Introduction

We would like to first thank you for getting 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.

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.

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 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 Definite 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.

Storytime 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 storytime-pro.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 Storytime pro
  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 storytime-pro.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 storytime-pro into the themes folder.
  5. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  6. Navigate to the Appearance > Themes. On this page, you should see the Storytime Pro theme in the list of themes.
  7. Move the cursor on the block with the Storytime Pro theme and click the Activate button.

    Activate Storytime from the theme
  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 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:

    Storytime 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:

Storytime Pro 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.

    Storytime 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.

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 — Contact form plugin;

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. Now you will see three input fields:
    • Logo — Upload a logo if you plan to use one.
    • Site Title — Displayed in the sidebar and in the browser tab.
    • Tagline — This is your site tagline, also known as the site description.
  5. Type your custom the site title and tagline.
  6. 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 Storytime Pro theme supports up to 5 custom navigation menu locations. These include a couple of top header menus, social menus, and a footer menu. WordPress comes with a simple user interface that makes it quite easy for beginners to create and manage 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.
Storytime 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 Storytime Pro 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 one or both of the social 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 > 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.

    Storytime custom thumbnail sizing
  5. Click the Publish button to update the customizer.

Custom Login Page

Available with Storytime Pro, you get to enjoy a custom login page. By default, WordPress has it’s own that we are always using, but it’s boring. So with this theme, we decided to customize it and uploading our own logo

Storytime Pro custom login

So with this theme, we decided to customize it and uploading our own logo.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Basic Settings.
  3. Look for the Login Page Logo setting and click the Select image button
  4. Browse for your logo image in your Media Library, or upload one.
  5. Click the Publish button to update the customizer.

With Storytime, you get a hidden search bar that is located at the very top. When you click on the magnifying glass icon from your social menu area, a search form will slide into view:

Storytime Pro top search bar

By default, this top search bar is enabled, but if you want to hide it, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Basic Settings.
  • Look for the Top Seach Options setting and check the box next to Hide Top Area Search

    Storytime Pro top search setting to hide it
  • Browse for your logo image in your Media Library, or upload one.
  • Click the Publish button to update the customizer.

Splash Page

If you decide to use the WordPress “Static Front Page” function, this theme gives you a few choices when it comes to styling your front page. Please note this works only when setting a static front page and does not work if your blog is set as the front page.

Splash Page Template

This is a full browser window splash page that uses the WordPress Header Image functionality. You can have one photo displayed or you can add more photos and select the “Randomize” the header setting. This means that each time the page is refreshed, a different photo appears. This template also has a special Splash Menu location so that visitors can continue into your site.

Storytime Pro splash page

Setup Your Front Page and Blog

If you decide to use one of these options, there are a few steps, but the first is to create a page and then choose the appropriate template. In this case, you will use the Front Page Splash template.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Pages > Add New.
  3. Create a page and call it whatever you decide, such as “Welcome” and then in the page attributes, choose the Front Page Splash template.
  4. Create a second page for your blog, so we can call this one “Blog“. You just need the title for the page, no content and no template needs to be set.
  5. Go to Settings > Reading
  6. Set the front page setting to the page you created for it.
  7. Set the blog posts setting to the page you made for the blog.
  8. Click the Save Changes button.

Splash Page Photo

This theme comes with a default splash page image:

You can add more images and take advantage of the WordPress randomize feature so that each time the page is visited or refreshed, it should rotate through all the images you have added.

  1. Go to Appearance > Header
  2. There is a default image installed, but you can hide it and use your own. When uploading, I recommend using the best quality photo and make sure it’s large enough. This function will crop your image to 1920×1080 pixels, so make sure your photo is at least that size. This is a showcase image, so make it a good one as this is used as first impressions.
  3. Click the Publish button

Splash Page Button

This tutorial will show you how to add a link or button to your splash page. You will actually be making a custom menu with a couple of options to link a button. You can refer to the Create Menus tutorial to make one, but basically you will make a new menu and call it, for example, Splash Menu.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Menus.
  3. Create a new menu
  4. Name your menu Splash Menu (you can name it what you want).
  5. Drag a page from the Add Menu Items panel to where you want this menu to link to. You can also use the Custom Links setting if you prefer to manually add a URL to a page on your site.
  6. Click on the Screen Options tab at the top of the window
  7. Check the box next to CSS Classes. This will add the CSS Classes field to your menu items.
  8. In the CSS Classes field, type in splash-button (Make sure this is lowercase).
  9. Select the Splash Menu location under the Menu Settings section.
  10. Click the Save Menu button
Storytime Pro creating a splash menu

Theme Customization

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

Customizer

The Storytime Pro theme 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.

