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Requirements for Getting Started

Make sure The Conference Free WordPress theme is compatible with your WordPress version.

The Conference Free Theme will work with 4.5 and above versions of WordPress.

However, for the best experience, added features, and updated security patches, we recommend you to update your WordPress to the latest version.

If you haven’t downloaded WordPress already, you can download it from the WordPress repository via https://wordpress.org/download/.

Checklist for Getting Started

  • Check WordPress Version and Update it
  • Install The Conference Free Theme
  • Install Recommended Plugins. Some functionality of the theme might not work if you do not install the recommended plugins.

Recommended Image Size (in px)

The Conference Free banner slider: 1920 X 1008

The Conference Free featured page: 470 X 470

The Conference Free icon text-image: 585 X 550

The Conference Free speaker: 370 X 450

The Conference Free blog: 768 X 519

The Conference Free related posts: 110 X 83

Demo Import (Instantly Make Website Like Demo)

You can easily make your website exactly like the live preview (demo) of The Conference Free theme by importing the demo content. Importing demo content is a great way of getting started with your website. You can get a guideline on how to set up this theme if you import the demo content.

To import the demo with a click, you need to install Rara One Click Demo Import plugin and follow this step by step guide.

How to Check and Update WordPress Version

  • Log in to the WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Dashboard >Updates

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Update the WordPress core if there is an update available.

Theme Installation & Activation

After you have the latest version of WordPress, save the downloaded The Conference Free Theme somewhere handy on your computer, as you will be using the included files for the rest of the installation process.

The Conference Free Theme file includes:

A WordPress Theme Files (in .zip format)— This (the-conference.zip) is a compressed WordPress theme file containing all of the required templates, images, and icons required for the theme to function properly.

Note for Safari users (macOS): If you are using Safari to download the theme file, the file may unzip automatically. So, make sure your theme file is in .zip format. Here’s how to stop Safari from automatically unzipping your .zip file.

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To install and activate the theme follow these steps or the above gif:

  • Log in to WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Themes

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  • Click on Add New button

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  • Click on Upload Theme

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  • Click on “Choose File…”, select the “the-conference.zip” file from your computer and click Open.

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  • Click on Install Now

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  • After the theme is installed, click on “Activate

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Installing Recommended Plugins

You must install and activate the following plugins to get the best out of The Conference Free theme.

RaraTheme Companion by Rara Theme:

RaraTheme Companion is truly a must-have companion for your website. It provides 15+ useful and frequently used widgets that you can add to the sidebars to create an engaging website. This plugin is necessary for adding home page sections on The Schema.

Rara One Click Demo Import by Rara Theme:

This plugin will help you import demo content of our themes with a click. So, if you want to kickstart your website with the live demo of this theme, install and activate this plugin.

BlossomThemes Email Newsletter by Blossom Themes:

This plugin is needed to add newsletter subscription form on the newsletter section. The plugin also creates a newsletter widget that can be used in the sidebars.

Contact Form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi:

Contact Form 7 helps you add and manage multiple contact forms.

Regenerate Thumbnails by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond):

If you have existing content, this will help you update your images thumbnail sizes. To update the thumbnails, you must run this plugin.

How to Install Recommended Plugin:

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Install Plugins.

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  • Click “Install” to install the plugins

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  • Click “Activate” to activate the plugins

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Setting up the Front/Landing/Home Page and Blog Page

To get started with customizing the theme, you first need to set up a front page. If you want to make your website look like the demo, you should select the Front page as Static Page. So, first, we will create a homepage and blog page and then configure them.

Creating Home Page

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Pages > Add New

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  • Enter the Page Title for the Page. You do not need to enter anything in the content section for creating a home page
  • Let the Page Attributes section be Default Template
  • Click on Publish

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Creating Blog Page

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Pages > Add New

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  • Enter the Page Title for the Page. Give the name as Blog as you are creating a blog page
  • Let the Page Attributes section be Default Template
  • Click on Publish

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Configuring Home Page and Blog Page

  • Log in to the WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance>Customize > Homepage Settings> Static Front Page
  • Select A Static Page under Your homepage displays
  • Select the page “Home” from drop-down as homepage
  • Select Blog page from the drop down to set the Posts page
  • Click Publish

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Site Identity (Add Logo/Name and Tagline on your website)

You can change the name and logo of your website here.

