Sprout & Spoon - A WordPress Theme for Food Bloggers

Contents

1. Installation & Setup: Getting Started with Sprout & Spoon

2. How do I add social media icons to Sprout & Spoon?

3. Sprout & Spoon's Category Index Shortcode

4. Add Category Index to the Homepage or Blog in Sprout & Spoon

5. How to setup Sprout & Spoon's newsletter widget

6. Changing font family in Sprout & Spoon - CSS Selectors

7. Changing font size in Sprout & Spoon - CSS Code

8. How do I change my theme's fonts?

9. How to create a static homepage & separate blog page

10. How do I set up my navigation menu?

11. How do I import the demo content?

12. How do I get the "Continue Reading" / "Read More" link in my posts?

13. How do I add the "Continue Reading" link to posts in Sprout & Spoon?

14. How do I create a Contact Me page?

15. How do I translate my theme to another language?

16. What are the ideal image dimensions to use in my theme?

17. How to update your theme

18. How to add a little logo image to menu

19. How to determine a post, page, or category ID

20. How do I enable/disable comments on my posts and pages?

21. Add a "Read More" link to your "About Me" widget

22. How to find your purchase code

23. How do I set up my Author Box?

24. Solo Pine Referrals // Share the love, earn some cash!

25. Why is Facebook pulling in the wrong image when I share my post?

26. Error: Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet

27. Theme Support Coverage FAQs

28. Add an image to your About Me widget

29. Fonts used in demo logo images

30. Creating additional WordPress Users

31. How do I add a Featured Image?

32. Instagram feed isn't updating on the site

33. Hide Featured Area on subsequent (paginated) homepage/blog pages

34. Show post feed on homepage

35. Default fonts used in each theme

36. Google Search Console: Mobile-Friendly Test Recommendations

37. Change how many posts display per page

38. How to configure "Instagram Feed" plugin

1. Installation & Setup: Getting Started with Sprout & Spoon

Please note: This FAQ Article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme.




Whether you're brand new to WordPress or would just like a quick lesson on basic Sprout & Spoon theme features, you're in the right place! Below, we'll go through a number of how-tos regarding standard theme functions, from installing the theme to setting up your sidebar, recipe card, and more.


To skip directly to a specific section in the article, please use this index:



INSTALLING THE THEME


So you've purchased Sprout & Spoon and you're ready to get started-- great!

When you purchase a Sprout & Spoon license from ThemeForest & download the theme package, you will receive a zipped folder titled "themeforest-15659257-sprout-spoon-a-wordpress-theme-for-food-bloggers".
Unzip this first folder.

Within the unzipped theme package, you will find a number of folders such as demo content, documentation, logo image files, etc. There is also 1 additional zipped folder within, titled "sprout-spoon.zip".

Important: DO NOT unzip this "sprout-spoon.zip" folder! This particular .zip folder should remain zipped.




"sprout-spoon.zip" is the main theme.

Within your WordPress Dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes.
Click the "Add New" button at the top-left of the page > Click the "Upload Theme" button at the top.
Click "Choose File" > find your zipped "sprout-spoon.zip" file > Click the "Install Now" button.




Once the theme is successfully installed on your WordPress, you can "Activate" it via the installation page or via Appearance > Themes to switch over and begin using your Sprout & Spoon theme!


Please note: If you try installing the entire zipped theme package or another incorrect file, you'll likely receive this error message:


"The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet. Theme install failed."


If you receive this error message, please be sure that you're installing the ZIPPED file titled "sprout-spoon.zip".





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CREATING A POST


Sprout & Spoon has the possibility to create 4 different types of posts: standard, gallery, video, and audio.

In order to activate these post options, you'll first want to ensure you've installed & activated the required Vafpress Post Formats UI plugin. This plugin comes included with the theme.
When you first activate Sprout & Spoon, you should notice a banner notification across the top of your dashboard advising you to install specific required & recommended plugins.



Install & activate the Vafpress Post Formats UI plugin by clicking the "Begin installing plugins" link. Check the boxes next to the plugins > select "Install" from the drop-down menu > and click "Apply".

After, follow the same steps yet select "Activate" from the drop-down menu (plugins need to be both installed AND activated to function).





To create a new post, go to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Add New.


POST FORMATS


Pre-WP 5.0/Gutenberg update: Above your content box & toolbar, you'll see a series of tabs titled Standard, Gallery, Video, and Audio. Select whichever tab you'd like your post format to be in. Each tab will give you different input boxes depending on the content you'd like to add.

After WP 5.0/Gutenberg update: On the right side of the screen is a sidebar element with various options. Toward the top of this sidebar is the "Post Format" option. Choose your preferred format from the drop-down menu. Scroll down the page to where you'll see a box titled "Post Format Content". Here, you can add images to your Gallery post, an audio file to your Audio post, etc. 



Standard Post

A standard post is the default post type.
You can add text and images to your post using the tools and content box.
Example of a standard post: http://solopine.com/sproutspoon/devilishly-decadent-chocolate-fudge-cookies/



Gallery Post

A gallery post allows you to create a slideshow-type gallery at the top of your post. After clicking the "Gallery" tab to choose this post format option, click the "Pick Images" button within the "Gallery Images" box that has appeared. Select whatever images you'd like from your WordPress Media Library.
Example of a gallery post: http://solopine.com/sproutspoon/my-favorite-cinnamon-crumble-apple-pie/



Video Post

A video post displays a video at the top of your post. You can share videos from nearly all video hosting sites, such as Vimeo or Youtube. Simply copy & paste the video's URL, oembed code, or embed code into the special input box. When you preview or publish your post, the video will appear.
Example of a video post: http://solopine.com/sproutspoon/caramel-pecan-gelato-with-honey-drizzle/



Music Post

An audio post allows you to share a music or audio track and displays it at the top of the post. Like the video post, simply copy & paste the track's URL, oembed code, or embed code into the special audio input box. When you preview or publish the post, the track will appear.
Example of an audio post: http://solopine.com/sproutspoon/triple-berry-smoothie/




FEATURED IMAGE AND CATEGORIES


Once you've determined your post format, entered your title, and added your content, remember to assign at least 1 category to your post. Additionally, also ensure you assign a featured image to the post. Featured Images will represent the post in your site's various thumbnails and when visitors share your post on social media. 


 



POST LAYOUTS


You can set your singular post pages' layout (sidebar or no sidebar) on the post's edit screen. Scroll down below the post text box where you'll see a section titled "Post Options".  Within is a drop-down menu titled "Post Layout".  Choose your desired layout option. 






Once you're finished preparing your post, you can click "Preview" to preview how your post will look once published onto your site, click "Publish" to have it appear on your site, or click "Save Draft" to save your post as it is, though not publish it yet.

To learn about how to add the "Continue Reading" link seen on the demo site to your posts, check out this article: How do I add the "Continue Reading" button to posts in Sprout & Spoon?



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CREATING A PAGE



A standard, static page is similar to creating a post in many ways, and is ideal for creating an About Me or Contact Me section to your website.

To create a new page, navigate to WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New.
Like a post, you can enter a page title, add content, and assign a featured image.

Additionally, you have the option of choosing between a number of page templates/layouts via the drop-down menu on the right titled "Template":




Once you've published your new page, it will not automatically appear in your main menu. For a tutorial on adding items to your main menu, please check out this FAQ article: How do I set up my navigation menu?



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RECIPE CARD



Sprout & Spoon comes with its own custom recipe card plugin to let you outline and share your recipes easily and beautifully. To use this feature, please ensure you have installed & activated the included plugin titled Solo Pine Recipes.




To create a new recipe card, navigate to a post's create/edit screen. Scroll down to the section titled "Recipe Card". Here, you can fill out recipe characteristics such as:

When you type the ingredients and/or instructions within their respective text boxes, add each ingredient or step on its own separate line as if you were creating a list.

Afterward, you can determine where the recipe card will display within your post or page by using a shortcode. A shortcode is a little bit of code that tells WordPress where to display an element.

The shortcode, [sp_recipe], is noted within the post's create/edit screen for easy reference. You can copy this shortcode and paste it within your post's text body wherever you'd like the recipe card to be displayed.

To adjust your recipe card's appearance and other settings, you can navigate to Appearance > Customize > Recipe Card Settings

Here, you can change all of the recipe card element's various colors and disable the print button if you prefer.


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CREATING A CATEGORY PAGE


A category page is a dynamic page that pulls in all of your posts assigned with a particular category.
You do not create a category page like you would a standard page (described above). 
A category page is generated by WordPress after you add a category to your main menu.

First, ensure you've assigned the category to at least 1 published post.
Then, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Menus and click the drop-down box heading titled "Categories" on the left of the page. Below, your categories will be listed. Check the box next to your desired category and click "Add to Menu". Be sure to save.
When you click on the newly-created menu item, it will take you to that category's page.





For more information on creating a category page, please check out: How do I set up my navigation menu?


ADJUSTING THE LAYOUT OF YOUR CATEGORY PAGES:

Category Pages which display all posts related to a particular category, Tag Pages which display all posts related to a particular tag, Author Pages which display all posts related to a particular author, etc., are called "Archive Pages". 

To change the page layout of your archive pages, head to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > and choose from the layout options within the "Archive Layout" section.

Here, you can also enable or disable the sidebar from displaying on Archive pages.






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CATEGORY INDEX SHORTCODE





Sprout & Spoon offers a unique shortcode called the Category Index Shortcode. This little bit of code allows you to display a grid of posts from a particular category within a page or post simply be pasting in the little shortcode and adding parameters to customize it. 

This category index element can be a wonderful feature if you'd like to create a page that pulls in posts from multiple categories-- for example a page that displays a selection of posts from your Breakfast Recipe category, followed by your Lunch Recipes category, your Dinner Recipes category, etc. 

For steps on how to implement and customize your Category Index feature, please refer to this article: Sprout & Spoon's Category Index Shortcode.


 

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HOMEPAGE SETTINGS


Your homepage is the first page visitors will see when they arrive at your website. By default, the homepage will be the page that also displays all of your posts, beginning with the most recent. We call this feature the "post feed".

Not seeing your post feed on the homepage? Check out: Show post feed on homepage

To customize how your homepage looks, including its layout, colors, enabling/disabling the sidebar, etc., navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Customize

Under the various drop-down tabs on the left of this screen, you'll find loads of ways to customize your homepage & website in general. 

For example, within the "General Settings" tab, you can choose your homepage's post layout and enable/disable the sidebar.




Be sure to explore the various options within this Customizer section. The live preview on the right will show you a preview of how each adjustment will visually affect your site.

If you'd like your homepage to instead be a static page and have your post feed display on another page entirely, please check out our tutorial here: How to create a static homepage & separate blog page.




ADDING A LOGO IMAGE 


To add in your preferred logo image, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Logo & Header Settings > Upload Logo > and upload your desired logo image here. It will automatically replace Sprout & Spoon's demo logo image with your own.  

Within this Customizer screen, you can also increase/decrease the amount of padding above and below your logo image. Play around with the "Top Header Padding" and "Bottom Header Padding" options to find the spacing you best prefer. 

Want to have your logo image resemble the demo logo we created for Sprout & Spoon's demo site? We've included the PSD-format file in the theme's package you downloaded from ThemeForest. You're very welcome to edit this file via Photoshop to have it say/look how you wish.   


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CREATING A MAIN MENU


Setting up Sprout & Spoon's main menu is quite simple! For a walk-through on how to go about it as well as more specific how-to tutorials, please check out: How do I set up my navigation menu?



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ADDING A FEATURED IMAGE


Assigning a featured image to your posts is very important, as the featured image is what the theme & other web functions use to visually represent the post in various situations.

For a walk-through on where and how to assign a featured image, please take a
look at: How do I add a Featured Image?

Additionally, even if you don't want the featured image to display at the top of your post, you should still assign a featured image. Once that's done, you can hide the featured image from the top of your posts by navigating to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Post Settings > And checking the box next to "Hide featured image" or the box for "Hide featured image only on single post pages". 





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ADDING SOCIAL ICONS


SOCIAL ICONS IN TOP BAR & FOOTER:

Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Social Media Settings.

Here, you will see a list of social networks followed by a text input box. If you'd like to have a social icon for a particular social network, you can type in your username for that particular network.

Please note that you do not need to insert your profile's full URL into this box unless prompted to do so. Only your related username is required. The username you enter will be added into a pre-set URL for the network.

For example, if you enter the Instagram username "solopine" within Social Media Settings, your Instagram icon will automatically link to the URL: https://www.instagram.com/solopine

Once you enter your username into a particular social network's text box, its icon will appear in your top-bar & footer social icon areas. If you leave a social network's box blank, the social icon will not appear in the top-bar or footer areas.




