Theme Install Instructions V2

Congratulations on Purchasing your new theme!

Before you get started with the install, here are a few things to note.

You will need photoshop to edit the blog header.  You will also need to download and install the fonts provided in the theme installation folder. If you do not have photoshop, click here to contact us and request your blog header.

IMPORTANT: If the genesis framework or any of your plugins need updated, be sure to update them once they are installed.

Now, On to the fun stuff!   Click on each step below to install your new wordpress theme.

Install the theme and Genesis Framework

Log into your wordpress dashboard, click on appearance > Themes.

At the top of the page, click on “Add New”

Then click on “Upload Theme”

In the box that opens up, click on “Choose File” and upload the genesis.zip file that is inside your theme folder.

Activate it and if it asks you to update it, then go ahead and do so.

Next, upload your theme, Your theme is also inside the folder and is named something similar to themename-tinselpop.zip. Upload that and activate it.

Install Your Header

Click on Appearance > Customize

On the page that opens up, click “Header Image” on the left side of the screen.

Then click on “Add New Image”

In the box that opens up click on “Upload Files”

Upload the blog header you edited in photoshop or if you didn’t have photoshop, upload the header I sent over.  On the next page press the “Skip Cropping” button, then hit “Save and Publish”.

Upload Plugins

Within your theme folder, you will see another folder called “Plugins”, upload each and every plugin located in that folder, activate them and update them.

If you are unsure how to add plugins,  read the following tutorial –

How to upload and update Plugins

Import Widget Settings

In your wordpress dashboard, go to tools > widget Importer & Exporter (If you are not seeing this option it means you haven’t uploaded the plugin. The plugin is in your plugins folder and needs to be uploaded and activated.)

Click on “Choose File” and navigate to the folder named DEMO FILES inside your theme folder.  You will see a file called WIDGETS-SETTINGS, upload that then click on “Import Widgets”, some widgets may already exist but this will install the widgets and set them up like the demo.

Import Genesis Settings

In your wordpress dashboard, go to Genesis > Import / Export.

On the page that opens up, click on “Choose file” and navigate to your theme folder, inside it, you will see a folder called  DEMO FILES, open up that folder and double click on the file named GENESIS-DEMO-CONTENT then hit “Upload file and import”.

Import Demo Content

If you already have content on your blog, you can skip this part if you wish although I do recommend installing it. If your blog is brand new, this will install all the photos, pages and blog posts that you saw in the demo so you can quickly set up the theme then delete and edit any parts once you start blogging.

First, go to your wordpress dashboard and navigate to tools > import.

Scroll down on the page that opens up until you see “WordPress” hit Install importer or Run Importer, if you have to install it, do that, then go back and hit run importer.

On the page that opens up, click on “Choose file” and navigate to your theme folder, inside it, you will see a folder called  DEMO FILES, open up that folder and double click on the file named THEME-DEMO-CONTENT then hit the “Upload file and import button”.

On the next page, assign the posts to your own username, make sure to check that option and make sure “download and import file attachments is checked then click on “Submit”.

The next step can take a few minutes, the page will look like it’s loading, once it’s done you will see a list of everything that is installed (sometimes it just shows a blank page).  If something says it failed, don’t worry about that, your site may already have it.

Set up your navigation menu

First of all, you will need to have your pages and categories created, If you installed the demo content, these will already created, if you don’t already have these created, click the links below for a tutorial on adding pages and categories.

How to add a page.

How to add Categories.

Now that your pages and categories have been created you can go ahead and create your navigation menu, the primary menu is where your social media icons will show up along with certain pages and the secondary menu allows you to add more pages and categories.

All of our themes allow for two navigation menus, the primary navigation menu is above the header. The secondary navigation menu is below the header, you can use one or both. You can create more than one menu and assign each menu differently.

If you are unsure how to create and arrange your navigation menu click here for a tutorial.

Social Media Icons

Your social media icons are located in appearance > widgets > Nav Social Menu, navigate to that area, click on it and expand the widget named “Simple Social Icons”.

Once you the have nav social menu widget area open, scroll down a bit and add the links to your social media sites into the spaces provided, replace the links that are already there and delete any links you do not plan on using. (Example shown below).

Make sure to add https:// before any social media URL  and make sure to add mailto: before your email address with no space in between.

Once you have everything added and set up, hit “SAVE” at the bottom of the widget.

