Cassia - A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Contents

1. How to update your theme

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

3. How do I import the demo content?

4. How do I set up my navigation menu?

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

6. How do I center my Read More button in Cassia?

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

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

9. How do I add a social media icon to Cassia that is not included in the theme?

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

11. Why is my site title appearing twice in my browser tab?

12. How do I set up my Author Box?

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

14. How do I add a Featured Image?

15. How to find your purchase code

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

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

18. Adding a category description to your category pages

19. Theme Support Coverage FAQs

20. Solo Pine Referrals & Affiliates // Share the love, earn some cash!

21. Creating additional WordPress Users

22. Add an image to your About Me widget

23. Fonts used in demo logo images

24. Translate your theme using Loco Translate

25. Default fonts used in each theme

26. Google Search Console: Mobile-Friendly Test Recommendations

27. Show post feed on homepage

28. CASSIA & HICKORY ARE RETIRING

1. 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 Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS box or theme settings within your Appearance > Customize section 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 see a notification banner appear at the top of your WordPress Dashboard prompting you to update this plugin. Click through the banner's link to update the plugin. If you don't see a banner, you can also navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Install Plugins. However, if you don't see the "Install Plugins" option noted, it means you're good to go! No need to install or update any plugins.

You're all set!




METHOD 2: MANUALLY UPDATING THE THEME

Step 1. Download the updated theme

Step 2. 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 or Creative Market. 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 3. Updating bundled plugins

Our themes come with bundled plugins. If we've updated a plugin's code, you'll see a notification banner appear at the top of your WordPress Dashboard prompting you to update this plugin. Click through the banner's link to update the plugin. If you don't see a banner notification, navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Install Plugins and look for update notifications. 

You're all set!


2. 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. 




3. 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! 


When downloading your theme from ThemeForest, be sure to choose the download option "All files and documentation". This will include the theme's demo content XML file within a folder titled "demo" or "demo content". You'll import this XML file into your WordPress Dashboard to import the various demo site posts, pages, images, etc. for your theme. 







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



Importing widgets and Customizer settings 

Please note that the WordPress Importer won't import the Customizer settings or widgets from the demo website. You can download the Customizer and Widget import files from your theme below:

Rosemary
Redwood
Sprout & Spoon
Laurel
Alder

Please note that Hawthorn and Sitka have built in full demo import options. Check out the Hawthorn guide and the Sitka guide.

Once you have the 2 additional import files, you can follow these steps:

IMPORTING THE DEMO SITE WIDGETS AND CUSTOMIZER SETTINGS:



4. 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

5. 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/

6. How do I center my Read More button in Cassia?

Please note: This FAQ Article is specifically for the Cassia theme.



There are 2 ways to center your Read More button within the Cassia theme:
( 1 ) Manually within your post's create/edit screen, or,
( 2 ) by adjusting the theme's code.


1. MANUALLY CENTERING YOUR READ MORE TAG

Navigate to your post's create/edit screen.
After you have inserted the Read More tag into your post where you'd like the Read More button to appear within the content, switch over to the "Text" tab in the top-right corner of the text box field.

Center Read More Button Screenshot #1


You will see that, within this view, the Read More tag appears as:

<!--more-->  


To manually center the Read More button, you will "wrap" the above Read More tag element with "p tags" that have some styling attached. This will look like:

<p style="text-align: center;"><!--more--></p>


Please note that, with this method, you will need to do this for each post's Read More button.




2. AUTO-CENTERING YOUR READ MORE TAG VIA CODE ADJUSTMENTS

Open up the theme's file called "index.php" and look on Line 95. You will see the following:

<?php the_content(__( 'Read More', 'cassia' )); ?>


Replace this line of code with the following instead:

<?php the_content(__( '<span class="more-button">Read More</span>', 'cassia' )); ?>




Be sure to save these changes made to the file when you're finished.

Next, go to Appearance > Cassia Options > Custom CSS and add the following:

.post-entry a.more-link {display: block; text-align: center; background-color: #fff;}

.post-entry .more-button {
    background-color: #4fb8a6;
    color: #fff;
    text-decoration: none;
    padding: 8px 14px;
    border-radius: 3px;
    font-size: 12px;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    letter-spacing: 2px;
    margin-top: 5px;
    display: inline-block;
    font-family: "Playfair Display";
    transition: .3s;
}

.post-entry p a {border-bottom: none !important;}




This should automatically center your Read More buttons for all past and future posts.


7. 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. On the right, you'll see a little section titled "Discussion". 

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.







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!



8. 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.


// 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.


// 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.



9. How do I add a social media icon to Cassia that is not included in the theme?

Please note: This FAQ Article is specifically for the Cassia theme.


To add in an icon to your Cassia sidebar's Social Media widget for a social network that is not included in the theme, you can manually insert one into the theme's code.
In this tutorial, we'll use Bloglovin' as an example.



FINDING THE ICON YOU'D LIKE TO USE

Cassia's social icons are pulled from the Font Awesome icon directory. They have loads of icons for various social networks, brands, etc. First, you'll want to visit the Font Awesome icon directory and find the icon you'd like to use.

