our WordPress media settings which are preset when you first install WordPress. If you go to: Settings >> Media >> Media Settings …you will see the following media sizes and other settings: Now we will show you what it does by uploading 17 photos to our Media Library… With Media Settings As you can see, WordPress will automatically generate thumbnails based on the settings (sizes) whether you want them or not. In fact, our media library went from 17 photos to a whopping 56! Why would you want to remove the settings? Because your hosting package has a certain amount of diskspace given to you, so if you upload a lot of images on a regular basis, that diskspace is going to get filled up fast and you will be billed by…    read more 

Introduction to the Plugins Used for this Theme

Circumference offers several features, but some require plugins if you decide to use them and should be considered as optional. You will need to download and install these because they are not included in the download of this theme. I do this so that everyone can choose which plugins they want to install, but it also ensures the most recent version of each plugin is installed. To install plugins, you will go to: Appearance >> Plugins >> Add New Do a search for the name, click Install, and Activate. Plugins the Demo Site Uses UpDraftPlus – This is a backup plugin that creates backups of your complete site, plugins, uploads, and database. Widget CSS Classes – This lets you assign styles (classes) to widgets Dynamic Widgets – This lets you publish widgets to your choice of pages, posts, etc. Advanced Custom Fields – This lets you add content and other…    read more 

Introduction to the Plugins Used for this Theme

Flat Responsive offers several features, but some require plugins if you decide to use them and should be considered as optional. You will need to download and install these because they are not included in the download of this theme. We do this so that everyone can choose which plugins they want to install, but it also ensures the most recent version of each plugin is installed. Plugins the Demo Site Uses Widget CSS Classes – This lets you assign styles (classes) to widgets Breadcrumb NavXT – This gives you a breadcrumb navigation above the content area in pages Contact Form 7 – This gives you the contact form Hupso Share Buttons for Twitter, Facebook & Google+ – This adds social icons to share a post to your friends. Page Builder by Site Origin – Build your pages with many layout possibilities with a drag and drop method of page…    read more 

Introduction to the Plugins Used for this Theme

Encase Pro offers several features, but some require plugins if you decide to use them and should be considered as optional. You will need to download and install these because they are not included in the download of this theme. We do this so that everyone can choose which plugins they want to install, but it also ensures the most recent version of each plugin is installed. Plugins the Demo Site Uses Jetpack by WordPress.com – Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users. Contact Form 7 – This gives you the contact form InfiniteWP – Client – This is the client plugin of InfiniteWP that communicates with the InfiniteWP Admin panel. Mighty – Post Type & Shortcodes – Extend theme functionality to include related custom post type…    read more 

Installing Circumference

If you are experienced with WordPress, or know how to install themes, you can skip this tutorial. However, if you are new or a beginner, this tutorial is for you. Before you install your theme, you will need to unzip the theme package first because inside that is your theme file you install: circumference.zip Getting Errors after Installation A common issue that can occur with users new to installing WordPress themes is a “Broken theme and/or stylesheets missing” error message being displayed when trying to upload or activate the theme. This error message does not mean that the theme you have purchased is broken, it simply means it has been uploaded incorrectly. Luckily, there is a very easy fix. Please follow the steps below to rectify this issue or watch the screencast. Download the theme package zip file, unless you still have this from the first download. Unzip the final zip…    read more