  • Log in to the WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity
  • Click Select Logo and upload your logo.
  • Enter Site Title and Tagline.
  • Checkbox Display Site Title and Tagline
  • Click Select Image and upload Image for Site Icon (favicon)
  • Click on Publish

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Appearance Settings

You can change the appearance of your website using this settings panel.

Colors

You can change the background color of your website using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to change the background color of the website.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Appearance Settings> Colors
  • Select the Background Color
  • Click on Publish

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Background Image

You can set up the background image of your website using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to set the background image.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Appearance Settings> Background Image
  • Select the preset, reposition the image if you want and select the image size you want to display
  • Click on Publish

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Layout Settings

Blog Page Layout

You can choose the blog layout of your website from this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to select a blog page layout for your website.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Layout Settings> Blog Page Layout
  • Select the blog layout from the given options
  • Click on Publish

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General Sidebar Layout

You can select sidebar for posts/pages using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to configure the sidebar for your website pages.

  • Login to your WordPress panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Layout Settings> General Sidebar Layout
  • Select the Page Sidebar Layout, Post Sidebar Layout, and Default sidebar layout
  • Click on Publish

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Front Page Settings

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Banner Section

You can set up a static image or video in the banner section. The banner will be displayed at the top of your website.

To set up your banner:

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Banner Section
  • Choose either Static/Video CTA Banner or Disable Banner (if you do not want to display a banner at all)
  • Click on Publish

Static/Video CTA Banner

Please follow the below steps to add a Static/Video CTA Banner on the banner section of your website.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Banner Section
  • Choose Static/Video CTA Banner under Banner Options.
  • Upload the Header Video or Enter the YouTube URL of the video. Also, you can upload images in the banner section by clicking on Add new image. If you add both video and image in the banner section at the same time, it will only show video by default.
  • Enter the Event Title and Event Description
  • Enter the Banner Label One and Banner Link One
  • Enter the Banner Label Two and Banner Link Two
  • Enable Show Upcoming Event to show the event timer. Blue is Enabled.
  • Select the Upcoming Event Date
  • Click on Publish

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About Section

Please follow the below steps to configure About Section on your homepage.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > About Section.
  • Click Add a Widget.
  • Select Rara: Featured Page Widget.

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  • Choose the About Page from which the content for this section would be fetched. You need to create a separate page with content for this section. You can create an About page by going to Pages> Add New.
  • Select Show Full Page Content to show full page content in the About Section.
  • Checkbox to show featured image in the Service section
  • Checkbox Show Read More option and enter the Read More Text
  • Click on Done
  • Click on Publish

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Stat Counter Section

Please follow the below steps to configure the stat counter section.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Stat Counter Section
  • Select and Upload the Background Image for the section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Rara: Stat Counter Widget

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  • Enter the Stat Counter Widget Title and Counter
  • Select from the icons or upload an image for the stat
  • Click on Done
  • Enter more Stats in the same way
  • Click on Publish

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Recent Conferences Section

Please follow the below steps to configure the recent conference section on your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Recent Conferences Section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Rara: Icon Text widget

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  • Enter the Title and Description
  • Search and select an Icon or Upload an image for the conference
  • Enter the Read More Label and Read More Link
  • Click on Done
  • Add more conferences in the same way
  • Click on Publish

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Speakers Section

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Please follow the below steps to configure the Speaker Section on the front page of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Recent Conferences Section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Text widget to add section title and description

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  • Enter the Section Title and Description

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  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Rara: Team Member Widget to add team members

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  • Enter the Name, Designation, and Description of the team member
  • Upload the team member image
  • Enter the social media profile of the team member
  • Click on Done
  • Add more team member in the same way
  • Click on Publish

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Testimonial Section

You can add your client’s testimonial in this section of the homepage.