Storytime Pro customizer

Blog Intro

Storytime 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

Storytime Pro blog intro
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Type a blog title (heading) for your intro.

    Storytime Pro blog intro title
  4. Type a blog introduction for your intro.

    Storytime Pro blog intro description
  5. Click the Publish button.

Blog Layouts

The Storytime Pro theme has 5 blog layouts (3 for the free version).

  • Default With Sidebar;
  • Stories Layout & No Sidebars
  • Centered no Sidebar with Featured Image;
  • Large Full-Width No Sidebar;
  • Grid Full Width no Sidebar;
  • List Full Width No Sidebar.

To change the layout, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > 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 > 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:

Storytime Show or hide blog elements
  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to the Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Check the boxes next to each item under the Summary Show or Hide Elements 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 for your full post view:

  • Post With Sidebar
  • Post Full-Width no Sidebar
  • Post With Banner no Sidebar

To change your full post layout, follow these steps:

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

Story Post Layout

New as of version 1.2.6 of Storytime Pro, is a unique layout that is designed for more of a book-reading experience. Your story’s featured image will be seen on the left side while the story is scrollable to the right.

Storytime Pro book styled post layout

What is different about this layout is that it’s using a page template and not the Post Layout setting in the customizer. Each post you make, you will assign the post with the Story template.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Posts > Add New
  3. Create your story post and then in the Document tab of the block editor, and under the Post Attributes section, select the Story Post template. You can assign this template to any existing post as well; make sure it has a featured image, though.
  4. Click the Publish button.

NOTE: Please be aware this layout is for reading only and does not contain standard post elements like comments, meta post information, etc.

Story Post Settings

With the Story Post layout, you have a few settings that are made available specific to the featured image column. You can resize your layout, change the transparency level of the dark overlay, and you can also change the colour of the overlay.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Story Post Settings.
  3. Make the adjustments to any of the settings you want to change. For the transparency and colour of the overlay, this will also affect the featured image covers when using the Stories Layout for your blog.
    Storytime Pro story post settings
  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 > Theme Options > Post Settings.
  3. Find the Show or Hide Post Elements  setting and decide what to show and hide from view.
  4. Click the Publish button.

Customize Labels

With Storytime Pro, you can customize various labels, such as the Read More on blog post summaries or to change the Related Posts heading.

Read More

To change the blog summary Read More text, follow this tutorial:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Blog Settings.
  3. Look for the Read More Text setting and make your change
  4. Click the Publish button

Author Read More

To change the Author’s Read More text in the author’s bio section of the full article, follow this tutorial:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Post Settings.
  3. Look for the Author Read More Text setting and make your change
  4. Click the Publish button

Related Posts Heading

To change the Related Posts Heading when viewing the full article, follow this tutorial:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Theme Options > Post Settings.
  3. Look for the Related Posts Heading setting and make your change
  4. 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.
  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.

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.

Theme Sidebars and Widgets

With the Storytime 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.

Storytime Pro sidebar positions

About Me Widget

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

  • Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  • Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  • Drag the Storytime About Me widget into the sidebar position you want to show it in.
    1. Add a title for your widget
    2. Add author’s name
    3. Upload a portrait photo
    4. Add an author’s introduction
  • Click the Save button
Storytime Pro About Me widget settings

Recent Posts Widget

The Storytime Pro theme 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).

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  3. Drag the Storytime Recent Posts widget into the sidebar position you want to show it in.
  4. Enter the number of posts to display
  5. Click the Save button

No Thumbnail?

If your post does not have a featured image, a placeholder thumbnail will take its place:

Storytime Pro recent post replacement thumbnail

Social Profile Widget

A great compliment to your About Me widget, this social widget simply adds a widget to your sidebar with icon-based links to your social profiles. The widget will have preset fields for the available social profiles, but we may add more over time.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration dashboard.
  2. Then navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  3. Drag the Storytime Social Widget into the sidebar position that you want to show it in.
  4. Title your widget
  5. For each social network, enter the full URL to your profile. For example, Twitter would be https://twitter.com/roughpixels

    Storytime Pro social widget settings
  6. 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.

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