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Podcast Theme Documentation

By SecondLineThemes
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Thank you for purchasing our products. We have dedicated (and still do!) plenty of hard work in our WordPress themes and plugins, and hope you like it. If you have any questions or issues that are beyond the scope of this documentation, please contact us for support.

This is a complete documentation for all of our themes so you may see some slight differences within screenshots or videos, but this shouldn't be a concern. (Read more about differences between the themes)

General WordPress Info

If it's your first time using WordPress, take a moment to get a quick understanding of this new environment. Luckily, WordPress is one of the best CMS options out there (as a matter of fact, it runs on more than 35% of the entire internet!) If you already know your way around WordPress, feel free to skip to the next section. Otherwise, please go over the following links and info to make sure you know everything needed in order to start.

Below are several useful links for general WordPress information:

Theme Installation

Once you've downloaded the installation files, locate the file called Theme.zip. You can install the theme by using one of the two installation methods detailed below:

1. WordPress upload (recommended method)
  1. Login to your WordPress admin panel.
  2. Go to Admin panel > Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme.
  3. Click on Choose File and select Theme.zip.
  4. Click on Install Now.
  5. When your theme is successfully installed, click Activate to activate the newly installed theme.

2. FTP upload

If you prefer, you can use FTP to install the theme instead of the default method through WordPress.

  1. Using an FTP client, login to the server in which your WordPress website is hosted.
  2. Using the FTP client, navigate to the /wp-content/themes/ directory under your WordPress website's root directory.
  3. Upload the entire theme folder into the themes folder on your server.
  4. Once uploaded, navigate to Dashboard > Appearance > Themes in the WordPress Dashboard and hit Activate right below your newly uploaded theme.

With either of the above two options, make sure you are only uploading the Theme.zip file! (It should be less than a few MBs). If you upload the wrong file you will most likely get an error such as: “Error: missing style.css stylesheet.”

Some browsers (Safari) could automatically extract your downloaded .zip files, so you can either use another browser or disable that option.

Note - If you see any error message after installing the theme or a plugin, please contact your hosting provider and ask them to upgrade the PHP version installed on your server to 5.6, or even better, version 7+.



That's it! Once the theme is installed and activated, you can install a child theme, install the recommended plugins, or import the demo data (All are strictly optional!). We'll go over it in the next section below.



Easy Setup Wizard

Once you activate the theme, you'll be redirected to an installation wizard that will speed things up and help you get started -

theme install

The setup wizard helps automatically installing a Child Theme, activating your license key to enable automatic theme updates, installing all the recommended plugins, and importing the demo data.

Simply follow the wizard's instructions. You can, at any point, go back to your dashboard or disable the wizard altogether, although this is the recommended method. If you've accidentally exited the wizard, you can go back by hitting the 'Appearance -> Theme Setup Wizard' link, or just using the manual setup methods described in the next section below.


Note - You don't have to install the recommended plugins or install the demo data. Everything here is strictly optional, but it would help you getting started faster. You can choose to only install a smaller number of plugins, or import only one type of data, by expanding the additional options within the setup wizard. We generally recommend everyone to install everything and import all the data, and afterwards get rid of the stuff you don't need.


Activating Your Theme License

When you make a purchase with us on SecondLineThemes.com, you get a unique license key within the initial email confirmation. (You can also always look it up in your Dashboard)

The license key should be activated within the WordPress dashboard. You can insert the license key via the Theme Setup Wizard, or otherwise, just access the license panel via “Appearance > Theme License”.
Once activated, the license would allow to update your theme automatically and directly from the WordPress “Themes” panel, and get notifications in the admin area on new updates.

Note - We can only provide technical support to the theme as long as you have an active license. If your license expires or is about to expire, you can renew it through your dashboard to continue and receive theme updates and support.
The theme would still continue to work even if the license is no longer valid, simply without access to updates or technical support. This is why it's highly recommended to renew your license key.

Manual Theme Setup

Note - If you just ran the theme Setup Wizard, you can skip these 3 sections below.

Installing the Recommended Plugins

At any point, you can install the recommended plugins via the Theme Setup Wizard. In case you don't need the Wizard or simply want to only install the plugins, please navigate to Appearance > Install Plugins and continue from there.