Font Awesome's Icon Directory

Each icon has a Font Awesome ID code assigned to it.
They have yet to create an icon specifically for Bloglovin', so we'll go ahead and use their solid "heart" icon option instead. The text next to the icon is "heart". We'll note this down.


Cassia SM Icon Screenshot #1



ADDING THE SOCIAL ICON TO THE THEME

Now that we have our icon chosen, we'll manually add the necessary code to our theme's "social_widget.php" file. Because the Social Widget theme file is within a sub-folder and not the main theme file directory, we'll either need to access it via FTP, or, via a code editor plugin such as WPide (recommended).
Once installed & activated, WPide allows you to access and edit all of your theme files from your WP dashboard.

Locate the Cassia theme file called "social_widget.php" (within the "inc" folder and then within the "widgets" folder). Between Line 68 and Line 69, copy & paste the following code:

<a target="_blank" href="YOUR-URL-HERE"><i class="fa fa-heart round-icon"></i></a>


Cassia SM Icon Screenshot #2


Note: You'll want to replace the YOUR-URL-HERE text with the site URL you'd like to link users to.

If you're not using the heart icon, remember to replace the "heart" text with whatever Font Awesome icon ID code you'd like. Leave the other code elements the same.

For example, if you're adding a "Vine" icon, you'd ensure your code looked like:

<a target="_blank" href="YOUR-VINE-URL-HERE"><i class="fa fa-vine round-icon"></i></a>


Be sure to save the theme file when you're done. Refresh your site, and the new icon should be displaying!


10. 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


11. Why is my site title appearing twice in my browser tab?

If your site title is appearing twice in your browser tab, it's likely caused by an SEO plugin you have enabled. No worries, though! We have a quick fix.

Navigate to WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > and, on the right, open up the "header.php" theme file. Toward the top of this document, you should see the following line of code:

<title><?php wp_title('-', true, 'right'); bloginfo('name'); ?></title>


SEO Double Title Screenshot


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

<title><?php wp_title('-', true, 'right'); ?></title><span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>


Be sure to save the changes made to the theme file when you're finished.

12. 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

13. 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.


14. 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


15. 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:





16. 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). 


17. 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.


18. Adding a category description to your category pages

By default, your category pages will display the category title and your category posts (depending on the theme)-- yet no summary. If you'd like to add a bit of category description text on each of your category pages, it's quite easy! Please find the instructions for your particular theme below:









REDWOOD

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file.
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 14, you will see this bit of lonely code:

</div>

On the blank line right BELOW this bit of code, copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save the changes to the file when you're finished.

Lastly, copy and paste the following into Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS:

.category-description {margin-top: 50px; margin-bottom: 70px;}

Be sure to save when you're finished.




ROSEMARY

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file.
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 14, you will see this bit of code:

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

On the blank line right BELOW this bit of code, copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save the changes to the file when you're finished.

Lastly, copy and paste the following into Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS:

.category-description {margin-top: 50px; margin-bottom: 70px;}

Be sure to save when you're finished.



HEMLOCK

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file.
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 14, you will see this bit of code:

<div id="main">

On the blank line right BELOW this bit of code, copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save the changes to the file when you're finished.

Lastly, copy and paste the following into Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS:

.category-description {margin-top: 50px; margin-bottom: 70px;}

Be sure to save when you're finished.





FLORENCE

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file.
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 14, you will see this little bit of code:

</div>

On the blank line right BELOW this bit of code, copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save the changes to the file when you're finished.

Lastly, copy and paste the following into Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS:

.category-description {margin-top: 50px; margin-bottom: 70px;}

Be sure to save when you're finished.




CASSIA

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "archive.php" theme file.
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "archive.php".

On Line 31, you will see this little bit of code:

<div id="main">

On the blank line right BELOW this bit of code, copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save the changes to the file when you're finished.

Lastly, copy and paste the following into Appearance > Cassia Options > Custom CSS:

.category-description {margin-top: 50px; margin-bottom: 70px;}

Be sure to save when you're finished.




HICKORY

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file.
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 4, you will see this little bit of code:

<div class="content sidebar">

On the blank line right BELOW this bit of code, copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save the changes to the file when you're finished.

Lastly, copy and paste the following into Appearance > Hickory Options > Custom CSS:

.category-description {margin-top: 50px; margin-bottom: 70px;}

Be sure to save when you're finished.




OLEANDER

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file. 
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 10, you will see this bit of lonely code:

</div>

On the blank line right ABOVE this bit of code, you can copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save changes to the file when finished. 

Lastly, navigate to Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS and copy & paste in the following to style the category description text a bit:

.category-description {margin: 30px 0;}

Be sure to save when you're finished. 



SPROUT & SPOON

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file. 
You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 6, you will see this bit of lonely code:

</div>

Create a new, blank line directly ABOVE this bit of code.
On this new, blank line (of what is now Line 6), you can copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save changes to the file when finished. 

Lastly, navigate to Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS and copy & paste in the following to style the category description text a bit:

.category-description {margin: 30px 0;}

Be sure to save when you're finished. 



