We would like to first thank you for purchasing this theme. This documentation consists of several parts that guide you through the entire process of installing and setting up our theme starting from a fresh install.

We did our best to make this documentation as clear as possible with step-by-step guidance, including screenshots. However, if you have any difficulties with this theme or have any suggestions on improving our documentation, please post in our support forums or submit a support ticket.

First Steps

After you have purchased our theme, you will need to download and install it on your website. This tutorial will show you how to do this.

Download from Rough Pixels

There are a couple of ways to download your theme, the first is from a download link found within the email purchase receipt that you get when you made your purchase. Please note that this link has an expiry date.

If you decide to download from this website, you will need to log in and then visit your Purchase History.

Purchase History

From your purchase history, you will click on the View Details and Downloads link.

View Details and Downloads link

Your next screen should now show your download(s) for a single theme.

Empt download button

If you purchased the All-Access membership, you should see a large Click Here To Use Your All-Access Pass button. Once you click this, you will be taken to a page where all your theme downloads are displayed; each with a download button:

All Access download button

Installing a Theme

You can install the theme in two ways: through WordPress, or via FTP.

Install via Dashboard

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.
  2. After you have logged in, navigate to the Appearance > Themes.
  3. Click the Add New button on the top of the screen.

    Add a new theme from dashboard
  4. On the next page, click the Upload Theme button on the top of the screen.

    Dashboard upload theme
  5. Click the Choose File button to browse your computer and navigate to where you downloaded your theme too. Select the file and click Install Now.
  6. WordPress will upload and extract the theme archive for you. All you need to do next is to click on the Activate text link under the message for successful theme installation.
    Activate Empt
  7. Now you can view your site’s front-end to see the theme active, or you can jump right in and begin setting up your website.

Install via FTP

  1. Navigate to where you downloaded your theme and double-click the file to extract using your standard zip archive software (eg: WS_FTP Pro, Filezilla, etc.)
  2. Using your FTP client (program) to log into your host web server.
  3. Go the WordPress root folder on your server, then go to /wp-content/themes/ folder.
  4. Upload the extracted file folder emptthemes folder.
  5. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  6. Navigate to the Appearance > Themes. On this page, you should see the Empt theme in the list of themes.
  7. Move the cursor on the block with the Empt theme and click the Activate button.
    Activate Empt from the theme page
  8. Now your theme is active!

Theme License Key

This tutorial will apply to all premium themes, but may also include any free versions that we host ourselves instead of the theme directory on the website.

Themes from Rough Pixels use a license key to help manage active memberships, but they also give you the added benefit of receiving update notices with 1-click updating.

The first thing you need to do is log into the Rough Pixels website with your user account and then go to your Purchase History:

Purchase History

Activate Theme License

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Theme License.
  3. In a new browser window (or tab), log into the Rough Pixels website and navigate to your Purchase History.

    Purchase History
  4. You should see a License Details table with an Inactive status, but from here, you will copy your license key:
    Empt license details
  5. Go back to your website’s dashboard with your theme license screen open and paste your key into the field.

    Enter license key
  6. Click the Activate License button and then the Save Changes button
  7. Once you activate your license, you can return to your License Details in your Purchase history to see the status is now set to Active.

Adding Another Licensed Website

Depending on the theme or membership purchase, each one comes with a specific number of license usages. When you first activate your license key, you should see a message similar to this:

Empt Licenses left

With the example above, we see that 1/3 sites have been activated, which means we have 2 left. This also means that this license gives us a total of three separate websites that can use the same license key. If you have additional sites that you want to receive support and updates for, you have to add more sites to your license.

Add More Websites

  1. Log in to Rough Pixels and visit your Purchase History page.
  2. In the License Details table, click on the Manage Sites link.
    Empt manage websites
  3. Enter the Full URL (with the http://www or https://www part included) for the website you are adding.

    Add Website to be licensed
  4. Click the Add Site button.
  5. Repeat for additional websites you want to add.

Update Theme

Updating your theme is easily done because we have incorporated an update feature that is similar to the method if you had downloaded a plugin or theme from the website. When an update arrives, you will get a notification in your dashboard in a few areas:

Theme Update Notice
Another Theme Update notice

In the screenshot above, you can click Update Now for your theme, and then once it’s finished updating, you will have the latest version installed.

IMPORTANT: This update method only works if you have activated your theme with a license key, but also, to make sure your theme membership is still active and has not expired.

