Travel Diaries Documentation

Important Note:

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

Theme Documentation:

Thank you for choosing Travel Diaries! This documentation covers the installation and the usage of the theme. We encourage you to read 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 to contact us on our support forum and our dedicated support staff will be happy to assist you.

The main goal of the documentation is to provide guidance and walk-through to set up the theme for your website in an easy-to-follow manner, while also introducing you to some of the features of the theme. 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.

Getting Started

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

Theme Requirements

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

Theme Requirements

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

Although Travel Diaries will work with 4.5 and above versions of WordPress, it is recommended to have the latest version of WordPress.

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 Files

Travel Diaries includes:

WordPress Theme Files— This is a compressed WordPress theme file containing all of the required templates, images and icons required for the theme to function properly.

Theme Installation

Step 1: Upload and Activation

There are two methods to install Travel Diaries 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

  1. Log into your WordPress site and opens the Administration Panel.
  2. Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress Dashboard.Themes
  3. Click on the Add New button. Add-New-Theme
  4. Click on the Upload Theme link.
  5. Click on Choose File, select the travel-diaries.zip file from your computer and click upload.Upload-theme2
  6. Click Install Now

Method 2: Install Using File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

  1. Unzip “traveldiaries.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 Travel Diaries 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.

Installing Plugins

Installing Plugin:

To install a plugin in your WordPress admin panel and follow the following steps.

  1. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
    Install Pluglin
  1. Search for the name of the plugin you wish to install which will return a list of potential plugins.
  2. Click Details to read more about a plugin.
  3. Click “Install Now” if you wish to install the plugin.Plugin-Install-Web
  4. It may ask if you are sure, and you may proceed. The installation will commence once you confirm to proceed.
  5. After the plugin is downloaded. Go to Plugins>Installed Plugins. Click “Activate Plugin” to make it available for use.Plugin-Activate

Recommended Plugins:

We recommend you to download the following plugins when necessary:

  1. Jetpack by WordPress.com, by: Automattic

The plugin provides a variety of complementary features for your Theme.

  1. Regenerate Thumnails by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)

If you have existing content, this will help you update your image thumbnails sizes.

  1. Newsletter By Stefano Lissa, The Newsletter Team

The plugin helps create subscriber list, to send newsletters and build your business.

Home Page Setup

To set up the homepage you must first create a new page.

Create a Home Page

  1. Go to Pages > Add New.
    Add Page
  2. Enter the Page Title for the Page.
    Set featured Image for the home page by clicking on Set Featured Image. The selected Image will then Appear on the Homepage below the Primary menu. The recommended size for the image is 1920*548 pixels.
    You do not require to enter anything in the content section for creating a home page.
    Feature-Image
  1. Select the Homepage Template from the Page Attributes section
  2. Click Publish.
    New-page

 

Configuring the front Page display setting

  1. Go to Appearance>Customize > Default Settings> Static Front Page.
  2. Select A static page under Front Page displays
  3. Choose the page you just created as Front page.
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    Static-Front-page

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. (The recommended Logo size is 230 × 50 pixels.)
  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
    Site-Identity

Colors

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Default Settings >Colors
  2. Change the Background Color by clicking on the respective Select Color button
  3. Click Save & Publish.
    Colors

Background Image

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Default Settings >Background Image
  2. Click Select Image.
  3. Upload and Select a Background Image
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    background Image

Header Info Section

Header-Info-section

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Header Info Settings
  2. Check Enable Header Info
  3. Enter the required Labels and the respective content.
  4. Click Save & Publish
    Header-Info

banner-Section-Settings

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize>Home Page Settings> Banner Settings
  2. Check Enable Banner Section to display a banner on the homepage.
  3. Check Enable Banner Form to display subscription form on the homepage.
  4. Check Enable Featured On Section to display various Logos.
  5. Upload the required logos, Logo URLs, Featured On Link Text, and Featured On Link URL
  6. for the Featured On Section.
  7. Click Save & Publish.
    banner-setting

