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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing Gliu. This document includes the necessary information about using it.

Please do share any thoughts or comments with us. We'd like to hear from you!

If you need help, please do not hesitate to ask us. We'll be ready to reply you on our ThemeForest comments page.

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2. Installation
Extract the zipped package that you downloaded from ThemeForest. You'll find a file named "gliu.zip" in "Theme" folder. Now there are 2 ways to start using it:

1) On WordPress admin panel, go to "Appearance > Themes" and click the "Add New" button at the top of the page. Then click "Upload Theme" button. Pick "gliu.zip" file and click "Install Now" button.

2) Extract the "gliu.zip" file and upload the extracted folder to the ".../wp-content/themes/" folder on your server.

After uploading the theme, you need to activate it. Go to "Appearence > Themes" page and click Gliu's "Activate" button. And you're done.

If you face any problem, please visit ThemeForest Knowledgebase to learn how to install a WordPress theme.
3. Demo Content
You can find the demo content file in "Demo Content" folder inside the zip file you've downloaded from ThemeForest.
4. FAQ
If you can't find your question below or in entire documentation, please don't hesitate to ask for help. We'd be glad to help you.

Importing Demo Content
Follow the steps below to import the demo content:

a) Navigate to "Tools > Import".

b) Click "WordPress > Run Importer".

c) Click "Choose File" and point the xml file you've got.

d) Click "Upload file and import" and wait.

e) When the page refreshes, check "Download and import file attachments" and click "Submit". You're done when the process is finished.

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Theme is missing the style.css stylesheet error
A common issue that can occur when installing a WordPress themes is "The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet." error message being displayed when uploading or activating the theme.

This is because you're trying to upload the wrong file. While downloading your theme, you see the options below:

You can get the theme file that you must upload by clicking the "Installable WordPress file only".

"All files & documentation" option includes some other files like the help file that you're reading right now. If you download this package, you should upload the .zip file inside it after you extract the package.

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How to Update Your Theme
The most common way to update your theme is to download it from themeforest.net and re-install. Basically:
  1. Switch your theme to one of the default themes of WP.
  2. Remove the theme. Your data & settings will not be deleted but it's always suggested to do a back-up.

  3. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you've done any changes in theme files (edited the codes manually), those changes will be lost when you removed the theme. Therefore, it's always recommended to use a child theme.

  4. Download the new version of your theme and install it like you're doing it for the first time.
  5. Activate your theme and you're done.

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How can I upload my own logo?
Go to "Appearance > Customize > 4. Header > 4.2. Logo Settings" and select your logo from the media library.

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How can I change my header view?
Go to "Appearance > Customize > 4. Header > 4.1. Header Style" and choose a style. The default style is "3".

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How can I change the colors?
Go to "Appearance > Customize > 3. Colors" and set your colors.

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How can I change the site font?
Go to "Appearance > Customize > 2. Font Settings" and pick your font. You can also set the font sizes here.

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How can I remove the sparkles from the slider?
You can control the number of sparkles and they will be removed if you set that number to 0. To do this, please go to "Appearance > Customize > 5. Slider Settings > 5.3. Other Options" and set the "Number of Sparkles" field.

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How can I display a specific category in the slider?
Just go to "Appearance > Customize > 5. Slider Settings > 5.2. Blog Posts in Slider" and check "Show Blog Posts in Slider" box. Now you can write the category slug into the field right under the box you've checked. That's all.

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Where can I find the blog homepage layout options?
Gliu has 2 blog homepage layout options: 2 columns and 3 columns. Go to "Appearance > Customize > 6. Blog Homepage Layout" to set it as you wish.

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How can I add "New/Hot/Sponsored" badges?
Gliu lets you add some lovely icons (badges) to your posts on the blog homepage. You have 3 badges total and they're named "New", "Hot" & "Sponsored" by default.

To add a badge, just see the "Gliu Post Options" panel on "Edit Post" screen and check the box(es) you wish:

If you wish, you can replace the badge texts with anything else. For example, you can write "Popular" instead of "Hot". To do that, just go to "Appearance > Customize > 9. Translation" and edit the related fields.

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How can I create a hero post?
A hero post looks like below:

On a post page, we call it "hero" if the featured image has been placed as a big background image and has the title over it. It's very simple to turn a regular post to a hero post. Just check the "Hero Featured Image on Post Page" box in the "Gliu Post Options" panel on "Edit Post" screen:

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you upload quite a big image if you want to see a great result. 2560px width is suggested.

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What is "Gliu Optional Thumbnail" for?
On your blog homepage, when you want to use a gif or a different image than the featured image, you should use the "Gliu Optional Thumbnail" field.

What you upload by using this field will be shown as it is. So, you can directly use 90x90 px images/gifs for the blog homepage or 260x260 px images/gifs for the slider.

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How can I control the post excerpt?
By default, Gliu shows the first 40 words of your post content, as the excerpt.

But you can have more control over these texts by using the excerpt field. Navigate to "Posts > Add New" (or "Edit Post" screen) and see the button named "Screen Options" at the top right of the screen. Click it, then check the "Excerpt" box. Now scroll down the page and you'll see a text field has appeared which has the title "Excerpt". Write your "intro" text there. That's what we did on our demo site.

