- Getting Started: Dark WordPress Theme Documentation
- Install Your Dark WordPress Theme
- Install Your WordPress Plugins
- Dark WordPress Theme Options (Visualmodo Panel)
- Dark WordPress Theme Header Options
- Vertical and Horizontal Menu Navigation Style
- Footer - Theme Options
- Post Types - Theme Options
- Typography - Theme Options
- Color - Theme Options
- Custom Codes - Theme Options
- Layout - Theme Options
- 404 (page not found) - Theme Options
- Account - Theme Options
- WooCommerce - Theme Options
- Visual Elements Plugin - Shortcodes
- Setup a Menu
- Footer - Theme Options
- Dark WordPress Theme Sidebar
- Slider Show - Page Options
- WordPress Plugins Documentation
- Front-Page (Home) and Posts-Page (Blog)
- Page Builder
- How to Update my WordPress Theme?
- Using Widgets
- How to Upload Favicon
- Host Requirements For Good Usage
Getting Started: Dark WordPress Theme Documentation #
Firstly, welcome to Dark WordPress Theme Documentation! If you need anything feel free to ask questions by contacting our 24 hours support accessing your Account and opening tickets, you are free to open as many tickets as you want. This is the instruction manual for the Dark WordPress theme powered by Visualmodo.
So, we ask that you read this document carefully as it will help you a lot in creating your website because it shows you much information of the theme. In addition, we suggest you take a look in the help area on Help Desk for video tutorials and step-by-step guides.
Install Your Dark WordPress Theme #
In the first 3. steps of your Dark WordPress Theme documentation, you will see how to get it started properly. When you purchase our Dark WordPress theme you will receive an e-mail with a link for download. Once you made the download you will have a bigger folder in .ZIP format. This is the case you have purchased our themes on the following marketplaces;
With something like 9MB of size on the marketplaces with all the theme content called ‘ThemeMaster.zip’
On this folder you will see the following files; Demo content, Theme files, License and Documentation. Please don’t try to install this ThemeMaster.zip file on your WordPress, if you try you will see an error message because it’s the row-folder.
Theme Version: 4.0.4
Last Update: Apr. 26, 2022
Compatibility: WordPress 6
Installation Process #
Firstly, to install the theme you need to open this big folder ‘ThemeMaster.zip’ with 9MB of size. Found and open a file called ‘Theme-Files’. Inside this file you will see 2 files, theme.zip with something like 3.4MB of size in .ZIP format and theme-child .zip. As a result, you need to extract/remove/unzip the theme.zip with 3.4. All you need to do is click on this file and drag it and drop this file on your desktop area. Finally, it will unzip the theme and you will get the ready-to-install file. Please have a look at this video tutorial;
Secondly, you need to log in to your WordPress admin area and go to ‘Appearance’. Click on ‘Themes’. Add new, Upload Theme, Select files. Select the theme.zip file that you have unzipped before and have something like 3.4MB of size. Finally, click on the upload theme and active the theme. Another way to install your Dark WordPress theme is using the FTP for it.
Alternative Installation Methods #
Moreover, this WordPress theme documentation can help you with your Dark WordPress theme installation process in case you have some issue.
The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet? See what to do!
In the case your purchase our theme on Mojo Marketplace you will receive different files. The 4 following files;
- Demo Data
- Main Files
- Help File
- Child Theme
Already separated and unzipped. You will not receive the ThemeMaster.zip with all content together on mojo-marketplace.
So, all you will need to do is download the ‘Main Files’. This is the ready-to-upload on WordPress file. As a result, all you need to do after download this ‘Main Files’ folder is go to your WordPress Dashboard. Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme. Select the ‘ThemeName.zip’ downloaded folder and upload it to your site. Finally, activate your theme. For MOJO download and install follow this video tutorial.
