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A zipped file of the theme looks like this / This is the file that you should upload as 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 / It doesn’t need to be uploaded. You can unzip it and use the files you find there.

Installation via the WordPress admin panel

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 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.

Recommended Plugins

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 Page, for example. Publish your page.

In the same way, create a page that will display your blog posts. Give the name the new page Blog, 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.

in this picture, the static page is called Front and the blog page is called Articles

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 Front Page: content layout, visibility and order of sections.

To set additional options, go to the Customizer’s Homepage Sections panel:
Page Content – front-page content display options;
Visibility & Sorting – front-page sections visibility and order.

Block Patterns

The theme offers its Latest Posts block pattern since v.1.4.0. You can use it when create a Front Page (assign a static page to be homepage displayed) or as recommended posts list at the end of post.

Logo image Back to Top

If this is an avatar (it will be round) then the image should be square 300×300 or 500×500 px. In other cases, the image should be around 120 pixels high. The width is not limited, but better around 600 pixels.

Blog 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 link. 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.

in the picture the created blog page is named Articles

Options for blog page and single posts are available in the Customizer, go to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Blog Posts panel.

To setting the recent posts section on a static front page, go to the Customizer’s Front Page Sections panel > Blog Section.

Pages Back to Top

To create a new page, go to WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New. Select a template for this page in the Page Attributes.

Give a Title for the page you are creating. Use an Excerpt field to create a subheader for the page. Upload an image to the Featured Image box if you want to show an image above/below the page title.

For those pages to which the default template is assigned, the option to hide the title is available.

If the Page Attributes is not shown, click on the Screen Options, see pic.

Resume page template

This theme includes a Resume page template. You can select this template when editing the page in the Page Attributes panel.

To create an outside sub-title, apply the H3 tag to it, look at the pic:

Featured Post Back to Top

On the Front Page (a static page must be assigned!), you can show a post that has been assigned a specific tag, a “featured” for example. To show a featured post on the front page, you need to assign tag (must consist of a single word!) of your selected post and set Featured Image for it. Next, go to the Customizer > Front Page Sections panel > Featured Post: there, paste the chosen tag in Tag name field and press Publish.

Please note: you need to assign a tag and a Featured Image for the post you want to show on the Homepage as Featured post.

Widgets Area Back to Top

This theme has one widget area that is between the main content and footer.

Writings Pro is ready for the use of contact form plugins such as Contact Form 7 and MailPoet.

You can create a contact form or subscription form using these plugins and then insert the plugin widget in the Widget Area: WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets. Next, you can customize the display of the widgets area in the Customizer, go to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Bottom widget bar.