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General information


Thank you for purchasing Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme! We’re very pleased that you have chosen our plugin to extend your website. We’re doing our best not to disappoint you! Before you get started, please check out these documentation pages. Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme can only be used with WordPress and we assume that you already have it installed and ready to go. If you don’t, please see WordPress Codex to get started.


Requirements for Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme


Before using Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme, please meet the following requirements:

  • essentials to run WordPress – here you can find more information – in case any doubts regarding the server, contact your host provider,
  • latest version of WordPress, which you can download here,
  • create secure FTP and Database.

What’s Included


When purchasing our theme from Themeforest, you need to download the Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme files from your Themeforest account. Navigate to downloads tab on Themeforest and find Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme. Below you’ll find a full list of what is included the .zip file, along with a brief description of each item.
Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme Folder contains:

    • bloglytheme.zip – main installation folder

Support


All of our items come with free support. For some help you can reach to our dedicated support forum. Free support is limited to questions regarding the themes features or problems. We provide premium support for code customizations or third-party plugins. If you need help with anything other than minor customizations of your theme, feel free to contact us on premium@createit.pl.

For free support, follow the steps below

  • Step 1Click Here to create a free forum account. You’ll need your Themeforest purchase code, which can only be received when purchasing the theme from Themeforest.net.
  • Step 2 – Enter your Themeforest Purchase Code, an e-mail and a password.
  • Step 3 – Once you have an account, sign in to the forum and get started.
  • Step 4 – Find your theme on a forum home page.
  • Step 5 – Create new issue by clicking on a button at the right.

Before You Post On a Forum

We urge you to follow the steps below, before you post a new topic on the forum, to speed up your request. It’s in everyones interest and will benefit in making the entire forum more efficient:

  • Step 1 – Always check the Documentation and the Knowledgebase Section. Most questions are already answered in those areas.
  • Step 2 – Always use our Forum Search before you post, it’s possible that your issue has already been brought up and answered.
  • Step 3 – If your question hasn’t been brought up, please post a new topic. Always be as specific as possible. Creating a topic requires entering the live URL to your home page or page that shows the issue in question. It also has bars for WP and FTP login info, which aren’t required, however, providing us with your login information can save a lot of time for both of us. Login credentials are securely stored and accessible only by our support staff.
  • Step 4 – We usually answer questions in 24 hours on working days. However if you don’t get any answer in 72 hours bump up your question or send us an e-mail.

Our support hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM UTC +1 on Monday to Friday.

Premium Support

We can create your website from scratch, redesign it or just extend the current ones. For more information, please take a look at our website.

Typical issues covered by Premium Support:

  • Custom CSS
  • Support for third party software and plug-ins
  • WordPress Installation with Theme configuration
  • Server configuration
  • Site structure modifications
  • Graphic adjustments, etc.
  • WordPress general howto’s

Installation via Administration Panel


If Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme files are downloaded from your Themeforest account, you can start an installation using WordPress administration panel.

Once you’ve logged in to your administration panel go to Appearance > Themes. Depending on your version of WordPress, you’ll see Add New or two other tabs: Manage Themes and Install Themes.

Themes section

Themes section

Here you can find instructions how to proceed with 3.9.0 and lower versions of WordPress.

 

If you’re using newer version, follow steps below to install the theme:

  • Step 1 – click on Add New
    Add New

    Add New

  • Step 2 – choose Upload Theme option to upload .zip file
    Upload theme

    Upload theme

  • Step 3 – choose bloglytheme.zip from you computer.
  • Step 4 – once file is chosen click Install Now
    Install theme now

    Install theme now

  • Step 5 go to Appearance > Themes and Activate Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme
    Activating theme

    Activating theme

  • {Step6}

Common Install Error: Are You Sure You Want To Do This?

If you get the following question message when installing Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme.zip file via WordPress, it means that you have an upload file size limit. Install the theme via FTP or call your hosting company and ask them to increase the limit.


Installation via FTP


To install Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme via FTP, follow steps below:

  • Step 1 – Unarchive bloglytheme.zip file
  • Step 2 – Access your host web server using FTP client
  • Step 3 – Find directory wp-content > themes
  • Step 4 – Put folder Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme in directory wp-content > themes
Installation directory

Installation directory


Learn more:

WordPress codex – FTP clients


Custom post types


Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme comes with number of custom post type, for example:

  • portfolio items,
  • faq items,
  • galleries,

For the correct operation of Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme you have to install and activate dedicated for custom post types plugin:

custom-post-types

custom post types

With these plugins your custom post types will be saved in your admin panel, even if you change your WordPress theme.


