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Documentation: RedWaves

Getting Started

Alright, let’s get to work. Assuming that you’ve already downloaded your copy and installed WordPress on your server (or locally on your computer), please perform the following checks:

Theme Requirements

First, make sure you have the latest WordPress installation. If you don’t know your WordPress version, you can check it by visiting your WP dashboard and looking at the bottom of page. While RedWaves will work with older versions of WordPress, it is recommended to have at least WordPress version 4.0 or higher.

Now save your downloaded ZIP somewhere safe on your computer.


Theme Installation

You can install your RedWaves Theme using two methods:

  • Via WordPress (recommended).
  • Using an FTP client.

Don’t know how to install a WordPress theme? Please check this guide.

Regenerate Thumbnails

If you already have had content on your site, you will need to Regenerate thumbnails.

Don’t know how to regenerate thumbnails? Here is a guide for you!


Update Theme

Since version 2.0.0, RedWaves now supports Automatic Updates just like WordPress themes available at WP.org theme directory. Whenever a new update is out, you will receive an update notification in your WordPress dashboard. And with just one click, your RedWaves theme will be updated to latest version.

It’s important to know that to enable automatic updates on your website, you will need to activate it first. To activate your website, go to RedWaves => Theme License and enter your license key ( available at “My Account” page ) and save. Then click Activate.


How to create new menu?

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  1. Go to Appearance.
  2. Go to Menus.
  3. Choose a name for your menu.
  4. Click Create Menu.
  5. To add a menu item, you can easily select one of your already made pages on the left hand side and clickAdd to Menu.
  6. You can also add menu items by entering a custom name and custom link into the Custom Links box.

Menu Locations

RedWaves supports 3 menu locations; the “Top Menu”, located at the left corner of the Top bar, the “Primary Menu”, which is located at the top of the theme underneath the logo, and the “Mobile Menu”, which will be visible only on small screen devices.

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You must ensure that the 2 check-boxes for Primary Menu and Mobile Menu are set for your navigation menu. If you are not going to use the Top Menu, you can leave the Top Menu checkbox un-checked.

Adding Icons to menu

One of the best features of RedWaves is that it allows you to choose from +500 Font Icon and add it to your menu items. To add icons to your menu items follow the instructions below:

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  1. Go to Appearance => Menus and select your menu.
  2. To add an icon to a menu item, expand the item box and click Choose Icon. A box of icons will popup as shown below:menu-icons2
  3. Here are 600+ icons that you can choose from. Click any icon you want and it will be automatically assigned to the item. Sometimes, you will find it a bit hard to find the icon you want among those hundreds of icons, so we made it possible to assign an icon by just writing its class in the red framed textfield (see the image above). Still don’t know the class of your icon? No problem, just head over toFontAwesome website (we are using FontAwesome icons, by the way!) and use the search field to locate your icon. Once you found it, visit its page and copy its class to the red framed textfield (right next toChoose Icon link). For example, the Home icon has a class of  fa-home.
Please note that if you want to add an Icon to a newely created item, you need first to click Save and then you can assign an Icon to this item.

Options Panel

Themient Options Panel

Themient Options Panel (TOP) is a very powerful and user friendly tool that allows you to configure your brand new theme and explore the various options to make your site truly customized theme. All the options and sections are well documented inside the options panel so there is no need to rewrite them here.

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Import & Export

From the options panel, you can backup and restore theme settings at anytime and on any website. It’s highly recommended that you backup your settings after you complete customizing the theme just in case.

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Pages & Templates

Our theme supports two Page Templates:

  • Default Template: The default template is used to create most of the pages, except homepages, and features a sidebar.
  • Contact Template: This template is a full featured Contact page that will allow your user to send you email without the need to install any plugins or anything else.

To create the contact page, create a new page and change its template to Contact from the Page Attributes box:

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The set the page title, write a short text and Save. Now if you visit your page, alongside the page content, will appear a full Contact form like the one in the screenshot below:

contact-page

The email will be sent to your WordPress e-mail address (located in Settings => General).

If you want to change the Anti-spam question. Open contact_template.php with any code editor and find this line: if ( $human != 2 ) {and change 2 to any integer you want. Then, scroll down until you find this phrase: How many eyes does a typical person have? Now change this question so an average user would easily guess the correct answer.

Post Formats

Our theme supports 8 Post formats:

  1. Standard
  2. Aside
  3. Gallery
  4. Image
  5. Quote
  6. Link
  7. Video
  8. Audio

The default post format is Standard. To change the post format use the Format box available in the post editor sidebar (unless you hide it from the Screen Options). See the image below:

post-formats


One of the best features of our theme is Unlimited Sidebars! Yes our theme allows you to create unlimited number of sidebars and assign them for any section of your site (Homepage, Single post, Single page, Archive, Search and more). Also, you can assign custom sidebars for unique posts and pages directly from the post editior.

To create sidebars and manage them select Sidebars from the Options Panel. Once you created a new sidebar, it will appear in Widgets page alongside the other sidebars. See the screenshot below (those sidebars inside the red rectangle are custom sidebars created from the Options Panel):

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On every page and post, you can choose the Sidebar Position (Right or Left) or select None to completely disable sidebar for the current page or post. The default sidebar position can be changed from the Options Panel (check Design & Layout section).

RedWaves comes with a lot of powerful custom widgets to help you easily add features and functionality to your WordPress theme in a very easy and user-friendly way. Here is a full list of available Custom widgets:

  1. RedWaves: Recent Posts
  2. RedWaves: Popular Posts
  3. RedWaves: Related Posts
  4. RedWaves: Recent Comments
  5. RedWaves: Social Icons
  6. RedWaves: Latest Tweets
  7. RedWaves: Facebook Page Plugin
  8. RedWaves: Author Profile
  9. RedWaves: Author Posts
  10. RedWaves: Login Widget

To manage widgets go to Appearance => Widgets.


Shortcodes

RedWaves makes use of 6 custom shortcodes:

shortcodes

  1. Highlight
  2. Dropcap
  3. Styledlist
  4. Grid
  5. Notification
  6. Button

So instead of writing the shortcode code manually, you could use these buttons to make the process a lot easier!


Translating Your Theme

All of our themes are translation-ready and RedWaves is no exception!

A detailed article on How to translate WordPress themes is already in our Knowledge base.

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