1. Basics

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free, open source content management system (CMS). It’s a software that allows people to create, organize, and update websites without having to manually code every page. WordPress actually started as a blogging platform, however, it has grown into something much more than that now.  It has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets and themes. WordPress is currently powering more than 26% of the web.

The most important part of WordPress is that it comes in two forms—WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is a blog hosting service that allows users to setup a free website that operates on custom version (limited) of the WordPress software. And then there is WordPress.org, a software with which you can do just about anything without any limitations. In simple words, WordPress.org is basically the home of the open source WordPress software.  Most importantly, WordPress is an all-in-one feature-packed website platform, it can do just anything!

Do your themes work on WordPress.com websites?

WordPress.com did not allowed to upload your theme, but now by purchasing WordPress.com Business plan for your blog you are allowed to upload your own theme via Appearance feature. Go to this link:  https://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/uploading-setting-up-custom-themes/ for more details about Uploading and Setting up Custom Themes.

What are WordPress themes?

According to WordPress.org, themes are collections of files “that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog.” In simple, a WordPress theme is what controls the functionality, the look, and the feel of a WordPress website. WordPress themes come in a variety of flavors, from basic, free themes to more complex, premium themes. The key takeaway about WordPress themes for any beginner is that at any moment a WordPress website’s theme may be changed without adversely affecting the actual content of the website.

2. Customization

How do I customize my theme?

All our themes comes with Theme Options page which will allow you to easily customize your website with clicks. So, now you All our themes come with Theme Options page which will allow you to easily customize your website with clicks. So, now you no longer need to be a designer or a programmer to build custom websites. Theme Options allow you to toggle on and off features, adjust layouts, change colors, fonts, logo, favicon, background, add social links and custom CSS. If you want to customize our themes beyond those options available to you on the theme options page, you will need to either use your php, html, css, and javascript skills or hire a customizer who will work for you. We are unable to teach you how to code, but we are happy to point you to resources so you can learn.

Resources for learning these skills:

Can you help me customize my site?

We can’t provide extensive help in terms of modifications. If you are requesting modification help, which only requires us to publish 3 or 4 lines of code, we will be glad to assist you. However, if your query requires more than that amount of code to be published, we can only provide guidance and you would then need to hire a customizer. Customization questions are assigned lower priority than questions pertaining the installation, setup or usage of our products.

I downloaded a theme from Catch Themes. What do I do next?

You can view theme installation instructions on page.

How to Find the Post ID

Sometimes it is necessary to know the ID of a particular Post. For example, you need to know the post ID to add in the Featured Post Slider in our theme. To determine that ID, use one of these methods:

Look in your browser status bar for the ID:

  1. Go to Posts => All Posts in your WordPress Admin Panel
  2. Hover your mouse over the “item” you need the ID for.
  3. Look at the status bar (at the bottom of your browser) and then you will find at the end of the line something like “post=123”. In these cases, 123 is the Post ID.

Install a plugin:
Install and activate Catch ID’s Plugin which will display the ID in your Post admin panel.

Setting Featured Image

It is always recommended to add featured image in your Posts and Pages. Our themes are highly dependent on Featured Images.

Setting Featured Image
1. Open the editor of the post/page where you want to display image, and locate the Featured Image module in the bottom right corner under Page Attributes. Click on Choose a Featured Image.
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2. Then you can either upload the image from your computer or select the existing image from your media library and click on Set Featured Image.

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Site Identity: How to add logo?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Site Identity
  • You can replace the default logo by clicking on it or clicking on Change Image
  • Then you can either upload the image from your computer or select the existing image from your media library
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Site Identity: How to disable Site Title and Tagline?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Site Identity”
  • Uncheck “Disable Site Title and Tagline” and it will not display Site Title and Tagline
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish

    Note: You can also edit the text of Site title and tagline

Site Identity: How to add Site Icon (Favicon/Web Clip Icon)?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Site Identity => Site Icon”
  • Click on “Select Image” and then you can either upload the image from your computer or select the existing image from your media library
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Header Media: How to add Header Image?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Header Media”
  • To upload header image click on “Add New Image” or existing Header Image, then you can either upload the image from your computer or select the existing image from your media library
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Header Media: How to add Header Video?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Header Media”
  2. To upload your video, click on “Select Video” option, then you can either upload the video from your computer or select the existing video from your media library, video must be less than 8mb
  3. To embed video from YouTube, you can enter YouTube URL
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Menus

You assign it either from “Appearance => Customize => Menus => Manage Location” or from “Appearance => Menus => Manage Location”.

Widgets

WordPress Widgets add content and features to your Sidebars. Examples are the default widgets that come with WordPress; for Categories, Tag cloud, Search, etc.