Notice: Plugin must be installed and activated right after you install and activate the Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme – otherwise you might be encountered problems with correct theme functioning.

install

Install the plugin


Import demo content


The fastest and easiest way to import our demo content is to use Theme Options 1-click Demo Importer. It will import all pages and posts, several sample sliders, widgets, theme options, assigned pages, and more. We recommend this approach on a newly installed WordPress. It will not replace content such as posts, pages, portfolio, etc. and delete current menus, but configure them and replace theme options. By that, if you have created some posts, pages or portfolio content before an import, you won’t loose them.

To import our demo content, please follow the steps below:

  • Step 1 – install and activate plugins listed in Recommended Plugins message {warning}
    Recommended plugins

    Recommended plugins

    and WooCoomerce plugin, if you’d like to use shop functionalities.

  • Step 2 – setup Media thumbnails sizes in Settings > Media to recommended values:
    • Thumbnail size: Width: 150px Height: 150px
    • Medium size: Max Width: 300px Max Height: 300px
    • Large size: Max Width: 1024px Max Height: 1024px

If you’re using WooCommerce product images sizes in WooCoomerce > Settings > Products

  • Step 3 – navigate to Appearance > Theme Options > General – 1-click Demo Import
  • Step 4 – click the Import demo content button with multipage or onepager version.
    (WARNING:The image below is only an example of how the 1-Click Demo section might look like. Depending on the theme, the amount of images and/or tabs of the import demo contents, this option might look different.)

     

    1 click to import demo content

    1 click to import demo content

  • Step 5 – importing can take a few minutes. Please be patient and wait for it to complete. Once it will be loading, you will see message with indicating progress.

Learn more:

Common errors with “1-Click Demo Import”


Blogly Customizer


Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme comes with an advanced customizer, which allows to edit most of theme elements in one place. To use it navigate to Appearance > Customize

Customizer Blogly

Customizer Blogly

Most of Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme customization is made from three panels in Theme Customizer:

  • Blog
  • Page
  • Shop

 

In General you can setup logos, copyright text and main theme settings.

Notice:

All changes made with customizer will be applied only once you click on

save


Blog


Let’s look at the Blog section of the Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme

Blog Customizer

Blog Customizer

–Motive colors

In Blog you’ll find all the main options to customize your Theme

Motive Settings

Motive Settings

There’s only two options for motive colors:

  1. Motive colors
    • Motive – changes the general feel of the theme
    • Parallax background color – changes background color in parralax layout

–Slider colors

Slider example

Slider example

With this settings you are able to set the colors for the main page slider

Slider colors settings

Slider colors settings

  1. Slider colors
    • Font color
    • Arrow color
    • Button color
    • Button hover color

–Top-bar settings

Top-bar example

Top-bar example

Top bar is the area Over or Under the Navigation bar. You can also disable it. Additionally you can change its image background and logo.

Top-bar settings

Top-bar settings

  1. Top-bar settings
    • Choose Image for background of Top bar
    • Choose Image for logo in Top Bar
    • Append NavBar – Over/None/Under

–Nav-bar settings

Nav bar settings are meant to controll navigation bar style.

Menu location - Top

Menu location – Top

Menu location - Sidebar

Menu location – Sidebar

 

The options that are available here are:

Nav-bar settings

Nav-bar settings

  1. Nav-bar settings
    • Choose your menu location – Top or Sidebar
    • Choose your menu style – 3 different styles to choose from (type 1, type 2, type 3)
    • Choose Logo for sidebar menu – Vsible only in the sidebar version of the menu
    • Choose background image for sidebar menu – Visible only in the sidebar version of the menu

–Layout

This is the core panel of it all, the options here are:

Layout

Layout

  1. Layout
    • Choose your layout – 4 different layouts (grid, big, wide, parallax)
    • Show sticky posts? – Pulls layout up for that extra style(parallax excluded)
    • Pull layout on top of top bar? – Yes/No
    • Choose your advert frequency – Choose how often adverts will appear (between the posts)
    • Number of columns for grid layout – Special control for grid layout (choose 1, 2 or 3 columns)
    • Show first post as full width each page? – Style first post differently (for wide and grid)
    • Sidebar location – Right/Left/None
    • Main pagination style:
      1. Inner
        Inner pagination

        Inner pagination

      2. Outer
        Outer pagination

        Outer pagination

    • Infinite sliding (don’t use with additional pagination) – Active infinite scroll option for blog page.
    • Auto Infinite sliding – will work only when Infinite sliding option is active. New posts will load automatically on the page.
    • Show additional pagination on top of the posts? – If needed enable pagination on top of posts index

–Single Post

Here you will be able to customize the elements for the single post

Single Post settings

Single Post settings

  1. Single Post
    • Featured media style – Change the layout of single post view – cover photo(audio/video) or standard
    • Sidebar location – Sidebar visibility on single post view left, right or none
    • Show Navigation – Hide the navigation to the next and preview post.
    • Show “You may also Like” – Hide the suggested posts.

–Posts options

Posts options settings

Posts options settings

  1. Posts options
    • Show more buttons – show/hide
    • Show tags – show/hide
    • Show title – show/hide
    • Show date – show/hide
    • Show author – show/hide
    • Content view -control length of posts in index view

–Footer

Footer settings

Footer settings

  1. Footer
    • Choose footer style – White Background/Black text or White Background/Black text
    • Pre footer layout – 1 above 2 below or 3 uneven columns

Page Customizer


Page customizer

Page customizer

–Layout

This panel controls sidebar visibility on pages – left, right, none or both.

Layout customizer

Layout customizer

Theres only one option for the Layout:

  1. Layout
    • Sidebar Location – Left/Right/Both/None


Shop


Shop customizer

Shop customizer

–Layout

Here you can choose to display standard woocommerce layout or use Blogly one.

Layout Shop customizer

Layout Shop customizer

There’s only one option for the Layout:

  1. Layout
    • Shop layout – Custom/Standard

–Call to Action

Call to Action example

Call to Action example

This panel controls special banner that appears on woocommerce shop (if layout is set to custom).

Call to Action settings

Call to Action settings

  1. Call to Action
    • Show
    • Title
    • Text
    • Button Text
    • Button Link

–Badges

Badges example

Badges example

This panel controls special banner that shows under Top Content Shop in woocommerce shop.

Badgets settings

Badges settings

Theres only one option for the Layout:

  1. Badges
    • Posts show badges – Show/hide
    • Choose Image for 1st badge
    • Title for 1st badge
    • Text for 1st badge
    • Choose Image for 2nd badge
    • Title for 2nd badge
    • Text for 2nd badge
    • Choose Image for 3rd badge
    • Title for 3rd badge
    • Text for 3rd badge


Using widgets


(WARNING:The image below is only an example of how the Widget section might look like. Depending on the theme this option’s content might look different.)

Widgets are small blocks of content, which you can find in theme footer or sidebar. They were originally designed to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress Theme to the user, which is now available on WordPress Themes to include the header, footer, and elsewhere in the WordPress design and structure. Widgets require no code experience or expertise. They can be added, removed, and rearranged on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets panel.

Just drag and drop the widgets you want, into the right hand side where your sidebars and footer widgets are listed. Simply drag your widgets over to the sidebar or footer column, and then populate the content.
There are various fields and settings you can choose for each individual widget and all are self explanatory. You can also use multiple widgets per footer column, just drag and drop them into place. And you can put as many widgets as you want inside sidebar. Once you have finished populating the widgets, always make sure to hit the Save button to save the settings.

