Video Flick 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.

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 & Configuration of Theme Widgets

Most WordPress theme include widgetized sidebars and/or other widgetized content areas. Some themes also include custom widgets for featured content, advertisements, social media integration and more. Once you log into the "Widgets" control panel, you will see each available widgetized content area represented by the boxes on the right. Follow the instructions or watch the video tutorial below for more information on how to use Widgets.

  1. Log into your WordPress Admin and select "Appearance" followed by "Widgets".
  2. Click and drag any Widget you wish to use into the widgetized area you wish to add it to.
  3. Expand the added widget to display configuration options.

Creating Posts With Featured Thumbnail Images

Follow the step-by-step instructions below for writing posts with video and featured images ( post thumbnails ).

  1. Within your WordPress admin, expand the "Posts" tab, then select "Add New".
  2. Create a title for your post, add your post content within the post editor.
  3. Scroll down to the "Post Video Options" box.
  4. If you are using Vimeo or Youtube videos, simply paste the URL to the video you wish to embed within the "Video URL" field ( e.g. "http://www.vimeo.com/12345678" ).
  5. For self hosted or any other video type, paste the full embed code within the "Embed Code" field.
  6. Within the right hand sidebar, find the "Featured Image" box and click "Set Featured Image".
  7. After the pop-up dialog box loads, you have an option to select any image on your computer or an existing image within your WordPress Media Library.
  8. Choose your image and then click "Use as Featured Image" within the pop-up dialog box.

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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.