Getting Started from Scratch

Welcome! If you are here, you most likely just purchased a Flotheme. This article is for those, who are just getting started with a Flotheme from scratch.

This article is also broken down into multiple sections that talk about each process in detail – e.g. setting up pages, creating a sitemap, uploading a logo, etc.

Build out a Game Plan

So before you dive into the process of creating a website we strongly recommend that you have a game plane, a road map of what you are going to do to set up your site as effectively as possible.

Below we have listed out the path we would take when starting from scratch. The process is broken down into several steps. Some are very basic and some can be theme specific

Step 1
1. Creating Pages
2. Setting up your Menu
3. Setting up a Homepage

Step 2
1. Header and Logo
2. Footer
3. Permalinks
4. SM Links
5. Google Analytics

Step 3
4. Assign Templates and add Content

All the above are the basic steps you need to know in order to get started. There are more options such as font and color adjustments, etc. however those are all covered in separate articles.

Step One

1. Creating Pages
Go to Pages – Add New and begin creating the core website sitemap. Start by crating basic pages like Home, Blog, Galleries, About, Contact, etc.

Add in the Page Title and click Publish. repeat the process as many times as required to build out the core sitemap

2. Setting up your Menu
Once Pages are created go to Appearance – Menus and confirm the Main Menu you want to assign to the website. There are a few steps you will need to take to finalize the Menu setup.
1. Provide a Menu Title
2. Remove the unnecessary “default” pages like Sample Page, etc.
3. Remove the “custom” Home page added by default to your Menu
4. Click on “Create Menu”
5. Set the Menu as the “Primary Menu” and click on Save

 

3. Setting up a Homepage
After a page called “Home” has been created, you need to “tell” WordPress which one of the created pages should be the Homepage.
To do this, go to Settings – Reading and adjust the “Your homepage displays” settings to display your desired Homepage.

Now, when users type in your Website URL they will land on the assigned page. Also, when clickin on the website Logo within the Menu, they will be directed to the Homepage. Thus, you can now remove “Home” from the navigation.

Here you can select any of the available pages as a Homepage.

Step Two

We would recommend you follow the steps below. They do not have to be in this specific order, but make sure you get them done before moving to the finale stage of adding content.

1. Header and Logo
Go to Flotheme – Header Settings and select the Header Layout you want to implement, and upload your Logo to the website.

2. Footer
Go to Flotheme – Footer Settings where you can add additional content like Instagram Feed, etc.

* Be sure to check out the relevant Theme tutorials on Header and Footer management.

3. Permalinks
Enabling “Pretty Permalinks” is super important as this will make URL management so much easier.
Go to Settings – Permalinks and change the Permalinks Settings to POST NAME

4. SM Links
To add SM Links go to Flotheme – Generics – Social Media.

Check out the Social Media Links article for more information.

5. Google Analytics
To add the Google Analytics code, go to Flotheme – Introduction – Optional settings.
Even though this an important piece of the website setup, you can always come back at a later time to set up Google Analytics.
Please check out the Google Analytics article for more information.

 
Check the video about the Generic section of Flothemes:

Step Three

Now that you have the “skeleton” setup it’s time to start putting some meat on those bones. This is where you start applying Page Templates to Pages and start adding content.

Open up a Page you want to edit and scroll down until you find the Templates section. Select the Template appropriate to the Page being edited, and start adding in content.

 

Please keep in mind that some Page Templates will consist out of multiple components and blocks that take in content from other sections like Galleries, Blog Posts or Slideshows, etc.

Begin to add content one block at a time and click on Update in the top right corner when finished.

We do recommend you check out the tutorials specific to your Theme on how to manage page templates, slideshows, galleries, etc.