Messina Blog Documentation

Thank you for using our Messina Blog Theme. Please read and follow the instructions and If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, you can submit a ticket

Important Note:

Before beginning the installation process, please make sure you are using the latest version of WordPress and the Theme.

Getting Started

Let’s get started! First, make sure that you have all the necessary things required to install Messina Blog

Theme Requirements

Make sure you have the latest version of WordPress installed, by checking the updates tab from your current WordPress dashboard.

If you haven’t downloaded WordPress already, you can download it from the WordPress repository via https://wordpress.org/download/ .

After you have the latest version of WordPress, download the theme ZIP file, and save it somewhere handy on your computer, as you will be using the included files for the rest of the installation process.

Theme Installation

Step 1: Upload and Activation

There are two methods to install Messina Blog theme. You may either upload the zipped theme file using the WordPress theme installer (Recommended), or you can upload the unzipped theme folder via FTP (Advanced).

Method 1 ( Recommended) : Install Using the WordPress Theme Installer

Log into your WordPress site and opens the Administration Panel.

  1. Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on the Add New button.
  1. Click on the Upload Theme link.
  2. Click on Choose File, select the Messina-blog.zip file from your computer and click upload.
  1. Click Install Now

Method 2: Install Using File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

  1. Unzip “Messina-blog.zip” file on your computer.
  2. Login using FTP client to access your host web server.
  3. Locate the wp-content folder in your WordPress install files.
  4. Upload the un-zipped Messina-blog folder into the: wp-content/themes folder.

For More Information about installing theme using FTP visit :http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes#Adding_New_Themes

Activate the theme

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
  2. Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress menu
  3. Hover over the theme thumbnail and click the Activate button.

Adding License key to The Theme (For Premium Version Users)

The theme will not work if you haven’t entered the License key. When you purchase the theme, you will get the License Key along with Theme Zip File. To enter the license key First Install and Activate the Theme you purchased and Go to Dashboard/Elegant Blog Theme License. You will find an Email and a License key field there.

 

Import Demo Content

Note: Importing Demo Content will import demo posts, pages and categories, which you will have to delete it later manually. If you don;t want to import demo content and just setup the homepage like the demo with your own posts then go to Next section called “Home Page Setup like demo”

Go to Appearance/ Install Plugin and install and activate the recommended plugins from there

 

After you have installed and activated both of these plugin, Now go to Dashboard/ Appearance/ Import Demo Data. From there you can import demo content for Messina Blog

Home Page Setup like Demo

Step 1: Go to Page, Click on Add New.

Step 2: Enter the title (example: Homepage͟).On the right sidebar there you can find Page Attributes, On Template please Select “Frontpage”

Step 3: Click on Publish

Step 4: Now go to Settings > Readings. Choose A Static Page (Select Below). On Home page select the drop down page you just created above and click on Save Changes

Theme Options (For free Version)

After you have setup the Homepage as mentioned in the above steps, you will be able to use these options

Theme Options are

  1. Header Section
  2. Banner Carousel Section
  3. Homepage sidebar section
  4. Prefooter Section

Theme Options (For Premium Version)

After you have setup the Homepage as mentioned in the above steps, you will be able to use these options

Theme Options are

  1. Header Section
  2. Banner Section
  3. Sidebar Blog Section
  4. Newsletter Section
  5. Instagram Section
  6. Prefooter Section
  7. Copyright Section

 

Posts

Creating posts

Step 1: Navigate to Posts in your WordPress admin sidebar.

Step 2: Click on the Add New option to make a new post. Create a title, and insert your post content in the editing field.

Step 3: Select Post Format from the right side.

Step 4: Add categories from the right side. To assign it to the post, check the box next to the category name.

Step 5: Add tags from the right side. Type the name of the tag in the field, separate multiple tags with commas.

Step 6: you can add featured image. To do so, first click the featured image box, select an image and click the set featured image button.

Creating Menu

Step 1: Go to backend. Click Appearance > Menus.

Step 2: Enter Menu Name. And assign menu.

Step 3: Click on Create Menu.

Step 4: Now at the bottom you can find Menu Setting with auto add pages and display location. Click on Primary Menu and click on save. Now view the frontend or homepage for the menu you assigned.

Site Identity

To set up Site Identity,

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Default Settings > Site Identity
  2. Click Select logo by clicking Select Logo.
  3. Upload and select the desired image.
  4. Enter the Site Title and Tagline
  5. Check Display Header Text for the Site title and Tagline to appear on your homepage.
  6. Click Select Image under Site Icon
  7. Upload and select the desired image. (The Site Icon/ favicon is used as a browser and app icon for your site. The recommended Site Icon size is 512*512 pixels.)
  8. Click Save & Publish.

Colors

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Colors
  2. Change the Header Text Color / Background Color by clicking on the respective Select Color button
  3. Click Save & Publish.
  4. Theme Color Option is only available in Premium Version of the theme