You can add widgets to your widget area from two location

  1. Go to “Appearance => Widget”, then drag the widget to the widget area or you can click in the widget then list of widget area will appear, now you can choose desired widget area and click on “Add Widget”.
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Widgets”, then you can find list of widget area. Click on the any widget area and you will see “Add a Widget” option by click on it you can find list of Widget which you can add to respected widget area.
  • To arrange the Widgets within the Sidebar, drag and drop the widgets in the order you want or click Reorder link and click up arrow and down allow of each widget and click “Done” after the arrange operation
  • To customize the Widget features, click the down arrow in the right to expand the Widget’s interface.
  • To remove the widget, click Remove from Widget’s interface in above step

Static Front Page

By default, WordPress uses the first option by showing your most recent posts on the front page. Many WordPress users want a static front page or splash page as the front page instead.

This “static front page” look is common for users desiring static or welcoming information on the front page of the site. Before you can set a static front page for you site, you have to create and publish the page that you would like to use as the static front page.

You can name it whatever you want and select your desired page template or just leave it as default. The static front page setting can be configured in the Settings => Reading screen. OR Cutomize=> Static Front Page

Additional CSS

You can add your custom CSS that will overwrite the theme CSS for further design customization through “Appearance => Customize => Additional CSS”, in your WordPress Dashboard.

Note: If you are doing heavy customization and adding lot of custom css then we recommended to build Child Theme and add it in your child theme style.css file. https://catchthemes.com/blog/create-child-theme-wordpress/

Theme Options: Breadcrumb

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Breadcrumb”
  • Check option, “Check to enable Breadcrumb” to enable and uncheck to disable
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Theme Options: Comment options

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Comment Options”
  • Under “Comment Option” select desired option from Use WordPress setting, Disable in Pages and Disable Completely
  • To disable website field, check option “Check to Disable Website Field”
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish

Theme Options: Excerpt options

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Excerpt Options”
  • Type in the Excerpt Length as in, the number of words, and Read More Text
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to add Featured Slider in theme?

Featured slider allows you to highlight Page/Post/Image or Category in slider. Post, Image and Category options are Premium themes only. Following are the steps to add featured slider in theme:

  • Go to “Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • Firstly to enable slider, select “Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site” option under “Enable on” choose Entire Site or Homepage/FrontPage
  • Under “Select Slider Type”, Select Slider Type as “Post, Page , Category or Image”
  • If you select slider as Post as slider, choose post under Post #1, Post #2 and so on
  • If you select slider as Page as slider, choose page under Page #1, Page #2 and so on
  • If you select slider as Category as slider, choose category under Select Categories
  • If you select slider as Image, add title, link and Content for the slider
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to change Transition Effect, Transition Delay and Transition Length on Slider?

  • Make sure featured slider is enabled
  • Go to Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • To change Transition Effect, select option under “Transition Effect
  • To change Transition Delay, change number of second(s) under “Transition Delay” as per your need
  • To change Transition Length, change number of second(s) under “Transition Length” as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to change number of slides in featured slider?

  • Make sure featured slider is enabled
  • Go to Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • Under “No of Slides”, select the number slides as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Image Loader#

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Under “Image Loader”, select “True, False or Wait” as per your need
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note:
True: Fixes the height overlap issue. Slideshow will start as soon as two slider are available. Slide may display in random, as image is fetch.
Wait: Fixes the height overlap issue. Slideshow will start only after all images are available.

How to change number of slides?#

  1. Make sure featured slider is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “No of Slides”, select the number slides as per your need
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: To see changes in No of Slides please refresh the customizer page

How to change Transition Effect, Transition Delay and Transition Length on Slider?

  • Make sure featured slider is enabled
  • Go to Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • To change Transition Effect, select option under “Transition Effect
  • To change Transition Delay, change number of second(s) under “Transition Delay” as per your need
  • To change Transition Length, change number of second(s) under “Transition Length” as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

 

How to change number of slides in featured slider?

  • Make sure featured slider is enabled
  • Go to Customize => Theme Options => Featured Slider” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • Under “No of Slides”, select the number slides as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Featured Content

There are four Featured Content types to choose from in Pro themes: Post, Page, Category and Image.

  • Go to “Customize => Theme Options => Featured Content” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • To enable featured content, select “Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site” option under “Enable on”
  • Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category, Image” as per your need
  • If you select Post as content type, choose Post under Post 1, Post 2 and so on
  • If you select Page as content type, choose Page under Featured Page 1, Featured Page 2 and so on
  • If you select Category as content type, choose categories under Featured Select Categories
  • If you select Category as content type, then, under Featured Content #1, Featured Content #2 and so on add “Image”, “Link”, “Title” and “Content” as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: Further option to change Featured Content Title(Headline), Featured Content Archive Content(Subheadline) and Select Featured Content Layout(Layout).

 

Font family

Font Family option is available in Pro themes only.

