Series Theme Setup & Usage

These setup and usage instructions assume that you have working knowledge of the WordPress publishing platform. For more detailed information on how to use WordPress, please refer to the official WordPress documentation codex.

Sample Data File Download

Use the link below to download the sample data file for this theme.

NOTE: WordPress does not provide import functionality for theme options, custom fields, required plugins or other settings. This means that even with the theme sample data file, you will still need to adjust your theme options and most likely add content according to the setup and usage instructions below.

Theme Installation

All WordPress themes can be installed and activated one of two ways. Choose your method below to continue.

Theme Installation via the WordPress Admin

This is the installation method recommend for most WordPress users. This method can be a bit buggy at times depending on your server setup, so if you are having issues, try the traditional FTP installation method described within the next section.

  1. Log into your WordPress Admin, select "Appearance" and then "Themes".
  2. After the page loads, select "Install Themes" and then "Upload".
  3. Click "Choose File" and browse for "theme-name.zip".
  4. Click "Install Now" and wait for the page to reload.
  5. Under the "Appearance" menu, click "Themes" and select the theme you wish to activate.

Theme Installation via FTP

If you are having issues with the automatic WordPress admin installation method above, it is recommended that you use the following traditional FTP installation instructions.

  1. Download and unzip the theme, if you haven't already.
  2. Login to your server using any compatible FTP client.
  3. Upload the entire theme folder ( e.g. "theme-name" ) to your "wp-content/themes" directory.
  4. Log into your WordPress Admin, select "Appearance" and then "Themes".
  5. Under the "Appearance" menu, click "Themes" and select the theme you wish to activate.

Installation of Required Plugins

Some WordPress themes require the installation of 3rd party plugins in order to function properly. If you are using a theme that requires 3rd party plugins, you will be notified within your WordPress admin after the theme has been activated. Simply follow the admin prompts to install any required plguins.

With the new Advanced Custom Fields plugin, you need to install the “Repeater Field” plugin (http://d.pr/f/vP3p) to enable the Episodes functionality. Really sorry about the extra step, but they just updated their plugin to work that way.

Explanation of the Theme Options Page

The theme options page is where you will find all the theme specific configuration, customization and featured content options. Within your WordPress admin, click "Appearance" and then "Theme Options" to load the theme options page. There will be on screen descriptions and instructions for each option within the theme options page explaining what the option is for and how to configure it. The theme options page and included options will most likely be different for each individual theme, but the concept is the same for all themes.

Adding & Managing Custom Menus

Most current WordPress themes include custom menu support which allows you to configure your theme menus however you like. You can add custom links, pages and/or categories to any custom menu you create. Follow the instructions below for more information on how to create and mange custom menus.

  1. Log into your WordPress Admin, select "Appearance" and then "Menus".
  2. Click the "+" symbol to create a new custom menu.
  3. Add custom links, pages or categories by clicking "Add to Menu" within each option.
  4. Click "Save Menu" to save your custom menu.
  5. Within the left hand column, assign your new custom menu to any of the theme locations provided.

Explanation of Channels, Episodes & Parts

The Series Theme is likely to be one of the most unique Video themes available and is set up quite different compared to most Video themes for the WordPress publishing platform. You’ll need to forget about posts, categories and pagination when using the Series Theme (this is a good thing). This is not a video blogging solution, rather a complete video series solution. With that in mind, the Series Theme has been set up by Channels, Episodes and Parts. Keep reading below for more:

Channels

Within the Series Theme, Channels are exactly what you would expect them to be. Think of channels as a way to “categorize” your video episodes. For instance, in the live demo, we have used channels to group episodes by genre such as “Travel Channel” or “Art Channel”. These can obviously be named anything you like, but should be used sparingly. There is no sense in creating hundreds of channels that only contain one episode a piece. Each channel can contain as many episodes (described below) as you like.

Channel Management

Episodes

Within the Series Theme, Episodes are obviously the actual “posts” containing your video descriptions, video embed code and other meta information. Each episode can contain multiple episode parts (described below). An example of an episode could be something as simple as the “Surfing Compilation” as shown in the live demo.

Episode Management

Parts

As described above, each episode can contain multiple Parts (up to 6 parts). You can use parts to split your episode as you see fit. In the “Surfing Compilation” example, we have use parts to display multiple examples of “Surfing” videos. Continue reading below for a detailed explanation on how to add channels, episodes and episode parts.

Creating Your First Channel & Episode With Multiple Parts

Now that you know what channels, episodes and parts are, you should be ready to create your first episode. It is recommended that you refer to the live demo of the Series Theme as a model for setting up your own installation. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your first channel and episode containing multiple parts.

Creating Your First Channel

Prior to creating your first episode, you will need to create your first channel. To do so, simply follow the three steps below:

NOTE: You do NOT need to create a unique channel for each episode, but you do need at least one channel in order to publish new episodes.

  1. Login to your WordPress admin, expand the “Episodes” tab, then select “Channels“.
  2. Under “Add New Channel” give your channel a name (e.g. “Action Channel“)
  3. Click “Add New Channel” to create and save your first channel.

Creating Channels

Creating Your First Episode

Now that you have created your first channel, you can now create your first episode. To do so, simply follow the six steps below:

  1. Login to your WordPress admin, expand the “Episodes” tab, then select “Episodes” followed by “Add New“.
  2. Give your episode a title (e.g. “Surf Compilation”) followed by your episode description/text within the episode editor.
  3. Add an “Episode Excerpt” which will be displayed under your video as shown in the live demo.
  4. Under “Episode Video” click “Add Episode Part” then paste your video embed code within the field provided. Click “Add Episode Part” again to add another part (up to 6 parts). You can drag and drop parts to organize them however you like after they have been added. To do so, click the episode part number (left) and drag the part either up or down. To delete a part, select “-” within the right hand side of the episode part.
  5. Under “Episode Number“, select the number for this particular episode. Episode numbers are used to organize episodes within each category. For example, if you select “1” for this episode, it will always be the first episode displayed within the selected channel.
  6. Under “Episode Channel“, select the channel you wish to place this episode under (e.g. “Action Channel”). Please note that episodes can only be place under one channel (not multiple channels).

Creating Episodes

Creating Blog Posts (Non-Video)

The Series Theme allows you to maintain a blog as well as video posts. To add a blog post (non-video), just follow the few steps below:

  1. Within your WordPress admin, expand the “Posts” tab, then select “Add New“.
  2. Create a title for your post and add your post content within the post editor.
  3. Select a category for your post and then click “Publish“.

Importing Included Theme Sample Data ( If Applicable )

Some WordPress themes include sample data ( sample-data.xml ) that can be imported to populate a fresh WordPress install with sample content ( posts, pages, thumbnails, etc. ) so that you can get a better idea as to how each theme works.

  1. Click "Tools" and then "Import" to launch the WordPress Import Tool.
  2. After the page loads, click "WordPress" from the list of compatible import platforms.
  3. Click "Choose File" to select the "sample-data.xml" import file found within any theme folder.
  4. Click "Upload File and Import" to import the sample data and then follow the on screen instructions.