Introduction

We would like to thank you for getting this theme. Prologe is built from the WordPress default theme called Twenty Twenty. Actually, you can almost say that Prologe is Twenty Twenty, but with a few modifications and enhancements! Most of the features and functionality of Twenty Twenty are maintained in Prologe, just with more options.

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.

Free & Premium Theme Tutorials

Because our free themes are built from the premium versions, they share similar, if not the same setup tutorials. Therefore, we decided to integrate both into this one-page document. If you see a tutorial that is not part of the free version of your theme, simply skip over to the next one. Also, if there is a theme feature that does not have a tutorial, please let us know. You also have the option to post your support questions to the forum if a tutorial does not cover what you are looking for.

Premium Upgrade

If you are using the free version of Prologe, you can get more information from the customizer, including a special offer to save if you upgrade to the premium version.

Go to the Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Upgrade to Pro

First Steps

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

Download from WordPress

If you are getting the free version of this theme from the WordPress.org website, you can download it from that location, or you can use the WordPress theme installer to search for the Prologe Lite theme. Once it shows up, simply click on the Install and then Activate buttons.

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.

Definite 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 prologe.zip (or prologe-lite.zip) 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 prologe theme
  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 prologe.zip (or prologe-lite.zip) 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 prologethe themes folder.
  5. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  6. Navigate to the Appearance > Themes. On this page, you should see the Prologe theme in the list of themes.
  7. Move the cursor on the block with the Prologe theme and click the Activate button.
    Activate Prologe
  8. Now your theme is active!

Theme License Key

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

Prologe theme licenses left to activate

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.
    Prologe 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 wordpress.org 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. For free themes, this works if this theme is on the wordpress.org website.

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;

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

To change the site title, tagline and description, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Site Identity.
  3. Open the Site Identity tab.
  4. Add or edit your site title.
  5. Add or edit your site description (tagline).
  6. You also have the option to hide the title and/or tagline; ideal if you want to use a logo.
  7. We’ve added a couple of colour selectors for the title and tagline.
  8. Click Publish button.

Favicon

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 Definite theme supports up to 4 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.
Creating menus for Prologe

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 Prologe 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 https://twitter.com/roughpixels for our twitter profile URL.
  5. Drag your new menu item(s) into your new menu
  6. Assign your social menu to the Top Social Links and/or Bottom Social links menu locations under Menu Settings
  7. Click the Save Menu button

Enable Thumbnail Creation

The premium version of 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 > Theme Options > 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.

Custom Header Image – Front Page

With Prologe, you can utilize the included front page cover template which gives you a photo backdrop⚊like the demo site shows. Your front page template utilizes the WordPress Custom Header Image feature which gives you the option to have 1 or more photos. If you upload additional images, you can have them randomize when loading.

Prologe custom header images for your front page template

By default, this theme comes with a photo (see the screenshot above), but you can disable it or change it.

  • Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Navigate to Appearance > Header
  • Take note that your images should be larger and better quality photos. The cropped size will be 1920x1200 pixels

Setting Your Image Header(s)

  1. Your default image
  2. Current live image
  3. If you add new images, they will appears in the column with your default photo
  4. To randomize your photos each time the page is refreshed or visited, click on the Randomize Uploaded headers button
  5. Click the Publish button

IMPORTANT: To use the header image feature, make sure your front page is using the Front Page Cover template.

Customize Your Header Cover Photos

When using the Header Image feature for your front page or when your page or post uses a cover template, you have a few settings to further customize how they look.

IMPORTANT: These global settings, which means what you set here will affect all pages using the cover templates.

Prologe cover template settings
  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Cover Template Settings.
  3. For your cover photo, you can choose whether to have it fixed in position (parallax effect) or have the image scroll along with the page.
  4. You can change the overlay colour. By default, it’s black.
  5. You can also adjust the overlay transparency level.
  6. Click the Publish button to update the customizer.

Front Page Call-to-Action

When using the FrontPage Cover template, you can display a CTA (Call-to-Action) section.

You get a lot of options with the CTA set up, all done from the Customizer. A reminder that you don’t have to enable every element; you can set the title only, the intro, a single button, or any combination.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > CTA Template Settings.
  3. Decide what CTA elements you want to show and set your options. When it comes to the CTA Heading and Intro, start typing and your text should appear in the preview window. However, if it doesn’t, simply click the Publish button and refresh your window. From here, you can then continue. If you create a button, when a link is added, your window will automatically refresh, also.
  4. Click the Publish button to update the customizer.

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 > Prologe Theme Options > 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.

Theme Customization

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

Customizer

Prologe 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, log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard and navigate to Appearance > Customize.

Prologe customizer

Blog Intro

Prologe (pro) 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

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Enable your Blog Heading Group by checking the box next to the Show the Blog Heading Group setting:
    Prologe blog title group settings
  4. Type a blog title for your intro.
  5. Type a blog introduction for your intro.
  6. Click the Publish button.

Note: If your blog title and introduction do not show when initially being created, click Publish and refresh your customizer window. It will show and then any change you make will show in live-time.

Blog Layouts

The Definite theme has 8 blog layouts for the premium version.

  • Centered without Sidebar
  • Classic with Left Sidebar
  • Classic with Right Sidebar
  • Grid Without Sidebar (pro)
  • List without Sidebar (pro)
  • Gallery without Sidebar (pro)

To change the layout, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Find the Blog Layout dropdown setting and select the layout you want to use.
  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 > Prologe Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Find the Blog Summary Type  setting and select the Post Excerpt option.
  4. In addition to excerpts, you can also change how many words to show for excerpts. Simply adjust the Excerpt Length setting to what you want.
  5. Click the Publish button.

