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Dawn Alderman Support & FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION

Thank you for purchasing this design for ProPhoto 5. Please use this guide to assist you in customizing the design to fit your brand. Please read all of the instructions and familliarize yourself with ProPhoto by viewing their tutorials library here: PROPHOTO TUTORIALS

Please contact me at support@dawnaldermandesign.com if you have any questions, I am more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have. I encourage you to look at all of the area of ProPhoto to become familiar where things are located.

*PHOTOSHOP or PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS is required to modify the PSD files. Most of the elements in the design are buttons and can be modified inside of ProPhoto. If you need an element that can not be changed inside ProPhoto, you will use the included PSD files to make those changes.

TIP: Images with a clear or transparent background must be saved as a png file to maintain transparency. All the PSD files are correctly sized for the design.  PSD files are named for their location inside of ProPhoto.

 INSTALLING YOUR DESIGN

  1. You must have ProPhoto 5 installed and activated. 
  2. To install your new design log into your Wordpress Site, look for the “ProPhoto” link on the left hand menu. Hover or click on the “ProPhoto” link, select “Manage Designs” from the ProPhoto Menu, then click on the button “Upload Design Zip”.  A popup will appear and you can select the zip file you received on download here. 
  3. Once uploaded the design will be placed into the Purchased Designs area and you can begin working with the design on your site.

Please view the tutorial on how to upload your new design here:  INSTALLING PROPHOTO DESIGNS

If you are installing a design that was purchased directly from dawnalderman.com, the file structure is a little different that ProPhoto's package.  Your design files from dawnalderman.com will include a zip file of the PSD Design files, an instruction file and the actual design zip file that you will upload under Manage Designs in ProPhoto and will be structured like (exported_design_name.zip).  

COMMON FAQ

My site doesn't look like the demo site after I upload it onto my site. What do I do?

I am trying to upload a design and I keep getting this error: The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the <code>style.css</code> stylesheet. Theme install failed. What do I do?

BLOGSITE

This design is set up to be a blogsite also called a website and blog in one.  The design should import the design with a default Static Home Page (designname_homepage) and a Posts/Blog (designname_postspage) page.  Inside of your Wordpress Dashboard you can see all of your available pages under the “Pages” link in your menu on the left hand side of your Wordpress Dashboard.  If your design did not set up and home page and posts page for you automatically you will need to set this up manually.

Click here to view HOW TO SET UP A STATIC HOME PAGE 

STATIC HOME PAGE

The static home page consists of widgets, buttons, and grids.  You need to become familiar with how widgets, buttons, and grids work in ProPhoto, these built in features allow you to easily create custom pages.  Please take a look at the widgets area to see what buttons and content are included with the design:  Wordpress Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets 

MENUS

Once you have your design uploaded and active you will need to modify the menu to link to your content, pages and posts.  The menu area is located here:  Wordpress Dashboard -> ProPhoto -> Customize -> Menus

View the PROPHOTO MENU OVERVIEW

PAGE SPECIFIC PROPHOTO OPTIONS

ProPhoto has built in Page Specific ProPhoto Options located below your text editor in pages and posts.  This area allows you to make certain areas within ProPhoto either visible or hidden on that particular page or post.

View HIDING ELEMENTS IN PROPHOTO

BUTTONS

The majority of the elements in this design are created using the Buttons feature in ProPhoto. Please look at the buttons area to become familiar with your new design to see what elements you need to modify or duplicate to customize your design:

Wordpress Dashboard -> ProPhoto -> Customize -> Buttons

Buttons are images, fonts and/or graphic layers that are modified inside of ProPhoto.

PSD files are included for graphic elements and backgrounds for buttons. If you need to modify a button graphic, open the appropriate PSD file, make your changes and upload the graphic into the specific button edit screen. The text is modified within the button edit screen, you can changle the color, text, etc. in the button editor. The PSD files are sized appropriately for their specific button. Buttons can be placed into several different areas of ProPhoto such as menus and widgets located in the sidebar, bio area, and footer.

PROPHOTO GRIDS

ProPhoto Grids are images that point to specific pages or posts within your Wordpress site.  In order to use ProPhoto grids you must have custom grids with links created, pages and/or posts. Grids pull from your content so if you don’t have any pages or posts, create them and then insert your ProPhoto Grid inside of the home page.  ProPhoto grids can be placed inside of Posts, Pages and Widget Areas.  

Click on a link below to view ProPhoto tutorials covering Widgets, Grids, & Buttons:

UNDERSTANDING WIDGETS

GRIDS OVERVIEW

BUTTONS OVERVIEW

GALLERIES

ProPhoto has three built in gallery options, Slideshow, Slider and Lightbox.  You can insert a gallery inside of a page or post.  

View Detailed Information on PROPHOTO GALLERIES

PROPHOTO SITE LAYOUT AREAS

THIS IS GENERAL INFORMATION AND NOT DESIGN SPECIFIC on the different layouts available in ProPhoto.  The GRAY boxes are fixed and can not be moved to different locations.  The PINK boxes can be moved to different locations.  The SIDEBAR can be assigned to the LEFT or RIGHT.  The Primary Nav, Secondary Nav, Logo, and Masthead and trade positions with one another or several different orientations built into ProPhoto in the here:  Wordpress Dashboard-> ProPhoto -> Customize -> Header Area

 


SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAE


FONT LIST

Diamonds : http://www.dafont.com/diamonds.font?l[]=10&l[]=1

GOOGLE FONTS:  Spinnaker, Playfair Display, Playfair Display SC, Kristi

NOTE:  All of the fonts used in this design are installed inside of ProPhoto and are FREE. 

LOGO

This design uses a unique top background that limits the size of the logo area.  You can created a larger logo area by modifying the background image PSD file.  Each line is independent and can be removed, moved, changed, etc.  The logo is modifiable in the Buttons Area.

CUSTOM GRID OVERLAY FONT

This design uses a custom diamond font for the excerpt of the overlay grid.  The design is set to only show one character that will be displayed as a diamond image.  If you want to remove this custom diamond font and use the actual excerpt, you will need to remove a small piece of custom css.  SEE the Mae.pdf included in your design download.

CUSTOM SIDEBAR SEARCH BUTTON

SEE the Mae.pdf included in your design download for the code needed to create this custom search button on your blog page in the Fixed Sidebar.

REVIEW TEXT HEADING 6 WITH QUOTES

To create the text with the quote graphic like the example above and the REVIEW PAGE on the demo site, highlight the text that you want to place between the quotes and inside or your page or post editor toolbar select “Heading 6” to the highlighted text.  You can change the color of the quote graphics using included PSD files and uploading the new graphics in the Advanced -> Extra Backgrounds are of ProPhoto.

HOW TO CREATE A VIDEO PAGE

1.  Create a new page for your video, turn off the page title using the ProPhoto Page Specific Options below the editor.  Click on the “text” editor and insert this code (replace the red text with your own, size your video 1100px x 504px):

<iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/106047641?color=ffffff&amp;title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0” width=”1100” height=”504” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>

PROOFING GALLERY

This design has an example of a client gallery using the ProPhoto Proofing Plugin available through ProPhoto.com. The proofing gallery has been customized to match the design.  Click on the images to see the custom color palette and image border.  The Proofing Plugin is not included with the design, it must be purchased separately.

The ProPhoto Proofing Plugin can be purchased here.

Once you purchase and install the ProPhoto Proofing Plugin you will have the ability to change the appearance, add galleries, products, packages etc.

CUSTOM CSS

SEE the Mae.pdf included in your design download for the custom CSS used in this design.

 


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