Niche Authority Guide


PRODUCT PAGE: https://www.hexater.com/themes/niche-authority/

Theme Demo

Theme demos are provided for a couple of reasons.  First, of course, so you can get an idea of how the theme looks and feels before you purchase.

Secondly, with this user guide and referencing the same demo, you can replicate it on your own domain and website.  Test and try everything out before you start setting things up with your own products, services and/or content; take it for a test drive and see how everything works. 

And, from there, it also gives you a great starting point or framework to add your own content, media, layouts and configurations.

This theme’s demo: http://demos.hexater.com/niche-authority-theme/

Just reference the demo above and follow the instructions below this section.

WordPress Install & Theme Activation

Install the Newest Version of WordPress (see: How to Install WordPress).

How to Install Sample Content

This section is optional.  Sometimes it’s helpful to first set up your new theme to look like our Theme Demo and then modify it per your needs.  To help accomplish that, we provide both the Content and Setup Routine below and an XML file that will import our sample content and media.

If you haven’t already, you’ll find this file to download in your themes admin under the ADMIN MENU > Appearance > Hexater Theme Info.

Here’s how to install the sample content:

  1. ADMIN:  Tools >> Import
    1. WordPress – Click Install Now
    2. WordPress – Run importer
    3. Browse and Choose the XML Content File You Downloaded
    4. Click Upload File & Import
      1. Assign Post to Existing User or Create a New User
      2. Tick the Box: Download and import file attachments
      3. Submit

ImportantThe XML only installs default posts, pages or media with some exceptions.  It does not import content into the customizer, custom posts or other special settings areas (eg, post meta-boxes). 

It also does not automatically configure any other settings, widgets or menus.  You will need to follow the Content and Setup Routine outlined in this doc and add everything not imported by the XML manually.

Warning: sample content should ONLY be imported on a fresh install of WordPress.  It should not be used if you have an existing website, installation of WordPress and previous content.


Theme Customizer Routine

ADMIN: Appearance >> Customize

LIVE PREVIEW: The customizer is an awesome, core feature of WordPress that we take full advantage of in our themes.  As you make changes on the left panel, you can see those changes update and appear in the live preview to the right.

Theme Customizer Steps

The customizer is divided into top level panels.  Each Panel is divided again into sections

PANEL: Logo Settings

  • Logo Placement:  Upload image OR add site title (if you add a strong tag, it’ll show that text red like the demo)

PANEL: Menus

  • Create Two Menus
  • Choose Menu Location – Header (top bar) and Main
  • Add items
  • Change ‘Home’ name to Start Here (to match demo)

PANEL: CTA Area Settings

  • Show/Hide CTA Areas
    • Activate each CTA section individually by ticking the boxes; choose to hide forms you don’t want or need.
  • Header CTA Image
    • Add a new image or click on randomize and click on the suggested image to add it!
    • Add an optional product image – this will change the layout to accommodate.
  • Form Recipient(s)
    • default, your site uses WordPress’ built in function to send an email to you when someone submits a form on your site.  If you choose nothing here, your site admin receives the email; otherwise, you can add any addresses you want here.
  • Form Text
    • Choose text for each of your CTA forms on your site. (html tags are used for bolding and italic)
  • Custom Form Code
    • if you don’t want to use the default WordPress’ email functionality and want to use your own form or autoresponder code, this is where you add it per section.

PANEL: Social Media Settings

  • Follow Us Panel
    • Show the Follow Us Panel (below content/blog), Choose background image, follow us text (the media icons are added via widgets – one widget displays across the site)

PANEL: Banner Settings

  • Add a banner below the home page ‘recent posts’ title.
  • Add a banner below the ‘posts’ titles
  • Add a banner below the ‘pages’ titles

PANEL: Footer Settings

  • Front Page Gallery Category
    • here you can set the category of posts that shows in the footer gallery.  It will display up to 6 posts (latest) from any category you choose. (demo uses gallery category)
  • Footer Bar
    • Copyright (alternate box for those that don’t want to use default formatting)  …also, automatically adds year range if the founded date is earlier year. (eg, 2001-2016)  Defaults to current year. 

PANEL: Choose a Different Color Scheme

  • Choose a different color scheme!

PANEL: Advanced Controls

  • Color Workshop – Here you can change colors individually on the site (works with any scheme). 
    • Palettes are designed to cover the primary, secondary and/or tertiary colors on the site.
  • Custom CSS – quick fix those issues if you have some CSS skill.

PANEL: Widget Areas (only visible if you navigate into the site)

  • Primary Sidebar = Front page and all regular posts/pages/archives etc.
  • Social Media Areas – Add one Social Buttons Bar widget and it will cover the entire site.  It controls the top header bar, follow us section and the footer.

Done with the Customizer… Save & Publish!

Special Note:  on the demo we only show 3 posts on the front page.  This can be changed from the default here:

ADMIN:  Settings >> Reading

  • Blog pages show at most = 3

Recommended Plugins

These are 3rd party plugins not included or baked into the theme, but you’ll see on the demo

YARPP:

Use this plugin to show related posts.

Social Media Feather:

For the social media share buttons, we recommend Social Media Feather. Again, it works well out of the box.  The plugin doesn’t display share counts by default, but they offer a premium plugin that can integrate with this one to provide that feature.

You’ll want to tick Display Share Buttons in settings & before posts.  Then choose the social buttons you want show or hide below.

Notice: We are not affiliated with these plugins or the authors of the plugins in any way.  Any support questions related to their setup and functionality should go to the respective plugins author or companies helpdesk.  Use at your own risk.