Welcome to Press75’s SoundCheck theme documentation page. Please review all set-up instructions and theme usage documentation below to find what you are looking for.

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.

Theme Installation

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

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.

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.
Homepage Setup

To set the home page up as seen in the theme demo, you will need to do the following:

  1. Create a Page and give it a title (e.g. Home)
  2. Set the page to use the “Home” page template.
  3. Publish the Page.
  4. Go to Settings > Reading
  5. Set the “Front page displays” option to “A static page”.
  6. Set the “Front page” option to use the Home page you created in step 1.
  7. Save options.

That’s it. Now your site will be using the Home page. This allows you to add content to the home pages content area which will display above the three widget areas. Additionally, any widgets in the “Home Column *” sidebar areas will be displayed.


Hero Slider Setup

Max Image Width: 1600×440 pixels
The Hero Slides area is the large image carousel above the primary navigation at the top of each page. At it’s most basic level, here is how to create a “Slide”, as done in the theme demo:

  1. Create/Edit a Post and give it a title.
  2. Set a Featured Image. This image will be used as the large, full width image as seen in the demo.
  3. Add the slide to a special slides category (e.g. “Hero Slides”).
  4. Publish/Update the post.

Do not insert an image into the content area unless you want that image to overlay the background image. Anything added to the content area will be displayed over the large background image.

Setting the Hero Slide Category

Now that you have at least one slide created, we can set Hero Slide category via the Appearance > Theme Options > Hero Slides. Here, we will want to set the “Category” option to use the “Hero Slides” category from the dropdown list. By doing this, we are telling the theme to use the posts in the “Hero Slides” category as the themes “Slides”.

Slide Content

The theme demo show a variety of slides, some with text, an image, a gallery, a video, or just plain. Any content you add to the slides content area will be displayed over the background image (Featured Image). Additionally, you can set a Format for the slide. For example, if you add a video to the content area, you can assign it to be a “Video” format. This will treat the slide a bit differently in terms of styling. If you just want text, simply enter text in the slide and set the format to “Standard”.

Custom Hero Background Color

Soundcheck utilizes custom fields for background color of the Hero Slides. A custom field was added so that you can change the background color to better match the image being shown. By default, the background color is black (#000000). To use this custom field:

  1. In the custom fields meta box, enter a Name of “background_color”.
  2. In the value textarea, enter a hexadecimal value.
  3. Click on “Add Custom Field”
  4. That’s it, update post. Again, this is only relevant to Hero Slides.

You can make the entire Hero Slide link to another page by setting a custom field. The details below will assume you have a slide created.

  1. Edit/View the slide from within the Admin
  2. Find the Custom Fields meta box
  3. Enter hero_slide_link in the name input
  4. Add the full URL (e.g. http://press75.com) you want the slide to link to in the value field. You can enterpermalink to link to the single slide.
  5. Click Add Custom Field


Audio Setup

Soundcheck comes with a custom audio player and playlist functionality built in. Adding audio is easy:

  1. Create/Edit a post and give it a title.
  2. Select the Audio post format.
  3. Upload one or more MP3 audio files to the Posts gallery via the “Add Media” button. (NOT via the main Media menu).
  4. Set a featured image to be used for the Album artwork.

It’s important to note, when adding audio, you need to add/upload the audio to the Post itself using the “Add Media” button, NOT via the main Media menu in the left admin navigation.

When viewing the post, you will see a fully functional audio player.

Audio Player Options

There are a few display and control options available for the audio player in Appearance > Customize > General.

  • Single Pages – Display Playlist.

    [checkbox] Display playlist by default on single audio post pages.

  • Single Pages – Autoplay Audio?

    [checkbox] Autoplay audio by default on single audio post pages.

  • Discography Template – Display Content

    [checkbox] Display current track content for audio players on the Discography Page template.

  • Discography Template – Display Playlist Button

    [checkbox] Display the playlist button for audio players on the Discography Page template.

Update Album & Track Info

By default, the theme uses pieces of the post content as the albums info. For example, the Album Title uses the Posts title and the Artist is set to use the Posts Author name. Below are ways to adjust these more to your liking.
After successfully uploading audio to a post:

  1. Open the media manager by clicking on the “Add Media” button.
  2. Choose the “Insert Media” option on the left side of the Media popup window.
  3. Choose the “Media Library” option in the main column.
  4. In the dropdown just below, choose “Uploaded to this post

You should now see all your audio uploaded to that post. You can drag and drop the audio in order. You can also select an audio file and update it’s info (right side).