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Please follow the below steps to add and configure testimonial section on the homepage of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Front Page Settings> Testimonial Section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Text Widget to enter Title and Description
  • Enter the title and description for the section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Rara: Testimonial Widget

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  • Enter the Name, Designation, and Testimonial
  • Upload Image of the client
  • Click on Done
  • Add more testimonial in the same way
  • Enter the View All Label
  • Click on Publish

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Timer CTA Section

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Please follow the below steps to configure the Timer CTA Section on the homepage of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Front Page Settings> Timer CTA Section
  • Enter the Title and Description for the section
  • Enable the Show Upcoming Events to show upcoming event timer
  • Select the Upcoming Event Date
  • Enter the Readmore Label and Readmore URL
  • Upload the Background Image
  • Click on Publish

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Call To Action Section

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Please follow the below steps to configure Call to Action Section on the front page of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Front Page Settings> Call To Action Section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Rara: Call To Action

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  • Enter the Title and Description of the section
  • Select the Number of Call-to-Action Buttons you want to display
  • Enter the Button Label and Button Link
  • Select the Button Alignment
  • Select the Background Color or Upload Image for the section
  • Click on Done
  • Click on Publish

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Blog Section

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Please follow the below steps to configure the Blog section on your website homepage.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Front Page Settings> Blog Section
  • Enter the Blog Title and Description
  • Enter the View all Label for the Blog Section
  • Click on Publish

Note: The blog section fetches and displays the recent articles

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Contact Section

You can configure the Contact section of homepage using this settings panel.

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Please follow the below steps to configure the contact section on your website homepage.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Front Page Settings> Contact Section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Text Widget

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  • Enter the Contact Section Title and Description
  • Click on Done

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  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Text Widget

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  • Enter the Title, Description, and CF7 Shortcode. (Go to Dashboard> Contact Form> Add New to get the Contact Form Shortcode.)
  • Click on Done

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  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Rara: Contact Widget

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  • Enter the Contact Detail Title, Contact Phone, Contact Email, and Contact Address to display on the front page of your website.
  • Click on Add Social Icon and add your social media icon and links to show social media links in the contact section.
  • Click on Done
  • Click on Publish

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Google Map Section

You can show your location map on the front page of your website.

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  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Front Page Settings> Map Section
  • Click on Add a Widget
  • Select Custom HTML

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  • Enter the Google Map iframe code
  • Click on Publish

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General Settings

Header Settings

You can configure the header section of your website using this settings panel.

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Please follow the below steps to configure the header section of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> General Settings> Header Settings
  • Enter the Custom Link Label and URL
  • Enable Open Link in New Tab if you want to open the links in new tab.
  • Click on Publish

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SEO Settings

You can configure the SEO settings of your website using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to configure SEO settings of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> General Settings> SEO Settings
  • Enable Last Updated Post Date to allow search engine crawl your posts latest changes and help in better ranking.
  • Enable Breadcrumb to help your visitors and search engine bots to navigate to your website
  • Enter the Breadcrumb Home Text
  • Click on Publish

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Posts(Blog) & Pages Setting

Please follow the below steps to configure the Posts/Blog and Page settings of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Posts (Blog) & Pages Settings
  • Enable/Disable the Prefix on Archive Pages
  • Enable Blog Excerpt if you want to show the summary of the posts. If enabled, select the number of words for the blog excerpt.
  • Enter the Read More Text
  • Enable Hide Author Section to hide author section. Blue is Enabled.
  • Enable Show Related Posts to show related posts below a blog post. Enter the title for Related posts section.
  • Enable Show Comments to show comments in Single Post/Page.
  • Enable Hide Category if you don’t want to show the category name on the blog posts.
  • Enable Hide Post Author if you don’t want to show author section on the blog page.
  • Enable Hide Posted Date if you don’t want to show the posted date on blog posts.
  • Enable Hide Comment Count to hide comment counts in the blog posts.
  • Click Publish

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Newsletter Settings

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Email Newsletters plugin. Use the plugin to generate shortcode for the newsletter.

