Getting Started

Once you’ve activated your theme, you’ll see a friendly notice across the top of the page, with a link to the Getting Started page (Appearance → Getting Started). Here, you can view the help file, enter your license for theme updates, view the latest changes to the theme and visit us on our support forum.

Activate Your Theme License
Each theme comes with a 1 year license for support and updates. 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 in your Downloads section In the pop-up window, copy your license key.
  • Now, in your WordPress dashboard (where your theme is installed), go to Appearance → Getting Started and click the License tab.
  • Paste your license key into the field 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.
  • To update your theme, click update now and follow the instructions. Note: Your theme will be overwritten with the latest files, which will overwrite any changes you’ve made to the theme files. Your posts, pages and settings will not be modified in this update.

Fixed uses a few plugins to provide functionality to the theme.

Array Toolkit – This plugin provides the Portfolio Items, the custom gallery feature and several social media widgets and icons. 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 “Array Toolkit” into the Search input and click the “Search Widgets” button.
  • Locate the Array Toolkit in the list of search results and click “Install Now”.
  • Click the “Activate Plugin” link at the bottom of the install screen.
  • Once activated, your theme’s supported features will be enabled automatically.

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.

You’ll need to create at least one new menu for the header.

  • WordPress menus can be found under Appearance → Menus.
  • If you don’t have a menu already, click create a new menu to create one.
  • On the left hand side of the Menu page, select the pages to add to your menu and click Add to Menu. Drag the pages around and arrange them any way you’d like. Create a drop menu by dragging menu items under and to the right of another menu item.
  • Now that you have the menu created, you need to assign it to the header in the Theme Locations section.
  • Save the menu when finished.

Contact Page

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.

Blog Page

By default, the blog will be your homepage and will show your latest posts. However, North uses the Portfolio template for the homepage. You need to tell WordPress which page to use as the blog.

  • Create a new page called Blog. You don’t have to add any content or apply any templates to this page. You just need to create the page so we can utilize it in the next couple steps. Publish the page.
  • Next, we need to tell WordPress to use this page as the blog page where your posts will show up. Go to Settings → Reading and set your Home page as the Front page. See this screenshot for an example.
  • Finally you need to add this page to your menu so users can access the blog page. Just go to Appearance → Menus and add your Blog page to the menu.

Archive Page

Verb comes with an Archive page template which displays all of your latest posts, pages and categories.

  • Create a page called Archives (or whatever title you’d like).
  • On the right hand side of the page under the Page Attributes window, apply the Custom Archive page template.
  • Once finished, publish the page.
  • You’ll also need to add this page to your menu so users can access the Archive page. Just go to Appearance -> Menus and add your Archive page to the menu.

Using the Theme Customizer

Verb is customizable via the WordPress customizer. Here, you can set a custom background image, upload a logo and set your link/accent color.

  • To access the theme customizer, click Appearance -> Customize in the WordPress admin menu.
  • You can use the various menus to set the site title, description, and background color/image. Verb specific styling is in the Theme Options menu. Here, you can add a logo, set an accent color, which will be your link color and accent background color on various elements. You can also set the Blocks page title and subtitle.
  • When you’re finished making changes, click Save & Publish to save the settings.
  • Check out your site to confirm your changes.

Widgets

Add widgets to the Sidebar Widgets pane to see them in the sidebar of the theme. You can add text widgets, the recent posts widget, custom menus, etc., just like I did on the demo.


Portfolio Page

Verb comes with a Blocks page template, which can be used as a portfolio page for your projects. I recommend using it on the Homepage, although you can use it on whichever page you like. Follow the steps below to setup the Blocks page. I’ll go over how to populate the Blocks page below.

  • Create a new page called Blocks (or your own title).
  • On the right hand side of the page under the Page Attributes window, apply the Blocks page template.
  • The Blocks page doesn’t output post content, so you won’t need to add any content to this page.
  • Publish the page when finished.
  • If you would like to use your Blocks page as the homepage, you need to go to Settings -> Reading and set your Blocks page as the Front page. See this screenshot for an example.

Adding Portfolio Items

To activate the Portfolio Items section of the theme, you need to first install the Array Toolkit plugin as outlined above. The plugin will provide the theme with the Portfolio post type, which populates the Blocks page template.

Featured Image Portfolio Item

  • Under the Portfolio Items menu, click Add New.
  • Create a new post and add a title and description.
  • On the right hand side of your page, you’ll see the Featured Image pane. Click Set Featured Image and upload your image. Once uploaded, click Use as featured image.
  • Once you’ve added the featured image and content you can publish and preview your post.
  • To use the image slider, you need to first install the Array Toolkit plugin as outlined above.
  • Create a new Portfolio post and add a title and description.
  • On the right hand side of your page, you’ll see the Format pane. Click Gallery to set the post format and activate the gallery options.
  • Under your post editor, you’ll see the Array Gallery pane. Click the Edit Gallery button. Once the Edit Featured Gallery dialog opens, upload the images you’d like in your gallery, or select them from images you’ve already uploaded.
  • Once your images are selected, click Add to Gallery. You can arrange your images by selecting and dragging them into position.
  • Once you’ve created your gallery, be sure to set a Featured Image as well, to represent the post. This can be an image from the gallery, or a different image if you’d like.
  • Once you’ve added your gallery, Featured Image, and content you can publish and preview your post.

Video Posts

  • Create a new post and add a title and post content.
  • Scroll down to find the Video meta box. Add your video embed code from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Your code should look something like this:
  • Sample embed code:
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/4143170?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" width="1200" height="600"></iframe>
  • Next, you must set a Featured Image to represent your video post in the Portfolio grid. This can be a screenshot from the video or any image you’d like.
  • Once you’ve added your content, Featured Image and video embed code you can publish and preview your post.

Post Styles

Verb comes with a few custom element styles, which are used to easily add extra styling to your WordPress posts. To use the post styles, simply select your text and then select from the Styles Drop Down Menu which style you would like to apply. You’ll be able to see the changes live, in your editor.

  • Intro Title – As seen on the demo, this is a nicely styled block of text to introduce your page. Similar to blockquote styling.
  • Pull Quote – As seen on the demo, you can use this to pull small quotes or small blocks of text to the right of the page. It will be styled with the color you chose as your Accent Color in the Verb Styling, or it will be red by default.
  • Highlight Text – As seen on the demo, this adds a highlighted background to your inline text. Nothing fancy here, but it adds a nice touch.

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