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Top Magazine WordPress Theme is amazing. Unlimited design solutions can be created due to a great flexibility of settings and shortcode options. 99+ Custom Shortcodes are added through a Visual Content composer with drag'n'drop function. You can set a completely custom layout that stretches to any width, set your content in many columnns and assign animation many parts of your content. Top Magazine theme has a Portfolio that can be set to any sort of a grid or a Masonry puzzle with variable paddings for elemens, while Blog can have several different layouts too. Custom Profiles and Projects post types offer an optimal way to present your content, while valid code, SEO-optimized structure and microformats guarantee this content is easily crawled and indexed by search engines.
Top Magazine comes with premium Revolution and Layer Slider plugins included for free. Multilanguage, RTL-ready, plugin-compatible and professionally-supported theme.
Before installing the theme, you need to install WordPress (see details here). Once you have installed WordPress and logged in to admin panel, you can install Top Magazine theme.
Important!Before using the theme, please follow an instruction below.
After you have installed WordPress , find the .htaccess file on your server, please open it and add (to the very end of the file) the following code:php_value post_max_size 64M php_value upload_max_filesize 64M php_value max_file_uploads 128M php_value max_input_vars 5000
Please make sure you do this BEFORE installing and activating the theme, if you are installing it via Admin panel, and always BEFORE uploading any demo content.
Note: On some servers you may not be able to alter the htaccess file. If you encounter an issue with this, please contact your hosting provider. Mostly these alterations are needed for Demo Content import.
There are two ways to install the theme
Once your theme is installed, you will be able to customize it by yourself from scratch, or use our Demo Content (see more about it in the relevant chapter).
To upload theme using WP admin panel, please proceed to Appearance > Themes.
Choose “Install theme”
Click “Browse” and choose the Top Magazine theme archive on your computer, then click “Install Now”.
Please make sure you are not choosing the entire theme archive you have downloaded from Themeforest, you should use only the theme archive - top-magazine.zip.
Note: To perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web server, so when you'll get to uploading the theme, please enter your FTP credentials. If you do not remember your credentials, you should contact your web host.
Once the installation process is finished, click “Activate”.
To upload your theme to via FTP, you need to unzip and copy all the files from “top-magazine” folder to wp-content/themes/top-magazine directly on the server (use only lower case letters!).
After you did that, Top Magazine theme will be available for activation in WP admin panel: Appearance - Themes. Activate it by clicking “Activate”.
Note: before activating disable all your plugins.
For correct functionality, please, make sure that you consider all of the following:
If you've faced an error in the process of theme activation, please, make sure you have followed our instructions carefully. Your server settings may restrict some theme features, so you can try contacting your hosting support for help. If the issue persists, disable all plugins and try again.
In any case, please feel free to contact our support guys, they will help you with theme installation or guide you on what the problem can be - http://cmsmasters.net/support/
Your theme archive comes with several plugins.
to get full theme functionality please make sure you always DO INSTALL:
if you are planning to upload Demo Content that comes in the theme archive, you need to INSTALL ALL PLUGINS!!!
Other plugins are alternative to use. You can as well use one or both sliders to add a slider to your website.
To update the theme automatically please use the Envato Market plugin. After activating the plugin, click on the “Envato Market” icon from the left sidebar. To generate your Global OAuth Personal Token click on this link and login using your Envato Market login details. Please copy & paste your unique token into the Envato settings inside your WordPress dashboard and click on “Save Changes”. Once you have configured this properly, you will see a screen where you can install or update your already purchased plugins & themes.
After your theme is installed and activated, it will remind you about installing the required and recommended plugins. You will see the following notice across your Dashboard:
To install the plugins you can either click a "Begin installing plugins" link in this notice, or proceed to Appearance - Theme Plugins
After you have installed and activated a plugin, it will disappear from this admin page, but will appear in the Plugins Tab:
you should have "777" access settings for the wp-content folder before installation.
You can change these permissions back to 755 when the installation is finished.
You can do it using your FTP client - Filezilla, FireFTP, etc. - or hosting C-panel.
Open a drop-down menu by clicking the right mouse on the folder, specified above.
Choose there "access rights" (or maybe something similar - depends on your FTP client) and make changes.
Don't apply this action for the subfolders and nested files.
