Welcome to Education Center theme’s documentation page!
This documentation talks about how you can install the theme on your WordPress site, how to customize the theme to suit your needs, and a couple of other things that you’ll need to know to get going.
Recommended Server Requirements
Although having WordPress installed in your server is enough to install the theme, we recommend that your server meets the following versions:
- PHP version 7.0 or greater.
- WordPress version 5.1 or greaterpp
Installing The Theme
Installing the theme is quite straightforward.
Download and save the ZIP file containing all the theme files. We’ll be using it later on.
Step 1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and head over to Appearance > Themes.
Step 2. Inside Themes, click on Add New (plus icon).
Step 3. Click on Upload Theme located near the top right.
Step 4. It will then ask you to choose the ZIP file for the theme. Navigate to and select the ZIP file for Education Center theme that you downloaded earlier. Once done, click on Install Now.
Step 5. Click on the Activate button after the theme installation finishes.
That’s pretty much it! Reload your website to see the gorgeous theme in action!
Installing Recommended Plugins
Education Center Theme requires five essential plugins to be installed for some components to work: BlossomThemes Email Newsletter for the Newsletter Section, Contact Form 7 for contact forms, One Click Demo Import, Tutor LMS and WooCommerce.
To install the plugins, follow the following steps:
Step 1. Go to your WordPress Dashboard. Head over to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
Step 2. On the top it displays a notice, asking you to install the recommended plugins. Click on Begin Installing Plugins.
Step 3. Select all the plugins and choose Install from the dropdown menu. Hit Apply.
Step 4. Head over to the Installed Plugins page once again. Select all the plugins, choose ‘Activate’ in the dropdown, and click on Apply as shown below.
That’s it. The plugins are now installed, activated, and ready to use. You’re all set!
Configuring The Theme
Now that you have the theme successfully installed, time to tweak the customization settings to make it your own!
As with all the other themes from GLThemes, Education Center theme comes with tons of customization features to truly give you full control over the look of your website.
We’ll be exploring various customization options available in the theme’s customizer in this section.
Site Identity Options
While inside the customizer, navigate to Site Identity to edit settings such as Header title and tagline, add a (optional) logo, and add site icon (optional).
Inside Site Identity, you can add a logo via the Select Logo option, change your site’s title in the Site Title option, change the tagline in the Tagline option, and add a site icon in the Select Site Icon option.
You’ll be able to see the live preview as you edit the options.
Change Basic Appearance Settings
You can change the basic appearance of your website through the Appearance Settings option inside the customizer as shown below.
While inside the Appearance Settings option, you can change the Colors and Background Image in their respective settings.
Change Website Colors
While inside Appearance Settings, go to Colors.
Available Color Options:
- Header Text Color: Color for the header title and subtitle.
- Background Color: The color of the hindmost background. Color changed for visibility. Default is #FFFFFF(white).
Change Background Image
You can add or change the background image of the whole website through Background Image settings inside Appearance Settings. By default, no background image is set.
Click on Select Image and upload the image file to the uploader. After uploading the image, you can choose various Preset to change how the background image displays.
Front Page Settings
The front page is what makes or breaks the first impression of a visitor to your website. In Education Center theme, you’ve given numerous options to tweak and customize various sections of the front page.
The Front Page includes the following sections: Banner Section, Blog Posts Section, Newsletter Section, Homepage Advertisement, Editors Pick Section, Instagram Section
To start customizing the front page, go to Front Page Settings while inside the customizer.
Inside the Banner Section, you can choose either the Static CTA Banner or Banner as Slider.
In the Free version, you’re given two types of banner options — Static/Video CTA Banner and Banner as Slider. You can choose to disable the option in the Banner Options.
This banner type includes an image or a video as the background banner, banner heading, banner subheading, and Call-To-Action (CTA) buttons.
- Header Video: You can upload a video to use as the background video for the banner. Alternatively, you can also enter a URL for a YouTube video in the given field.
- Header Image: This is the background image for the banner. Try to use the recommended image size of 1920×760 pixels for best results. Optimized, small-size images are highly suggested because of their impact on site performance.
- Title and Description: Title is the main heading of the banner while Description is the subheading.
