Transmit comes with this handy help file to help you get started with setting up the theme and creating your first posts. Because Transmit is part of our Free Theme Pack, it does not include theme support.
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Once you’ve activated your theme, you’ll be redirected to a Getting Started page (Appearance → Getting Started). Here, you can view the help file, enter your license for theme updates, and view the latest changes to the theme.
Activate Your Theme License
By activating your theme license, you can get theme updates right from your WordPress dashboard. These updates will keep your theme in tip-top shape, with the latest bug fixes and new features.
- Locate your theme’s license key in your Array Dashboard. Click the Manage License link next to any of your themes to get your license key.
- Next, in your WordPress dashboard (where your theme is installed), go to Appearance → Getting Started and paste your license key into license box in the sidebar and click Save License Key.
- Once your license key is saved, click Activate License.
- If your key is valid, you will see a success message. You will now receive a notice on Appearance → Themes whenever there is a new version of the theme available.
- Please note: When updating your theme, all of the theme’s files will be overwritten with the latest files. This will overwrite any changes you’ve made to the core theme files. To prevent this, you can install a child theme, which allows you to customize the theme’s files and still get updates when they are released.
Transmit utilizes a few plugins to provide functionality to the theme. Before we continue setting up the site, first we need to install the following plugins.
WPForms – This plugin creates a fully functional contact form for your site. You can install it directly from your dashboard in the Plugins menu, or grab it from the WordPress.org plugin repository.
- Navigate to Plugins → Add New.
- Type “WPForms” into the Search input and click the “Search Plugins” button.
- Locate WPForms Lite in the list of search results and click “Install Now”.
- Click the “Activate Plugin” link at the bottom of the install screen.
- There will now be a WPForms menu item on the WordPress admin menu. See below for more instructions on using this plugin with the theme.
MailChimp for WordPress – MailChimp for WordPress helps you add more subscribers to your MailChimp lists using various methods. You can create good looking opt-in forms or integrate with any other form on your site, like your comment, contact or checkout form.
- Log in and navigate to Plugins → Add New.
- Type “MailChimp for WordPress” into the Search input and click the “Search Plugins” button.
- Locate MailChimp for WordPress in the list of search results and click “Install Now”.
- Click the “Activate Plugin” link at the bottom of the install screen.
- Once activated, you’ll see the MailChimp for WP menu item in your WP admin. See the Homepage Setup section below to learn how to create a homepage like you see on the demo.
Upon activating your theme, you should visit Appearance → Customize to setup the basic theme settings such as your logo, background and social links. Detailed instructions and tips can be found below.
- Add Your Logo The first option in the Theme Options menu will be Logo Upload. Click the Logo select box to drag and drop or select an image from your computer. One you’ve uploaded and selected an image, a thumbnail preview will display and your logo will update live in the browser.
- Accent Color You can change the blue accent color on the site to any color prefer. This will affect mostly buttons or elements with a blue accent color. Simply click Select Color and use the color picker or color palette to choose a new color. You will see the color update on your site live in the preview window.
- Custom CSS Use this field to add additional CSS to tweak your site. Keep in mind this should only be used for minimal fixes, anything more should be built with a child theme.
- Social Media Links Add URLs to your various social media sites here. Once added, you can use the shortcode [transmit_social_icons] to output the links on any post or page. See an example.
- Background Image Transmit comes packaged with 3 background images to choose from. You can also choose your own image if you’d like. Go to Appearance → Customize → Background Image to choose an image or upload your own.
WordPress menus can be found under Appearence → Menus.
- You’ll need to create at least one new menu for the header.
- On the left hand side of the Menu page, select the pages you would like to
have added to the menu. You can then click “Add to Menu” and they
will show up on the right side of the page. You can drag the pages
around to arrange them the way you’d like.
- Create a drop menu by dragging menu items under and to the right of another menu item.
- In the Menu Settings section, located under the menu, you need to assign this menu to the header menu. In the Theme Location option, check Main Menu to assign the menu. See an example.
- Save the menu when finished.
By default, your homepage will be a list of your posts in a blog format. However, you can change this to show any page you’d like, such as an email subscription page.
- Go to Pages → Add New to create a new page to use as the homepage. If you intend on using the page as an email subscription page, be sure to add the MailChimp for WordPress shortcode
[mc4wp_form id="123456"]to the page.
- You may also choose to add some styling to your form. As you can see in the screenshots and demo, I’ve used a horizontal rule between the text and form to create some space. You can do the same by simply adding a
<hr />in the Text view between the text and your form shortcode.
- Publish your page.
- Go to Settings → Reading and click A static front page. In the Front page dropdown, choose the form page you created above.
- When finished, click Save Changes. Your homepage should now be using the form page you created above.
Blog Page Setup
If you chose to setup your homepage to use the email form page, you’ll need to also tell WordPress which page will display your posts.
- Go to Pages → Add New to create a new page to use as the blog page.
- Publish the page when finished. (Note: Don’t worry about adding text content to this page, since it won’t output anywhere.)
- Go to Settings → Reading and click A static front page. In the Posts page dropdown, choose the blog page you created above.
- When finished, click Save Changes. Your blog page should now be displaying your blog posts.
Social Links Setup
Transmit includes a shortcode for adding your social links to posts or pages.
- First, make sure you’ve added your social links in Appearance → Customize → Theme Options. If you don’t add links, nothing will be outputted.
- Go to Pages → Add New to create a new page to use as the social links page (or edit a previous page).
- Add the shortcode [transmit_social_icons] to the editor, along with any intro text you’d like to add. See an example.
- Publish the page and check it out to see your social media links.
The Contact Page uses the WPForms Lite plugin, which can grab for free on the WordPress plugin repository. See installation instructions above. Once installed, you’ll see there is a WPForms link in the left hand sidebar of your WordPress admin.
- If you haven’t already, create a new page called Contact.
- Go to the WPForms menu on the left admin menu to configure your contact form. The form creation process is pretty simple, but you can check out the WPForms documentation here for help and tips.
- After you’ve configured and saved your contact form, you will be given a shortcode like this: [wpforms id="161894"]. Copy your shortcode. We’ll use this to add the form to our Contact page.
- Now head back to your Contact page. Paste the shortcode that you copied into the body of the post. Update the post. You should now see the form on the contact page.
Widgets Page Setup
Because of the tiny nature of Transmit, widgets have been assigned to a page template.
- To add widgets, visit Appearance → Widgets. Drag any of the available widgets onto the sidebar or footer and arrange them however you’d like.
- Once you’ve added your widgets, you need to create a new Widgets page to display the widgets. Go to Pages → Add New and create a new page. Add some intro text if you’d like.
- In the Page Attributes window, set the Template to Widgets. This will assign the Widgets template. See an example.
- Publish the page and check out your new Widgets page.