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 Personal Blog.zip file from your computer directory.
Step 6: Now click on the Install Now button and wait for the installation completes.
Essential Plugins and Installation
For using all features you have to install and activate all required plugins. All essential plugins are included in the Personal Blog theme.
- Contact Form 7
- WP Instagram Widget
- 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 Activate link under each plugin title and enjoy these plugins.
- Contact Form 7: You can use this for contact form purposes and this plugin is not mandatory.
- Instagram: It’s a required plugin. You can fetch your Instagram photos on your website using this tool.
- Widget Settings Importer/Exporter: Import and Export widget settings. This plugin is not mandatory.
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. Click WordPress, then you will see the “Import WordPress” option which allows you to upload .xml file from / Demo Content folder. If this tool is not installed on your site, you have to install “WordPress Importer” plugin manually.
It’s an important part of Personal Blog theme Installation process. Select your menu for Primary Menu Location. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Menu then click on Manage Locations and select “Main Menu” for Primary Menu Locations. You can follow the below screenshot.
Set Static Home Page (Required)
WordPress shows blog posts by default on the front page. If you want to make it look like the demo Personal Blog site, then you need to set a static Home Page. See the way how to set Static Home Page. Navigate Dashboard > Settings > Reading. From here select static page then for Front page select Home. You can follow below screenshot.
Setup Permalink (Required)
Make sure to configure permalink. By default WordPress uses web URLs which have 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”.
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 Personal Blog theme package youâve 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.