Introduction

Thank you for purchasing our product! We are very glad that you have decided on our Epilog WordPress Theme.

This documentation will help you to set up and use the Epilog WordPress Theme. The theme is very easy to use and we are here to guide and help you, so please read and follow the documentation, if there are some other issues you want to discuss then do not hesitate to contact us on support@teslathemes.com. This documentation is more of a reference work if you do not know what to do, or if you are not familiar to WordPress.

Please read the following very carefully as it will help you set the theme up, we have gone through the setup process multiple times and provided the best possible instructions.

We strongly recommend you to use a fresh install of WordPress and integrate your content into the pages according to the documentation. Of course, you can try to implement the theme into your current WordPress, but we will not provide in-depth support for it. The theme has specific settings that may conflict with your current setup of categories, plugins, javascript use, and more.

We wish you good luck in your work with Epilog WordPress Theme, and of course we would love to see your website and what you come up with by using this theme.

The theme is very easy to use and we are here to guide and help you, so please read and follow the instructions and if you have further questions write us a email support@teslathemes.com. This documentation is more of a reference work if you do not know what to do and need a better understanding on how the template is built write us an email.

Note: You can click on small images to zoom in and then move the mouse to the position you need.

Browser and Devices support

Since Epilog is built on Bootstrap 3 framework, it supports the same browsers as Bootstrap.

This template is responsive and should look fine on all standard mobile devices.

browsers

Installing WordPress

To start working with Epilog you need to have WordPress installed on your server (local,dev or production)

Step 1: Download and Extract

Download and unzip the WordPress package from Download Wordpress.

Step 2: Upload

Copy the extracted contents of wordpress zip to the corresponding path of the server. Make sure WP has permissions to write the folder it is located in.

Now when accessing the corresponding URL you should see the following message:

Wp first

Step 3: Edit the Configuration File

Auto Mode: After clicking on "Create a configuration file" then "Let's Go" you will get the configuration page:

Establishing a connection

If the information is correct and everything works fine you will receive:

Successful

If it's successful then skip the "Manual Mode" if not, follow the instructions bellow.

Manual Mode: You can either rename the file wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php on your local machine or on you server (you'll still need to tell WordPress your database information).

Open wp-config.php with a txt editor and enter your database information under the section labeled:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'root');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'root');

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

/** Database Charset to use in creating database tables. */
define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');

/** The Database Collate type. Don't change this if in doubt. */
define('DB_COLLATE', '');

After the information is edited upload the file to the server.

Step 4: Site name and login data

If it's all sparky then you click Run the Install and fill all the lines shown bellow:

Login Information

This being the last step you will see a success message.

Success

Click Log in and now you can proceed to you site. Now you can go to installing your Epilog WordPress Theme.

Installing Theme

To install the Epilog WordPress Theme you will need WordPress v3.6 or newer.

Option A

Follow the steps and upload the Theme's installation zip file through the WordPress admin backend:

  1. Download the theme archive, Epilog.zip
  2. Unzip the theme archive
  3. Find the installation file, epilog.installation.zip
  4. Go to your WP admin – Appearance – Themes – Add New – Upload Theme – Choose file
  5. Upload the epilog.installation.zip file.

upload

Then, when prompted activate the theme.

Note: If you can't get passed the file upload limit and/or if you get an error message mentioning exhausted memory size or something in those lines, you could try to increase that limit by adding to the "wp-config.php" the following line of code:

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M');

Option B

Uploading directly to the Server:

  1. Download the theme archive, Epilog.zip
  2. Unzip the theme archive
  3. Find the installation folder, Epilog
  4. Connect to your server via FTP or any other way that will allow you to explore and upload files directly.
  5. Navigate to your WP Installation Folder/wp-content/themes/
  6. Upload the Epilog folder here.

If everything went well in Option A or B, the theme should appear under Appearance → Themes like shown below:

cover

Then, when prompted activate the theme. Or go to Appearance->Themes and press the Activate button next to the theme.

Now you are ready to customize your theme.

Blog & Front Pages

Create a page that will serve as homepage - In wordpress admin panel under Pages → Add New, name it for example "Front Page Default".

Create a page that will serve as the archive page of blog posts - In wordpress admin panel under Pages → Add New, name it for example "Blog". Make sure that the permalink slug is "blog" only. Also, select "Default Template" as the template used by the page.

Set the front page to display as a static page: - Go to Settings → Reading → A static page (select below) → Front page: → Choose your page from the drop-down menu.

Choose your posts page from the drop-down menu. It should be the "Blog" page we have just created.

Your page should look something like:

home page

Tesla Framework

FW tour

All our themes are powered by Tesla Framework ( Tesla Framework Tour ), a powerful administration tool that comprises all our great features and allows you to easily customize the look and functionality of your theme, without advanced knowledge of programming. It gives you the possibility to customize and manage your theme settings from a dedicated area within your Wordpress Admin. Tesla Framework works smoothly, is intuitive and easy to use, once you install one of our themes you will be able to personalize its logo, site background and color, SEO options, social media networks and more; all from one place.

Our Framework is in continuous development and improvement process, we are working hard to provide you an easy administration tool, and we're guided by the latest UX trends and new technologies.

To personalize your theme you need to follow the instructions below.

Note: Options will vary from theme to theme depending on their features.

General Settings

Use these settings to customize the logo,favicon and insert custom css.

General Options

Site Colors

Use these settings to change available theme colors and background image.

Site colors

SEO & Socials

Choose what social share platforms to be used on single post pages and in footer/header. Also you can insert a tracking code that will be appended in the body of your website.

SEO Social

Additional Options

This section of the framework differs the most from theme to theme. Most of the settings have descriptions or are pretty self explanatory, so please try to play with them before asking for support :) .

