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    Greg Vaughan
    Spectator

    I am still using evolve+ v1.9 in order to retain all my original formatting. However, I’m missing new features and theme improvements by doing so. I’m going to upgrade to the most recent version and try my best to keep my current formatting, but I’m confused about update versions. When I search for evolve+ from the Add Themes manager within WordPress, it shows only version 3.5.0. However your Theme4Press email yesterday says that version 2.6.0 has just been released? Which is the version I need for updating? Is one for Mac and the other for PC? If it is v2.6 for Mac, how do I install it from within WordPress?

    http://www.bbblack.com

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  • Denzel Chia
    Moderator
    Post count: 3230
    #26784 |

    Hi,

    Download latest Evolve+ 2.6.0 from your account. https://theme4press.com/my-account/
    Use FTP to download a copy of your existing version 1.9 and save as a backup copy.
    Then deactivate and deleted your theme and install Evolve+ 2.6.0 manually.
    https://theme4press.com/docs/theme-installation-update/

    Follow on screen instruction to install required plugins, such as reduxframework and theme4press core plugin.

    Remember to clear server cache or cache plugin’s cache content.
    Remember to clear browser history.

    Your update from 1.9 to 2.6.0 will definitely give you a lot of problems because it a great jump from 1.9

    I will try my best to help you out.

    Do this only when you have the time and don’t freak out.

    Thank you.

    Greg Vaughan
    Spectator
    Post count: 27
    #26852 |

    OK Denzel, I’ve made the upgrade and have been able to figure out how to retain most of my previous format settings without freaking out. I do need help on a few however, all on the front page.

    1. How do I change the font size of the front page content button descriptions?
    2. How do I decrease the space between all of the content button elements? I want to decrease the space between the icons and the descriptions and I want to decrease the space between the descriptions and the “learn more” buttons.
    3. How do I decrease the space between the bootstrap slicer image the the content box icons?
    4. How do I vertically center the front page logo on the Title and Tagline?

    http://www.bbblack.com

    Denzel Chia
    Moderator
    Post count: 3230
    #26867 |

    Hi,

    This is learn more button font size.

    The following will reduce the spacing within content boxes.

    This will bring up your content boxes.

    As for your last question, use the 5th header layout.
    Theme Options -> Header

    Thank you.

    Greg Vaughan
    Spectator
    Post count: 27
    #26889 |

    Denzel, we are getting there, but there are still a some issues I need your help on.

    1. You misunderstood #1 in my previous post. I want to control the font size of the content box DESCRIPTION words. You gave me font size for the actual “learn more” buttons.

    2. Regarding question #4, I want the logo to align vertically centered inline with the Title and Tagline (not horizontally centered as in Header 5 as you suggested). As you can see on the current home page, either the logo needs to go up or the Title/Tagline group needs to go down so they will all be inline.

    3. There is too much white space between the Logo/Title/Tagline group (header) and the main menu bar. How do I decrease this space?

    4. And finally, I want to add content (the three most recent blog excerpts) to my front page below the content boxes. How do I do that?

    Thank you so much.

    http://www.bbblack.com

    Denzel Chia
    Moderator
    Post count: 3230
    #26912 |

    Hi,

    1) Use this for the description.

    2) Use this to bring down the title

    3) Try using Theme Options -> Header -> Header Padding
    decrease the padding bottom.

    If not use the following.

    4) Try using the following shortcode.

    How to Start a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes – a Step by Step Tutorial

    A lot of us have heard of Content Management Systems. But do not know what it really means. Basically CMS stands for a web platform for creating and managing digital or online content, examples may include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc. Today, topic is all about WordPress. A step by step tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog in 5 minutes. Today, WordPress is the most preferred CMS due to its scalability, ease of usage, richness in feature and plugins and the large community od developers that supports it.

    As a new developer you may be confused on which platform to choose during start up. I recommend WordPress, am not being biased it is just that this platform speaks for itself. You don’t require any sophisticated coding skills to use WordPress. That aside, lest get to the topic for today “How to start a WordPress blog in 5 minutes”. This tutorial is not only directed to those who want to start blogs but also those who want to start their own website – the steps are very similar, nothing to really split the two.

    A quick review of what this topic entails.

    Starting a WordPress blog is one of the simplest thing in the field of web development. It actually all about clicking links and buttons. It entails these six major steps:

    1. Choose and set up your blog’s domain name and hosting.
    2. Install WordPress using the cPanel
    3. Choose a theme for your blog
    4. Install the required plugins
    5. Create amazing and useful content
    6. Promote your blog.

