Thank you for purchasing The7!

In this Quick Start Guide you will find all required information on how to install the theme and bundled plugins, troubleshoot most common issues and make your site look like the theme demo.

For detailed information on theme usage please visit The7 online user guide.

Furthermore you can use Troubleshooter and Knowledge Base at our Support Portal.

The7 comes with complimentary support. So when all else fails, please do not hesitate to submit a support request via our online Help-Desk. Our support policy is available on this page.

If you want someone to help you with theme customization, or even build your entire website, our Custom Shop service is there at your service.

 

We hope you will enjoy working with The7.
Yours sincerely, Dream-Theme.

Before Getting Started

Due to amount of features available in The7, you may find the number of settings in it to be a bit overwhelming (compared to a "usual" multipurpose theme).

For super-easy adaptation, we recommend using "Theme Options > Wizard" and avoid advanced settings at first. Very soon you will get the idea behind theme architecture and will be able to use The7 to its full potential.

Also note, that this Quick Start Guide does not cover basic WordPress usage. If you are a WordPress newbie, please get accustomed with it before proceeding with this manual and theme!

Here are some links that will help you to become more confident with WordPress:

Theme Installation

Before proceeding, please make sure that following plugins are not installed or deactivated:

  • WP-pagenavi;
  • WP-less;
  • Options Framework.

If you've downloaded and unzipped the full theme package (you are reading this document, so you've obviously did :)), locate the theme installation file called "dt-the7_v.X.X.X.zip" (or something like that).

Alternatively you can download the installable WordPress file from "Downloads" tab of your ThemeForest account (fig. 1):

Downloading installable file
Fig. 1 - Downloading installable file.

Uploading theme via WordPress admin panel

  1. Log in to the WordPress admin area.
  2. Navigate to "Appearance panel > Themes".
  3. Select the "Add New" (fig. 2.1):
    Uploading theme
    Fig. 2.1 - Uploading theme.
  4. Use the "Upload" link in the top links row to upload the installable "dt-the7_v.X.X.X.zip" file, that you have previously downloaded to your machine (fig. 2.2):
    Uploading theme
    Fig. 2.2 - Uploading theme.
  5. Follow the instructions below to activate the theme.

Uploading theme via cPanel

If your host offers the cPanel control panel, follow these instructions:

  1. In cPanel File Manager, navigate to your "themes" folder. If your WordPress is installed in the document root folder of your web server you would navigate to "public_html/wp-content/themes" and if you have WordPress installed in a sub-folder called "wordpress", you would navigate to "public_html/wordpress/wp-content/themes".
  2. Once you've navigated to the "themes" folder in cPanel File Manager, click on Upload file(s) and upload the installable .zip file.
  3. Once the .zip file is uploaded, click on it in cPanel, then in the panel to the right, click on "Extract File Contents", and that .zip file will be uncompressed.
  4. Follow the instructions below to activate the theme.

Uploading theme via FTP

To add a theme via FTP, follow these basic steps:

  1. Unzip the installable file. You need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when unzipping it.
  2. Using an FTP client to access your host web server, upload the theme folder ("dt-the7") via FTP into "wp-content/themes/" folder.
  3. Follow the instructions below to activate the theme.

Activate the theme

To activate The7:

  1. Select the "Appearance > Themes" panel.
  2. From the Themes panel, roll over The7 thumbnail image to see options for it:
    Activating The7
    Fig. 3 - Activating The7.
  3. You can view more information about any theme by clicking Theme Details.
  4. A live preview of The7 theme (using your website's content) can be seen by clicking Live Preview.
  5. To activate the theme click the "Activate" button.
  6. Your selection will immediately become active.

Troubleshooting

Cannot upload the theme

CHMOD issue
Fig. 4 - Cannot upload the theme.

If you were not able to install the theme via "Appearance > Themes" interface (see fig. 4 above), most probably your server has upload file size limit. The theme installable .zip file is too large to be uploaded via WordPress admin area. You can contact your hosting provider and ask to ease this limit (e.g 40-50 MB will do).

Missing the style.css stylesheet

Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet
Fig. 5 - Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

A common issue that can occur with users new to installing WordPress themes is a "Broken theme and/or stylesheets missing" error message being displayed when trying to upload or activate the theme. This error message does not mean that the theme is broken, it simply means that you are uploading the wrong file.

Please make sure that file you are uploading installable file. It is called something like "dt-the7_v.X.X.X.zip". Please refer to Basics section of this guide for details.

