Using the Anticipate plugin is quite simple. The first thing you will need to do is upload the plugin files to WordPress so that it can be activated. To do this, log in to wp-admin and click on the Plugins > Add New link. Once the page loads, click the "Add New" followed by the "Upload" link. Here you can browse your computer's hard drive and locate the AnticipatePlugin.zip file. Once selected, click the "Install Now" button to install the plugin.
After the plugins has been uploaded, click on the "Plugins > PLugins" link and locate the "ET Anticipate Maintenance Plugin" box. Click the "activate" button. The plugin has now been activated
Using The Anticipate Plugin
The Anticipate plugins works by serving your visitors an alternate "Coming Soon" theme. As soon as you activate the plugin, all of your visitors will be sent to this theme instead of the theme that you have activated. Once you log in as an admin, however, this "coming soon" theme disappears and your real website appears. This allows you to seamlessly build your website in the background as an admin while all of your visitors are redirected to the coming soon page.
Once you activate the plugin, you will need to configure a few settings. To do this, click the Settings > ET Anticipate Plugin link in wp-admin. Here you can add your logo image, choose an estimated time of completion, define which pages will appear in the slider and define destination URL's for your facebook and twitter icons.
Configuring the Countdown
To configure the countdown, all you need to do is choose a time of completion from within the plugin's options page. Click on the Settings > ET Anticipate Plugin link in wp-admin and locate the "Date" field. Click in the field to reveal a dynamic calendar. Here you can browse the calendar and choose a "completed on" date. Once you have chosen your date, click the "Save Changes" button. When you log out and view your website, the countdown should be activated.
Defining a Custom Logo Image
You can define your own logo image from within the ePanel theme options page in your WordPress Dashboard. Within ePanel, under the General Settings > General tab, locate the "Logo" field. In the field, input the full URL to your logo image. You can use the "Upload Image" button below the field to upload your logo image if haven't already done so. After installing, copy and paste the URL to the file into the field and click "Save" to save your ePanel settings.
If you don't already have a logo image, then you can use the included logo.psd file as a starting point. If you have Photoshop, this file can be opened and the logo's text can be easily edited using Photoshop's type tool. If you don't have Photoshop, then you can use included logo_blank.png file as a blank canvas in a different graphic design program. These files (logo.psd and logo_blank.png) are located within the Theme Package inside the /psd/ folder.
Configuring the Slider
The slider, located below the progress bar, is "page-based," which means each of the slides is a "Page" created in WordPress. To add a slide to the slider, you will first need to create a page for that slide. Click the Pages > Add New link in wp-admin and create your page. Once created, click the Settings > ET Anticipate Plugin link, and selected your newly created page from the list of pages under the "Slider Pages" option. You can select multiple pages.
Using Sample Data to populate your first installation
If you are starting from scratch, and installing your theme onto a WordPress blog that does not have any content yet (posts, pages, categories, etc), then you can choose to import our sample data file, which will populate your new WorPress blog with "dummy content." This dummy content is just a bunch of gibberish text, however, it will give you a good template to work with. Instead of following the above instructions, some people prefer to simply upload the sample data first, and then replace the dummy content with their own. To do this, you can use the Tools > Import feature in wp-admin to import the included sample data file. This sample data file comes with all themes, and is located in your theme folder here: sampledata/sample.xml. When performing the import procedure, be sure to check the "Import epanel settings" box.
Using Shortcodes - Create advanced layouts with ease
All of our themes come with a comprehensive collection of shortcodes. These shortcodes allow you to use pre-made design elements to create advanced page/post layouts without any HTML knowledge. When you install the theme, you will notice that some new buttons have been added to the WordPress text editor. Clicking these buttons will reveal options for adding shortcodes to your post. For complete shortcode documentation you can refer to the video on the left, as well as the following documentation page: http://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/TheProfessional/357-2/
Using Page Templates To Create Advanced Layouts
All of our themes come with a collection of page templates that can be used for a variety of purposes. You can apply each of these page templates to any page that you have created. When you edit a page in wp-admin, you will notice a Templates dropdown menu to the right of the text editor. Here you can select from a list of available page templates. Once a template is selected, additional settings will appear in the "ET Page Templates Settings" box below the dropdown menu. These settings should be configured to acheive the desired result, as outlined in this video tutorial.
Translating The Theme To Another Language
You can use the included Mo and Po files (located in the /lang folder of your theme) to translate the various English words that occur throughout the design. You can learn more about translating WordPress here: Translating WordPress
How To Update Your Theme To A New Version
Updating your theme is done via the WordPress Dashboard just like any normal theme. Before you can update, however, you must first authenticate your Elegant Themes subscription using the Elegant Themes Updater Plugin. Once authenticated, you can update your Elegant Themes using the standard update interface in WordPress.
To authenticate your WordPress installation, you must first download and install the Elegant Themes Updater. Download the ZIP file here, and then install it via the Plugins > Add New link in your WordPress Dashboard. Once it has been installed and activated, navigate to the Settings > General tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will notice that a new section has been added called "Elegant Themes Automatic Update Settings." Here you will need to input your Elegant Themes Username as your Elegant Themes API Key. You can find your Elegant Themes API Key here. Once both fields have been filled in, click the "Save Changes" button. You can now update your theme when a new version has been released via the Dashboard > Updates page, or via the Appearances > Themes page.
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