Welcome to Northeme Theme Documentation!
This documentation covers installing and setup your theme and how to use theme features. It assumes that you already have a domain name (E.g. example.com) and web hosting service that WordPress has been installed on it.
If you’ve already installed WordPress, sign in to northeme.com and head to My Account page in order to download your theme.
My Account page lists the themes you’ve purchased. Click Download button to access theme related files and documentation.
Click Download Theme File to download the theme as a zip file. Theme License / Product Key that will be asked during theme setup is also located in Download button menu.
Option 1 : WordPress Theme Installer
The most convenient and easiest way to install your theme is to use WordPress Theme Installer.
- Sign in to your WordPress’ admin area and go to Appearance > Themes. You’ll find the list of themes that have already been installed to your WordPress. Click to Add New button which is located right beside the Themes title.
- Next page will be listing the free themes that are being provided by WordPress along with Upload button that allows to upload custom themes. Click to upload button and select the theme zip file that you’ve downloaded from My Account page.
- Once the installed, you’re supposed to activate it to start using. Go back to Appearance > Themes and you should be able to see your theme in the installed themes list now. Simply click on Activate button to finalize installation.
Option 2 : Installing via FTP
This is less convenient yet another easy way to install your theme.
Some web hosting companies may keep file upload limit as low as 2MB and therefore you may not be able to install theme file via WordPress Theme Installer (You may ask your hosting provider to increase upload limit).
But there is nothing worry, you can still install the theme via FTP.
- First thing you need is your web hosting’s FTP credentials to connect FTP. You can ask this to your web hosting provider if you don’t know it yet.
- Afterwards, you’re supposed to use a FTP client to access and browse your website’s FTP content. We recommend to install Filezilla which is multiOS supported and free FTP client :
- Connect to your website’s FTP through Filezilla and go to “wp-content/themes” folder. Upload the unzipped theme folder (unzip the downloaded theme zip file) into themes folder.
- Once the entire theme folder is uploaded, you’re supposed to activate it. Go back to Appearance > Themes on your WP dashboard. You should be able to see your theme in the installed themes list now. Simply click on Activate button to finalize installation.
Important : Installation via FTP may require to set file permissions to 755 (read / write). Check WordPress Help for more information.
Your theme comes with premium plugins bundle that you can install at Northeme > Plugins. Required plugins display a badge right beside the plugin name and they must be installed to access all theme features. The rest of plugins are only recommended for a better experience yet optional.
Install, Download, Activate buttons will appear for each plugin depending on its status. Bundle plugins must be downloaded first by Download button then installed and activated.
Whenever there is a new version for a plugin, you’ll be notified with New badge and update it from this page.
Installing Live Demos
Installing a live demo gives you a head start. Live demos are pre-made demos that you can see on northeme.com and can be installed to your WordPress by single click installer.
Please note that installing theme demos requires a high execution time limit to avoid interruptions or fails. Before installing a demo, visit Northeme > Requirements page to make sure that your website meets the theme requirements.
It’s highly recommended to install live demos on a WordPress only once to prevent content duplicates.
Registration & Requirements
Right after activating your theme, you’ll be redirected to Theme Registration page. Otherwise, head to Northeme > Registration :
Registering your theme is important to install required / recommended plugins and theme live demos.
The product key can be found at My Account page on northeme.com. Click to Download button then Theme License / Product Key to reveal product key. Copy license key and use it with your account e-mail address to register your theme.
It’s important your website meets the theme requirements to avoid issues with registration, installing theme demos and bundle plugins. Visit Northeme > Requirements page from your dashboard to check the theme requirements and fix the issues by following the instructions.
You can update your theme at Northeme > Theme Update.
If there is a new update for your theme, you’ll be notified with NEW badge and version number right beside Theme Update menu item.
Change log and the scope of latest update can be seen in Change Log window. The latest version can be installed by clicking Update to the Latest button.
If the latest version is already installed, Theme Update page should display Check for Updates button.
Check for updates allows to look up for newer version in case you cannot see the latest version on your dashboard yet.
In case of having problems with auto-update due to theme requirements failure or other reasons, you can also update the theme and plugins manually.
In order to update manually, you’re supposed to download the latest version of your theme and bundle plugins (if necessary) from My Account page on northeme.com.
Before installing the latest version, you must remove the theme from Appearance > Themes on your dashboard. Removing theme will NOT cause any data loss since the website content is being stored in MySQL database. Afterwards follow the same steps of Theme Installation to update your theme.
As for bundle plugin updates, go to Plugins on your WP dashboard and install plugins by uploading the plugin files that you’ve downloaded from My Account page on northeme. Uploading the updated version of plugins also requires to delete the plugin first.