You will need to activate the Primary Navigation Menu for these to show up.

Note: If your theme has icons on the sidebar instead or you would like them there, drag and drop the Nav Social Menu widget into the Primary Sidebar Widget Area.

Welcome Image

Navigate to appearance > widgets > primary sidebar area and open up the widget named “Image Widget”.

Click on “Select an image”, then upload and replace the image with your own. I recommend a size of 300 x 300px for image widgets.  Your welcome image will show up in whatever shape and size you upload it.  Add a title if you wish and replace the caption with your own, then hit “Save” when you are done.

Instagram Feed

Click on “Instagram Feed” to the bottom left of your wordpress admin panel.

On the page that opens up, click the big blue button that says “Connect an instagram account”, authorize it then it will take you back to wordpress.

Once that’s done scroll down and hit “save changes”. Next click on “Customize” at the top of the instagram feed page.

In the customize section make sure the first area of settings are as shown below.

Once you do that, scroll down a little more and uncheck the following boxes “Show the Header”, “Show the Load More Button” and “Show the Follow Button”. Hit save.

Your Instagram feed will now show up on your blog.

Social Share Icons

Navigate to Genesis > Simple Share

In the page that opens up, make sure the settings look exactly like they are shown below, and also make sure all of the social boxes are checked, then hit “Save”.

Pinterest Widget

Go to  Appearance > Widgets, Open up the primary sidebar widget area and scroll down until  you see GS Pinterest Profile Widget, replace the username (Pinterest user) in the username section with your own pinterest username. (Not profile URL, Just your username) then hit save.

Subscribe Widget

Go to Appearance > Widgets and open up the primary sidebar area, edit the genesis E News Extended plugin, use the below screenshot as a reference and hit SAVE.


Facebook Plugin

Navigate to appearance > widgets  and open up the primary sidebar widget area, scroll down until you see “Mongoose Page Plugin” and replace the URL with your own facebook page URL and copy the settings below. Then hit save.

Shop My Style Widget

To use this widget you need to sign up for an affiliate network https://www.rewardstyle.com

Once you are accepted in they will provide further instructions on widget installation.

Slider Set Up

Go to Genesis > Slider settings and change the settings to show like the screenshot below, then hit “Save”.

Customize Theme Colors

This is completely optional but if you would like to change your theme colors, go to your wordpress admin area, click on appearance > customize > colors and from there you will see a list of areas with dropdowns, you can change the colors of your theme using this customizer (Some elements such as background images and the blog header cannot be customized using this.) A lot of the genesis framework uses CSS and the theme editor to change colors, we tried to make this as easy as possible but if some elements can’t be changed, we recommend inspecting the element in your browser and editing it via appearance > theme editor.

Change Theme Layout

Overall Layout Options

To change the overall layout of your theme to full width or have the sidebar on the left, go to appearance > customize > site layout, then you will see a dropdown menu with 3 different options.

Single Post and Page Options

If you only want to change the layout for a single page or a single post, go to your pages or posts area, click on the page or post you want to edit.  Scroll down until you see “layout settings” and click on the layout diagram you want to use, then save your page. (Don’t worry about the sections under it).

Category Layouts

To change the way a certain category archive looks, go to Posts > Categories then click on the category you wish to edit then scroll down to the bottom until you see the layout section again.

Instagram landing Page

If your theme has an instagram landing page Click Here and learn how to set this up!

Theme Install Instructions V1

Congratulations on Purchasing your new theme!

Before you get started with the install, here are a few things to note.

You will need photoshop to edit the blog header.  You will also need to download and install the fonts provided in the theme installation folder. If you do not have photoshop, click here to contact us and request your blog header.

IMPORTANT: If the genesis framework or any of your plugins need updated, be sure to update them once they are installed.

Now, On to the fun stuff!   Click on each step below to install your new wordpress theme.

Install the theme and Genesis Framework

Log into your wordpress dashboard, click on appearance > Themes.

At the top of the page, click on “Add New”

Then click on “Upload Theme”

In the box that opens up, click on “Choose File” and upload the genesis.zip file that is inside your theme folder.

Activate it and if it asks you to update it, then go ahead and do so.

Next, upload your theme, Your theme is also inside the folder and is named something similar to themename-tinselpop.zip. Upload that and activate it.

