Masterstudy Documentation

Introduction

Masterstudy - Education Center WordPress Theme

A short guide and general information to help you get to know your new theme.

Above all, We would like to thank you for purchasing this theme, your contribution is very much appreciated.


This document covers the installation and use of this theme and reveals answers to common problems and issues - We encourage you to read this document thoroughly if you are experiencing any difficulties. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this document, feel free to pose them in the dedicated support forum.

Getting Started

Installation of the theme

Installation of the theme

To install this theme you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. For information regarding the installing of the WordPress platform, please see the WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

Installation

When you are ready to install a theme, you must first upload the theme files and then activate the theme itself. The theme files can be uploaded in two ways:
FTP Upload - Using your FTP client, upload the non-zipped theme folder into the /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server
WordPress Upload - Navigate to Appearance -> Add New Themes -> Upload. Go to browse, and select the zipped theme folder. Hit “Install Now” and the theme will be uploaded and installed.
Some webservers have a limitation for the maximum allowed size of files being uploaded to them and that value may be exceeded by the theme file. If that is the case you can receive an error that states: The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini. or Are you sure you want to do this? Please try again. If you get any of these errors please increase the values of upload_max_filesize and post_max_size directives in your php.ini file to 20M or follow the Installation via FTP section described above.
Once the theme is uploaded, you need to activate it. Go to Appearance -> Themes and activate your chosen theme.
After that you need to activate the pre-installed plugins:
1. WPBakery Visual Composer
2. WooCommerce (for online shop)
3. Revolution Slider
4. Contact Form 7
5. Breadcrumb NavXT
All the plugins which are not free come under our Extended License, so you don’t need to pay for their license to use them. Some of them might have messages requiring activation, but they are already activated on our side. No purchase code needed. When using them under our license you will need to wait for the plugin updates in our regular theme updates. If you want to be able to auto update them from wp-admin, you will need to buy your own personal license for that.

Setting up the Homepage

Setting up the Homepage

To set up the homepage you must create a new page, you can do so by navigating to Pages > Add New. The title for this page can be up to your liking. Under Settings > Reading please setup the new Homepage.
Actually you can set any page to be your homepage. Once it’s created you can compose your homepage layout. The design layout is created under Bootstrap framework which is split into 12 columns grid. Each widget has its own maximum and minimum widths, so depending on that you can work out the layout for each page.
As you can see the homepage just like any the page is now 100% constructible out of the modules we have in Visual Composer. The homepage can be created by any element in Visual Composer.
To view the short manual on how to use the Visual Composer, please follow this link:
http://codecanyon.net/item/visual-composer-page-builder-for-wordpress/full_screen_preview/242431
The detailed documentation of Visual Composer can be found in main ZIP archive under ‘manual’ folder.

Theme Features

Theme Options

Theme Options

WordPress Customize allows you to regulate the general settings of the website. In WordPress menu go to Appearance > Customize
Site title & tagline: That’s pretty obvious, you can name your site here.
Navigation: You can choose the menu to display in the top from precreated sets in wp-menu
Widgets: You can set up the widgets into the precreated areas. You can do the same later Appearance > Widgets
Static Front Page: Choose the Homepage and the Blog from the list of created Pages to assign their functions. You can do the same later under Settings > Reading
Redux Framework: For additional theme settings we use Redux framework. So all general settings can be setup after clicking on Theme Options in WordPress Panel:
Using Redux framework you can easily change:
- Logo
- Favicon
- Header area
- Typography
- Setup sidebars for Custom Post types
- Social media profiles
- Mailchimp subscription
- Footer area
- Demo Content upload

How to set up the sidebar

How to set up the sidebar

In this theme we paid special attention to Sidebars for your biggest convenience and on multiple previous requests.
We have two types of sidebar: shop sidebar and blog sidebar, either of them can be positioned on the left or on the right based on your selection in the Customize section.
Now how it works.
There are default sidebars set up as usual under Appearance - > Widgets as well.
That’s how it is going to look by default. In addition to that, you can add any element you want for a specific page, in this case you will need to go here:
Edit or create a new sidebar, and add any sections you need by means of VisualComposer
Shop sidebar is a little more complicated. If you need to add only woocommerce widgets – you can use the Appearance -> Widgets to set it up. If you need any VC elements in addition to that – you can edit shop sidebar under Sidebars above or below the Widgetsized sidebar element.

Adding Images to Revolution slider

Adding Images to Revolution slider

You will need to upload various images to the Revolution slider. You can add items from Revolution Slider plugin in the WordPress backend. When you go there first you need to create the new Slider, and add new slides.
More detailed manual you can find in the downloaded Manual folder “Revolution Slider”.

Menus

Menus

There is only one navigation on the site – in the top, so you can adjust it under Appearance - > Menus
This is standard Wordpress functionality, you can choose from the pages, post categories, or custom links.

