Installation

These are theme installation instructions. Hopefully the steps are clear and simple to understand and implement. It is assumed you have configured your installation of WordPress and are ready to apply a theme. If not, you must do that first. To get help with that please go to the Wordpress Codex to learn how. You might also want to view the posts in the WP Set-Up category on this blog. Installing this theme should be simple and straight forward and will require no editing skills, but there are important steps you must follow to ensure success.

  1. First Download the theme and unzip the package.
  2. Open the master folder, “beastblog-v2-download” in which you will find the following:
    • README-FILE.txt (file)
      This contains the text you are reading now.
    • /beastblog-v2/ (folder)
      This contains the complete theme and images files.
    • /beastblog-v2-plugins/ (folder)
      This contains the supported and recommended plugins.
    • /beastblog-v2-natives/ (folder)
      This contains the theme’s native, editable theme images.
    • /beastblog-v2-original/ (folder)
      This contains style sheets and images for original look.
  3. Open the “beastblog-v2-plugins” folder in which you will find the following:
    • related-posts-readme.txt (file)
    • related-posts.php (file)
    • /wp-gbcf/ (folder)
      Also contains /wp-gbcf_themes/ with contact form style sheets.
    • /sem-bookmark-me/ (folder)
  4. Place the “/beastblog-v2/” folder on your server in the themes directory (/wp-content/themes/). This folder also has a subfolder called “/images/” that contains the theme’s images including favicon, blank masthead images, author photo, and the rest. This images folder must stay in the “/beastblog-v2/” folder. Make the theme files writable by setting their permissions to 666. Do not modify folder permissions (they should stay set to 755). When through editing, for security, set the permissions back to 644.
  5. Place the contents of the “/beastblog-v2-plugins/” folder on your server in the plugins directory (/wp-content/plugins/). The “/wp-gbcf/” folder also has a subfolder called “/wp-gbcf_themes/” that contains the contact form’s theme files. One file, “beastblog-v2.css,” needs to be made writable by setting its permissions to 666. Do not modify folder permissions. When through editing, for security, set the permissions back to 644.
  6. Do not add the other files or folders, especially the “/beastblog-v2-natives/” folder to your server. These are the master images if you want to edit them. The other folder, “/beastblog-v2-original/” is an image collection (and style sheets) for the traditional look of the Beast-Blog v.1.1 theme.
  7. Login to your blog’s admin area and proceed to the “Plugins” page and activate the included plugin(s) you want to use. If none, you can skip this step. If you are going to activate plugins, be sure to read the “configuration” page on this blog as well as the specific info on the plugin(s) you want on the Bookmark Me plugin post, the Related Posts plugin post, and the Contact From plugin post. This is important information.
  8. Now proceed to the “Presentation” page and activate the “Beast-Blog v.2.0″ theme.
  9. Next click on the “Theme Editor” tab on the “Presentation” page and open the “CONFIG-FILE” and do the two minute configuration. To learn more, please check out the “configuration” page on this blog. Save the file. (If doing this on a live site — a re-boot — you might want to edit the “CONFIG-FILE” before uploading it to the server.
  10. Create the necessary pages using the theme template files. Also, if using the contact form, be sure to finish the form’s configuration.
  11. That’s it. Your blog should be operational and styled with the new theme still wearing it’s default colors and images.
  12. To proceed further, using the “Theme Editor” you will want to edit the Stylesheet, the “handheld.css,” modify the theme’s images, and start adding specific content taking note of the following posts:
  13. You may also want to check out these posts on adding posted content to your blog, taking note of the classes and semantic markup methods as described in the following posts:
  14. And here are a couple of other special features worth noting:

Need help? First search this blog for additional support topics, check out this blog’s categories, read the Theme Feedback post (and comments), check out the Support Questions post (and comments), and check out the Frequently Asked Questions. Then, if you’re still stuck, please feel free to contact me. Please note that if you need WordPress-specific support, go to the WordPress Codex or the Support Forums. If you need basic coding support, try Google or consider hiring me.




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