Please don't set the "777" permissions "top-magazine" folder for security reasons. Also please change the permissions for "wp-content" folder back to 755 when you are done.
Before uploading Demo Content please make sure you have installed and activated ALL PLUGINS that came with the theme. You may reference "Plugins Installation" section of this guide for more information.
There are two ways to upload demo content to your site.
1. One-click demo import
Please proceed to the Import Demo Content tab and check all the checkboxes:
Please wait until the end of the procedure, do not navigate away from the page until you see a success message.
2. Import demo content manually
Please install WordPress Importer plugin.
In your admin panel proceed toTools - Import
And then choose WordPress Importer tool:
You should have "777" access settings for the wp-content folder before this plugin intallation.
Otherwise your demo content won't be installed.
You may change these permissions back to 755 when the installation is finished.
You can do it using your FTP client or C-panel. See how to set the permissions in more details in Plugin Installation section.
Demo Content files can be found in the archive you have downloaded from Themeforest. Open the DEMO CONTENT folder, then choose one of the demo websites from which you would like to import settings and content. Each of the folders will include a .xml content import file, a .txt theme settings file and one or more slider import files.
First please proceed to Tools - Import and choose WordPress Importer, then browse for the .xml demo content file on your computer and click the Upload button:
Don't close this browser tab until the installation is finished. Be patient - it may take few minutes.
The WordPress Importer plugin, which adds DEMO content, adds content only - i.e., posts, pages, menus, images. It will not import Theme Settings. Theme settings will be imported separately in the second step.
1. Demo content adds all the posts and pages just like we have on our demo site, but all the images are substituted with placeholders. Our license does not allow us redistribute images, but quite sure you will find tons of great images on photodune.net - Visit Photodune Now.
2. After you have imported Theme Settings and Demo Content, you need to choose your homepage and your navigation (see instructions for both below).
3. Should there be any difficulties or questions, please feel free to contact our support, we are always glad to help you - http://cmsmasters.net/support.
Now you can import theme settings, as they are different for all demo sites. In your theme archive see the DEMO CONTENT folder and open the folder, you want to use content from. Then open the .txt file with the theme settings. Copy all the code in this file:
Now proceed to Theme Settings - Import/Export - Import tab and paste the code you have copied into the field provided, then click "Import Settings" button:
To set your Home Page please proceed to Settings - Reading and set a Static Page as a home page, then use a drop-down to find and assign a specific page. You should choose "Home":
You also need to assign your navigation. The menu was already imported to your website, but you just need to set it in Appearance - Menus - Manage Locations. Choose Main Menu as Primary Navigation and save changes. There might also be a need to assign other menus too, if they are present on the website you are replicating.
The final step to replicate a demo site will be importing the sliders. The sliders import files are included in the archive you have downloaded from Themeforest in a Demo Content folder:
Some of the demo sites can have both Layer and Revolution fles to import, some may have only one of them. In any case, you need to the .zip archive that is located inside.
To import slider demo content you need to proceed to the slider tab on your admin panel and import the .zip file. See a screenshot for the Layer Slider import:
See the same procedure for Revolution Slider:
1. Please make sure you are using a corresponding import archive.
For instance, use a file from a LayerSlider folder to import in Layer Slider plugin and a file form a Revolution Slider folder to import into a Revolution Slider .
2. Please note that the slider import file will import all slider settings, slides, layers, captions and animation effects, but with all images substituted with placeholders.
3. Should there be any difficulties or questions, please feel free to contact our support, we are always glad to help you - http://cmsmasters.net/support.
Top Magazine theme provides really flexible appearance settings.
One of the main features, are Color Schemes.
Color Schemes allow you create preset color solutions that subsequently can be applied when editing your website content, like menus, various shortcodes etc.
Color schemes can be set up and edited In Theme Settings - Colors tab in your admin panel.
Initially the theme comes with the schemes (but you can add more, we will get to this below in this section), which are:
Please see the screenshot:
Each color scheme offers a list of options, that altogether make a really flexible design instrument. For instance, any of your pages can be created of several sections, and a unique color scheme can be assigned to each section.
If you feel like these schemes are yet not enough for you, you can easily add more custom color schemes. For this please proceed to Themes - Editor and choose Theme Functions to edit functions.php file.
