JAZ

Version 1.1

Installing Theme

One of the most common mistakes is actually not installing the correct theme folder. Be sure that the folder you are uploading is named - "JAZ". It should say nothing besides "JAZ". If you have accidentally uploaded a different folder (usually the original download folder with all the documentation, licenses, etc.) you will receive an error indicating that a stylesheet is missing. So be careful :)

Installing Theme with FTP

  • Unzip the folder named "JAZ".
  • Navigate to wp-content > themes > and drop the folder named "JAZ" into that area.
  • In WordPress, navigate to Appearance > Themes > then Activate "JAZ".

Installing Theme with WordPress

  • Zip the folder named "JAZ".
  • Navigate to wp-content > themes > and drop the folder named "JAZ" into that area.
  • In WordPress, navigate to Appearance > Themes > then Activate "JAZ".
  • That's it! Let's get this thing setup.

Sample Data

It's often requested to have available dummy content to make it easier to get started on your site. We have provided this data in the main folder named - "sample-date.xml".

  • Find sample-data.xml in main download folder entitled - "theme-files-JAZ".
  • In WordPress admin, navigate to Tools > Import > WordPress.
  • Install WordPress importer plugin.
  • Activate Plugin & Run Importer.
  • Choose file "sample-data.xml".
  • Upload and Import content.

Note: This plugin does not import images and place them in posts. You have to put the images into the posts themselves. Yes, it's a hassle, but it's better than nothing :)

Plugins w/ Theme

JAZ comes with a variety of plugins to enhance the functionality of your site. Only the highest quality and most vetted plugins are provided with Siiimple themes. Not all are required in order for the theme to work as intended, but there are few that are.

Required Plugins

Recommended Plugins

After Theme Install

After you have uploaded and activated the JAZ theme, you will be prompted with a notice that indicates both Required & Recommended plugins that are available with the theme. That notice looks like this:

Click the "Begin installing plugins" link. Click the checkbox preceding the Plugin title, as shown below, then choose Install, then click Apply. Once the plugins are installed, you can do the same process, except choose Activate. All the plugins will be activated and ready to go.

You will then notice that WooCommerce offers to auto setup basic pages to get your shop started. Just press the Install WooCommerce button.

Now, go to the Jaz Options area (bottom of main menu on the left of the admin screen) > click General Settings > Click Save Settings

Basic WP Info

Some common WordPress information.

Creating New Posts w/ Featured Images

  • Go to the main left hand sidebar
  • Posts > Add New
  • Add Title, Content, Featured Image
  • Add Tags, Choose Format, Add Categories
  • Add Featured Image by clicking Set featured image
  • Click Upload Files or drag & drop images.
  • Click Set featured image

Creating New Pages

  • Go to the main left hand sidebar
  • Pages > Add New
  • Add Title, Content, Featured Image
  • Add Tags, Choose Format, Add Categories
  • Add Featured Image by clicking Set featured image
  • Click Upload Files or drag & drop images.
  • Click Set featured image

Excerpts for Posts on Home Page

  • The excerpts for posts in the super widget are set to the standard, automatic length.
  • However, you can alter this by simply utilizing the Excerpt meta box that is provided in the Screen Options.

How to add posts in GALLERY format.

  • Go Posts > Add New
  • Click Format Gallery (Right side under the Format meta area)
  • Go to Advanced Page Options.
  • Click Upload Images under the Gallery Images area.
  • Select images for gallery.

Home Page Setup

You when you first install JAZ you will need to setup your home page that allows for the widgetized layout. The home page as it exists upon installation is simply a collection of your posts. But to setup the home page as you see it in the demo, with the wigetized, dynamic layout that allows you to utilize the Super Widget, you must follow these steps:

Create New Page using Template Home

  • Go to Pages > Add New
  • Add Title (do not name it Template Home)
  • Go to Page Attributes > Select Template Home
  • Publish

Go make created page your home page

  • Go to Settings > Reading
  • Click A static page (select below)
  • Select the page you just created
  • Save Changes

Menu Setup

JAZ's mega menu has some unique features. Be sure to choose a Header Layout. Go to Jaz Options > Header Layout > Choose option.