Blank page / allowed memory error after The7 activation

Blank page on theme preview or after theme activation, in most cases, is the indication of memory limit issue. It's the same issue when you're getting the "Allowed memory size of xxxxxxxx bytes exhausted" error. Here's how to solve it:

First and foremost, try to edit the "wp-config.php" file in the root of you WordPress installation. Search for 'WP_MEMORY_LIMIT'. If there is such setting, set the limit to '256MB'. If there's no such setting, add this bit of code before the MySQL settings define( 'WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M' );. Also make sure there's no 'WP_MAX_MEMORY_LIMIT' setting in "wp-config.php" file; or make sure it is not less then '256MB'.

Second, if editing "wp-config.php" did not help, try to add this bit of code in the beginning of ".htaccess" file: php_value memory_limit 256M.

Third, if you get the error even after completing both steps above, it may be that your PHP is configured in CGI or suPHP etc. In this case instead of ".htaccess", you should create a file called "php.ini" and place this bit of code in it: memory_limit = 256M.

Failed to create customization .CSS file

CHMOD issue
Fig. 6 - CHMOD issue.

Theme will work fine on the vast majority of correctly installed and configured WordPress sites without any additional settings. However on some (very rear) hosting configurations you can notice that images on your site are not uploading/displaying or theme returns notifications about setting certain CHMOD rules on "uploads" folder (see fig. 6 above). If you are experiencing this issue, please follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Make sure that theme installed strictly to "your_site/wp-content/themes/" folder.
  2. The folder "your_site/wp-content/uploads" must be created. On some servers you'll need to set its CHMOD to 755, on others – to 777.

404 error on some pages

After theme activation, on some pages you can encounter the "404 Page not found" error. This is a simple one. In WordPress admin area, navigate to the "Settings > Permalinks" and click "Save Changes" button. This will update the ".htaccess" file to work with custom post types of The7 correctly.

Plugins installation

Immediately after theme activation you will see the recommended plugins installation notification (fig. 7):

Recommended plugins installation notification
Fig. 7 - recommended plugins installation notification.

Even if you dismissed this notice, you still can install plugins via "Plugins > The7 Plugins" interface (fig. 8):

Recommended plugins installation interface
Fig. 8 - Recommended plugins installation interface.

The installation process is quite straightforward: you hover the mouse over desired plugin and click the "Install" link. After installing the plugin, please don't forget to go back to "Plugins > The7 Plugins" interface and click the "Activate" link on installed plugin(s). The same process can be used to update plugins.

Bulk plugins installation / activation / update actions are also available. However note that this feature may not work correctly on some servers.

Demo Content

To import the demo content (or a "dummy content" as we call it) you'll need to install the "The7 Demo Content" plugin via "Plugins > The7 Plugins", activate it and navigate to "Tools > The7 Demo Content" (fig. 9):

Importing demo content
Fig. 9 - Importing demo content.

What must be imported separately

After you've imported the main bulk of demo content, you'll need to import the Slider Revolution sliders. You can find them in "Demo Content > Slider Revolution" folder of full theme package. Please refer to plugin user manual for details.

You may also want to import theme options from thematic demo that you've installed. In "Demo Content > Theme Options" folder of full theme package you'll find .TXT files with encrypted settings for each demo. Use the content of one of those files in "Theme Options > Export/Import Options" interface.

Theme Options Wizard

Theme Options Wizard
Fig. 10 - Theme Options Wizard.

The7 has highest amount of settings to customize your website appearance in industry up to date! Therefore, number of advanced settings in Theme Options can be a bit overwhelming at first. Especially if you have no experience with "multipurpose" WordPress themes.

Do not worry, we have your back cowered from first seconds of using The7 theme. You do not have to mess with all settings to design your site. Simply use the "Theme Options > Wizard" interface!

Theme Options Wizard allows you to set up basic settings of site appearance, mobile and desktop headers, branding, sidebar, footer, background and text colors, etc. The Wizard will do the rest, intelligently calculating all other settings, so you can have your site professionally designed in mere minutes!

When Wizard will do its work, if you wish, you can fine-tune every aspect of your site design in the corresponding section(s) of Theme Options.

What's Next?

Once you've read this Quick Start Guide, installed the theme and made yourself somewhat accustomed with it, you may want to read the full user guide available online. Though we hope (and believe), you'll rarely need it. :)

If you encounter any issues, you can use Troubleshooter and Knowledge Base at our Support Portal.

If you feel that you cannot resolve the issue yourself or need to ask something about theme feature(s), please do not hesitate to submit a support request via our online Help-Desk. (Make sure that you've read our support policy on this page.)

If you want someone to help you with theme customization, or even build your entire website, our Custom Shop service is there at your service.

And, of course, you can grab another copy of The7 for your upcoming projects here on ThemeForest.

 

We hope you will enjoy working with The7
and it will be a great help in all your endeavors online!
Yours sincerely, Dream-Theme.