Then scroll to where it says "Theme Settings Custom Color Schemes" and copy one of the lines to place it right below the other ones, then rename it. After you save the file, your new color scheme will be available for editing in Theme Settings - Colors. See the screenshot:
All website font settings can be edited in Theme Settings - Fonts tab. you can find settings for general content, links, navigation, headings and some other elements. To customize your website appearance, just play around with the font settings, or leave theme default if you wish. See the screenshot:
Yet, Top Magazine theme allows you to add any of hundreds Google fonts and set them on your website. Just follow a guide below
You can add more Google Fonts and decide whether they should be retrieved via the Google fonts API, or if they should be hosted locally on your server.
Please proceed to the Theme Settings - Fonts - Google Fonts tab for serving Google Fonts from CDN or Custom fonts tab to add self-hosted Google Font and follow the instructions:
In Theme Settings - General - General tab you can manage some logo.
In Theme Settings - General - Header tab you can manage some header settings, like custom html content in your header, top line content, etc.
Please note: for superior performance on Retina displays, logo image is added in two sizes. It is recommended that you add an image for Retina logo twice larger than your default logo.
Visual Content composer is a custom content editor created by Cmsmasters Studio to provide ultimate functionality within a really easy and intuitive interface. Content Composer allows you easily drag-and-drop your content parts, combine them into groups and add formatting.
You can activate Content Composer on any page using a special button above yuor default editor:
As soon as you do, a whole list of shortcodes will appear:
Click any shortcode to add it to your page and be able to manage content. Please note that each shortcode is added in two wrapping elements - a Column and a Section. This is done to provide you mith wider customization possibilities.
You can add an unlimited amount of shortcodes into each Column. This is done to allow you group your content depending on similar formatting settings or simply convenience. To add more shortcodes to your column you can well simply drag and drop any shortcode by pulling it with your mouse.
You can as well simply drag and drop any shortcode by pulling it with your mouse from one column to another:
There is a really easy way to set your content in columns - simply click on the needed layout in Section header. You can have different layout for each section on your web page:
Besides allowing you to edit shortocode content and its appearance settings, both wrappers - Section and Column provide you additional customization possibilities. You can apply customization to the whole section, as well as each column inside it.
For each column you can choose animation effect for your column to appear with when your website visitor loads the page or scrolls to this part of content, as well as delay for this effect to be applied with. There is also a field where you can assign additional classes to your column:
Sections provide really wide customization options, read a brief description of each option below:
You can use sidebars to add widgets. To access sidebars you need to proceed to Appearance - Widgets. You will find default sidebars and will be able to add widgets to them. Just drag the needed widget to the sidebar where you want to place it to:
You can as well add widgets simply by clicking on them. After you do, you will have a possibility to choose which of the default or custom sidebars, existent on your website, you want to add it to:
Your theme has 2 default sidebars: Sidebar (usually used as Right/Left) and Bottom Sidebar (is located above the footer).
Yet, you can add more sidebars that can be later on used in a Sidebar Shortcode anywhere on your page, or used as alternative Right/Left or Bottom Sidebar. You can add an unlimited amount of custom sidebars, please proceed to Theme Settings - Elements
You can enable any default sidebar or one of your custom sidebars on any website page in Theme Options section. You can find this section if you open any of your pages in your admin panel. Here you can assign any of the existing sidebars as Right/Left or Bottom sidebar. Also note, that for a Bottom sidebar you can choose a layout, depending on the amount of columns you want your widgets to be arranged into:
Yet, your theme provides additional options for adding sidebars to your pages. You can add any sidebar to any placeon your page by using a sidebar shortcode within your Visual Content Composer:
In a sidebar shortcode you will be able to choose one of the existent sidebars and select the needed layout.
To create a new blog post proceed to Posts - Add New:
Once there, you should add Post Title, choose one of the available Post Formats (see the screenshot), and then add the needed content. Please note, that Visual content Composer is available for blog posts too, simply click the large blue button to show it. You can read more about using the Visual Composer in the appropriate section of this guide. As soon as you are ready, click "Publish".
Assign taxonomies to your post - Tags and Categories. You will be able to use Categories to choose what posts should be displayed on a Blog page and in shortcodes like Post Types shortcode. Also add a Featured Image to your post.
