Hello there and welcome! So glad you are here with us as we explain how you can setup your new Minimalista Pro Theme just like our live demo. So let’s go ahead and get started.
Begin by logging into your WordPress Dashboard. From there you will want to navigate to Appearance » Themes. In the upper left hand corner you will see a button that says “Add New“, go ahead and click on it.
First, upload your Genesis Framework zip file(it will be titled genesis.zip). Then repeat to upload your new Minimalista Pro themes’ zip file(it will be titled minimalistapro.zip). Next, navigate back to the themes section of your Dashboard and locate the Minimalista Pro theme and click on the blue “Activate” button.
Your new theme is now active and live on your website. However, we still have plenty of ground to cover before it actually looks like the live demo.
Blog Title & Tagline
You will want to head on over to Settings » General. As you will see below, it is pretty self-explanatory. However, we wanted to point you in the right direction so you may modify these if you wish.
To upload your own header image/logo navigate to Appearance » Header. Your image/logo must be 360px by 100px. You will see the area where you can upload your image. Once you have done that, continue to scroll down and uncheck the box next to the “Show header text with your image.” option and save!
Go to Appearance » Background. You can either upload your own background/pattern image. Which from there you can choose how you will like it to display such as repeat horizontally/vertically or tile.
If you just want to change it to a solid background color you can click the “Select Color” button next to the Background Color option and save!
Featured Images for Posts
Featured images for posts must be 740px in width.
You will want to install and activate the following plugins:
Genesis Responsive Slider
Genesis Simple Share
Genesis eNews Extended
Simple Social Icons
Pinterest Pin it Button for Images
Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering
For those of you who are WordPress “virgins”, we will go ahead and explain how and where to upload these plugins. There are two options.
You will want to navigate over to Plugins » Add New. In the upper left hand corner you will see a button titled “Upload Plugin”, go ahead and click on it. You will need to upload the plugins one at a time. After each upload is complete it will ask you if you want to activate. Yes, click the activate link for each plugin!
Like the first option find your way over to Plugins » Add New. From there you can enter the name of the plugin into the search bar on the right hand side and hit enter and click on the “Install Now” button next to the plugin image. After it has installed it will ask you to activate, go ahead and do this.
Setting up your Posts Excerpts
To do this, you will need to navigate to Genesis » Theme Settings. Scroll down until you find the section labeled “Content Archives” and apply these settings and remember to click the “Save Settings” button when finished.
Modifying the Number of Posts to be Displayed on Homepage
Go to Settings » Reading and change the number next to the “Blog pages show at most” option and save!
Genesis Responsive Slider
Go to Genesis » Slider Settings. These are the exact slider settings that are used in the demo. Just be sure to click the “Save Settings” button when finished.
You can change the height to what you wish. However, the width must be 740px. Also, please note when you upload featured images they also need to be 740px in width.
Genesis Simple Share
To configure this plugin simply go to Genesis » Simple Share. Set the Icon Size to Small Bar, the Icon Appearance to Filled and the Icon Display Position to After the Content. Choose which social networks you wish your content to be shared on and save!
Pin it Button for Images
Let’s not forget to setup the Pinterest format we wish to have displayed when readers choose to pin our content. Follow me on over to Settings » Pinterest Pin it and get that taken care of. Go ahead and uncheck the boxes next to the pages you do not wish for readers to be able to pin from. Then select which information you wish to be transferred with the pin from the dropbox and save.
Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering
To modify this visit Settings » Threaded Comment Numbering and set the Max. Numbering Depth to 10 and save.
Portfolio Page Setup
You will want to navigate on over to Pages » Add New. You may title it whatever you wish. For our example we kept it simple and just titled it “Portfolio”. Then you will need to locate where it says “Template” on the right hand side and select “Portfolio Page” from the dropbox and update the page. That’s it! So now when you add widgets to your “Page-Portfolio” widget areas (which will come shortly) it will automatically display on this page.
You will also want to create a Category titled “Portfolio”. In case your not sure how to do so, simply go to Posts » Categories. Then when you create posts and you are aware you will like the featured image to also appear on your Portfolio page, just be sure to check the box next to Portfolio under Categories on the right hand side.
Widgets & Widget Settings
Yay! We are finally here. You are practically done, just a bit further. Let’s get moving, shall we?
Come on and follow us on over to the Widgets Section by going to Appearance » Widgets. You will notice there are widgets on the left and widget areas on the right. Also, you will see that there are little arrow heads in the upper right hand corners of each widget area. You simply click on them to expand and collapse each widget area.
Moving forward, we will begin with the Primary Sidebar widget area. Go ahead and click on the arrow head expanding the area. In this area we will place a text widget, our Simple Social Icons widget, search widget, Genesis-eNews Extended widget, and Genesis-Featured Posts widget. To do this, you will locate each widget on the left and drag them over to the Primary Sidebar widget area and configure them as explained below.
We are going to use this instead of the standard User Profile widget, so we can spice it up a bit. You will need to open your media area in another tab. Simply hover over Media » Add New and while hovering over Add New, right click and select the Open Link in New Tab option. Upload your favorite selfie and have the url standing by.
This is what the text widget looks like in the demo.
Here is the code that is used in the bigger text area. Just be sure to place your image url where it is indicated as well as your About page url. You can remove the brief bio provided and replace it with your own.
SIMPLE SOCIAL ICONS
Simply replicate our settings as below. Fill in your URL in the appropriate areas and remember to save!
GENESIS – eNEWS EXTENDED
We use MailChimp in conjunction with plugin. Don’t know how to do this? Then click here and visit Restored 316 Designs to find out how!
However, if you still use feedburner then this will be a piece of cake for you(you will see the area to enter your username)! And save when finished.
This area needs no modifications.
GENESIS – FEATURED POSTS
Here are the settings used in the demo. However, you can choose the category of your choice, choose the order you want them to go in, and also how many are to be displayed. Just click save when finished.
AD SPACE WIDGET AREA & TEXT WIDGET
Next it is time for the Ad Space widget area. Go ahead and begin by expanding the widget area and dragging a text widget over from the left then copy and paste your ad html or code your own and save!
SLIDER WIDGET AREA & WIDGET
Next it is time for the Slider widget area. Go ahead and begin by expanding the widget area and dragging the Genesis-Responsive Slider widget over from the left and that is it! Your already done with that widget area, phew!
PAGE – PORTFOLIO WIDGET AREA
Next it is time for the Page-Portfolio widget area. Go ahead and begin by expanding the widget area and dragging a Featured-Posts widget over from the left and apply these settings. It is completely up to you to choose how many images to show. Once finished, save!
FOOTER WIDGET AREAS & WIDGETS
There are 3 footer widget areas. In the first footer widget area is the Categories widget, in the second footer widget area is the Search widget, and in the third footer widget area is the Archives widget. Use the same method as above, expand each area and drag the correct widget over. Set them up as indicated below.
We hope you have found this walk through on setting up your new Minimalista Pro theme helpful. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!