  • Go to ” Customize => Theme Options => Font Family Options
  • Select desired font below each given section
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to Set Certain Categories to Display in Homepage/Frontpage?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Homepage/Frontpage Options”
  • Then select the category you want, and you may select multiple categories by holding down the CTRL key(windows)/Command Key(Mac)
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Hero Content

Our Pro theme supports 4 Hero Content types they are: 1. Post, 2. Page, 3. Category and 4. Image.

  • Go to Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Hero Content Options
  • To enable Hero Content, select option Entire Site or Homepage/Frontpage under “Enable on”
  • Under “Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category or Image ” as per your need
  • If you select Post as Hero content, choose Post under Post 1, Post 2 and so on
  • If you select Page as Hero content, choose Page under Featured Page 1, Featured Page 2 and so on
  • If you select Category as Hero content, choose categories under Featured Select Categories
  • If you select Category as Hero content, then, under Featured Content #1, Featured Content #2 and so on add “Title”, “Content” and “Image Link”and as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to change Pagination Options?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Pagination Options”
  • Under Pagination Type, select desired option
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to enable/disable Scroll up feature?

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Scrollup Options”
  • Check option “Check to disable Scroll Up”
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to edit search option text?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Search Option
  2. Under “Search Text” edit the search text as desired
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to enable/disable update notifications?

This option is available in premium themes only.

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Update Notifier”
  • Check option “Check to disable update notifications” to disable and uncheck to enable
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to enable/disable Zoom, Lightbox and Slider effects for WooCommerce Product Gallery?

This option is available in premium themes only.
Select layout for your WooCommerce pages. Option to choose from 4 Layout Options: There are option to choose from i. Right Sidebar (Content, Primary Sidebar), ii. LeftSidebar (Primary Sidebar, Content), iii. No Sidebar and iv.No Sidebar (Full Width)

  • Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => WooCommerce Options”
  • Check option “Check to disable Product Gallery Zoom”, to disable Product Gallery Zoom, for best result when zoom is enabled use product image of ratio 1:1
  • Check option “Check to disable Product Gallery Lightbox”, to disable Product Gallery Lightbox
  • Check option “Check to disable Product Gallery Slider”, to disable Product Gallery Slider
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Feed Redirect

This option is available in premium themes only.

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Feed Redirect”
  2. Add Feed link below “Feed Redirect”
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: If you custom feed(s) are not handled by Feedblitz or Feedburner, do not use Redirect Options

How to change layout for Services?

  1. Make sure Services is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Services” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “Select Items Layout”, you can select your desired layout from
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to translate your theme using WPML?

Basic Setup

Our Pro themes are WPML-compatible, that means all the text in this theme can be translated to the language of your choice. To begin, be sure you have the WPML Plugin installed and activated, along with WPML String Translation plugin.

  1. For First Time Setup
    To set up WPML for the first time, follow their Getting Started Guide.
    To begin translating, select WPML (in the Dashboard menu) => String Translation. You should see a list of the strings in the theme, with blue translation links to the right. Click these links to reveal the list of languages you use on your blog and the associated translations. Go to this link for more details.
  2. Translating your content
    To translate your posts, pages and custom data types, go to this link

WooCommerce Layout and Sidebars

Transform your WordPress website into a thoroughbred eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features, backed by a name you can trust. Say “hello” to the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin.

WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything.

How to change layout for WooCommerce pages?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Layout Options”
  2. Under “WooCommerce Layout” select the desired option
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to add different widgets to WooCommerce pages?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Widgets”
  2. Add Widgets to “WooCommerce Primary Sidebar”
  3. Finally, click on “Save” on each added widget

How to add Testimonials using Custom Post Types?

To use this featured, install Essential Content Type Plugin.

Follow these steps to showcase testimonial on your site:

  1. First you need to install Essential Content Type
  2. After that you can find Essential Content Type option in your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Click on “Essential Content Type”, there you can see “Testimonial” option then you need to on the button of Testimonials option(This option is enabled by default)
  4. Then go to “Customize => Testimonial” and choose number of items to show in frontpage
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to use Featured Content using Custom Post Type?

  1. To use this featured, install Essential Content Type
  2. After that you can find Essential Content Type option in your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Click on “Essential Content Type”, there you can see “Featured Content” option then you need to click on the button of Featured Content option(This option is enabled by default)
  4. Then click on “Add New” and create your own content, click on Publish
  5. Then go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Featured Content”, make sure featured content is enabled
  6. Under “Type”, you need to select “Custom Post Type”
  7. Then, under Featured Content #1, Featured Content #2 and so on add the content you have made
  8. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

 

How to add Portfolio in using Custom Post Type?

