Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions

Here is a collection of frequently asked questions. Make sure to check them out before sending an email to the support.

How to install the theme?

No worries, WordPress made it easy for you to install the theme. All you need is the theme.zip package you downloaded from ThemeForest and a WordPress website you're going to install it on.

Navigate to your WordPress dashboard via URL ex. example.com/wp-admin/ or by clicking the dashboard icon that you can find in the WordPress bar typically on top of your website. Note that the bar will only appear after you're logged into your WordPress site.

instructions on installing theme from html file

When you're in the dashboard click on the Appearance tab (in the menu on the left) and select Themes. In there you can upload your theme by clicking on the big Add New Theme button or by clicking Add New next to the section title.

instructions on installing theme from html file

Now, click the Upload Theme link next to the section title, press the Choose File button and select your theme.zip file then click Install Now. WordPress will install the theme and once it's done you need to press Activate to choose this theme as your main theme.

instructions on installing theme from html file

All you need to do now is install the plugins the theme asks you to install. To do it just hit the install link bellow and then click "activate" to turn the current plugin on. Do this for the rest of the plugins.

instructions on installing theme from html file

Congratulations! You have correctly installed the theme! If WordPress fails to install the theme, please write to support, we will reply ASAP :)

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How to customize the appearance?

First of all, you need to get to the customization panel. You can do that by clicking the Customize link in the admin bar (if logged in) or via URL ex. myblog.example.com/wp-admin/customize/

instructions on customizing the appearance

If you see a customization panel on the left of the screen that means you're in a good place and we can begin. Here, in this panel, you can name your site, change colors to fit your color scheme, change home page layout, hide or show some sections, disable or enable custom functionality, add social network profile links and much, much more!

instructions on customizing the appearance

We encourage you to look into each section and play around with the options, find what you want to change and click to edit. It's that easy! Same thing with widgets which you can also add from here, just shift click on the widget area you are interested in to select it and edit!

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How to add links to
social profiles?

Social media services play an important role in many sites, nowadays we have loads of them. We did our best to include as many as we can and made it easy for you to manage them. To add a link to your social network profile you need to visit the customization panel, by clicking:

instructions on accessing the customization panel

When you're there head over to the Add Social Networks section. In there you can find 29 sites that you can attach your profile link to. Find sites you're interested in and below their label paste your link.

instructions on accessing the customization panel

Save your changes by clicking the blue button at the top of the panel.

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Disable all text formatting

To make your articles look good, TIMES by default, formats first paragraph to leading paragraph and also adds a drop cap to the second paragraph if your post looks like an article. It also changes your quotes to smart, curly ones and hyphenate words in many languages.

We will show you here how to turn off those features. Keep in mind that by disabling leading paragraph and drop cap you are also disabling special article layout, this effect takes place in every post on the site.

You can easily disable those options in a customizer which you can access by clicking the "Customize" button in the admin bar (if you're logged in) or via URL ex. example.com/wp-admin/customize.php

instructions on how to access customizer

If you see a "Customize" panel on the left of your screen that means you are in the right place. For your convenience, those options are all in one section labeled "Functionality ON/OFF". Here is what checkboxes to uncheck to disable all text formatting in this theme.

what options to uncheck to disable text formatting

Save your changes by clicking the blue button at the top of the panel.

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How to add & find more shortcodes

Shortcodes are a great way to add unique things to your articles, but remembering all the codes and attributes and values can be tricky. That's why with TIMES you don't have to remember a single one of it.

We've built shortcodes conveniently into WordPress text editor. You can turn them on by installing free, bundled Dash+ plugin for TIMES. Please navigate to WordPress editor by editing or creating a new post.

instructions on adding a new post

Now that we are on the same page, look at the editor toolbar and you will notice new icons on the right. These are the tools that will allow you to create every possible combination of this theme’s shortcodes.

image of WordPress editor with times plugins

The first tool from left will allow you to insert a quote. Just click it's icon and a modal window will pop-up where you can enter the quote and optionally it's author and source. You can also choose the alignment of the quote with a dropdown. To insert the quote shortcode press OK.

Next tool will create a button shortcode for you. Same thing as in quote shortcode. Press the icon and window will pop up where you can enter the button's text and link. Optionally, you can change the button size, color and one of 600+ icons (the list is included in the modal window). When you're done press OK to insert a button shortcode.

