created: Feb 02, 2018


Introduction

From our entire team at VolThemes, we want to personally thank you for purchasing/upgrade VT Blogging Pro!

We built this theme for everyone. It is perfect for newcomers to creating a WordPress site.
Code is only poetry to people who know what it all means. To everyone else it is a strange and very foreign language. We get that and built everybody’s requests right into the front end options. For all our seasoned WordPress pros, we know how frustrating it can be trying to finish a client’s project. We think you’re about to discover you can go from start to finish faster than ever and produce a smashing looking site in far less time than you ever thought possible.

Note: Be sure to refer to the information outlined in the following documentation for the VT Blogging Pro theme while building your new site. We have explained much of what you need to know to create great looking pages easily using the features built into the theme with you in mind. If you cannot locate the answer here, login to our support forum. We do not answer support questions on Creative Market neither via email.

Let’s get the theme installed on your site!


GETTING STARTED

Once downloaded, you must unzip/extract the theme package file to access the individual theme file you’ll need to install the themes.

To install your new theme you must have a working version of WordPress* already installed.
For information on how to install the WordPress software, please visit WordPress Codex – Installing WordPress.

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

Installing Theme

Installation Requirements

  • This theme required WordPress at least 4.3. It’s highly recommended that you have the latest version of your WordPress installed.

When you are ready to install your theme, you will first need to upload your theme files. When you have uploaded your theme, you will need to activate the theme itself. There are 2 ways to upload your theme files:

Step 1: Install Theme Via WordPress Dashboard

1. Go to ‘Appearance Themes’ section
2. Click ‘Add New’ and select the ‘Upload Theme’ option

3. Choose the vt-blogging-pro.zip file and press ‘Install Now’.
4. Click Activate it.
5. Go to ‘WordPress Dashboard Appearance Customize‘ to get started customizing theme.

If you face any problem during upload through dashboard, please upload the theme using FTP as guided below.


Step 2 (Alternative) : Install Theme Via FTP

1. Access your hosting server using an ftp client like FileZilla
2. Go to the /wp-content/themes folder of your WordPress installation
3. Extract the vt-blogging-pro.zip file in the theme package and put in /wp-content/themes/ folder
4. Go to ‘WordPress Dashboard Appearance Themes‘ section, Click Activate to use your new theme right away.


Child Theme

It is better to use child theme as if you need to modify anything you modify in child theme only. This way you can easily update your parent theme whenever new update becomes available. Read more about Child Themes.

We have attached a basic child theme to the download package which contains the minimum of required files. If you are planing any code customization we highly recommend to do this inside the child theme! Learn more about Using Child Theme.

For minor CSS changes, you can also make use of the Custom CSS field inside the Theme Options Panel. A very simple and mighty tool. The advantage of this technique is quite simple. If you are running a theme update this data is stored inside the database and does not gets overwritten with the next update!

Installing Child Theme
To install child theme, you need to upload the vt-blogging-pro-child.zip and activate it in the same way as you uploaded and activated the parent theme’s vt-blogging-pro.zip.

Setting up your theme
Once you have uploaded and activated your theme, you’re ready to set-up your brand new theme.

You’re one step closer to getting your site up and running!

The Customizer

All of the options provided in VT Blogging Pro are handled using the WordPress Theme Customizer, which was added in WordPress version 3.4. This provides numerous distinct advantages over 3rd party options panels, including:

  • Utilizing native WordPress features.
  • A simple, intuitive interface.
  • Live preview of options changes before committing them.
  • Cutting down on code bloat.

To get to the WordPress Theme Customizer, go to “Appearance Customize” in the WordPress Admin Panel. Once you are there, you will be presented with a screen consisting of the options panel on the left and the preview of your site on the right. It should be noted that nothing you change in the Theme Customizer will be committed until you select “Save & Publish.”

This is an incredibly handy feature as it lets you to view everything you’re changing on your site before any of your visitors see anything you’re updating, allowing you to get 4 things exactly the way you want them before making them live.

Start using your new theme
Once you have uploaded, installed, active and set-up your theme, you’re ready to start using your new theme!


Activating Plugins (Required & Recommended)

After you have installed and activated the theme, there’ll be a message of Required & Recommends plugins at the top of the WordPress dashboard.


*Click image to enlarge

Click on Begin Installing Plugins and it will take you to Appearance Install Plugins.
And Install the recommends plugins as per you need.


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”.


Creating Posts

VT Blogging Pro currently supports the following post formats:

– Standard
– Image
– Gallery
– Video
– Audio

vt-blogging-pro-post-format

To learn more about post formats : WordPress Post Formats

Example Creating Audio Post Format:

– In the WP Dashboard, Add New Post and select Audio tab and enter full Audio link url or Embed Code under post title.

Audio-post-format

Important: Set Featured images for post thumbnail that will appear on the homepage/index.
audio-post-format-with-featured-image

audio-post-format-thumbnail

otherwise, if no featured image set, thumbnail will displaying image with no picture.

And this is how the audio post format looked on single post.

sample-audio-post-format


Add Featured Image

Featured images also known as post thumbnails are a popular feature in WordPress themes.

To add a featured image in a WordPress post, 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.

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.


Set/ Show Author Avatar on Post Meta

The theme support to display the current authors avatar.