In the case that you don’t want to install your Dark WordPress theme or have any difficulty. You are free to contact our support on https://visualmodo.com/account/ or e-mail us at [email protected]. Ask for our support crew to enter your website and install your VisualMentor WordPress theme for you. It’s easy, fast, and free for all Visualmodo clients. In addition, just make sure you give us the right info on this contact. We will need your login information/site URL and a print-screen/screenshot from your theme purchase with the date.
Install Your WordPress Plugins #
All the Visualmodo clients gain third-party developers WordPress plugins on the theme. So, as soon as you activate your theme on your WordPress site you will see a message at the top of your back-end screen. Asking to you start installing your plugins. To install the plugins all you need to do is click on the button for it. In the case, you don’t want to use some plugin you just can disable the message because the theme works without any plugin. However, you are free to use it in case you want to. In addition, another way to upload your plugins is going on: WP Dashboard. Visualmodo. Install plugins as is shown in the images below.
Moreover, in the case that you don’t want to install your plugins or have any difficulty you are FREE to contact our support. On https://visualmodo.com/account/ or e-mail us at [email protected] Ask one of our support crew to enter on your site and install it for you. It’s safe, fast, and free for all the Visualmodo clients. Finally, just make sure you send us on this contact the right info, we will need your login information/site URL and a print-screen/screenshot from your theme purchase with the date.
One Click Demo Content Import #
One of the most useful features that a WordPress theme can have. As a result, you will love to start the website development process at the same starting point as the wonderful theme demo pages. So, you can quickly design the website of your dreams. In conclusion, you can fully use our carefully created demo contents to start with a ready-to-go website with 1-click only!
NOTE: To this function properly work please make sure you install the ‘1-click import’ plugin and in addition, have your parent theme active. Only activate the child-theme after demo importing process.
Importing Dark WordPress Theme Demo Contents #
All you need to do after installing the plugins is navigate to the WP dashboard. Appearance. ‘Visualmodo Demo’. Click on it to import the entire demo content and have a fully equipped site from the beginning. Important notes: After you click on the ‘Import Demo’ button the process can take a couple of minutes according to the host performance. The required plugins installer will appear as a top WordPress site dashboard message to easily install the process with 1-click also as soon as you activate your Visualmodo WordPress theme.
Finally, after you click on the ‘Import Demo’ button the process can take a couple of minutes. According to the host performance. The one-click demo content import feature can’t import icons or the slider build-in Revolution Slider. Because this is plugins features. So, to import both of these contents simply follow this other tutorial on our site help center area:
- Firstly, https://visualmodo.com/knowledgebase/portfolio-filter-icons-in-wordpress/
- Secondly, https://visualmodo.com/knowledgebase/how-to-import-revolution-slider-demo-sliders/
Dark WordPress Theme Options (Visualmodo Panel) #
In this area of your Dark WordPress theme you can customize your site. Add your logos. Customize the fonts, place some custom codes. Change your site global layout. Change your footer text header options. Moreover, all your site layout using our Dark WordPress theme. In addition, this area works in the same way as ‘Customize’ under ‘Appearance’ tab normally used on free WordPress themes. However, the theme options have much more tools.
Dark WordPress Theme Header Options #
In this area of your theme option, you will completely edit your header. In addition, you will be able to upload your company logo. Place icons on your menu like cart or search icons. Align the menu and logo, in addition with a full control of the site header section.
Vertical and Horizontal Menu Navigation Style #
Firstly, to change your site menu navigation style from horizontal to vertical you just need to go to your WordPress dashboard. Theme Options. Header. Select ‘Vertical’ and save your changes. As a result, your menu set as ‘primary menu’ under WP Appearance. Menus. Will appear in a vertical layout as you can see on this example. Moreover, you can choose a horizontal navigation style just like this video tutorial shows:
Header – Theme Options #
In this area of your theme options, you will be able to enable another area that can appear over of your header navigation menu area. Choose columns, in addition, this column can receive widgets. A top menu widget, texts or social icons for example. Finally, to do it set the option as ON and choose your columns layout. After that save your changes and go to your WP Appearance. Widgets. And apply widgets in the tabs called ‘Top Header’.