Installing Plugins

This theme recommends the installation and activation of some plug-ins to add additional features and capabilities. We made a shortlist of plugins to consider plugins:

  • Widget Options — Allows you to publish widgets to select pages and also hide widget titles;
  • Regenerate Thumbnails — This lets you regenerate thumbnails if you ever change sizes or the blog layout;
  • Contact Form 7 — Although you may have your own form plugin, this one can be used for a contact form;

Installing Plugins

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Install Plugins menu.
  3. In the Search field, type in the name of a plugin and once it shows up, click the Install button.

    Search and add plugins
  4. Once installed, you can click Activate and then customize the plugin’s settings if needed.

Site Title & Tagline

With Empt, you can do more than just edit your site title and tagline (description).

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity.
  3. Add or edit your site title.
  4. Add or edit your site description (tagline).
  5. You have the option to hide the title and/or tagline; ideal if you want to use a logo.
  6. We’ve added a couple of colour selectors for the title and tagline.
  7. Upload a logo (if you plan to use one).
  8. If you would like to change the font to the Site Title, you can change the font family, font-weight, and font size:
    Empt site title font styling
  9. Click Publish button.


Follow the below steps to set favicon on your site.

upload a site favicon
  1. Prepare your favicon image file. It must be square, and at least 512 pixels for the width and height.
  2. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  3. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity.
  4. Open the Site Indentity tab.
  5. Click Select Image at Site Icon section, upload the image file you prepared in the above step from Upload Files tab screen, and click Select.
  6. Click Save & Publish button.

Navigation Menus

The Empt theme supports up to 3 custom navigation menu locations. WordPress comes with a simple user interface that makes it quite easy for beginners to create and manage menus. From here, you can create your main menu, footer menu, and social icon menus.

Creating Menus

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Menus
  3. If you don’t have any menus, click the Create Menu button and create a new menu.
  4. From the blocks on the left side select pages that you want to add in your menu. Click the Add to Menu button.
  5. Once you’ve added a few items to your menu, you will see the added menu items on the right side in the Menu Structure section.
  6. If you want to rename a menu item, click the down arrow of a menu item to display its properties. You can then edit the navigation label that is displayed on menus.
  7. You can also change the order of menu items by dragging them to the position that you want them.
  8. To create a drop-down menu, drag a menu item slightly to the right of the menu item above it to create a sub-item relationship on the menu.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the menu editor window. In the section titled Theme locations, click the checkbox for the location where you want your menu to appear.
  10. Click Save Menu button.
Empt creating menus

Social Profile Menus

The social profile menus are generally found at the top of your webpage and depending on the theme, in the footer area. The Empt theme supports the most popular social networks, which you can use to get followers to your site.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Menus.
  3. If your social menu is not made, you will need to create a new one.
  4. You will add each social network by pasting in their respective URL into Custom Links the box under Add Menu Items. For example, we would enter in for our twitter profile URL.
  5. Drag your new menu item(s) into your new menu
  6. Assign your social menu to the Social links menu locations under Menu Settings
  7. Click the Save Menu button

Enable Thumbnail Creation

This theme includes the option to enable automatic thumbnail creation each time you upload a photo. This is generally a benefit when you want to maintain a consistent thumbnail size for blog posts, widgets, and anything else that uses thumbnails.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Thumbnail Settings.
  3. Choose the type of thumbnail(s) you want to enable for automatic creation. We recommend that if you know what blog layout you plan to use, only set the thumbnail crop for that blog. If you enable the others, you end up with a lot more thumbnails that won’t be used.
  4. You also have an option to custom size your featured image for posts and pages. To handle this, you get settings for the width and one for the height.
  5. Click the Publish button to update the customizer.

Page Background

This is actually more of a WordPress feature, but we wanted to give you a quick introduction to what you can do with this option. Generally, this feature in WordPress lets you upload a background image or graphic that gets displayed as a background to your page (every page actually).

Here are a few ideas on how to take advantage of this feature:

  1. Show a background photo
  2. Show a background illustration, either as one image or a repeating image
  3. Or, don’t use an image, but change the page background colour instead of white

Remember that any image or graphic you upload will be seen on every page. I would recommend keeping it almost transparent so that your content will be seen/readable. Here is an example:

Empt page background example

Add a Background Photo

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Background
  3. Upload your photo or graphic and set your preferences
  4. Click the Publish button

To Change the Background Colour

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Go to Appearance > Customize > Colours > Main Body
  3. Look for the Background Colour setting and use the selector to change it
  4. Click the Publish button.

Theme Customization

The Empt theme offers a lot of customization. Using the theme-specific options and settings, you can change the layout, colors, background image, etc.