If you have a Gravatar set for the email address you used on your website, it will automatically be used.
author-avatar
If you do not have a Gravatar, you may sign up and create one here: http://en.gravatar.com


This is how the author avatar info box looked on the demo site.
author-avatar


Widgets

VT Blogging Pro currently have 10 additional widget:

– [VT] About Widget
– [VT] Ad Widget
– [VT] Instagram Widget
– [VT] Most Viewed Posts
– [VT] Newsletter Widget
– [VT] Popular Posts
– [VT] Random Posts
– [VT] Recent Comments
– [VT] Recent Posts
– [VT] Social Icons

Newsletter Widget

This form works with any Email Marketing services like AWeber, ConvertKit and MailChimp, etc.

To create a Subscribe form/Newsletter Widget:

1. Go to “Appearance Widgets”
2. Move/ drag the “[VT] Newsletter Widget” widget to the Sidebar

please only paste the pure/minimal form code, only put:
<\form>, <\input> and <\button>. without: \

No extra CSS styles and Javascripts.

Example code:

*You can also see the example code on the theme file package. see “form-example.txt”
or click hereto view on the demo site.

Add the “Popular Post” Widget

1. Go to “Appearance Widgets”
2. Move/ drag the “[VT] Popular Post” widget to the Sidebar
3. Set the number of posts to show
4. Add the url of your about page
5. Select “Display post date” to show the Post date on the widget
6. Click on “Save”.

Add the “Social” Widget

1. Go to “Appearance Widgets”
2. Move/ drag the “[VT] Social Icons” widget to the Sidebar
3. Enter the Title, Description, and social profile link
4. Click on “Save”.

Add an Author Info Box

The theme have built-in support for author bio boxes. which is no need to install additional plugin.

Login to your WordPress dashboard and Go to “Users Your Profile.” Under the Contact Info & About Yourself title

Fill out the the form with your information.

This is how the author info box looked on our demo site.

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.

How To Create Tiled Galleries

To use Tiled Galleries, first make sure the Jetpack WordPress plugin installed and the module is activated in your Jetpack dashboard. (see section number 5. Plugins Suggested)

With Tiled Galleries you can display your image galleries in three new styles: a rectangular mosaic, a square mosaic, and a circular grid. The rectangular and square tiled layouts also have hover-over captions to save space while making captions accessible.

You can create your Tiled Gallery by following these steps:
1. Make sure the module is activated in your Jetpack dashboard
2. Create a new gallery with the “Tiles” option selected.
3. Optional: To make all of your galleries tiled by default, go to “Settings > Media” in your blog’s dashboard and select the box next to “Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic.“tiled gallery

featured slider settingIn the “Appearance Customize Featured Slider Settings,
Here you can activate slider that will appear on the Home page.

Select Featured Category from Posts.

scroll down to bottom, there’s an post meta and color settings too

*Minimum image size: 700×400

Fonts Settings

Go To “Appearance Customize Font Settings”, Select section that you want to change Font (Site Title, Site Tagline/ description, Site Fonts, Menu Navigation, etc). And select the font name from the dropdown menu selector.

For example in the image below:

Select Google font name, Font Weight, Font Size, Font Style, Text Transform & Letter Spacing

vt-blogging-pro-fonts

*Multiple fonts allows you to use all of those fonts in your menu/page/post/widget. (But don’t go overboard; most pages don’t need very many fonts, and requesting a lot of fonts may make your pages slow to load.)

  • Important: Not all fonts support every Font-weight, Font Style & Text Transform.

Additional Features/Options

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

Image Sizes

If you are migrating to VT Blogging Pro from another theme you may wish to resize your images first so that they fit better within the new theme. To do this, install and run the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin. Get the plugin here

Additional CSS

You’ll be able to add you custom CSS if you want. Add any custom css here. It will override the default values.

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

You may also like: Master The Basics Of CSS3 Video Guides


Translation

Although Our themes are in English, you can easily translate your new theme you wish.
We recommend that you download and install POEdit to translate your theme. https://poedit.net
Once downloaded, open up the application.

Within the theme files, we have included a .pot file that you will need to use to translate the theme. To locate the .pot file, unzip and open the ‘yourtheme.zip’ folder and locate the Language folder. The .pot file will be inside this Language folder.

In POEdit, click on the ‘Create New Translation’ button and then open the .pot file.



Next select or type in the language of the translation.


Once you have selected the language, you can start performing the translation of the theme’s strings. Go through each line of readable text in your theme and enter in the translated text in the Translation field to the language that you have chosen. There may also be some translation suggestions that you can choose from in the panel on the right.

When you have translated each line, go to File > Save and save this .po file into the same folder as the original .po file. Please note, POEdit automatically changes the file name to reflect the language selected, for example if you have chosen to translate the theme to French, the file name will be fr.pot. However you may need to adjust it to your selected language. POEdit will also automatically create a .mo file.


IF YOU ARE USING ONLY 1 LANGUAGE ON YOUR SITE

You’ll need to make sure your wp-config.php file settings match your language files. You’ll need to open the wp-config.php file, Edit and set your language accordingly, like this:


When this is all done, you can now change the language in your WordPress admin area. Go to Settings > General > Site Language and then choose the language you want to load for your website and click Save Changes. To get the theme strings to change language too you now need to upload your edited language files from POEdit to the /language/ folder on your live website.

Share your language files with others

If you’ve already translated a theme then many of our users would be delighted if you could share your translation files with the community. Just get in contact with us via our Support forum and we will include the translation files in the next theme update if possible.


Support

If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us!
All of our Product Support is conducted via our Support Forum.

Channeling all requests at one place keeps and makes it simple, easier and even more effective for every customers to get quick help. All issues, requests and questions can be discussed and answered at one place.

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 post your ticket at 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

Each of our themes is a final version when offered for sale to you. If you’ve got some issues – we gladly help you out.
Eligible customers get support for free. However, there are extra charges for customization. If you are interested in having a product customized, email us.


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