SOCIAL ICON WIDGET:

To add the social icon widget to your sidebar, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.

Drag the widget titled "Sprout & Spoon: Social Icons" into your Sidebar's widget area. Check the box for the social networks you'd like to display in the widget. 

Please be sure you've also entered your related social networks' usernames within Appearance > Customize > Social Media Settings, otherwise the social widget's icons won't know where to link. 


Don't see your desired social network? There are tons of social media sites out there and we're unfortunately not able to include built-in options for all of them in the theme. However, don't fret! We have a tutorial written up on how to add custom icons to your theme here: How do I add social media icons to Sprout & Spoon?



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ENABLING THE FEATURED AREA 





Sprout & Spoon's featured area highlights 3 posts or pages of your choosing toward the top of the homepage. 


ENABLING YOUR FEATURED AREA:

To enable your featured area, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Featured Area Settings > and enable the element here.


Please ensure your posts have a featured image assigned to it. 

Sprout & Spoon gives you two options for assigning an image to represent a post in the featured area: 

  1. One option is to simply assign a Featured Image to your post. By default, this is the image that the featured area (and many other sections around the theme) will pull in to represent your post. For more information, check out: How do I add a Featured Image?
  2. Sprout & Spoon also allows you to assign a specific image to represent the post in the featured area separate from your post's Featured Image. To assign an alternate featured area image, navigate to your post's create/edit screen and look in the meta box titled "Post Options". Here, you can choose your "Custom Featured Area Image" which will only appear in the featured area to represent your post. 


CHOOSING YOUR FEATURED AREA'S POSTS:

Within Appearance > Customize > Featured Area Settings, you have 3 options for choosing which posts appear in your featured area:


  1. All latest posts: By default, the area will display your latest published posts.
  2. Posts from specific category: From the drop-down menu titled "Select Featured Category", you can also choose a particular post category to display in your featured area.
  3. Specific posts/pages: In the box beneath the title "Select featured post/page IDs", you can determine exact posts and/or pages to display in the featured area. To learn how to identify a post or page's ID, check out: How to determine a post, page, or category ID





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SETTING UP YOUR PROMO BOX WIDGETS




Sprout & Spoon offers a special widget called "Sprout & Spoon: Promo Box". This widget can be given an image, title, and hyperlink of your choosing as an eye-catching, beautiful way to link to posts, pages, or external URLs. Insert the promo box widget into your sidebar area as a stand-alone widget, or, stack them high!

To set up your promo box widget, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > and drag & drop the "Sprout & Spoon: Promo Box" widget into the sidebar area.

Give the widget a height, link in an image, insert a hyperlink, and add a title if you'd like. The widget also allows you to set how much spacing will be applied beneath the widget itself in case you'd like to stack several widgets close together or space them further apart. 






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SETTING UP YOUR NEWSLETTER WIDGET





Sprout & Spoon includes custom stylings for the "MailChimp for WordPress" plugin which allows you to display a beautiful newsletter sign-up form. You can insert this form within the Sidebar area, in a special widget area beneath the Featured Area element, or in a special widget area beneath a Post on its singular post page. 

For steps on setting your newsletter form up, please check out this article: How to setup Sprout & Spoon's newsletter widget


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SETTING UP YOUR SIDEBAR



A sidebar is a vertical content area that displays to the right of your main content/post area. You customize your sidebar by stacking up different widgets that display a variety of things.





ENABLING/DISABLING THE SIDEBAR:

To enable/disable the sidebar on your homepage and/or your archive pages (category pages, tag pages, etc.) navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > General Settings
Here, you can check or un-check the boxes next to "Disable Sidebar on Homepage" and "Disable Sidebar on Archives".


To enable or disable the sidebar on your Posts, you can do so from within the post's create/edit screen. This allows you to enable the sidebar on your singular post page on a post-by-post basis. Within the post's create/edit screen, scroll down to the "Post Options" box. There will be a drop-down menu titled "Post Layout" which lets you choose a layout with or without sidebar. 


To enable or disable the sidebar on your static Pages (pages created within WP Dashboard > Pages) you can do so within the page's create/edit screen using the "Templates" drop-down menu on the right side.


ADDING WIDGETS TO YOUR SIDEBAR:

To add, remove, or edit your sidebar widgets, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.
On the left, you will see a list of the available widgets to choose from.
On the right, you will see a few different widget areas in the theme.

To add a widget to your sidebar, simply drag & drop a widget on the left into the widget area titled "Sidebar".





EDIT WIDGETS IN YOUR SIDEBAR:

Once you've dropped a widget into the Sidebar widget area, click on its heading. A drop-down will appear and you can make any necessary adjustments to the widget's settings. From this widget setting drop-down, you can also delete the widget.

To position widgets within the sidebar, drag and drop them above or below each other.






SETTING UP THE FOOTER AREA


The footer area is the lower portion of the theme that will appear on all pages of your site. It can include:




SOCIAL ICON AREA:
The footer's social icon area is directly connected with Sprout & Spoon's top-bar social icon area. To choose which social icons you'd like to appear, enter your username for each social network platform within Appearance > Customize > Social Media Settings.

For more information, please reference the section above titled "Adding Social Icons".

INSTAGRAM FOOTER AREA:
Similar to the section above regarding "Setting up your Sidebar", the footer has a widget area titled "Instagram Footer" where you can add in a widget to display your Instagram images in a full-width section.
The widget is simply called "Instagram" and is made available after installing & activating the plugin called WP Instagram Widget.

To add the Instagram widget, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.
On the right, you'll see the theme's different widget areas. One of which is the widget area titled "Instagram Footer".

Drag the "Instagram" widget from the left of this screen into the "Instagram Footer" widget area. To edit the widget's settings, click on the widget's heading once it's been placed in a widget area. A drop-down area will appear.

To have your Instagram footer display like the Sprout & Spoon demo site's, set the "Number of photos" option to be "12". Set the "Photo Size" to "Large" and give the widget a "Title" if you'd like the white text box overlay to appear on top of the images. 


COPYRIGHT TEXT AREA:
At the very bottom of the theme is a bar which features a text area to include copyright or disclaimer text. You are not required to include a copyright or disclaimer statement. In fact, you can type whatever you'd like in this area!

To edit the two footer text areas, look within
WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Footer Settings.



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For help troubleshooting issues in Sprout & Spoon or to see some fun customization tutorials, check out all of Sprout's FAQ Articles here! Sprout & Spoon Articles

And, as always, if you have any theme-related questions you can't find the solution to in our FAQ article database, you're always welcome to open up a new support ticket. 



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2. How do I add social media icons to Sprout & Spoon?

Please note: This FAQ Article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme.



How do I add social media icons to my top-bar, footer & social widget?


WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Social Media Settings

Here, you can type in your username for whichever social media network you'd like. Once entered, the social media icons will appear in your site's header and the footer area. If you leave the text box blank for a social media network, the icon will not appear.

Please note: you only need to enter your username, not your social media account's full URL. The username you enter will be added into a pre-set URL for the network.

For example, if you enter the Instagram username "solopine" within Social Media Settings, your Instagram icon will automatically link to the URL: https://www.instagram.com/solopine


For your social media widget, please ensure you have navigated to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > and added the "Sprout & Spoon: Social Icons" widget to your Sidebar area.




What if the social media network icon I want to add isn't listed within Social Media Settings?

It's possible to manually add a custom social media icon if the one you'd like isn't available within Sprout & Spoon's default settings. A bit of adjustment to the theme's code will be required.

Solo Pine uses Font Awesome's icons for social media icons. They offer a huge variety of icons to choose from. You'll first want to find the social icon via Font Awesome that you'd like to add.

Font Awesome's Icon Directory

In this example, we'll be adding a VK icon to Sprout & Spoon.
On Font Awesome's icon page, you can see that the code for the VK icon is "vk".




ADDING THE ICON TO SPROUT & SPOON'S TOP-BAR:




To reach the necessary theme file, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "header.php".
However, if you would like the convenience of line numbers within the theme file, we recommend using the code editor plugin called WPide

Once WPide is activated, navigate to WP Dashboard > WPide > themes > sproutspoon > "header.php".


Between Lines 27 - 39, you'll see a big block of code which is for all the various social icons available within Sprout & Spoon. On Line 39, you'll see the line of code for the RSS feed icon. This line of code looks like this:

<?php if(get_theme_mod('sprout_spoon_rss')) : ?><a href="<?php echo esc_url(get_theme_mod('sprout_spoon_rss')); ?>" target="_blank"></a><?php endif; ?>


Create a new, blank line directly beneath this RSS feed code. 
On this new, blank line, copy & paste the following code. 
Make sure to replace the dummy text YOUR-VK-PROFILE-URL-HERE with your VK profile's URL.

<a href="YOUR-VK-PROFILE-URL-HERE" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-vk"></i></a>


Note: If you're adding another icon that is NOT for VK, be sure to replace the "vk" class text in the above code with your desired icon's code, such as "vimeo-square". 

Additionally (following the code example above), you'll need to add a "fa fa-" preceding the icon code.




Be sure to save the "header.php" document when you're finished.





ADD THE ICON TO SPROUT'S SOCIAL WIDGET:




To manually add an icon to Sprout & Spoon's social widget, you'll need to access a theme file called "social_widget.php". 

This is located within the theme's "inc" folder and then within the "widgets" folder. You cannot access these folders just from WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor. You will need to access them via FTP, or, via a code editor plugin such as WPide (recommended).

Once WPide is installed/activated, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > WPide > themes > sproutspoon > "inc" folder > "widgets" folder > and open the file titled "social_widget.php".

Between Lines 59-73, you'll see a big block of code for various social networks.

The block of code looks like this:



Create a new, blank line after the last line of code (for the RSS feed) and above the closing "/div" tag.

Here, you can copy & paste the code below.


<a href="YOUR-VK-PROFILE-URL-HERE" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-vk"></i></a>




Again, be sure to replace the dummy URL text with your own. And, if you're inserting another icon that is NOT for VK, remember to replace the "vk" in the code with your own icon's ID.

Save the file when you're done making changes.





ADDING THE ICON TO SPROUT'S FOOTER:




To add an icon to the footer area, you can access the necessary file via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "footer.php". Or, if you would prefer helpful line numbers in the theme file, you can use the code editor plugin WPide

If you are using WPide, you can access the file by navigating to WP Dashboard > WPide > themes > sproutspoon > and open "footer.php". 

Between Lines 16-28, you will see a big block of code for the footer's social media icons.
On Line 28, you'll see the line of code for the RSS feed social icon. 

Directly beneath Line 28, create a new, blank line. On this blank line, copy and paste the following code:

<a href="YOUR-PROFILE-URL-HERE" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-vk"></i> <span>VK</span></a>




Again, be sure to replace the dummy text with your profile page's URL.

Additionally, the footer social area has the social network's name in text next to the icon. If you are not inserting a VK icon, remember to not only change the Font Awesome ID to your own, but ALSO to change the text between the two "span" tags in the above code.

Save the theme file when you're finished.




If you have any troubles while following the above instructions, please feel more than free to open up a new support ticket at https://solopine.ticksy.com and let us know. We'd be happy to help!

3. Sprout & Spoon's Category Index Shortcode

Please note: This article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme. 



Sprout & Spoon includes a unique shortcode which allows you to display a number of posts from a particular category in a grid-like layout. This feature can be helpful if you'd like to create an index page, for example, to display a sampling of your latest posts from a variety of categories. 




THE CATEGORY INDEX SHORTCODE


Inserting a category index is as simple as copying and pasting a bit of shortcode in a post or page where you'd like the category grid to appear. 

First, please be sure that you've installed and activated the plugin titled "Solo Pine Recipes". This plugin comes bundled with the theme and should appear in a notification banner at the top of your WordPress Dashboard requesting you to install required/recommended plugins. 






The basic shortcode looks like:

 

[sp_index]

 

Simply adding the above basic shortcode to a post or page will display your 3 most recently published posts from any category. 

To customize the index grid, you can apply special parameters to your category index grid. Please reference the section below for the necessary steps. 



SHORTCODE PARAMETERS


The following shortcode parameters are bits of text you can insert into the basic shortcode (above) to apply specific characteristics to what your category index grid displays and how it displays it.

Below, we'll share the parameter options. In the next section, we'll demonstrate how the various parameters alter the category index grid.