Install Your Header

Click on Appearance > Customize

On the page that opens up, click “Header Image” on the left side of the screen.

Then click on “Add New Image”

In the box that opens up click on “Upload Files”

Upload the blog header you edited in photoshop or if you didn’t have photoshop, upload the header I sent over.  On the next page press the “Skip Cropping” button, then hit “Save and Publish”.

Upload Plugins

Within your theme folder, you will see another folder called “Plugins”, upload each and every plugin located in that folder, activate them and update them.

If you are unsure how to add plugins,  read the following tutorial –

How to upload and update Plugins

Import Widget Settings

In your wordpress dashboard, go to tools > widget Importer & Exporter (If you are not seeing this option it means you haven’t uploaded the plugin. The plugin is in your plugins folder and needs to be uploaded and activated.)

Click on “Choose File” and navigate to the folder named DEMO FILES inside your theme folder.  You will see a file called WIDGETS-SETTINGS, upload that then click on “Import Widgets”, some widgets may already exist but this will install the widgets and set them up like the demo.

Import Genesis Settings

In your wordpress dashboard, go to Genesis > Import / Export.

On the page that opens up, click on “Choose file” and navigate to your theme folder, inside it, you will see a folder called  DEMO FILES, open up that folder and double click on the file named GENESIS-DEMO-CONTENT then hit “Upload file and import”.

Import Demo Content

If you already have content on your blog, you can skip this part if you wish although I do recommend installing it. If your blog is brand new, this will install all the photos, pages and blog posts that you saw in the demo so you can quickly set up the theme then delete and edit any parts once you start blogging.

First, go to your wordpress dashboard and navigate to tools > import.

Scroll down on the page that opens up until you see “WordPress” hit Install importer or Run Importer, if you have to install it, do that, then go back and hit run importer.

On the page that opens up, click on “Choose file” and navigate to your theme folder, inside it, you will see a folder called  DEMO FILES, open up that folder and double click on the file named THEME-DEMO-CONTENT then hit the “Upload file and import button”.

On the next page, assign the posts to your own username, make sure to check that option and make sure “download and import file attachments is checked then click on “Submit”.

The next step can take a few minutes, the page will look like it’s loading, once it’s done you will see a list of everything that is installed (sometimes it just shows a blank page).  If something says it failed, don’t worry about that, your site may already have it.

Set up your navigation menu

First of all, you will need to have your pages and categories created, If you installed the demo content, these will already created, if you don’t already have these created, click the links below for a tutorial on adding pages and categories.

How to add a page.

How to add Categories.

Now that your pages and categories have been created you can go ahead and create your navigation menu, the primary menu is where your social media icons will show up along with certain pages and the secondary menu allows you to add more pages and categories.

All of our themes allow for two navigation menus, the primary navigation menu is above the header. The secondary navigation menu is below the header, you can use one or both. You can create more than one menu and assign each menu differently.

If you are unsure how to create and arrange your navigation menu click here for a tutorial.

Social Media Icons

Your social media icons are located in appearance > widgets > Nav Social Menu, navigate to that area, click on it and expand the widget named “Simple Social Icons”.

Once you the have nav social menu widget area open, scroll down a bit and add the links to your social media sites into the spaces provided, replace the links that are already there and delete any links you do not plan on using. (Example shown below).

Make sure to add https:// before any social media URL  and make sure to add mailto: before your email address with no space in between.

Once you have everything added and set up, hit “SAVE” at the bottom of the widget.

You will need to activate the Primary Navigation Menu for these to show up.

Note: If your theme has icons on the sidebar instead or you would like them there, drag and drop the Nav Social Menu widget into the Primary Sidebar Widget Area.

Welcome Image

Navigate to appearance > widgets > primary sidebar area and open up the widget named “Image Widget”.

Click on “Select an image”, then upload and replace the image with your own. I recommend a size of 300 x 300px for image widgets.  Your welcome image will show up in whatever shape and size you upload it.  Add a title if you wish and replace the caption with your own, then hit “Save” when you are done.

Instagram Feed

Click on “Instagram Feed” to the bottom left of your wordpress admin panel.

On the page that opens up, click the big blue button that says “Connect an instagram account”, authorize it then it will take you back to wordpress.

Once that’s done scroll down and hit “save changes”. Next click on “Customize” at the top of the instagram feed page.

In the customize section make sure the first area of settings are as shown below.