Image Quality Tips
Thumbnail Sizes & Quality
Your theme comes with built-in retina display support for serving high quality images to high resolution displays. Therefore 1.5x or 2x sized thumbnails will be generated to serve the best image depending on the screen.
It’s set as 1.5x by default for the optimum size / quality / performance yet you may wish to have higher quality images depending on your needs. Retina display image quality can be changed with Northeme > Theme Options > Website Layout > Retina Support option. Selecting 2x will serve double sized images or selecting 1x disables retina support completely.
Recommended Image Sizes to Upload
Recommended image width is 1600px wide or higher with any height for posts, pages and Composition (media) section. It’s also proper size for generating all required thumbnails as well.
As for full page sliders (Cover Page, Background Slider, Hero sliders), 1920px wide images will be the best fit for any screen.
Northeme Options panel is located at Northeme > Theme Options. You can manage the basic and advanced theme settings such as branding, layout, grid layout templates and more.
Even though each page and post offers individual post settings panel, Theme Options panel is where you can manage the global settings.
Branding & Layout
Probably the first thing you would like to do is adjusting branding and website layout to get started. Go to Northeme > Theme Options to manage these settings.
Northeme > Theme Options > Branding section is where you can upload the logo image and footer / copyright text. Three separate size options provided as Desktop, Tablet and Mobile for logo image. You can set sizes in pixels for a better look on different viewports.
Theme logo can be an image or plain text according to your needs. Logo text font settings can be managed at Fonts > Font Styling section at Theme Options.
Some of our themes may also provide Tagline that will appear right below the logo image. It can also be set here and font settings can be managed at Fonts > Font Styling.
Skins & Colors
Skins & Colors menu in Theme Options panel allows to use one of Light, Gray or Dark pre-defined color sets or switch to Custom tab to build your own.
All color element options will reveal once Custom tab is selected. Additional options such as BG pattern, border type, Mobile Menu skin can be found below the color options panel.
Font Types & Styling
Fonts section in Theme Options reveals two sub sections as Font Types and Font Styling.
You can select one of the font type options : Google Fonts, HTML Fonts and @fontface. Each section allows to select fonts for Heading and Body separately.
Easiest solution to select a font out of 600+ fonts. Visit Google Fonts website, find a font that suits your needs and type in its name into Header and Body font fields. E.g Open Sans
Separate font names can be used for Header and Body. Additionally you can enter charset to UTF-8 field to expand character set.
HTML Fonts / Typekit
While HTML Fonts allows to use plain HTML fonts such as Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif etc. you can also use fonts from Typekit and other 3rd party font providers. All you need to do is to add font embed script provided into the Font Embed Script field and type in font name into Header and Body fields.
@fontface is the most flexible option for using font files that you have. Click to Upload button to expand font upload panel.
If you have a font file (.ttf or .otf), it’s supposed to be converted to web fonts first. Visit Fontsquirrel Website and convert your font files to @font-face format. Download file should contain four different file formats : ttf, woff, svg, eot. Upload files to corresponding fields and click on add button to upload. Once the font files uploaded click to add font and new font should appear in the lists.
Font Styling section is available for advanced font management options. Mobile Menu, Main Menu, Headers (h1 to h6), Body and Excerpt fonts can managed. Font family, line height, style, weight options provided.
Grid Layout Templates
Grid Layout Templates is a section that you can manage / create your own custom layouts and use them with any post type and gallery grid (including shop / products).
This section is only related to thumbnail sizes and placement in the grid layout. Displaying post titles, excerpt, category and other option can be managed at Portfolio, Blog, Shop sections under Theme Options.
Default grid layout templates offered as Small, Medium, Large, Portrait, Masonry and Square. You can assign them to any post type (Portfolio, Blog, Shop) without making any changes.
Manage / Create New Grid Layout Templates
Each pre-made template can be modified according to your needs by clicking to Manage button. Otherwise, click on Create New Template button for a new one.
- Name : Type any name as you wish.
- Layout : Set number of columns in a row. Column type also specifies Width option according to column width automatically.
- Image Aspect Ratio : Select one of the Masonry or fixed height options. Fixed height options are only guides for calculating the height value and you’re free to adjust.
- Width : Automatically set by Layout
- Height : Automatically set by Image Aspect Ratio but you’re free to adjust as you want except Original – Non Cropped options is selected.
- Padding : Adjust padding value between thumbnail in percentage.
Show Layout Preview displays a simple preview of grid layout. If you’re satisfied with the results, click Save & Create Layout Type button to create layout.