Empt supports the WordPress Customizer. The Customizer is a framework for live-previewing any changes that you make to WordPress. It provides a simple and consistent interface for users to customize various aspects of their theme and their site, from colors and layouts to widgets, menus, and more. Themes and plugins alike can add custom options to the Customizer.

To access the WordPress Customizer:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize
Empt Customizer

Blog Intro

Empt gives you the option to create a custom blog title and introduction. By default, WordPress does not give you this option, with exception to the category archive pages. Your heading group would look something like this

Empt Blog Intro example
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Label Options.
  3. Look for the Blog Title setting and type your blog heading
  4. Type out a Blog Intro (Description).
  5. Click the Publish button.

Blog Layouts

Empt offers 9 blog styled layouts:

  • Classic Right Sidebar
  • Classic Left Sidebar
  • Grid
  • Masonry
  • Wide
  • List
  • Gallery
  • Minimal — No featured images; text-based post summaries in a grid layout.
  • Details

To change the blog layout, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Blog Options
  3. Find the Blog Layout drop-down setting and select the blog style you want to use.
  4. Click the Publish button.

The gallery blog-style includes a couple of settings that are specific to it. Here is an example of how the blog gallery style looks with a post summary and one post with a hover effect:

Empt gallery blog style example

You can change the overlay colour by following these steps:

Empt gallery blog style changing colours
  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Colours > Content Colours
  3. Look for the Gallery Blog settings use the colour selector to for the overlay colour
  4. Click the Publish button.

Blog Excerpts

This tutorial will show you how to change your blog summaries to use excerpts instead. This is useful if you want a consistent look to your blog home page (and categories). Excerpts will also hide all formatting and page elements from view.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Blog Options.
  3. Look for the Blog Excerpts section and then chooseEnable Blog Excerptsby clicking on the toggle.
    Empt toggle the excerpt setting
  4. Now look for the Excerpt Length setting and choose how many words to have in your post excerpts. You can see the counter to the right, along with a reset if you change your mind.
    Empt slider for excerpt size
  5. Click the Publish button.

Blog Display Options

In addition to selecting your blog layout style, you can also manage a few more options. As you click the toggles next to each item, you should see a live preview in the preview window (if you have your blog showing there). Once done, click the Publish button at the top of the customizer.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Blog Options.
  3. Toggle each item that you want to show or hide on the post or page views; like this example:
    Empt toggle the show or hide items
  4. Click the Publish button.

Post Layout

Just like the blog layout options, you also have up to 5 styled layouts for your full post.

  • Post with Right Sidebar
  • Post with Left Sidebar
  • Very Minimal Layout – No Sidebar
  • Wide Featured Image with Title Above – No Sidebar
  • Wide Featured Image – No Sidebar

To change your full post layout, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Post Options.
  3. Look for the Post Layout drop-down setting and choose your layout.
  4. Click the Publish button.

Post Display Options

To show or hide the various post elements, you get a set of toggle-based settings that lets you show or hide elements. Here is an example of a couple of settings

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Post Options.
  3. Find the Show or Hide Settings  setting and decide what to show and hide from view.
  4. Click the Publish button.

NOTE: To see a live preview of your changes, navigate to a full post in the preview window. Also, be aware that what can be shown or hidden will depend on the full post layout you choose.


With Empt, you can change some the labels such as Read More, and a few others that show up in the front-end of your website. But we’ve also included an additional setting for the default blog home page. When you first install WordPress, your blog is the front page and you will notice there is no title or introduction for it, so we’ve included one.

NoteThe blog heading is only if you are not using a custom page for your blog.

Empt blog title group label settings
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Label Options.
  3. Customize the label you want to change for each of the listed label settings
  4. Click Publish button.

For the Related Posts label, this is an example where the label will change:

Empt Related Posts label (heading) example


The Empt theme comes with a large number of colour settings, each for a specific element in your theme. In fact, right now you get over 60 colour settings!

Colours will be using the HEX values which are made up of a # symbol, followed by 6 characters, for example: #d6ac6a

Empt colour setting example

To change your colour, simply move the round cursor across the palette. You can also change the level of colour with the vertical slider to the right:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Go to Appearance > Customize > Colours
  3. When you are in the Colours tab, you have colour settings placed into sub-sections:
    Empt colour sections
  4. To preview your changes, navigate to the page in the preview window.
  5. Decide what elements you want to change the colour of by moving the circle on the colour area and select a colour.
  6. Click the Publish button.

NOTE: If there is something you want to change the colour too, but the setting does not exist, submit a ticket to our support with the details of what you want to change, and we will help you out.

