Installing, Securing WordPress and First Steps
You can improve your WordPress installation security taking these steps:
- Set the Authentication Unique Keys and Salts in
- Set the $table_prefix variable in
wp-config.phpfile (do not use the default value of "wp_").
- Do not use
adminas user name and set strong passwords.
- After installation is done, remove
- Keep backups of the database and WordPress installation.
- Keep your WordPress installation up to date.
How to Install the Theme?
- In your WordPress dashboard navigate to Appearance » Themes and click the [Add New] button next to "Themes" page title.
- Insert "Receptar" into search field and press [Enter] on your keyboard.
- Once the theme is found, hover over the theme screenshot with your mouse cursor and click the [Install] button that appears below the screenshot image.
- Wait while the theme is installed and activate it by clicking the "Activate" link.
You should always keep your WordPress, themes and plugins up to date!
Installing Demo Content Download the theme demo content XML file
How to Install Theme Demo Content?
The import process might take a while if you decide to import a demo attachments (images, audio and video files).
Couple of posts in the theme demo content were created using the Beaver Builder page builder plugin. You might consider installing this plugin to display all the demo content correctly.
Setting Up Home and Blog Page
- In WordPress admin navigate to Settings » Reading.
- For "Front page displays" option set "A static page (select below)".
Select the front page from dropdown list. This page will become your home page.
Select the posts page from dropdown list. This page will become your blog page.
Post excerpt will be displayed in posts list. If no excerpt set, a portion of post content will take its place in posts list (if set, until
<!--more--> tag). Post excerpt will also be displayed at the top of the post content on single post page. Please note that you will probably have to enable post excerpt field in "Screen Options" first.
If you set the "Read more" tag inside the post content and you also set a post excerpt, first the post excerpt followed with post content (until "Read More" tag) will be displayed in posts list.
Please note that this theme does not support WordPress post formats. You can only create standard posts with Receptar theme.
Table of Contents on Parted Post
If you are setting up a multipage post (using a "Page break" button in visual editor, or
<!–nextpage–> tag in "Text" tab of visual editor), the automatic table of contents will be generated for the post/page for you.
All you need to do is to set up a post parts titles at the top of each post part (so, immediately after
<!–nextpage–> tag) with H2 heading.
These posts will populate the front page (and blog page) banner slideshow area. To set up featured posts, please install and activate the NS Featured Posts plugin and easily mark selected posts as featured.
Setting Up Featured Image for Post or Page
Featured images are displayed in posts list and as a background for right section on a single post or page. To set up featured image, please follow the instructions in WordPress codex.
If there is no featured image set for post or page, the fallback image will be used. The fallback image is being cropped from the header image automatically. You can set up the header image in Appearance » Header.
Using Navigational Menus
Receptar supports WordPress Menus, so you can easily create custom navigational menus directly in Appearance » Menus.
Custom menus may contain links to pages, categories, custom links or other content types (use the [Screen Options] button in upper right corner of the screen to decide which content types to show on the menu edit screen). You can specify a different navigation label for a menu item as well as other attributes. The theme supports menu item description text.
To display menus on your website you need to assign them to a menu locations or use them in conjunction with the Custom Menus widget.
The theme allows you to create as many menus as you want. However these menus can be placed into predefined locations only. The theme defines these menu locations:
- Primary Menu - the main navigation area is hidden in the left sidebar. Click the menu hamburger icon on top of the left sidebar area control buttons to reveal the sidebar (and menu) content. The menu in this menu location can be nested and hierarchically organised.
- Social Links Menu - see below for more info.
Creating a Menu
Please follow the instructions in WordPress codex on how to create menus.
Helpful tutorial: WordPress video tutorials.
Adding Social Networks Links Icons
Social icons linked to your social network profiles can be displayed anywhere on the website. But beforehand you must create and set up a social links menu:
- Go to Appearance → Menus in the WordPress admin.
- Click create a new menu link.
- Give the menu a name, such as "Social Menu".
- Click [Create Menu] button.
- Click the Links header on the left side of the page.
- Type a link (such as
https://www.facebook.com/webmandesigneu) to one of your social profiles in the URL field.
- Give the link a title by typing the name of the service into the Link Text field.
- Click [Add to Menu].
- Repeat the above steps to add additional social profiles.
- In the Menu Settings section at the bottom, check the "Social Links" box for Theme locations.
- Click [Save Menu] button.
Adding your social links as a custom menu allows you to sort your profiles and add as many as you want.
The theme displays icons as SVG images. For full list of supported icons please refer to
assets/images/svg folder of your theme.
For links starting with
mailto: an envelope icon is applied. For unrecognized links a link chain icon is used.
Can I use a custom social icon?
If you want to set a custom social icon, please read dedicated support article.
Feel free to use a WordPress native Navigation Menu widget to display social menu anywhere on your website.
Widget Areas Contained in the Theme
- Sidebar widget area is the hidden area on the left of your website. To display the are you need to click the menu hamburger button on top of the left sidebar control buttons area. The widgets are displayed just below the primary navigation menu of your website.
- Header Widgets display widgets in header area of the website right of the website logo. By default this area contains a search field. Once you add a widgets to this widget area, the search field will be replaced with your widgets.
What is Customizer and How to Use It
The theme seamlessly integrates its options into the WordPress Customizer.