Moreover, you can edit your navigation position. Align your menu and logo in the way you like and better fits for your design project. Please see the attached image below.
Header – Style #
At this part of your theme options panel, you will be able to edit your WordPress Site navigation header container style. Container size/height, in addition to width. Moreover, adds responsive menu collapse options to make your menu close for responsive menu style. (Hamburger) in the screen size that you want. Another feature of this section is the possibility to make your menu container to be full-width under ‘Boxed or Stretched Style’ as the image on the Dark theme documentation displays.
Header – Brand (Logo) #
In this area of your theme options panel you will be able to upload your website header logo and all the logo variations, a light logo version, a dark logo version, a default logo, and a mobile logo, we recommend you upload the logo always in .png format and our Visualmodo logo have 225 x 48px and the mobile logo has 48 x 24px. So, your logo upload sets need to follow your menu design color style and you are free to upload any color you want. You also can upload a retina logo and in addition, combine a logo image with text (You can type the text like in the image above or leave the text field black, and in this case, the text will be the site title set on WP > Dashboard > Settings > General). Finally, watch this video on the Dark theme documentation to see in detail.
Header – Alert Message #
In this area of your theme documentation, you will be able to upload your website header a top header alert message that can be used to show to your users and views some message like promotion calls or some important notice. You can enable or disable this area if you want to use you can add a background color or image, the spacing, and the text content. Finally, you can see an example of this usage of the following attached on the Dark theme documentation.
Header – Side Navigation #
To enable a side navigation icon on your header main menu you need to go on WP dashboard > Visualmodo > Theme options > Header > Side Navigation < and select the style you want for the side menu while the icon is clicked; Overlay/push or full-screen. The image below uses an overlay side menu style. Please see more here.
Footer – Theme Options #
In this area of your site, you will be able to select your footer text, columns, add a background image or color and layouts. In the case, you want to remove the Visualmodo default text form your footer ‘Powered by WordPress’ simply set/type your signature text on ‘Footer Copyright Section Text’ following the attachment image.
Post Types – Theme Options #
In this area of your theme options, you can disable/enable some parts of your theme that you don’t want to use. On your theme you have some custom posts styles as; Portfolio – Team – Knowledge Base and you are free to create your post type if you will not use this posts you can disable this part of your theme framework to reduce the loading requirements.
Firstly, create a post type you just need to select the numbers of post types and add a name, plural name, slug and an icon. (This posts types works just like blog posts and are normally used for Portfolio / Team Members). After you create this post types refresh your page, Secondly, Go to your WordPress ‘Permalinks’ and update the page. Finally, go to the post type you’ve built and create your posts just like on blog. In conclusion, when you have all your post build you can call it on your pages using the page builder ‘Post Grid’ element on WP Dashboard > Pages > Add New > Back-End editor / front-end. Add elements > Posts Grid > On ‘Data source’ select the post type name you build.
Typography – Theme Options #
In this theme options area, you will be able to change all the fonts on your site using the 800+ google fonts and changing the size and layout. To start this edition, you need to select ON in the Use Custom Fonts? Question. In the case you do not set ON in the very first option of this panel, the other changes will not affect, so please follow the attachment image. You also will be able to set your font line spacing, weight, line height, and font size. The first subtab of ‘typography is for header navigation and menu elements, and the second sub-tab is for body elements.
Color – Theme Options #
In this area of your theme documentation, you will be able to edit/change colors of your site, the site main color is called as ‘Global Color’ and you also can change the footer color and header color for light or dark colors.
You also can fully edit WordPress website colors under your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Customize panel to see the result on your front-end.
In the case you want more options to fully edit your WordPress site just select ‘Custom Colors’ on ‘Color Mode’ selector under your VISUALMODO > THEME OPTIONS > COLORS.