Content

Setting up Content Pages and Posts

Setting up Content Pages and Posts

All pages can be created as simple content pages or built by means of Visual Composer page builder. You will need to first set up the page and then add and set up content blocks. Just add a row and add the modules to row from the Visual Composer dashboard.
Now you can choose how to compose your template. Add Content modules, Testimonials, etc. You have everything to realize your imagination.
We have also included extension packages for Visual Composer. You can use them free.
Just pick the module you like and add it to the row. Then you can edit it.
You can also edit the row background, add video or parallax images to the background. Just click on Row edit icon and you will see the options & features, which are available for this row.
Custom added shortcodes in our theme are on a separate tab:
Besides this, each page contains these options which include header color or background image, title fonts and colors, breadcrumbs and button settings:

Blog page

Blog page

The Blog page is a usual blog, formed from the posts which belong to categories created by you, which have tags and featured images that show in the post listings on the blog page. The blog page can have the sidebar on the left, right or no sidebar, and the contents of the sidebar, as described above, are set under the Appearance > Widgets. Blogs can be posted by someone who has the access to the backend of the site with admin or author role. Anyway that person will be able to log into the WordPress panel and have a user profile.
Default blog layout is grid layout and once you set up an empty page in the theme setting where it is said blog, it will show posts in grid layout.
If you want to have List layout, you will need to create a page and set a template for it named Blog-list.

Gallery

Gallery

Galleries are created as another custom post type called Projects. It has Categories that can be ordered as needed. Here you create just single gallery photo.
All the content of Gallery page can be built by means of Visual Composer on the Gallery page.
So basically, you create an individual post describing for each photo in your gallery. After that you go to the Pages > Add new
On the new page you should insert Gallery Grid shortcode from Visual Composer.
After that you can have an option go make your gallery view Masonry or Standard grid (by default):

Courses

Courses

Courses are built on WooCommerce Products. To create a course you need to add a Product:
For each course you can specify the Category, add Course name and Description. For the Description we use standard Content area with Visual Composer, where you can insert any shortcode you would like to display.
Moreover, you can add the course image or image gallery:
For the Content area – if you want to add a Course plan, Course sections or Course lessons overview, just insert the Course Lessons shortcode:
After you insert it, you have the option to add a lesson into the Course section:
After you add a Lesson, it has addional options:
Once you complete the Course description, go to the Product Data to specify the Price:
If it’s a Free course, you just put 0 for Regular Price.
If you have limited seatings in classes, you should go to Inventory tab specify Stock Qty.
After that you can specify the Course Details information and assign a Teacher of that Course.

Content import in one click

Content import in one click

Don’t know where to start on building up your site? We have created an option for you to recreate our theme demo site in just one click. You should just go to Theme Options - > Demo Importer and click the import button.

WooCommerce shop

WooCommerce shop

WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress. Now you can have a shop with all e-commerce features on WordPress.
Before you start adding products, please go through the WooCommerce plugin settings and specify everything you need for your site.
Go to WooCommerce > Settings > Products > Display
Specify the Single Product Image and Thumbnails sizes:
Adding the products: You can easily add new products via Products > Add Product
Just specify all details with the description and shipping details. For a single product you can upload several photos in Product Gallery. More information about the WooCommerce features you can find here:
http://docs.woothemes.com/documentation/plugins/woocommerce/getting-started/

Testimonials

Testimonials

In order that you could create testimonials in one place and then use all over the site, just inserting a VC element, we have created custom posts.
Each testimonial is a simple post

Update the theme

Update the theme

There are 3 methods to update our wordpress themes to newer version. These new updates are essential if you want to have a bug free website as we give new features and improvements to the theme over time. Some of these updates might be needed in order to make the theme compatible with wordpress newer versions. There is no risk on losing your settings and pages. However if you have done modifications on core theme files, then they will be lost, so you should back up those files.
After upgrading the theme, you can update extra plugins via Appearance -> Install Plugins.

Update Through Wordpress Admin Panel (Envato Extension)

It's possible to update the theme easily via Dashboard -> Updates, after entering correct API credentials via Theme Options -> One Click Update:
  • Envato Username - your ThemeForest (or Envato) username (i.e. Stylemixthemes).
  • Envato API Key - secret API key you have on ThemeForest. You can create a new one under the Settings > API Keys section of your profile.

Update Through Wordpress Admin Panel (using extra plugin)

  • For this method you should first install Theme Upgrades Tool (http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-theme-and-plugin-upgrades/)
  • Unzip the file you just downloaded from ThemeForest and locate the WordPress Theme.
  • Click on Appearance > Themes in your Dashboard. Still within the Themes section, on header tab, click on Add New, then on header second tab click Upload Theme.
  • Click Browse… and locate the new theme file.
  • In the Upgrade existing theme? Option choose Yes from the dropdown list.
  • Click Install Now and Activate the theme.

Updating using a FTP software

  • Login into your Themeforest account and go to downloads (Dashboard > Downloads)
  • Download the theme into your computer
  • Install an FTP program (Filezilla is free) Retrieve your FTP login information from your hosting admin panel and login into your hosting via FTP
  • Unzip the item main file and locate theme archive file and unzip it. Make sure your unzipping software do not create extra directory with the same name nested into each other.
  • Drag and drop theme main folder into your FTP program with the destination : YOUR_HOSTING_ROOT/YOUR_SUBDIRECTORY/wp-content/themes/
  • FTP program will give a warning that there is an existing with the same directory name, choose replace all.
Also, remember to clear your browser cache after each update if you notice anything off. Old theme files can persist in your local cache and make you think something's wrong.
Again, thank you for purchasing this theme!
If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this document, feel free to pose them in the dedicated support forum at www.stylemixthemes.com