You can access it navigating to Appearance » Customize. All the changes you set in Customizer will be immediately displayed in the theme preview. However, these changes will not be saved until you press the [Save & Publish] button.
You can set up your site's title, tagline and logo (for logo image please install and activate the Jetpack plugin), header images, manage navigational menu locations and widget areas, set up a front and blog page and theme colors.
Search Engine Optimization and Traffic Tracking
Search Engine Optimization
The theme is coded semantically, with best SEO practices in mind, meaning it is ready to be displayed on top of search results in search engines such as Google.
Please note though, that this is just a basic SEO optimization and you will have to push it further to make the real deal with SEO. For such cases I recommend using Yoast SEO plugin.
Every WordPress theme contains some texts that need to be translated into your language if you are building a non-English website. This theme if fully translation ready.
To enable your language on your website, please switch WordPress into the desired language localization.
How to Translate the Theme?
Translating using Poedit
Make a copy of the original
You need to rename the copied file now: add hyphen followed with your language code locale, and change file extension to "po". So, the British English file would be named
Use Poedit to translate the file and export (save) translation in "mo" file format.
receptar-en_GB.mofile into your WordPress languages directory, into
themesfolder (such as
/wp-content/languages/themes/receptar-en_GB.mo- if the
themesfolder does not exist in your WordPress languages directory, create it).REMINDER: When you update the theme, all custom translation files will be deleted from
/wp-content/themes/receptar/languagesfolder. Do not place your custom translation files into that folder!
Translating directly in your WordPress dashboard
If you would like translate the theme directly in your WordPress dashboard you need to use a specialized plugin for that. Please install and activate Loco Translate plugin. For instructions on how to use the plugin please refer to beginner's guide and/or technical overview.
Don't forget to translate your plugins too!
WordPress website is built from WordPress system itself, a theme and plugin(s). There is a very high probability that WordPress system is already translated into your language, so, you don't have to do it on your own. You have also learned how to translate the theme into your language above. But what about plugins and their texts?
If you are lucky, your plugin contains your language localization files already and you don't have to do anything. But if you need to translate the plugin into your language, the best advice is to check the plugin's documentation for instructions (you can check the instructions for WebMan Amplifier plugin localization procedure).
Alternatively you can also use Loco Translate plugin (again) to translate your plugins directly in your WordPress dashboard.
Free WordPress.org themes translation
Help us translate the theme :)
If you would like to help out translating the theme, please contribute on WebMan Design Support Center.
If you have translated the theme at WordPress.org repository, you don't have to do anything :)
When and How to Use a Child Theme?
If you need to make any styling or functional changes to the theme, please use the WordPress native child theme functionality. This way you can continue updating the parent (original) Receptar theme without any worry of your changes being overwritten as all your custom styles and functionality are kept in a child theme. You can read more about child themes on WordPress Codex pages.
You can put all your custom CSS styles into
YOUR_WORDPRESS_INSTALLATION/wp-content/themes/YOUR_CHILD_THEME/style.css file. (You can alternatively use a different way to insert a custom CSS.)
If you also want to change the functionality of the original Receptar theme, do so in
YOUR_WORDPRESS_INSTALLATION/wp-content/themes/YOUR_CHILD_THEME/functions.php file. You can freely modify any theme's function here as they are all pluggable. Plus, you can use any filter and action hooks available in the theme source code.
Tips and Tricks Additional tips for the theme
The theme uses these image sizes:
480 × 640(cropped)
This image size is used in posts lists.
595 × (variable height)(scaled)
This size actually depends on your website content width setting (
$content_width × 0.62).
960 × (variable height)(scaled)
This image size is used on single post page as a background for the right side of the screen.
1920 × 640
This image size is used for images displayed in the front page (and blog page) banner slideshow area.
960 × 640
Used in single post page on mobile devices only.
WordPress will rescale and crop the images to selected formats automatically during the image upload process.
If you already have some images on your wesbsite, these need to be rescaled when using the theme. Please use a plugin such as Force Regenerate Thumbnails to do this for you.
You can change the basic WordPress image sizes (the Thumbnail, Medium and Large image size) settings in Settings » Media dashboard page.
WordPress Visual Editor Formats
The theme adds a new Formats button to the visual editor of WordPress posts/pages. Please use this button to create a special elements, such as pullquotes, cite source, inline code, super/sub-scripts, uppercase text, hightlighted (marked) text.
custom_js (these are the names for custom fields) custom meta field in Custom Fields metabox for a page/post.
If you need to apply custom CSS globally, please use a child theme or custom CSS plugin.
Development: Action and Filter Hooks
This topic is mostly for developers and for those who would like to alter or expand the theme functionality.
The theme is coded according to WordPress coding standards and is full of action hooks and filters. You can easily hook onto these to alter functions outputs or parameters, to add your own meta data, theme or design options, layouts and much more! Please check the theme's source code to see what hook to use, or contact a WebMan Support Forum for more details and tips.
Receptar itself uses the Theme Hook Alliance hooks too. This is useful to entirely rebuild the theme structure or add your own sections anywhere in the theme.
Tutorials on using hooks:
- The Beginner's Guide to WordPress Actions and Filters
- WordPress Actions, Filters, and Hooks : A guide for non-developers
- WordPress Action Hooks and Filter Hooks – An Introduction
- WordPress Essentials: The Definitive Guide To WordPress Hooks
All the action and filter hooks in the theme starts with