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Getting Started with Voluvea

First of all, thank you for buying this theme. To make your experience pleasant, we've added as much info as needed in this documentation. This documentation is just for your quick guide with the theme, for more documentation please visit https://hivipixel.ticksy.com/articles/100005111


Table of Content

Getting Started

Setup

Home Page

Portfolio

Pages


Installing the Theme

When you purchase a Voluvea license from ThemeForest & download the theme package, you will receive a zipped folder, please unzip it on your hard drive and you will see zipped file titled "voluvea.zip", this is the theme file you will upload to your WordPress site.

There are two methods to install the theme. If the normal installation method (a) is not supported by your web host, you will have to use the alternate option (b).

a. Normal Installation

  1. Log into your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance » Themes
  2. Click the Add New button at the top.
  3. Click the Upload Theme button at the top.
  4. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the location of the theme zip file.
  5. Click Install Now to begin the installation.
  6. Wait for the success message, then click Activate.

b. FTP Installation (alternate method)

  1. Unzip the theme zip file.
  2. Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/ and place the theme folder inside it.
  3. Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance → Themes
  4. Locate the theme thumbnail and click the Activate link.


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Regenerate Thumbnail

If you are migrating from another theme, then upon activating Voluvea you may find previously added images display strangely with weird aspect ratios and sizes. Don't worry. It is normal. The image thumbnails are required to be recreated using Voluvea's presets.

There is a very easy fix to this issue. Just install Force Regenerate Thumbnails plugin.

How To Use It?

  1. After you install it, go to Tools → Force Regenerate Thumbnails
  2. Click the Regenerate All Thumbnails button
  3. Depending upon the number of images and server speed, the process may take long to complete.
  4. After it done, you can deactivate and delete the plugin.


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Install Recommended Plugins

Voluvea recommends a few plugins to extend it's functionality. These plugins can be installed automatically from the notification in WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard). Although, Voluvea will work perfectly without any of these plugins, you may want to extend the theme's features with them.

  • Advanced Custom Fields Pro

    We highly recommend you to install this plugin. It will allows you to create a complex page such as about and contact.

  • Jetpack

    You need to install this plugin to enable a unique Portfolio content type to help organize your portfolio projects in a special section of your dashboard.

  • Ninja Forms

    If you need a contact form, we recommend you to install this plugin.

  • WooCommerce

    If you plan to sell goods on your site we recommend you to install WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.

  • One Click Demo Import

    If you need to import our demo content, please install it and follow the instruction here.

  • Instagram Feed

    This plugin allows you to display your latest instagram photos.

How to Install the Plugins

  1. Log into your Dashboard page.
  2. Go to Appearance → Install Plugins.
  3. Click install link below the plugin you want to install.


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One Click Demo Import


First thing first you need to install the One Click Demo Import plugin, please see the Install Recommended Plugins section above. Also, before you start to importing the data, please make sure you install and activate all the recommended plugins.

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Import Demo Data.
  2. Click the Import Demo Data button.
  3. Please wait until the process complete.


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Child Theme

WordPress child theme allows you change the functionality of the theme without having to edit the original/parent theme template files. If you plan to making any customisation, we recommend to create a child theme instead of editing the theme template files. Since the child theme is stored separately, you don't need to redo the changes next time you upgrade the theme.

Creating a Child Theme

There's a plugin you can use that will create a child theme from within the WordPress dashboard: http://wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-configurator/


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Site Icon / Favicon

The Site Icon is used as a browser and app icon for your site. Icons must be square, and at least 512px wide and tall.

How to Upload your Icon?

  • Select Appearance → Customizer
  • Click the Site Identity tab.
  • Upload your icon at least 512px x 512px


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By default, Voluvea styles the site title with pre-defined styles and displaysit as Text Logo. If you'd like to upload your custom logo for your site, please follow the steps below:

  • Select Appearance → Customizer.
  • Click the Site Identity tab.
  • Upload your icon at least 360 x 107 pixels


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Voluvea supports the custom menu function to allow you to setup your menus. You can set it through following steps.

Creating Menu

  1. Go to Appearance → Menus .
  2. To create a new custom menu, click the create a new menu link, give the menu a name, and click Save Menu button.
  3. You can add pages, categories or custom link's to the menu using the boxes at the left, add items to the menu and drag/drop to arrange them.
  4. And, be sure to select Primary Location, Footer Left Location, or Footer Right Location as the Theme Location before saving your menu.
  5. When you are done, click Save Menu


Primary Location

Footer Left Location


Footer Right Location


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Custom Widgets

Voluvea comes with 8 custom widgets.

