- Exercise 2.1: The Dashboard
- Exercise 3-2: Site Settings
- Exercise 3-3: Custom Logo's
- Exercise 3-4: Themed Object
- Exercise 4-1: Edit Page Panel
- Exercise 4-2: Adding Pages
- Exercise 4-3: Product Catalog
- Exercise 4-4: FAQs module
- Exercise 4-5: Sidebar Widget
- Exercise 4-6: Content Panel
- Exercise 5-1: Page Orders
- Exercise 6-1: Media Library
- Exercise 7-1: The Portfolio
- Exercise 7-2: Image Rotator
- Exercise 7-3: The MP3 Player
- Exercise 8-1: Learning to Blog
- Exercise 8-2: Editing the Blog
- Exercise 9-1: Authors Users
Section 1: Getting Started with Your Wordpress Theme
In this section we'll review:
downloading your 'Theme' package from your members page
the minimum requirements for installing via Wordpress
the minimum requirements for installing via FTP
- installing via Wordpress
- installing via FTP
This installation option is for folks wanting to:
- upgrade an existing WP theme
- installing to a web server that already has the WordPress
2.8 [engine - or later] installed
Preparations: Verify "Wordpress" is installed and accessible on your web
- open up your web browser and login into your websites wp-admin
- type your websites URL followed by a forward
slash and wp-admin as in "www.frazoo.net/wp-admin"
- verify you can log in with your user name and password
downloading your WP-Theme
- log into your LuckyMarble / i3dthemes members account (
click here )
- click on the 'My Purchases' tab
- click on the 'Download' button ( located to the right, under
the Product info )
- review the EULA and Refund Exchange Policiy Terms .. click
- then click on the 'Download' button
- your members account will start to 'assemble' your 'Theme'
into a downloadable package for you
- once the 'Theme' is assembed, click on the 'Save File' or
'Save As' button on the download options panel
- if downloading with Internet Explorer, you'll have an option
of where to save the file to.. we recommend your 'Desktop' to
- if downloading with Firefox, Safari, Chrome or any of the
Mozilla web browsers you'll need to know how and where you
'defined' your 'download' options for these web browsers.
- in many cases, the web browser will save the file to the
'Downloads' folder on your computer, but many people change the
- a tip .. right click on the download window
when the file has finished downloading, and
select 'Open Containing Folder'
- the folder with your zipped 'Theme' package will open and
you'll find your theme file
- now, copy, move, or drag the zip file, onto your computers
'Desktop' ... just so you can quickly find it again.
- you should see a zip file on your Desktop similar to this
There are 2 ways of installing your Wordpress 'Theme'
- Through Wordpress
- Through FTP
You can install your 'Theme' through your Wordpress Admin page.
The Minimum Requirements to Install through Wordpress
- you need access to your WP Admin page ( login )
- you will need your FTP
Username and Password (
provided by your web host for uploading via FTP )
- your web host will allow for file uploads of
If you are installing the 'Theme' only package, you have most likely accessed
your WP Admin page already. If not, login to your Admin page just to make sure.
Some web hosts put limits on the size of a file upload, such as the 'Theme'
package. The default limit seems to be 8 megabytes, but there are web hosts that
set the limit to 2 megabytes. The file size of your theme may be as large as
If you want to install your theme via Wordpress, you may need to contact your
web host and ask for the file size limit to be increased. To do so, here's a
snippet of information they may need to know.
Here’s a letter you can send to your host; copy and paste!
I'm interested in running the open-source WordPress
<http://wordpress.org/> CMS / blogging software. I have a
'Theme' that I would like to upload in '.zip' file format. The
file size of that theme is 8-10 megabytes.
Will my "upload_max_filesize" and "post_max_size"
PHP settings allow for an
8-10 megabyte upload?
If not, is it possible to change these settings for my
hosting account so I can upload my Wordpress Theme?
Your web host may not be able to change these settings. It really depends on
your web host and how flexible or helpful they are.
- Log into your Admin page
- Click on the 'Appearance' menu
- Click on the 'Themes' menu
- click on the 'Add New' button
- click on the 'Upload' link
- click on the 'Browse' button and 'browse' to your desktop (
or where ever you downloaded your 'Theme' zip file to )
- in the following screenshot, you would click on the
'Desktop' link, then click on the 'Theme' zip file, then click
on the 'Open' button
- click on the 'Install Now' button once you've located and
'loaded' the 'Themes' zip file
** if your 'Theme' zip file does not upload, or an error message is
displayed instead of the next screenshot, this is an indication that the 'Theme'
zip file is larger than the file size upload settings for your web hosting
account.. if this is the case, move to the next section "Installing via FTP".