  • Title: Track Title
  • Caption: Artist Name
  • Description: Album Name

Audio Player Shortcode

Soundcheck comes with it’s very own audio player shortcode. This shortcode will allow you to insert a custom audio player for a given “Audio” post format into any post or page. Shortcodes can be inserted into the content area. Below is the audio player shortcode with it’s options.
[p75_audio_player album_id=”number” content=”1″ playlist=”0″]

  • Album: (Required) an “album_id”. The album_id is the post_id of a post with an Audio post format.
  • Content: (Optional) Accepts 1 or 0. Defaults to 1. 1 means TRUE; show the album content. 0 means FALSE, hide the album content.
  • Playlist: (Optional) Accepts 1 or 0. Defaults to 0.
    • 1 = TRUE; show playlist.
    • 0 = FALSE; hide playlist.
Events Setup

Soundcheck comes with some basic Events functionality built in. Below is how to go about setting up some events.

  • Create/Edit a post, give it a title, and fill in the content area with the event details.
  • Add the event to a special Events category (e.g. “Events”)
  • Schedule the Event.
  • In Appearance > Theme Options > General (section), set the Events Category option.
  • Lastly, create/edit a page and set it to use the “Events” page template.

When viewing the Events Page, you will see all the Scheduled Posts placed in the “Events” category.


Store Setup

The store setup uses the Cart66 WordPress plugin. Cart66 allows you to have regular posts be a product. Soundcheck has a custom option to pull in Cart66 products and assign any post to a specific product. Below is how to setup your Soundcheck store as seen in the demo.
Setting Up Store Categories

  1. First, install the Premium or Lite version of the Cart66 Plugin. See the Cart66 Plugin documentation for more on how to use and setup Cart66 products.
  2. Setup Products in Cart66 > Products. By doing this, we are setting prices, description, options, and product ID’s. O
  3. Create a Category for our Products (Posts > Categories). The theme demo crated a “Store” category with sub categories of “DVD, Music, Shirts, Hats”.
  4. In Appearance > Theme Options > Store (section), set the Store Category to use the “Store” category we just created. We want to use the top most category, not a sub category (e.g. Hats).

Setting Product Posts

  1. Create a new post to be used as our Product information. For example, the theme demo has a Product Post named “Soundcheck T-Shirt”.
  2. Enter the product description and details into the content area.
  3. Set a featured image which will be used as the product image.
  4. Place the post into the Store category along with any sub categories that may apply.
  5. Select a product from the Product Details meta box. The Cart66 products listed here were we setup in the previous steps above.
  6. Publish!

It should be noted, any post already created can be used as a product post too. All that needs to be done is stick the post in the Store category and select a Product from the Product Details meta box.

Post Formats

Soundcheck uses post formats for various things. The post format will allow different functionality and display for a post. For example, the hover icon of the featured image will be different for different post types. In some cases, an audio, image, gallery, or video icon will be displayed depending upon the post format. Post formats can be set in the “Format” meta box shown on each post page.

  • Audio Format: This format is used to establish “Albums”. By uploading .mp3 files to a post and setting it as an “Audio” post format, Soundcheck will automatically pull the tracks out of the gallery and place theme into a custom audio player.
  • Standard Format: This is the default for each post. Basically, the post will function normally.
  • Gallery Format: If your post has a bunch of images, choose this post format. If set, this posts featured image will be marked with a Gallery Icon. Setting this format also allows for different view features and functionality.
  • Image Format: If you want to feature an image, use this post format. This will result in the featured post thumbnail displaying large at the top of the post. The image will also be shown in multiple post page feeds.
  • Video Format: If you want to feature a video, use this post format. To add a video, simply copy and paste the video URL from valid video service (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) into the content area of the post. With the video format selected, a video will be displayed at the top of the post and in multiple post page feeds. An video icon will also be displayed on the post thumbnail in some cases.

These formats are continued in the Hero Slider posts, though used slightly different. The concept is still that same… if you want to feature a certain post format, select it. The hero slide will then display content, a gallery, an image, or a video in the slider. It’s best to keep the image sizes and other media content no bigger than 480×270.