Starting New Menu

  • Go to Appearance > Menus
  • Enter Menu Name > Click Create Menu
  • Under Menu Settings > Theme Locations > click Top Primary Menu
  • Click Save Menu

Traditional Menu

  • Go to Screen Options at top right corner of screen > Click Description & CSS Classes
  • Add menu item by clicking menu items on left sidebar of menu area.
  • Add submenu items by clicking menu items on left sidebar > drag menu item beneath another menu item.
  • Open menu item
  • Type traditional in the CSS Classes box
  • Drag other menu items beneath (bottom right) that menu item

Mega Menu w/ Lists

  • Add menu item by clicking menu items on left sidebar of menu area.
  • Add submenu items by clicking menu items on left sidebar > drag menu item beneath another menu item.
  • Open menu item
  • Type vertical-with-title in the CSS Classes box
  • Drag other menu items beneath (bottom right) that menu item
  • Drag other menu items beneath the other menu title. Please see image below:

Horizontal Menu w/ Images

  • Add menu item by clicking menu items on left sidebar of menu area.
  • Add submenu items by clicking menu items on left sidebar > drag menu item beneath another menu item.
  • Open menu item
  • Type horizontal in the CSS Classes box

New Articles & Trending

Featured Section

There are four different featured section options to choose from. Go to Appearance > Jaz Options > Featured Section. Each section pulls posts based on which categories those posts have. You can choose one category or all of them or some and not all.


General Layout & Style

JAZ comes with a variety of options for the framework of the home page and also the style of the homepage.

Each layout is widget controlled. Meaning you add content for the main content area and also the sidebar through Appearance > Widgets. There are 10 Widget Areas available.

  • Main Content
  • Secondary Content
  • Secondary Content (2)
  • Single Post Sidebar
  • Gallery
  • Shop
  • Footer Top Left
  • Footer Top Mid
  • Footer Top Right
  • Footer

The Main Content uses the Super Widget to display a combination of layouts, posts from categories, post sizes, etc.


The dark gray boxes indicate the Main Content area in the general layout. The light blue areas indicate the Secondary Content areas.

Super Widget

The "Super Widget" is the heart of JAZ. This widget can be added unlimited number of times to different widget areas - more commonly in the Main Content widget area. You can play, mix & match, show different meta data, add intro text, etc.

Each individual widget is easy to customize. Show intro text, text that shows below the title of the widget, by going to Customs > Intro Text. Also, easily add custom styles by using the Custom Script & Stylesheet input area.

Carousels

JAZ comes with two carousels that show in the header and footer, a carousel that can be shown in the menu when the second menu option is selected, but also can be configured and removed in the JAZ Options area. Go to Appearance > Jaz Options > Carousels.

Header Layouts

There are 3 header layouts available with JAZ. Go to Appearance > Jaz Options > Header Layouts > Choose 1 of 3 different layout options. The logo uploader is on Appearance > Jaz Options > Home Settings and is optimal at 242px width and 124px height. You can also change the background color of the logo area to accommodate the styling of your logo.

Gallery Templates

To create a gallery template:

Create Gallery Page

  • Go to Pages > Add New
  • Add Title
  • Go to Page Attributes > Template > Choose between Gallery, Gallery w/ Left Sidebar, Gallery w/ Right Sidebar
  • Publish

Create Gallery Items

  • Go to Gallery > Add New
  • Add Title
  • Add Gallery Excerpt under Gallery Items meta area
  • Add Page Background (if you want full page image background)
  • Add Content
  • Add Featured Image
  • Add New Category for Gallery Sorting

Post & Page Meta Options

Pages & Posts are standard to all WordPress sites. With JAZ are some added meta options for every post and page. You can find these options directly below the content area of any new page or new post.


Sources

All images used are generously provided by unsplash.com or purchased for use from Photodune. Thank you to Design Wall for allowing the use of their Question/Answer plugin.

Plugins & Sources

Video Tutorials

How to setup Traditional dropdown link
How to setup Mega Menu w/ Lists
How to setup Horizontal Images in Menu
Other menu items - Trending, New Articles
Featured Section
Setting Up Main Content
Sidebars in Homepage

Final Thanks

Finally, thank you for your purchase in JAZ. If you need any support, please feel free to setup an account at Siiimple Support. This theme is dedicated to my beautiful 8 year old lab retriever named Jasmine, who we sadly lost to cancer after a perfect 8 years of love, loyalty, companionship.