Hello there and welcome! So glad you are here with us as we explain how you can setup your new Polaroid 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 Polaroid themes’ zip file(it will be titled polaroid.zip). Next, navigate back to the themes section of your Dashboard and locate the Polaroid 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.
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.
To upload your own header image/logo navigate to Media » Add New or you may upload to your themes’ images folder via FTP, it is up to you. Your image/logo must be 360px by 100px. If you choose to upload your image via Media, once uploaded you will see a link to the right that says “Edit”, click on that. You will need to grab the images’ url, which can be located on the right hand side.
Now lets cruise on over to the style.css file by going to Appearance » Editor, you will find that you have landed on the stylesheet css file. Next search the css for this line of code:
You will want to replace “images/logo.png” with your image/logo url. If you wish to center your logo, change where it says left(to the right of the url you just replaced) to center. Then scroll to the bottom and click the “Update File” button.
Next we want to make sure our image/logo shows instead of the default website text. So we will need to head on over to Genesis » Theme Settings in order to accomplish this. Once you find yourself there, scroll down until you see the section titled Header. Click on the arrow of the dropbox and select the “Image Logo” option.
Be sure to scroll either to the top or the bottom of the page and click the “Save Settings” button. And that’s it you now have your own header image/logo up!
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!
There are two menus present in the Polaroid theme. When you go to name your menus you need to name them Primary Navigation and Secondary Navigation in order for them to be mobile responsive when viewed on other devices.
You will want to install and activate the following plugins:
Alpine PhotoTile for Pinterest
Genesis eNews Extended
Genesis Simple Share
Simple Social Icons
jQuery Pin It Button For Images
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.
jQuery Pin It Button For Images
You will want to navigate to Settings » jQuery Pin It Button For Images. Then you will want to click on the “Visual” tab. You will want to apply these settings. Note you can find all the themes’ “Pin it Buttons” in the themes’ images folder. So just select the image that matches your themes’ color choice.
Gallery Index 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 “Gallery Index”. Then you will need to locate where it says “Template” on the right hand side and select “Gallery Index” from the dropbox and update the page. That’s it! So now when you add widgets to your “Gallery Top” and “Gallery Bottom” widget areas (which will come shortly) it will automatically display on this page.
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 our Simple Social Icons widget, Genesis – eNews Extended widget, Search widget, Genesis-Featured Posts widget, Alpine PhotoTile for Pinterest widget, and Categories 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.
SIMPLE SOCIAL ICONS
Simply replicate our settings as below. Fill in your URLs in the appropriate areas and remember to save!
This area needs no modifications. Simply just drag the widget over from the left, then you can go ahead and collapse the widget area.
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.
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.
ALPINE PHOTOTILE FOR PINTEREST
Simply replicate these settings. You can choose just to have it show all your recent pins or just recent pins for a certain board.
You will need to place a Categories, Archives, and Search widget in this area. Here are the settings that are applied on the demo site.
Alright, so the Gallery Bottom consists of a 2 Featured Posts widgets(you may add more if you wish). Each targeting a specific category and titled specifically. However, they are set up like we did in the Primary sidebar, with only image and post title. The only thing that changes is the widget title, category, number of posts to be displayed, and thumbnail size (which is 255 x 255). I added one for Food, set it to display 4 posts and to display the show more button like below. Also, be sure to align thumbnail images center.I then repeated the process with switching out the title for People. Also changed the category as well accordingly.
Well, we have came to the end of our walk through. We hope you have found this helpful for setting up your new Polaroid theme. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!