Getting Started

First, thank you for choosing SiteOrigin. We hope that you’ll find oh-so-simple to set up and run your new blog. Dont hesitate to contact support if you get stuck along the way.

This document will guide through the basic steps to getting started with your SiteOrigin theme. Please read it carefully and thoroughly. You’ll be glad you did!

Installation

Installing WordPress

Before you get started, you need WordPress installed on your computer or a remote server. The WordPress codex has a fantastic guide to installing WordPress http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress. I’ve assumed that you’re already familiar with using WordPress as a CMS. You should know how to create pages with content, excerpts and featured images. Here are some guides you can use to get up to speed.

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One of the most common issues people have when trying to install a new theme is their wp-content folder not being writable. You can read more about setting your file permissions here.

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Installing Your Theme

You should have downloaded a zip file from SiteOrigin. This is the theme package. It contains all the files you need to get your new WordPress site looking shiny and new.

Start by logging in to your new WordPress site’s admin. In the side menu, navigate to Appearance > Themes. Click on the Install Themes tab at the top of the page. Underneath the tab you’ll see a few options. Click on Upload. Now choose the zip file from your computer and press Install. After this, you’ll be asked if you want to activate your theme. If you’re ready, go ahead and activate it.

You only need to follow these steps the first time you install a theme. From now on it’ll automatically update using WordPress’ built in update system. Be sure to keep your theme up to date so you can take advantage of all the latest features and fixes.

After you enable your theme, it’s a good idea to enable maintenance mode (which can be used for under construction too). This will prevent people from seeing your work in progress when things are messy.

Permalinks is just another name for Search Engine Friendly URLs. Enable them by going to Settings >  Permalinks in your WordPress admin. Choose a structure that works for you then click save changes.

Next Steps

  1. Customize Your Design