The copyright text is displayed at the bottom of every page. You can change the copyright text from within the customizer.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Basic Settings.
  3. Type your custom copyright text in the Copyright Name field.
  4. Click the Publish button.

Custom CSS

Part of the WordPress customizer gives you the option to add some of your own CSS stylings. You can quickly and easily add your custom CSS code without touching the theme’s own code. Your CSS code will have the highest priority and will override your theme, and sometimes, plugin styles.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS.
  3. Add your custom CSS code, either by typing it or pasting your code.

    Adding custom CSS to the customizer
  4. Click the Publish button.

We have incorporated the Colorbox lightbox feature for viewing images from the WordPress Gallery Shortcode (even the block gallery). You can now view your photos in a popup overlay viewer.

NOTE: We are planning to remove the lightbox in the next update because it does not work with actual image captions correctly (not compatible). We will be offering an alternative.

  • Log in to the WordPress administration dashboard
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Other Options
  • Look for the Enable Gallery Lightbox setting and toggle the setting
    Empt gallery lightbox setting
  • Click the Publish button

UPDATE: Because the Colorbox gallery script is now gone, the alternative is to check out a free plugin called WP Featherlight. This works with the block gallery. Of course, you also have the option to use other gallery plugins if you need something more robust.

Disable Gutenberg Styles

Not everyone wants to use the Gutenberg block editor that is now the default editor in WordPress. Many are using the Classic Editor instead, so we added a setting to disable the block styles.

  1. Log in to the WordPress administration dashboard
  2. Go to Appearance > Customize > Other Options
  3. Look for the Disable Gutenberg Styles setting and toggle it on (blue) to disable
  4. Click the Publish button at the top

Once you do this, no more block styles will load, which helps speed up your website. From this point, just keep the classic editor as your default one.

Remember, though, when disabling the block styling, anything that was using blocks will now be unstyled. You will also lose the ability to do some of the blocks that we put into the live demo for this theme.

Typography Options

Typography generally has a learning curve for most people, even developers. We normally do not include extensive font options in our themes because of that. We usually refer customers to seek out a font plugin—and we still do because they are more comprehensive.

Then there is the fact that a theme has way too many text elements to have a setting for every single one, so many themes will only include the most common ones.

But as we state, typography and themes can have a steep learning curve. You generally have a few options:

  1. Manually customize fonts and text-based elements in a page
  2. Use a font plugin
  3. Just use the existing styling that comes with the theme

Typography, as it applies to fonts and font management can be overwhelming, so we gave you some help in this area by adding a Typography section to the customizer.

Site Title Font and Size

Let’s start with the Site Title and it’s very own font options. We kept this separate in the Site Identity tab of the customizer.

If you are not using a logo, then you can change your site title’s font and “some” attributes, which depends on the font you choose.

  1. Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Site Identity
  2. Look for the font settings and then make your changes.
    Empt site title font styling
  3. Click Publish at the top when done.

Primary Font – Your Main Body Text

We’ve made this a simple concept for this theme, starting with the main body text (font). Changing this setting will change the font for the body.

Empt primary font setting

Make your selection from the drop-down setting. We use Google fonts here, so you can reference the Google Fonts website to select the font you want.

Secondary Font – Your Headings

Just like the primary font, here you will choose the font for your headings and titles. These are headings such as your h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, and h6, but also, for your page and post titles.

Empt secondary font setting

Font Size

This setting is global, meaning that this will change the font size for “ALL” text on your website. Try it out and if you want to reset it, click on the reset icon on the far right of the slider.

Empt font size setting

Helpful Font Info Links

  • Fonts Information: If you need to learn more about fonts and typography, we recommend you start with the W3Schools website for Fonts.
  • Text Styling: They also have information about CSS Text.
  • Google Fonts
  • Languages: This is probably the most confusing part, is the “Languages” support, so language support info might help.
Do You Still Need Help?

If you find this is overwhelming, or you have some text that you are trying to change the size of, please submit a support ticket and we will be happy to help guide you through.

Theme Sidebars and Widgets

With the Definite theme, you get 10 sidebar positions. These help add more layout and content capabilities for your web pages, but will also depend on what widgets you add to them. To add widgets to the footer of your site, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Widgets 
  3. Choose a Widget and either drag it to the sidebar where you wish it to appear.
  4. To customize the Widget features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the Widget.
  5. To save the changes you make to a widget, click Save.
  6. To remove a Widget, click Remove or drag the widget back into the Available Widgets list.