Follow these steps to showcase projects on your site:

  1. First you need to install Essential Content Type
  2. After that you can find Essential Content Type option in your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Click on “Portfolio=> Add new”, to add new Portfolio items
  4. Then go to “Customize => Theme Options=> Portfolio” and choose number of items to show in frontpage/Homepage or Entire site
  5. Then go to “Customize => Theme Options=> Portfolio” and choose number of items to show in frontpage/Homepage or Entire site
  6. Select Portfolio items Under Portfolio 1, Portfolio 2 and so on.
  7. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

 

How to add Service using Custom Post Type?

Follow these steps to showcase projects on your site:

  1. First you need to install Essential Content Type
  2. After that you can find Essential Content Type option in your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Click on “Essential Content Type”, there you can see “Service” option then you need to on the button of Service option(This option is enabled by default)
  4. Then click on “Add New” and create your own content, click on Publish
  5. Then go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Service”, make sure service is enabled
  6. Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Custom Post Type”
  7. Then, under Service #1, Service #2 and so on add the content you have made to display as service
  8. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: To change number of services to be shown change option from No of items

Theme Options: Colors

This option is available in Premium Themes only.

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Colors”
  2. Under Base Color Scheme, select the desired color scheme
  3. Then, choose different color for different sections as per your need
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Portfolio

How to enable Portfolio? #

  1. Go to Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Portfolio
  2. To enable Portfolio, select option Entire Site or Homepage/Frontpage under “Enable Portfolio on”
  3. Under “Select Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category or Image” as per your need
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to select portfolio layout?#

  1. Make sure Portfolio is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Portfolio” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “Select Portfolio Layout”, select portfolio layout
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to edit or remove Headline and Sub-headline for Portfolio?#

  1. Make sure portfolio is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Portfolio” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “Headline for Portfolio”,you can change the text as needed or Leave field empty if you want to remove Headline
  4. Under “Sub-headline for Portfolio”, you can change the text as needed or Leave field empty if you want to remove Headline
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to change number of portfolio?#

  1. Make sure portfolio is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options =>Portfolio” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “No of Portfolio”, select the number portfolio as per your need
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: To see changes in No of Portfolio please refresh the customizer page.

Post (Portfolio)#

Select Post Portfolio to highlight your posts as Portfolio. First you need to create post and add featured image to you post.

  1. Make sure portfolio is enabled
  2. Under “Type”, you need to select “Post Content”
  3. Then, add in Post ID in Post 1, Post 2 and so on
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: Post Portfolio is determined according to Number of Portfolio.

Page (Portfolio)#

Select Page Portfolio to highlight your page as Portfolio.

  1. Make sure portfolio is enabled
  2. Under “Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and so on”, select desired page to show
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: Page Portfolio is determined according to Number of Portfolio.

Category (Portfolio)#

Category Portfolio is created to highlight your posts from specific categories in portfolio. So, first you need to create a Post, add Featured Image to the post and assign posts to specific category.

  1. Make sure portfolio is enabled
  2. Then select the category you want, and you may select multiple categories by holding down the CTRL key(windows)/Command Key(Mac)
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Image Portfolio#

Image Portfolio is used to highlight the custom image, link and other content as Portfolio.

  1. Make sure portfolio is enabled
  2. Under “Portfolio #1, Portfolio #2 and so on”, select desired image, link, title and content
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: Image Portfolio is determined according to Number of Portfolio.

Promotional Headline

How to enable promotion headline and choose the type?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Promotion Headline”
  2. Enable Promotion Headline by click option under “Enable On”, entire site, homepage/frontpage, About Page template or Homepage
  3. Then under “Type” choose Post, Page, Category or Image as per your need
  4. If you choose “Type” as Post, choose post under Post on to display your post as Promotion Headline
  5. If you choose “Type” as Page, choose page under Page display your page as Promotion Headline
  6. If you choose “Type” as Category, choose category under “Categories” drop down to display your categories as Promotion Headline
  7. If you choose “Type” as Image, choose Image, edit Link, Title, Content, Button Text, Button Link under respective headings to display your custom data as Promotion Headline
  8. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to add Services in theme?

Follow the following steps:

  1. First Go to Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Service
  2. Under Enable on : you can select Homepage / Frontpage, entire site or completely disable it.
  3. Under Select Content Type: You can select form Post, Page, Category, or Custom post type (requires essential content types plugin).
  4. Under Service Archive Title: Provide the name for the service.
  5. Under Service Archive Content : Additional details about the service.
  6. If you select content type as “Page”, choose the page under Page1, Page2 and so on as your service
  7. If you select content type as “Post”, choose the post under Post 1, Post 2 and so on as your service
  8. If you select content type as “Category”, choose the categories under “Select Categories” as your service
  9. If you select content type as “Image” then add Image, Link, Title, Content, More Button Text in respective headings
  10. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: To change number of services to be shown change option from No of items

How to add Testimonials in theme?

Our Premium themes support Page, Post, Category, Image and Custom Post Types as Testimonials.