Retina Display Settings
Image quality for retina display can be managed at Northeme > Theme Options > Layout > Website Layout > “Retina Display Settings”. Recommended quality is 1.5x for best quality / performance. You may prefer to use 2x for highest quality or disable retina support.
Post view settings are listed under POSTS section in theme documentation. Portfolio, Blog, Shop (Woocommerce) view options can be managed here.
Posts page, single post layout, Related Posts (Blog & Portfolio) are located at corresponding post section. Just to add, Related Posts are being listed below a single post page.
Also Slug / Taxonomy tab contains Portfolio and Custom Post Type settings that you can change post slug, post title, category name etc..
Creating a Page
Pages can be created / managed under Pages menu on your dashboard. Pages is one of the primary sections that allows to build your website’s content.
Click to Add New page to create a new page. Although Default Page is the page type that you’re going to use for majority of the content, you may need to use other page templates to build content for specific purposes.
Click to Add New page to create a new page. Some of our themes may offer exclusive page templates other than Default Page.
- Default Page is a full width page versatile template and it’s the template that you’re supposed to use in most cases. Enable Sidebar option is also provided in order to create a page with sidebar widgets. Page Sidebar can be managed at Appearance > Widgets section.
- Blog template is blog posts listing page. Select this template if you want to create a page that displays all blog posts. Selecting Blog template will reveal Blog Sidebar option right below. This option allows to activate Blog Sidebar on posts listing page or single blog post page or both. Blog sidebar can be managed at Appearance > Widgets section.
- Portfolio is also similar to Blog template and allows to create a page that lists all Portfolio posts.
Also theme exclusive templates Cover Page and Background Slider templates are available for Centreal Plus and Reframe Plus respectively. Selecting those templates will reveal new helper panels. You can find more information about these templates at related sections in this documentation.
Page settings panel is consisting of Hero Slider, Page Settings and Custom CSS sections.
Hero slider allows to assign a built-in or Slider Revolution slider to display it right below the main menu.
Override the options have been set at Northeme > Theme Options. You can use a custom logo, BG image, disable page header and more through this section.
Disable Footer Widgets options allows to hide footer widgets if you’ve activated Footer Widgets at Northeme > Theme Options > Layout > Website Layout.
Add Custom CSS rules that will be applied to this specific page only.
Building a Page
This section aims to explain building a page content after creating a new page at Pages.
You have two options to build a page content :
- Using WPBakery Page Builder
- Using Gutenberg / default visual editor
Although Blog, Portfolio and other exclusive pages allow to use visual editor / WPBakery Page Builder, Default Page template should be selected to build pages for any other purposes.
Using WPBakery Page Builder is highly recommended to build a page. But our themes are fully compatible with WordPress’ editor Gutenberg.
Yet built-in theme shortcodes are available for visual editor and can be added via N Shortcodes button on visual editor panel. For more information about shortcodes, please see Shortcodes section of theme documentation.
*Theme shortcodes have been incorporated into WPBakery Page Builder and don’t require to visual editor use them.
Building a Page with WPBakery Page Builder
WPBakery Page Builder is an intuitive drag&drop content builder plugin comes with your theme. If it’s not installed and activated yet, please see Bundle Plugins section.
Back-end Editor and Front-end Editor buttons will appear right below the Title field once WPBakery Page Builder activated.
To activate WPBakery Page Builder for your page, click Back-end Editor button.
WPBakery Page Builder is activated only for pages by default. It can also be activated for blog and portfolio posts at WPBakery Page Builder > Role Manager > Post Types section. Select Custom and opt-in for post types that you want to use with WPBakery Page Builder.
WPBakery Page Builder (WPB) welcome screen appears after switching to Back-end Editor mode.
To get started with WPB, you’re supposed to add an element or page template.
Page templates are pre-made page templates that have been made through elements and ready to use by single click. Select any template from the list and click plus (+) button to add it into the content and close page templates window.
Elements are the helpers for building page content. Click Add Element button or big plus button on top left to see elements list. WPB offers 40+ elements and it reaches almost 50 elements in total including Northeme exclusive elements :
Adding a Row element is how you should start to build content.
Rows are content wrappers. It specifies the content width and also offers options to divide a row into columns.
WPB has an intuitive and pretty straight-forward interface that makes easier to work with even for beginner level users.
Rows provides a series of buttons that you can see on top left, center and top right of a row element. Small plus icon opens the elements list and adds an element into a row. Edit icon opens row options panel and trash icon deletes a row.
On top left, Column icon displays column types presets along with custom column mode to divide the row into columns. Afterwards you can add new elements into each column and move elements between columns.
Clicking edit button on the top right will reveal Row Settings panel.
Each row comes with several options such as Row Stretch, Full Height, Parallax etc. to modify the row. Design option can be used to assign a BG image.
