The Ultralight Free Documentation

Thank you for choosing The Ultralight Free WordPress theme!

Theme Demo:

Click here to Download the Demo File

We offer free one-click demo import for The Ultralight. So, if you want to make your website exactly like the demo of the The Ultralight theme, you need to install Rara One Click Demo Import plugin, download the demo file, and follow this step by step guide or watch the video below.

Theme Documentation:

This documentation covers the installation and the usage of the theme.

The main goal of the documentation is to provide guidance and walk-through to set up the theme on your website in an easy-to-follow manner, while also introducing you to some of the features of the theme. We encourage you to go through this document and keep it handy for reference.

If you have any questions about the theme or need assistance with anything related to the theme, please feel free open a support ticket. Our support team will be happy to assist you.

In this documentation, first, we’ll make sure that everything is ready for the installation, then we’ll set up the theme, and cover some initial configuration and customization options.

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How to use this Documentation?

We recommend everyone to go through each step of the documentation to have a better understanding of the theme and its features.

However, if you are looking for a specific section, you can easily navigate using our table of contents on the left-hand side of the screen.

If you want to find a specific keyword, hit “Ctrl+F” on your browser to start searching.

Requirements for Getting Started

Make sure The Ultralight free is compatible to your WordPress version.

The Ultralight free theme will work with 4.5 and above versions of WordPress.

However, for the best experience, added features, and updated security patches, we recommend you to update your WordPress to the latest version.

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

Checklist for Getting Started:

  • Check WordPress Version and Update it
  • Install and Activate The Ultralight free theme
  • Install Necessary Plugins. Some functionality of the theme might not work if you do not install the recommended plugins.

Recommended Image Size (in px)

Post and Page Featured Image (No sidebar): 1100 x 500

Post and Page with sidebar: 720 x 350

Recommended Post: 350×200

Author Image Sidebar: 200x 200

Author Image Banner: 100 x 100

Demo Import (Instantly Make Website Like Demo)

You can easily make your website exactly like the live preview (demo) of the The Ultralight theme by importing the demo content. Importing demo content is a great way of getting started with your website. You can get a guideline on how to set up this theme if you import the demo content.

To import the demo with a click, you need to install Rara One Click Demo Import plugin and follow this step by step guide.

How to Check and Update WordPress Version:

  • Log in to the WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Dashboard >Updates

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Theme Installation & Activation

After you have the latest version of WordPress, save the downloaded The Ultralight free theme somewhere handy on your computer, as you will be using the included files for the rest of the installation process.

The Ultralight free theme file includes:

A WordPress Theme Files (in .zip format)— This (the-ultralight.zip) is a compressed WordPress theme file containing all of the required templates, images, and icons required for the theme to function properly.

Note for Safari users (macOS): If you are using Safari to download the theme file, the file may unzip automatically. So, make sure your theme file is in .zip format. Here’s how to stop Safari from automatically unzipping your .zip file.

To install and activate the theme follow these steps or the above gif:

  • Log in to WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Themes
  • Click on Add New button

  • Click on Upload Theme

  • Click on “Choose File…”, select the “the-ultralight.zip” file from your computer and click Open.
  • Click Install Now

  • After the theme is installed, click on “Activate” to use the theme on your website

Installing Recommended Plugins

You must install and activate the following plugins to get the best out of The Ultralight free theme.

RaraTheme Companion:

RaraTheme Companion is truly a must-have companion for your website. It provides 14 useful and frequently used widgets that you can add to the sidebars to create an engaging website.

BlossomThemes Email Newsletter by Blossom Themes:

This plugin is needed to add newsletter subscription form on the newsletter section. The plugin also creates a newsletter widget that can be used in the sidebars.

Regenerate Thumbnails by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond):

If you have existing content, this will help you update your image thumbnails sizes. To update the thumbnails, you must run this plugin.

How to Install Recommended Plugin:

  • Go to Appearance> Install Plugins

  • Click “Install” to install the plugins

  • Click “Activate” to activate the plugins

Logo and Header Settings

Site Identity (Add Logo/Name and Tagline on your website)

You can change the name and logo of your website here.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Logo & Header Settings> Site Identity
  • Click Select Logo and upload your logo.
  • Enter Site Title and Tagline.
  • Check Display Site Title and Tagline
  • Click Select Image and upload Image for Site Icon (favicon)
  • Click Save & Publish

Colors (Change Color of the Theme)

You can change the background color of the theme from here.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Colors
  • Click on “Select Color” and select the background color.
  • Click Publish when you are satisfied.

Background Image

You can add and change the background image from this setting.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Background Image
  • Click on “Select image” button to add the background image.
  • Click on “Remove” to remove the image. Click on “Change image” to change the background image.
  • Choose the image preset, position, size, and other options as you like it.
  • Click Publish when you are satisfied.

