Welcome to Pretty Good Blog 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 greater
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 left.
Step 4. It will then ask you to choose the ZIP file for the theme. Navigate to and select the ZIP file for the Pretty Good Blog 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
Pretty Good Blog requires four essential plugins to be installed for some components to work: BlossomThemes Email Newsletter for the Newsletter Section, Customizer Search, and Contact Form 7 for contact forms.
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, the Pretty Good Blog 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 a 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 Presets to change how the background image displays. You can also manually tweak the position of the background image through the arrow options.
Front Page Settings
The front page is what makes or breaks the first impression of a visitor to your website. In Pretty Good Blog, 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, and Editors Pick 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 disable it.
In the Free version, you’re only given one type of banner option — Static/Video CTA Banner. You can choose to disable the option in the Banner Options.
Note: Banner as Slider isn’t available in the free version of the theme.
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 the 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.
- CTA Button Label and Link: Use these options to change the label text and the linked URL of the Call-To-Action buttons of the banner.
Completely removes the banner section.
Blog Posts Section
This section displays all your blog posts. You can rename this section’s heading in the Section Title field.
The newsletter section requires BlossomThemes Email Newsletter plugin to be properly set up.
After you properly set up the newsletter using the plugin, you’ll receive a shortcode which you have to put in the field above.
Follow the below steps to set up a basic newsletter using the plugin, and generate a shortcode for it:
Step 1. Login to your WordPress Admin Panel. Provided you already have the plugin installed, go to BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > Add New in the sidebar menu.
Add the title for your newsletter in the Add Title field.
You can configure various settings for your newsletter in the Field Settings. For now, the default values will do for us.
You can also customize the appearance of the newsletter in the Appearance Settings field.
Step 2. After you’ve tweaked the settings to your liking, click on Publish button on the lower left and copy the shortcode.
Step 3. Go back to your Customizer > Front Page Settings > Newsletter Section. Paste the shortcode you just copied in the field.
And there we have it, our own Newsletter section ready to use!
Adverts are one of the major sources of income for blog websites. With Pretty Good Blog, you’ll be able to conveniently place ads on your homepage and you get to decide how to display those ads.
Go to Front Page Settings > Homepage Advertisement.
The advertisements can be placed by adding new blocks. Blocks can be images, text, headings, lists, etc., or a combination of them; you get to choose how the ads are shown!
For this demonstration, we’ll be placing a simple image as the ad banner.
Step 1. Click on the + icon and choose Image in the dropdown.
Step 2. Upload the image using the Upload button. You can also use existing images from your WordPress media library or you can insert the image from a URL.
Once done, you should be able to see the ad banner image below the Blogs section (by default). You can rearrange the position of the advertisement block using the Sort Menu, which we’ll get to in a bit.
Editor’s Pick Section
This section highlights the ‘cornerstone’ blog posts, posts that deserve to be seen.
You can change the title of the section in the Section Title field.
You can choose which Posts to include in the Editor’s Picks Section through the Select Editors post option.
For this demo, we’ll select four posts for the editor’s section.
You can add entries in the other fields as well, depending on how many posts you want in the Editor’s section.
Save changes and see the effect live in action.
General Settings comprises settings that allow you to tweak several aspects of the Header, improve on-site performance via Performance Settings, edit SEO Settings for your website, and a couple of other miscellaneous 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.
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 icon and button on the header.
- Enable Social Links: Toggle to enable or disable the social link icons/buttons 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.
You can add links for other social media as well using the same process as above. Just Choose what social media link you want to add from the Social Media dropdown. This will determine what icon will be added.
These settings apply to all the Single Posts on your website, which are generally the blog posts.
- Hide Author, Posted Date, Comments, Post Reading Calculation: Enable these settings to hide Author name, Date of Publishing, Comments, and Estimated Reading Calculation on your Single Post pages (blog pages).
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:
- Read Words Per Minute: This value is used to calculate the estimated reading time of the blog post. Requires Hide Post Reading Calculation setting to be disabled.
- 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 breadcrumb/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 plugins.
Pretty Good Blog (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 Pretty Good Blog. 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 Pretty Good Blog. 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 Pretty Good Blog Pro 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 Location Title, Description, Mail Title, your email address, Phone Us heading title, and your phone number.
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.
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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Theme Customization Service
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