Setup Tutorials for Encounters

Welcome to the Setup Tutorials for Encounters. 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.

Change the colours of Encounters

December 24, 2013 |
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This video in this series provides an overview of how to change the colours of different elements within your website when using the Encounters theme. When changing colours, you can get virtually an unlimited array of colour combinations so that your site can look different from others that might be using Encounters. Covered in this video: Familiarizing yourself with the colour Options. How to use the colour selector. How to go back to the default colour. Previewing and saving your changes. Video    

Choosing your blog layout and featured image style

December 24, 2013 |
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You get three (3) layout styles for your blog along with a few options with Encounters. For instance, you can have a left or right column (sidebars) blog layout and you get a full width (no sidebar columns) option. Once you decide on how you want your blog to look, you also get the choice of using a full sized featured image or a small image. To give you an idea what the image style sizes look like, I’ve provided a couple screenshots below: Wide Featured Image Small Featured Image Video Tutorial for the Layout Settings      

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 Encounters, we will change the default settings of WordPress so that this does not happen to us. But please note that this is optional…    read more 

Setup your own logo or website title with description

December 24, 2013 |
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With Encounters, you get the option of having: Your own logo Site Title and Site Description (set in h1 and h2 tags respectively) Setup Your Own Logo Create your logo in your favourite image program like Photoshop, Illustrator, or other, and save it as a jpg, png, or gif format Go to Appearance >> Themes >> click on Customize Click on the Site Title & Tagline tab on the left side Select the “Your Logo” option, at which point the preview window will now show the default logo gone Click on the Your Logo dropdown and then browse, then choose your logo you created to upload. After a few moments, your new logo will be uploaded and the preview will show it Click Save & Publish at the top then “Close“  Setup Your Site Title and Description  Go to Appearance >> Themes >> click on Customize Click on the Site Title & Tagline tab…    read more 

Introduction to the theme Customizer for Encounters

December 24, 2013 |
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With Encounters, 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). Encounters 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 Title & Tagline – Set your logo options Basic Settings – Miscellaneous settings Social Networking…    read more 

Make theme modifications with 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 there is the possibility you will be making theme file modifications whether now or future 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…    read more 

Installing Encounters

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 The first thing you will need to do is to download the theme to your desktop and then unzip the file “encounters-unzip-first.zip” because inside this is your actual theme file. Manual Install For most people, you won’t be using this method but is available as an alternative. Unzip the encounters-unzip-first.zip file to your desktop Open your FTP program Find the unzipped folder “encounters-unzip-first” 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. Go to your WordPress dashboard >> Appearance >> Themes >> Manage Themes tab Find the Encounters theme and click “Activate“ Using the Theme Installer Using the theme installer that is part of WordPress is…    read more