Essentialist WordPress Theme

User Guide

1. Theme installation, demo content import

1.1. Install the theme

In your Admin Panel go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload. Choose the theme file (mauer-essentialist.zip) and click ‘Install Now’.

Once the theme is installed, you will see a ‘Theme installed successfully’ message and a link for activating the theme. Click the ‘Activate’ link.

1.2. Install the plugins

After the theme is installed you will see the following message in your Admin Panel. Click the ‘Begin installing plugins’ link:

In the next screen select all plugins on the list and, choose ‘Install’ under bulk actions and click ‘Apply’:

After the plugins have been installed, activate them by going to ‘Plugins’ in your Admin Panel.

1.3. Import the demo content

To import the demo, go to Tools > Import. At the bottom of the list you will see WordPress, click the ‘Install now’ link — this will install the WordPress Importer plugin.

Once the plugin is installed, click ‘Run importer’:

Choose the demo content XML file (located in the ‘Demo Content’ folder) and click ‘Upload file and import’.

In the next screen, you can assign an author for the content (optional).

Please check the ‘Download and import file attachments’ checkbox and click ‘Submit’.

1.4. Final step

Go to Settings > Permalinks. Under ‘Common Settings’ select ‘Post name’. Click ‘Save Changes’.

Finally, go to Theme Options > General and click the ‘Update’ button on the right.

2. Theme options

General options like the logo, layouts, etc. can be found in the ‘Theme Options’ section of the Admin Panel. Each of the options has an explanation of what it does right on the spot. For example:

Be sure to click the ‘Update’ button to save the options.

3. Contact form setup

In your Admin Panel go to ‘Contact’.

Any contact form that you create while you have this theme activated will have markup different from the default Contact Form 7 markup. The difference is in that this theme makes contact forms have labels displayed inside the fields (as placeholders).

If you are using the demo content, it’s recommended to use ‘Contact Form by Mauer Themes’ form. To set up the contact form, click ‘Contact Form by Mauer Themes’ and go to the ‘Mail’ tab:

Go through the email addresses here and change them to the ones of your choice. Also be sure to change the site name and email signature.

If you prefer to use the ‘Mail(2)’ option, be sure to do the same for that template.

Don’t forget to click ‘Save’ when you are done.

4. Widgets setup

In your Admin Panel go to Appearance > Widgets. You will see three widgetized areas there: Bottom – Left, Bottom – Center and Bottom – Right.

Depending on the version of WordPress you are using, WordPress may have put a few widgets into the ‘Blog – Left’ area. If that’s the case, it’s recommended to first remove the default widgets (by simply dragging them out of that area).

After the default widgets are removed, you can add the ones of your choice by dragging them from the list on the left to one of the widgetized areas on the right.

To have the same widgets setup as the one you see in the demo (essentialist.mauer.co), use the following widgets:

‘Bottom – Left’ — ‘Tags’
‘Bottom – Center’ — ‘Blog Subscriptions (Jetpack)’, requires Jetpack (see below).
‘Bottom – Right’ — ‘Categories’

5. Connecting the Jetpack plugin

Please connect your Jetpack plugin by going to ‘Jetpack’ in your Admin Menu.

Click ‘Set up Jetpack’ and follow the instructions. The plugin is free to use — just click ‘Start with free’ on the ‘Explore our Jetpack plans’ page:

Among other useful things, Jetpack will also automatically create OpenGraph tags on your pages — this will tell Facebook to use images when someone posts a link to your site on Facebook.

6. Instagram feed setup

To show your Instagram photos in the footer of your website, please go to ‘Theme Options’, scroll down to ‘Show Instagram feed’. Check this checkbox, if it is not checked. You will see the ‘Instagram Access Token’ field.

Instagram requires its users to get access tokens for serving their photos outside Instagram. An access token provides a secure way for a website to ask Instagram to display the images.

Click the ‘Get Token’ link (shown on the screenshot above). This will take you to a special page on Mauer Themes website where you can generate the token.

Once you click ‘Get the token’ there, you will be asked by Instagram to authorize Mauer Themes. When you do that, you will get the token. Copy and paste it into the ‘Instagram Access Token’ field in your Admin Panel and save the settings.

Please note: This does not give Mauer Themes access to your private data. The sole purpose of this procedure is to let you create a token with which you can show your Instagram photos on your website (the photos that are publicly accessible on Instagram).

7. Social sharing setup

Theme demo has sharing buttons after post content:

To have sharing buttons on your website, please make sure, you have connected Jetpack (see “Connecting the Jetpack plugin” section of this guide). Once you have connected Jetpack, in your Admin Menu go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Sharing’, apply the settings you see on this screenshot and click ‘Save Changes’:

In case you’re wondering about the social profiles icons in the header, they can be set up in Theme Options.

8. Recommendations

Upload big images, they will be scaled down automatically

What you might not know is that you don’t need to resize images manually before uploading — WordPress automatically generates all the sizes of an image used in the currently active theme once you upload an image.

So if your images’ size is in the range of 1500px (by the bigger side) to 3750px (by the bigger side), just upload them, and WP will automatically create copies in all the needed sizes. If you use pictures which are smaller than 1500px by the bigger size, they may turn out to display incorrectly. And if you use images that are bigger than 3750px by the bigger size, WP may have problems processing them (depending on your server).

Sometimes a one-image gallery makes sense

If you want to insert a single image that would be opened in a lightbox when clicked, consider creating one-image galleries.