This banner type uses your posts and their content as a slider/carousel.
- Slider Content Style: You can set the slider to use Latest posts, posts from a specific Category, or you can add your own custom pages to display.
If you select Latest Posts, you can set how many posts to cycle through by specifying the number in the Number of Slides slider menu.
If you select Category, you can choose what category of posts to choose from from the Slider Category dropdown menu.
If you choose Pages option, you can add your own pages to cycle through via the Add New Pages button.
- Button Label: Change the button label in the front of the banner.
- Slider Auto: Enable to automatically scroll through the available slider pages/posts. Disable to require user button press to change the slider page.
- Slider Loop: Enable to infinitely cycle through the slider pages via looping. Disable to stop the slider as soon as it hits the last slider page.
- Slider Animation: Choose among 29 different slider animations. Default is Slide.
- Slider Speed: Specify how often the slider changes automatically (in miliseconds). Only effective if Slide Auto option is enabled. Default value is 5000.
Completely removes the banner section.
This section is where you can add a banner with an image accompanied by a short description. Extremely useful to highlight new offers, courses, or just about anything that you want your visitors to know first and foremost.
- Enable Banner Box Section: Toggle to enable or disable the section. Disabling will cause the other customization options for this section to be inaccessible.
- Add New Icon Text: This option allows you to add an icon image and a text for the banner. Click on Add New Icon Text button and it should gain you access to the following sub-settings.
Here you can upload an icon image of your choice as well as the title and short description for the banner.
This section is where you can add a short description of your company with an image.
- Enable About Us section: Toggle to enable or disable this section.
- Section Title, Subtitle, Description and View Button Options: This is where you can change the title, subtitle and description and description for the About Us section, which will be reflected in the banner. Moreover, you can add a link and a text to the “View More” button to direct your visitors to a relevant link.
- Upload an Image: You can change the image that you want to show in the About Us section from here.
Counters allow you to display certain quantitative figures in a banner-like fashion. The counter will “count down” from 0 to the number you set.
Go to Front Page Settings >Counter Section to begin setting up and customizing this section.
- Enable Counter Section: You can choose to enable or disable this section by toggling this button.
- Add New Counter: This is where you can add new counters that you wish to be displayed. Click on Add New Counter button.
It will then ask you to customize the counter you just added.
Enter Number is where you add the number you wish to display. If the number is large, it’s a good idea to enter just the first two digits of the number because you can add a suffix (such as “K” for thousand) in the Enter suffix field.
Enter the title for your counter in the Enter Title field. It will be displayed right below the number.
Enter suffix, as mentioned earlier, is where you can add the suffix for huge numbers. It can be numbers like “K” or “M” or symbols like “$”.
Here’s an example of the counter settings and how it looks in the actual section:
Course Features Section
As a theme for educational websites, we think having a section like “Course Features” really makes it convenient to include relevant information on the homepage for your visitors to see.
- Enable Course Feature Section: Toggle to enable or disable this section on the front page.
- Section Title and Subtitle: Set or change the title and the subtitle of the course here.
- Add new feature: To add features for your course, click the “Add new feature” button and it should open up a new panel of options like the one below.
You can add an image for the feature, enter a title and a description of the feature you want to include. Here’s an example:
- Upload an Image: Upload or change the image for the whole banner.
Piece everything together, and the section should typically look like this:
CTA (Call-To-Action) Section
CTA section allows you to include important links and details for your visitors and prompt action from them. This, in turn, helps generate more leads.
- Enable CTA Section: Toggle to enable or disable this section.
- Section Title, Subtitle, Background Image, and Button Options: Here you can change or set the section’s title and subtitle, upload a background image (the default blue background is used if you don’t upload one), and edit the CTA button’s label and link.
This is what a typical CTA Section looks like:
Featured Courses Section
This section is where you can place information about the courses your institution provides.
Education Center theme requires Tutor LMS Plugin for this section to work properly. If you’re unsure about how to install the necessary plugins, please refer to this part of the documentation.
How to set up Tutor LMS
Tutor LMS is one of the popular LMS (Learning Management System) WordPress plugins out there. This plugin makes it extremely trivial to manage courses, registrations, quizzes, QnA, and essentially anything an educational institution would need to provide to its visitors.