You also can fully edit your header navigation menu area colors on Colors > Header > area.
The same options are also present for your footer area customization under theme options > Colors > Footer < More options and footer usage guide in this tutorial.
Custom Codes – Theme Options #
In this area of your theme documentation, you can see how to apply custom codes to customize your website in the way you want. In addition, you can apply google tracking codes, a CSS code, JS codes, and HTML codes. So, make sure you have some knowledge base on these codes before applying something, you don’t need it to design an amazing site with our theme but this usage is about your decisions.
Layout – Theme Options #
In this are of your theme option you will be able to enable or not this theme feature (boxed layout), in the case you want to use a boxed site style you need to select ‘On’ in the first tab question, and you will be able to choose an image, colors, and layout. In the case, you don’t want to use it just stay these options in the ‘Off’.
404 (page not found) – Theme Options #
In this are of your theme option you will be able to completely edit the page not found (404) template. As a result, add background images, text, and style so when your site visitors do not found some page be able to see a beauty template and be redirected to other of your site pages.
Account – Theme Options #
In this area of your theme option you will be able to completely edit the WordPress account pages template, add your style for your login, register and reset WordPress pages following the Dark theme documentation.
WooCommerce – Theme Options #
In this are of your theme option you will be able to completely edit the WooCommerce WordPress plugin templates pages, change the header styles, texts, sidebars, and page layout to make your online shop looks unique. All the Visualmodo Themes comes with the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin, the WooCommerce and you can edit this plugins default template pages here in the case you want to build a store.
In the first theme options panel area, you can edit the layout for the main shop page and for the single product page, choose the sidebar location or do not use a sidebar.
Header Main Shop #
In this are of your theme options, under your WooCommerce tab you can edit your header shop / store page style, add a image background, a slider build-in revolution slider plugin, the color, the title text, content caption. Finally, the navigation menu style.
Visual Elements Plugin – Shortcodes #
The best way to create amazing pages with the theme is using the Dark WordPress theme custom page builder elements, in this area we will show you how to use it. you will be able to use this shortcode to build pages, posts or galleries. We build this shortcode to add more features to the theme page builder. You will install our exclusive WordPress Visual composer add-ons plugin for free as soon as you activate our Visualmodo theme on your site, a message for you simply click-to-upload our plugin.
As soon as you activate the visual elements plugin you will see a new tab on your Visual Composer ‘add elements’ tab called ‘Visual Elements’ that will add new page content elements like icons, .svg icons upload, box icons, portfolio, team, blog, counts, testimonial, tweets, alerts and even more. In the case you want to edit the default plugin page content elements style you can navigate to your WordPress Dashboard > Visual Elements > General Settings > area.
Setup a Menu #
To set up a menu area, place and custom pages of it please take a look at this tutorial with video.
To do it please go on, Appearance, Menus, and you will be able to set 2 menus, a main (header) and a Footer.
Footer – Theme Options #
To build a footer on Dark WordPress theme you need to place information in three areas of your WordPress:
- Theme Options > Footer Options
- Appearance > Menus
- Appearance > Widgets and apply widget on three tabs, footer 01, footer 02 and footer 03
Please take a look at this tutorials to see how to build a footer with widgets, menus, and text.
Dark WordPress Theme Sidebar #
This video will show you to add and place a widget on a sidebar;
To do it you need to go on the page editor, Custom Fields page area and select a sidebar, after this you need to go on Appearance, widget, and place widgets on the sidebar tabs. In the case, you want more widgets on your sidebar our theme works great with plugins for it and WordPress to have a lot of free plugins to apply more widgets. The https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/ is a good example for this purpose.
