Ares Murphy Theme Installation

Install a New WP Theme

Step 1: Login to your site as an admin user. Then go to Dashboard > Appearance.

Step 2: Open the Themes menu.

Step 3: Then click on Add New button.

Step 4: Click the Upload Theme link on the next page.

Step 5: Then click on the Choose file button and select Ares file from your computer directory.

Step 6: Now click on the Install Now button and wait until the installation completes. After successful installation of the theme, click on the Activate button and enjoy the theme features. After activating, this theme will be used for the whole site instead of the default WordPress theme.

Plugin Installation

For using all of the theme features, you have to install and activate the required plugins. All essential plugins are included in the Ares Murphy theme.

  • King Composer
  • King Composer Pro
  • Themeum Portfolio
  • Themeum Presets
  • Themeum Demo Importer
  • WooCommerce
  • Contact Form 7
  • WP Instagram Widget
  • MailChimp for WordPress Lite
  • Widget Settings Importer/Exporter

Install above essential plugins in 2 easy steps.

Step 1: Go to Dashboard. You will see a notification at the top of the page asking to install the recommended plugins. Install these recommended plugins from there.

Step 2: Then click on the Activate link under each plugin title and enjoy these plugins.


  • Themeum Project: Themeum Project is an essential and required plugin. It has all the core features of the theme, like the post type, all custom shortcodes, widgets etc.
  • KingComposer: KingComposer is used for making page layouts. We’ve developed 10+ dedicated custom shortcodes exclusively for Ares Murphy.
  • To access our shortcodes go to Dashboard > All Pages. There you can add a new page or edit an existing page. Click “Edit With KingComposer” while editing the page using the WordPress backend. Edit Page > Edit With KingComposer.Then click the Elements button to open the elements/shortcodes list. 

    Finally add your desired elements and shortcodes.

  • MailChimp for WordPress Lite: You can use this plugin for collecting email addresses and this plugin is not mandatory.
  • Widget Settings Importer/Exporter: Import and Export widget settings. This plugin is not mandatory.
  • Contact Form 7: You can use this for Contact form and this plugin is not mandatory.
  • Themeum Demo Importer: You can use this plugin to import the demo contents in one click. Remember, the demo contents are only for experiment, but not authorised for live sites.

Demo Import

Import Sample Data: If you want to experiment with the demo data on your website then you need to import the sample data. From menu, choose Tools > Import > WordPress, then you will see the “Import WordPress” option which allows you to upload a .xml file from / Demo Content folder found inside the extracted folder that you get from the download theme package (a zip file). If this tool is not installed on your site, you have to install the “WordPress Importer” plugin to enable the functionality.

One Click Demo Import

One Click demo Import Sample Data: Once you install the theme’s required plugin “Themeum Demo Importer”, you will get an option to import the demo contents in just a single click. After installing and activating the “Themeum Demo Importer” plugin, go to Dashboard > One Click Demo Install option (to the bottom left side). The following page will arrive.

Then you can import any of the available demo variation(s) from the appeared ones by clicking the “Import Demo” button inside each of the demo thumbnails. Importing demo will take a while, so be patient.

It’s an important part of the Ares Murphy theme Installation process. At first you need to set your menu for the Primary Menu location. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Menus, then click on Manage Locations and select/create your menu for the Primary Menu location. You can follow the below screenshot.


Static Home Page

WordPress shows the latest blog posts by default on the front page. If you want to make it look like the demo Ares Murphy site, then you need to set a static Home Page. To do it, navigate to Dashboard > Settings > Reading. On that page, choose static page in the Front page display section. From the dropdown menu, select the page called Home (if you have already created the page) as the Front page, and save changes.


Make sure to configure the permalink structure. By default, WordPress generates web URLs having question marks and lots of numbers in them; however, WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This can improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of your links. From WP admin panel go to the following path Settings > Permalink then select “Post name” as the permalink structure of your WordPress site.

Widgets Settings Import

Import Widget Setting Data: If you want to use the demo site widget settings on your website, we recommend to install and activate “Widget Settings Importer/Exporter” plugin which gives you the ability to import the demo widget settings, saved as a .json file type. The import will not overwrite any data currently within the sidebars, but will increment the widgets and add a new instance of the widget. Choose Tools > Widgets Setting Import then select widget_data.json file from Demo Widget Settings folder directly from the demo content folder (found inside the Ares Murphy theme package you’ve downloaded). Then click on Show Widget Settings Button. Select all or those widgets which you really need and use “Import Widget Settings” button. All widgets with registered sidebars will be imported.

King Composer Doc

To read the doc Click Here

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