Here are a list of the parameters (descriptions appear to the right of each parameter):

title=""                  // custom title above grid
cat=""                    // slug name of category. leave blank to get all posts.
amount="3"                // # of posts to show
cols="3"                  // number of columns. 2, 3 or 4
display_title="yes"       // yes/no to display post titles
display_cat="no"          // yes/no to display post cat above post title
display_date="yes"        // yes/no to display post date
display_image="yes"       // yes/no to display post images
cat_link="yes"            // yes/no to display cat link
cat_link_text="View All"  // use custom cat link text



EXAMPLES OF SHORTCODE PARAMETERS IN ACTION



TITLE

[sp_index title="breakfast"]


We've inserted the parameter title="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
In this example, I've given the category index grid a title of "Breakfast". 
This will apply the title of "Breakfast" above the category index grid. 





CATEGORY

[sp_index cat="desserts"]


We've inserted the parameter cat="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
In this example, I've given the category index grid a category of "Desserts". 
This will have the category index grid only pull in the 3 latest posts from the category titled "Desserts". 

When you use this category parameter, it will automatically add a "VIEW ALL" link to the right of your index grid's title. 
Further below, we will go over the ways you can customize or disable this "VIEW ALL" link. 

You are very welcome to apply multiple parameters to the shortcode. 
For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title parameters together, it would look like:


[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts"] 





 


AMOUNT OF POSTS

[sp_index amount="4"]


We've inserted the parameter amount="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
"Amount" refers to how many posts to display within this category index grid. 
In this example, I've given the category index grid a post amount of "4". 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.  For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND post amount parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" amount="4"] 






COLUMNS

[sp_index cols="2"]


We've inserted the parameter cols="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode.  
"Cols" refers to how many columns the category index grid will display your posts in. 
In this example, I've given the category index grid a column count of "2".  

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.  For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND post amount AND column count parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" amount="4" cols="2"]


 




DISPLAY POST TITLE?

[sp_index display_title="no"]


We've inserted the parameter display_title="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode.   
This will disable your post titles from appearing in the category index grid. By default, the post titles will display.
In this example, I've hidden the post titles. 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.  For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND post amount AND column count AND post title parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" amount="4" cols="2" display_title="no"]






DISPLAY POST CATEGORIES?

[sp_index display_cat="yes"]


We've inserted the parameter display_cat="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
This will disable your post categories above the post titles. By default, the post categories will not show. 
In this example, I've chosen to show my posts' categories. 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.  For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND post amount AND column count AND post categories parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" amount="4" cols="2" display_cat="yes"]







DISPLAY POST DATE?

[sp_index display_date="no"]


We've inserted the parameter display_date="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
This will disable your post dates. By default, the post dates will show. 
In this example, I've chosen to hide my posts' dates. 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode. 
For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND post amount AND column count AND post dates parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" amount="4" cols="2" display_date="no"]






DISPLAY POST IMAGE?

[sp_index display_image="no"]


We've inserted the parameter display_image="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
This will disable your post images. By default, the post images will be displayed. 
In this example, I've chosen to hide my posts' images. 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.   For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND post amount AND column count AND post image parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" amount="4" cols="2" display_image="no"]






DISPLAY CATEGORY/VIEW ALL LINK?

[sp_index cat_link="no"]


We've inserted the parameter cat_link="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
This will disable the "VIEW ALL" category link. By default, if the category index grid has a category assigned to it, the "VIEW ALL" link will be displayed. It will link to the related category page. 
In this example, I've chosen to hide my "VIEW ALL" category link. 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.  
For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND category link parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" cat_link="no"]






CUSTOM CATEGORY LINK TEXT

[sp_index cat_link_text="all dessert recipes"]


We've inserted the parameter cat_link_text="" into the standard [sp_index] shortcode. 
This allows you to change the category link text to whatever you prefer. By default, it will say "VIEW ALL". 
In this example, I've chosen to have my category link say "ALL DESSERT RECIPES" instead. 

You can apply multiple parameters to the shortcode.    For example, if you would like to apply the category AND title AND category link text parameters together, it would look like:

[sp_index title="breakfast" cat="desserts" cat_link_text="all dessert recipes"]



4. Add Category Index to the Homepage or Blog in Sprout & Spoon

Please note: This article is specifically for the Sprout and Spoon theme. 


Sprout & Spoon offers a Category Index Shortcode which you can use to display beautiful rows of grid items highlighting your latest posts or even a particular category of posts. The shortcode is generally used to add the category index to a post or static page by copying and pasting its shortcode into the text editor box. 

To learn how to create a Category Index and insert it into a post or page's body, you can follow the instructions outlined in this article: Sprout & Spoon's Category Index Shortcode.


Alternatively, if you wish to display a Category Index on your homepage or blog page which contains your published post feed, this is also possible by inserting a bit of code into a theme's "index.php" file. 

First, create your desired Category Index Shortcode (for instructions on how to do this, please reference the tutorial article link above). This may include a title, which category in particular you'd wish to display, the number of grid posts for the row, etc. 

For example, it may look like this:

[sp_index title="Featured Desserts for Autumn" cat="desserts" amount="3" cols="3" display_date="no" display_title="yes"]


Next, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open up the theme file titled "index.php". 

On Line 20 down from the top of the document, you'll see this line of code:

<div id="main" <?php if(get_theme_mod('sprout_spoon_sidebar_homepage') == true) : ?>class="fullwidth"<?php endif; ?>>


On the blank line directly BELOW this line of code, you can copy and paste the following code:

<div class="post-entry">

    <?php echo do_shortcode('YOUR-CATEGORY-INDEX-SHORTCODE-HERE'); ?>

</div>


Please remember to replace the dummy YOUR-CATEGORY-INDEX-SHORTCODE-HERE on the second line of that code with your own category index shortcode. When finished, it will look similar to this:


<div class="post-entry">

    <?php echo do_shortcode('[sp_index title="Featured Desserts for Autumn" cat="desserts" amount="3" cols="3" display_date="no" display_title="yes"]'); ?>

</div>


Note: If you would like to add more than 1 category index shortcode stacked upon each other, you can use the following template. Just be sure to add a separate category index shortcode onto each of the "php echo do_shortcode" lines. 

<div class="post-entry">

    <?php echo do_shortcode('[sp_index title="Featured Desserts for Autumn" cat="desserts" amount="3" cols="3" display_date="no" display_title="yes"]'); ?>
    <?php echo do_shortcode('[sp_index title="Featured Vegetarian Recipes" cat="vegetarian" amount="4" cols="4" display_date="no" display_title="yes"]'); ?>

</div>


Save changes to the file when finished. 


5. How to setup Sprout & Spoon's newsletter widget

Please note: This article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme. 


Sprout & Spoon comes with custom CSS stylings for the "MailChimp for WordPress" plugin. This plugin allows you to insert a newsletter sign-up form in either your Sidebar area, beneath a Post on its singular page, or beneath the homepage's Featured Area.

If you would like to apply the same stylings to your newsletter form as seen on Sprout & Spoon's demo site, you can follow the steps below. 








1. SIGN-UP FOR MAILCHIMP

First, please ensure you have signed up and created an account with MailChimp ( http://mailchimp.com ). 

The first step you'll want to do is to create a "List" within your MailChimp account. This is where all of your subscribers' information will be kept. 

To create a MailChimp List:
Log into your MailChimp account > In the top menu area, click "Lists" > Click the "Create List" button > Fill in the requested information like List name & the email address you will be sending your newsletter from, etc. > finalize creating your List. 

Next you will need to have your MailChimp account generate a unique "API Key" number. This API Key is used to link your MailChimp account to your WordPress "MailChimp for WordPress" plugin which is collecting your newsletter sign-ups.

To find your MailChimp API Key: 
Log into your MailChimp account > Your Account Page > Extras > API Keys > Create a key.

2. INSTALL THE PLUGIN

Next, you'll need to install the MailChimp for WordPress plugin onto your WordPress.

Installing the Mailchimp for WordPress plugin: 
Log into your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New > Search for term "MailChimp for WordPress" > Install Now > Activate Plugin.

Once installed, navigate to the plugin's Settings page.  Here, you'll want to copy and paste your MailChimp account's API Key into the form and click "Save changes".

Want your newsletter sign-up form to look just like the Sprout & Spoon demo?

If you would like your newsletter sign-up form to look just like Sprout's demo, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > MailChimp for WP > Forms.

In the big text box, replace the code you see within with the following code instead:

<div class="subscribe-box">
 
    <div class="subscribe-text">
      <h4>Never Miss a Recipe!</h4>
      <p>Sign up and receive the latest tips via email.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="subscribe-form">
      <input type="email" name="EMAIL" placeholder="Your email address" required />
      <input type="submit" value="Subscribe" />
    </div>
</div>


Note: If you'd like to change the text from "Never Miss a Recipe!" to something else, you can do so on the 4th line of the above code. 

3. ADDING THE NEWSLETTER WIDGET TO YOUR SITE

To then add your newsletter sign-up form to your site, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets and add the "MailChimp Sign-up Form" widget to your desired widget area on the right side of the screen. 


6. Changing font family in Sprout & Spoon - CSS Selectors

Please note: This article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme



This list of Sprout & Spoon's text element CSS is in coordination with this article: How do I change my theme's fonts?

Below, we've noted nearly all of Sprout & Spoon's text elements and how to target them with CSS in order to change their font-family. 

Should you have any questions regarding the below elements, want any clarification, or would like a hand adjusting the font of elements within Sprout & Spoon, please don't hesitate to open up a new support ticket and let us know!




/* ----- GENERAL BODY TEXT ----- */
p,.post-entry,.post-entry p
/* ----- HEADER AREA ----- */
/* Navigation menu items */    #nav-wrapper .menu li a 
/* Top-bar search text */    #searchform input#s 
/* ----- FEATURED AREA ----- */
/* Category */    .feat-inner .cat a  
/* Post title */    .feat-inner h2 a 
/* ----- POST HEADER ----- */
/* Post header title */    .post-header h2 a,.post-header h1 
/* Post header category */    .post-header .cat a 
/* ----- POST & PAGE CONTENT ----- */
/* Theme's body text */    .post-entry p 
/* Post/Page blockquotes */    .post-entry blockquote p 
/* Post/Page numbered lists & bulletted lists */    .post-entry ul li,.post-entry ol li 
/* 'Continue Reading' link */    .more-link 
/* Post/Page Body H-tags */
.post-entry h1 
.post-entry h2 
.post-entry h3 
.post-entry h4 
.post-entry h5 
.post-entry h6 
/* ----- RECIPE CARD ----- */
/* Recipe Title */    .post-entry .recipe-overview h2 
/* Serving & Cook Time Text */    .recipe-overview .recipe-meta span 
/* "Print Recipe" Button */    .recipe-overview a.sp-print 
/* Ingredients, Instructions, Notes Titles */    .post-entry .recipe-title 
/* Ingredients List Items */   .post-entry .sp-recipe ul li 
/* Instructions List Items */    .post-entry .recipe-method .step 
/* Notes Text */    .post-entry .recipe-notes p 
/* ----- INDEX SHORTCODE ROWS ----- */
/* Section title */    .post-entry .index-heading > span 
/* "View All" link */   .post-entry .index-heading a 
/* Index post titles */   .index-item .grid-item .post-header h2 a 
/* Index post category */   .index-item .grid-item .post-header .cat a 
/* ----- CONTACT FORM 7  ----- */
/* Name, email, subject, message, etc. labels */   .wpcf7 p 
/* Input fields */    .wpcf7 input,.wpcf7 select,.wpcf7 textarea 
/* Submit button */    .wpcf7-submit 
/* ----- ARCHIVE PAGE ----- */
/* Browsing category, tag, etc. banner text */    .archive-box span 
/* Banner's category, tag, etc. title */    .archive-box h1
 
/* ----- POST & PAGE FOOTER ----- */ 
/* Post date & author */    .meta-text 
/* Post/page "By" text */    .by 
/* Post Tags */    .post-tags a 
/* Previous Post / Next Post */   .single .post-pagination
 
/* ----- AUTHOR BOX ----- */
/* "About" text */    .author-content h5 .about-italic 
/* Post author name */    .author-content h5 a 
/* Author bio text */    .author-content p 
/* ----- YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE ----- */
/* Section's title */    .post-related h4.block-heading 
/* Post titles */    .item-related h3 a 
/* Post date */    .item-related span.date 
/* ----- POST COMMENTS ----- */
/* Section's title */    .post-comments h4.block-heading 
/* "Reply" button */    .post-comments span.reply a 
/* "Leave a Reply" Text */    #respond  h3 
/* "Cancel Reply" button */    #respond h3 small a 
/* Name, email, website, etc. */    #respond label 
/* Post comment button */    #respond #submit 
/* Commentator's name */    .thecomment .comment-text h6.author,.thecomment .comment-text h6.author a 
/* Comment's date & time */    .thecomment .comment-text span.date 
/* Comment's text */   .comment-text p 
/* ----- HOMEPAGE POST PAGINATION ----- */
/* Homepage Older Posts/Newer Posts */    .pagination a
 
/* ----- WIDGETS ----- */
/* Widget titles */   .widget-title 
/* Solo Pine's Latest posts widget post titles */   .side-pop.list .side-pop-content h4 a 
/* Solo Pine's Latest posts widget date */   .side-pop.list .side-pop-content span.date 
/* WP's recent posts widget items */   .widget_recent_entries ul li a 
/* WP's archive widget items */   .widget_archive ul li a 
/* WP's category widget items */   .widget_categories ul li a 
/* Solo Pine's About widget text */   .about-widget p 
/* Newsletter widget headline */   .subscribe-box h4 
/* Newsletter widget text */   .subscribe-box p 
/* Newsletter "Your email address" text */    .home-widget .subscribe-box input 
/* Newsletter widget "Subscribe" button */    .subscribe-box input[type=submit] 
/* Solo Pine's Promo widget title */   .promo-item a
 
/* ----- FOOTER AREA ----- */
/* Instagram widget title */    .instagram-title 
/* Footer social icon text */    #footer-social a 
/* Footer Left text */    #footer-copyright p.left-copy 
/* Footer Right text */    #footer-copyright p.right-copy 
/* "Top" button */    .to-top 

7. Changing font size in Sprout & Spoon - CSS Code

Please note: This article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme. 