Play around with theme options for your post to manage Layout, Heading, Background and some other options.
To add a new Blog page, just proceed to Pages - Add New and create a page. Then Click on the Visual Composer button and add a Blog Shortcode as shown on the screenshot. You can read more about using shortocdes and composer in the Visual Composer & Shortcodes section of this guide.
Now click on the shortcode in your editor to manage your Blog Page Settings. Here you can manage the way you want your posts to be presented and sorted, choose posts of a specific category to be displayed.
Pay attention to the Layout field - here you can edit your blog page appearance, making it to be a standard blog page, a timeline or a fancy column-based page with various options.
To create a Project proceed to Projects - Add New:
Once there, you can choose one of the available Project Formats (see the screenshot), and then add the needed content.
Then add you media content:
Pay attention at Project Size settings. Here you can define the dimensions, your project will take on Puzzle portfolio page. Also here you can manage Layout, Background and Heading settings.
Choose a proportion for project cover to be cut into. This will affect project presentation on portfolio pages of Puzzle type.
As you can see, recommended dimensions for the images you upload are 480 x 480. You can use either images of this size, or larger images, but keeping the same proportion. Then the theme will cut your image on portfolio page according to dimensions set in Project Size. These settings work for Project Puzzle Image.
Assign taxonomies to your project - Tags and Categories. You will be able to use Categories to choose what posts should be displayed on a Portfolio page and in shortcodes like Post Types shortcode. Tags and Categories are also used for sorting and filter.
Also you can add Project Details, Project Link and Project Features. .
To add a new Portfolio page, just proceed to Pages - Add New and create a page. Then Click on the Visual Composer button and add a Portfolio Shortcode as shown on the screenshot. You can read more about using shortocdes and composer in the Visual Composer & Shortcodes section of this guide.
Now click on the shortcode in your editor to manage your Portfolio Page Settings. Here you can manage the way you want your projects to be presented and sorted, choose projects of a specific category to be displayed.
Pay attention to the Layout, Layout Mode and Columns fields - here you can edit your portfolio page appearance.
To create a Profile proceed to Profiles - Add New:
Then add all the data needed for your profile:
Add Profile Info, Profile Features (up to three sets with custom names), and some other data depending on your needs:
Assign Categories to your profile. You will be able to use Categories to choose what profiles should be displayed on a Profiles page and in shortcodes like Post Types shortcode.
Also, add a person image in the featured image section:
To add a new Profiles page, just proceed to Pages - Add New and create a page. Then Click on the Visual Composer button and add a Profiles Shortcode as shown on the screenshot. You can read more about using shortocdes and composer in the Visual Composer & Shortcodes section of this guide.
Now click on the shortcode in your editor to manage your Profiles Page Settings. Here you can manage the way you want your profiles to be presented and sorted, choose profiles of a specific category to be displayed.
Pay attention to the Layout field - here you can set Horizintal/Vertical appearance. Play around with thiese settings:
There are no ready language files, but you need to take only a few steps to translate your website to the needed language. You can translate the theme to any language, as well as RTL Language.
It's RTL ready, so you may add a plugin and change the theme content to be shown as RTL.
The first step you should take is create your own language file. To implement this you should install Poedit:
Copy top-magazine.pot file to your computer.
Note: You will find the language pot file in wp-content/themes/top-magazine/theme-framework/languages.
Run Poedit and proceed to File/New catalog from POT file.
Choose the .pot file you've copied to use as a skeleton of your language. You'll get the list of messages and common phrases.
Select a text you'd like to translate onto your language and enter changes in a lower field as shown on the screenshot:
You should enter new text to the field in the bottom of the window - it will be saved for each item automatically. Edit all the messages you need and make sure you save changes to the file before closing.
Create a language file (for instance the lg_LG file or any other name to your preference). The program will create two files with similar names with resolutions .po and .mo.
When translation is finished and saved, copy these two files to your server: wp-content/themes/top-magazine/theme-framework/languages.
Here is a list of language codes examples that can be used:
de_DE for German translation
fr_FR for French translation
it_IT for Italian translation
pt_PT for Portuguese translation
es_ES for Spanish translation
ru_RU for Russian translation
In a case of need you can edit the fles you have created, just open a lg_LG.po with Poedit. You will get a list like this: