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Getting Started

We believe that we done our work to make Overgrowth theme management essential and user-friendly. However some issues depending on end-user skills. By this reason we recommend to follow all steps in the order given below. Also we expecting that end-user will install Irish Miss Overgrowth Theme on brand new WordPress site (blank installation). For more customisation you can contact us by given above email address.


WordPress Requirements

  • PHP 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module (optional for SEO and user-friendly links)
Note: hosting is more secure when PHP applications, like WordPress, are run using your account’s username instead of the server’s default shared username. The most common way nowadays for hosting companies to do this is using suPHP. Just ask your potential host if they run suPHP or something similar.

Things You Need to Do to Install WordPress

  • Checking to ensure that you and your web host have the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
  • Download the latest release of WordPress.
  • Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.
  • Be prepared with a secure password for your Secret Key
  • Print this page out so you have it handy during the installation.

WordPress Installation

Overgrowth Premium Theme can be installed only with WordPress CMS. You can download latest WordPress version from wordpress.org. If you don’t know what is WordPress or have some difficult with WordPress installation, you can try to contact your service provider support. Also you search for eHow-To’s around the internet.

WordPress is well known for its ease of installation. Under most circumstances installing WordPress is a very simple process and takes less than five minutes to complete. Many web hosts now offer tools (e.g. Fantastico) to automatically install WordPress for you. However, if you wish to install WordPress yourself, the following guide will help. Now with Automatic Upgrade, upgrading is even easier.

You can skip this step if WordPress already installed or you can make it yourself.

  1. Download and unzip the WordPress package if you haven’t already.
  2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a  MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
  3. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
  4. Open wp-config.php in a text editor and  fill in your database details as explained in Editing wp-config.php to generate and use your secret key password.
  5. Upload the WordPress files in the desired location on your web server:

    • If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
    • If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g.http://example.com/blog/), create the blog directory on your server and upload WordPress to the directory via FTP.
    • Note: If your FTP client has an option to convert file names to lower case, make sure it’s disabled.
  6. Run the WordPress installation script by accessing wp-admin/install.php in a web browser.

    • If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
    • If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit:http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php

Theme Installation

There are two ways you can install theme on your WordPress website.

  1. Easiest way through WordPress dashboard
  2. Traditional file transfer method via FTP or cPanel

Lets start with 1st method.

Using the Administration Panel (Dashboard)

  • Log in to your WordPress Dashboard (administration panel).
  • Click on Appearance and then Themes.
  • Click Install Themes
  • Here is 5 options in sub-menu (Search, Upload, Featured, Newest, Recently Updated). Click on Upload
  • Browse button appears, click on it and select the .zip format WordPress theme.
  • Click Install Now, and click Preview if you want to check your blog appearance else click Activate.

Adding New Themes Manually (FTP or SFTP)

Note: Before starting this process, make sure you have FTP software, you can get one from FileZilla and also you need to know your FTP logins and path. (Which you can get from your hosting provider or you can create one through cPanel)
  • Download the Theme archive and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files.
  • Using an FTP client to access your host web server, create a directory to save your Theme in the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress. For example, a Theme named Test should be in wp-content/themes/test. Your Theme may provide this directory as part of the archive.
  • Upload the Theme files to the new directory on your host server.
  • Follow the instructions below for selecting the new Theme.

Theme Activation

Once you have uploaded the theme to the correct directory, you can now navigate to WordPress administration dashboard Appearance -> Themes, locate correct theme and activate it. After logging into the WordPress dashboard section, please navigate to Appearances -> Themes. You can see just installed theme.

Here is one more important thing for correct theme actiovation, you have to activate custom plugins that already included into theme. Above theme options you’ll find yellow alert box with notice about plugin activation. Please follow instructions and activate all plugins from the list. You may use “Bulk action”. Also you can install plugins manually from bundle directory.

Congratulations! From now theme is active and available for your visitors. But it’s not all. Now you need to customise your theme by creating custom options and change default branding elements/design. You will be redirected on Theme Options page. Here is a ton of features so read this documentation to the end and you’ll now how to manage your website.

Permissions

Overgrowth theme comes with two options for Image Resizing. “TimThumb” and “Built-In WordPress”. We strongly suggest you use the second options “Built-In WordPress” (default).
 
For both options you will have to grant 777 (0777) permissions to the /cache/ folder located in Overgrowth theme folder (/wp-content/themes/im-startup/cache/). Some servers may not require it and you can use the theme as it is.
 

Creating Menu

Our Theme has 2 custom menu regions. Main Menu (top) – is called “Primary Menu” and bottom menu (secondary) – “Footer Menu” for footer region. To create custom menu, go to Appearance -> Menus in your blog’s dashboard. If you do not see the Appearance menu option, you are not an administrator on the blog.  Now you need create 3 custom menu. To create a custom navigation menu, type in a name for it (only you will see this) and click Create Menu.

Adding Pages and Categories Into Menu

Adding pages / posts / links and categories to your menu is as simple as checking the proper boxes for the pages you wish to add and then clicking button “Add to Menu”.

Here is short video how to manage website navigation.