Creating Newsletter

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > Add New
  • Enter the title of the newsletter.
  • Select the options in the Field Settings. Select “Name and Email” if you want users to enter their Name and Email to subscribe to your newsletters, otherwise select “Email”.
  • Enter Name and Email placeholder.
  • Enter the label for Submit button.
  • Enter Form note. The note will be displayed below the Title.

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  • From the Appearance Settings, edit the appearance of the newsletter form.
  • Click on Publish to create the newsletter.

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Configuring Newsletters

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > Settings
  • Select the email platform – Mailchimp, Mailerlite, or ConvertKit.
  • Enter the API key of the email platform.
  • Select whether to display Popup text of Page when a visitor subscribes to your newsletter. If you select popup text, enter a message. If you select page, select the page you want to show.
  • Click Save Changes.

Newsletter Section

  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Newsletter Settings
  • Enable Newsletter Section to display newsletter section on the homepage.
  • Enter the short code of the newsletter shortcode generated using BlossomThemes Newsletter Plugin. The Shortcode can be found on the left side of the Newsletter. (BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > All Newsletter> ( Your Newsletter Name))

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  • Click Publish.

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Navigation Menus (Create and Edit Menu)

By default, all your primary pages will be displayed in the menu. If you want to create a Custom Menu, you can do it from Customizer or from Dashboard. This theme has one menu which displays in the header section. If you need more than one menu, you can add them in the sidebar using “Custom Menu” widget.

Create a New Menu from Customizer

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize> Menus in the WordPress Dashboard.
  • Click on Create New menu button.

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  • Give a name to your menu and select whether you want to display the menu on Primary location.
  • Click Next.

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  • Click “Add Items” to add items (pages, posts, categories, custom links…) to the Menu
  • Click “+” icon on the items list to add the item to the menu.
  • Drag and Drop the added items to rearrange them.
  • Click Publish.

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Create Menu from Dashboard

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Menus in the WordPress Dashboard.

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  • Click on create a new menu.

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  • Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button.

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  • Select the items from Pages, Posts, Custom Links, or Categories and click “Add to Menu”.

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  • Drag and Drop the added items to rearrange them.
  • Check the Menu location to Primary.
  • Click Save Menu.

Widgets

You can add the widgets to the sidebar in two ways, either via Dashboard or Customizer.

Adding Widgets via Customizer

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Widgets
  • Make sure you are on the page you want to add widgets to.
  • Click on the desired Sidebar or location (the one you want to add widgets to). You can add widgets on Footer as well.
  • Click on Add a Widget to add widgets

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  • Select desired Widgets and give a title to the widget
  • Click Add a Widget to add more widgets in the sidebar
  • Drag and reorder the widget as desired
  • Click Publish

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Adding Widgets via Dashboard

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Widgets
  • Available widgets are listed on the left-hand side while Sidebars are listed on the right side (including the sidebars you create)
  • Drag and drop the widgets to the desired sidebars.

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Footer Credit Settings

You can enter the copyright information of your website in the footer area using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to add your custom copyright information in the footer of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Footer Settings
  • Enter the copyright information as per your desire
  • Click on Publish

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Footer Section

The theme has 4 widgets area in the footer. You can add various widgets to the area. To add widgets in the footer, go to Appearance> Customize>Widgets and select the Footer Location (footer one, two, three, four) and add the widgets.

Additional CSS

You can add extra CSS codes here. If you want to modify the color, fonts, or any other CSS effects, you can enter the code here.

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Additional CSS
  • Enter your code
  • Click on Publish

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Helpful Tips

  • We highly recommend using Child Theme if you need to change the code of the theme. Do not change the codes in the files of the parent theme as all such changes will be lost when the theme is updated. Here’s an easy to follow guide if you don’t know how to create a child theme.
  • Always keep a BackUp of your theme before making any changes to the theme.
  • If you get any problem in using the theme, you can do the following things:
  • Deactivate the plugins, sometimes plugin conflict may cause issues with the theme. Please deactivate the unused plugins.
  • Replace the latest modified code with the original code.
  • If the issue pertains, feel free to contact us using our Support Ticket