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There is 2 ways to install a WordPress theme:
Via the WordPress dashboard
Click on Appearance->Themes and then on the Add New button at the top of the screen.
On the next page, click the Upload Theme button at the top of the screen, and select the zip file containing the theme.
If you have an FTP access to your server, simply upload the theme folder ( not zipped ) in the folder wp-content/themes/.
Step 1: Installing recommended plugins
Mikan works best with some plugins, they are not required, but we highly recommend you to install them.
- Photography Core: This plugin will create the custom post types collections/folders and also let you use very useful Gutenberg Blocks to actually display them. If you have to install only one plugin, it should be this one ( assuming you are a photographer ).
- WP/LR Sync: If you want to keep your WordPress automatically synced with your WordPress, this is by far the best way to do so.
- Meow Gallery: For beautiful images galleries.
- Meow Lightbox: To get a better view of these images.
From there, you are basically ready to go if you only want the regular blog features. If you are a photographer though, follow the next steps.
Step 2: Create your first collection
First of all, at this point you need to have the Photography Core plugin installed.
If you have it, let’s start by creating your first Collection.
A collection is a custom post type that represents a group of images, we use the same terminology as Lightroom.
To create a Collection, from the dashboard, in the left sidebar click on Collections->Add New.
Step 3: Create your first folder
A folder is a taxonomy for collections, well, if you prefer, folders are categories for collections, and they work exactly like categories for regular posts.
To create one, from the Dashboard, put your mouse over Collections and click on Folders, on the next page, you can simply add a folder, edit previously created folders and organize them.
Step 4: Display these collections and folders
After creating collections and organizing them into folders, it’s time to actually create a page to display them on your website.
There is 2 ways to do this.
Via the Portfolio Page Template
This is the fastest way, simply create a new page, and select the “Portfolio Page” template.
Via the Meow Blocks
With the Photography Core comes a few Gutenberg blocks that let you display your collections or folders. In any page, simply add the blocks:
- Collections (MeowApps)
- Folders (MeowApps)
- Keywords (MeowApps)
Using the Customizer
All MeowApps themes use only the native WordPress customizer for their options. Mikan is no exception.
To open the customizer, from the dashboard click on Appearance->Customizer.
From there, all the theme options are in the “Theme Settings” panel.
In the next sections, we will have a more in-depth look at some of these settings.
Custom Logo / Initials
One of the first things you will probably want to change is the logo or the initials at the top. It’s very easy with the customizer.
First, open the customizer ( see previous section ), and go in the Site Identity panel. From there you will see a field to upload a logo, and another field to change the initials.
Change the Layout
If you want to have a large sidebar, in the Customizer click on the Theme Settings panel, then on Layout and change the Menu Layout option.
Change the Fonts
If you want to change the different fonts used on your website, we recommend you to install the plugin Easy Google Fonts.
How to Ask for Help
MeowApps is commited to make their customers happy, if you have any issue or questions or ideas for us to improve, please contact us via the contact form on our website https://meowapps.com.