Following are the instructions to set up testimonials in your theme:

How to enable Testimonial? #

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial”
  2. Under “Enable Testimonial on” select Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site
  3. Then under “Select Type” select “Post”, “Jetpack Testimonial Custom Post Type”, “Page”, “Category” or “Image”
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to select layout for testimonial? #

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial”
  2. Make sure Testimonial option is enabled
  3. Then under “Select Testimonial Layout” select the desired columns you want to display in testimonial “1 column or 2 columns”
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to change Headline and Sub-headline for Testimonial?#

  1. Make sure testimonial option is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “Headline”, you can add desired text or leave it empty if you don’t want to disable fields”
  4. Under “Sub-headline”, you can add desired text or leave it empty if you don’t want to disable fields”
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Post (Testimonial)

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial”
  2. Make sure Testimonial option is enabled
  3. Under “Select Type” select “Post”
  4. Then Under Featured Post1, Featured Post2 and so on add Post Id, you want to display as testimonial
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Page (Testimonial)

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial”
  2. Make sure Testimonial option is enabled
  3. Under “Select Type” select “Page”
  4. Then Under Featured Page 1, Featured Page 2 and select the page, you want to display as testimonial
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Category (Testimonial)

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial”
  2. Make sure Testimonial option is enabled
  3. Under “Select Type” select “Category”
  4. Then select the category you want, and you may select multiple categories by holding down the CTRL key(windows)/Command Key(Mac)
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Image (Testimonial)

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial”
  2. Make sure Testimonial option is enabled
  3. Under “Select Type” select “Image”
  4. Under “Testimonial #1, Testimonial #2 and so on”, select desired image, link, title
  5. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Custom Post Type

To use this featured, install Essential Content Type Plugin

How to select number of Testimonial?#

  1. Make sure Testimonial is enabled
  2. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Testimonial” from your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Under “No of items”, select number of testimonial you want to display
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: To see changes in No of Testimonial please save and refresh the page.

Note: To move testimonial above footer check option “Check to Move above Footer” and to enable slider in courses check option “Check to Enable Slider”

How to add Contact Info?

Some of our themes have option to add Contact Info, so here are the steps:

  1. Go to Theme Options => Customize => Contact Info
  2. Enable Contact Info on Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site
  3.  Then add Title, Description, Phone, Email, Address, Link , Map Image and Link under respective field
  4. Further option to move contact info above the content
  5. Finally Save & Publish

How to add News section?

Some of our themes have News option. There are four News types to choose from in Pro themes: Post, Page, Category and Image.

  • Go to “Customize => Theme Options => News” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • To enable featured content, select “Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site” option under “Enable on”
  • Under “ Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category, Image” as per your need
  • If you select Post as content type, choose Post under Post 1, Post 2 and so on
  • If you select Page as content type, choose Page under Page 1, Page 2 and so on
  • If you select Category as content type, choose categories under Featured Select Categories
  • If you select Image as content type then, under News #1,  News#2 and so on add “Image”, “Link”, “Title” , “Content” and “More Button” as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

    Note: Further option to move  news above the footer.

How to add Stats in Theme?

Some of our themes contact Stats options. Here are steps to add Stats in theme:

  • Go to “Customize => Theme Options => News” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • To enable featured stats, select “Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site” option under “Enable on”
  • Under “ Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category, Image” as per your need
  • If you select Post as stats type, choose Post under Post 1, Post 2 and so on
  • If you select Page as stats type, choose Page under Page 1, Page 2 and so on
  • If you select Category as stats type, choose categories under Select Categories
  • If you select Image as stats type then, under Stat#1,  Stat#2 and so on add “Image”, “Link”, “Title” , “Content”, “More Button Text”, “Button Text” and “Button Link”as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

    Note: Further option to move  stats above the footer, change headline and subheadline.

How to add Team?

Some of our themes contact Team options. Here are steps to add Team in theme:

  • Go to “Customize => Theme Options => Team” from your WordPress Dashboard
  • To enable featured stats, select “Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site” option under “Enable on”
  • Under “ Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category, Image” as per your need
  • If you select Post as stats type, choose Post under Post 1, Post 2 and so on
  • If you select Page as stats type, choose Page under Page 1, Page 2 and so on
  • If you select Category as stats type, choose categories under Select Categories
  • If you select Image as stats type then, under Team#1,  Team#2 and so on add  “Title” , “Position”, “Content”, “Button Text” and “Button Link”as per your need
  • Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

    Note: Further option to move  stats above the footer, change headline and subheadline.

How to add Events in theme?

Some of our theme supports Event and Pro supports 4 events types they are: 1. Post, 2. Page, 3. Category and 4. Image. For Events, go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Events”.

