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Zen Kitten Guide

This guide is for our Zen Kitten theme. A live demo version is here.

1.0 Installing the theme

1.1 Checklist

To install the Zen Kitten theme, you’ll need the following:

  1. A web hosting account with the latest version of WordPress
  2. The zip file we send when you purchase the theme.

If you need help installing WordPress, detailed instructions are here. If you get really stuck, head to our support pages and we’ll do our very best to help.

1.2 Installing the theme

You can install themes directly from the WordPress admin area. Just log in to WordPress, click the ‘Appearance’ link in the sidebar, followed by the ‘Install Themes’ tab at the top of the page, and finally the blue ‘Install’ link just below the tabs. Choose the zenkitten.zip file that you downloaded to your computer when you purchased the theme and click ‘Install Now’.

2.0 Zen Kitten theme options

With the theme installed and activated, you’re ready to customise it using the theme options. To get to the theme options page, log in to WordPress and click the ‘Design’ tab, followed by ‘Zen Kitten Options’:

Once you’re there, the following settings are available to you:

2.1 Logo options

To change the height of the logo which appears on the homepage or alter the subtitle, update the information in the fields immediately under the ‘Logo Settings’ heading, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Save changes’.

The default logo height is 110. The default subtitle is blank. You can include html tags (such as links) in your subtitle. Note that the logo and subtitle appear only on your homepage.

To change the name of your site as it appears on your homepage, update your Site Title, which can be found in your site’s General Settings (click ‘Settings’ in the WordPress admin sidebar).

2.2 Replacing the homepage logo with an image

The text logo on your homepage can be replaced with an image of your choice. To use our easy swap image uploader, you’ll need to have Flash installed and be using a modern web browser. (Specifically, the uploader won’t work in Internet Explorer 6 or 7, so consider updating your browser.)

To upload your logo or image, click the grey ‘UPLOAD LOGO’ button, and select a file from your computer. Make sure that there are no spaces in the file’s name. When the file’s finished uploading, you should see a small preview of it. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Save changes’ button. Your logo will now be visible on the homepage.

To remove the logo, click the ‘remove logo’ link next to your logo preview, then scroll down and click the ‘Save changes’ button:

2.3 Homepage Options

Zen Kitten’s homepage can be customised to change the number of posts displayed, what categories are used when fetching posts, and whether or not category titles are displayed above each category.

To change these settings, edit the options underneath the ‘Homepage Settings’ heading in the Zen Kitten options page, then scroll to the bottom and click ‘Save changes’.

Example: Checking “Latest posts [default]” in the ‘homepage shows…’ field, selecting ’20’ from the ‘posts per category’ drop down and choosing ‘No’ for ‘show category titles’ will display your latest 20 posts with no category heading.

If you only see ‘Latest posts [default]’ in the ‘homepage shows…’ field, you might wish to consider adding some categories and assigning your posts to those categories so that you can display them in different sections on your homepage. Learn more about WordPress categories.

2.4 Adding links to your pages

By default, Zen Kitten displays two small icons on the left side of all pages to help users visit your homepage and to display RSS links. You can add an icon and link to this area for your about and contact pages by filling in the ‘Navigation Settings’ in the Zen Kitten theme options.

First, create your about and contact pages and make a note of the URLs to each one. Type the full URLs into the ‘About Page URL’ and ‘Contact Page URL’ fields, including the ‘http://’ and your site’s domain name. Scroll to the bottom of the Zen Kitten options page and click ‘Save changes’. Your site will now show links to your about and contact pages in the left navigation area.

What about my other pages?
Zen Kitten is deliberately minimal — it’s designed to put your content first, which means that the navigation area only holds essential links.

If you want to make links to your other pages available, we suggest adding the ‘Pages’ widget to your site’s footer area (see ‘Footer customisation’ in section 4.0 ). This lists other pages you’ve created without creating cluttered navigation bars in your header area that can often prove distracting.

2.5 Adding FeedBurner, Twitter, and Facebook links

Zen Kitten includes a subscribe drawer at the top of all pages that slides out when clicked to reveal a list of subscribe options and links to Twitter and Facebook. These links are optional; it’s up to you whether or not you add them.

FeedBurner is a free service from Google that lets you measure your subscribers, learn more about them, and offer an email subscription option. You can set up the Zen Kitten theme to use FeedBurner by pasting the full FeedBurner URL and Email subscribe links in your theme options and clicking the ‘Save changes’ button.

Both fields should begin ‘http://’. By entering your FeedBurner URL, Zen Kitten will also use your FeedBurner feed as your main site feed — this means that visitors who click the RSS button in their browser will still be measured by FeedBurner.

Of courseif you don’t want to use FeedBurner, it’s no problem — you can leave these fields blank. Zen Kitten just uses the default WordPress feed instead. (We completely understand if you don’t have time to measure things like subscriber counts. Life is short!)

Add links to your Twitter profile or Facebook page under the heading ‘Social Network Links’:

3.0 Adding featured images to posts

Zen Kitten uses featured images on the homepage and under each title on the subpages. You can leave these blank, but it makes things much more interesting if you add a small illustration or photograph. It’s easy to do now that it’s built into the WordPress post editor:

Step 1) In the WordPress admin area, create a new post or edit the post you’d like to add a featured image to.

Step 2) Scroll down to the section labelled, ‘Featured Image’. If you’ve not rearranged the post editor, you’ll find this section at the bottom of the right-side column. When you’ve found it, click ‘Set featured image’:

Step 3) In the image uploader that pops up, choose a file from your computer. You don’t have to worry about resizing or cropping it — WordPress will do that for you.

Step 4) When the image has finished uploading, click ‘Use as featured image’.

Step 5) Save or publish your post in the post editor. That’s it! Return to the post or homepage to see your featured image alongside the post title.

4.0 Footer customisation

The two-column Zen Kitten footer is customised using WordPress widgets. Use it for your Twitter status, Flickr photos, ads, products, calls to action, recent comments and posts, or just about anything you can think of!

There are four widgets in total — two on the homepage (left and right), and another two in your subpage template. To edit and add widgets, click the ‘Appearance’ link in the left navigation area or your WordPress admin area, followed by the ‘Widgets’ link.

You can then drag and drop widgets from the left area of the page to the relevant containers on the right hand side. It’s entirely up to you what you choose to feature in your footers, but we recommend the ‘Pages’ and ‘Search’ widgets as good starting points.

For help with the WordPress widget interface, see this video guide.

5.0 Adding an archives page

Zen Kitten features an optional archives template that displays all of your posts in reverse chronological order. To add it, create a page (not a post) called ‘Archives’ or similar (it’s up to you), then select ‘Archives’ from the ‘Template’ drop down in the ‘Attributes’ box. Save the page and visit its URL in your browser to see your posts displayed in the archive.

6.0 Further help and support

6.1 Where to get help

If you’ve been through the guide and need more help, feel free to
ask us a question on our support page.

If you’ve read the guide and exhausted our support pages too, our email address is help@wordprezzie.com

6.2 Our design and customisation service

We offer a full WordPress setup, design, and customisation service. Whether you need some quick tweaks, want us to customise a theme with your logo and colours, or fancy a full unique design to call your own, we’ll be happy to help.

Get a free estimate today on our hire us page.


 

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