If you want to hide the excerpt, please go to "Appearance > Customize > 8. Show/Hide Elements" and uncheck "Show Excerpt".

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How can I change the related post base?
"Related Posts" are being displayed at the bottom of the post page and can be based on the author, tag or category; or just random. You can set this from your customizer. Please navigate to "Appearance > Customize > 1. Post & Page Settings > 1.3. Related Posts" to do that.

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How can I add a contact form?
Gliu supports the Contact Form 7 plugin and firstly you must ensure that this plugin has been installed and activated.

Just go to "Contact > Add New", edit the pre-builded form if you need, and click "Save". Then, on "Contact > Contact Forms" screen, you'll see the added form and its shortcode like that:

Now copy that shortcode and paste it into the page/post you'd like to see your contact form. That's all.

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How can I add a copyright text to the footer?
Just add your text like you're adding a regular menu item. Then follow the steps below:

First, on "Appearance > Menus" screen, click the "Screen Options" button at the top right of the screen. Check the "CSS Classes" box over there.

After doing this, you'll see a field named "CSS Classes (optional)" in your menu items.

If you write menu-item-passive into that field, the menu item will be passive and look like the copyright text on our demo site.

5. Menu
Gliu has 2 locations for a menu: Primary Menu and Footer Menu.

For menu setup, go to "Appearance > Menus" page. Choose your items you want to show in menu from the left side. Don't forget to check "Primary Menu" or "Footer Menu" box to see your menu in correct place. And finally click "Save Menu" button to get it done.

To read more about WordPress Menus: WordPress Menu User Guide
6. Slider
Gliu has its own slider plugin. Follow the steps below to start using it!

Firstly, you need to install the Gliu Slider plugin. You'll already realize the "This theme recommends the following plugin: Gliu Slider." notice when you activate Gliu theme.
  1. Click "Begin installing plugin".
  2. Click "Install" under the "Gliu Slider" title.
    The "Install" button will appear when you rollover the title.
  3. When you see the "Return to Required Plugins Installer" link appeared, it means you're done! But don't forget to activate the plugin.

    You'll realize that a button named "Gliu Slider" is placed on your admin panel menu now. If you can't see it, just click to "Dashboard" or somewhere else to refresh the view.
After installing & activating the slider plugin, just navigate to "Appearance > Customize > 5. Slider Settings > 5.2. Blog Posts in Slider" and check "Show Blog Posts in Slider" to see it. OR, you can create your own slides.

Now, let's create our first slide:
  1. Click "Gliu Slider > Add New Slide".
  2. If you wish, you can directly insert a post into your slider by selecting it from the "Post Direction" drop down. After selecting it, you can override its properties (Title, Slide Image etc.) too.
  3. To create a brand new slide, just do not select a post and fill in the other fields (Title, URL etc.).
  4. Don't forget that you should use the same group name for the slides/posts you want to see in the same slider. (It's the same procedure with tagging a blog post.)
  5. Click "Publish" and your slide is ready!
You can repeat the steps above to create all the slides you want. Now it's time to place our slider to the site:
  1. Navigate to "Appearance > Customize > 5. Slider Settings".
  2. Place this code to the "5.1. Slider Shortcode" box: [gliuslider group="your_group"]
    Don't forget to replace the your_group part with your own group name.
That's all!

7. Theme Customizer
Gliu has a very well organized customizer which almost is a user guide itself. It uses the native customizer of WordPress. So navigate to "Appearance > Customize" and start to personalize your theme!

Here is a full list of setting sections:
  1. Post & Page Settings
    1. Post Page Featured Images
    2. Standard Posts
    3. Related Posts
  2. Font Settings
    1. Site Font
    2. Font Sizes
  3. Colors
    1. General Colors
    2. Header Colors
    3. Post Colors
    4. Sidebar Colors
  4. Header
    1. Header Style
    2. Logo Settings
    3. Menu Settings
  5. Slider Settings
    1. Slide Shortcode
    2. Blog Posts in Slider
    3. Other Options
  6. Blog Homepage Layout
  7. Social Accounts
  8. Show/Hide Elements
  9. Translation
    1. Site Language
    2. General
    3. Archive Titles
    4. Post Comments
8. Post Formats
Gliu supports 3 post formats: Standard, Gallery and Video.

On "Posts > Add New" page, choose your post format from the right side of the panel and then place your content naturally.

For Standard Posts, you have a couple of additional options to make your post look better. See "Gliu Post Options" panel at the right hand of the "Edit/Add New Post Screen".

By the way, no worries about formatting the content. Gliu is compatible with WordPress native content window and will do everything automatically. For example, if you want to add a gallery, just do it by "Add Media > Create Gallery" in classic way. Then when you have a look at your site, you'll see that the gallery you just added is shaped very well in a slider!*

*Ensure that you've selected "Gallery" as the post format.
9. Translation
Translation is extremely easy with Gliu. Just go to "Appearance > Customize > 9. Translation" and start to translate!
10. Sources & Copyrights
All the images/photographs used in our demo site and all the rights of them belong to their creators/owners.
We hope you'll love Gliu and its features. Again, don't hesitate to share any thoughts, ideas, comments or requests with us. We're here to help you and to make your Gliu experience better.

Talk to you soon!