Follow the steps below to set up a custom course for your website using Tutor LMS plugin:
Step 1. Go to your WordPress Dashboard and to Tutor LMS tab on the left sidebar.
Step 2. Click on Add New button. On the very next page, you’ll be prompted to enter details about your course. Let’s go through each of the options.
- Course Title: The title for your course.
- Permalink: The actual URL that directs to the course page. You can modify it to your own custom permalink.
- Description: This is where you provide details about the course you’re offering. This will be visible inside the course page.
- General Settings: Here you can input the number of maximum studens who can enroll in the course, the difficulty level of the course, an excerpt which is a brief description of the course (visible inside the course page), and set the author/instructor(s) of the course. Refer to this section to learn how to add new authors/instructors.
- Course Builder: Click on Add New Topic to add topics to your course.
You’ll be asked to enter the title and summary of the topic.
After entering all the fields, click on the Add Topic button again to finalize adding the topic.
- Additional Details: Here you can add the course duration (in hours, minutes, seconds), the benefits that the enrolled students can expect after completing the course, the requirements and the target audience for your course. All of these details will be displayed on the course page.
- Course Intro Video: If your course has an intro video that you want to include, you can optionally do so via this option.
Over on to the right sidebar are some important options to customize.
You can add your course to predefined categories, add tags that are related to the nature of your course, tweak Tutor settings such as the audience of the course and whether to enable or disable QnA, and most importantly, you can add a Featured Image for your course which will act as a thumbnail.
Step 3. Once everything’s set up, click on the Publish button to publish your course to your website.
That’s pretty much it! You will now see your course enlisted on the homepage in the Featured Courses section.
There are other customization options for the Featured Courses section; let’s briefly explore them.
Section Title is, as the name suggests, the title of the section as can be seen in the image above.
Section Subtitle is the blue text right above the title.
Button Label is the text for the button.
Instructors Section is a carousel showcasing the instructors of the courses offered.
How To Add A New Instructor:
To add a new instructor/author, kindly follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to your WordPress Dashboard and then into the Users tab in the left sidebar.
Step 2. Click on the Add New button to add a new user (instructor).
Step 3. Fill in the required details in the fields.
Step 4. Click on Add New to finish creating and adding the user. An email about their account creation will automatically be sent to the email address.
Once the user logs in, they can change customize their profile through the Users > Profile tab.
- Enable Instuctor Section: Toggle to enable or disable this section
- Section Title and Subtitle: Change the section’s heading and subheading.
- Number of Instructors to show: Change to set the number of instructors to show on this section. If the number is set higher than the current numbers of instructions, it will repeat the existing instructors.
After everything is set up, here’s what the section looks like:
Video Block Section
- Enable Video Block Section: Toggle to enable or disable this section.
- Section Title, Content and Video Link: Change the title, description and the video link for the video to use in this section. If you leave the Video Link blank, it will use the default placeholder image background (see the image above).
Blog Posts Section
A section where your blog posts are displayed.
- Enable Blog Section: Toggle to enable or disable this section.
- Section Title, Subtitle and ReadMore text: You can change the heading, subheading and the text for the Read More button here.
And this is what the section looks like, after making all the necessary changes.
General Settings comprises settings that allow you to tweak several aspects of the Top Bar, Header, edit SEO Settings for your website, and a couple of Post-Page settings.
We’ll go through each setting and sub-settings inside the General Settings of the customizer and explain what the setting does, how it impacts your website, and where you can see the changes take place.
TopBar Settings is where you can change the settings of the topmost bar of your website, most commonly used for offer notifications. Most of the settings are mostly preferences and are localized, meaning they don’t majorly impact the whole website.
- Enable TopBar: Toggle to enable or disable the topbar.
- Notification Text, Button Label and Button Link: Here you can change the text displayed on the topbar, and the button label and link.
Header Settings is where you can change the settings of the header of your website. Most of the settings are mostly preferences and are localized, meaning they don’t majorly impact the whole website.
- Enable Search: Toggle to enable or disable the search button in the header.
Search button enabled:
- Transparent Header: Toggle to make the header 100% transparent or opaque.