The most important option is Row Stretch among them. This option allows to determine column width. By default, a row will be stretched to the main website wrapper / container. Narrow can be used o limit the content width and centralize. Some of our themes may also provide Full Width option which allows to strecth the content to the window in order to build full width rows.
Almost every element comes with Design Options tab in edit screen. Design options offer several options such as padding, margin, border, BG color, border color etc. to apply custom styles without using any CSS rules.
Northeme Elements for WPBakery Page Builder
Northeme offers exclusive elements for WPB such as clients, services, gallery grid, posts grid etc. On add elements window, switch to Northeme tab to filter exclusive elements.
After adding a Row and dividing it into rows if you wish, you’re ready to add elements into each column. Click plus (+) button to open elements list panel and add an element according to your needs.
Each element provides its own exclusive options set to modify element properties.
Here are a few examples how to use elements :
Portfolio / Blog Grid
Click add element, plus, button and select Portfolio / Blog grid to add a new posts grid into content and reveal element options :
Portfolio / Blog Grid element options provide almost the same post type options that you can find at Northeme > Theme Options > Portfolio. You can determine the hover effects, post info alignment and edit the visibility options.
Also a header can be added with category list or simple View All text that you can rename.
The primary option here is Build Query which helps to build a post query. Post limit, category, ordering can be managed here.
Post Types option shows the available post types and gets the posts list from a specific post type. Although VC allows to select multiple post types, we recommend selecting one post type only.
Between those post types, post refers to Blog and nor-portfolio refers to Portfolio. Other post type names will also appear in this list if you have created other post types.
When you’re satisfied with the settings, click Save Changes button then Update button in Publish panel to save the entire changes on this page.
View the page on your website to see the results.
*If you can’t see any posts, make sure that you’ve added posts to Blog and / or Portfolio
Add services that you provide with icons that you can select from an extensive icons list.
Services element also represents a second element type of VC. This element type provides a parent element that allows to modify the layout settings.
The parent Service element comes with Column Type and Alignment while other element types may offer various options.
Clicking the parent element’s plus button will add a new sub element (service in this example).
Element and sub-element re-ordering can be made through simple drag&drop interface.
WPBakery Page Builder Documentation
The features covered in this section are only the fundamental WPB features.
For advanced features, please see the WPB documentation :
WPBakery Page Builder Documentation
Create pages with full page background sliders through BG Slider template.
BG Slider offers a built-in slider panel that will appear if Background Slider template is selected at Page Attributes panel. Built-in slider panel supports both HTML5 video and images to build a slider.
BG Slider video requires html5 video files to display video : mp4, webm, ogv. Uploading both mp4 and webm formats will be pretty much cover all major browser. Also make sure uploading a placeholder image in case browser doesn’t support video play.
Background Slider Options & Slider Revolution
Background Slider Options panel provides a series of option that allows to alter website logo and URL, text color and slider settings.
Also Slider Revolution option provided to use a Slider Revolution slider instead of built-in slider.
Setting up Front Page
Visit Settings > Reading page on your dashboard, switch to A static page at Front Page Displays. Select a page from Front Page select box and click Save Changes to set it as home page / front page.
Please note that in order to set a page as home page it must be present at Pages. That being said, archive, category or single posts cannot be set as homepage.
Blog posts can be managed under Posts section at dashboard.
Blog also requires a posts listing page. If you haven’t created a blog posts listing page yet, go to Pages and create a page with Blog Template.
Your theme supports Post Formats for blog posts. Post formats can be changed from Format panel at Add / Edit post.
Post Formats offer unique layouts for different needs.
Standard format is the default type and it only shows the visual editor content. Featured image will only be displayed on posts listing page if it’s set.
Similar to Standard format yet featured image will appear on both posts listing and single post page.
Displays a gallery or slider that has been created with Slider Revolution or Built-in Sliders before visual editor content.
Displays an URL over the post thumbnail. If thumbnail is not set, only displays the URL.
Displays a quote over post thumbnail. If thumbnail is not set, only displays the quote.
Allows to embed a video through video website URL (Youtube, Vimeo etc.) or WP video player through WP audio, video and playlist shortcodes.
Featured Image / Video
Three options provided : Thumbnail, Animated Gif
Thumbnail is default option and also provides optional hover image field. If hover image uploaded, it will show up on hover action.
As for Animated GIF, it’s provided separately in order to display unprocessed original image.
Post Settings tab will reveal in Page Settings panel if you’re editing a post. Post Settings includes a series of options to override the global single post settings adjusted at Northeme > Theme Options > Blog.
You can hide Title, Categories, Tags. Also layout view options can be changed for a specific post (Layout view options may not be available for all themes.)