Finally, the last tool will enable you to select/highlight the most important information from your articles. Just select the text you want to highlight and press the icon in the toolbar to wrap your text with alert shortcode. Press again for second level highlight, and press again to remove the highlight completely.

If you want to preview your changes, press the gray "Preview Changes" button in "Publish" box, above the blue "Publish/Update" button.

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Assign social Links to author pages

You might saw them in the demo blog in the author’s page. Today many people use social networks to stay in touch with their fans, so we made it easy for you to add social network links directly to author page You can add social networks to author via dashboard, here:

instructions on accessing the dashboard

Now, localize the Users tab in WP's left side menu and click it. You will see a list of authors after you find the author to edit, hover over his name and click blue edit link to enter user settings section.

instructions on how to edit authors

Once you are there scroll down to the bottom till you see Contact info section. This is the place where you add social media links to your author. They will be added next to author's bio in the author archive.

instructions on how to add social media links to authors

When you are done, scroll to the very bottom and click "Update User".

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Getting started with the theme

After you are done with the installation it's time to set up your page. TIMES makes it easy to create content so if you are familiar with WordPress you can totally skip this guide. If you, however, would like a step by step guide on how to recreate the demo then read along.

Create and publish your first post.

Before we start, make sure that you are logged into your WordPress site. If you see a admin bar on top of your site that means you are logged in, if not, navigate to YOURSITE.com/wp-admin/ and log in.

When you are logged into WordPress, you will see an admin bar at the top of your site, that allows you to quickly and easily add a post or a page. Hover over the "+ New" button and select "Post" to create your new article.

You will land on a page where you can create your first article. Enter your title exactly how you want it to appear on the page and head down to the editor where you can compose your article. Just start writing your first paragraph and if it's long enough we will style it as a proper lead for your article. No shortcodes, less mess. Just see.

As you can see above, if your first and second paragraphs are long enough TIMES will style the first letter as a drop cap and the whole post as a proper article. If you don't like that behavior we cover how to turn off all the text modifications in a separate article on this page.

If you've used a text editor before you should be familiar with the WordPress toolbar at the top of the editor. It allows you for basic text formatting like highlighting or bolding phrases, adding titles, links, quotes and even aligning your paragraphs to left and right.

By default WordPress toolbar shows only the basic tools that allows you to style paragraphs, if you want more control over your text , simply click the toggle icon (marked above), which will expand your panel with the set of extra tools.

There are three tools that TIMES adds to WordPress to help you style your content even further. Those tools utilize shortcodes. To put simply a shortcode is a WordPress only code that allows you to insert ex. videos, audio and more without the need for ugly, complicated code.

Shortcodes help to shorten and simplify large chunks of actual code, but don't worry, you don't have to know them or remember them or even understand them to utilize them in your articles. Let's start then.

The first tool from left will allow you to insert a quote. Just click it's icon and a modal window will pop-up where you can enter the quote and optionally it's author and source. You can also choose the alignment of the quote with a dropdown. To insert the quote shortcode press OK.

Next tool will create a button shortcode for you. Same thing as in quote shortcode. Press the icon and window will pop up where you can enter the button's text and link. Optionally, you can change the button size, color and one of 600+ icons (the list is included in the modal window). When you're done press OK to insert a button shortcode.

Finally, the last tool will enable you to select/highlight the most important information from your articles. Just select the text you want to highlight and press the icon in the toolbar to wrap your text with alert shortcode. Press again for second level highlight, and press again to remove the highlight completely.

If you want to preview your changes, press the gray "Preview Changes" button in the "Publish" box, above the blue "Publish/Update" button.

To best organize your content, create couple of categories by clicking the "+ Add New Category" button in the Categories panel. Assign your post to a category by selecting it form the list. You can also tag your post, which is much recommended. You can do so in a panel below.

You can also rearrange the panels however you like, just drag and drop them to pick them into a sidebar or below the editor. If you don't see the category or tag panel localize the "Screen Options" tab at the top of your page and check the box next to Categories and Tags checkbox.

Next, we highly recommend that you add a featured image to your post. You can do so in the Featured Image panel that's by default below the Tags panel. Click on the "Set featured image" button and upload your images, make sure they are at least 1000px wide.

Great, you have just created your first article. To publish it press the blue button at the top of the page in the Publish box. After your post is live, it will display on the front page. The slider will show up if there is at least 7 posts, so don't worry if it doesn't show up just yet.