Additional Options

Here is an example on the Epilog's 404 error page with the colors corresponding to the image above.

Error 404 Epilog

Here is an example of Related Posts from the Blog Page with the colors corresponding to the image above.

Related Posts Epilog

Typography

On this tab you can pick a color,font and size for text from different sections of the theme.

Typography Info

Subscription

If you use the subscribe for on your project, all incoming data will be showed in thie section.

On this tab you can view / export / clear the list of subscribers. This will work only if you use our subscription widget / shortcode / template.

Subscribers Info

Contact Info

These options tweak your Contact page

Contact Info

Export/Import Options

To clear, export, import options for the settings explained above, go to WP Admin -> Tesla Theme -> Export/Import Options.

Export/Import Options

Clear Options: Restores all the inputs to default values. You will lose all customization made in the theme options tabs.

Import Demo Options: Imports the options predefined by our developers as seen on demo page.

Note: Importing demo options will not make your website look entirely as on our demo. You still need to import demo content and use specific plugins and widgets if theme requires so.

Export Options: Saves the current options to a file. This file can be later used to import options as described below. Useful when migrating to a new server.

Import Options: Loads options from an earlier exported file.

Warning ! Importing or clearing options will erase your theme current settings from Tesla Theme page . Make sure you make a backup first by "Exporting Options".

Import Demo Content

To import the content that is used on our demo page, go to WP Admin -> Tesla Theme -> Import Demo.

Import Demo

Warning ! Importing Demo Content will add posts and media files to your wordpress. It is not recommended to do it if you already have your own content. It would be better if you back up your data before importing the demo content.

Some error may happen due to permissions or repeating media. If the final message is green and successful just ignore them. If it fails or takes longer than 15 min to load please contact our support team and send the WP + FTP credentials.

Theme Updates

Warning ! You will lose all the customizations made in the parent theme if you make this update. Make sure that you work with Child Theme to keep the customizations during updates.

Wordpress will check for updates each hour and our themes will be displayed on the WP's updates page automatically.

To check for updates manually go to WP Admin -> Tesla Theme and at the top click on the Check Updates button. If there are updates, the newest version will be displayed and the "Go to updates page" button will appear, clicking on it will lead you to the Wordpress' updates page.

Theme Updates

Note: Click on View Changelog before updating to see what has been added or changed.

Select the checkbox next to the Tesla Theme and then click on Update Themes

Theme Updates 2

If you get any errors during this process please be sure that WP has permission to write in /wp-content folder.

Contact Form Builder

This feature is not available on all themes.

Tesla Contact Form Builder is meant to give the user as much customizability over the view of the contact forms in the theme as the layout permits.

To create the form go to Forms menu and start building in the first form by default created for you.

Insert an id, email receiver and choose the location where the form should appear (or leave it blank to use the form in a shortcode or widget).

Form Builder

The form will appear automatically in a predefined Location that was choosed in the builder.

Theme Updates 2

Shortcodes

Custom Posts

To ease the process of creating a website our TeslaFramework combines Theme Options, Custom Posts, Shortcodes and Templates.

Most of the custom posts are linked with a shortcode that you can use on any page. Some will need a specific page template to be called on. Others have their own placement and will be used as content for static locations.

The best way to understand and start working with our custom posts and shortcodes is to Import Demo Content and modify it.

Next we will explain each custom post in part. It's parameters and limitations of use. But don't be afraid to experiment.

Note: In the following screens, the colors from WP Admin match the generated content on the frontend.

Latest Posts

[tt_latest_blog_posts sidebar="yes" category="" items=""] shortcode generates Latest Posts section as show below:

shortcode uses the following attributes:

sidebar="yes": Display blog sidebar alongside posts
category="america": Display posts from a specific category
items="6": Number of posts to display

Latest Posts

Page Templates

Templates

This easy to use WP feature will help you create fancy layouts with 2 clicks. When adding a page you can choose from different templates:

  • Default template
  • Blog Template - Grid Layout
  • Blog Template - List Layout
  • Blog Template - Standard Layout
  • Clean Template
  • Simple Grid Layout
  • Simple List Layout
Note: Some page templates may require additional configuration from custom posts and theme options pages.

Page and Post Settings

Page Settings

You can set the following settings for page or blog post as shown above. Some of meta boxes (like Promoboxes, Show/Hide Slider, Show/Hide Sticky Posts) will appear only on Posts Page. Using post/page settings you can:

  • Customize what Posts Slider will show, categories, number of posts, etc.
  • Customize Promo Boxes
  • Custumize Sticky Post Shortcode
  • Choose the position for Sidebar to display it on the right or on the left side, or to display the post without sidebar in full width
  • Choose Header Type (sticky/simple)

Widgets

Epilog has 5 custom widgets:

  • [TeslaThemes] Advertising Widget
  • [TeslaThemes] Author Bio
  • [TeslaThemes] Instagram
  • [TeslaThemes] Instagram Big
  • [TeslaThemes] Facebook Widget
  • [TeslaThemes] Social Widget
  • [TeslaThemes] Popular Posts

Note: Some Widgets may require additional configuration from custom posts and theme options pages.

To place them , go to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and drag the widgets in the footer sidebar area filling the options provided.

Widget AUTHOR BIO

Author Bio

Author Bio Settings

Widget INSTAGRAM

Instagram Widget

Instagram Widget Settings

Widget INSTAGRAM BIG

Instagram Big Widget

Instagram Big Widget Settings

Widget FACEBOOK

Facebook Widget

Facebook Widget Settings

Widget SOCIAL

Social Widget

Social Widget Settings

Widget POPULAR

Popular Widget

Popular Widget Settings