Blog View Options
Blog View Options can be managed at Northeme > Theme Options > Blog. You can manage posts listing page settings such as post limit, grid layout, pagination type etc. along with related posts settings and single post settings.
Portfolio comes with your theme and installed by default. If it hasn’t been installed or you’ve deleted, it can be created at Northeme > Theme Options > Create New Post Type section. For more information, please see Custom Post Types section.
Create Portfolio Page
Portfolio page is required to list the Portfolio posts and can be created at Pages. Go to Pages > Add New from your WP dashboard to create a new page. Add a title to this page (E.g. Portfolio, Works etc.) and select Portfolio template from Page Attributes section.
Any projects added to portfolio will appear on this page according to the layout type you can manage at Northeme > Theme Options > Portfolio. Also grid layout templates can be managed at Northeme > Theme Options > Grid Layout Templates.
See Grid Layout Templates section for more information about grid layouts.
If you wish to set portfolio page as homepage, select this page at Settings > Reading > Front Page.
Portfolio and other post types will appear below Posts on your dashboard.
Use Add New Project button to create a new project.
Categories are dedicated taxonomy of Portfolio. Categories name can be changed from Slug / Taxonomy tab at Northeme > Theme Options > Portfolio.
Re-Order menu allows to re-organize category and posts ordering by drag&drop interface.
Add New Project
Add / Edit Project page offers an exclusive meta box called Composition (Media).
Composition section aims to make easier adding, re-ordering and arranging project assets through a series of options (It’s not required to use if you prefer using visual editor with Visual Composer)
- Insert : This is a dropdown menu includes Image, Video, Text and Slider to add media into the composition. Multiple image upload is allowed.
- Lightbox : Switching on this option activates lightbox for each image in the composition
- Layout : This is an alternative method to turn entire composition content into a gallery, slider or masonry grid. Masonry grid layouts created at Northeme > Theme Options > Grid Layout Templates will appear in the list. Only image and videos will be included into gallery and the rest will be ignored.
- Padding : Allows to change the padding between images.
Also each element in the composition has individual options panel :
- Column : By default images will be displayed in maximum width. If you want to display more than one object in a row, this option allows to display the element in 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 2/3 measures.
- Lightbox (image) : This option can be activated per image instead of activating global lightbox option for all images in the composition.
- Image Caption (Image) : Display caption below image
- URL (Image) : Assign an URL to image
Featured Image / Video
Three options provided for featured image : Thumbnail, Video, Animated Gif.
Thumbnail image is default and comes with optional hover image field. Video requires video site URL (Youtube, Vimeo etc.). As for Animated Gif / SVG, this option must be used to display original images.
Recommended thumbnail size is depending on the grid layout preferences and can be seen end of this box. Grid layouts can be managed at Northeme > Theme Options > Grid Layout Templates section.
Editing a post page reveals Post Settings tab in Page Settings panel. Post Settings allows to override the global single post settings that you can manage at Northeme > Theme Options > Portfolio.
You can hide Title, Categories, Tags. Also layout view options can be changed for a specific post (Layout view options may not be available for all themes.)
Portfolio View Options
Portfolio View Options can be managed at Northeme > Theme Options > Portfolio. You can manage posts listing page settings such as post limit, grid layout, pagination type etc. along with related posts settings and single post settings.
Rename Portfolio Title and Slug
You may want to change Portfolio title, slug or even category name. Slug / Taxonomy tab which is located under Northeme > Theme Options > Portfolio allows to rename Portfolio labels. For example, you can rename Portfolio as Projects or Categories as Creative Fields or whatever you wish.
Shop / Woocommerce
Your theme supports WooCommerce Free E-Commerce Plugin. You can have the benefits of WooCommerce Plugin by installing it at Northeme > Plugins or visiting plugin’s website :
WooCommerce related pages should automatically be created by the plugin. Plugin settings can be managed at WooCommerce menu on your WP dashboard.
For WooCommerce instructions and support please visit the URL below :
WooCommerce E-Commerce support is an optional feature and is NOT required to use this theme. If WooCommerce Plugin is not installed, any WooCommerce related files or scripts will not be included to your website.
Theme Related Woocommerce Features
Navigate to Northeme > Theme Options > Shop section to manage theme related WooCommerce features. Layout types, post display limit, single post appearance and related products settings provided. You’ll see a question mark (?) beside each option that explains its function.
Also Northeme > Theme Options > Layout > Website Layout section offers several options such as shopping cart icon, member page icon and uploading credit card logos.
Featured Image / Video for Product
Three options provided for featured image : Thumbnail, Video, Animated Gif.