  1. Advertisement: Show your custom ads, adsense, amazon, etc easily.
  2. About Me: Display your profile.
  3. Popular Posts Thumbnail: Display popular posts by comments with thumbnail and post date.
  4. Random Posts Thumbnail: Display random posts with thumbnail and post date.
  5. Recent Posts Thumbnail: Display your site's most recent posts with thumbnails. and post date.
  6. Trending Posts: Display your site's most views posts per month basis.
  7. Social: Display social media icons and subscribe form.
  8. Video: Display any type of video from any video provider.

Sidebars

Voluvea provides 4 sidebar areas:

  1. Primary Sidebar: Main sidebar that appears on the right of your site.
  2. Footer(1, 2, 3) Sidebar: Footer sidebars that appears on the bottom of your site.


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Container Layouts

Voluvea provides 2 custom container layouts you can choose, Full Width and Boxed.

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer.
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the Layouts tab.
  • Choose the layout in the Container option.


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RSS Feed

If you want to replace WordPress default rss url with 3rd party RSS service such as Feedburner, Voluvea provides an option to change it.

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the General tab.
  • Put the custom RSS feed url in the Custom RSS text box.


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Hide Page Comments

If you dont need all Pages have a comment form, you can easily hide it. Please follow the steps below.

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the General tab.
  • Uncheck the Pages: Enable comment on Pages option.


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Voluvea comes with option to customize the footer text. Feel free to remove our site link.

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the General tab.
  • Customize the text inside the Footer Credits textarea.


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Home Page Layouts

Voluvea provides 4 custom layouts for home page you can choose. 

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the Layouts tab.
  • Choose the best layout for you!


Default Layout


Classic Layout


Grid Layout


Classic Small Layout



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The featured posts are a list of posts based on tag you choose via CustomizerIt only displayed on the home page. 

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the Featured Posts tab.
  • The most important option in the settings is the Tag option, if you have not selected any tag, the featured posts will not appear.


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Setup Portfolio

Voluvea uses Jetpack’s Portfolio post type that allows you to manage and showcase your projects in a separate archive from your blog posts. To install Jetpack, please read the Install Recommended Plugins section.

Activate the Custom Content Types module

Once it's done, go to Jetpack → Settings, then click the Writing tab. Scroll to bottom of the page, activate the Custom Content Types module.

Now, you should see the Portfolio administration menu on the left.

Adding and Managing Portfolio Projects

After the portfolio content type has been activated on your site, you can manage your projects under the new Portfolio menu item in the sidebar.


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The featured projects will appear at the top of Portfolio Archive page. 

  • Launch Appearance → Customizer
  • Click on the Voluvea Options tab.
  • Click on the Featured Portfolio tab.
  • The most important option in the settings is the Term option, if you have not selected any term, the featured portfolio will not appear.


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Contact

Voluvea comes with optional Contact page template to display a custom contact page. Please check the demo to see it in action.

Setup the page

  1. Navigate to Pages → Add New
  2. Fill in the title.
  3. Under Page Attributes switch the Template to Contact Template.

Setup contact

Voluvea provides 3 custom metaboxes to setup the contact page, maps, address detail and contact form shortcode.

Maps

To show the maps, you only need to type in your address in text box, please see the image above.

Address Details

To add new address you only need to click the Add New Address button, the you will see a couple text box. Fill in the text box based on your address.

Contact Form Shortcode

We recommend you to install Ninja Forms plugin to show a contact form. After you created the contact form, paste the shortcode in the text box

Please Note: you must install Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugin to see the metabox, please follow the Install Recommended Plugins section.


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About

Voluvea comes with optional About page template to display a custom about page. Please check the demo to see it in action.

Setup the page

  1. Navigate to Pages → Add New
  2. Fill in the title and the editor.
  3. Under Page Attributes switch the Template to About Template.

Setup about page

Voluvea provides 3 custom metaboxes to setup the page, Sub Title, Fun Facts and Team Members.

Sub Title


Fun Facts

This metabox is where you can add your business information.

Team Members

This metabox is where you can add your team members, you can add member as much as you need.


Please Note: you must install Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugin to see the metabox, please follow the Install Recommended/Required Plugins section.


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