Would you like to change the font size of any of Sprout's text elements? Below, we've noted nearly all of the theme's text elements and how to target them with CSS in order to change their font-size.  

Simply locate the text element in the list below you'd like to alter, copy the whole line of code it includes, and paste it into WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS.  We've listed each item with its default font size, so feel free to adjust it to whatever pixel size you prefer instead.  

Should you have any questions regarding the below elements, want any clarifications, or would like a hand adjusting font-size, please don't hesitate to open up a new support ticket and let us know!



/* ----- GENERAL BODY TEXT ----- */
p {font-size: 14px;}
/* ----- HEADER AREA ----- */
/* Navigation menu items */ #nav-wrapper .menu li a {font-size: 13px;}
/* Navigation sub-menu items */ #nav-wrapper .menu li a {font-size: 11px;}
/* Top-bar search text */ #searchform input#s {font-size: 13px;}
/* ----- FEATURED AREA ----- */
/* Category */ .feat-inner .cat a {font-size: 11px;}
/* Post title */ .feat-inner h2 a {font-size: 22px;}
/* ----- POST HEADER ----- */
/* Standard post header title */ .post-header h2 a, .post-header h1 {font-size: 28px;}
/* 3 Column Grid post header title */ .grid-item .post-header h2 a {font-size: 17px;}
/* 2 Column Grid post header title */ .sp-grid.col2 .grid-item .post-header h2 a {font-size: 22px;}
/* List post header title */ .list-item .post-header h2 a {font-size: 26px;}
/* Post header category */ .post-header .cat a {font-size: 11px;}
/* ----- POST & PAGE CONTENT ----- */
/* Theme's body text */ .post-entry p {font-size: 14px;}
/* Post/Page blockquotes */ .post-entry blockquote p {font-size: 22px;}
/* Post/Page numbered lists & bulletted lists */ .post-entry ul li, .post-entry ol li {font-size: 14px;}
/* 'Continue Reading' link */ .more-link {font-size: 19px;}
/* Post/Page Body H-tags */
.post-entry h1 {font-size: 28px;}
.post-entry h2 {font-size: 25px;}
.post-entry h3 {font-size: 22px;}
.post-entry h4 {font-size: 19px;}
.post-entry h5 {font-size: 17px;}
.post-entry h6 {font-size: 15px;}
/* ----- RECIPE CARD ----- */
/* Recipe Title */ .post-entry .recipe-overview h2 {font-size: 22px;}
/* Serving & Cook Time Text */ .recipe-overview .recipe-meta span {font-size: 12px;}
/* "Print Recipe" Button */ .recipe-overview a.sp-print {font-size: 12px;}
/* Ingredients, Instructions, Notes Titles */ .post-entry .recipe-title {font-size: 14px;}
/* Ingredients List Items */ .post-entry .sp-recipe ul li {font-size: 14px;}
/* Instructions List Items */ .post-entry .recipe-method .step p {font-size: 14px;}
/* Notes Text */ .post-entry .recipe-notes p {font-size: 14px;}
/* ----- INDEX SHORTCODE ROWS ----- */
/* Section title */ .post-entry .index-heading > span {font-size: 16px;}
/* "View All" link */ .post-entry .index-heading a {font-size: 11px;}
/* ----- CONTACT FORM 7  ----- */
/* Name, email, subject, message, etc. labels */ .wpcf7 p {font-size: 14px;}
/* Input fields */ .wpcf7 input, .wpcf7 select, .wpcf7 textarea {font-size: 14px;}
/* Submit button */ .wpcf7-submit {font-size: 14px;}
/* ----- ARCHIVE PAGE ----- */
/* Browsing category, tag, etc. */ .archive-box span {font-size: 12px;}
/* Category, tag, etc. title */ .archive-box h1 {font-size: 28px;}
/* ----- POST & PAGE FOOTER ----- */ 
/* Post date & author */ .meta-text {font-size: 12px;}
/* Post/page "By" text */ .by {font-size: 13px;}
/* Post Tags */ .post-tags a {font-size: 10px;}
/* Previous Post / Next Post */  .single .post-pagination {font-size: 13px;}
/* ----- AUTHOR BOX ----- */
/* "About" text */ .author-content h5 .about-italic {font-size: 16px;}
/* Post author name */ .author-content h5 a {font-size: 14px;}
/* Author bio text */ .author-content p {font-size: 14px;}
/* ----- YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE ----- */
/* Section's title */ .post-related h4.block-heading {font-size: 13px;}
/* Post titles */ .item-related h3 a {font-size: 16px;}
/* Post date */ .item-related span.date {font-size: 14px;}
/* ----- POST COMMENTS ----- */
/* Section's title */ .post-comments h4.block-heading {font-size: 13px;}
/* "Reply" button */ .post-comments span.reply a {font-size: 10px;}
/* "Leave a Reply" Text */ #respond  h3 {font-size: 12px;}
/* "Cancel Reply" button */ #respond h3 small a {font-size: 11px;}
/* Name, email, website, etc. */ #respond label {font-size: 13px;}
/* "Post Comment" button */ #respond #submit {font-size: 10px;}
/* Commentator's name */ .thecomment .comment-text h6.author, .thecomment .comment-text h6.author a {font-size: 13px;}
/* Comment's date & time */ .thecomment .comment-text span.date {font-size: 12px;}
/* Comment's text */ .comment-text p {font-size: 14px;}
/* ----- HOMEPAGE POST PAGINATION ----- */
/* Homepage Older Posts/Newer Posts */ .pagination a {font-size: 10px;}
/* ----- WIDGETS ----- */
/* Widget titles */ .widget-title {font-size: 11px;}
/* Solo Pine's Latest posts widget post titles */ .side-pop.list .side-pop-content h4 a {font-size: 14px;}
/* Solo Pine's Latest posts widget date */ .side-pop.list .side-pop-content span.date {font-size: 13px;}
/* Solo Pine's About widget text */ .about-widget p {font-size: 14px;}
/* Solo Pine's Promo widget title */ .promo-item a {font-size: 11px;}
/* Newsletter widget headline */ .subscribe-box h4 {font-size: 16px;}
/* Newsletter widget text (in content area) */ .subscribe-box p {font-size: 14px;}
/* Newsletter widget text (in sidebar area) */ .subscribe-box p {font-size: 13px;}
/* Newsletter "Your email address" text */ .home-widget .subscribe-box input {font-size: 13px;}
/* Newsletter widget "Subscribe" button */ .subscribe-box input[type=submit] {font-size: 12px;}
/* ----- FOOTER AREA ----- */
/* Instagram widget title */ .instagram-title {font-size: 12px;}
/* Footer social icon text */ #footer-social a {font-size: 11px;}
/* Footer Left text */ #footer-copyright p.left-copy {font-size: 12px;}
/* Footer Right text */ #footer-copyright p.right-copy {font-size: 12px;}
/* "Top" button */ .to-top {font-size: 10px;}

8. How do I change my theme's fonts?

To change the theme's default fonts (and other stylings), we highly recommend using the Easy Google Fonts plugin, which allows you to easily take advantage of the scores of type options provided by Google Fonts. It also provides many ways to further customize your text beyond just fonts.

To see all of the font options provided, check out Google's Font Directory.

To search for and install this plugin in WordPress:

In this example, we will be changing the Redwood theme's body font from the default 'Lora' (image below) to the 'Playfair Display' font.





Navigate to the Easy Google Fonts settings page by going to WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Google Fonts.


STEP 1. CREATE A CONTROL

We'll first need to create a "Control". 
This is essentially just a title that will help you recognize this particular font change later on. It's especially helpful if you end up make multiple changes. You can choose any control title you want!

We'll give our control a name of "Body Text" because we're going to be changing the font-family of our theme's body text. Enter your chosen control title in the field that says "Enter control name here". Click the button titled "Create Font Control" afterward. 


STEP 2: ADD YOUR CSS SELECTORS

A white section will appear below your newly-created control requesting you add CSS selectors. 
CSS selectors are the CSS code related to the text element you want to change. This will help the plugin target and apply your desired changes specifically to your chosen element and nothing else. 

Don't know CSS code? Don't worry! 
We've created a big list of each theme's text elements and their related CSS selectors for you.
All you need to do is click through to your theme's article below, find your text element you want to change in the list, and use the related CSS selectors noted.


TEXT ELEMENTS & SELECTORS BY THEME

Hemlock - CSS Selectors
Rosemary - CSS Selectors
Redwood - CSS Selectors
Florence - CSS Selectors
Oleander - CSS Selectors
Sprout & Spoon - CSS Selectors
Laurel - CSS Selectors
Alder - CSS Selectors
Hawthorn - CSS Selectors


For our example, I'm changing Redwood's body text font.
I've gone to the "Redwood - targeting text elements" article above and found the section in the list titled "General Body Text". 



The "General Body Text" section has 3 separate CSS selectors I need to use (underlined in red above).
Please don't insert the "[SPACER]" text into the plugin field as it is not a selector, simply a way of separating different bits of code.


Note: Unless there's a "[SPACER]" text separating the multiple bits of code you need, please enter the entire string into the plugin's field as 1 complete selector.

In the Easy Google Fonts plugin field titled "Add CSS Selectors", I will add the 3 selectors underlined in red above. For multiples like this, add each one at a time, hitting your "enter" or "return" keyboard key after each. 


 


When finished, click the button titled "Save Font Control". 


STEP 3: APPLY YOUR FONT & STYLINGS

Now that we've created our control and added our CSS selectors for that control, it's time to apply the new font! 

Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Typography > Theme Typography

The font controls you've created will be listed here. 

Click the control name to have its settings drop-down beneath. 



I want to change my Redwood theme's body text from "Lora" to instead be "Playfair Display". I click on the "Font Family" drop-down and type/search for the desired font name. Instantly, the new font I've chosen will apply itself to the theme preview on the right. 




You can use the other styling drop-down options to adjust font-sizing, font-weight, apply additional scripts/subsets (if your language's characters require it), and more. 

Don't forget to check out the other 2 tabs, "Appearance" and "Position", for additional customization options as well!




Save changes by clicking the "Publish" button at the top of the Customizer screen when finished to apply these new stylings to your site. 

Want to change even more text elements in the theme? Simply repeat the above steps for each different text element.


Let us know if you have any questions about this by opening up a new support ticket!


9. How to create a static homepage & separate blog page

By default, your homepage will also display your post feed, listing all of your latest posts for visitors to see. If you would like to instead have your homepage be a static page and your post feed display on a separate page, you can follow these instructions.

First, create your new homepage and blog pages within WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New.
For this tutorial, we will be naming our static homepage "Home" and our post feed page "Blog".


Static Homepage Screenshot #1


Next, navigate to Settings > Reading. At the top of this screen, you'll see a section titled "Front page displays" or "Your homepage displays". Click the little bubble next to the "A static page" option.
From this option's "Front page" drop-down menu, select your newly created "Home" page.
From the "Post page" drop-down menu, select your newly created "Blog" page.


Static Homepage Screenshot #2


Be sure to save changes when you're finished.

