Setup Tutorials for Preference Lite

Welcome to the Setup Tutorials for Preference Lite. These are the standard guidelines to help you install, configure, and customize your newly downloaded theme. If you have any requests for additional tutorials relating to this theme, please contact me and I will review your suggestions. These tutorials are also based on the assumption you have a basic understanding of how WordPress works.

Before you start uploading images, set your media sizes

December 24, 2013 |
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The most annoying thing with WordPress is that they have a set group of dimensions for images already in place when you install WordPress. What happens when you upload a photo, you will get several thumbnail sizes created automatically – whether you want them or not. This is a major problem for many because eventually your host server will get filled with unused images which take up a lot of server disk space. You don’t see all your thumbnails except just one in the Media Library of your site’s admin. But, if you were to go to your “uploads” folder through your FTP, you will get a shock of your life when you see how many images are there. So…before we continue on with setting up Preference Lite, we will change the default settings of WordPress so that this does not happen to us, although changing these settings is optional….    read more 

Introduction to the theme Customizer for Preference Lite

December 24, 2013 |
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With Preference Lite, you get several options that are built-into the theme to give you the ability to personalize your website by using the available customization features that come with this theme. Normally theme sites code in third party option panels, but I decided to keep to the official WordPress methods by taking full advantage of their built-in customizer (new to WordPress 3.4). To see what the customizer looks like, you can check out the screenshots below: Preference Customization Options As you can see in the above screenshot, you get option tabs, each with a series of settings that let you customize your new theme in “real time”…which means as you make a change, you can see the result dynamically in the right side window. The benefit of this is that you can see what something looks like before making it official and live to the public. Available Options Site…    read more 

Modify your theme using a CHILD THEME

December 24, 2013 |
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If you plan to customize your theme, WordPress and Styled Themes recommends you use the Child Theme method instead of directly modifying the actual theme files. If you update a theme and you made modifications, guess what will happen? Your modifications will be totally lost and you will have to do it all over again. However, if you make your modifications using a Child Theme, then your changes will not be affected whenever you update the original theme (often called the Parent Theme). When to Use a Child Theme? When you need to make a colour change to any element that is not part of the customizer or theme option settings When you want to change a font When you want to change part of the layout When you want to add something of your own ….basically any changes you want to make to the official theme you downloaded As WordPress…    read more 

Installing Preference Lite

December 24, 2013 |
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There are at least two popular methods of installing a theme into WordPress: Using the built-in Installer Manually uploading the theme Using the Installer If you downloaded this theme, you will need to log into your site’s admin area (dashboard as WordPress calls it). Go to Appearance >> Themes When on the themes page, clickon the “Install Themes” tab Click on the text link “Upload“, browse for the st_preference.zip and then click “Install Now“ Once uploaded and it’s installed, click “Activate” and then you’re done! Manual Install For most people, you won’t be using this method but is available as an alternative. Unzip the preference-lite.zip file to your desktop Open your FTP program Find the unzipped folder “preference-lite” and make sure the theme files are inside that and not a double folder named the same. If there is, then upload the folder that has the theme files showing in it….    read more 

Introduction to Preference Lite

December 24, 2013 |
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  Welcome to the Preference Lite introduction…as you go through these setup tutorials, I will be assuming you already know the basics of how WordPress functions and that hopefully, although not required, that you have at least some basic knowledge of CSS and HTML. If you don’t, you really should have these skills because at some point whether you are using my themes or others, you may need to make some form of modification adjustment to a page element or style. About Preference Lite Preference Lite is a theme that was designed to cover a wide range of types of business websites from blogs to full sized sites. To give you an idea, here are some ideal uses: Personal or simple business blogging Information based websites Professionals such as lawyers, accountants, consultants, etc. E-Commerce Corporate intranets Hospitality industry Design and Illustrative fields I am sure there are more but overall…    read more