How to enable Events?#

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Events” from your WordPress Dashboard
  2. To enable events, select “Homepage/Frontpage or Entire Site” option under “Enable on”
  3. Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Post, Page, Category or Image” as per your need
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: You can further add Event Date, Date Link Links by using edit option of page/post

Post (Events)

Post is created to highlight your Post in events. So, first you need to create a Post and then add Featured Image to the Post.

How to enable Post Content?#

  1. Make sure Events is enabled
  2. Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Post”
  3. Then, add in Post ID in Featured Post 1, Featured Post 2 and so on
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note:
When you select post, make sure your Post have Featured Image. Click here to watch our Video Screencast to add Featured Image.

Page (Events)

Page is created to highlight your Page in Events. So, first you need to create a Page and then add Featured Image to the Page.

How to enable Page Content?#

  1. Make sure Events is enabled
  2. Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Page”
  3. Then, select Page in Featured Page 1, Featured Page 2 and so on
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note:
When you select page, make sure your Page have Featured Image. Click here to watch our Video Screencast to add Featured Image.

Category (Events)

Category content is created to highlight your posts from specific categories in the Events. So, first you need to create a Post, add Featured Image to the post and assign posts to specific category.

How to enable Category Content?#

  1. Make sure Events is enabled
  2. Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Category”
  3. Then, select Categories
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note:
When you select categories, make sure your Posts in those categories have Featured ImageClick here to watch our Video Screencast to add Featured Image.

Custom(Events)

Custom Content is created to highlight independent images in the Events. This option gives you full control to upload your own independent image, with title (optional), content (optional), optional link and target. Just use the following simple steps to add in the Featured Image Content.

How to enable Featured Image Content?#

  1. Make sure Events is enabled
  2. Under “Select Content Type”, you need to select “Custom”
  3. Then, under Events#1, Events#2 add  title, day date, day month, content and more text under respective header
  4. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to edit Footer Editor Content?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Footer Editor Options”
  2. Under “Footer Content”, you can either add html or plain text
  3. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

Note: To reset Footer Content check option “Check to reset Footer Content”

How to add Professional in theme?

Some of our theme supports Professional options. In our premium theme Post, Page, Category and Custom as Professional.
Following are the instructions to set up professional in your theme:

How to enable professionals and choose the type?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Professionals”
  2. Enable Professional by click option under “Enable On”, entire site, homepage/frontpage, About Page template or Homepage and About Page Template
  3. Then under “Type” choose Post, Page, Category or Custom as per your need
  4. If you choose “Type” as Post, choose post under Post #1, Post#2 or so on to display your post as Professionals
  5. If you choose “Type” as Page, choose page under Page 1, Page 2 or so on to display your page as Professionals
  6. If you choose “Type” as Category, choose category under “Select Categories” drop down to display your categories as Professionals
  7. If you choose “Type” as Custom, choose Image, edit Link, Title, Subtitle, Content, More Link Button Link under respective headings to display your custom data as Professionals
  8. Further option to change Title and Description of Professionals, option to change number of items to be displayed
  9. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

How to add Reservation in theme?

Some of our theme supports reservation. In Premium themes there are 3reservation types to choose from Page, Post and Custom.

How to enable Reservation and choose the type?

  1. Go to “Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => Reservation”
  2. Enable Professional by click option under “Enable On”, entire site, homepage/frontpage, About Page template or Homepage and About Page Template
  3. Then under “Type” choose Post, Page, Category or Custom as per your need
  4. If you choose “Type” as Post, choose post under dropdown of “Post” to display your post as Reservation
  5. If you choose “Type” as Page, choose under dropdown of “Page” to display your post as Reservation
  6. If you choose “Type” as Custom, add custom shortcodes form Cotact form 7 or from Jetpack
  7. Further option to change Title and Description of Reservation
  8. Finally, click on “Save & Publish”

3. General

What is an FTP client and how is it used?

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is application software which is used to transfer files between a web server and a computer over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet. We recommend FileZilla, open-source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Put simply, an FTP client is what most website owners use when they need to download, edit, and upload their website’s files. Most FTP connections require a host name, a username, and a password. These are most often supplied by web hosting providers in the following form:

Read more information about FTP Clients in the WordPress Codex.

How to buy themes?

  • First click on “BUY THEMES”  button from our website, you can see our premium themes
  • Choose the theme you want to buy click on “MORE INFO” button it comes after hovering in the theme, then click on “BUY NOW”
  • You will be redirect to Checkout page, fill in your details in Billing Details
  • Then choose the means of payment as per your convenience, you can pay through Paypal, Credit Card (Stripe) or Credit Card (Payeezy)
  • Then wait for our Sales Team, who will contact you to give you the access to download the them

How to post queries in support forum?

