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Installing WordPress

Layana is a Wordpress theme, so you must install Wordpress first. There are several ways to install WordPress but the easiest way would be to use one of the one-click autoinstallers available from you hosting company. Click here to learn how to install WordPress with the most popular autoinstallers, WordPress Toolkit, Cloudron, Fantastico, Installatron, and Softaculous.

Installing a Theme

There are two ways to install a WordPress Theme. We recommend you the first one.

1. Via WordPress Dashboard

To Install a Theme via WordPress Dashboard follow these steps:

  1. Go to your WordPress Admin Panel & Log in (wp-admin)
  2. Go to Appearance/Themes/Add New
  3. From top, Click on Upload Theme
  4. Choose the theme ZIP file you’ve downloaded & Click Install Now
  5. Click on Activate to active the theme

2. Via FTP

To install a WordPress Theme via FTP, follow these steps:

Use a FTP such as Filezilla.

  1. Open Filezilla
  2. Enter the FTP account details provided by your web host in Host, Username & Password field

    Host: Server hostname (ftp.mywebsite.com)
    Username: Username
    Password: Password
    
  3. Once connected, you’ll see two panels: left - shows the files on your computer & right - shows the files currently on the web server.
  4. Locate your root folder (Ex: public_html)
  5. Extract the theme file; drag & drop the unzipped theme folder to wp-content/themes directory.
  6. If you’re done uploading files, to disconnect just click the disconnect icon
  7. Activate the theme from Appearance/Themes

Install Plugins

Users are prompted to automatically download, install and activate required (or recommended) plugins upon theme activation with a click of a button:

  • Elementor
  • WidgetKit for Elementor
  • Contact Form 7

Theme Options

Navigate to Appearance/Customize so you can:

  • change logo
  • set accent color
  • set default header
  • set footer copyrights

Layana

Page Builder Templates

Since v1.1.3, Layana is redesigned with Elementor page builder. Elementor requires PHP 7 or greater. If your site is hosted on a server with an older PHP, ask your hosting provider to upgrade to the latest version of PHP. It will also help your website speed.

You can replicate Layana’s home page with a click of a button. For this you must import the predesigned template first, by following 2 simple steps:

  1. Download this file. It is the file that needs to be imported.
  2. Navigate to Dashboard/Templates/Saved Templates
  3. Click Import Templates, and choose the file downloaded to Import Now.

You can check the out by creating a new page with Elementor and adding a template from “My Templates” list.

You can find an extended documentation for Elementor here.

That’s it for now. You will use the the imported templates when you actually create the pages. In example, view “Create Homepage” section below to see how it’s done.

Assign Home & Blog

Before actually building our website, it is recommended to assign the front end & posts page. So, if you haven’t done it already, please, follow the steps:
1. Create a new blank page, name it Home (or whatever you wish).
2. Create a new blank page, name it Blog (or whatever you like).
3. Go to settings/reading and assign Static pages:
front page -> to home
posts page -> to blog.
Save. That’s it!

Replicate Homepage

As previously noted, Layana is built with Elementor page builder. This means you will be able to the homepage with the prebuilt template that you’ve just imported. If you skipped the “Page Builder Templates” section above, please, read that first otherwise this will not make sense. So, Here is how you create Layana’s homepage:

  1. If you haven’t created one, create a page, name it Home (or whatever you want), select “no title” template and click Edit with Elementor
  2. Select Layana’s home template from My Templates library and insert then save. That’s it! Watch the video for a full presentation:

Contact Form

The contact form belongs to Contact Form 7 plugin. You are asked to install this plugin once you activate Layana, the process is automatic. Next, you can create your own contact forms via Dashboard/Contact/Contact Forms and either edit an existing one, either create a new one. Then you can easily add it anywhere via Page Builder shortcode element.

Page Builder Docs

Since Layana is now using Elementor Page Builder, we also recommend you to go through its docs so you can use the theme at its maximum potential.

Remember, absolutely any widget can become a part of your page content, anywhere you wish. Any section you create can be saved and re-used in any page you wish. Any page you create can be saved and re-used anytime you wish. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with Layana’s predesigned homepage, the original copy can always be re-inserted!

Create Child Theme

If you want to use a child theme, we recommend you to easily create a child theme with this Child Theme Configurator plugin.

Layana

If you’d rather create it manually, please, read our detailed article: “Protect Your WordPress Customizations with a Child Theme”.

Translate Theme

"Layana" theme is translatable. All you have to do is to install a specific plugin so you can easily translate the theme in your own language. We recommend you Loco Translate plugin.

loco-translate

Icons

"Layana" theme has Font Awesome integrated. This means you can use any icon from this list anywehere in your site with a simple code: <i class="fa fa-telegram"></i>. Of course, you will replace telegram with the keyword corresponding to the icon you wish to use. More examples:

<i class="fa fa-envelope-open"></i>
<i class="fa fa-commenting"></i>
<i class="fa fa-flag"></i>

Images

You can get free images for your website at Unsplash.com.

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