Once you do that, scroll down a little more and uncheck the following boxes “Show the Header”, “Show the Load More Button” and “Show the Follow Button”. Hit save.

Your Instagram feed will now show up on your blog.

Social Share Icons

Navigate to Genesis > Simple Share

In the page that opens up, make sure the settings look exactly like they are shown below, and also make sure all of the social boxes are checked, then hit “Save”.

Pinterest Widget

Go to  Appearance > Widgets, Open up the primary sidebar widget area and scroll down until  you see GS Pinterest Profile Widget, replace the username (Pinterest user) in the username section with your own pinterest username. (Not profile URL, Just your username) then hit save.

Subscribe Widget

Go to Appearance > Widgets and open up the primary sidebar area, edit the genesis E News Extended plugin, use the below screenshot as a reference and hit SAVE.


Facebook Plugin

Navigate to appearance > widgets  and open up the primary sidebar widget area, scroll down until you see “Mongoose Page Plugin” and replace the URL with your own facebook page URL and copy the settings below. Then hit save.

Shop My Style Widget

To use this widget you need to sign up for an affiliate network https://www.rewardstyle.com

Once you are accepted in they will provide further instructions on widget installation.

Featured Categories Widget

Go to appearance > widgets and open up the category top widget area, then click on “Genesis Featured Posts”.

This widget is already set up on your homepage but you can give it a title / remove the title and choose which category to display if you don’t want to display all of them.  You will also need to have a featured image set on each new blog post for images to show up.

Scroll to the bottom of that widget and you will see a section called “Widget Context”. Change the dropdown menu from “Show Widget Everywhere” to “Show Widget on the selected” and select “Front Page” like on the screenshot below, then hit “Save”.

 

Customize Theme Colors

This is completely optional but if you would like to change your theme colors, go to your wordpress admin area, click on appearance > customize > colors and from there you will see a list of areas with dropdowns, you can change the colors of your theme using this customizer (Some elements such as background images and the blog header cannot be customized using this.) A lot of the genesis framework uses CSS and the theme editor to change colors, we tried to make this as easy as possible but if some elements can’t be changed, we recommend inspecting the element in your browser and editing it via appearance > theme editor.

Change Theme Layout

Overall Layout Options

To change the overall layout of your theme to full width or have the sidebar on the left, go to appearance > customize > site layout, then you will see a dropdown menu with 3 different options.

Single Post and Page Options

If you only want to change the layout for a single page or a single post, go to your pages or posts area, click on the page or post you want to edit.  Scroll down until you see “layout settings” and click on the layout diagram you want to use, then save your page. (Don’t worry about the sections under it).

Category Layouts

To change the way a certain category archive looks, go to Posts > Categories then click on the category you wish to edit then scroll down to the bottom until you see the layout section again.

Instagram landing Page

If your theme has an instagram landing page Click Here and learn how to set this up!

How to create wordpress pages

Creating a page on wordpress is super easy, it may sound hard if you are new to wordpress but follow this simple tutorial and you will have pages set up in no time! Pages are not for blog posts, they are for information you want to display, such as contact, about, image galleries etc.

Step 1

Login to your wordpress dashboard, on the left hand side, go to Pages > Add New.

Step 2

On the page that opens up, add a page title, such as “about” or “contact” then add the content / wording you want to show up in the content section.

Step 3

Hit publish and your page is ready for the world to see!

How To Create Categories On WordPress

Categories are the way to organize your blog posts, for instance, if you write blog posts about make up or beauty, create a category named “Beauty”. If you write recipes, create a category called “Recipes”. You can also add sub-categories, so for instance if you want to create categories for breakfast and another one for smoothies, you can create categories for both of those and place them under “Recipes”.  This tutorial will explain how to do that!

Step 1

Go to your wordpress admin panel, on the left hand side click on Posts > Categories.

Step 2

On the page that opens up, this is where you create your categories. In the screenshot below, you will see where everything should go. Remember a category name is something simple like “Beauty” or “Travel etc. You can create unlimited categories.

To organize your categories, you can set a parent category, for instance, you have created the category named “Travel” and you want to add some countries, select “Parent category” after you’ve created it from the dropdown menu and add your sub categories.

Congratulations, you’ve created your categories!

