Harmony Theme Documentation

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How to install your new theme

Before you can upload your theme, you first need to download the theme package from the Elegant Themes Members Area. Log in and locate your desired theme on the list and click the "download" link. There will be two download options: Theme Package and PSD Files. Click the "Theme Package" link to download the theme. Next you must upload the .ZIP file you just downloaded to your website via the WordPress Dashboard. Log in to wp-admin and click the Appearances > Themes tab. Next click the "Install Themes" button and then click the "Upload" link. Click "Choose File" and locate the .ZIP file you just downloaded and click "Install Now." Once then theme has been uploaded, you can activate it from within the Appearances > Themes tab.

Adding thumbnails (aka "featured images") to your posts

For each post, you can define an image that will be displayed along with your content on Posts and Category pages. Thumbnail images (aka Featured Images) are added using the "Featured Image" option within your WordPress Dashboard. Whenever you create or edit a post, look for the "Featured Image" box. This box will be located to the right of your text editor or below your text editor depending on the size of your screen. Click the "Set featured image" link and upload the image that you would like to use. Once uploaded, scroll down and select "Full Size" as your image size, and then click the "Use as featured image" link. This image will now be used as your Thumbnail image for the post.

Important Note: The WordPress thumbnail function re-sizes the image you upload based on what thumbnail sizes are needed for your theme. Each time you change a theme, you may need to re-generate these thumbnails so that they fit your new theme correctly. You can use the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin each time you switch themes to re-generate your thumbnails. After enabling this theme, you should run this plugin to update all of your old thumbnails to avoid design inconsistencies.

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.

Adding Songs

You can add new songs using the Audio post format. Click "Posts > Add New" to create a new post. Within the post creation page, look for the "Format" box and select the "Audio" post format. Once selected, some additional settings will appear below the text editor within the "ET Settings" box. Here you can link to your song's audio file. The audio player supports .mp3 and .ogg file formats. You should upload both file formats to help ensure that all browsers can play your audio files. Once your song has been published, it will show up on the homepage in your audio player.

Creating New Events

You can create events using the "Events" custom post type. Once the theme has been activated, you will notice that a new "Events" section has been added to your WordPress Dashboard menu. Click the "Events > Add New" to create a new even. Within the Events creation screen, you can add Event data such as Date, Location, Venue, and Price. You can also link to your Ticket Processor (such as ticketmaster). Events taking place in the near future are displayed on your homepage automatically.

Managing Your Media Gallery

You can create new Photo Galleries using the "Galleries" custom post type. Once the theme has been activated, you will notice that a new "Galleries" button has been added to your WordPress Dashboard. To create a new gallery, simply click the "Galleries > Add New" button. Below the text editor, within the "ET Gallery Settings" box, you can choose from all of your uploaded photos and select which ones you would like to add to your gallery. To upload new photos, use the "Media > Add New" section of your WordPress Dashboard. Once uploaded, new photos will show up in the photo selection section when publishing a Gallery.

Selling Merchandise with WooCommerce

Harmony is compatible with the WooCommerce plugin. You can download it for free here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/. You can view documentation on how to use the plugin here: http://wcdocs.woothemes.com/. Once you have created a new product via the WooCommerce plugin, you must make it a "Featured Product" for it to show up on your homepage. To do this, locate your product from within the "Products > Product" menu in your WordPress Dashboard and click the "Quick Edit" button. Locate and select the "Featured" checkbox and save the post.

Customizing Background Images

You can define your own Background Images for the Header, as well as the Audio and Gallery sections on the homepage. To upload a background image for each section, go to the Appearances > Harmony Theme Options page and navigate to the General Settings > General tab. Look for the "Header Section Custom Background," "Featured Songs Section Custom Background" and "Media Gallery Section Custom Background" settings. Click the "Upload Image" link to upload a new image. Once uploaded, click the "Use For _____ Section Custom Background" link.

Customizing your theme's colors using the Theme Customizer

Harmony uses the WordPress Theme Customizer interface to allow you to adjust your theme's colors quickly and easily. To use the Theme Customizer, click the Appearances > Themes > Customize link. This will launch the customizer along with various color options.

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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