LAUREL

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file.   You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 10, you will see this bit of code:

<div class="sp-container">

On the blank line directly ABOVE this bit of code, (Line 9), you can copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save changes to the file when finished. 

Lastly, navigate to Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS and copy & paste in the following to style the category description text a bit:

.category-description {margin-top: 40px; text-align: center;}

Be sure to save when you're finished. 




ALDER

To create your descriptions for each Category, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories > Click 'Edit' for the category you would like to add a description to. Enter your desired description text into the form titled "Description" and click "Update" when finished.

Next, we'll need to add a bit of simple code to your theme's "category.php" theme file. You can typically access this via WP Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > "category.php".

On Line 19, you will see this bit of code:

<div class="sp-container <?php if(get_theme_mod('alder_sidebar_archive') == true) : ?>isfullwidth<?php endif; ?>"></div>

On the blank line directly BELOW this bit of code, (Line 20), you can copy and paste the following:

<div class="category-description"><p><?php echo category_description(); ?></p></div>

Be sure to save changes to the file when finished. 

Lastly, navigate to Appearance > Customize > Custom CSS and copy & paste in the following to style the category description text a bit:

.category-description {margin-bottom: 60px; text-align: center;}

Be sure to save when you're finished. 





19. 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.


20. Solo Pine Referrals & Affiliates // 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 URL which 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


21. 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. 

22. 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. 


23. 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

24. Translate your theme using Loco Translate

By default, all of our themes come in the English language. Though it's absolutely possible to translate this to another language, of course! For this, we recommend using the free plugin called "Loco Translate" (https://wordpress.org/plugins/loco-translate/).




Steps to translating your theme with Loco Translate:

1. First, navigate to WP Dashboard > Settings > General > and change your "Site Language" to the language you'll be translating your theme into. 

2. Install & activate the "Loco Translate" plugin

3. Navigate to WP Dashboard > Loco Translate. At the top will be a heading that says "Active theme". Beneath, you should see your Solo Pine theme name. Click on the hyperlinked theme name. 

4. On the next screen, below the title of your theme, you should see 2 links/buttons. If the second says "Create template", click this link first. Next, click the blue button titled "Create template".

If your link did not say "Create template" but instead said "Edit template", move onto the next step.

5. Click the little "New Language" button. Next, select the language you want to translate the theme into from the drop-down menu titled "WordPress Language". Below, where it says "Choose a location", we recommend leaving it on the default first option. When finished, click the "Start translating" button. 

6. Here, you'll be able to select each bit of English text in the theme and create a translation for it. 

There are 2 important sections on this screen, the top-most box titled "Source Text" and the bottom box titled "[Your language] Translation". 

All of the theme's hard-coded English text "strings" are noted in the first "Source Text" box. To begin, click on one of the text strings you'd like to translate. Then, once you've highlighted an English text string, click down into the box titled "[Your language] Translation". Here, you can type in the translation for that text string. 

When finished, the translation should appear to the right of the English text string in that top "Source Text" box.

 


Continue this step for each of the English text strings in the "Source Text" box. 

Please note: Not all of the English text strings really need to be translated nor should be translated. For example, some are bits of text your site visitors will never see as it's on your WP Dashboard area. Or, it may be strange-looking bits of code that look like this: %1$s at %2$s . You can ignore these. 

When finished, click the blue "Save" button. 


RTL Languages

To change the theme's text to display RTL (for languages such as Hebrew), ensure that your WordPress language has been set to your desired RTL language. To do so, navigate to WP Dashboard > Settings > Site Language > and change the language here. Save changes. 

If you notice any text elements which are still displaying LTR, feel free to contact us via support ticket. We'd be happy to help!



25. 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:



26. 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 "Optimize JavaScript Code?" and the "Optimize CSS Code?". Save changes and empty the cache. 

Run your site through the Google Search Console "Mobile Friendly Test": https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly and see what it now says. Still having issues? Don't hesitate to let us know via a new support ticket!

27. 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!

28. CASSIA & HICKORY ARE RETIRING

After nearly 6 years, our Cassia and Hickory themes will be retiring from the marketplace.  

When we initially launched Solo Pine, Cassia and Hickory were our first themes. Our babies! They've been immensely meaningful to us. It's never an easy decision to pull a theme and it's not something we take lightly. However sentimental we are for them, the reason for retiring the two themes essentially boils down to their ability to adapt.  As the web changes, themes need to be able to adapt to continue functioning efficiently, securely, and intuitively. We've reached a point where Hickory and Cassia would require significant overhauling of their code structure to bring them up to current standards. 

We will be supporting our Cassia and Hickory themes via our support site (https://solopine.ticksy.com) for 6 months. Even if your support coverage has expired, please feel free to open up a new ticket with any theme-related questions via a support ticket during this time.

As of today, July 5, 2019, Cassia and Hickory will no longer be sold. They will no longer be updated. 
 
We will continue to support the two themes via our support site for 6 months. On January 5, 2020, we will no longer provide support coverage for our Cassia and Hickory themes. 

We understand this may be disappointing for those using Cassia and Hickory. We know some customers have faithfully used one or the other on their blogs for years. It's truly not a decision we've made lightly and sincerely apologize for any complications this may cause. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us!