Note: We strongly recommend installing all plugins upon the initial installation. Once you are start working with the theme and plugins, feel free to deactivate and remove any plugins you don't need. Some plugins are really important in terms of functionality (although none is really mandatory, you may only lose a couple of features without some plugins) so make sure to install all of them and only remove the ones you really don't need.

Importing Demo Data

You can import the demo content under Appearance > Theme Setup Wizard. The Wizard also shows up upon your initial activation of the theme itself, but you can go back to it at any time.



Importer FAQS
  1. If the import process doesn't work properly, times out, or generate any type of errors, you can try running the importer once again. If you still cannot get the import process to work correctly, try to increase your server memory and timeout limits, and try running the import process again.
  2. Importer showing PHP errors - If the importer displays errors, make sure that the PHP version on your server is 5.6+ (version 7+ is a much better & faster option)
  3. Importer showing a 404 error - If the importer redirects you to a page non-found, please make sure to re-save your permalinks under Settings > Permalinks. Then, try increasing your PHP memory and timeout limits and try using the importer once again.

Note - If the Theme Setup Wizard fails to import the demo data, you can use the default WordPress importer to import the theme demo data. You can access the XML file in the /demo-files/ folder that is located in the theme's root directory.

Setting Up The Homepage

If you don't want to import the Demo Data, you should notice that the homepage initially display an index of your latest posts (And the page would be labeled "Latest News").

Obviously, if you want to enjoy the full features of this theme and allow more flexibility editing the homepage, you would need to change that into a static page.

In order to do so, you will have to create a blank page, and name it as you wish. We have used "Home", for our example below. Then, navigate into the "Settings > Reading" part of your Admin Panel, and make sure to select a static page to show on the homepage and save the new settings:


Theme Customizer

In the Customizer, you'll find a bunch of general options and personalization settings that can help change the default layouts, colors, fonts, images, typography settings and more.

The Customizer can be accessed via 3 different locations: (any of the buttons will get you to the same panel)
1. When you view your site as a logged in user, click the Customize in the top Toolbar.
2. In the main Dashboard screen of the admin panel, click on the Customize Your Site button.
3. On any page within your admin panel, hover on the 'Appearance' link and click on the Customize button.

Example: Changing the Logo

The video above should show many different areas of the customizer, but here's is a simple example of changing your logo:

To change the demo Logo to your own logo, please access the Customizer screen under 'Appearance -> Customize' and go into the 'Header -> Logo' options tab.

Once you are in that Customizer screen, click on "Change Image" and upload your new logo. You can also set your custom logo width and position on that screen. When done, simply hit the 'Publish' button to save your changes.



Site Content


Once set up with our theme, your site can be filled with various types of contents. In this section, we'll review all those different types of items you can add into your site. This includes the default WordPress posts, pages and widgets, but also podcasts, podcast shows, and eCommerce (shop) items.



Note: An important note regarding your site's "Header" and "Footer" - The theme includes an option to control the header/footer of the site with the Elementor page builder. To do so, you'll need to create a new template with Elementor, and build your header or footer area.

Once you're done editing, you can choose that template as the new "Header" or "Footer" template via the "Appearance -> Customize" section.

Controlling the header or footer with the Elementor page builder would mean the default header, logo and navigation, or the footer, footer widgets, and copyright section would all be overwritten by the template you've created. You can read more about the footer page builder here (similar steps also apply for the header builder)

Pages & The Elementor Page Builder

Some of the pages and elements seen in the Live Preview of this theme are controlled by the "Elementor" page builder. You don't necessarily have to use the page builder, but it is highly recommended and can be a huge time-saver. Feel free to check the official Elementor docs here: https://docs.elementor.com


Using Elementor

To edit any page with Elementor, simply edit the page with WordPress first, then click on the "Edit with Elementor" button.

Once you are within the Elementor editor, you will be able to add new elements into the page, modify existing pages, or manage and create your pages with ease. In the Elementor editor you'll see all the available elements:


Changing Background Colors and Images

To change a background color or image, you will generally need to change the "Section" or "Column" settings. These options would appear under the "Style" tab one the left side.