Recent Post Section

travel-diaries-Recent-Post

  1. Go to Appearance>Customize> Home Page Settings>Recent Post Settings
  2. Check Enable Recent Post Section to display recent posts from your blog on your homepage.
  3. Enter Recent Post Title, Recent Post Content and Recent Post View All Text.
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    Rcent post Setting

Popular Article Setting

Most-Popular-Post

  1. Go to Appearance>Customize> Home Page Settings>Popular Article Settings
  2. Check Enable Popular Article Section to display selected posts from your blog on your homepage.
  3. Enter Popular Article Title and Popular Article Content. Select Posts to be displayed on the homepage. Select either three or six posts to maintain the design.
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    Popylar-artical-setting

Client Settings

Client-Section-Setting

  1. Go to Appearance>Customize> Home Page Settings>Client Settings
  2. Check Enable Client Section to display it on the homepage.
  3. Enter Clients Section Title, Logo URLs, Link Text and Link URL. Upload Logos by clicking on Select Image.
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    Client-Section

My Guide Settings

My-guide-Setting

  1. Go to Appearance>Customize> Home Page Settings>My guide Settings
  2. Check Enable My Guide Section to display it on the homepage.
  3. Enter My Guide Title and My Guide Content. Select the Posts to be displayed. Select either three or six posts to maintain the design.
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    my-guide

Banner-widget

You need to first install and activate a plugin, Newsletter By Stefano Lissa, The Newsletter Team, for the Newsletter Subscription form to appear on the Banner Widget. To learn how to install a plugin, read Installing Plugin. Set up your Newsletter subscription form details as per http://www.thenewsletterplugin.com/plugins/newsletter/newsletter-documentation

  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Homepage Settings> Banner Widget
  • Click Add a Widget. There is a description of each included widget that you can choose from.
  • Click on the desired widget. For Newsletter subscription form, Click Newsletter Widget.
  • Click Save& Publish.

Social Settings

  1. Go to Appearance >Customize> Social Settings
  2. Check Enable Social Links
  3. Enter your social media details
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    Social-settings

Custom CSS Settings

  1. Go to Appearance >Customize>Custom CSS settings.
  2. Enter the required custom CSS. For example, to change the body font size to 17 Pixels:
  3. body{font-size: 17px}
  1. Click Save & Publish.

Custom Menu

Travel Diaries allows you to have two custom menus. The Primary Menu Appears below the Site Name and header Info section. The Secondary Menu appears on the header bar along side the social media links.Menu

Option 1:

  1. Go to Appearance > Customize>Menus  in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on Add new menu button.
    Menu-1
  3. Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button
  4. Choose the pages, categories, custom links from the left-side of your screen by selecting the checkbox and click on Add to Menu for desired Menu items.
    menu2
  5. Order the menu items by using drag and drop function in Menu structure Panel.
  6. Check the Menu locations to either Primary or Secondary.
  7. Click Save and Publish after adding required pages, categories in the menu.

Option Two

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on Create a new menu link. menu4
  3. Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button.menu3
  4. Choose the pages, categories, custom links from the left-side of your screen by selecting the checkbox and click on Add to Menu for desired Menu items.
  5. Order the menu items by using drag and drop function in Menu structure Panel.
  6. Check the box for “Primary Menu” under “Theme locations” if you want the menu to appear below the header bar. Check the box for “ Secondary Menu” under “ theme location” if you want the menu to appear on the header bar along side the search box.
  7. Click Save Menu after adding required pages, categories in the menu. menu5

Widgets

Travel Diaries offers four custom widgets: Rara Feature Post, Rara Recent Post,Rara Social link and Rara Popular Post along with the WordPress default widget options. You can add and remove widgets by following the steps below:

Adding a widget:

Option 1:

  1. Navigate to Appearance> Widgets
  2. There are five widget spaces, including Right sidebar and four footer. There is also a space for a widget on the banner section.
  3. Drag the desired widget to the desired widget space. There is a description of each included widget that you can choose from.Widgets

Option 2:

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize>Widget
  2. Click the desired Widget Area (Right Sidebar, Footer One, Footer Two, Footer Three, Foote Four etc)
  3. Click Add a Widget. There is a description of each included widget that you can choose from.
  4. Click on the desired widget.
  5. Drag and reorder the widget as desired
  6. Click Save& Publish.
    widget

