GETTING STARTED

created: Nov 23, 2016


Support

All of our Free Themes are handled exclusively through WordPress.org Support Forum

Please follow the steps below before submitting a support request.

  • Make sure you are running the latest version of the theme and the latest version of WordPress.
  • Have a close look at theme documentation for the answer to your question.
  • Have a close look at the support forum whether the question has been asked before.
  • Disable all additional 3rd party plugins that you are using to check if it fixes the issue.

If the above steps didn’t fix your issue please create an account or login on the WordPress.org Support Forum.

Support includes:

  • Responding to questions or problems regarding the item and its features
  • Fixing bugs and reported issues
  • Providing updates to ensure compatibility with new software versions

Item support does not include:

  • Customization and installation services
  • Support for third party software and plug-ins

Installing Theme

Installation Requirements
To install your new theme you must have a working version of WordPress* already installed installed on your self-hosted site.

For information on how to install the WordPress software, please visit WordPress Codex – Installing WordPress.

  • This theme required WordPress at least 4.1+. It’s highly recommended that you have the latest version of your WordPress installed.

Theme Installation Process

You can install Marlin Lite WordPress theme through your WordPress dashboard, like you would do with any other WordPress theme.

  • Log in to your WordPress site
  • Go to Appearance >> Themes
  • Click Add New Theme
  • Type “Marlin Lite” into the search field on the right side
  • Click install to install the theme.

When the theme installation is finished you should see a message “Theme installed successfully”. Click Activate to activate the theme.

Go to Appearance > Customize: to get started customizing theme.

In case you are new to WordPress, you can find instructions regarding the theme installation in this tutorial: Using Themes in WordPress.


1. Go to “Appearance > Menus”
2. Select “create a new menu” at the top of the page.
3. Enter a name for your new menu in the Menu Name box.
4. Select the “Pages” or “Categories” by clicking the check box next to each “Pages” or “Categories” that you want to include in the menu.
5. Click the “Add to Menu” button located at the bottom of tab to your menu.
6. Click the “Save Menu” button.

Note: if you want a new menu just click “create a new menu”, then you can move the items from the left side. At the bottom “Menu Settings > Theme locations”, checklist “Primary Menu” and “Save Menu”.

Add the About Widget

1. Go to Media > Add New
2. Click on “Select Files”
3. Upload a square image of you. (Ideal size 250x200px)
4. Click on “edit”
5. Copy the link from “File URL”
6. Go to “Appearance > Widgets”
7. Move/ drag the “[Marlin] About Widget” to the Sidebar
8. Paste the url in the “Image URL”
9. Write a text in “About Description”
10. Add the url of your about page
11. Click on “Save”

Add Featured Post

Featured images also known as post thumbnails are a popular feature in WordPress themes.
Simply create a new post and scroll down a little to see if there is a meta box called featured images on the right hand side of the screen.

To add a featured image in a WordPress post, simply click on “Set Featured Image” link inside the featured image meta box shown in the screenshot above.

This will open the WordPress Media Uploader. You can use that to upload an image from your computer or use an existing image from your media library. Once you select the image, simply click on Set Featured Image button.

Ideal Image size: Minimum 800x533px (width:800px – height:533px)

Customize/ Theme Customizer

Color Settings

You can change the colors of sections: Color Scheme, Header Text Color and Background Color.


Contact Page

The theme supports the popular plugin Contact Form 7 to easily create working contact forms.

Please read this to learn more: How to create a working contact page in WordPress.

Fullwidth Page template

To create a Fullwidth Page:

  • Step 1 – Go to your wordpress admin >> Pages and click the Add New button or Edit the page you need to make Fullwidth page.
  • Step 2 – Find the page attributes box and locate the template select box and choose “Fullwidth”.
  • Step 3 – Save or Publish the page, by click the appropriate button in the top right of your screen.
  • Step 4 – You will see a page that looks like the one below. Edit the fields for the desired output.


Additional Features/Options

If you have followed the above mentioned steps of this documentation, you have completed the basic theme setup of Marlin lite WordPress Theme. Now you can start creating amazing content.


Additional CSS

To add additional CSS go to “Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS” and simply put your CSS here.

Image Sources

100% of the images used in Marlin Lite demo are from pixabay.com. published under Creative Commons Public Domain deed CC0.
This means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the images for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Pixabay.


Upgrade to Marlin Premium

We hope you enjoy using Marlin Lite by VolThemes. If you would like to have more features and options, you can upgrade to the premium version and benefit from more awesome features and excellent theme support.

Configure your own news website or blog within a few minutes and benefit from endless possibilities to customize your website. Learn more about the premium version of Marlin WordPress Theme.


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