The last step involves adding your "Home" and "Blog" pages to your navigation menu.
To do so, go to Appearance > Menus. Click the "Pages" drop-down menu on the left, check the boxes next to your "Home" and "Blog" pages, and add them to the menu. Drag and drop them to wherever you'd like them to be positioned in your menu. Be sure to save when finished.
For more information and tips on setting up your menu, check out: How do I set up my navigation menu?


Static Homepage Screenshot #3


Now, when you refresh your site, your homepage will display your newly created "Home" page and your "Blog" page will now display your post feed.


Static Homepage Screenshot #4


Static Homepage Screenshot #5


10. How do I set up my navigation menu?

HOW TO CREATE A NAVIGATION MENU:




The basics:



  

Adding Pages, Categories, etc. to your menu

On the left side of this screen are a number of drop-down boxes titled "Pages", "Links" and "Categories". Each heading will list available items you can add to your menu.

For example, to add a Page to your menu, please ensure you've first created the desired page (within WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New). Click the "Pages" drop-down heading. The pages you've created will be listed below (see screenshot above). Check the box next to the page you'd like to add to your menu and click "Add to menu". The selected item should now appear under "Menu Structure" column. Here, you can drag and drop the item you've added to adjust its location in the menu. You can also create sub-menus by dragging and dropping a menu item underneath another so that it's indented.



TUTORIAL: Adding a "Home" link to your menu

To add a link to your navigation menu that will direct users back to your homepage, select the "Link" drop-down menu. Enter your homepage's URL into the appropriate box and then give it a title, such as "Home". Click "Add to Menu" and drag and drop the menu item to where you'd like it to be placed.






  

TUTORIAL: Adding a Category page to your menu

Once you've created a post category (within a post's create/edit screen) and assigned it to at least one post, when you look within Appearance > Menus > Categories, you will see this category listed. Check the box next to your desired category and select "Add to Menu". WordPress will automatically generate a page and pull in all posts that have this particular category assigned to it.







 

TUTORIAL: Creating an empty parent menu item
 

 In some situations, it's preferable to have a "parent" menu item which, when clicked, leads nowhere. Nested beneath the item, there may be a variety of related "child" menu items. 

For example, a parent menu item titled "Categories" which is not hyperlinked, and child menu items of your various category options. 

To create a menu item that doesn't link anywhere, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Menus. Select the drop-down on the left titled "Custom Links". 

For its "URL" field, you can simply use a hashtag ( # ) character. 
For its "Link Text" field, you can enter whatever you'd like the menu item to be named. 
When finished, click "Add to Menu".  

Next, nest your other regular menu items beneath this un-hyperlinked parent item. 
Save changes when finished.






Sub Menus

Once you've populated your menu with items, you can create sub-menus by dragging and dropping the items "within" other menu items. When you drag one item beneath the "parent" menu item, it will indent a bit to the right. This indicates that the "child" menu item is now nested beneath the "parent" menu item. 

  



Editing Menu Items

If you wish to edit or remove a menu item, click the little arrow on the right-side of the menu item name. A selection of options will drop down, including editing the navigation label as well as removing the item altogether.

  

Additional Menu Item Features

For additional menu features, click on the "Screen Options" tab in the top-right corner of the Menu page.
Here, you can add the option of linking directly to a Post or specific Tag within your navigation menu. You can also check the box next to "Link Target" to give yourself the option of having menu items open in an entirely new tab when clicked.





For more information on menus in WordPress, check out:

http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Menu_User_Guide

11. How do I import the demo content?

Important to note: To ensure all content is imported correctly, please be sure to have installed all of the required plugins that are noted at the top of your WP Dashboard when you first installed & activated the theme.

Also good to note: While the XML file can import the demo site's content (demo posts, demo pages, demo menu items), it cannot import the Customizer settings (such as pre-set layouts). You will need to select your homepage layout, preferred colors, enable/disable sidebar, etc. within the theme's Customizer section. It only takes a moment to do! 


A theme's demo content XML file can be found in the theme package you downloaded from ThemeForest or Creative Market. It will be in a folder titled "demo" or "demo content".








This will import the demo site's images, posts, pages, etc.  


12. How do I get the "Continue Reading" / "Read More" link in my posts?

By default, your entire post will display on the homepage--sometimes this can make scrolling your homepage a bit lengthy! The "Continue Reading" or "Read More" button are a great option to implement if you'd like to shorten these posts up. You can insert the WordPress "Read More Tag" where you'd like the "Continue Reading" or "Read More" button to appear (text will depend on which theme you're using).


ADDING THE READ MORE TAG:

When creating/editing a post, hover your cursor beneath the Gutenberg block where you want the "Read More Tag" to go.

 



Click the little plus sign icon and choose the block titled "More". If you don't see it listed right away, scroll down to the section titled "Layout Elements" and select the "More" block here. 

 

A horizontal dash line will appear in your post-- this is where your "Continue reading" or "Read More" button will appear when your post is displayed on the homepage/archive pages. Any text you put underneath that horizontal dash line will not appear on your homepage/archive pages.

Change your mind? To move the "Read More" tag, click on the "More" block in your post and then use the up or down arrows to shift it around. 





AUTO-APPLYING THE READ MORE TAG:


Some people enjoy the control that manually adding the Read More tag provides-- you can choose just how much of each post to show on the homepage. Though others may prefer to auto-apply this feature to all posts. If you're interested in learning how to do this, please see the following FAQ articles:


To learn more about this Read More Tag in general, you can take a look at this: 

http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

13. How do I add the "Continue Reading" link to posts in Sprout & Spoon?

Please note: This FAQ Article is specifically for the Sprout & Spoon theme.




The "Continue Reading" link in Sprout & Spoon is a wonderful tool-- It gives your site's visitors a taste of your posts as well as keeps your homepage tidy & more easily navigable instead of displaying 100% of every post.

Sprout & Spoon gives you the option of either manually adding the "Continue Reading" link to each post, or, auto-applying the "Continue Reading" link to all posts with the click of a button. 

Both options have pros & cons. We'll go over the differences between the two and how to enable either option below.





MANUALLY ADDING THE CONTINUE READING LINK:

Also known as the "Read More" tag, you can add the "Continue Reading" link to a post within the post's "create/edit" screen. Some people prefer the customizability of this option as they can choose where within the post they'd like to place the button and just how much content of the post they'd like shown on the homepage. 

The downside is that manually inserting the "Read More" tag can be a bit tedious as it needs to be inserted into each of your posts.

For instructions on how to go about manually adding the "Read More" tag, check out: How do I add the "Continue Reading" link?



AUTO-APPLYING THE CONTINUE READING LINK:

Another option would be to have the theme automatically apply this "Read More" tag into all of your posts. This is a great option if your site already has a large number of posts that you'd rather not go through and manually apply the "Read More" tag to. Or, if you'd like the ease of simply not worrying about this extra step for all future posts.

One thing to note is that this method uses the WordPress "excerpt" function. This function will filter out any HTML code including images and hyperlinks inserted at the beginning of your post (not including the Featured Image), so your excerpt will only display static text, not pictures.

If it's important to you to have hyperlinked text or images within your post summary on the homepage/blog post page, you may want to consider the option above for manually inserting the "Continue Reading" link. 

To auto-apply the "Read More" tag to all of your posts, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > General Settings > scroll down a bit in the left-hand menu to the section titled "Homepage/Archive Post Summary Type" > choose the "Use Excerpt" option. Be sure to save.





CHANGING THE AUTO-APPLY WORD COUNT TO LENGTHEN/SHORTEN POST EXCERPTS:

If you use the option to auto-apply the "read more" tag to your posts, WordPress uses the "excerpt" function. WordPress determines where to place the "Read More" tag within your post based on how many words it counts through from the start of the post.

By default, Sprout & Spoon's excerpt will count through 70 words before inserting the "Continue Reading" link for standard posts and 29 words for list layout posts.
You can change the number of words by making a slight adjustment to the theme's related layout file.


TO CHANGE THE EXCERPT WORD LENGTH FOR STANDARD POSTS

Navigate to Appearance > Editor > and open up the file titled "content.php"
On Line 93, you will see this line of code:

<p><?php echo sp_string_limit_words(get_the_excerpt(), 70); ?>…</p>


Do you notice the "70" number value in that code? This is the number of words the standard post layout's excerpt will display before automatically adding in the "Continue Reading" button. You can change the "70" number value to whatever number you prefer.
Please save changes to the file when finished.



TO CHANGE THE EXCERPT WORD LENGTH FOR LIST LAYOUT POSTS

Navigate to Appearance > Editor > and open up the file titled "content-list.php"
On Line 18, you will see this line of code:

<p><?php echo sp_string_limit_words(get_the_excerpt(), 29); ?>…</p>


Do you notice the "29" number value in that code? This is the number of words the list post layout's excerpt will display. You can change the "29" number value to whatever number you prefer.
Please save changes to the file when finished.




14. How do I create a Contact Me page?

First, please be sure that you have installed and activated the Contact Form 7 plugin.


Creating the form

Along the top of the contact form's settings box, there are 4 tabs: Form, Mail, Messages, and Additional Settings.

"Form" tab: you can choose how your contact form will display with some simple HTML code.
"Mail" tab: you can set up who your messages are sent to and how they will be displayed.

IMPORTANT!
Please be sure to navigate to the "Mail" tab and insert your own email address within the "To:" form.

"Messages" tab: Adjust default messages visitors will receive in various situations.
"Additional Settings" tab: Option to add custom code snippets if desired.

Creating the page



*Note for the Hemlock theme:


To have your contact form appear as it does on Hemlock's demo site, we have included some pre-styling within the theme. When you create your contact form, use the following mark-up:

<p class="sp_input">Your Name (required)
[text* your-name] </p>
<p class="sp_input">Your Email (required)
[email* your-email] </p>
<p class="sp_input">Subject
[text your-subject] </p>
<p class="sp_message">Your Message
[textarea your-message] </p>
<p>[submit "Send"]</p>

15. How do I translate my theme to another language?

Solo Pine's themes are written in English, though you are of course welcome to translate them to your language. While it's possible to go through each theme file and manually translate the appropriate text elements, we highly recommend using the program Poedit to translate your theme. It's easy and will save you LOTS of time.


  1. First, go to WP Dashboard > Settings > General > Site Language > Select your language > Save.
  2. Then, download & install the Poedit program.
  3. Open Poedit and click the "Create a new translation" option. Find your theme package on your computer that you previously downloaded from ThemeForest or Creative Market. 
    Within your theme's files, find the "lang" folder and select the "default.po" file.
  4. Select your language & country from the drop-down box that appears.
  5. A long list of text elements you may translate will appear in the box labeled "Source Text".

    Please note
    : You may not need to translate all of these elements. Many may be WP notification messages or similar that only you will see and your visitors will not see.
  6. Select the line within the "Source Text" box that you'd like to translate. When that line is highlighted, go down to the box labeled "Translation". Here, you can type the direct translation of the "Source Text" in whatever language you'll be using.

    Repeat this step for all of the "Source Text" elements you wish to translate.
  7. When done, click the "save" button and save the file within your theme's "lang" folder.


    IMPORTANT! You must save this new file with a name based on a specific format: aa_AA

    The first "aa" refers to ISO 639 two-letter language code (list found HERE).
    The second "AA" refers to an ISO 3166 two-letter country code (list found HERE).

    ( Example 1 )
    If translating to Danish, we would use the Danish language code of "da" and the Danish country code of "DK". The file name must be the language code in lowercase letters, followed by an underscore character, and lastly the language code in uppercase letters. So the finished file name would then be: "da_DK"

    ( Example 2 )
    If translating to Brazilian Portuguese, your file name would be: "pt_BR"

    Note: For the French language in Canada, please use "fr_FR".
    "fr_CA" is not recognized by WordPress.
  8. When you save the file, it will automatically create your .po format as well as an additional .mo format file of the same name.
  9. Via your FTP program, upload the .po & .mo files you just created to your theme's "lang" folder where it lives on your server.
  10. Lastly, in your WP Dashboard, remember to navigate to Settings > General > Site Language > and select your language from the list here. Save changes. 
  11. You're finished!

Please note: Sometimes a few text elements within your theme won't be automatically translated, requiring you to manually translate it within the theme files. If you find this happening, please check out our FAQ article on Where to find particular text elements to manually translate for help.


For more information regarding translating your theme's, check out: http://codex.wordpress.org/Translating_WordPress

16. What are the ideal image dimensions to use in my theme?

It's hard to define exact image dimensions for each theme as different people have different preferences for how their content will look. 

Based on each theme's demo site, we've tried to note the recommended image dimensions, often with the minimum recommended width/height noted. 

You're very welcome to use images that are larger than noted below, as WP will crop/re-size the images to fit their respective containers nicely (logo images may be a different case). 

