Once you have installed the latest version of WordPress (wordpress.org), then you can start with the theme install.
For 1st time WordPress users, please have a look at the install guide from WordPress. http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress
Download the theme from your ThemeForest Downloads page. You will download an installable zip file.
Please don’t unzip this file, as you will need to upload it to your WordPress installation as is.
Open your WordPress backend and browse to “Appearance” in the side navigation.
Click on “Themes”. On this page you will find an “Add New” button at the top. Click it and go to the “Add Themes” page. Here you will find an “Upload Theme” button. Click it and upload your zip file.
You will now see an “Install Now” button, which you can now click to install. This process will take a few seconds.
After successfully uploading of the theme, you will now see the theme displayed with the other standard themes and you can now activate Hello Friday by clicking on the “Activate” Button.
After you have activated the theme, you will be presented with a notification at the top of the screen that suggest you install the plugin required for the theme to function properly. First install the plugin and then once it is installed, please activate it.
Lets start off by setting up a few pages.
Browse to “Pages” in your WP side bar.
Add new page.
Create the pages needed for your website. Home, Contact, About etc.
Create a page by adding a page and then press “Publish” in your right hand side bar.
Browse to Appearance / Menus in your WP sidebar
Create a main menu for your site by typing the main menu name and then clicking “Create Menu”
You will see a list of pages on the left.
Select the ones that you want to display in your main menu and click “Add to Menu”
Also make sure that you assign the menu to the right area of the site by going to “Manage Locations” or setting it to Primary Menu as shown below.
Browse to “Settings / Reading” and click Static Page and then click on the “Front Page” dropdown and select your Home page and Save.
If you are not running your blog on the home page and need to assign the blog to another page like “Blog”, then you need to point your blog to that page.
Browse to “Settings / Reading” and click Static Page and then click on the “Post Page” dropdown and select your Post page and Save.
Browse to your WP sidebar and click on Posts / Add New
1. Give your post a title
2. Write content
3. Create new categories
4. Add tags to posts
5. And add a featured image
6. Hit Publish
Your post will now be visible on your site frontend
Browse to Appearance / Hello Friday Settings
Here you’ll find a few basic things to start off with
Add your Favicon. Upload a transparent PNG for the best result
If you want to add an Instagram Widget in your sidebar or activate the Instagram full width footer, then you can start off by adding your details here
Where do I find this? http://www.otzberg.net/iguserid/
Where do I find this? https://elfsight.com/blog/2016/05/how-to-get-instagram-access-token/
404 Page Details
This is the content that will show up if a page can not be found
You can set up 4 accent colors for the use through your site. These are mostly used in the Typography section of the settings.
You can also set the colors and styles for Social Icons, Buttons, Tags and Block Quotes here
All fonts for the site can be set here. This includes, sizes, colors, weight etc. All Google Fonts included. The default font settings should be sufficient for a great looking site.
Here you can upload your site Logo and Sticky Navigation logos. Make sure that they are transparent PNGs at about 150px in height for the best result.
Here you can set the font, font color and background color.
Here you can set the font, font color and background color.
Switch this on and your social icon will be included in your navigation bar.
Select Social Icons
Switch on the social icons that’s needed and add a URL and set the hover color for each
We recommend you keep footer layout one that is selected by default.
Set the colors for the footer and add some Copyright Info. You can also enable the Instagram feed and social icons in this section.
Extra Signup Settings
Switch this on and a Newsletter Signup bar will be added to the footer area. This can be styled by background color or background image.
Here you can choose between a straight forward layout or add a Full Width Slider or Contained Slider.
If you want launchpads to be displayed under your main logo or main slider, then you can switch this on and give it a heading.
You can choose to display latest posts or categories and pages
Front Page Blog Layout
You can choose to display latest posts or show categories with latest posts and the related posts after each.
Front Page Sidebar
You can switch on a sidebar on your home page
If you have a separate blog list page, then you can switch on or off your sidebar.