Thumbnail image is default and provides optional hover image field. Video requires video site URL (Youtube, Vimeo etc.). As for Animated Gif, this option must be used for animated GIF images in order to display original image as is.
Recommended thumbnail size is depending on the grid layout preferences and can be seen end of this box. Grid layouts can be managed at Northeme > Theme Options > Grid Layout Templates.
Post & Category Re-ordering
Portfolio and Blog posts can be reordered at Re-Order page which is located under the corresponding post type menu (E.g. Portfolio > Re-order).
Post re-ordering is not being provided for blog posts and they will be re-ordered by date descending as in default.
Categories and taxonomies can also be re-ordered in this section.
Drag&drop your posts and categories to re-order. Custom Ordering must be selected from drop-down menu to apply custom ordering settings. Otherwise select Order by Title, Order by Date (descending) or Order by Date (ascending).
Blog posts cannot be re-ordered.
Custom Post Types
Please note that this is an advanced feature.
If you don’t intend to build a unique post type such as Articles, News, Books etc., we strongly recommend to use Portfolio categories instead of building a new post type.
For example, creating post types such as Illustrations or Photography is not needed because Portfolio categories already provide this flexibility.
Custom Post Types allow to extend your website. Portfolio is default post type of your theme.
Custom Post Types can be created at Northeme > Theme Options > Create New Post Type. Maximum 10 custom post types (including Portfolio) allowed. A new posts listing page will be created at Pages automatically whenever a new post type created.
If you’ve accidentally deleted the listing page at Pages section, you can create a new listing page at Pages by choosing the corresponding post type template from Page Attributes.
New Post Type Form Fields
Northeme > Theme Options > Create New Post Type section displays a form with the following options :
- Post Title : This is your post title that will appear on dashboard menu. Examples : Portfolio, Books, Inspiration, News etc.
- Singular Post Name : Singular form of post title. Example : Project, Book, Article etc.
- Post Slug : Single post slug for the URL. It must be a unique and cannot be same with any page, category or post slug. Example : using “project” as a slug will change single post URL as https://example.com/project/single-post
- Category Name : Category name for taxonomy. Examples : Categories, Creative Fields etc.
- Singular Category Name : Singular Form of taxonomy name. Example : Category, Field
- Category Slug : Single category slug for the URL. It must be a unique and cannot be same with any page, category or post slug. Example : using “field” as a slug will change single category URL as https://example.com/field/single-taxonomy
IMPORTANT : How to Prevent Possible Conflicts
It’s common to have conflicts due to misconfigured slugs. It’s important to set unique Post Slug, Category Slug and Page Slug to prevent conflicts.
Post Slug and Category Slug can be found at Northeme > Create New Post Type and after creating a post type Northeme > POST TYPE > Slugs tab. As for Page Slug, A new posts listing page will be created automatically for each new post type and it can be managed at Pages on your WP dashboard. Edit posts listing page and edit its slug (right below the page title) if it’s necessary.
For example, you’ll create a new post type as Events. Here are the example slugs :
Page Slug : events (https://example.com/events)
Post Slug : event (https://example.com/event/single-post)
Category Slug : event-categories (https://example.com/event-categories/category-name)
As in this example, Post Slug and Posts Listing Page slug cannot share the same name. Therefore Posts Listing Page is using “events” while Post Slug is using “event”.
Once it’s all set, go to Settings > Permalinks and click on Save Changes button to reset permalinks.
Post Type Settings
After creating a new post type, it’ll appear at Northeme > Theme Options > POST TYPE. Post type view settings can be managed there along with main post type options such as Post Title, Category Name etc. :
Moving a post to another post type
Sometimes you may need to move a post to another post type (blog, portfolio / custom post types etc.)
You can do it easily with Post Type field on Edit Post page. Click on edit button, select another post type and click OK to move a post.
Bulk moving option is not available.
Setting up Front Page
Visit Settings > Reading page on your dashboard, switch to A static page at Front Page Displays. Select a page from Front Page select box and click Save Changes to set it as home page / front page. Leave Posts Page option unset.
Please note that in order to set a page as home page it must be present at Pages. That being said automatically generated pages such as archive, category or single posts cannot be set as homepage.
Sliders & Galleries
Slider revolution is a versatile and the best selling Premium WordPress slider. It’s included into your theme and can be installed at Northeme > Plugins page if it’s not installed yet. Otherwise, you can download it from My Account page on northeme.com to install it manually.
Once Slider Revolution is installed, you can create new sliders at Slider Revolution menu on your WP dashboard. Sliders can be used via shortcodes, Hero Slider panel on pages or Visual Composer element.
