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In order to begin installing Headline News theme, you need a working copy of WordPress installed on your own server (not on wordpress.com).
Extract the zipped package downloaded from ThemeForest to your desktop. In the extracted package you will find "headline-news" folder which is the WordPress theme.
Upload the headline-news folder to your wp-content/themes folder. Login to your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance > Themes. Activate the theme.
If you want sample data (posts, pages, categories, etc) you can import XML sample data in the "sample-data" folder. Go to Tools => Import menu and choose WordPress, in upload field choose the xml file and upload it.
This is the structure of the theme (homepage):
The top of the theme consists of news ticker, date/time info, search form, logo, top menu and main menu.
To manage News Ticker, go to admin » Appearance » Customize » News Ticker (more info)
To manage Header, go to admin » Appearance » Customize » Header (more info)
To manage Main Menu and Top Menu, go to admin » Appearance » Menus (more info)
Below the main menu, there is a section for featured posts/the main slider. To manage Featured Posts, go to admin » Appearance » Customize » Featured Posts & Slider (more info)
The section from Content Blocks to Recent Posts in the picture is the page section. This page is built with the content builder template. To create the page like in the picture, please follow the steps here: How To Create Homepage
To manage All Sidebars and Footer widget area, go to admin » Appearance » Widgets (more info)
To add more custom sidebars, go to admin » Appearance » Theme Options » Sidebar Manager (more info)
To manage Footer text, go to admin » Appearance » Customize » Footer (more info)
IMPORTANT: if you use WordPress 5.0 or newer, please install and activate Classic Editor plugin to make the content builder work.
To create the homepage with content builder, go to Pages » Add New. The page screen will be like this:
After you save the page, you need to set that page as the front page:
If you don't choose a static page as front page, your homepage will only show latest posts.
To create a blog page with blog template, go to Pages » Add New:
To create a new post:
To add a review post, create a standard post and click on the "Enable review on this post". You can add as many rating as you want. Overall rating will be calculated automatically.
The review detail will be shown at the top or bottom in single post. Here is an example of review with percent style:
This theme has 4 widget areas for footer and 2 for sidebar. More sidebars can be added from Theme Options » Sidebar Manager.
You can insert any widgets into each area. To setup widgets, go to Appearance » Widgets and use the drag and drop interface to insert widgets into the desired widget areas.
As an addition to the built-in WordPress widgets, this theme also has custom widgets: Banner (Single), Banner (Multiple), Comments, Contact Form, Contact Info, Facebook, Flickr, Posts, Reviews, Social, Subpages, Twitter, Video.
This widget allows you to show recent comments with an option to show avatar.
This widget allows you to show an ajax contact form. To set email address, subject and success message for the contact form, go to Theme Options » Contact.
This widget allows you to show address, phone, fax and email.
This widget allows you to show a facebook likebox.
This widget allows you to add recent images uploaded to your flickr account. You can customize your Flickr ID, number of photos to show and the display order (latest/random) from the widget settings. To find your Flickr ID, use http://idgettr.com
This widget allows you to show posts with these options:
This widgets allows you to show a list of latest review posts.
This widget allows you to show child pages of current page or any page. You can customize parent page (Enter a Page ID, or leave empty for current page), sort by and exclude page IDs from the widget settings.
This widget allows you to add recent tweets from your twitter account. You can customize your Twitter username, number of updates and the follow text from the widget settings.
To use twitter widget, you need to register your app and insert some API keys into the widget settings.
This widget allows you to show a video and a description. Video can be added from youtube, vimeo or other video sharing sites that provide embed codes. You can customize your video embed code and the description from the widget settings.
Most of frontend settings for this theme can be set from the Theme Customizer. To access the Theme Customizer, go to Appearance » Customize. Theme Customizer allows you to tweak theme's settings and see a preview of those changes in real time.
WordPress already has some settings in the customizer and this theme added more sections: General, Header, Featured Posts, Slider, Blog, Single Post, Footer, Main Color and Category Colors.
When you are done making your changes, press the "Save & Publish" button in the top of the theme customizer.
This section is for Featured Posts customization. If enabled, the Featured Posts will appear on the homepage. Featured Posts come from posts with a user defined tags (default tag is "featured") or sticky posts.
Please note, the post must have a featured image. If the featured image is not found, the post will not show up in the Featured Posts.
This section is for slider setting (the main slider (featured posts) and content builder slider).
This section is for pages that shows a list of posts, like blog, search result, archives (category archives, tag archives, author archives, etc).
You can show/hide these post elements:
And you can also choose to show/hide the post content (excerpt/full) and set the number of words for excerpt.
Please note: for blog templates, please use the settings on page edit screen (meta box).
This section is for single post view. You can choose to show/hide these elements:
Main color is the primary color for this theme, used for links, main menu background, buttons, etc.
You can use the color picker to choose colors.
Beside the Theme Customizer, this theme also comes with Theme Options to customize some more features.
To use Theme Options, go to Appearance » Theme Options.
In this section you can set email address, subject and success message for contact page template and contact form widget.
You can enter your custom scripts (such as Google Analytics or other statistics code) here. It will be inserted before the closing body tag.
When you are done making your changes, press the "Save All Settings" button in the bottom-left of the options panel.
To translate this theme, you can use an application called "PoEdit" and you can download it for FREE here: http://www.poedit.net/. Once you installed it:
id_ID.pofor Indonesian language.
id_ID.powith Poedit and add translations in this file. After this file saved,
id_ID.mofile will be generated. Upload the .mo and .po files into your headline-news/lang folder on your live site.
wp-config.phpand edit the WPLANG definition into:
id_ID with your language code. Languages list can be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_in_Your_Language
If you want to make modifications on this theme, it is recommended to use a child theme. This theme comes with a blank child theme that you can use. In the theme package you can find "headline-news-child" folder. Upload this folder to your wp-content/themes folder, and activate it from the Appearance » Themes page.
Once activated, you can start editing inside this "headline-news-child" folder. This child theme includes 2 files that you can use to override parent theme's style (style.css) and function (functions.php). By using a child theme, you will leave the parent theme unmodified, so when a theme update is available, you can simply replace the parent theme without worry about your modified code. For more info about using child themes, please visit this link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
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Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. No guarantees, but I'll do my best to assist. If you have a more general question relating to the themes on ThemeForest, you might consider visiting the forums and asking your question in the "Item Discussion" section.