Blog Single Post Page
Switch on or off the sidebar
Show / Hide Tags
Show / Hide Author’s Bio
Show / Hide Social Icons on posts
Setting up the social icons to show up can be done under the HelloFriday Sharing Tab
Here you can switch on the sidebar for pages and activate social icons
Select the social icons you want displayed on posts and pages.
Please note that you still need to switch then on under the blog or page tab above
This can be used to import style settings from one install to another. Say for instance you work on a dev server and there’s some changes and want to now include them on your live site, then you can do the following.
Click on “Generate Export Options”, copy everything from the box.
Go to your new/live site and paste this into the import box and click on “Import Options”
Always make sure that your home page is set to Home in WordPress.
Assign the right Home page as Home
In your WordPress backend, browse to “Settings / Reading” and click Static Page and then click on the “Front Page” dropdown and select your Home page and Save.
The posts slider requires more than one published post to be available in order to create the slider.
Please ensure that you have at least 2 published posts available in order for the slider to function correctly.
We recommend to always run theme updates through the WordPress admin area rather than uploading the theme files manually. Uploading the files manually could cause inconsistencies between the theme options saved within the database and the new theme files.
To update the theme you’ll have several options.
Updates can automatically be picked up by WordPress and in this case you will be able to run the theme update directly from the ‘Themes’ page within the WordPress admin ares.
If a new update is not automatically being picked up you can check for new updates on the WordPress ‘Dashboard > Updates’ page by clicking the ‘Check Again’ button.
Once the update check is complete new updates will be listed below this section split into plugin and theme updates. You’ll be able to scroll down and select which updates you would like to run.
Failing both of the above options the update can be run through a 3rd party plugin. You will first need to install the ‘Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades’ plugin, the plugin is available from the WordPress plugins repository and can be found here. This plugin can be installed directly from within WordPress on the ‘Plugins > Add New’ page.
You will then need the latest version of the theme files which will be available on Theme Forest. Once you’ve downloaded the theme files you can use the ‘hello-friday.zip’ for the update process.
With the above mentioned plugin installed and activated you can navigate to the ‘Appearance > Themes’ page within the WordPress admin area. From here you can select the ‘Add New’ option.
From the next page you will choose the ‘Upload Theme’ option.
From the following screen you can select the ‘Choose File’ button to locate the ‘hello-friday.zip’ file previously downloaded from Theme Forest.
Once located and selected you can click the ‘Install Now’ button.
This will run the theme update process and the update is complete.
Hello Friday is compatible with the WPML plugin! WPML can be used to create a multilingual site and translate your sites content into multiple different languages.
WPML is not bundled with the theme so will need to be purchased separately, you can purchase WPML directly from within Hello Friday by navigating to the ‘Hello Friday Settings > WPML’ tab:
Or by navigating to this link:
Once purcahsed your WPML license key can be added to on this tab.
You’ll need to then fully install the WPML plugin through your WordPress admin area. You can do this from the ‘Plugins’ page, please ensure you’ve installed and activated the WPML core plugins (WPML Multilingual CMS, WPML String Translation, WPML Translation Management) before activating any other plugins that might depend on them.
GETTING STARTED WITH WPML
Once the plugins are all installed you can begin configuring WPML for translation to the required languages. Please take a look at the WPML starter guide here: https://wpml.org/documentation/getting-started-guide/
To begin translating the content of your pages and posts you’ll need to edit each page and post and create duplicates which are then ready to be translated. WPML will help by maintaining your link structure across duplicates to makes sure the translated content is displayed when users switch between site languages.
Within Hello Friday if there are any specific pieces of text which don’t fall under the content of a page or post such as buttons or extra bits of text you’ll be able to use WPML String Translation to also update these sections.
NOTE: It's that festive time of year again and we will be taking a short break to recharge from the 23rd of December 2019 until the 6th of January 2020. During this time our support will be limited but we will try to respond to high priority tickets as best we can. Have a great holiday!
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