How To Set Up A WordPress Navigation Menu

Setting up an organizing a navigation menu on wordpress is pretty simple.  This tutorial is short but it will show you how to do it and assign your menu to any of the navigation menu area.  You will need to have your pages and categories created beforehand.

Step 1

In your wordpress dashboard, navigate to appearance > Menus.

Step 2

On the page that opens up give your menu a name, maybe something like top or bottom menu, then hit “create menu”.

Step 3

Once you have created your menu, the next step is to add your pages and categories.  On the left hand side, you will see a pages section and a categories section.  Check each page or category you want add to your navigation menu and hit the “Add to menu” button.

Step 4

Now you need to organize your pages and categories, you can drag and drop them to rearrange them, you can also create dropdown menus by placing a category or page slight to the right, underneath another page or category.

Once you have added and arranged your menu items, select a display location, usually primary or secondary.

Hit the “Save Menu” Button in the bottom right corner and your menu will now be set up!  If you are using a theme that uses two navigation menus, follow the above steps to create a secondary navigation menu and assign it to the other area.

How To Add A Plugin To WordPress

This tutorial will show you how to upload, activate, search for and update wordpress plugins.  The theme you purchased from us comes with a plugins folder but you will also need to search for and install jetpack if it doesn’t come preinstalled with your wordpress install.

Upload Your Plugins

Navigate to plugins > add new. On the page that opens up hit the “Upload Plugin” button.

A little box will show up, click on choose file, navigate to your plugins folder if you are using one of our themes and install your first plugin by selecting the “install now” button.

Once it’s uploaded activate it. Complete this step for each of the plugins in your plugins folder.

Search for plugins

If you click on plugins > add new again, on the top right hand side you will see a search box where you can search for plugins.

Type in the name of the plugin you wish to add such as “Jetpack” (this may already come installed with your wordpress hosting company but if you don’t see it then you will need to search for it).

You will then see the plugin you wish to add, install it and activate it.

Update Plugins

It’s important to update plugins after you install them, for security reasons among others. Click on Plugins > installed plugins.  Each plugin that has an update will have a yellow box displayed underneath it with an “Update Now” message, click the update now message to update it.

How To Add Widgets To WordPress

Most of our themes use widgeted areas to display sliders and various information, this tutorial will show the the basic steps to finding and adding widgets to an area.

Step 1 

Navigate to appearance > widgets

Step 2

On the page that opens up you will see all of your widgets available on the left hand side and on the right hand side you will see your widget area.  What you need to do is drag the widget you want to use into the correct area.

Add your widgets to the areas as described in each section of your instructions and hit the “Save” button below each new widget.

Once all of your widgets are set up, they will show up on your blog or website.

How To Set Up Jetpack

Jetpack is a fantastic wordpress plugin that lets you add social media widgets, lets readers subscribe to your blog, shows your website stats and SO much more. Here is a quick tutorial on linking Jetpack to your wordpress blog.

Install the Jetpack Plugin

Most wordpress installs autmatically come with jetpack pre-installed, but some don’t, if you don’t see Jetpack under your dashboard it’s either not activated or not installed, so if you do not have it, you will need to search for it in your plugin area, install and activate it.

Activating Jetpack

In your wordpress admin area, right underneath “Dashboard”, you will see “Jetpack”, click on that, then hit the button that says “set up jetpack”.

Log into your wordpress.com account then select the “Approve” button.  If you don’t have an account you will need to create a free one.

Skip all the next steps until you reach the plans page and at the bottom, click “Start with free”.

Next, go back to your wordpress dashboard, go to jetpack > dashboard, and hit the activate recommended features button.

Once you have activated the recommended features, that means you have jetpack set up!  If you are using one of our themes, we recommend going to Jetpack > Settings then select the sharing tab and unchecking the following options as you already have share buttons with your theme (be sure to hit save) –

How To Start A WordPress Blog

Starting a new wordpress blog is fairly simple, this tutorial will teach you how to set up a wordpress blog with siteground.

We do not recommend using wordpress.com as it’s exremely limited and pricey, plus, it doesn’t give you the ability to upload a wordpress theme making customizing your blog very difficult.

Setting up a self hosted wordpress.org blog is fairly simple and with the right hosting and support you are on your way to a successful career in blogging. Follow the steps below to get started!

Step 1 

Click Here and navigate to the wordpress hosting section, click “Get started”.