Please note that using very large images where it is not necessary can affect your site's loading speed and may even cause image uploading errors.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to open up a new support ticket and let us know!



// FLORENCE //

Logo image: Width no greater than 1080px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height automatically. Florence's demo logo image is 428px wide and 123px in height. To use a logo image that is wider than 1080px, please check out this article.
Full-width: Image width should be at least 1080px.
Standard post w/ sidebar: Image width should be at least 740px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// HEMLOCK //

Logo image: Width no greater than 940px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height automatically. Hemlock's demo logo image is 360px wide and 163px in height. To use a logo image with a width greater than 940px, please check out this article.
Full-width: Image width should be at least 940px.
Featured area slides: Featured image should be at least 650px wide & 440px in height, otherwise WP cannot upscale them. More info on the Featured Area Slider here.
Standard post w/ sidebar: Image width should be at least 650px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// CASSIA //

Header Option #1 - Logo & nav menu on same line
Logo image: Height of 46px is recommended. Cassia's demo logo is 95px wide and 46 pixels in height.
Header Option #2 - Logo above nav menu
Logo image: Image width no greater than 960px. The theme will adjust to accommodate the height. For reference, Cassia's demo logo is 276px wide and 114px in height.

Full-width: Image width should be at least 960px.
Standard post w/ sidebar: Image width should be at least 620px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// HICKORY //

Header Option #1 & Option #3 - Large logo above or below nav menu
Logo image: Width no greater than 940px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height automatically. Hickory's default logo is 424px in width and 108px in height.
Header Option #2 - Logo on same line as banner space
Logo image: Height no greater than 90px and width no greater than 192px. The demo site's logo image is 192x90 pixels.

Full-width: Image width should be at least 940px.
Standard post w/ sidebar: Image width should be at least 620px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// ROSEMARY //

Slider image: Image width should be at least 1080px and height should be at least 660px.
Logo image: Width no greater than 1080px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height. To use a logo image with width greater than 1080px, please check out this article.
Rosemary's demo logo is precisely 407px in width and 113px in height.
Full-width post image: Image width at least 1080px.
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 760px and image height at least 510px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// REDWOOD //

Slider image: Image width should be at least 1080px and height should be at least 530px.
Logo image: Width no greater than 1080px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height. To use a logo image with width greater than 1080px, please check out this article.
Redwood's demo logo is precisely 367px in width and 87px in height.
Promo Box image: Width at least 340px and a height of at least 200px.
Full-width post image: Image width at least 1080px.
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 740px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// OLEANDER //

Slider image: Image width recommended at 1900px in width and height should be at least 645px. 
Logo image: Width no greater than 1140px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height. To use a logo image with width greater than 1140px, please check out this article
Oleander's demo logo is precisely 378px in width and 124px in height.
Promo Box image: Width at least 360px and a height of at least 240px. 
Full-width post image: Image width at least 1140px. 
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 780px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// SPROUT & SPOON //

Logo image: Width no greater than 1080px. Theme will adjust to accommodate logo image's height. To use a logo image with width greater than 1080px, please check out this article.  
Sprout & Spoon's demo site logo is precisely 436px in width and 96px in height. 
Full-width post image: Image width at least 1080px.  
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 740px. 
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// LAUREL //

Slider image: Image width recommended at 1900px in width and height should be at least 660px.  
Logo image for Header 1 Option: Adjustable via Customize > Header & Logo Settings
Logo Image for Header 2 Option: Any size. 
Laurel's demo logo in the top-bar is precisely 156px in width and 30px in height. 
Promo Box image: Width at least 360px and a height of at least 240px.  
Full-width post image: Image width at least 1140px.
Full-width post w/ full-width image: Width of at least 1600px and height of at least  660px. Height is adjustable.
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 810px. 
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// WILLOW //

Hero slider image: Recommended source image width of 1920px and height of at least 950px. 
Logo image across hero slider: Any size you like. Willow's demo logo image is 206px wide and 157 px tall.
Logo image in navigation bar: Recommended size of 50px wide and 50px tall. 
Full-width section background images: Image at least 1920px wide and at least 376px tall. 
3-column Portfolio/Blog grid images: Width of at least 570px wide and at height of at least 340px. 
Full-width post featured image: Width of at least 790px and height of at least 500px. 


// ALDER //

Full-width post image: Image width at least 1080px. 
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 790px.
Thumbnail images: Smaller images such as grid layout, list layout, related posts, etc., will take your post's featured image and automatically crop it so that the image fits nicely within the smaller container.


// HAWTHORN //

Featured Area Slider: Image width of at least 1080px. Desktop image height is 640px.
Full-width post image
: Image width at least 1180px. 
Standard post image w/ sidebar: Image width at least 850px.
Grid and List thumbnail images: Image width of at least 520px and height of at least 400px.



17. How to update your theme

Occasionally we'll release theme updates which may include bug fixes or even additional features. You may receive an email notification that an update is ready to install. If you're interested in knowing what exactly the update includes/remedies, you're welcome to reference your theme's item page on ThemeForest where we'll add a "changelog" noting each update point. 

FIND YOUR SOLO PINE THEME ITEM PAGE HERE

Below, we'll go over 2 different methods of updating your theme-- via plugin or manually.  
*The Oleander theme must be updated via the "Manual" method. 

Please read through the following instructions carefully and let us know via a support ticket if you have any questions! 



IMPORTANT ITEMS TO NOTE PRIOR TO UPDATING

BACKUP YOUR DATABASE: By default, WordPress should save your content to your database. This is why your content appears on whatever theme you have activated within your WP Dashboard. However, it's always a good idea to create a database backup before deleting a theme, just in case.

CHANGES IN THEME FILES: If you've modified any of the theme files yourself, you'll need to note these changes prior to updating in order to re-implement them once you've installed the latest version of the theme.
The update will replace your previous version's theme files with new ones. 

Any Custom CSS additions placed within your Custom CSS box should remain safe and sound. 




METHOD 1: ENVATO MARKET PLUGIN

Note: This option will not work with our Oleander theme.

The Envato Market Plugin takes a moment to setup, however once connected to their API updating your theme via the WP Dashboard couldn't be easier!


Step 1. Download & install the Envato Market Plugin

 Step 2. Connect to the Envato API

Step 3. Updating the theme

If a theme update is available, a notification banner will appear over the theme image. Click the "Update Available" link to update your theme. 

Step 4. Updating bundled plugins

Our themes come with bundled plugins. If we've updated the plugin's code, you'll need to delete the plugin and then re-install it after updating your theme. This ensures the latest version of the plugin can be installed from your freshly-updated Solo Pine theme.

You're all set!




METHOD 2: MANUALLY UPDATING THE THEME

Step 1. Download the updated theme

Step 2. Delete the outdated theme

Step 3. Install the updated theme

Remember! It's important to install the theme's ZIP file, and not the entire theme package you download from ThemeForest. Otherwise you will receive a "missing 'style.css' file" error message. For a refresher on how to install a theme correctly, reference your theme's "Getting Started" article here: Solo Pine Tutorials & FAQ Articles

Step 4. Updating bundled plugins

Our themes come with bundled plugins. If we've updated the plugin's code, you'll need to delete the plugin and then re-install it after updating your theme. This ensures the latest version of the plugin can be installed from your freshly-updated Solo Pine theme.

You're all set!



18. How to add a little logo image to menu


If you'd like to add a little logo image to your menu, we recommend installing & activating the plugin called Nav Menu Images. This plugin allows you to insert an image as a menu item within your top-bar navigation menu. We'll go through the steps below.


Menu Image Screenshot #1


After installing & activating the plugin, navigate to Appearance > Menus.
For a refresher on your primary menu, please refer to: How do I set up my navigation menu?

Select the "Links" or "Custom Links" drop-down menu on the left and enter whatever URL you'd like to have your image link to. For example, you could enter your site's URL to return the user to your homepage. If you'd like a title to appear next to the image, feel free to enter it within the "Link text" form. 

When you're finished, click "Add to Menu".
Drag and drop the new menu item to wherever you'd like it to display within your menu.
Click the "Save Menu" button. 


Menu Image Screenshot #2


Next, click the menu item to reveal its settings box.
The plugin has added a new option in the settings box titled "Upload menu item image". 

Click this "Upload menu item image" and choose your desired image. 

We've created a little image with a set height to best fit our top-bar and added it to our WordPress Media Library. Many of our themes have different top-bar heights, so you'll want to take this into consideration when creating your little image. 

I've noted the various top-bar heights below.  


Hemlock top-bar height: 48px
Florence top-bar height: 50px
Rosemary top-bar height: 51px
Redwood top-bar height: 50px
Oleander nav menu height: 55px
Sprout & Spoon nav menu height: 60px
Laurel nav menu height: 94px
Alder top-bar height: 54px 


Save changes to your menu when finished. 

You should be all set!

Please note: When your site is viewed on smaller devices, the top-bar menu is replaced with a mobile-menu. The menu image will be shown within this mobile menu and not beside it.


19. How to determine a post, page, or category ID

Every time a post, page, or category is created, WordPress assigns it a unique ID number. Identifying an ID is quite simple. In this tutorial, we will be determining a post's ID, though the steps are the same for pages and categories as well.



Navigate to your WordPress Dashboard > Posts page.
Here, all of the posts you've created should be listed beginning with the most recent.




To find a specific post's ID number, hover your mouse over its post title.

As you hover, you'll notice a little box appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen displaying the link's complete URL. Your post's ID number is hidden within this URL.

For example, my post's URL looks like this:


http://......../redwood/wp-admin/post.php?post=116&action=edit


Toward the end of the URL, you can see a bit of text that says "post=116".
This tells us the post ID number. This particular post has a unique ID number of "116".


That's it! The same steps can be used to determine a page or category ID as well.
Simply navigate to WP Dashboard > Pages and hover over a page's title URL to see its page ID.
Or, navigate to WP Dashboard > Posts > Categories and hover over a category title to see its category ID.



Don't see the URL appearing at the bottom of your screen when you hover over the post?


For some, the URL at the bottom-left corner of your screen may not appear. No worries! There's another way to determine a post, page, or category's ID. 

Within the WP Dashboard > Posts screen where all of your posts are listed, simply click through to the edit screen of your post you'd like to find the ID of. Now, look up in your web browser's URL bar. Here, you should see the post's full URL which will include the "post=" text. Whatever number follows the "post=" text will be your post's ID number. 

This is the same process for determining a page's ID (WP Dashboard > Pages) and determining a category ID (WP Dashboard > Posts > Categories). 


20. How do I enable/disable comments on my posts and pages?

Our themes hook into WordPress's comment system. To enable/disable the ability for your visitors to post comments, you can follow these steps. The procedure is the same for both Pages and individual Posts.

  

  

Enabling/disabling comments in published Posts/Pages

Open up your page's or posts's create/edit screen. In the top-right corner, you'll see a little tab titled "Screen Options". Click this tab and another menu area will drop down from the top.


Comments Screenshot #1


Check the box next to the "Discussion" option, and scroll down the page to where a new "Discussion" meta area has appeared.


Comments Screenshot #2


To enable comments on this particular Page or Post, check both option boxes. To disable comments, you can un-check these boxes. Be sure to click the "Update" button in order to save these changes.


Comments Screenshot #3





Enable/disable comments for all future Posts/Pages

To set whether or not your future posts have comments automatically enabled/disabled by default, you can go to WP Dashboard > Settings > Discussion > And look under the "Default article settings" section. Here, you'll see the option to "Allow people to post comments on new articles". Check or un-check the box depending on your preference. Be sure to click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page when you're finished.






Comments STILL not showing?

If your comment section is still not appearing even after enabling it, check to make sure the option to automatically close comments after a set time period isn't enabled by default. 

Navigate to WP Dashboard > Settings > Discussion > and look for the option "Automatically close comments on posts older than -- days". If this option is checked, un-check the box, save changes, and see if this helps!



21. Add a "Read More" link to your "About Me" widget




The About Me widget, often placed in a sidebar, can be a great little tool to welcome visitors to your site and introduce yourself. The widget area is a bit small, though, if you'd like to write a substantial amount of text. One option is to add a "Read More" link at the end of your short "About Me" widget text which will link visitors to your "About" page should they wish to continue learning about who you are in more detail.

Navigate to Appearance > Widgets > Set up your "About Me" widget as you'd like.
After the bit of text you enter into your widget, copy and paste the following bit of HTML code:

<a href="your-linking-URL-here">Read More...</a>


Please be sure to replace the dummy "your-linking-URL-here" text with the URL of your "About" page, or whatever page you'd like to link visitors to via this link. In the above code, we've set the wording to say "Read More..." though you are very welcome to change this to say whatever you'd prefer.

