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
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.
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.
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.
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.