- Contact Details and Button Settings: You can set or modify the contact details shown on the header through these settings. You can also change what text the buttons on the header hold and their links.
- Enable Social Links: Toggle to enable or disable the social link icons and links on the header.
- Social Links: This option is where you can add, remove and customize the social links present on the header. This option is only effective if you have Enable Social Links turned on.
To add a new link, click on the Add new links button.
For this demo, let’s set up 3 social media links for the header — Facebook Link, Twitter Link, and Instagram Link.
For the first link i.e, the Facebook link, choose “facebook” from the Social Media dropdown menu.
Add the link to your Facebook profile in the Link field.
The steps for the other two links are quite similar. Here’s the end result:
Click on Publish and you’ll be able to see the changes in the header.
These settings apply to all the Single Posts on your website, which are generally blog posts.
- Hide Author, Posted Date, Post Views: Enable these settings to hide Author name, Date of Publishing, and number of views on your Single Page Posts (blog posts).
This is what the blog post looks like before turning on these settings.
After turning on each of those settings, this is what the same page looks like:
- Related Posts Section Title: You change the Related Posts heading displayed at the end of each blog post by editing this setting.
By default, the text is set to “You might also like”:
SEO Settings contain a few basic settings for the inner pages/blog posts, that have an effect on the SEO of the website.
- Enable Breadcrumb: Toggle to enable or disable breacrumb/directory path inside single posts.
- Breadcrumb Home Text: Allows you to change the text for the “Home” link in the breadcrumb. Requires Breadcrumb to be toggled on.
Layouts are essentially how the components are displayed in a particular section or theme component — their positioning, colors. size, etc.
Consider them as themes or presets for theme sections. With different layouts, you can fully revamp and change the look of Headers, Footers, Single Posts, and so forth without having to add any code or use any plugin.
Education Center theme (Free) only comes with layouts for Sidebars. You can always upgrade to the Pro version of the theme for more layout options such as Header, Sliders, Archive and Pagination.
To start customizing layouts, head over to Layout Settings inside the customizer.
Note: Only Sidebar Layouts are customizable in the free version of the theme.
There are 3 layouts for Pages in Education Center theme. Pages include any page you create through the Admin Panel or the template pages created by us such as Contact Page, Testimonial Page, etc.
We’ll mark each layout numerically from top-right-down as you see on the screenshot above.
- Page Sidebar Layout #1: Sidebar completely disabled.
- Page Sidebar Layout #2: Sidebar on the left side of the page.
- Page Sidebar Layout #3: Sidebar on the right side of the page.
There are 3 layouts for Posts in Education Center theme. Posts include any Post you create through the Admin Panel which is generally a blog post.
We’ll mark each layout numerically from top-right-down as you see on the screenshot above.
- Post Sidebar Layout #1: Sidebar completely disabled.
- Post Sidebar Layout #2: Sidebar on the left side of the page.
- Post Sidebar Layout #3: Sidebar on the right side of the page.
How To Create A Page in WordPress
Creating pages in WordPress is a simple process. Pages can be fully custom or you can create a page with premade templates.
Follow the steps below to create a simple new page for your website:
Step 1. Log in to your WordPress Admin Panel. Go to the Pages option located in the left sidebar.
Step 2. Click on Add New at the top. You should have a screen that looks like this:
You can add titles, paragraphs, and many other blocks through the editor. For now, let’s create a basic page titled “My First Page” and a dummy text for the paragraph.
Step 3. Click on Publish button located on the righthand side bar.
That’s pretty much it. We’ve created a page titled “My First Page”.
Here’s what the page looks like:
You can add different blocks, headings, and media files via the + button in the editor.
Set Up and Configure Contact Page
Let’s create a Contact page for your website from a ready-made template that comes with Education Center theme.
Step 1. Create a new page by following the steps described above.
Step 2. While inside the page editor, locate the Template dropdown selector menu on the righthand side, and choose Contact page.
Step 3. You can configure other settings such as adding an Excerpt or setting the Featured Image for the page. For this demo, we’ll keep the default values. Click on Publish and then click on View Page to visit your newly created page. Here’s what it should look like:
Time to configure the theme!
Step 4. Go to your Customizer and head over to Contact Page Settings to begin customizing your newly created Contact page.