Be sure to save changes to your "About Me" widget when you're done.


22. How to find your purchase code

How do I find my theme's ThemeForest purchase code?


You will need your ThemeForest purchase code in order to open up a support ticket. Each purchase code is a unique string of letters and numbers to verify that your theme license purchase is valid. The purchase code will never expire. 

To find your purchase code, follow these steps:





23. How do I set up my Author Box?

If the feature is enabled within the Customizer, an Author Box will appear at the bottom of your posts to give credit to whoever penned the article. Author Boxes feature a little biographic blurb about the author as well as an avatar image and optional social media icons.


Author Box Screenshot #1




To create the Author Box biographic text

 

Within WP Dashboard > Users > select the user you'd like to add the biographical text for. Scroll down the page until you see the text form for "Biographical Info". Enter your desired author text and save changes when finished.

    

Author Box Screenshot #2

To insert the Author Box social icons

Within WP Dasboard > Users > selct the user you'd like to add social icons for. Scroll down the page until you see the various social media network options WP offers. To have a social network's icon appear within the Author Box, enter the necessary usernames for each desired social network. Be sure to save changes when finished.

   

Author Box Screenshot #3

To change the author name

Within WP Dashboard > Users > Select the user you'd like to change the display name for.
A short way down the page is a section titled "Name". In the "Nickname" option's field, you can enter the name that you'd like to be displayed within your Author Box. Next, look to where it says "Display name publicly as" and choose your Nickname from the drop-down menu. Be sure to save changes when you're finished.

   




To insert the Author Box avatar image

You'll want to visit the Gravatar website and create an account. Here, you can upload the image that will be pulled in to represent you wherever the Gravatar avatar platform is used.

Please note! It is important that you sign up for your Gravatar account using the same email address associated with your WordPress user. This is how WP knows which image to pull in.

If you've followed all steps correctly though your avatar image is still not appearing in your Author Box, please navigate to Settings > Discussion > Avatar Display > and ensure that the box next to "Show Avatars" is checked.

  

Author Box Screenshot #4

24. Solo Pine Referrals // Share the love, earn some cash!


Did you know you can earn money each time you refer someone to Solo Pine?


Sign up for Creative Market's Partner Program and/or Envato's Affiliate Program.
They'll provide you with a unique code to add to the end of a URL. This unique code acts as a tracker so the marketplace can track your earnings. If a person who clicks through your link purchases a Solo Pine theme, the marketplace will credit your account with your earnings! 



SOLO PINE & ENVATO



The majority of our Solo Pine themes are available via Envato's ThemeForest marketplace. Envato has partnered with Impact Radius to track and credit you for any referred sales.

To get started, visit the Envato Affiliate Program to begin the application process.  Once approved, you'll be provided with instructions on how to start earning some dough by referring others to Solo Pine themes!  


SOLO PINE & CREATIVE MARKET



Solo Pine currently has 1 theme, Oleander, for sale via Creative Market. 

Sign up for Creative Market's Partner Program and receive your unique Creative Market Partner code which you can add to the end of our Oleander theme's page URL. 


For example, Oleander's regular theme URL is:

https://creativemarket.com/SoloPine/499272-Oleander-A-Blog-Shop-Theme


With the addition of your Partner code, the URL would look something like this:

https://creativemarket.com/SoloPine/499272-Oleander-A-Blog-Shop-Theme?u=SoloPine


If someone clicks through your special link and purchases the theme, or any other items via Creative Market, you will be the lucky recipient of 10% of all that person's Creative Market purchases for 1 FULL YEAR
The more people you refer, the more cash in your pocket!

To learn more and to sign up, check out Creative Market's Partner Program


25. Why is Facebook pulling in the wrong image when I share my post?

If the wrong image (or no image at all) is being pulled in when your post is shared on Facebook, it's often an easy fix!

First, please ensure you've assigned a Featured Image to your post. A Featured Image is a representative picture for your post which is used in a number of areas & functions. To assign a Featured Image, open up your post's create/edit screen and look to the bottom-right. Here, you'll see a box where you can add your desired image.


Assign Featured Image Screenshot


If you have a Featured Image assigned to your post and are still experiencing the issue, we recommend using the plugin called WP Open Graph.

When you share a post to your Facebook account, Facebook's crawlers go through and 'scrape' the post's HTML to grab the relevant information to share. Sometimes, these crawlers need a bit of help. To give them a hand, you can use the WP Open Graph plugin which adds additional meta fields to each of your posts. This better helps FB's crawlers to identify the pertinent information to ensure your users share the correct details each and every time.


Open Graph Meta Screenshot


Please note: Once you've installed/activated the plugin and ensured your post's Open Graph meta details are correct, it can take up to 24 hours for Facebook's crawlers to come around and scrape your page again.


26. Error: Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet

When attempting to install a theme on WordPress for the first time, you may experience an error message stating:

"The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet. Theme install failed."

No worries! This is quite a common mistake and simple to remedy.


When you purchase a theme license from ThemeForest or Creative Market & download the theme package, you will receive a zipped folder titled something like "themeforest-8253073-hemlock-a-responsive-wordpress-blog-theme".
Unzip this first theme package folder.

Within the unzipped theme package, you will find an additional zipped file with the theme's name as the title ( for example: "hemlock.zip" ).

THIS zipped file is what you will install onto WordPress. 




27. Theme Support Coverage FAQs

Purchasing one of our theme licenses from ThemeForest provides you with six months free technical support included in the price. This is to ensure you have a helping hand while getting started with your Solo Pine theme and so that we can assist you with any questions that may pop up during that long time period.
After six months from theme purchase, the support coverage expires.

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Envato/ThemeForest's support policy and how it affects your Solo Pine theme.




What does theme support include?

As stated by Envato's Item Support Policy, theme support includes:




Will the FAQ article database & theme updates expire with my support coverage?

Nope! You will always be welcome to use the tutorial articles found within our support database, regardless of your support coverage status. And theme updates are always available to you at no extra cost.



How do I know if my support coverage has expired?

To check if your support coverage has expired or to find out how much time you have left in your support coverage window, you can log into your Envato account. Navigate to your "Downloads" page and find your Solo Pine theme in the list. Here, you can see the remaining coverage time for support.



Do I HAVE to renew my support coverage?

Not at all. Support coverage is totally optional! If you find that you never needed to open up a support ticket or if you haven't in a long time, it probably isn't necessary to renew your support coverage.
However, if you find yourself relying on our support services quite often or if you like knowing you can reach out to us at any time, it may be a good investment.



What if my support coverage expires and I decide I want to renew after-the-fact?

Not a problem! You can always renew your Solo Pine theme support coverage even after it has expired.



Is there a benefit to renewing support coverage before it expires?

If you renew your theme's support coverage prior to expiration, Envato offers a discounted price.



How much does renewing or extending my support coverage cost?

The support coverage renewal/extension pricing is set by the ThemeForest Marketplace. According to their pricing guide:



How do I renew my theme support coverage?

To renew your theme's support coverage, you can log into your Envato account. If you see a number of linked images on the left for Envato's various marketplaces, click the one for ThemeForest. Then, navigate to your "Downloads" page (via your user icon in the top-right of the screen) and find your Solo Pine theme in the list. Here, you can click the link to extend or renew your support coverage.


28. Add an image to your About Me widget


To add an image to your "About Me" widget, you will first want to ensure that the image is hosted online. This means that it has a URL which WordPress can use to link it into the widget. The easiest way to do this would be to upload the image to your WordPress Media Library. 

 

Upload the image to your Media Library

Navigate to WP Dashboard > Media. Click the "Add New" button at the top. 
Find your desired image on your computer and upload it to your WordPress Media Library. 

Once the image appears in your library, select the image. It will open a box or screen with information on the image. 
On the right, you will see a URL titled "File URL" or simply "URL". This is your image's unique URL. 
Copy the URL. 


Adding the image to your About Me widget

Next, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > and add your "About Me" widget to your preferred area. 
For the field titled "Image URL", paste in the URL you copied from your Media Library. 
Save changes when finished. 


29. Fonts used in demo logo images


Your theme will have a default logo image which appears at the top of the site. You can replace this logo image by navigating to your theme's Customizer area and uploading your preferred image to the "Logo & Header" settings section. it will automatically override the default logo with your own image. 

Each theme will also include the PSD-format file for the demo logo image in the package you download from the marketplace. You are very welcome to edit the image using Photoshop or a similar image-editing program to say or look however you wish. 

Below, we've noted the fonts used in each theme's default logo image in case you would simply like to start from scratch but maintain a similar text look. 


OLEANDER

Main font: "Existence Light" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/existence.font
Minor font: "Montserrat" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Montserrat


REDWOOD

Main font: "Dolce Vita" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/dolce-vita.font
Minor font: "Montserrat" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Montserrat?query=montserrat
The "for" word: "Crimson Text" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Crimson+Text?query=crimson+tex


ROSEMARY

Main font: "Josefin Sans" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Josefin+Sans?query=josefin
Minor font: "Jenna Sue" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/jenna-sue.font


HEMLOCK

Main font: "Champagne & Limousines" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/champagne-limousines.font
Minor font: "Crimson Text" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Crimson+Text?query=crimson+tex


FLORENCE

Main font: "Beginning Yoga" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/beginning-yoga.font
Watercolor texture overlay: "Add Me Some Watercolour Quick" available for purchase here: https://creativemarket.com/Nickylaatz/77899-Add-me-some-Watercolour-Quick


CASSIA

Main font: "Yesteryear" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Yesteryear?query=yesteryear


SPROUT & SPOON

Main & minor font: "Champagne & Limousines" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/champagne-limousines.font


LAUREL

Main font: "Autumn Chant" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/autumnchant.font


ALDER

Main font: "Playfair Display" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Playfair+Display
Minor font: "Notera" available for free here: http://www.dafont.com/notera.font


HAWTHORN

Main font: "Beauty" by PremiereGraphics available for free here: https://www.dafont.com/beauty-2.font
Minor font: "Montserrat" available for free here: https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Montserrat

30. Creating additional WordPress Users

You may find that you'd like to create additional WordPress Users which can log into your WordPress Dashboard for a variety of reasons. For example, to contribute in writing posts or to troubleshoot technical issues you're experiencing. 

Creating a new WP User and adjusting their permissions (or "Role") can allow you to not only ensure your own personal login details are kept safe, but help control what sort of changes the secondary user can make within your dashboard. 



CREATING A NEW USER

1 ) Navigate to WP Dashboard > Users 

2 ) To create a new user, click the "Add New" button at the top of the page. 

3 ) Enter the new Username and Email Address (required).
**You can either use our email [solopinedesigns @ gmail.com] or use your own email address here.  

4 ) Fill in the user's personal details like Name and Website, if wanted (not required). 

5 ) Click the "Show Password" button. 

This will automatically generate a random password. 
If you are creating a password for a colleague, you can change it to whatever you wish. 

If you are creating a new WP User for a technical support representative to log in and troubleshoot an issue, it's fine to leave the temporary password as-is. Though please copy & paste it into the support ticket rather than taking a screenshot -- the complicated passwords can take us ages to hand-type out!
 

6 ) Choose if you'd like to email this person a notification (not required). 

7 ) Select the user's Role

There are 5 different WordPress User roles to choose from.
Each role will affect what areas of the dashboard this person can access or control. 

If you are creating a new WP User for a technical support representative, you will want to provide them with an "Administrator" role. 

8 ) When finished, click the "Add New User" button.

If the User has been created for technical support purposes, you can then copy and paste the new guest user's username and password into the support ticket. Please be sure to also share your site's URL if you haven't already. 
 
 


To edit your WP Users, you can always navigate back to the WP Dashboard > Users screen and select the user you would like to manage. Here, you can change a variety of personal details about the user, including their name, adding biographical author text, social media usernames, change passwords, and more. 

31. How do I add a Featured Image?

What is a Featured Image?

A Featured Image is a representative picture for your post which is used in a number of areas & functions, like on the homepage, post page, related post areas, recent post widgets, featured area sliders, etc..


Assign Featured Image Screenshot #1


How do I assign a Featured Image?

To assign a Featured Image to a post, navigate to your post's create/edit screen and look to the bottom-right. Here, you'll see a box titled "Featured Image" where you can add your desired image. Be sure to update your post when you're finished.


Assign Featured Image Screenshot #2


32. Instagram feed isn't updating on the site

Sometimes, though not common, you may notice that your Instagram feed hasn't updated despite you adding new photos to your actual Instagram account. More often than not, this is related to transient data on your WordPress getting backed up.

