Lifestyle Pro Theme Setup

Thank you for using the Genesis Framework by StudioPress and selecting the Lifestyle Pro theme. Following are the instructions for setting up your site to resemble the Lifestyle Pro theme demo.


If you have any trouble, please fill out the contact form for assistance.

You may wish to have the Lifestyle Pro theme demo open for reference while setting up your theme. The setup documentation for this theme has been broken down into the following sections:

Pre-Installation Setup

Compatibility

Make sure you have the following installed:

  • WordPress version 3.6+
  • Genesis Framework version 2.0+

Plugins

Before you begin, you will need to install and activate the following plugins Of course, you may substitute your favorite plugin, but this is the one used in the Lifestyle Pro theme demo:

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Theme Installation

Once you have completed the pre-installation steps and you have the Genesis Framework installed, you may install the Lifestyle Pro theme. You will find theme installation instructions here.

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How to Import Demo Content

For your convenience, an export file of the Genesis Demo site is available to assist in the setup of your Lifestyle Pro theme. You’ll find more information about this in the Importing Demo Content tutorial.

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How to Configure the Genesis Theme Settings

In your WordPress admin, navigate to Genesis > Theme Settings. Configure the Theme Settings as follows:

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Color Style

  • Click on the Color Style Dropdown to select an alternative color scheme for your site.
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Default Layout

  • Click a thumbnail to select the Default Layout. The Lifestyle Pro theme uses the Content > Sidebar option.
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Breadcrumbs

The Lifestyle Pro theme demo is configured to display Breadcrumbs on Posts, Pages, Archives, 404 Page, and Attachment Pages.

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Content Archives

  • For Content Archives, the default setting of “Display post content” is used by the demo.
  • Leave the “Limit content to __ characters” option blank or set to 0.
  • Leave “Include the Featured Image?” checkbox unchecked.
  • Using the drop down box, select “Numeric” for the “Post Navigation Technique.”

Be sure to click the “Save Settings” button to preserve your changes.

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How to Configure the Site Title Header Text

The site title and description for your site can be set by navigating to Settings > General.

  1. The Site Title will display in the upper left corner of your site.
  2. The Tagline Setting will not not displayed when using the Lifestyle Pro Theme.
  3. Be sure to click the “Save Settings” button to preserve your changes.
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How to Use a Custom Header Image

If you prefer a Logo Image rather than a text based SIte Title it is possible to use a small logo style image that will display in the upper left corner of the site.

  1. Navigate to Appearance > Header menu in your WordPress admin panel
  2. Click “Browse” and Navigate to the image you would like to use for a Logo. Images of exactly 320 × 110 pixels will give the best results. Other sizes will be cropped in the upload process to create an image of the correct size.
  3. Click “Upload” to copy the image from your computer to your website.
  4. Be sure to click the “Save Settings” button to preserve your changes.
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How to Use a Background Image or Color

The Lifestyle Pro theme demo can be configured to display an image behind the content area of the site.

  1. Navigate to Appearance > Background in your WordPress admin panel.
  2. Use the “Browse” button to select the background image you wish to use from your computer.
  3. Once the image has been selected click the “Upload” button to load the image for use on your site.
  4. Alternatively you can use the “Choose Image” button to select the background image you have loaded to your site previously.
  5. The Display Options settings for Position, Repeat, and Attachemnt can be set depending on the optimal settings for the image you have chosen.
  6. To select a Background Color to show around, or instead of a background image in click “Select Color” and choose a color or enter a hexidecimal color code.
  7. Click the “Save Changes” button to preserve your changes.

Note: This background image does not need to be a specific size since the theme is responsive and will crop, shrink, and grow the image as needed.

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How to Configure the Navigation Menus

In the LIfestyle Pro theme, both the Primary and Secondary Navigation menu areas are used in the demo.

The default navigation areas can be set by navigating to Appearance > Menus > Manage Locations. Set both Primary and Secondary navigation to the previously created menu of your choice.

A Menu set in the Primary or Secondary Navigation Menu lcoation will display just below the header area of your site.

Be sure to click the “Save Settings” button to preserve your changes.

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To add the Date to the right side of the primary navigation navigate to Genesis > Theme Settings after setting a menu to be used in the Primary Navigation location. Under the Navigation area select “Today’s date” in the Primary Navigation Extras dropdown menu.

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How to Configure the Home Page

The Lifestyle Pro theme demo home page is configured via several widget areas.

  1. Home – Top: A full width widget area set with a featured post widget configured to display one featured post.
  2. Home – Middle: A full width widget area set with a featured post widget configured to display three featured posts.
  3. Home – Bottom Left: A half width widget area set with a featured post widget configured to display two featured posts.
  4. Home – Bottom Right: A half width widget area set with a featured post widget configured to display two featured posts.

Note: If no Widget areas are active in any of the Home Page Specific Widget Areas a Blog Style Home page will be displayed. If you wish to use a Static Page for your home page do not add widgets to the Home Page widget areas since this will override the Home Page setting.

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Refer to the following for settings used in the Lifestyle Pro Demo for each of the Genesis Featured Posts widget used in the Home widget areas

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Home – Top

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Home – Middle

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Home – Bottom Left

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Home – Bottom Right

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How to Configure the Primary Sidebar Area

The following widgets are used in the Primary Sidebar area that displays to the right side of the content area.

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Genesis Simple Social Icons Widget Settings:

  • Title: Connect with us online
  • Icon Size: 32px
  • Icon Border Radius: 3px
  • Alignment: Align Center
  • Icon Font Color: #a5a5a3
  • Icon Font Hover Color: #ffffff
  • Background Color: #eeeee8
  • Backgroun Hover Color: #a5a5a3

Be sure to click the “Save” button to preserve your changes.

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Genesis eNews Extended Widget Settings:

Be sure to click the “Save” button to preserve your changes.

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Genesis User Profile Widget Settings:

  1. Title: A LIttle About Me
  2. Select a user to display
  3. Extra Large Gravatar. Gravatar is used based on the gravatar associated with the selected user email.
  4. Gravatar Alignment: Left
  5. Author Bio: Will display content from the Biography field in the user settings screen.
  6. Be sure to click the “Save” button to preserve your changes.
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Text Widget Settings:

Use text of your choice here. The Lifestyle Pro demo uses code for a Google Adsense block.

Be sure to click the “Save” button to preserve your changes.

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Search Widget Settings:

  • Title: Looking for somethign?

Be sure to click the “Save” button to preserve your changes.

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How to Configure the Footer Widget Areas

The Lifestyle Pro theme demo uses the included 3 Footer Widget areas. The following outlines the widgets used in the Lifestyle Pro Theme Demo. You may use any widgets you like in these areas.

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How to Create a Blog Page

When using a widgetized home page it can be helpful to create a general blog style page to display elsewhere on your site. For instructions on how to create this page follow the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Pages > Add New in your WordPress Admin Panel
  2. Create a New Page named “Blog”
  3. In the right sidebar of the Page edit screen select the Blog option in the template dropdown menu.
  4. Leave the Content of this page blank, it will not be displayed when using the Blog page template.
  5. Publish the page.

Once the page has been published you can view the page to see a blog style list of recent posts. Link to this page in the custom menu of your choice.

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Congratulations! You are now ready to begin adding content and personal touches to your new Lifestyle Pro and Genesis powered website. If you run into any problems along the way or have questions, please fill out the contact form and let us know how we can help.

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