Blog Display Options

With all of our themes, we give you the option to show or hide various page/post elements:

Prologe show or hide blog elements
Free & Pro Version
Hide the Prologe archive prefix labels
Pro Version
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Check the boxes next to each item under the Blog Show or Hide Items section that you want to show or hide on the post or page.
  4. Click the Publish button.

Post Layout

Similar to the blog layout option, you get 3 layouts (6 for the premium version) for your full post view:

  • Post With Right Sidebar
  • Post With Left Sidebar
  • Post Full-Width no Sidebar

To change your full post layout, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Post Settings.
  3. Find the Full Post Layout setting and select the layout you want to use.
  4. Click the Publish button.

Post Display Options

Similar to the blog display options, you can show or hide various (full) post elements.

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

With the premium version of Prologe, you can show related posts on the full post view (footer area). The related posts section looks like this:

Related Posts example

If you choose to show the related posts at the bottom of your article, you have the option to choose how to show them:

  • Random
  • By Category
  • By Tags

Follow these steps to show or hide the Related Posts Options section:

Related Posts settings
  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Post Settings.
  3. By default, related posts are displayed, but you can hide them. Look for the Hide Related Posts setting and check the box next to it to hide.
  4. Select from the drop-down list to display your posts based on the choice made.
  5. Click the Publish button.

Colors

You can quickly and easily change the color with the available selectors that this theme offers. Each colour has a HEX value. For example, the screenshot you see below has a dark blue colour, so the HEX value for this orange is #dd9933. To create your color scheme, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.
  2. Go to Appearance > Customize > Colours.
  3. Open the Colours tab to show a sub-panel of sectioned colour options:
    Prologe colour sections
  4. Select the colour you want to change and click button Select Color with the built-in colour selector:

    Colour Selector
  5. By moving the circle on the colors area, select a color you want to use.
  6. Click the Publish button.

Labels

With Prologe (premium version), you can change several content-based labels such as “Read More“, and a few others that show up in the front-end of your website. So this tutorial, we will take you through the elements that you can customize the label text and a few other things that you can edit text content.

So, let’s get started with the blog intro which we covered earlier, but here is a reminder…

Blog Intro Labels

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

When done, this will add a similar blog intro group to the live demo like this:

blog title and intro group

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

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

Read More Label

To change Read More to something else, you can use this setting:

Read More setting
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Label Settings
  • Edit the Read More Text field
  • Click the Publish button

To change the Related Posts heading on the full post view, use this setting:

Related Posts heading setting
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Label Settings
  • Edit the Related Posts Heading field
  • Click the Publish button

Author Bio – Read More

To change the Read More (My Articles) label on the full post Author’s Bio section:

Author Bio with the read more (My Articles) label

…use this setting:

Author bio Read More label
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Label Settings
  • Edit the Author Bio More Articles field
  • Click the Publish button

Sticky Post Label

For sticky posts, also known as featured posts, you can change the label for it with this setting:

Sticky Post tag
Sticky post label setting
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Prologe Theme Options > Label Settings
  • Edit the Sticky Post Label field
  • 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.

In older themes, we were using a third-party ColorBox lightbox script was using the image “title” for captions and not the actual image caption.

If you would like a lightbox for your website and the Prologe theme, we recommend checking out the WP Featherlight plugin. Currently, it works for the WP Gallery shortcode and also the Block Images/Galleries. We are using it on the live demo for this theme and for the Rough Pixels website; for our tutorial screenshots.

Page Excerpts

We’ve given you a nice feature with pages by letting you add custom excerpts to your page titles. You can use excerpts as a way to provide a page introduction in addition to your main content. NOTE: Excerpts are available on both the free and premium versions of Prologe.

Prologe page excerpt sample

To add an excerpt to a page, follow this tutorial:

  • Log in to the WordPress administration dashboard
  • When creating a new page, go to Pages > Add New
  • In the block editor Excerpt box, type out what you want your excerpt intro to display

    Block editor page excerpts
  • For existing pages, open your page up in the editor and then add your excerpt.
  • Click the Publish or Update button

Theme Sidebars and Widgets

With the Definite theme, you get 10 sidebar-positions (pro version). 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.

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

You don’t even need to publish them in sequential order of positions; you can do 1+3+4, without one being in the Content Bottom 2 position. They will still function the same way.

About Me Widget

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

About Me Widget
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag the Prologe About Me widget into the sidebar position you want to show it in.
    1. Add a title for your widget
    2. Upload a portrait photo
    3. (optional) Upload a signature image
    4. Type in the author’s name
    5. Add an author’s introduction
    6. (optional) Type in the full URL for a button (starting with http)
    7. (optional) Type in the label of your button
  • Click the Save button
About me widget settings (steps)

Recent Posts Widget

The Prologe theme (pro version) includes a recent posts widget to display the most recent posts with thumbnails. The thumbnails are automatically generated from the featured image you upload for the post(s).

Recent Posts with thumbnails example
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag the Prologe Recent Posts widget into the sidebar position you want to show it in.
    1. Title your widget
    2. Enter the number of posts to display
    3. Order posts by…
    4. Choose a category to display posts from
    5. Add tags (optional)
    6. Show or hide the post dates
  • Click the Save button
Recent Posts widget settings

Recent 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.

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