“Kabuto” Documentation by “onioneye” v1.1


Created: 02 May, 2015
By: OnionEye

Thank you for purchasing my theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to open up a ticket at http://onioneye.ticksy.com/, and I will do my utmost to reply in timely fashion.

Table of Contents

  1. Installation
  2. Setting up the homepage
  3. Setting up the blog
  4. Adding portfolio items
  5. Custom Menus
  6. Theme Options
  7. Plugins & Widgets
  8. Demo Content
  9. Theme Customizations
  10. CSS Files and Structure
  11. JavaScript
  12. PSD Files
  13. Support forum
  14. Translation
  15. Upgrading from previous versions

A) Installation - top

To install the Kabuto theme, you first need to upload the theme files and then activate the theme itself. The theme files can be uploaded in two ways:

Once you are finished with installing and activating the theme, you will get a notice near the top of the screen, informing you of the plugins that need to be installed in order for the main theme's features to function properly. Please proceed with installing these, and then activating them as well, once the installation is finished. For more information about the plugins used in the theme, read the "Plugins & Widgets" section of this manual.

After dealing with the installation of the theme and the plugins, the best way to proceed is to setup your custom logo, drop-down tab, and other important options, under the Appearance » Customize tab of your WordPress admin panel menu, and then go on to setup your pages, portfolio, and all other features, for which the instructions are provided below.

If you need help installing WordPress, follow this link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

B) Setting up the homepage - top

In order to set up the portfolio as your homepage, you first need to make a new page, by navigating to the Pages » Add New tab. Once there, assign a title to the page, while not including any content in the content editor. Select the "Portfolio" template in the "Page Attributes" settings box, and click "Publish".

Once you have made your homepage, navigate to the Settings » Reading tab, where you will find an option called "Front page displays". Select the static page sub-option and choose the page you just created as your front page. You can also have any other page as your homepage, by simply selecting it here, and saving the changes you made.

Your homepage is now created and can be viewed by visiting the page you just published.

C) Setting up the blog - top

If you wish to have a blog page, navigate to the Pages » Add New tab in your WordPress admin panel. Once there, assign a title to the page, while not including any content in the content editor. After you are done with that, click "Publish".

Once you have made your blog page, navigate to the Settings » Reading tab, where you will find an option called "Front page displays". Select the static page sub-option, if it's not selected already, and choose the page you just created as your posts page.

Your blog page is now created and can be viewed by visiting the page you just published.

D) Adding Portfolio Items - top

To add a new portfolio item, navigate to the Portfolio » Add New Item tab. Here you can add images and videos in the content editor, assign categories to the item in the "Portfolio Categories" post option box, and add additional information, such as the description of the item, and the URL of the project. To illustrate that, here is a screenshot of the portfolio edit window:

If you wish to categorize the items in your portfolio, you should first create a few categories by navigating to the Portfolio » Portfolio Categories tab in your WordPress admin menu. However, if you do not need to control advanced options such as the slugs of the categories, you can just make the categories straight in the portfolio post edit window, which appears when you are making a new portfolio item, or editing an existing one.

Adding a featured image

Featured images can easily be added via the "Featured Image" settings box, which appears in the portfolio post edit window, as depicted in the screenshot above. Please be aware though that the minimum recommended dimensions for the featured images – expressed in pixels – are 600 × any height. If the images are smaller, there is a good chance they will not look sharp on some or all retina screens, and that they will not take up the whole width of its parent container (single grid column).

Adding images in the content of posts (portfolio items)

Content images can be added via the "Add Media" button, which appears directly above the content editor, as depicted in the screenshot above.

Adding images in the slider

The theme uses a very popular and quality slider plugin, named "Meta Slider," which gives you a range of different possibilities for your slideshows. For more information on how to properly utilize it, please refer to the "Plugins & Widgets" section of the documentation.

Displaying your images in the lightbox

The theme utilizes the excellent "Responsive Lightbox" plugin for displaying your images in a beautiful, and highly functional lightbox. It does so for every image, that is linked to its larger version, and that is inserted into the content of the portfolio post. You just have to have the plugin installed, and it will do all the rest for you. For more information on the plugin itself, please refer to the "Plugins & Widgets" section of the documentation.

Adding a WordPress Gallery

To insert a WP Gallery into your content, just go to the post edit window, and click the "Add Media" button. Once that is done, a modal window will display with a "Create Gallery" link, that you can use to create, and insert your gallery in the content of the post.

Adding captions to your images

You can easily add captions to your images, by editing the "Caption" fields, under the Media » Library tab of your WordPress admin panel, or in the media uploader modal window. The following are the screenshots, that depict the two mentioned methods:

Adding videos

To add a video, simply copy and paste the provided embed code in the "Text" tab of the content editor. You can add videos from sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, and even have self-hosted videos by utilizing some of the WordPress plugins, made for that purpose.

To find out what sites WordPress enables you to embed from, visit the following link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds#Okay.2C_So_What_Sites_Can_I_Embed_From.3F

E) Custom Menus - top

WordPress’s Navigation Menus feature allows you to create navigation menus consisted of pages, categories, custom links, tags, etc., which are presented to your visitors. For detailed instructions on how to setup menus in WordPress, please visit the following link: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Menu_User_Guide.

This theme supports two menus: the header menu and the footer menu. The first one displays in the header of your website, below the logo, and it serves as the site's main navigation. The other one displays in the footer, just above the copyright, and it serves as a secondary navigation menu (the demo uses it to show links to social networking profiles).

If you need any further info about the navigation menus feature, please visit the link provided above.

