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A zipped file of the theme looks like this letterum-pro-x.x.x.zip. This is the file that you should upload as a theme install pack via the WordPress admin panel or another way.

An archive file that contains additional material of the theme (this can be documentation, pictures, etc.) so looks like this letterum-pro-docs.zip. It doesn’t need to be uploaded. You can unzip it and use the files you find there.

Installation via the WP Dashboard

To upload through your WP Dashboard, select Appearance and then Themes. Next, select the Install Themes tab at the top of the page and then select the Upload link, right above the search field. Choose your file and select Install Now. Once the theme is fully uploaded and installed, click Activate to activate the WordPress theme.

When uploading your theme with the installer, please ensure you are uploading the theme .zip file, not the entire package you downloaded. In this case, you will be uploading letterum-pro-x.x.x.zip where x.x.x is the version number.

Installation via FTP

Alternatively, you can also install the theme directly to your server with a FTP client (e.g. Filezilla). Just drop the unzipped theme folder into your …/wp-content/themes/ folder.

Now you can see the uploaded theme in your WordPress admin panel under Appearance > Themes > Available Themes. From there you can activate the theme.

Home Page Setup Back to Top

You can choose what’s displayed on the homepage of your site. It can be posts or a static page. To set a static homepage, you first need to create two Pages. One will become the homepage, and the other will be where your posts are displayed.

Create a New Page

First, create a new page on your website, with the WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New link. Give the name the new page Front, for example. Publish your page.

In the same way, create a page that will display your blog posts. Give the name the new page Articles, for example. Publish your page.

Assign a Front Page

Next, you will need to set one of the created pages as your site’s Front page, and another page as a Blog page, via the WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize, within the Homepage Settings panel.

Then hit the Publish button up at the top of the Customizer window, and you should be all set.

Front Page Options

Once you have set a static page as the homepage, you can select additional options for the Frontpage: content layout, visibility and order of sections. To set additional options, go to the Customizer’s Front Page Sections panel.

Page Content – front-page content display options;
Visibility & Sorting – front-page sections visibility and order.

There are also sections of setting up your Featured post, a Blog post section, a Portfolio section. You can sort these sections, and enable or disable their display on the front page.

Add a Page Back to Top

Create a new page, go to WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New.

Give the title of this page, for example, About. Use an Excerpt field to create a subheader for the page. Upload an image to the Featured Image box if you want to show a Featured Image. (the display mode of Featured Image You can select in the panel called Layout Options)

A page that has a default template assigned has additional options (Page Settings) that you will find below the main edit field. In addition, there is an option to hide the page title (Hide Page Title checkbox).

Add a Blog Post Back to Top

From WordPress Dashboard, go to the Posts tab and click on Add New. Select the post format on the right sidebar if your post is different from the standard (it can be Image, Audio, Video, Quote or Aside).

First, give the title your post. Next, you can fill an Excerpt field (3), upload an image to the Featured Image box (2), and choose the format (1) of the post. This theme has built-in functionality for additional options of the single post (4).

Post formats

This theme has built-in functionality for alternative post formats: Image, Audio, Video, Quote, Aside.

When you create a post a format of audio, video, quote, recommended entering the separation of parts of the post content by the tag more:

<!--more-->

Don’t forget to add a Featured Image if you create a post of Image format.

Posts Page Back to Top

If you followed the previous section then you should already have a page created to display blog posts. If it’s not already done, then create a new page on your website, with the WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New. Give the name the new page Blog, for example. Publish your page.

Next, go to WP Dashboard > Settings > Reading, and select the created page as the Posts page. Here you can set also the number of displayed posts on one page.

Next, you can set the display of recent posts on the front page, to do it go to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Front Page Sections panel:

Visibility & Sorting – front-page sections visibility and order.
Blog Section – blog section display options on the Front Page.

Posts Settings

The Theme Customizer allows you to customize some things when a Posts page (blog index or archives) is displayed or when a single post is shown. To make these settings go to the section called Blog Posts.

a fragment of the settings section of the Posts page

Featured Post Back to Top

On the front page, you can show a post that has been assigned a specific tag, such as a “featured”. To show a featured post on the front page, you need to create a tag and assign it to the selected post. Then go to the Customizer > Front Page Sections panel > Featured Post: there, paste the chosen tag in Tag name field and press Publish.

And don’t forget to turn on the visibility of the Featured Post section in the Customizer panel Visibility & Sorting, go to the Customizer > Front Page Sections panel > Visibility & Sorting: click on the eye icon of Featured Post.

Widget Areas Back to Top

For to place widgets, this theme offers a sidebar and a bottom area at the bottom of the page, between the main content and site footer.

If you want to use the sidebar, you should first select its location (left or right) in the Layout Options section of the Customizer (see point 1, follow the red arrow), go to the Customizer > Layout Options: Content Layout.

Then you can place widgets in the sidebar area (2) (there is a sidebar for a single post, for pages, and for archives), go to the WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.

The Bottom Area has additional display options that you will find in the Customizer, go to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Bottom widget bar (3).

Portfolio setup Back to Top

If you want to showcase your works, then you need to install a free plugin called Portfolio Post Type.

Once you’ve successfully downloaded the zip file of the plugin, head to your WordPress Dashboard and select Plugins > Add New > Upload. Add the zipped file in the field there and click Upload.

Upon successful upload, you’ll be prompted to activate the plugin. You’ll then see a new Portfolio tab in your WordPress Dashboard Menu Sidebar.

Each portfolio entry has meta fields: you can set the client, role, link for your work.

To go to the Portfolio section in the Theme Customizer, go to Dashboard Menu: Appearance > Customize > Portfolio Posts.