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):
- Unpacking archive (MAC OS);
- Unpacking archive (Windows OS);
- How to download and install WinZip;
- How to unpack the template (MAC OS);
- How to unpack the template (Windows 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:
- How to upload the files to server;
- How to upload the files to server using cPanel (WebHost Manager, WHM).
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:
- How to install WordPress engine to HostGator (manual installation);
- How to install WordPress engine to Bluehost (manual installation);
- How to install WordPress engine to SiteGround (manual installation);
- How to install WordPress engine to GoDaddy (manual installation);
- How to install JustHost engine to Bluehost (manual installation).
Now you can proceed to theme installation: theme_name.zip.Follow the steps listed below:
1. Extract the template package.
2. Navigate to the Appearance > Themes section at the admin panel of the site and open the theme folder.
3. Locate the archive named as theme-name.zip and install the theme by pressing Install Now.
4. Next please press on Activate link.
Cherry Wizard Installation
After theme activation you will get a notice which offers you to install Cherry Plugin Wizard. To continue plugins and demo contents installation with Cherry Plugin Wizard just hit Begin installing plugin link. You will be transfered to the page where you can select the needed plugins.
Then please click on Install link.
After Cherry Plugin Wizard has been successfully installed and activated click on Return to the Dashboard link
After installation and activation Cherry Plugin Wizard you will get a notice which offers you to continue the plugins and demo contents installation with Cherry Plugin Wizard. Then click on START INSTALL on the top of the page to start installation of the recommended plugins.
On the Wizard Home page you can check if your server configurations meet WordPress minimal requirements. If any doesnt't meet you can continue the installation process, but it will take more time and can drive to bugs.
If your server configurations meet WordPress minimal requirements please click on NEXT link.
Then you have to select the skin and click on SELECT SKIN link. Also you can view demo.
If you want to fill the website with your content and optimally install it use Lite Install.
The full version of the template will be suitable for you if you need its COMPLETE functionality, without additional settings. It contains more images and pages of the specific plugins content; some skins contain more plugins. Make a sure you need Full version. If you have opted for Full Install version, please click on Full Install.
If your server configurations don't meet the WordPress minimal requirements and you couldn't install Full Version, try Lite one.
Green Install Plugin box means the installation process has been successfully completed.
Red Install Plugin box means the installation process hasn't been completed. Press on Details link you will see where is the problem and please refer to TemplateMonster Support department.
After plugins installation you will get a notice which offers to append demo content to your existing content or completely rewrite it.
When you have taken the option please click on START.
If you select Replace my existing content with demo content your whole content will be completely and irreversibly deleted!
If you select Replace my existing content with demo content you will have to enter your password to confirm and start content replacing and importing sample data will start.
On this step Cherry Plugin Wizard regenerates thumbnails for all imported images. This process may take some minutes.
Import is finished. Cherry Plugin Wizard offers you to select options VIEW YOUR SITE or CUSTOMIZE YOUR THEME.
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 Plugin Installation
If you need to install plugins manually, you can do it this way.
- install plugins from theme/(your theme name)/assets/includes/plugins;
- go to Wordpress.org and download the necessary plugins;
- go to plugins tab on your administration panel and click on add new button;
- you will see the the search field that can help you search the necessary plugins by keywords, you can install them from your administration panel at once;
- you can also upload the plugins from your PC if you already have them on your computer in .zip format. Just click on upload plugin button and choose the needed files.
Manual sample data installation
For installing the sample data manualy please follow the instructions listed below.
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.
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.