Step 2

Pick a hosting plan that is right for you, if you have a small blog just meant for family members and close friends, I recommend the StartUp plan, if you plan to grow your blog and earn money, I recommend the GoGeek plan.

Once you have decided on a plan, click on “Get plan”.

Step 3

Register your domain name or add your current domain name by clicking “I already have a domain”.  Hit proceed.

Step 4

Enter your billing information on Siteground. You will also see a section at the bottom with extras which may be checked, I recommend purchasing domain name privacy to keep your personal information private from the public. SG Scanner is optional but we don’t recommend it.

Once you have filled out all of your information, hit the “Pay now” button.

Step 5

Once your order is complete, click on “Proceed to the customer area” button. You will then be redirected to the siteground set up wizard which will install WordPress for you.

Select, start a new website in the set up your website area and choose wordpress as the option.

Follow the steps on siteground to complete your installation!

Recommendations

  • Decide on a username that isn’t “admin” and maybe your first name or a nickname that will show up in blog posts.
  • Use a password you will remember but make sure it’s not too easy for others to guess.

Should you have any questions about your install or need further assistance, Siteground has an amazing live chat function that will connect you to one of there assistant who can further guide you with any questions you might have.

Congratulations, you are on your way to creating an amazing blog!

Set Up Instructions V13

Congratulations on Purchasing your new theme!

You will need the genesis framework to use this theme, if you don’t already own it, click here to download it, do NOT update the genesis framework until you have followed all steps below and completed the set up. Once you have completed everything below, go make sure to update it!

First of all, unzip the file you downloaded to your computer (not the genesis framework, the theme you purchased), all of your theme files are inside.

Before you get started with the install, here are a few things to note.

You will need photoshop to edit the blog header.  You will also need to download and install the fonts provided in the theme installation folder. If you do not have photoshop, click here to contact us and request your blog header.

Now, On to the fun stuff!   Click on each step below to install your new wordpress theme.

Step 1 - Install the theme and Genesis Framework

Log into your wordpress dashboard, click on appearance > Themes.

At the top of the page, click on “Add New”

Then click on “Upload Theme”

In the box that opens up, click on “Choose File” and upload the genesis.zip file.

NOTE: (If you are using a mac or safari and you can’t find the genesis.zip file after downloading it and it’s showing you a variety of different files instead of one zip file, you will need to disable safari automatically unzipping your files and redownload genesis. Click here to learn how to disable that feature.)

Activate it and if it asks you to update it, then go ahead and do so.

Next, upload your theme, when you purchased your theme you should have downloaded a zip file, unzip that file and inside it is your wordpress theme and all of the extras.  Your theme file should be named something like themename-tinselpop.zip and it’s in a zip file.  Upload that and activate it.

Step 2: Install Your Header

Click on Appearance > Customize

On the page that opens up, click “Header Image” on the left side of the screen.

Then click on “Add New Image”

In the box that opens up click on “Upload Files”

Upload the blog header you edited in photoshop or if you didn’t have photoshop, upload the header I sent over.  On the next page press the “Skip Cropping” button, then hit “Save and Publish”.

Step 3: Set up your navigation menu

First of all, you will need to have your pages and categories created, if you don’t already have these created, click the links below for a tutorial on adding pages and categories.

How to add a page.

How to add Categories.

Now that your pages and categories have been created you can go ahead and create your navigation menu, the primary menu is the top menu above your header, so set it to primary navigation. If you wish to use a secondary navigation menu below the header area, create a new menu and set the new one to secondary Navigation Menu.

If you are unsure how to create and arrange your navigation menu click here for a tutorial.

Step 4: Set up your widgets

First of all, install your plugins located in the plugins folder of your theme files that you downloaded from us. If you are unsure how to add plugins and install widgets, read the following tutorials –

How to upload and update Plugins

How to add Widgets to wordpress

Social Media Icons 

Upload and update the Simple Social Icons plugin in your theme plugins folder, navigate to appearance widgets and drag the Simple Social Icons plugin into the Primary Sidebar widget area, remember you can drag and drop your widgets to rearrange them once you have them all set up!

In your theme folder, you will find a PNG file named SOCIAL ICON SETTINGS for your theme, it will give you the color codes and icon sizes needed for your icons.  You need to add this information into the box that shows up and makes sure it’s exactly the same.

Once you have your colors and icon sizes set up, scroll down a bit and add the links to your social media sites into the spaces provided.