The more posts you add the richer your page will be. Make sure to add at least 14 to reproduce the demo slider and load more posts button.

Create a simple 'About us' page

Pages are very similar to posts, except pages are static and the are not listed by date. Pages don't have tags or categories. You can list pages in the secondary menu or via widgets, more on that in a minute.

The about page is a classic example that's why we will cover it here. You may wish to create an about page to help your readers find out more about you, you can link your social media pages there, add a contact email or throw in a quick biography and mission statement.

The best part is that you already know how to do all those things, because you create a page in the same way as you create and article. To begin creating a new page, again, hover over '+ New' in the admin bar and this time select 'Page'. You will be redirected to the editor.

Same deal here, compose your page and once you're happy press the blue 'Publish' button. Now comes the time that we talk about menus. Your newly created pages, unlike the posts, won't show up on the front page, because they don't know where, we need to make a menu.

Creating a menu

Now there are two menu spaces available in this theme. We call the menu before the site name and tagline, a primary menu and the smaller one at the top of the page, a secondary menu. With TIMES you don't really have to worry about the Primary menu.

By default we take your categories and subcategories and turn them into nice and neat drop-downs with subcategories and their recent posts. That's why we recommend that you categorize your posts.

If you, however, would like to compose a menu with custom links, categories and pages, WordPress dashboard is the best way to do it. You can access it via URL ex. example.com/wp-admin/nav-menus.php or the admin bar (if you are logged in into WordPress)

instructions on adding and managing menus

It's time to create the menu (if you don’t have one)! In order to do that, click the blue Create Menu button and name your menu somehow (just for the organization purposes). Now you have to check the right checkbox which depends on where you want your menu to be. Primary Menu is the one below the logo and Secondary is the one above.

instructions on adding and managing menus

By default, WordPress comes bundled with example menu that automatically creates Home & Sample Page menu items. You can delete them by clicking the arrow on the right of the menu item and pressing the Remove link, like so:

instructions on adding and managing menus

If you want to add more pages, posts, categories or custom links to the menu you can do so in the panel on the left side of the section. It allows you to add selected pages, post, categories or even to insert a custom link to some website, or anything you want.

instructions on adding and managing menus

If you want to create a sub menu just drag the menu item and nudge it to the right a little. We recommend one level submenu items as more than this is simply a burden for your readers to navigate.

Change the title and the subtitle of your page

The best and fastest way to change your page title and subtitle is by going to the customizer panel. You can find a quick link to it in the admin bar at the top of your page, or in the dashboard by clicking the Theme Options in the menu. You should see a panel on the left.

You can do all the theme customizations here but for now let's focus on the first position labeled "Site Identity". It's pretty straight-forward. The input labeled "Site Title" is responsible for, well, the site title. Same with Site Tagline. Make your changes and click the blue "Save" button.

Add the favicon and a logo to your site.

Since we are in the Site Identity section it's worth pointing out that you can also add a logo to your site from there. Just click the "Select Image" button and upload your logo. Make sure it's twice as bigger so it will look good on retina screens, if it's not hit the checkbox below.

Next, we recommend that you upload a site icon/favicon. This icon will show up as an icon for your page in the tab of your browser and as an web app icon when you pin your page to the home screen on mobile.

Add your logo and/or icon and 'Save' the changes by clicking the blue button at the top of the panel. In some cases you may need to hard reload your browser without cache for changes to take effect.

Pick the home page layout.

There are four options to pick for when it comes to homepage layout. You can see all of them in the customizer, that you can access via admin bar by clicking the "Customize" button.

Select the "Layout Options" position, second from the top and you should see the default "Left" option highlighted. Pick any options you think would be good and preview your change instantly. The random option will change the layout on every page refresh.

Once you are happy with the changes, click the "Save" button.

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Can I remove the credits?

You can do a lot of things, you can become a photographer, painter, jet pilot, crocodile mascot, DJ or a bacon tester. I mean there is a lot of cool things you can do on this planet or even beyond. Who said you can't build a rocket and fly to space? Don't quote me, might be illegal!

You could be doing so much right now, the possibilities are endless. My question to you my friend is, why? Why are you asking yourself if you can remove the credits? I mean does it look bad on the site? Does it distract your readers? Does it hurt your feelings? Does it...

Just kidding! Yes. You can remove the credits from the footer. Although, we would be very grateful if you could leave the credit :) It's very subtle and helps a ton. Thank you! We respect your decision 😉

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