Slider Revolution offers an extensive theme documentation. Please visit the URL below for more information about Slider Revolution features :
Built-in Sliders is lightweight solution to build simple galleries and sliders. Although Slider Revolution offers satisfying results in most cases, you can use Built-in Sliders if you wish to build hassle-free sliders / galleries.
Slider / Gallery Manager is located at Sliders menu on your dashboard. You can create unlimited sliders and use them via shortcodes as well as Hero Sliders :
Create a New Slider / Manage a Slider
Click Add New Slider button or Edit link of a present slider to build a slider.
Slider editing page offers Image and Video buttons to add media to the slider. Embed videos allowed from 3rd party video providers such as YouTube, Vimeo etc. along with WordPress video player for self-hosted videos.
On the right-hand side, Slider and Gallery option provided to display this set as a gallery or slider. Main difference of gallery mode is to display gallery items as thumbnail below the gallery and use a specific height for gallery. It’s recommended if you have differently oriented images in the slider. As for slider mode, it only shows navigation dots and its height specified by the tallest slide.
Slider images will be displayed in a lightbox if an image is clicked. Disable Lightbox option allows to disable this action.
Once a slider created, you can add it to any post or page’s visual editor via shortcode. Corresponding shortcodes can be seen on listing page and slider editing page. E.g.
Page Settings panel can be seen on each page and post Add / Edit Page. Both Slider Revolution and Built-in Sliders will be listed and you can choose any sliders to display them as Hero Slider.
Slider / Gallery Settings
Global slider gallery settings can be found at Northeme > Theme Options > Slider / Gallery Settings section. Animation speed, icon speed and various settings can be adjusted.
Lightgallery which is lightweight and fast lightbox plugin is included into your theme.
Select Media file option at Link to option while inserting an image to visual editor. Images that linked to their original file will be opened in a lightbox. As for WP Galleries, each WP gallery thumbnail is automatically set to open in a lightbox. Clicking on a thumbnail opens the original image in a lighbox.
Lightbox plugin comes with color and activation options page which is located at Northeme > Theme Options > Lightbox Settings. You can disable lightbox if you’re using any other 3rd party lightbox / gallery plugin such as Jetpack.
SEO Panel & Plugins
Your theme comes with built-in and lightweight SEO solution. Each page, post and category SEO title, keywords and description can be managed through SEO panel :
Main SEO description and keywords parameters for home or missing pages can be defined at Northeme > Theme Options > General & SEO Settings
On the other hand, built-in SEO is an optional feature and can be disabled at Northeme > Theme Options > General & SEO Settings. SEO optimization is a very important step of building a website and you may wish to use an extensive SEO plugin to track results.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most popular and free SEO plugins out there. We highly recommend it :
For the instructions and support, please visit Yoast website :
Remember, WordPress SEO plugin is recommended yet you’re free to use any other SEO plugin.
Translation / Multi-Language
Your theme is ready to translate. Default language files are located in languages folder inside the theme folder. We highly recommend using a child theme and copy languages folder into child theme directory. Using a child theme is required to maintain your changes after theme updates. See Child Theme & Customizations section of this documentation.
In order to activate the new language, rename language files with WordPress Locale code (E.g fr_FR.po and fr_FR.mo). Then, change Settings > General > Site Language to your language and WP_LANG code to wp-config.php file :
define ('WPLANG', 'fr_FR');
To translate default language files, you’re supposed to use a 3rd party editor. POEdit is most popular and free option to edit po / mo files:
As a on-site solution, Loco Translate WordPress Plugin is a great solution to translate the theme from your dashboard instead of working with language files :
Our themes are fully compatible with WPML multilingual plugin.
WPML is one of most popular WP multi-language plugins can be downloaded from WPML website :
By default, all post and pages are available to translate and no action required. As for custom post types and particular fields :
- Custom Post Types : Portfolio and other post types created from Northeme > Appearance > Custom Post Types must be activated first. Go to WPML > Translation Options and select “Translate” for the post types and taxonomies under Custom Posts and Custom Taxonomies sections.
- If you wish to translate fields such as Tagline, Footer text that are located under Northeme menu at your WP dashboard, you’re supposed to use shortcodes. Your theme offers WPML translation shortcodes – [wpml_translate] – to add multiple translation into those fields.For example :
[nor_translate lang=’en’]English Footer Text[/nor_translate][nor_translate lang=’es’]Spanish Footer Text[/nor_translate]
Child Theme & Customization
- Never modify theme files directly. Always use a child theme to make modifications on theme files to maintain the changes after theme updates.
- Unfortunately we cannot offer support for customizations. Theme issues caused due to customizations are out of the scope for theme support.
Northeme Framework offers a section for adding custom CSS and Scripts at Northeme > Theme Options > Custom CSS & Scripts.