If you are having difficulties using our theme or you have any questions, you can post in our “Support” forum, and a member of our team will get back to you shortly. Here are the simple steps to post your queries in our support forum:

  • Go to this link: https://catchthemes.com/support-forum/
  • Click on “Create a new topic” button in top of the page
  • Then you can see support form where you can create new topic, write your query, add topic tag and select forum
  • Click on Submit button and your query will be posted in our form under Recent Posts

How to make screenshots?

A screenshot is an image that captures what appears on your computer screen.Screenshots can come in handy when trying to explain something to Support, or if you want to blog about something you’ve seen on your computer screen.

Here are the list of OS and steps how to take screenshots on them:

1.Windows:

  • Find the Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, the key might be marked “PrtSc” or “Print Screen”)
  • When what you want to capture is displayed on the screen, press the Print Screen key
  • Open your favorite image editor (like Paint, GIMP, Photoshop, GIMPshop, Paintshop Pro, Irfanview, and others)
  • Create a new image, and press CTRL + V to paste the screenshot
  • Save your image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you also have the option of using the built in Snipping Tool. For more information on using the Snipping Tool please see this support doc.

2. MAC

Mac users have a couple of options for making a screenshot:

  • To save a screenshot of your entire screen, press CMD + Shift + 3
  • To select a particular area of the screen for your screenshot, press CMD + Shift + 4

Once you press one of the key combinations your screenshot will be saved to the Desktop.

  • Alternatively, go to Applications => Utilities => Grab, and choose the desired screenshot type from the Capture menu.

    3. Linux

  • Find the Print Screen key. (Depending on your keyboard, the key might be marked “PrtScn” or “Print Screen”)
  • Alternatively, go to Applications => Accessories => Take Screenshot
  • Save the image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file.

4. Chrome book

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to take a screenshot.

Ctrl+ Take a screenshot of your current window
Ctrl+ Shift+ Take a partial screenshot by selecting the area you want to capture

Once you’ve finished taking a screenshot, you can then retrieve the image file in the Files app. To access the Files app, click the apps list button  in the launcher, then click the Files icon.

How to change dimensions of images displayed on posts and pages?

Here are the steps to change dimensions of the images:

  • Go to Setting => Media from your WordPress dash board
  • There you can change dimensions of Thumbnail size, Medium size and Large size
  • Click on “Save Changes” to save the dimension

Regenerate Thumbnails

If you have just changed your theme then you need to regenerate image thumbnail for post published before activating this theme. You can simply install Regenerate Thumbnails Plugin.

Then Regenerate Thumbnails through “Tools => Regen. Thumbnails” in your WordPress Dashboard.

Few important links

Support Forum

Here is the link for our official support forum: https://catchthemes.com/support-forum/

Theme instruction

Here is link for Theme Instructions: https://catchthemes.com/theme-instructions/

Change log

Here is link for Change logs: https://catchthemes.com/changelogs/

How to add Featured Image in Post/Page?

  1. Open the editor of the post/page where you want to display image, and locate the Featured Image module in the bottom right corner under Page Attributes. Click on Set Featured Image.
  2. Then you can either upload the image from your computer or select the existing image from your media library and click on Set Featured Image.Click to view screenshot
  3. For more detail, click here to watch video Screencast

How to add Privacy Policy Page in WordPress?

WordPress 4.9.6 update has made it super easy to add a Privacy Policy page on your website. The update allows site owners to designate a privacy policy page, which would be shown on the login and registration pages.

You need to manually add a link to your policy to every page on your website. A footer menu is considered to be a great area to include your privacy policy.

Moreover, the development team has created a guide that includes insights from WordPress and participating plugins on how they would handle personal data. These can be pasted into your site’s privacy policy to help you get started easily.

You can also add a privacy policy page manually. Below is how:

You can add a privacy policy page in WordPress by simply creating a new page and naming it Privacy Policy so that your users will immediately know what this page is about. For that, go to Pages > Add New in your WordPress dashboard.

Now you need to add the text for your privacy policy including all the information mentioned above. You can also use an online privacy policy generator or even use a plugin like Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to generate the content for your website.

Also, add your own contact information and business name before hitting the publish button.

Webmaster Tools

We have moved Webmaster Tools to our plugin Catch Web Tools for better management and data access. So, just install Catch Web Tools plugin and activate “Webmaster Tools” from Catch Web Tools plugin dashboard. You can verify your site on Google, Yahoo and Bing by adding in the IDs in the respective boxes through “Catch Web Tools => Webmaster Tools” in your WordPress Dashboard. Further, you can add in the Google Analytic. Adding scripts in Header and Footer does not require you to edit codes through Webmaster Tools.

How to Insert Site Verification IDs?

  1. Go to “Catch Web Tools => Webmaster Tools => Site Verification” in your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Enter the Site Verification ID (Google, Yahoo, Bing) wherever you wish to verify your site
  3. Click on Save Changes button

How to Insert Analytics / Other Scripts in Header/Footer?