Remove Widget

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize>Widget
  2. Click the desired Widget Area ( Right Sidebar, Footer One, Footer Two etc)
  3. Click the widget you want to delete and click delete.
  4. Click Save Changes
    widget-td.jpg

Newsletter Form on Banner Widget:

Banner-widget

You need to first install and activate a plugin, Newsletter By Stefano Lissa, The Newsletter Team, for the Newsletter Subscription form to appear on the Banner Widget. To learn how to install a plugin, read Installing Plugin. Set up your Newsletter subscription form details as per http://www.thenewsletterplugin.com/plugins/newsletter/newsletter-documentation

  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Homepage Settings> Banner Widget
  • Click Add a Widget. There is a description of each included widget that you can choose from.
  • Click on the desired widget. For Newsletter subscription form, Click Newsletter Widget.
  • Click Save& Publish.

Create a new Page

  1. Go to Pages > Add New.
    Add Page
  2. Enter the Page Title for the Page
  3. Write the required Text in the content section
  4. Select the Default Template from the Page Attributes section
  5. Click Publish.
    new-page

Setting up Blog Page

To create a blog page, You first need to  create a page for it. To create a page.

  1. Go to Pages> add New
    Add Page
  2. Enter the Page Title for the Page
  3. You do not require to enter anything in the content section for creating a home page.
  4. Select the Default Template from the Page Attributes section
  5. Click Publish.Add New Page ‹ Business — WordPress

Configuring the Page display setting

Go to Appearance>Customize > Default Settings> Static Front Page.

Choose the page you just created for the Blog as Posts Page.

Click Save & Publish.
Blog

Add a Post

  1. Go to Posts>Add new.
    Posts-add-new
  2. Select the post format on the right sidebar.
  3. Give a title and fill it with content
  4. Upload a featured image by clicking on Set Feature Image on the right sidebar of the screen.
    set feature image
  5. Click Publish

 

Adding Excerpt in the Post

  1. For adding excerpt to the existing post. Go to Post>All Posts from WordPress dashboard.
  2. Click Edit below the post name.
    adding excerpt one
  3. Click on the Screen Option on the top left side of the screen.
    adding-excerpt-2
  4. Check Excerpt.
    adding-excerpt-4
  5. A content box for excerpt will appear below the content section. Enter the required details.
    adding-exert-5
  6. Click Publish or Update

 

Post Formats

This theme has built-in functionality for  the post formats including text, aside, image, video, quote, and link post formats. Select the Post format as desired.

Post format

Inserting Gallery

For Gallery  in the post, you must first install the Jetpack Plugin. To learn how to install a plugin, read– Installing Plugins. You must have a WordPress Account to use JetPack. Use Your WordPress Account to activate Jetpack in your website.

  1. Navigate to Jetpack>Settings on the dashboard
  2. Activate the Carousel and Tiled Galleries option by clicking Activate link.Jetpack-gallery
  3. Navigate to the Post where you want to insert the gallery and come its Edit window
  4. Click Add Mediajet-pack-1
  5. Click Create Gallery
  6. Upload and select the desired images for the gallery and click create a new Gallery.jetpack3
  7. Choose the desired Size and Type of your gallery display.
  8. Use drag and drop to order the picture.
  9. Click Insert Gallery.
    jetpack 4
  10. Click Preview to preview the post and click Publish when you are satisfied.

Quick Specs

Logo

  • Width: 228px;
  • Height: 52px;

Homepage Banner

  • Width: 1920px;
  • Height: 548px;

Blog Featured image (With sidebar)

  • Width: 750px;
  • Height: 437px; 

Blog Featured Image (Without sidebar)

  • Width: 1170px;
  • Height: 437px;

Site Icon

  • Width: 512px
  • Height: 512px

Helpful Tips

  1. 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. For information about How to create a child theme visit :https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
  2. Always keep BackUp of your theme before making any changes to the theme.
  3. 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 latest modified code with the original code.
    • If the issue still pertains, feel free to contact our support forum.
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