    First Step: Choose and set up your blog’s domain name and hosting

    The first and most crucial step of deploying a website or blog is getting a domain name and hosting. This step requires adequate research and attention as it will influence your online presence.

    You need a unique domain name that is short for the readers to easily remember and also reflects your blog’s niche.

    When it comes to hosting there are two kinds – the shred and managed hosting. The best thing about shared hosting is that it is very cheap as you share a server with many people. However, managed hosting is more expensive as compared to shared hosting due to the fact that it is rich in features.

    Some of the hosts that offer shared hosting are – HostGator, DreamHost, Bluehost etc. While those that offer managed hosting are ZippyKid, Page.Ly, WPEngine etc.  In my point of view managed web hosting is the best because all the configurations are setups for your hosting is done on your behalf. However, I would recommend Bluehost because they have partnered with WordPress for a long time and have enough experience in everything relating to it.

    Second Step: Install WordPress

    This is the easiest step as it takes less than 5 minutes. And most of the WP hosts offer a one-click WP installation. On the Hosting service’s cPanel you will find a button with the WP logo just click on it to install the latest version of the platform. Follow the onscreen instruction to complete the installation.

    Third Step: Choose a theme for your blog

    This is another vital step as it will influence your sites appearance and impression to the readers. Your theme should also reflect on your blog’s niche. WP offers you a wide range of themes – you can create your own custom theme, buy a premium theme, choose a free theme or edit a theme.

    I would advise against creating your own custom theme as it will entail a lot of work and is time consuming, even though you are guaranteed of a unique theme.

    The best option here is buying a premium theme. Several websites and web design agencies sell affordable WP themes – this will save you time and money. But for a beginner please go for a free theme. This can be found on the official WP website – worpress.org.

    You can also use the theme editor like Aetisteer which can help you create themes easily and quickly even with no web design skills.

    Fourth Step: Install Plugins

    The best thing about WP is the numerous features and plugins it offers its users. You can install plugins to extend WP’s functionality. Most of the plugins help in building better and faster blogs, creating memberships for your blog and improving your blog’s SEO.

    Fifth Step: Create unique and useful content.

    After creating and setting up your blog, it will require content. You need to do research on your niche and come up with ideas, keywords and titles for your content. Content is what will drive traffic to your site and traffic is what will determine your blog’s success. You content should be meaningful and useful to the reader for it to computer attention.

    Bottom line, choose a niche that you are well conversant with.

    Sixth Step: Promote your blog.

    This is the last part of not only this tutorial but also any blogging endeavor. Promoting your blog it the second way for driving traffic to and the ultimate success of your blog. This is mostly important when you are aiming towards making money using your blog. There are several ways you can use to promote your blog:

    • Use advertisement platforms like BingAds, Google’s AdWords etc.
    • Create an email list and distribute your contents
    • Share on social media fan pages mostly Facebook and Twitter due to their large user population
    • Do some guest blogging for some of the popular blogs and add your blog’s link.
    • Partner with other bloggers and agree to promote each other.

    Conclusion

    Starting a WordPress blog is very easy and can be completed within a matter of minutes. All it contains is a few clicks here and there. The greatest challenge when it comes to owning a blog is the ability to create unique and meaningful content, most bloggers tend to give up along the way. They end up running out of ideas because they were in a rush when choosing their blogs’ niche. Before starting a blog, do your homework and get it right.

    Thank you.

    Greg Vaughan
    Spectator
    Post count: 27
    #26937 |

    Fantastic help, Denzel. Two more questions and I’m done.

    1. How do I reduce the size of the content box buttons?

    2. How do I remove the navigation buttons that were added with the custom code you provided which adds 3 blog excerpt to the home page? I just want the last three blog excerpts to show.

    3. How do I redirect the author links to the “about us” page rather than to an author page with a list of posts? When the author hyperlink is clicked, I want it to navigate to the “about us” page.

    It’s almost done, thanks to your help!

    http://www.bbblack.com
    http://www.bbblack.com/blog

    Denzel Chia
    Moderator
    Post count: 3230
    #26951 |

    Hi,

    Use these for the button. Adjust accordingly.

    Use this to the hide the home page navigation.

    As for question 3,
    This requires modifications to the theme code.
    Our support do not provide assistance in modifying theme codes.

    You can contact us for customization service via https://theme4press.com/theme-customization-service/

    Thank you

    Greg Vaughan
    Spectator
    Post count: 27
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    Denzel Chia
    Moderator
    Post count: 3230
    #27014 |

    You are welcome.

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