You can call a sidebar in any page using the widgets visual composer page builder element, please take a look at the image above to see how we design the theme blog for example:
Slider Show – Page Options #
On your Dark WordPress Theme, you have the revolution-slider plugin, a premium plugin that you gain for free to save money and create some awesome slider shows, to place it on a page please take a look on this document to see how the plugin works and build your slider. After having your slider build-in you will need to simply add it to your page and this can be done in several ways:
- Firstly, go to the page that you want to apply for the slider show and load the editor by, wp-dashboard > pages > edit page > scroll the page down until you see a field called ‘Options’ > in Options field click on ‘Layout’ and on ‘Layout Header Title’ select ‘Revolution Slider’ and select the slider below as is showed on the attached image above.
- Secondly, you can also add using a Visual Composer page builder element or as a content short-code. Please see this tutorial.
WordPress Plugins Documentation #
You have third-party amazing plugins on the theme pack that you gain for free while using your Dark WordPress Theme, however, the usage of the plugins is not about our responsibility because we are theme developers. In addition, this is the Dark theme documentation page. So we suggest you take a look at the plugins devs sites and search for the WordPress plugins documentation pages and video tutorials. You are free to use or not any plugin, your theme will work normally without it. Finally, our support team will be able to help you with the usage too.
Revolution Slider WordPress Plugin
Video tutorials playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyuxFo-WBiU&index=7&list=PLSCdqDWVMJPPDcH_57CNZvLckoB8cimJF
Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress
NOTE: This is not a tutorial page, it’s a sale page but you don’t need to buy it because you already have it on the theme package and in this page, the plugins devs show URLs and place tutorials to this plugin way to use.
Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin
WP Bakery Page Builder WordPress Plugin documentation (Visual Composer) https://wpbakery.com/video-tutorials/
Ultimate add-ons for visual composer plugin
WooCommerce WordPress Plugin
oAuth Twitter Feed for Developers WordPress Plugin
Front-Page (Home) and Posts-Page (Blog) #
After you have your Dark WordPress theme and your plugins installed and activated you will need to create 2 simple pages, without content, we suggest you called it ‘Home’ and ‘Blog’. Firstly, you will need to go on ‘Pages’ Add new, Name it as ‘Home’, and click on the button called ‘Publish’. Secondly, the same for your blog page however you can name these pages in the way you want. Go to the WordPress admin area, click on ‘Settings‘ Reading. Finally, in this area, you will click on the ‘Front Page Displays’ and select ‘A Static Page’. For the front page, you select ‘Home’ and for posts page, you select ‘Blog’. After you set it up you need to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button. Moreover, you have another way to build your blog also. To be able to edit more blog posts and expand this Dark theme documentation https://visualmodo.com/knowledgebase/building-wordpress-blog-page/
Page Builder #
Dark WordPress Theme came with a drag and drop smart page builder, to start to use it you need to go on your ‘Pages’ Add new, when you see the WordPress normal editor you need to click on a button called ‘Visual Composer and you will see a button called ‘Add Element” click on it to see all the page builder elements. The page builder normally is in use while building pages, portfolios, teams and knowledge bases, or any other custom post type that you want to create. So, in back-end or front-end modes, however, we on this Dark theme documentation don’t suggest you use it while building blog posts because blog posts use a WordPress native template.
You can keep using your page builder, however, make sure that you add the post excerpt. So the blog posts index page does not display the page builder codes instead of contents. To see all the elements on the page builder and how to use it please go to the plugin documentation on https://kb.wpbakery.com/docs/learning-more/ and video tutorial guides on https://wpbakery.com/video-tutorials/. So, please take a look at some video tutorials on Dark theme documentation of this great WordPress Page Builder plugin to make your page layouts easily.
You’re totally free to disable the native theme page builder and use any other that you want. In addition, our theme is fully compatible with all the WordPress page builders’ engines.
Page Builder – Video Tutorials #
We will apply some great start guide video tutorials for the page builder WordPress plugin and pages creation. In addition, to see all the official videos please go to the plugin developers’ site on https://vc.wpbakery.com/video-tutorials/. Moreover, we have a complete list of video tutorials for all page building processes on WordPress on our YouTube channel, please check it out on our Dark theme documentation.
