TemplateMonster theme is built as a WordPress theme, so you need to have WordPress engine installed first. If you have not installed it yet, please refer to the WordPress Installation section.
Download the required WordPress version. You can check which release is required on the template preview page in the requirements list. Make sure you download the correct version.
You can download the WordPress platform on the official WordPress.org website: Download WordPress. If you need another release, follow this link: WordPress versions archive. Once the platform is downloaded, you’ll need to unpack the files. You can use any file archiver that supports ZIP format to unpack the ZIP file.
These tutorials will show you how to unpack the archived files, if you have Windows OS (using WinZip) and if you have MAC OS (using StuffitExpander).
- WinZip Downloading and Installation
- Archived Files Extraction
- Archived Files Extraction for Windows
- How to unpack the template (MAC OS)
- Template Extraction on MAC OS
Once the WordPress platform files and folders are unpacked, you need to upload them to the hosting server.
Upload the files and folders to the server into the PUBLIC_HTML or WWW directory.
If you can’t find the PUBLIC_HTML or WWW directory on your hosting server, contact your hosting provider and find out where you should upload the website files to.
You can also take a look at these tutorials that give detailed information on how to upload the files to a hosting server:
Next, you need to create a database for the WordPress platform.
You can create it using the database management tool in the hosting cpanel (usually it is PhpMyAdmin). With the help of phpMyAdmin you can create a new database in 3 simple steps (check the slides below):
- Click the Database button at the top navigation menu to see the list of databases.
- Enter database name in the “Create new database” field.
- Click the “Create” button.
You will see the new database in the list now. Click on its name to access it.
If you face any difficulties while creating the database, contact your hosting provider for tech support.
You can also check the following tutorials:
Enter the WordPress directory path into the browser address bar and click Enter. WordPress installation will begin.
Creating the configuration file
WordPress installation screen will inform you that the configuration file is missing. Click “Create Configuration File” to create it.
Please note that the prefix of WordPress database tables should be wp_.
You need to enter the WordPress database connection details here.
You need to enter the next details:
- website name
- administrator login and password
- website e-mail
Click “Install WordPress”.
If you have entered the correct details, you will see a successful installation message and the WordPress dashboard access button.
You can also take a look at these video tutorials:
- Manual WordPress Installation to HostGator Server;
- Manual WordPress Installation to BlueHost Server;
- Manual WordPress Installation to SiteGround Server;
- Manual WordPress Installation to GoDaddy Server;
- Manual WordPress Installation to JustHost Server.
Now you can proceed to theme installation: theme_name.zip.Follow the steps listed below:
Extract the template package.
Navigate to the Appearance > Themes section at the admin panel of the site and open the “theme” folder.
Locate the archive named as theme-name.zip and install the theme by pressing “Install Now”.
Next please press on ‘Activate’ link.
After you install and activate the theme, you may need to install some additional plugins:
Then press on “Begin installing plugins” at the top of the website to start installation of the recommended plugins.
Select all the plugins, choose ‘install’ mode and confirm the action by pressing “Apply”.
Then you’ll be redirected to the plugins activation page. Select “Return to the Dashboard” when it is completed.
In order to install theme sample data
Navigate to Tools > Import.
Choose “WordPress” and click on Install importer, then you’ll see the confirmation pop-up to run the install. Press on ‘Install Now’ there.
Then click on the “Activate Plugin & Run Importer” after the successful installation.
Press on the “Browse” button and select the XML content file in the theme sample_data folder.
Next press Upload File and import.
After that, choose an author for manual import (or create a new user with login name) or select the one from the list of available authors (recommended option) (or assign post to an existing user).
Check the “Download and import file attachments” checkbox. Navigate to the Dashboard when it is completed.
“WordPress Importer” plugin can also be downloaded here
In order to import widget settings
Navigate to Plugins > Add new > Search Plugin and type “Widget Importer & Exporter” Press on Install Now, and activate plugin by clicking on “Activate Plugin” after its successful installation.
Next please navigate to the Tools > Widgets Importer & Exporter section, press on ‘Browse’ and select WIE widgets file in the sample_data folder, then click on ‘Import Widgets’.
After sample data installation you’ll need to select menus locations. To do it, please, navigate to “Appearance > Menus > Manage Locations” in WordPress Dashboard. Here select the locations for each of the menus to make them look as in the live demo.
Now navigate to “Settings > Reading” on the left of WordPress Dashboard and select “Static Front Page” as the main page in order to activate a newly uploaded main page from sample data.
After the successful installation, all widgets settings will be applied.
If there are problems with installing the theme via the admin panel, here’s an alternative way to do it.
Upload via FTP
To use this method, you need to have access to your WordPress site files on FTP through the File Manager of your hosting control panel or an FTP client like Filezilla, CuteFTP, Total Commander, etc.
- Unzip the theme-name.zip files to any folder on your hard drive (first, right-click each of the .zip files, select Unzip to… theme-name respectively, so you get the one folder called theme-name).
- Upload the theme-name folder to the /wp-content/themes/ directory on your FTP server.
- Log in to your WordPress admin panel (add /wp-admin after your domain name in the browser address bar).
- Go to the menu Appearance > Themes.
- Under the Available Themes section find theme-name and activate it by clicking the Activate button.
Manual sample data installation
For installing the sample data manualy please follow the instructions listed below.
ATTENTION: Importing the SQL file to your database will overwrite your existing content and website settings. DO NOT import the SQL file if you want to keep the existing content.
NOTE: Always back up your database before performing any modifications.
Open the theme/manual_install folder of your downloaded template package.
Upload the “uploads” folder to the wp-content directory of your WordPress installation, accept folder(s) replacement. Please note that your images may be replaced with sample images.
- Open the theme-name.sql file that is located in the theme/manual_install folder in any text editor (preferably Sublime Text or Notepad) and replace all instances of “your_website_url_here” with your website URL in the entire document using the Find and Replace tool (hit Ctrl+H hot keys to open this window). E.g.: http://www.mywebsite.com. Please, make sure that you do not have the forward slash “/” sign at the end of the address and the url starts with http://www. Save your changes and close the file.
Now you can import the dump file with the phpMyAdmin tool or some other database management tool.
Open your WordPress database using a database management tool. Usually, the database tool is called PhpMyadmin.
Go to the Import tab and import the .sql file.
Go to Settings > Permalinks.
Click the Save Changes button.
- Refresh your home page. That’s it, the template has been installed with demo sample content.