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Photolux WordPress Theme Documentation by Pexeto v.1.1.0

Created: 25/11/2011 By: Pexeto

Thank you for purchasing Photolux theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please refer to the Support section. Thanks so much!

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Table of Contents1. For WordPress beginners 2. Installing and activating the theme 3. Useful instructions a. Options page b. Setting a custom field c. Setting a thumbnail to a post 4. The header a. Changing the logo b. The menu 5. The footer 6. The sidebars 7. Nivo Slider 8. Template pages a. Grid Gallery page b. Full-width slideshow page c. Index/Blog page d. Featured page e. Portfolio Showcase page f. Quick/Easy Gallery page g. Contact form page h. The default page 9. Changing the theme style 10. Styled elements and shortcodes a. Formatting buttons b. Shortcodesconverted by

11. Fonts 12. Translation 13. Plugins included 14. CSS files 15. JavaScript files 16. PhotoShop files and image resources 17. PHP files 18. Troubleshooting 19. Support 20. Updates a. Version 1.1.0Note: If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please refer to the Support section.

1. For WordPress beginnersAlthough building a website with WordPress is significantly much easier than coding it by yourself, if you are a beginner, even working with WordPress may look hard for you. That's why, in this section we will provide some useful links and also will explain how to get oriented in the documentation and what pattern to follow when building your website with our theme.

WORKING WITH WORDPRESS - USEFUL LINKSWP101 Basics Training - the perfect beginning spot for those just getting started with WordPress. The video tutorials provided are very helpful to easily understand how WordPress works. The WordPress Codex - the official WordPress manual containing lots of information and tutorials about working with WordPress.


Once you have some basic WordPress knowledge, you are ready to go with setting the theme. Here are some example steps about how you can do this: 1. Install and activate the theme - read about how to do this in the Installing and activating the theme section. Having problems with installing the theme? Refer to the "Fail to install the theme" subsection of the Troubleshooting section. 2. Change your logo - learn how to do this in the Changing the logo section 3. Create your basic menu - during the process of setting your theme, you will be changing your menu links all the time. However, it is good to start with having the main menu set. Learn how to set your menu in the The menu section. 4. Start with creating your content You can create all the content by creating your pages one by one. Here are some examples of what steps to follow when creating different pages: You need a Gallery page to set as home page (in the same way as on the demo): 1. Go to Template pages Grid Gallery Page section - in this section you can read about how to create such a page and all the settings you can do about this page template. You can read about how to create the gallery items and all the options that you can set to them. 2. After you set your page, go to the Menus section and add it to your menu so it can be easily accessible. You need a Blog page: 1. Go to Template pages Index/Blog page section to learn how to create a blog page, how to create posts to it and all the settings you can do for this page 2. You need to set a slider for the blog? Go to the Nivo Slider section to read how to create a slider. After you have your

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slider created and populated with images, you have to select the slider you have created (how to set the slider is explained in both the slider's section and the blog/index page sections) 3. You need a separate blog sidebar? Go to the The sidebars section to learn how to create additional sidebars and how to add widgets to them. After you have created your sidebar, go back to the Index/Blog page section to learn how to set the sidebar you have created to your blog page.

Basically, these are the steps you need to follow - when you need to create a page, just go to its relevant subsection of the Template pages section and read about how to create it and what settings you can do for the page. The main key about understanding how the theme works is to read the documentation we have provided carefully, as we have explained everything you need to know about the theme in here. 5. Set your footer content - learn how to do this in the The footer section 6. Once you follow all these steps and have the basic theme setup, you can also check the rest of the sections of this documentation to read what other features our theme provides. We hope you will enjoy working with the theme!

2. Installing and activating the themeThere are 2 main ways to upload the theme: 1. Via the built in WordPress theme uploader Below you can read the instructions about installing a theme via the WordPress uploader, but you can also watch the "Installing a Pexeto Theme via WordPress Uploader" video here First you have to unzip the download file and find the zip file called "photolux_vx.x" (x.x-the version of the theme). After this you have to go in the admin panel Appearance Themes, click on the Install Themes tab and in this section in the top there is a link "Upload". After you click the "Upload" link, a new page will be opened where you will be asked to find the .zip file on your local file system. Note: Some servers have limited access settings and wouldn't allow uploading the theme trough the admin - in these case you have to upload the theme via FTP. 2. Via FTP client Below you can read the instructions about installing a theme via FTP, but you can also watch the "Installing a Pexeto Theme via FTP" video here If you know the FTP login details of the server where your site is hosted and you have a FTP client installed (such as FileZilla), you might consider using this way of uploading your theme. First you have to unzip the download file, find the zip file called "Photolux_vx.x", unzip it and upload the folder to the main WordPress installation folder wp-content themes. Please note that if you prefer this way of installation, you have to make sure that the main files of the theme are contained just within one folder of the themes folder. The right way to locate your root theme files is for example themes/photolux but not themes/photolux/photolux. After you have uploaded the theme to the server you will need to activate it. In order to activate this theme you have to go to the admin panel Appearance Themes. In this section you should see the theme with a title Photolux by Pexeto. Just click on Activate button and your theme should get activated. Miminal Theme Requirements: -WordPress v.3.0 or higher -PHP v.5.0 or higher Importing the demo content If you would like to import the demo content and start editing the theme from the created content rather than from scratch, you need to import the demo_exported.xml file that is included with the download folder. You can do this by going to the WordPress admin panel -> Tools -> Import -> Select WordPress, find the demo_exported.xml file from your local file system and upload it.Please note that not all the settings are saved with the demo exported data, so it is always recommended to set your theme from scratch rather than installing the demo content and editing it.

3. Useful instructionsa. Options page

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When you activate this theme, an options page is created in order to help you make the theme settings much easier. This page is located in the admin panel Photolux Photolux Options.

b. Setting a custom fieldMany times in this documentation you will be told that you have to set a custom field for a page or post. There are some custom fields that have been created for this theme. Those custom fields are located just below the main content area of the page/post when opened in "edit" mode. For the portfolio items the section is called "Photolux PORTFOLIO ITEM SETTINGS" and for the pages the section is called "Photolux PAGE SETTINGS".

c. Setting a thumbnail to the postIn order to set a thumbnail (featured image) to a post/page, when creating/editing your post/page in the bottom of the right sidebar you will see a link "Featured Image":

If you click on this link, a window will be opened where you can choose the image. When you select the desired image, you have to clickconverted by

on the "Use as featured image" link.

4. The headera. Changing the logo

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You can either use your own existing logo image or edit the included logo PSD file. If you choose the second option then the file you need to edit is called logo.psd (located within the photoshop_files folder) - this file contains both dark and white skins logos. The font that is used for the "Photolux" text is called "PT Sans Narrow" (you can download it for free from here) and the font used for the "photography studio" is called "CAC Champagne" (can be downloaded for free from here). Changing the logo image You have to go to the options setting page Styles Logo and upload (or insert the image URL) in the Logo Image section. In this section you can also set your logo image width and height:

b. The menu

In WordPress version 3.0 a very nice feature for menu management has been added. Now you can very easily create custom menus with a great flexibility. In order to set the main menu in the header section you have to follow these steps: 1. Go to Appearance Menus and create a new menu. After you create the menu, you can add P

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