Visual Composer Plugin Navigation Interface
Start Building Page or Use Default Templates
Clone Elements in Visual Composer Plugin
Add and Edit Text in Visual Composer Plugin
Add and Edit Images in Visual Composer Plugin
Drag and Drop in Visual Composer Explained
Add Visual Composer Plugin Row and Column
Add and Edit Image Gallery in Visual Composer
WordPress Front-End Editor Guide – Drag and Drop Page Builder Usage
How To Create Info-Box Section In WordPress?
How To Add Background Image Or Color In WordPress?
How To Add Background Image Or Color In WordPress?
How to Update my WordPress Theme? #
We never stop our work on our Dark WordPress theme in addition to this documentation. As a result, we use to add continuous upgrades to our theme for fixes, adds new features, and much more to make our work better! So, it is important to keep your theme up-to-date. In conclusion, to have your theme updated, all you need to do is, Firstly, go on your WordPress Dashboard. Secondly, ‘Updates’ area, select your theme update, and finally, click on the ‘update new’ button. Finally, you will download the latest theme files on your WordPress. To see if you have an update available for your theme, you can log in on your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Themes. To end with, click on your Visualmodo theme. In the case you have an available update, you will notice a message.
In the case that you can’t upgrade your theme or need some upgrade information. Just log in on your Visualmodo account page and open a ticket with our support crew. In addition, do not forget to attach a screenshot from your theme purchase invoice with a date, please.
Using Widgets #
To use widgets you need to go on the Appearance tab. Click on ‘Widgets’ and all you need to do is drag and drop your widget on the sidebars. In addition, the theme comes with a lot of premium widgets, however, you can add more widgets to your WordPress by downloading free plugins for it. Finally, to see how to use WordPress originals widgets and edit them please go to this page on wp.org https://wordpress.org/support/article/wordpress-widgets/ because this is a bit out of the Dark theme documentation topic.
How to Upload Favicon #
Go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance. After that, Customize like in the video on the Dark theme documentation. As a result, the site will load your front-page and you will see the options. Select the ‘Site Identity’ in this area you will be able to edit the browser tab tagline and the logo Favicon. As is showed on the attached image above in the WordPress documentation.
Host Requirements For Good Usage #
Note: This part of the Dark theme documentation is on the bases of the official WordPress.org site https://wordpress.org/about/requirements/
To run WordPress we recommend your host supports #
- Firstly, PHP version 7 or greater
- Secondly, MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater
That’s really it. As a result, we recommend Apache or Nginx as the most robust and featureful server for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. That said, we can’t test every possible environment and each of the hosts on our hosting page supports the above and more with no problems.
Note: If you are in a legacy environment where you only have older PHP or MySQL versions, WordPress also works with PHP 5.2.4+ and MySQL 5.0+, but these versions have reached official End Of Life and as such may expose your site to security vulnerabilities. So, we on the Dark theme documentation recommend and support the latest version
Ask for it #
So, here’s a letter you can send to your host; copy and paste!
I’m interested in running the open-source WordPress https://wordpress.org/ web software and I was wondering if my account supported the following:
– Firstly, PHP 7 or greater
– Secondly, MySQL 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB 10.0 or greater
– The mod_rewrite Apache module
– Finally, HTTPS support
Not required, but recommended for better security #
Hosting is more secure when PHP applications, like WordPress, are running your account’s username instead of the server’s default username. So, ask your potential host what steps they take to ensure the security of your account.
Why do we support older versions? #
Finally, we strongly recommend the latest versions of PHP and MySQL, however, we understand that this isn’t right for everyone and that sometimes hosts can be slow or hesitant to upgrade their customers since upgrades to PHP and MySQL have historically broken applications. In conclusion, WordPress will always work on the latest versions of PHP and MySQL, which are often faster and more stable.
Finally, thank you for much for reading our Dark theme documentation.