You can add custom styling rules into Custom CSS to override default theme stylings. Although we offer extensive modifications features at Northeme > Theme Options, it may help for further modifications. You can use Google Chrome’s Inspect Element feature to find out specific classes.
Also, you can install and use CSS modification plugin, SiteOrigin CSS :
Custom Scripts field is offered in order to add scripts into <head> tag. That allows to include any 3rd party or your own scripts to the page :
/* Typekit import */
/* Including your custom JS or CSS files without using a child theme */
<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/my_css_file.css?x94941" type="text/css" media="all" />
Using a Child Theme
Download blank child theme template from My Account section on northeme.com and upload it into wp-content/themes folder. Before activating it, make sure that you’ve made the following changes :
- Child themes cannot work without a parent theme. For example, if you want to install a child theme for Workality Plus, Workality Plus theme must be located in wp-content/themes folder.
- Since child themes are dependent to a parent theme, you’re supposed to declare the parent theme folder name in child theme’s style.css file.
Check out following example :
Default child theme style.css file content should be looking as follows.
Make sure that Template value points to parent theme folder name (E.g. workality-plus-master or reframe-plus-master etc.) :
Theme Name: Workality Child Theme
Theme URI: https://northeme.com/
Description: Child Theme for Workality Theme
Theme Shortcodes are no longer needed since Visual Composer incorporated into our themes and the theme shortcodes have been included into Visual Composer as elements.
Please see Building a Page section to learn more about Visual Composer features. Shortcodes are still available for backwards compatibility and can be used with visual editor if Visual Composer is not activated for the current post / page.
Shortcodes are helpers to add rich content to visual editor. Your theme comes with button, alerts, icons, tabs, Google Map, columns and contact form shortcode and can be added through Shortcodes button that is located on visual editor panel :
Selecting a shortcode type will open a lightbox that helps you to build its content and settings. Afterwards, simply click on Insert Shortcode button to add it to your content.
Content Wrapper Shortcode
Content wrapper shortcode is quite easy to use tool for managing content alignment. It only provides width parameter to set maximum width of specific part of content. This feature allows to centralize the wrapped content. Width setting will be ignored on mobile and the width will automatically be set to 100% in order to use maximum space.
Your theme is built with 16 column grid system and Column Type option allows to choose how many columns will be displayed on a row.
The best feature of WordPress is it’s extendable through numerous free and premium plugins.
Here are couple of free plugin *recommendations :
No doubt that a website cannot be completed without SEO optimization. Your theme’s HTML structure is coded with semantic SEO guidelines but also you must use a SEO plugin that offers extensive features for all search engines, social media etc. WordPress SEO by Yoast offers great features and it’s completely free!
WordPress limits text editor panel options by default. This plugin allows to activate advanced options for the editor panel.
Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
This simple and cool plugin provides a text widget with TinyMCE visual editor capabilites. Great for using rich content in a widget :
Rich Text Excerpts
Turns excerpts into a rich text in order to use text styles and links :
WP Super Cache
Website caching is essential for a better website performance but it might be tricky. WP Super Cache provides an easy way to activate caching for your website.
Important reminder : Make sure that you disabled caching for known users (signed in users). Otherwise changes you’ve made on dashboard may not take effect immediately :
Although we already provide dozens of modification options and Custom CSS field for advanced stylings, this plugin may be useful for beginner / novice users who want to make further styling modifications :
* Note that we do not offer support for 3rd party plugins. Please visit the plugin’s support forums or contact the author of respective plugin about plugin related issues.
Backup & Transfer
There are dozens of free backup plugins for WordPress out there yet we recommend UpdraftPlus which is one of the most popular backup plugin for scheduled backups :
As for transferring / cloning your entire website, there are several WordPress backup / transfer plugins to make it. Duplicator is a free and easy-to-use option :
Once the plugin is activated, go to plugin’s page at your dashboard and create a backup & installer. Afterwards upload installer file (install.php) and backup zip file to the root of your new web hosting and browse install.php with your favorite browser. Simply follow the instructions to complete cloning process. More information can be found at Duplicator’s website.
Please note that Duplicator may fail if you have large files to transfer. Although we suggest using Duplicator since it might be successful in most cases, we cannot offer support for transfer issues.
Maintenance Mode allows to shut down your website temporarily while you’re building your website or making important changes. It’s located under Northeme > Theme Options and offers simple options to build a landing page to display your visitors. Preview option is provided to check how the landing page design looks.
Passkey option might be very helpful if you need to show your website to someone even if it’s current under maintenance. Define a simple keyword (E.g. come-in) and people can view your website through the URL provided.