General Documentation

Below you will find information about installing and managing your WordPress theme.
This documentation is relevant to any of our themes, so make sure to read this first.

Getting Started

  1. Things to Know Before Installing a WordPress Theme
  2. Installing the Theme
  3. Setting up Custom Menus
  4. Recommended Plugins
  5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  6. Theme Support
 
  1. Things to Know Before Installing a WordPress Theme back to top

    Whenever you decide to activate a new WordPress theme, it is recommended that you disable any active plugins that you might have on your website.
    Often, third-party plugins will interfere with some of the theme's features, or even cause some unexpected behavior.

    It is also recommended that you do a complete back-up of your WordPress database, just to be safe.

     
  2. Installing the Theme back to top

    Adding New Themes using the Administration Panel

    You can download Themes directly to your WordPress website by using the Add New Themes option in the Appearance sub-menu.

    1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).
    2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
    3. Select Install Themes
    4. Click on the Install link to upload the Theme to your blog.
    5. Use the Upload link in the top sub-menu to upload a zipped copy of a Theme that you have previously downloaded to your machine.
     

    Adding New Themes by using cPanel

    If your hosting provider offers the cPanel control panel, follow these instructions.

    1. Download the Theme zip file to your local machine.
    2. In cPanel File Manager, navigate to your Themes folder. If you have WordPress installed in it's own folder called wordpress, you would navigate to "public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes" and if WordPress is installed in your web-root folder you would navigate to "public_html/wp-content/themes".
    3. Once you've navigated to the Themes folder in cPanel File Manager, click on Upload file(s) and upload that zip file you saved in Step 1.
    4. Once the zip file is uploaded, click on the zip file name in cPanel, then in the panel to the right, click on Extract File Contents, and that zip file will be uncompressed.
     

    Adding New Themes Manually (FTP)

    To add a new Theme to your WordPress installation, follow these basic steps:

    1. Download the Theme archive and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Follow the guidelines provided by your Theme author.
    2. Using an FTP client (such as FileZilla) to access your host web server, create a directory to save your Theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a Theme named Test should be in wp-content/themes/test folder.
    3. Upload the Theme files to the new directory on your host server.
     
  3. Setting up Custom Menus back to top

    Our themes fully support WordPress Custom Menus. If you are not familiar yet with this WordPress feature, please check the official WordPress Menu User Guide, which contains very detailed information about this feature.

     
  4. Recommended Plugins back to top

    WordPress does not include by default certain features, which are very much required on a business website. Here is a list of plugins that will add these features.

    • Jetpack by WordPress.com - a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
    • Akismet - this plug-in will help you combat comment spam.
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast - arguably the best SEO plugin for WordPress.
    • Gravity Forms - one of the best plugins for creating and managing forms.
    • WPML - makes it easy to build multilingual WordPress sites.
    • W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache - popular plugins for increasing the performance of your website.
     
  5. Frequently Asked Questions back to top

    There are some theme-related questions that we frequently get. Here are some of them.

    • How do I display more/less posts on my homepage / archive pages?

      This is a basic WordPress setting, which can be controlled from:
      Settings > Reading > Blog pages show at most: ___ posts.

       
       
    • My homepage doesn't look anything like the Live Demo, why?

      If the homepage looks like a static page, make sure that you have the proper homepage settings:
      Settings > Reading > Front page displays: Your latest posts.

       
       
    • My post thumbnails look stretched/squashed, why?

       

      All of our themes are using the built-in WordPress image cropping feature, with some theme-specific, custom image sizes. If you have installed our theme on a website with existing content (posts and images), then you need to regenerate the thumbnails according to our custom sizes.

      In order to do this, follow these easy, quick instructions:

      1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).
      2. Select the Plugins panel, then Add New.
      3. Type "Regenerate Thumbnails" (without the quotes) in the search box and click Search Plugins.

         
      4. Click on the Install Now link for one of the following plug-ins:
        Regenerate Thumbnails or Force Regenerate Thumbnails, both are great and work the same way.

         
      5. After the selected plugin has been installed, activate it in the Plugins > Installed Plugins panel.

         
      6. After the selected plugin has been activated, run it in the Tools > (Force) Regenerate Thumbnails panel.

         
      7. Wait for it to finish regenerating all images.
       
     
  6. Theme Support back to top

    If any problem occurs during the installation process, or if the theme for some reason behaves differently than expected, you can always rely on our Hermes Customer Support.

    Support Forum