- Contact Details Section: Here you can change the text for Section Title, Subtitle, Location Title, Description, Mail Title, your email address, Phone Us heading title, your phone number, and details about your hours of operation.
Ensure that the changes are reflected on the Contact Us page by publishing the changes and refreshing the page.
As expected, we can see the changes on the page.
- Google Map Section: You can embed Google Maps of your location via this section. You can always disable this section by toggling the Google Map Settings button off.
To add a new embed for your location, go to Google Maps and enter your location. For this demo, we’ll input the following address: Empire State Building, West 34th Street, New York, NY, USA
Click on the Share button.
And on the Share page, go to Embed a Map tab. Copy the link shown.
Go back to your Contact Page Settings, and enter the embed code you just copied in the Embedded Google Map field.
Refresh the page to see the changes.
- Contact Form Section: Contact forms are essential components of a Contact page. You can add a contact form to your page by creating and configuring a form in Contact Form 7, which is a plugin we’ll use. If you don’t have the plugin installed, please refer to Installing Recommended Plugins section to learn how to install it.
You can change the form title in the Contact Form Title field. For this demo, we’ll keep it as it is.
To get a shortcode for a form configured in Contact Form 7, follow the steps below:
Note: You must have the Contact Form 7 plugin installed.
Step 1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and go to Contact page from the sidebar.
Step 2. Click on Add New to add a new contact form. Enter your form title in the given field.
Step 3. You can configure the form as you please, but for now we’ll use the default template.
Step 4. Configure the Mail settings to make sure the contact form is fully functional and sends mail to the right email address.
You can configure other settings for the form as well. For now, this will do for us. Hit the Save button.
Step 5. Copy the shortcode shown on the top.
Go back to the Contact Us Form settings, and paste the code in the Contact Form Shortcode field as shown below.
Hit Publish and refresh the Contact Us page to see the changes in action.
WooCommerce is a powerful WordPress plugin to easily create all the essentials an eCommerce store needs — product catalogs, checkout page, site-wide announcements, etc.
Education Center seamlessly integrates with WooCommerce and makes it a breeze to sell courses and products online.
If you’ve never used WooCommerce before, you’ll first need to know how to set up WooCommerce for your WordPress website. Follow this official guide by the folks from WooCommerce to know how to set up WooCommerce and add products.
Adding Products To Your Store:
Although their official guide (link above) shows how to add products to your store, here’s a quick recap on how to do it:
Step 1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard and go to the Products section from the left sidebar.
Step 2. Click on the Add New button to add a new product. You’ll see a screen similar to the following:
Step 3. Give your product a name, and tweak the settings to your liking. For demonstration purposes, we’ll set up a product named “Product #2”.
Step 4. After everything’s done, hit the Publish button on the left to successfully publish the product to your store. ‘
Go to yourwebsite.com/shop (replace yourwebsite with your website’s URL) to see the store page in action. In our case, we’ve added a total of three products, and here’s what it looks like:
Customization Options for WooCommerce:
The theme has a couple of WooCommerce options that you can customize to your liking.
- Store Notice: A site-wide notice text for your visitors. Make sure the Enable store notice checkbox is ticked.
After enabling store notice, here’s what it looks like:
- Product Catalog: This section offers a host of options to sort the products at your shop page (accessible by default from yourwebsite.com/shop).
- Product Images: Here you can tweak settings related to the images of the product and the thumbnails. By default the values are set to 600×600 pixels.
- Checkout Page Settings: Make changes to the checkout page for your store (accessible from yourwebsite.com/checkout by default) from here.
Recommended Image Sizes
Image sizes can impact the performance of your website, which is why we suggest you use the following sizes for images on the website (in pixels):
- Featured Video Section (1st Post): 648px * 581px
- Featured Video Section (2nd to 5th Post): 317px * 287px
- Featured Posts Section: 718px * 487px
- Latest Post Images (1st and 2nd post): 693px * 464px
- Latest Post Images (3rd to 5th post): 446px * 293px
If you have any issues about how to install the theme, set up the pages, or customize the website elements, please submit an inquiry ticket at the Support page. You can also directly mail us at [email protected]
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