Olsen Light is a blogging WordPress theme aimed at fashion/beauty bloggers.
The easiest way to install the theme, is by accessing your WordPress admin panel, then go to Appearance > Themes.
Click the Add New button on the top of the page.
In the next screen type the theme’s name in the search box
When the search results appear, hover over the theme and click Install
Once the installation finishes click activate and the theme is ready to use.
The minimum recommended image sizes for Olsen Light are:
- Post thumbnail: 665x435px
- Slider images: 1110x600px
- About me thumb: 200x200px
These plugins provide functionality and features used directly (or not) by the Theme. So, it is recommended to install and activate them before importing your sample content.
- Socials Ignited use this plugin to create a widget that links to all your social profiles. You can also customize it with your icons and add new social networks, a guide can be found here.
- Contact Form 7 use this plugin to create a contact form, then copy the shortcode it gives you and paste it in a page which will serve as your contact page.
- WP Instagram Widget: Use the latest version of this plugin to help you display your Instagram feed in any of the theme’s sidebars.
- WordPress Jetpack: You can use this to create a contact form instead of Contact Form 7, insert sharing buttons etc.
Importing sample content
To get the sample content file you can click the link in the notice that will appear on your dashboard immediately after activating the theme.
Extract the zip file you downloaded and upload the xml file in Tools > Import > WordPress (if not already present, you will be prompted to install the WordPress importer plugin), assign the authors to an existing user and make sure you check the “import attachments” box. You can now import the sample content.
You can also download the Sample Content for Olsen Light by clicking here
You can also import the widgets you see on the theme’s demo. To do that, you need the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin. To install it go to Plugins > Add new search for widget importer exporter and install the plugin. Activate it and go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter click choose file and upload the olsen-light-widgets.wie file which is located in the sample content zip file, click Import widgets and you are good to go.
WARNING: As this will create posts, pages, custom post types, categories, widgets, etc. and change various system settings, it is strongly advised that you do this on a clean WordPress installation, without any previous and/or precious data. Under no circumstances we can be held responsible for total or partial data loss, so please be careful.
Setting up your theme
1) Populating your blog
To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > add new and proceed to:
- add a title to your post,
- enter the content in the editor,
- upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel,
- and finally add a category and/or tag to the post.
Once you are done click the Publish button to publish your post.
2) Customizing the appearance
All theme customization is done via WordPress’s built in customizer. If you haven’t used it or want to learn more about it, please read this article.
Go to Appearance > Customize and you will see this
TIP: any changes you make in the tabs below will be previewed live on the site which appears in right side of the screen, however to save these chagnes you need to click the Save & Publish button on the top of the bar, if you have made a change but see the button grayed out (for example changed the font size of a heading), move the cursor outside the input box, for example, to the next input box, then the button should be clickable again.
Let’s take a look at the options each tab gives you.
Here you can toggle the social icons on the header.
Here you can create and adding menus to the theme. The theme features two menu locations, one on the header and one on the footer. The footer menu does not support sub menu items. To learn more about menu creation check out the Codex’s menu user guide here.
In this tab you can modify the site’s title, tagline, logo, footer logo and site icon. You can also manipulate the padding above and below the logo image.
Here you can independently modify the blog layout, the category/tag layout and the layout for the rest of your pages. Additionally you can configure the length of the automatic excerpt and choose between numbered and older/newer pagination.
Front Page Carousel
This tab allows you to configure the homepage’s slider. You can toggle its appearance and automatic slide functionality. The images displayed on the slider are featured images pulled from your post, you can select a source post category via the drop down or fill in individual post ids in the text box below if you don’t want entire categories to appear on the slider, to learn how to find an individual post’s ID check this article. You can also limit the number of posts on it, change the effect and adjust the slideshow speed.
Through this tab you can add widgets to the theme’s sidebars. The theme features two sidebars, the Blog Sidebar which appears on all posts & pages that have a sidebar, and the Footer Sidebar which can only display the widget provided by the WP Instagram Widget plugin.
Here you can fill in the URLs to your various social network profiles supported by the theme. These will appear on the header, footer automatically, you can also display them in the post/page sidebar by adding the Theme – Social Icons widget in the blog or page sidebar.
Here you can modify the related posts’ section title.
Customize the theme’s footer toggling the appearance of social icons, credits and the WP Instagram slideshow.
Static Front Page
If you don’t wish to have your latest posts on the front page and wish to display static content using a normal page, or want to use the looks template as your front page, you can do so here. Set the desired page as your static front page and save.
The contact page
For the contact page on the theme’s demo we used a page with the Fullwidth Page template applied to it and pasted in a contact form created with the Contact Form 7 plugin.
Along with WordPress’s widgets we have created 3 custom ones. They are really simple and they let you display various important info around the site.
You will find a small description in each widget detailing its usage.
Formatting the newsletter widget
Most newsletter services provide an HTML form for you to place in a text widget and use in any sidebar. You can apply the theme’s default styling on that form by wrapping it in the div displayed below
<div class="widget_ci_newsletter"> <!–– Replace with form HTML ––> </div>
How to use the page builder template
The theme comes bundled with a page builder template which allows you to use your favorite page builder plugin on it and create unique layouts very easily.
To use that template start by going to Pages > Add New. This will create a new page. Add a title to your page and select the Page builder template from the template drop down in the Page Attributes metabox.
That’s it. You can now start building your page using the page builder of your choice, once done publish it and check it out.
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