Post/Page Layout Settings

You can select from 4 different post/page layouts in the theme.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Layout Settings
  • Select the layout you like. You can choose layouts with sidebar or without sidebar. Select the centered content layout if you want your blog to look like Medium.
  • Click Save & Publish

General Settings

You can choose a image as your banner. You can also add newsletter and author image from this section. The banner will be displayed at the top of your website.

To set up your Banner:

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Banner Section
  • Choose Image for the Banner and Author Image, or Disable Banner (if you do not want banner at all)
  • Click Publish

SEO Settings

You can enhance your website’s SEO from here. You can enable last update date on single post page here.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > SEO Settings
  • Enable Last Update Post Date to boost your SEO. Blue is enabled. When you enable this, Google can read the post updated date and index your latest content.
  • Click Publish

Post (Blog) & Pages Settings

You can manage single post page settings like an excerpt, related posts, popular posts, etc.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Posts (Blog) & Pages Settings
  • Enable Blog Excerpt if you want to show the summary of the posts. Blue is enabled. If enabled, select the number of words for the blog excerpt and read more label
  • Enable Show Related Posts. Related Posts will be shown below the blog post based on the category.
  • Enter the title for related posts
  • Enable Show Featured Image to show featured images in the blog posts
  • Click Publish

Performance Settings

You can Enable performance settings to make your website load fast. You have options to enable/disable following performance metrics.

  • Lazy Load
  • Lazy Load Content Images
  • Enable Combined Jquery

To change the Performance Settings

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Performance Settings
  • Enable Lazy Load to enables lazy loading of featured images.
  • Enable Lazy Load Content Images to enables lazy loading of images inside page/post content.
  • Enable Combined Jquery to combine Jquery
  • Click Publish

Menus (Create and Edit Menu)

By default, all your primary pages will be displayed in the menu. If you want to create a Custom Menu, you can do it from Customizer or from Dashboard. This theme supports one menu. If you need more than one menu, you can add them in the sidebar using “Custom Menu” widget.

Create Menu from Customizer

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize> Menus
  • Click on Create New Menu button

  • Give a name to your menu and select the menu location as Primary. If you select the primary location, the menu will be displayed below the logo.
  • Click Next

  • Click “Add Items” to add items (pages, posts, categories, custom links…) to the Menu
  • Click “+” icon on the items list to add the item to the menu
  • Drag and Drop the added items to rearrange them
  • Click Publish

Create Menu from Dashboard

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance > Menus in the WordPress Dashboard
  • Click on create a new menu.

  • Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button.

  • Select the items from Pages, Posts, Custom Links, or Categories and click “Add to Menu”.

  • Drag and Drop the added items to rearrange them.
  • Check the Menu location to Primary
  • Click Save Menu

Widgets

You can add the widgets to the sidebar in two ways, either via Dashboard or Customizer.

Adding Widgets via Customizer

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Widgets
  • Make sure you are on the page you want to add widgets to.
  • Click on the desired Sidebar or location (the one you want to add widgets to). You can add widgets on Footer as well.
  • Click on Add a Widget to add widgets
  • Select desired Widgets and give a title to the widget
  • Click Add a Widget to add more widgets in the sidebar
  • Drag and reorder the widget as desired
  • Click Publish

Adding Widgets via Dashboard

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Widgets
  • Available widgets are listed on the left hand side while Sidebars are listed on the right side (including the sidebars you create)
  • Drag and drop the widgets to the desired sidebars.

Footer Section

The theme has 3 widgets area in the footer. You can add various widgets in the area. To add widgets in the footer, go to Appearance> Customize>Widgets and select the Footer Location (footer one, two, three) and add the widgets.

Footer Credit Settings

You can edit the footer credit using this setting.

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Footer Settings
  • Enter your desired footer credit text
  • Click Save & Publish when you are done.

Additional CSS

You can add extra CSS codes here. If you want to modify the color, fonts, or any other CSS effects, you can enter the code here.

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Additional CSS
  • Enter your code
  • Click Publish when you are done

Helpful Tips

  • We highly recommend to use Child Theme if you need to change the code of the theme. Do not change the codes in the files of the parent theme as all such changes will be lost when the theme is updated. Here’s an easy to follow guide if you don’t know how to create a child theme.
  • Always keep a BackUp of your theme before making any changes to the theme.
  • If you get any problem in using the theme, you can do the following things:
    • Deactivate the plugins, sometime plugin conflict may cause issues with the theme. Please deactivate the unused plugins.
    • Replace the latest modified code with the original code.
    • If the issue pertains, feel free to contact us using our Support Ticket
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