Just drag widget from the left hand side and drop it on the right

Just drag widget from the left hand side and drop it on the right


Additional sidebars


In Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme you’ll find this additional sidebars for special uses:

Custom widgets

Custom widgets

  1. Additional sidebars
    • Additional Nav Bar Content – adds widget area to navbar
      Adding widgets to Nav bar

      Adding widgets to Nav bar

    • Additional Top Bar Left Content  – adds widgetizied areas to top bar on both sides of the logo
    • Additional Top Bar Right Content – adds widgetizied areas to top bar on both sides of the logo
    • Socials in your content – adds socials in various places
    • Ads 1 – creates widgetizied areas for adverts between your posts
    • Ads 2 – creates widgetizied areas for adverts between your posts
    • Ads 3 – creates widgetizied areas for adverts between your posts
    • Top Content – appears under the navbar in posts index pages
      Added CT-Sticky widget to Top Content

      Added CT-Sticky widget to Top Content

    • Top Content Shop – appears under the navbar in woo shop page
      Example of using CT - ProductSlider in Top Content Shop

      Example of using CT – ProductSlider in Top Content Shop

    • Top additional content 1 – content pages appear under top content sidebar in posts index pages
    • Top additional content 2 – content pages appear under top content sidebar in posts index pages
    • Top additional content 3 – content pages appear under top content sidebar in posts index pages
      Example of using CT - LinkBox widget in Top additional contents

      Example of using CT – LinkBox widget in Top additional contents


Additional widgets


Additional widgets featured in Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme:

Additional widgets

Additional widgets

  1. Additional widgets
    • CT-FacebookBox – displays Facebook like box
    • CT-Instagram – displays your Instagram Feed
    • CT-Page – Displays Page as Widgets
    • CT-RecentBlogly – Display recent posts
    • CT-Sicky – Display Sticky Posts
    • CT-copyright – Displays copyright note
    • CT-FeaturedProducts – Displays Featured Product
    • CT-LinkBox – Display image with a button and link
    • CT-ProductSlider – Display Products as Slider
    • CT-Socials – Displays social buttons

Creating blog posts


No matter which method you use to display your blog posts, first thing you need to do is create them.

Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme offers several blog post types:

  • Standard
  • Aside
  • Image
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Quote
  • Link
  • Gallery
Post formats

Post formats

Follow the steps below to create a blog post

  • Step 1 – navigate to Posts in your WordPress admin.
  • Step 2 – click on Add New to make a new post. Create a title and insert your post content in the editing field. You can use any of our VisualComposer elements inside the post.
    Add new post

    Add new post

    If you want to use some additional fields, choose them from screen options at the top of the screen.

    Screen options

    Screen options

  • Step 3 – add Categories from the right side. To assign it to the post, check the box next to the Category name.
  • Step 4 – add Tags from the right side. Type the name of the tag in the field, separate multiple tags with commas.
  • Step 5 – for a single image, click the Featured Image box, select an image and click Set Featured Image.
  • Step 6 – for a Gallery, insert more than one Featured Image, each image will be a slide in the gallery slideshow. Slides will be order by the date when the images was added to Media
  • Step 7 – for a video post, paste the iFrame embed into the Video Embed Code field, file url to M4V file url or OGV File URL or Direct video url from Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion
  • Step 8 – create an excerpt – Excerpts are optional hand-crafted summaries of your content that can be used in your theme. Learn more about manual excerpts
    Excerpt

    Excerpt

  • Step 9 – once you finished, click Publish to save the post.

Blog index page


The most popular way of displaying blog posts is to setup blog index page. There all of your posts will be displayed and ordered by publish date.
To set the page as your post page, navigate to Posts page tool in Settings > Reading and choose Blog index page from the ones you created.

Blog index page

Blog index page

Notice:
On Blog index page you will see only your posts, so don’t add any other content to it.


WooCommerce


Installation
  1. Activate plugin “WooCommerce”
    After activation you will see notification about installing WooCommerce pages:
    WooCommerce pages

    WooCommerce pages

    Click on Install to import following WooCommerce pages:

    • My Account
    • Checkout
    • Cart
    • Shop
  2. Configure WooCommerce settings
  3. Learn more about WooCommerce
Translation

WooCommerce plugin can be translated to any language. Here you can find instructions how to do that.


Customization


Blogly - Fancy Wordpress Blog Theme appearance, which you can see on our {demo-page}, is one of many available options. You have a couple of alternatives to customize the way you want it, except changing components’ appearance.

    1. Theme Customizer – navigate to Appearance > Themes and click Customize to open customization panel with options to change colors and backgrounds
    2. Use Custom CSS
    3. Create your own shortcodes
    4. Contact us – we can create your website from scratch, redesign it or just extend existing one – just send us an mail to premium@createit.pl

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