F) Theme Options - top

Your theme comes with a theme options panel, which is packed with a lot of useful options, that let you easily customize the theme, without having to manually change anything in the source files. You can set things such as your custom logo, your contact info, or a page for the drop-down tab, among other useful things. The options panel is found under the Appearance » Customize tab of your WordPress admin panel menu.

G) Plugins & Widgets - top

The theme utilizes a few “tried and true” plugins to create the slider, lightbox, and drag & drop effects, as well as numerous other important functionalities.

Required plugins

These plugins come packed with the theme files, and are required for the theme to function normally. You are prompted to install them, when the theme is activated. They are the following:

Recommended plugins

Other plugins (Contact form, google maps, twitter...)

Widget Areas

Your theme contains two widget areas. They are the following:

  1. Sidebar Blog—Can be enabled/disabled under the Theme » Customize » Blog Settings tab of your WordPress admin panel.
  2. Sidebar Pages—Enabled by choosing the "Page with Sidebar" template, under the "Page Attributes" box, which appears when you are making a new page, or editing an existent one.

You can use the default widgets, provided by WordPress, or custom ones, that you can install under the Plugins » Add New tab, and then use them in the Appearance » Widgets window, by drag and dropping them into one of the two available widget areas. An example of a custom widget would be a twitter widget, or a flickr widget plugin, mentioned above in the plugins section.

If you want to have a video or a slideshow in the widget sidebar area, as displayed in the demo, just use the text widget, that is already built into the theme by default in WordPress. All you need to do is to drag the widget to one of the two available widget areas, and then put a link to the video, or a slider shortcode, into the content area of the widget. However, just make sure that the URL is on its own line and not hyperlinked. For example:

Check out this cool video:


That was a cool video.

WordPress will automatically turn that into a YouTube embed when the post is viewed. (Check the “Auto-embeds” check box in Administration > Settings > Media SubPanel.). You can also opt to wrap the URL in the [embed] shortcode. It accomplishes the same effect, but does not require the URL to be on its own line and the “Auto-embeds” setting to be enabled. It also allows you to set a maximum (but not fixed) width and height, like so: [embed width="123" height="456"]...[/embed]

H) Demo Content - top

The demo content can be imported under the Tools » Import » WordPress tab of your admin panel. The demo XML file you need to upload, when you are prompted to do so, can be found on the following link: http://ge.tt/83a2fms1/v/1.

Once you have done this, the content will be imported, but you will need to do a few additional things, to make everything look like the demo, such as selecting the menu under the Appearance -> Menus tab, and setting up a few options, under the Appearance -> Customize tab of your WordPress admin panel.

I) Theme Customizations - top

All theme customizations should be done via a child theme. One has already been created for you in the main files, so all you need to do is install it (kabuto-child.zip), just like you have done with the parent theme (kabuto.zip), and then you can start modifying the child based on your needs.

For simple CSS customizations, add your CSS rules to the child theme's style.css file.

If you are new to child themes, then you might want to refer to the following link, for more detailed information about this feature of WordPress: https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes.

J) CSS Files and Structure - top

All CSS files, with the exception of the main stylesheet (style.css) can be found in the theme's /css/ folder.

  1. style.css—the theme's main stylesheet, which is separated into sections, and which determines the majority of the theme's styling.
  2. /css/normalize.css—a CSS file that makes browsers render all elements more consistently and in line with modern standards.
  3. /css/ie9.css—contains the CSS rules, used for setting the default styles for the "Meta Slider" plugin, in the Internet Explorer 9 browser.

K) JavaScript - top

This theme imports the following JavaScript files:

  1. jQuery
  2. Modernizr
  3. Isotope
  4. Superfish
  5. HoverIntent
  6. prefixfree.min
  7. jquery.fitvids
  8. jquery.transit.min
  9. jquery.easing.1.3
  10. jquery.footer.custom

L) PSD Files - top

Four PSDs are included with this theme. All of them can be found inside the “psd” folder, which is contained in the folder you downloaded from ThemeForest. The following are the names of the psd files and their short descriptions:

  1. main.psd—contains the theme's most important image elements.
  2. main_@2x.psd—same as above, but double the size. Meant for retina devices.
  3. service-icons.psd—contains the icons for the demo services.
  4. services.psd—services table.

M) Support forum - top

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, feel free to open a ticket at http://onioneye.ticksy.com/, and I will do my utmost to reply in a timely fashion. Please have in mind that support is not offered via email, twitter, or any means other than the support forum, so only post there, while making sure that you provide a valid purchase code. Also, before asking for help, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the support policy, available on the forum's homepage.

The item purchase code can be found inside the License Certificate. Simply head on over to your Downloads page on ThemeForest, click on the item’s download button, and you’ll be able to grab it. For further instructions on how to obtain the purchase code, please have a look at the screenshot provided below.

N) Translation - top

The easiest way to translate a WordPress theme is to let a plugin do all the heavy lifting for you. That said, the following is the best localization plugin, that will enable you to quickly complete the often cumbersome, and painful process of theme translation: http://wordpress.org/plugins/codestyling-localization/.

O) Upgrading from previous versions - top

When upgrading from theme versions prior to 1.1.0, you will be prompted to install the two required plugins for the portfolio and the custom metaboxes. Make sure to install those, and then deactivate the old required plugins, named “Portfolio Content” and “Portfolio Custom Metaboxes.” That should be all that you need to do run the updated theme properly.

Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I’d be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. No guarantees, but I’ll do my best to assist. If you have a more general question relating to the themes on ThemeForest, you might consider visiting the ThemeForest forums and asking your question in the “Item Discussion” section.


Go To Table of Contents