To clean out ypur WP transient data, we recommend installing the plugin called "Transient Cleaner" ( https://wordpress.org/plugins/artiss-transient-cleaner/ ). 

Once that's done, navigate to WP Dashboard > Tools > Transients.  Here, you can setup the different check-box options to look like the ones in the image below--


Please be sure to save changes when finished. 

If you have a cache tool running on your WordPress and/or on your web browser, it may be best to clear the cache afterward as well. 

33. Hide Featured Area on subsequent (paginated) homepage/blog pages

On your homepage or blog pages (whichever displays your postfeed), when you click the "Older Posts" button, you will be taken to another page which displays even more of your posts. By default, if you have the Featured Area set to display, it will also display on these subsequent pages. 

To only have the Featured Area display on that first homepage/blog page but not the other pages, we can make a small adjustment to the code. 



LAUREL

Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 3, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'laurel_featured_slider' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'laurel_featured_slider' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Additionally, to hide the Promo Boxes from displaying on subsequent homepage/blog pages, you can then look to Line 7. You'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'laurel_promo' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'laurel_promo' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished. 



SPROUT & SPOON


Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 3, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sprout_spoon_featured_slider' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sprout_spoon_featured_slider' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Additionally, to hide the Homepage Widget beneath the Featured Area from displaying on subsequent homepage/blog pages, you can then look to Line 8. You'll see:

<?php if(is_active_sidebar('sidebar-3')) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following:

<?php if(is_active_sidebar('sidebar-3') && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished. 



REDWOOD


Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 7, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Additionally, to hide the Promo Boxes beneath the Featured Area Slider from displaying on subsequent homepage/blog pages, you can then look to Line 11. You'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_promo' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_promo' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished.


 

ROSEMARY


Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 5, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished. 



ALDER


Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 3, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod('alder_featured_slider')) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod('alder_featured_slider') && !is_paged()) : ?>

Additionally, to hide the Homepage Widget beneath the Featured Area from displaying on subsequent homepage/blog pages, you can then look to Line 7. You'll see:

<?php if(is_active_sidebar('sidebar-4')) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following:

<?php if(is_active_sidebar('sidebar-4') && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished. 



HEMLOCK


Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 3, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished.



OLEANDER


Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and open the file titled "index.php"

On Line 3, you'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following code instead:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_featured_slider' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Additionally, to hide the Promo Boxes beneath the Featured Area Slider from displaying on subsequent homepage/blog pages, you can then look to Line 7. You'll see:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_promo' ) == true) : ?>

You can replace that line of code with the following:

<?php if(get_theme_mod( 'sp_promo' ) == true && !is_paged()) : ?>

Save changes to the file when finished.

34. Show post feed on homepage


When you view your homepage, are your published posts missing? If so, don't worry! It's likely that your homepage is set to display a static page rather than your feed. 

Navigate to Settings > Reading > Your homepage displays

Make sure that the option "Your latest posts" is selected. Save changes if necessary. 

Still not seeing anything? Make sure your posts are published and not just drafts!

35. Default fonts used in each theme

All Solo Pine themes use Google Fonts as their main default fonts. Below, we've listed what fonts are used in each theme for your reference. If there's an element you can't find noted, please let us know by opening a new support ticket!

Interested in what fonts are used in your theme's demo logo image?
Check out: Fonts used in demo logo images



HAWTHORN

Barlow Semi Condensed: 

Barlow: 

Serif:

Arial:



ALDER

Overpass:

Amiri:

Montserrat:

Lora:



LAUREL

Karla:

Lora:


Arial:



SPROUT & SPOON

Source Sans Pro: 


Crimson Text: 



REDWOOD

Montserrat:

Lora:

Autograf: 

Free font used to make the "Solo Pine" signature in the "About Me" widget (https://www.dafont.com/autograf.font).



OLEANDER

Open Sans:

Playfair Display:

Crimson Text:

Autograf:

Free font used to make the "Solo Pine" signature in the "About Me" widget (https://www.dafont.com/autograf.font).


ROSEMARY

Lato:

Playfair Display:

Arial:

Georgia:



FLORENCE

Open Sans:

Oswald:

Crimson Text:

Arial:

Georgia:


HEMLOCK

Open Sans:

Crimson Text:

Lato:

Arial:

Georgia:


CASSIA

Playfair Display:

Droid Serif:

Arial:

Tangerine:



36. Google Search Console: Mobile-Friendly Test Recommendations



If you run your site through the Google Search Console's "Mobile Friendly Test", you may receive a result of "Page is not mobile friendly". Don't stress! While GSC's scan can be really helpful, it's also very literal and raises red flags which can be misleading. 

All Solo Pine themes are guaranteed 100% mobile responsive (unless you've checked the "Disable mobile responsive" option in the Customizer settings). 

Two of the most common errors this GSC "Mobile Friendly Test" throws are:


What's really going on?

If you visit your site via a mobile phone, chances are that you won't experience any issues clicking various items and your content isn't extending out past the edge of your screen. So why is the scan noting these "issues" and saying your site isn't mobile friendly?

After running the "Mobile Friendly Test", look to the right side of the screen where a preview of your site is shown. Does it look anything at all like your site when you actually visit it via mobile? Probably not. It's likely that the test preview is displaying a basic HTML version of your site with zero stylings applied. That's where the error messages stem from. 

This indicates that your site didn't load completely for the test and this is why the error messages have appeared. Essentially, it boils down to a slow-loading site.

 

How to help your site load more quickly

We recommend the following popular plugins to give your site a helping hand in loading faster and, ultimately, appease the Google Search Console's "Mobile-Friendly Test": 


1 ) W3 Total Cache: With any WordPress site, whether it be one of our themes or any other theme, it's always a great idea to use a cache plugin. Cache plugins help improve load speeds and reduce the strain on your server which is a win-win for both you and your visitors.

Settings: After installing and activating "W3 Total Cache", navigate to WP Dashboard > Performance > General Settings. Make sure that the options "Page Cache" and "Browser Cache" are enabled. Save changes. 

Please note: If you already have a cache plugin enabled, you can skip this "W3 Total Cache" suggestion. It's not recommended to have multiple cache plugins running at once. 


2 ) Autoptimize: When you visit any site, there's a whole lot going on in the background you don't see. Each time a page is loaded, lots of script and code are being loaded to build, style, and "give life" to the web page you're about to see. Autoptimize helps aggregate, cache, and minify these scripts so that your site's pages load more quickly and smoothly. 

Settings: After installing and activating the "Autoptimize" plugin, navigate to WP Dashboard > Settings > Autoptimize. Enable the "JavaScript Options" and the "CSS Options". Save changes and empty the cache. 

Run your site through the Google Search Console "Mobile Friendly Test" again and see what it now says. Still having issues? Don't hesitate to let us know via a new support ticket!

37. Change how many posts display per page

SET ALL POST COUNTS AT ONCE - DEFAULT WP SETTING

You can manually set the maximum number of blog posts to appear on all of your post pages (like the blog feed, archive pages, etc.) by going to:

WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Reading > choose desired number next to the "Blog pages show at most" option > Save Changes

This will set the number of posts that appear on all pages in one big blanket setting.





SET DIFFERENT POST COUNTS FOR EACH TYPE OF POST PAGE

Sometimes, the standard WordPress post count setting (noted above) doesn't quite go far enough. What if you don't want one post count number applied to every page on your site? 

For example, what if you want to have 5 posts display on your homepage/blog feed and then 8 posts display on your category pages? 

Or what if you're using a layout such as "1st post full, then grid"? Your homepage may be displaying 5 posts but then when you click the "Older Posts" button, these paginated pages will have an odd gap in the grid layout. It would be best to then use an even number on these pages. 




Fear not! There's a simple solution that allows you to have complete control over how many posts appear on any page of your site: the "Custom Post Limits" plugin.

Install and activate the Custom Post Limits plugin on your WordPress. 

Then, navigate to WP Dashboard > Settings > Post Limits to change the settings. 

There are a lot of various post page options to change here, but you don't need to set a number for each one. 

Note: Consider using the standard WordPress post count setting (noted at the top of this article) to set a general post count that will apply to all pages. Then, using the Custom Post Limits plugin customize just those post feed pages which you want a different post count for. 

Example: 

Let's say I am using the "1st post full, then grid" layout option on my homepage. I would like to have 5 posts display on my homepage so that there is one big post followed by 4 grid post beneath it. However, when I click the "Older Posts" button to go to "Page 2" of my blog feed, there are now 5 grid items. This looks a bit funky! 

To fix this, I would go to WP Dashboard > Settings > Post Limit (remember to install and activate the "Custom Post Limits" plugin to see this option!). 

I'd scroll down to where I see the option "Front Page Limit". Because I want 5 posts to display on my homepage, I'll set this to be "5". 

Beneath, there is the sub-option "---paged (non first page). This is to control the number of posts shown on "paged" pages of my homepage, or, the pages shown when I click the "Older Posts" button. I don't want 5 grid items shown on these pages; I want an even number so the grid layout isn't un-even. So I'll choose to show "6" posts on these pages. 


Be sure to save changes at the bottom of the screen when finished. 

And voila! 


Use this same method to change the post counts on any other pages you may want to customize-- category pages, tag pages, search pages, and more!

Have any questions about this? Don't hesitate to open up a new support ticket and let us know! We'd be more than happy to help. 

38. How to configure "Instagram Feed" plugin

For all of our themes' Instagram feeds, we recommend using the "WP Instagram Widget" plugin. Our themes offer custom styling for this particular plugin. However, on a rare occasion, some webhosting companies have strict rules on how sites on their servers can connect with the Instagram API. This can lead to the "WP Instagram Widget" plugin throwing an "Instagram did not return a 200." error message. 

When this occurs, we like to recommend switching to an alternative plugin, "Instagram Feed", which connects to the Instagram API in a more secure method. 

Below, we'll go over how to setup & configure this plugin. 


STEP 1: INSTALLING & CONFIGURING THE PLUGIN

1. First, install the "Instagram Feed" plugin. 

2. Navigate to WP Dashboard > Instagram Feed.

3. Click on the big blue "Connect an Instagram Account" button. This will connect with whatever Instagram account you are currently logged into. 

STEP 2: SETTING UP THE WIDGETS

TO INSERT 3x3 INSTAGRAM GRID INTO WIDGET AREA

Most of our themes offer an Instagram widget option that inserts a 3x3 grid of your most recent Instagram images into the Sidebar area or into the Footer area if your theme has a widgetized footer. To recreate this widget, you can:

1. Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets

2. Drag a standard "Text" widget into your Sidebar or Footer widget area where you want the grid to appear. 

3. At the top of the widget, there are 2 tabs-- Visual and Text. Switch over to the "Text" tab. 

4. Copy & paste in this shortcode:

[instagram-feed num=9 cols=3 showheader=false showbutton=false showfollow=false disablemobile=true]

Save changes. 

TO INSERT ROW OF INSTAGRAM IMAGES IN FOOTER AREA

Many of our themes have an "Instagram Footer" option where 6-12 of your most recent Instagram images shows in a single row in the "Instagram Footer" widget area. To recreate this widget, you can:

1. Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets

2. Drag a standard "Text" widget into your "Instagram Footer" widget area. 

3. At the top of the widget, there are 2 tabs-- Visual and Text. Switch over to the "Text" tab. 

4. Copy & paste in the following shortcode:

[instagram-feed num=9 cols=9 imagepadding=0 showheader=false showbutton=false showfollow=false disablemobile=true]

In the above shortcode, do you see the "num=9" and the "cols=9" bits? This determines how many total images will show and in how many columns they'll show. 

If you want a row of 11, for example, set it to be "num=11" and "cols=11". This will show 11 images in 11 columns (11 images in a single row).  

DOUBLE ROWS

If, like in our Sprout & Spoon theme, you'd like to have 2 rows of 12 images, you can use this shortcode in your "Text" widget:

[instagram-feed num=12 cols=6 imagepadding=0 showheader=false showbutton=false showfollow=false disablemobile=true]

For the Sprout & Spoon theme, you can then add the following code to your Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS box:

#footer .instagram-title {
position:absolute;
top:50%;
left:50%;
-webkit-transform: translate(-50%,-50%);
    -moz-transform: translate(-50%,-50%);
    -o-transform: translate(-50%,-50%);
    transform: translate(-50%,-50%);
background:#fff;
padding:18px 20px;
z-index:999;
text-transform:uppercase;
letter-spacing:1px;
font-size:12px;
}



For more options on how to customize the Instagram feed styling, you can navigate to WP Dashboard > Instagram Feed > "3. Display Your Feed" tab > for a list of parameters you can add to their basic [instagram_feed] shortcode.