  1. Go to “Catch Web Tools => Webmaster Tools => Header and Footer Scripts” in your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Here you can add in various scripts like, Google, Facebook etc.
  3. Enter the script in upper text area, for text you want to load on Header
  4. Enter the script in lower text area, for text you want to load on Footer
  5. Click on Save Changes button

4. Installation

How does the payment process work? When will I get my themes?

  • After you select the theme and click on “Buy Now”. You will reach the Checkout page where you will need to fill in billing details and then choose the means of payment as per your convenience, you can pay through Paypal, Credit Card (Stripe) or Credit Card (Payeezy)
  •  After your payment has been completed, you will see a payment completion message on thank you page and you will be automatically redirected to your account page, where you can see and download your purchased goods.

But if you failed to create the account through this process then we have Direct Payment System ( https://catchthemes.com/direct-payment/ ) where you can just buy it directly.

What is an FTP client and how is it used?

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is application software which is used to transfer files between a web server and a computer over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet. We recommend FileZilla, open-source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Put simply, an FTP client is what most website owners use when they need to download, edit, and upload their website’s files. Most FTP connections require a host name, a username, and a password. These are most often supplied by web hosting providers in the following form:

Read more information about FTP Clients in the WordPress Codex.

How to install theme(For Free Theme)?

Follow the following steps for installation if you are using free theme:

  1. Installation Using the WordPress Administration Panel

You can download Themes directly to your blog by using the Add New Themes option in the Appearance sub-menu.

  • Download theme from Catch Themes site https://catchthemes.com/themes/category/free/
  • Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel
  • Go to “Appearance => Themes =>Add New”
  • Click on “Uploads => Upload Theme” and Browse the downloaded zip file from the desktop where you have it downloaded
  • Click on “Install Now” and then “Activate” to install the Theme

2. Manual Installation using FTP

To add a new Theme to your WordPress installation, follow these basic steps:

  • Download theme from your Catch Themes site at https://catchthemes.com/themes/category/free/ to your Desktop
  • Unzip zip to your Desktop
  • Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/ and make sure that you do not already have theme folder installed. If you do, then back it up and remove it from /wp-content/themes/ before uploading your copy of the theme you are going to install
  • Upload theme to /wp-content/themes/
  • Activate theme through “Appearance => Themes”, in your WordPress Dashboard

How to install plugins?

Installation Using Built in Plugin Installer

You can download plugin directly to your blog by using the Add New Themes option in the Plugins sub-menu.

  • Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel
  • Go to “Appearance => Themes =>Add New”
  • Type in the name of the WordPress Plugin or descriptive keyword, author, or tag in Search Plugins box or click a tag link below the screen.
  • Click on “Install Now” and then “Activate” to install the Theme

 

Installation Plugin manually

 Here are the steps for manual installation of plugin

  • Download your WordPress Plugin to your desktop
  • If downloaded as a zip archive, extract the Plugin folder to your desktop
  • With your FTP program, upload the Plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online
  • Go to Plugins screen and find the newly uploaded Plugin in the list
  • Click Activate button to activate it

 

How to install theme?(For Pro Theme)

Installation Using the WordPress Administration Panel #
Follow the following steps:

  1. After purchasing pro theme, go to your member My-Account page
  2. Then click on Download tab, there you can find download button for your theme
  3. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel
  4. Go to “Appearance => Themes => Add New”
  5. Click on “Uploads” and Browse the downloaded file .zip from the desktop where you have it downloaded
  6. Click on “Install Now” and then “Activate” to install the Theme

Manual Installation using FTP
To add a new Theme to your WordPress installation, follow these basic steps:

  1. After purchasing pro theme, go to your member My-Account page
  2. Then click on Download tab, there you can find download button for your theme
  3. Unzip .zip to your Desktop
  4. Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/ and make sure that you do not already have a pro folder installed. If you do, then back it up and remove it from /wp-content/themes/ before uploading your copy of pro theme
  5. Upload Pro to /wp-content/themes/
  6. Activate  Pro theme through “Appearance => Themes”, in your WordPress Dashboard

5. Update

How do I upgrade my theme to the latest version?

There are two ways you can update your theme, they are mentioned below:

i. Updating Theme Using the Administration Panel #

You can update Themes directly from the Administration Panel using Catch Updater plugin or Catch Web Tools plugin .Catch Updater is a module inside our plugin Catch Web Tools. Click here to read details about Catch Updater plugin.

You can go through the YouTube video for  Catch Updater

ii. Updating Theme Using FTP

To update Theme though FTP, follow these basic steps:

  1. Download the latest version of theme from your Catch Themes member My-Account to your Desktop
  2. Unzip zip file to your Desktop
  3. Using an FTP client to access your host web server, go to /wp-content/themes/ and upload your new copy of Pro Theme which shall replace the old files