Make sure to add http:// before any social media URL  and make sure to add mailto: before your email address with no space in between.

Once you have everything added and set up, hit “SAVE” at the bottom of the widget.

Adding a Welcome Image

Locate the plugin named “Image Widget” in your plugins folder and upload it. Navigate to appearance > widgets

Drag the widget titled “Image Widget” over to the “Primary Sidebar Area” and set it up like below, then hit “Save”. I recommend a size of 300 x 300px for image widgets.

Add an instagram widget to the Top or Bottom of your blog

Upload the plugin, “Instagram Feed” from your theme plugins folder, activate it.

Then click on “Instagram Feed” to the bottom left of your wordpress admin panel.

On the page that opens up, click the big blue button that says log in and get my access token and ID, authorize it then it will take you back to wordpress.

Copy the access token and ID that has shown up into the boxes below where it says “Access token and Show Photos from – User id”.

Once that’s done scroll down and hit “save changes”. Next click on “Customize” at the top of the instagram feed page.

In the customize section make sure the first area of settings are as shown below.

Once you do that, scroll down a little more and uncheck the following boxes “Show the Header”, “Show the Load More Button” and “Show the Follow Button”. Hit save.

Next click on “Display Your Feed” which is right next to the customize button.

Copy the code in the box that looks like this –

Click on “Appearance > Widgets” and drag a “Custom HTML” widget into the widget area that says Instagram Feed, paste the shortcode from above into that area then hit save.  Your instagram feed should now show up perfectly at the top, (Note: set your instagram to public, if it’s private images won’t show up.)

Social Share buttons at bottom of posts

Upload the plugin named “Genesis Simple Share” and activate it. Next, navigate to Genesis > Simple Share

In the page that opens up, make sure the settings look exactly like they are shown below, then hit “Save”.

Pinterest Widget

Install, activate and if needed up date the GS Pinterest Portfolio Plugin from your plugins folder.

Click On Appearance > Widgets, drag the GS Pinterest Profile Widget (There are 4 different widgets make sure it’s the profile one) into the primary sidebar area.  Set it up like the screenshot below but change the username to your pinterest username.

Subscribe, facebook and twitter Widget

Make sure Jetpack is installed and activated. (Click here for a tutorial on activating jetpack).

Drag the subscriptions widget, facebook widget and twitter widget into the primary sidebar area, set them up as you wish or for facebook and twitter, here’s a screenshot of the demo settings (replace url’s and usernames with your own).

Shop My Style Widget

To use this widget you need to sign up for an affiliate network https://www.rewardstyle.com

Once you are accepted in they will provide further instructions on widget installation.

Step 5: Genesis Theme Settings

To set up your posts so they show a “Read More” button and a featured image like the example template, click on Genesis > Theme Settings

Change your Content Archive settings so they look exactly like the screenshots below.

When you create a new post you will need to set a featured image for your theme to show up like the demo, there is no specific featured image size, images will stretch to fit the section.

Install your slider

Step 1

Go to Plugins > Add New and Locate “Genesis Responsive slider” in your theme plugins folder, upload it and activate it.

Step 2

Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the “Genesis Responsive Slider” Widget into the “Home Slider” Area, It should look like this: –

Don’t give it a title, just hit “Save”.

Step 3

Click on Genesis > Slider Settings and set up your slider the exact same way as shown below, make sure everything is the same.

Hit Save!  Congratulations, your slider is now installed!

Customize Theme Colors

This is completely optional but if you would like to change your theme colors, go to your wordpress admin area, click on appearance > customize > colors and from there you will see a list of areas with dropdowns, you can change the colors of your theme using this customizer (Some elements such as background images and the blog header cannot be customized using this.)

Change Theme Layout

Overall Layout Options

To change the overall layout of your theme to full width or have the sidebar on the left, go to appearance > customize > site layout, then you will see a dropdown menu with 3 different options.

Single Post and Page Options

If you only want to change the layout for a single page or a single post, go to your pages or posts area, click on the page or post you want to edit.  Scroll down until you see “layout settings” and click on the layout diagram you want to use, then save your page. (Don’t worry about the sections under it).

Category Layouts

To change the way a certain category archive looks, go to Posts > Categories then click on the category you wish to edit then scroll down to the bottom until you see the layout section again.

Instagram landing Page

Click Here and learn how to set this up!