If you change WordPress Themes, any widgets you have will return to the Available Widgets list. You may need to add them again and rearrangement depending upon the new Theme’s sidebar positions.

Empt sidebar positions

Dynamic Width Sidebars

Most themes from others have fixed sized sidebars; meaning they don’t adjust in size based on what is published in each position. We offer Dynamic Width Sidebars which do adjust based on how many widgets you publish. If we use our Content Bottom sidebar group as an example, this is how it works:

  • Publish a widget in Footer 1, your widget will become 100% in width.
  • Publish a widget in Footer 1+2, each widget will now be 50% in width.
  • Publish a widget in Footer 1+2+3, each widget will now be 33% in width.
  • Publish a widget in Footer 1+2+3+4, each widget will now be 25% in width.

About Me Widget

With Empt, you get an “About Me” widget that gives you the option to upload a portrait photo and to write a brief introduction of yourself.

Empt about me widget example
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag the Empt About Me widget into the sidebar position you want to show it in.
    1. Add a title for your widget
    2. Upload a photo, such as an author’s portrait.
    3. Upload a signature image to make it more personalized (Disabled until a future update).
    4. Enter an author’s name.
    5. Type out a short author’s introduction
    6. (Optional) If you want to add a linked button, add the full URL to whatever you are linking to.
    7. (Optional) Type in a button label
  • Click the Save button

Recent Posts Widget

We’ve included a nice widget for you that displays the most recent posts with thumbnails. The thumbnails are automatically generated from the featured image you upload for the post(s). You can publish this in the left or right sidebars, or the bottom, or the footer.

Empt recent posts example
Empt recent posts in footer
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag the Recent Posts with Thumbnails widget into the sidebar position you want to show it in.
    1. Title your widget
    2. Choose how many posts to display
    3. Choose the order of displaying posts
    4. Select the category from where to get posts from
    5. Check the box next to Display Post Date (optional)
  • Click the Save button

Comments Widget

We took the default WordPress Recent Comments widget and made a couple of modifications to it. Instead of a basic list of comments, we added more style.

Empt comments widget
Empt comments widget in footer
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag an Empt Recent Comments widget into a sidebar position
  • Click the Save button

Page Loader

With Empt, you get a page loader, which is an animated counter when a page is loading. It counts from 0 to 100% and then your content will show up. I will make this a short tutorial since the loader example is set to repeat in a loop here…The speed of the counter will be dependent on how much content has to load on your page.

Empt page loader

Disable The Page Loader

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Then navigate to Appearance > Other Options
  3. Look for the Disable Page Loader setting and click or slide the toggle setting to disable it. Blue means it’s disabled while grey means it’s active.
    Empt page loader setting
  4. Click Publish at the top of the customizer.

Create a Contact Page

This tutorial will show you how to make a contact page when using the Contact Form 7 plugin for WordPress. Basic knowledge of WordPress administration is required when doing this, but this tutorial is for the demo site’s contact page:

Empt contact page example

Install the Contact Form 7 Plugin

Before we can do anything, you will need a plugin called Contact Form 7 before we can continue. If you already have Contact Form 7 plugin installed, you can skip this step. But to install it, go to Plugins >> Add New, and then type in the search, Contact Form 7 into the field. Once it shows up in the results, click Install and Activate.

NOTE: Although this plugin is optional, this tutorial is for anyone who uses or decides to use the Contact Form 7 plugin.

Create a Contact Form

Let’s start by creating a form for your page. We won’t take you through the setup of Contact Form 7, but what we can do is give you the code for the online demo.

<p>[text text-74 placeholder "Name"]</p>
<p>[email* email-635 placeholder "Email"]</p>
<p>[text text-75 placeholder "Subject"]</p>
<p>[textarea* textarea-173 placeholder "Message"]</p>
<p>[submit "Send"]</p>
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Then navigate to Appearance > Contact > Contact Forms
  3. You will see a default form named Contact Form Demo
  4. You will also see a shortcode, similar to this: [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
  5. Copy the shortcode and then go to Pages > Add New
  6. Name your page Contact Us (or whatever you decide) and add any content you want
  7. With your new page created, you will also want to assign the Half & Half page template to it by going to Page Attributes and selecting it.
  8. Drop a shortcode block into your page and then paste the contact form shortcode that you copied earlier.
  9. Click the “Publish” button for your page.

Add a Photo

This is simply done by dragging an Image Widget into the “Half Sidebar” position.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  3. Drag an image widget into the Half Sidebar position and then upload your portrait photo into it
  4. Click the Publish button.