This article provides a brief outline of steps you need to take to setup your new Hosted account with the Salient theme.
Be sure to see our general overview for using your Hosted account and logging into WordPress here
Getting On Board
When you first login to WordPress, you will see some default notifications and the Envato Hosted getting started wizard:
Click Let's Start! To run through the wizard. Please note that adding your domain here does NOT point the domain or make your site go live if your domain is already registered somewhere else with an existing site. It only submits a request to update your account and temporary URL. When you are ready to launch your site, you may then update the name servers at your domain host to get your new site to appear when your domain is typed into the browser. (We've linked a guide for that below)
If you are being asked to install plugins on your first login, see the section at the end of this article.
Configure WooCommerce (optional)
When you are ready to get into detailed setup of your shop or products, refer to the WooCommerce documentation suite:
Step 1 - Configure WordPress
- Go to Settings > General
- Enter your site name and tagline (or leave the tagline blank) and click Save.
Step 2 - Load a Pre-Made Design
Next, where you will begin depends on how you signed up for Envato Hosted.
- Before you begin, you'll need to decide if you want to start building your site from scratch, or if you want to start from one of the premade designs. The benefit of starting from scratch is that you have the cleanest results and only the content you have created. When using a demo, you have the benefit of pre-made layouts you can customize to some degree, but will need to delete all the demo pages and posts you won't use later when you're ready to launch.
To load a pre-made design:
- Click on Salient > Demo Importer
- Locate the demo you would like to load and click Import
- Click Yes to confirm
- Wait a few moments
- When complete, the Import button will say Imported.
See Salient: Importing Demo Content for detailed instructions
Step 3 - Configure Theme Options
You can customize most aspects of your theme such as colors, fonts, layout and element visibility through the theme options panel.
- Click on Salient in your admin sidebar.
- Go through each tab to customize the settings where desired.
- Click Save Changes when finished
Common Settings to check are:
- Your Logo set under Header/Navigation
- Your Contact information under Contact
- The Social Icon links set under Social Media
For a detailed walkthrough of Salient's options, please start here: http://themenectar.com/docs/salient/theme-options/introduction/
Step 4 - Customize Your Content
Salient comes with the WP Bakery Page Builder (Visual Composer) which is a grid-based layout builder primarily used in the Page editor (it is NOT a live editor!). Links for where to find quick video tutorials on using Visual Composer are at the end of this article. View Salient's builder documentation here: http://themenectar.com/docs/salient/page-builder-general/
Your home page slider is found under Home Slider or Nectar Slider, depending on the demo you have imported. View our Overview for Customizing slides
When editing Pages or Portfolios designed using Visual Composer, you may edit the content of an element by hovering over it and clicking the pencil icon.
To delete and element, column or container, click the trash can icon
For detailed documentation on Visual Composer and the various elements you can add, see the Visual Composer Tutorials site
Importing Existing Site Content
If you have pre-existing posts or products exported to XML format from another WordPress website, you may import them under Tools > Import.
Important note for those of you migrating or importing content from a site that was not using Salient or a theme using Visual Composer:
Post types like portfolios, testimonials, etc from a different theme will not be visible with Salient activated and will need to be re-created using Salient.
Page layouts created in another theme that used Visual Composer will not look exactly the same but should import fine. If your old theme used a different builder, you will need to recreate your pages using the new theme templates or Visual Composer.
If you had posts such as Events or Products that were created using a plugin on your old site, you need to install those plugins before importing your XML!
For tutorials on Salient, see the Salient tutorials site
You will need to do these things too:
- Customize Menus
- Customizing the Footer
- Getting Started With Contact Form 7
- How to Setup Email for Your Domain
- How to Point your Domain to Your new Site
For support or questions about your theme, you may search our answers or contact us via the green Get Help button in your WordPress admin