Premium Installation Form Guide
If you're new to WordPress, you may not be familiar with some of the terms related to installing your theme. Below we'll go over every section of our Premium Installation Form so you can learn what the terms are and make informed decisions about how your site will be set up!
Tip: This article is VERY detailed. Instead of reading it all, just scroll to the section(s) that you don't understand or need clarification on. Everything is listed in order of what's shown on the Premium Installation Form.
1. Order Details
This section is fairly self-explanatory. We need your name, contact email, and order number. You'll also be asked to select which theme you purchased. It's important to select your theme name before filling out later sections (theme-specific fields appear later on the form).
2. WordPress & Host Logins
WordPress Blog URL – This is the link to your website, aka your domain. Example: http://mywebsite.com
WordPress Username and Password – This is the information that you use to log into your WordPress dashboard. The WordPress dashboard is located at your domain + wp-admin. Example: http://mywebsite.com/wp-admin
If you don't know your WordPress Username and Password, contact your hosting company for assistance and they'll be able to help you locate that information.
It's really important that we receive the correct login information for your WordPress dashboard. We frequently receive incorrect login information, and it can significantly delay the installation process. A great way to "double check" that your information is correct is to log out of your WordPress dashboard and then log back in to be sure you have the right username/password.
Who hosts your site? – This is the company that hosts your website. We provide a list of the most common hosts that you can choose from. If you are using a host that's not listed, select "Other."
Host Username and Password – This is the login information for the company that hosts your website. For example, if your web host is Bluehost, then you would provide your Bluehost username and password in this section.
"Header" refers to the top section of your site where the site title, tagline, and/or logo display.
Site Title – This is the title that displays at the top of your website on every page (example: "Fashion by Sarah"). The site title also displays in Google Search Results and in the browser tab.
Optional Site Tagline – A tagline is an area where you can describe your website in a few words (example: "A New York Fashion & Lifestyle Blog"). The tagline displays underneath the site title. All of our themes have room for a tagline, with the exception of the Vivienne theme.
Prefer to use your own logo? – If you have a logo image that you would like to upload in place of the site title and tagline, upload it in this section.
4. Theme Setup
Do you want a "Coming Soon" page set up on your site? – A coming soon page is a landing page that will prevent visitors who are not logged in from viewing your site. Instead of seeing the theme, they will see a page with a message that says something like "This website is getting a facelift. Check back soon!" The purpose of a coming soon page is to allow you to view your site and make any necessary changes before you launch your site to the world.
Would you like the demo content imported? – If your site is new and doesn't have any content, we strongly recommend that you allow the demo content to be imported, otherwise the theme can't be fully set up. Demo content can be easily removed later on following this tutorial.
Do you want the subscription widget(s) on your site linked to Mailchimp? – Subscription widgets are signup forms on your website where you can collect email addresses to send newsletters to people who sign up. Our themes typically have 2-3 subscription widgets that are prominently displayed.
Mailchimp is the mailing list provider we recommend. It's totally free to use for up to 2,000 subscribers. It's very easy to create an account with Mailchimp, click here. It's possible to use Mailchimp to send newsletters (periodic email blasts that you create in Mailchimp), or you can use Mailchimp to automatically email new blog posts to subscribers.
If you choose 'NO' in this section, the subscription widgets will not be added to your site.
Upload up to 4 landscape images for the slider on the homepage – This section will only appear for certain themes that use Traditional Sliders (Chanel, Rowan, Eleanor). A slider is a rotating slideshow of images that displays underneath the header in your theme. You can upload your images here that you want to use in the slider.
Note about sliders: There are two primary types of sliders: "Traditional Sliders" and "Post Sliders." Traditional sliders are typically used on business websites to direct visitors to different pages of your website. A traditional slider can also act as a showcase of your portfolio, or just to display some pretty styled stock images. With a traditional slider, you upload a few images into the slider interface and they largely stay the same (unless you go in and change them). Traditional slider images can be linked to pages on your website if desired.
By contrast, a Post Slider links to your blog posts. The images in the slider are pulled from your recent blog posts (via the featured image that you set). This can be a slightly confusing concept. Since the slider images come from your blog posts, you can't upload a few images and have them always 'stay the same.' The first slider image will change when you publish a new post. Therefore, you won't be asked to provide slider images for themes that use Post Sliders. Examples of themes that utilize Post Sliders are Amelia and Pippa.
If your theme comes with a Post Slider but you would like to use a Traditional Slider instead, you can request this in the "additional information" section. There is no charge for this change.
List the titles for your 3 homepage buttons – Several of our themes display three buttons/boxes on the homepage that can link to different pages or categories on your website. In this section, provide the titles that you would like to use for each button. For example, if you wanted to have the same titles as shown in the image below, you would say "Style, Travel, Living" in this section.
List the widgets you would like in your sidebar – A sidebar is the narrow column that displays on the side of some pages on your website.
A widget refers to each individual "section" that is contained inside the sidebar. If you click here, you can view a page that has a sidebar. The widgets that are used in the sidebar on that page are: 1) About Me Section, 2) Social Icons, 3) Categories, 4) Subscription widget, 5) Search, 6) Advertisement area.
If you want your sidebar set up as shown in the demo, leave this section blank.
Please note that we cannot set up third-party widgets in your sidebar – only standard widgets that come with WordPress. You can view the standard WordPress widgets in your WordPress dashboard at Appearance > Widgets. An example of a "third party" widget that we cannot set up would be a Pinterest feed or a shopping widget.
5. Navigation Menus
A navigation menu allows your site visitors to easily navigate and access different pages/content you have on your website. You'll be able to add pages, categories, posts, custom links, and other content types to your navigation menu, as well as customize where in your theme you want your menu(s) to display.
Main Navigation Menu – This is the navigation menu that displays most prominently on your site.
Secondary Navigation Menu – This is the navigation menu that displays in a less-prominent location on your site. This will vary from theme to theme.
FAQ about Menus:
What's a drop-down menu? – A drop-down menu is a submenu that appears below a parent menu item when it is hovered over. Using drop-down menus will simplify your navigation menu and make it easier for visitors to your website find the information they are looking for.
What is a blog category? – Click here for a detailed explanation.
Can you show me an example of how I can send you my links for the navigation menu? Yes! Here's a perfect example of what we're looking for:
- Fashion (category)
- Lifestyle (category)
- Travel (category)
- My Account
In this example, the drop-down menus are denoted with a dash (-) underneath the page they should display under. The categories are denoted with "(category)."
6. "About Me" Section
The "About Me" section will vary widely from theme to theme. Some themes only display an "About Me" section in the sidebar, while some have a more prominent section on the front page. In any case, we just need the photo and text you would like to use.
7. Instagram Feed
All of our themes display an Instagram feed in the footer of your website. Instagram feeds have become incredibly popular with bloggers and business owners in recent years as Instagram has grown into a prominent social outlet and marketing tool. If you would like us to set up an Instagram feed on your site, you'll be asked to provide your Instagram Access Token in this section.
8. Social Media Icons
Social media icons are small icons that link to common social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest). In this section, please provide the direct link to each of the profiles you want to include on your site. Make sure that you include the http:// portion of the link. The best way to do this is to visit your profile, copy the URL from the address bar, and then paste it into the corresponding box.