Menu Icons Setup

Soundcheck comes with a few different popular social media icons that can be placed in the admin menus. This is done by giving the menu item a special class name. Currently, Hoon has icons for following networks:

  • Amazon
  • Bandcamp
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • iTunes
  • Lastfm
  • MySpace
  • RSS
  • Soundcloud
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • YouTube

For each one of those networks, you can create a custom menu item and give it a class with it’s name (all in lowercase). For example, to add a YouTube link, I would create a custom menu item for YouTube. Then I would add it to the menu, select it, and give it a class name of “youtube”.
If you do not see the Class option for your item, click on the “Screen Options” tab in the top right corner. Make sure there is a check mark in the CSS Classes checkbox option. If so, you should see an option for each menu item in which you can give it a class.

Advanced Styles

Layout Columns
Apply the following class names to a div element to create columns. The last column in a row needs the “last” class applied to it. Columns must equal 1. For example, one-third + one-third + one-third equals 1.
last Add this class to the last column. e.g. class="one-half last".
one-half Creates a half column.
one-third Creates a third column.
one-fourth Creates a fourth column.
two-third Creates a two thirds column.
three-fourth Creates a three fourths column.
full-width Creates a full column.

Updating from v1 to v2

Soundcheck version 2 is a major overhaul of the code base. Every file was touched, a few files removed, and a few added. In the end, the theme now offers a few key features as requested by past user feedback.
We also decided to remove Custom Post types so that users could easy switch themes and retain their information. For example, a Soundcheck user can now switch to the Hoon theme and still have it’s audio albums available and ready for use. This is done by introducing the “Audio” post format. Doing this also allows us to port the theme over for use on WordPress.com.

Before Updating

Before you update, be sure to backup your WordPress install. You can do this with a few free or premium plugins.

Getting The Updated Version

To get the update, download the updated version of the theme. If you got your theme updates from the old Press75 support forums, you will need to contact us via our contact page providing them email and name used to purchase the theme. If you got your downloads from the new Press75, a download link should have been sent in your purchase confirmation email. In this case, the update can be downloaded with the same link.


While your updating your theme, sometimes it’s helpful to install a maintenance mode plugin that lets your visitors know your updating the theme. There are a few plugins out there that do this, one of which is calledMaintenance Mode. This step is completely optional.
Once you have new version of the theme and your site backed up, you can login to your admin and go to Appearance > Themes. From there:

  1. Activate a different theme (e.g. Twenty Eleven).
  2. Delete the Soundcheck theme.
  3. Click on “Install Themes” tab at top of page
  4. Choose “Upload” link directly underneath tab navigation at top of page.
  5. Click “Choose File” and select the soundcheck.zip file you downloaded previously.
  6. Choose “Install Now” and WordPress will install the theme.
  7. Once the install is completed, choose “Activate“.

The new version of Soundcheck should now be activated. The biggest noticeable difference in the admin is there is no longer Discography or Hero menu items. Albums are now setup using posts and the “Audio” post format. Here slides are now setup by creating posts. In the theme options, you can select a category to use for the Hero slides. More on all of this is outlined in the theme documentation above.

Converting Albums and Hero Slides

We have built a small plugin to convert your version 1 information over to version 2. This plugin does a few small things.

  • Converts Discography album custom post types to “Audio” regular posts and give them the Audio post format.
  • Converts Hero slides into regular posts and places theme in a new category called “hero-slides”.
  • Adds Media Embed urls to the beginning of the post. The theme now adds video via the content area instead of a separate Media Embed metabox.

To use the plugin, all you need to do is download the plugin, install it, activate, deactivate, and delete it. By activating the plugin, everything is done automatically right away. Because of this, you only need to activate it once, and then you can deactivate and delete it as it won’t be needed any more.

Download Soundcheck Theme Converter Plugin

As previously mentioned, the theme now has new features, files, options, widgets, and shortcodes. Because of this, you may need to do one or more of the following.

Update Widget Areas

Some widgets have been updated with new options and streamlined code. One of these in particular is the Latest Tweets widget. This widget now uses cacheing when grabbing the latest tweets. This is a big site performance booster as the theme doesn’t need to wait on Twitter each time the page loads some latest tweets. Check your sidebar areas and make sure they look and contain the widgets you want. If not, you may need to add them back.

Theme Options

More than likely your going to need to setup the theme options as we have a new way of handling these in Soundcheck 2. One major difference is the custom theme styles. The theme styles are now on their own options page called “Theme Styles”. This page can be found directly below the Theme Options menu item.
Be sure to go through and setup the Theme Options and Theme Styles to your needs. This shouldn’t be to labor intensive.


If you have questions when making the update, don’t hesitate to ask us by submitting a Theme Support question via our Contact Page.