By: Alex Gurghis
Email: Alex Gurghis
Hello! First of all I would like to thank you for purchasing my theme! :)
This file will teach you how to set up and use the “FlatAds” WordPress Theme.
This file is really extensive so you might think the theme is hard to use,
actually its not, you probably just might jump to the options page and explore everything yourself, this file is more of a reference work if you do not know what to do, or if you are not familiar to WordPress.
Have fun with your new theme! best regards
The Theme is built with WordPress best practices in mind, therefore it makes heavy use of the WordPress template engine. What exactly does that mean?
Whenever you see a php function call like this within your php files (get_header(), get_footer() or get_sidebar() ) the theme retrieves a reusable code snippet, most of the time a chunk of code that is used in many different files.
Apart from the php structure the theme uses a lot of modern CSS3 features, most notably the power of media queries to serve different layouts for different viewport sizes. If you use a modern browser (IE9 +, Chrome, Safari, Firefox) and resize your browser window you will realize that the theme adapts its size to the viewport.
You can either choose to upload the theme to your server via ftp (only upload the unzipped folder „FlatAds“ into the folder wp-content/themes/ ) or via WordPress upload function. to use the upload function of the WordPress admin panel make sure to ONLY upload the “FlatAds” folder and not the whole archive file that you received by themesnap.
After the theme activation you'll see an info box about installing some plugins:
Click on Begin Installation.
To get all the features you see on our demo, make sure you'll install all of them.
To import content go to Dashboard -> Tools -> Import. There select WordPress -> Install the plugin, activate it and run the importing. Inside the folder you downloaded from ThemeFores (All Files and Documentation) you'll have a folder "Demo Content" inside it are two folder and one xml file "demo-content.xml". On importing select it.
After the importing demo content is done we have to setup the menu. Go to Dashboard -> Appearance -> Menus. Here Select Main Menu first from "Select a menu to edit:" ( see 2 on picture ). After that select the menu location ( see 3 on picture ) and save the menu. Do the same with the footer menu.
Go to dashboard -> Options ( see 1 in picture) -> Import ( 2 in picture ) -> Import from file ( 3 in picture ). Go to "Demo content" folder, open "redux.json" file in "ReduxFramework Settings" with a text editor, copy everything inside it and paste in the import field. Click import ( 4 in picture ).
Go to dashboard -> LayerSlider WP -> On import block select the file located in Demo Conent/LayerSLider Demo Content folder and click "Import"
Go to dashboard -> Options -> Pages. As you can see the links are already there but they are from our demo. They come there when we imported the ReduxFramework settings. We have to replace with ours. The pages are created we only have to copy the link in the right place.
The pages are:
Login Page Url -> Login
Profile Page Url -> Profile
Register Page Url -> Register
Reset Password Page Url -> Reset Password
New Ad Page Url -> New Ad
Edit Ad Page Url -> Edit Ad
Featured Plans Page Url -> Pricing Plans
To setup categories icons go to Posts -> Categories. Click on main category and there you'll have custom field for category icon code, a color picker and an upload image for icon. The icons are located in "psd/categories icons" folder. The icon code are from http://fontawesome.io/icons/
Vehicles: color - becd4a, icon code - <i class="fa fa-truck"></i>, image - car.png
Community: color - 33485d, icon code - <i class="fa fa-users"></i>, image - community.png
Dating: color - e74d3c, icon code - <i class="fa fa-heart-o"></i>, image - heart.png
Jobs: color - f1c40f, icon code - <i class="fa fa-suitcase"></i>, image - jobs.png
Pets: color - 7d3e2c, icon code - <i class="fa fa-github"></i>, image - pets.png
Real Estate: color - 9c59b6, icon code - <i class="fa fa-home"></i>, image - estate.png
Services: color - 6997c4, icon code - <i class="fa fa-wrench"></i>, image - services.png
Shopping: color - 7ba48a, icon code - <i class="fa fa-shopping-cart"></i>, image - shopping.png
If you want to change the general Options of the Theme open the “FlatAds” Theme Options Panel (located in your admin sidebar) and click it, you will notice several tabs with options, which we will discuss now one by one.
Here you will add the logo, favicon and google analitycs id, google map styles.
Please set-up the custom pages to have a functional directory theme.
There are 8 (eight) pages that you have to create. Go to dashboard (or from top admin bar) click on Add New Page. Give it a name and select the right template. Save it and copy the permalink into the rigth option url field.
Here you can change the font. Ther are available 650+ Google fonts.
Here you can change the colors.
Here you can add the social links.
Here you can asetup the contact page.
Here you can setup the paypal. To get the paypal api credentials please follow the link: https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/docs/classic/api/apiCredentials/
You can add ads from front end and if you are the admin you can add theme from back end as standard posts. There are two type of ads: regular and featured. For featured ads the user will need to buy a price plan. The spots for featured ads are above the regular on homepage, category page, archive page, search page and on sidebar. The featured ads will become regular when the period of time from price plan will end. The latest ad will be shown first (in both categories: featured and regular). The user can convert a regular ad into a featured one by simply editing it and selecting a price plan that he has bought.
You can have an unlimited number of pricing plans. To add a new one please go to dashboard -> Pricing Plans -> Add New Price Plan. Please fill the name some description, the price (without the currency sign, it will be added from paypal settings - see above.) the ads number and the ads active time. Publish it.
The Theme uses valid HTML and comes with predefined classes for common elements needed in web design.
All templates share basic elements like header, footer, main, and entry so be carefull when editing those or adding/changing the CSS for those ids and classes :)
The CSS for the theme is split into various files: one that holds the basic markup for layout which is called style.css.
The theme uses advanced jQuery functions. You do not need to know how to use jQuery to activate them, almost everything is controlled by WordPress. All the function calls as well as as the custom created jQuery plugins are located in the custom.js file.
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.