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TechBlog Theme Documentation – Last Updated On 12/2/2011

1. Installing TechBlog Theme

Installation From WordPress Theme Section [Recommended & Easy]
1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
3. Select Install Themes
4. Use the Upload link in the top sub-menu to upload a zipped copy of  Theme that you have previously downloaded.

Installation via FTP – Download the Theme  and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files.  Use an FTP client to access your host web server, then upload the theme folder in wp-content/themes directory.  Then activate your theme from WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Themes.

2. Overview of TechBlog Options

1. Global Settings
  • Logo Image Url – Just paste the url of your custom logo. Make sure the logo dimension should be 296 x 49  [296px width and 49px height]
  • Logo Alt Text –  Text description of the logo
  • Favicon Url – Paste the url of favicon image icon. Make sure the favicon dimension should be 16 x 16  [16px width and 16px height]
  • Header Scripts – If you are using some website stats service or using some advertisement site like buysellads that requires to add code before </head> then paste that code in header scripts
  • Footer Scripts – If you are using services like Google Adsense or Infolinks, then their code goes in footer scripts
  • Featured Slider Category Settings – Choose the category for slider, It will show recent 12 posts from your specific category.
  • Contact Form Details – Email To : – Add your email where the Email will be sent from a user.
  • About Us Page ID – Enter page id of your about page. Use ‘Read More’ in content to handle content limit
  • Copyright Text –  Copyright Title of your site title. This will appear on the footer.
2. Social Settings
  • Feedburner Email Link –  Feedburner email subscription link
  • Rss Feedburner Link – Paste your feedburner rss link.
  • Twitter Profile Name – Add your Twitter profile name. Note: Your Twitter username but not profile url.
  • Facebook Profile Link – Add your Facebook Profile Link
3. Homepage Settings
  • FeaturedArea #1 – Choose the category for FeaturedArea #1
  • FeaturedArea #2 -Choose the category for FeaturedArea #2
  • FeaturedArea #3 -Choose the category for FeaturedArea #3
  • ‘Reviews’ Text – The heading of green part, That says ‘Reviews’ in demo.
  • Reviews Category – Choose the category that will display posts from your selected category.
  • Include or Exclude posts To show specific Category: add ID of category in comma separated view [FOR EG: 2,5,25,143] & To Exclude specific category: add ID of category in comma separated view with minus [FOR EG: -2,-5,-25,-143]

Here is the screenshot of what area is which one.

4. Single Page Settings
  • Show AuthorBox below each post? – This option will allow you to show ‘Author Box’ below the article.
  • How many Related Posts to show? – These are the related posts below the posts. 4 is recommended. But you can change them to any number if you know what you are doing.
5. SEO Settings
  • Site Title – The META description for your homepage.
  • Tagline – In a few words, explain what this site is about.
  • Meta Description? – The META description for your homepage.
  • Meta Keywords? – A comma separated list of your most important keywords for your site that will be written as META keywords on your homepage.
5. Advetisment Settings

3. Using Menus (Navigation)

WordPress Menus allows you to add menus simply by drag and drop interference. You can find Menus on Appearance > Menus

TechBlog theme has 3 Menus. Main Menu, Top Menu and Footer Menu. For more info on wordpress menus checkout this video.

4. Adding Widgets

WordPress Widgets are designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as “widgets”) without having to change any code.

We have 6 Widget areas on theme. Homepage sidebar, Post Sidebar, Archive sidebar, Footer Block 1, Footer Block 2, Footer Block 3.

  • Homepage sidebar –  The primary widget area on Homepage
  • Post Sidebar –  This sidebar will appear on article posts and pages
  • Footer Block 1 – Wide block on footer [Recent Comments in Demo]
  • Footer Block 2 – Small block on footer [Meta in Demo]
  • Footer Block 3 – Small block on footer [Pages in Demo]

5. Page Templates

WordPress can be configured to use different Page Templates for different Pages. Toward the bottom of the Write > Page administration panel (or on the sidebar, depending on which version of WordPress you are using) is a drop-down labeled “Page Template.” From there you can select which Template will be used when displaying this particular Page.

TechBlog theme has 3 page templates, Full Width Page, Contact page and Archive Sitemap.

Full Width Page –  This allows you to have wordpress page without any sidebar.

Contact page –  This page template allows you to have jquery contact form on your WordPress site. Contact form is one of those things that are widely used in WordPress and people use wordpress plugins for that. So we thought that we should have contact form per-added in our theme because using so many plugins can slow your site, The less plugins you use, the response time of your site will increase.

Archive Sitemap – This page template allows you to get Archives which also works as sitemap. Some visitors really to browse articles in list view and archives really helps them.

You must be thinking why it says sitemap then? Well, archives is type of sitemap which helps crawlers to get most out of your website. You can use this page template which will really help you to get index fast in google search results.

6. TechBlog is Seo Optimized!

TechBlog theme has options like Meta Description, Meta Keywords, canonicalize url and other good SEO stuff that are require to run big websites. Webmasters often get confused if the theme is optimized or i have to install plugins for that. Well, when using Magazine3 themes you don’t have to worry about that, Because guess what? TechBlog Theme is already SEO Optimized.

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