- Wordpress will change 'screens' once the upload is completed
- enter your 'Hostname' ( website URL )
- enter your FTP
'Username' and 'Password'
** This is NOT your
Wordpress Username and Password
** This is the FTP
Username and Password
provided by your web host for uploading via
- once you've correctly entered your FTP Username and
Password, Wordpress will change screens to confirm
- click on the 'Activate' link
- your new 'Theme' will now be 'Activated'
- Wordpress will activate your new 'Theme' Dashboard
The standard or traditional method of installing a Wordpress 'Theme' is
through FTP ( File Transfer Protocol ).
FTP is a method of 'uploading' or 'moving' files from your computer, up to
your server. FTP is the industry 'standard' for transfering files, or in your
case, installing Wordpress Themes. Using FTP is much like using your 'Windows
Explorer' or 'My Documents' window on your computer. You drag files from one
folder, into another. And that's all you do to install your Wordpress 'Theme'
onto your web server.
It wasn't until the more recent versions of Wordpress that you could even
install a 'Theme' through the Wordpress Admin panel, it's a fairly new feature
.. that does require a few server settings to make it successful. If you are not
able to install via the Wordpress Admin page, or just prefer to install your
theme as millions of Wordpress users have done before now, is to use an FTP
program to upload your files.
Minimum Requirements to Install through FTP
- An FTP program ( such as
it's FREE )
- The FTP username and password ( provided by your web host )
- The name of your remote 'Root' folder ( provided by your web
In the following demonstrations we'll be using an excellent 'open source' (
aka FREE ) FTP program "Filezilla".
If you have your own FTP program, all the better. If you are new to using FTP,
you'll first want to download and install an FTP client program such as "Filezilla".
- download and install your FTP program
- start your FTP program
- click on the File menu, and select Site Manager
- click on the 'New Site' button
- enter a 'Name' for your new site
- in the 'General' tab of the 'Site Manager' enter the URL for
your site ( www not usually required, try without first )
- then change the 'Logon Type' from Anonymous to 'Normal'
- enter the 'FTP' Username for 'User:' (provided by your web
- enter the 'FTP' Password for 'Password:' (provided by your
- once logged in, the 'FTP' folder structure of your web
should be in view
- depending on how your web host setup your FTP username and
password, you may be logged into your root folder directly
- the 'typical' FTP setup will look something like this
- when you signed up for your web hosting, your host should
have provided the FTP login information as well as the 'root'
folder, or the folder that you'll be publishing your web files
up to ... in this example, it's the 'httpdocs' folder where
we'll be publishing our website files, so just doubleclick on
the 'httpdocs' folder
- as you already have the Wordpress [engine] installed on your
server, you should see the 'Wordpress' core files when you
access your 'root' folder as in this example
- now double click on the 'wp-content' folder to open it
- now double click on the 'themes' folder to open it
- and you should see something as follows
- all you need to do now, is 'extract' the 'Theme' zip file
you downloaded from your members page earlier
- and drag or 'upload' the files to the 'Themes' folder on
- to 'extract' the 'Theme' zip file, right click on the file
on your Desktop, and select 'Extract All'
- leave the 'default' extract settings as they are, and click
on the 'Extract' button
- if you left the extraction settings at default, a folder
will open when complete
- if you use a different method to extract zip files ( such as
Winzip, or Winrar ) just open the 'folder' when complete and you
should see your Wordpress 'Theme' folder
- this is the folder you'll be uploading to the 'Themes'
folder on your server
- you can drag the folder directly into your 'Themes' folder
- you should see some activity in your FTP program as the
files are uploading to your server
- or use the 'local' folder list to 'upload' the folder.
- in the 'Local site:' window pane, select 'Desktop'
- when you switch to the 'Desktop' folder for your Local site,
all the files and folders on your Desktop will be displayed in
the 'window' below
- locate the extracted 'Theme' folder
- now double click on the extracted 'Theme' folder to open it
- you'll see your Wordpress 'Theme' folder
- right click on your wordpress 'Theme' folder and select
- you should see a flurry of activity in your FTP program as
your files are being uploaded
- it should take several minutes to upload your 'Theme' folder
- when the 'Theme' folder is uploaded, the 'Queued files'
number should be ( 0 ) and the activity window dormant
- right click somewhere inside the 'Themes' folder on the
'right window panel' and select 'Refresh'
- and your 'Theme' folder should now be displayed inside the
'Themes' folder on your server
now all that should be left to do, is return to your 'Wordpress' Admin page,
and activate your new 'Theme'
- log into your 'Wordpress' Admin page
- click on the 'Appearance' menu
- click on the 'Themes' menu
- you should see your new 'Theme' listed on the 'Manage
- click on the 'Activate' link listed under your 'Theme'
- Wordpress will active your new 'Theme'
- and switch over to your 'Theme' Dashboard
Exercise 2-1: Take a tour of your 'Themes' WP-Dashboard