Adding New Elements To Pages

To add new Elements to any page, simply click on the Elementor logo/icon on the top of the page. Once you see the list of elements on the left side, drag and drop any of them onto your page's content area.



Adding Existing/Demo Templates to Elementor

If you imported the demo data, a bunch of Elementor Templates would be available to you. You will find those templates in the main "Templates" screen of your WordPress admin panel, right under the Elementor link. You can also access those elements when you edit any page or post with Elementor, and choose any of the demo templates or the free Elementor templates that are available within the plugin's template library by default:

You can insert any of those templates to any page edited with the Elementor page builder. You can also copy/paste elements across pages with Elementor:


Next, browse to the "My Templates" section tab on the top right side in order to see all the built-in templates.:


(!) Important Note: If you want to edit any page that is controlled by Elementor, you can do this via the main WordPress "Pages" screen and not through the "Templates" page (located right under the "Elementor" link in the main WordPress sidebar) within the admin panel. Editing any template via the "Templates" screen would only change the template itself, and not the actual pages seen on your live site.



Note: You can also choose to use Elementor to edit the regular posts as well. To do so, simply enable this option in the Elementor plugin settings and start editing your single posts with the plugin.


More Info On Elementor

Luckily, Elementor offers a large knowledge base site with tons of info. We highly recommend to check out their documentation here: https://docs.elementor.com.

Below are a couple of videos from the Elementor docs homepage:






WordPress Page Editor

WordPress obviously includes its own default editor for pages and posts. Elementor is a powerful page builder that can extend your abilities with WordPress, but with that said, you can also use the default WordPress page editor instead. Since WordPress 5.0, the default page editor is the "Gutenberg" block editor. If you want to use the legacy/classic editor mode, you can install the "Classic Editor" plugin.

Note: Our themes fully support the default WordPress functionality, and the new Block Editor too. Currently the custom layout elements (like the "Post Grid" available within Elementor) are not available for the Block Editor, but we could add it in a future update.

You can choose to edit any page either with Elementor or with the Block Editor:

block editor

On the right sidebar, you can add featured images, categories, change the author, schedule the post/page, add an excerpt and more.

Additional Page Options

On any page, you'll find additional settings for your pages right below the content area of every page. Those settings could help you reach unique layouts on a per-page basis:

page settings

The settings are pretty straightforward, but note that if you want to have a custom background image in the title area of the page, you'll need to add that image into the Title Area Background Image setting.

Podcasting / Posts

The main purpose of this theme is for Podcasting, but it is often used by musicians, bands, narrators, vlogs or any other audio/video based website. With that said, you can obviously use it for any other purpose you might have in mind. There is great support for Audio, Video, Playlists, Media Embeds, Featured Images, Background Images and more, so all that ensures you have sufficient flexibility for creating your site in any way you want, for any purpose.

There are several option of setting up a podcast with this theme, you can work with any of the below integrations:

  1. Using the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin - The SSP plugin is a very simple and robust Podcasting plugin.
  2. Using the Blubrry PowerPress plugin - PowerPress is also among the more popular podcasting plugins out there.
  3. Using the Simple Podcast Press plugin - The SPP plugin is great when you need to import an existing show via the iTunes URL or RSS feed that already contains lots of episodes. It also has its own customizable audio player with tons of features.
  4. Host the files yourself or use embedded audio files from external providers(Such as: SoundCloud, MixCloud, Libsyn, YouTube, Vimeo, direct link to an MP3 file etc.) - This option can be easily achieved by adding your embed code or audio shortcode into the External Embed Code field on each post.
  5. Use our Podcast Importer plugin to automatically import your existing podcast episodes from an RSS feed.
  6. Use any other WordPress podcast plugin such as PodLove Podcast Publisher, BuzzSprout Podcasting, Libsyn Publisher Hub, Smart Podcast Player and more.


1. Set up a post with Seriously Simple Podcasting

With Seriously Simple Podcasting, it is quite easy to start publishing episodes into your site. SPP initially creates a custom post type named "Podcast" so you can have a complete separation between your blog and your podcast if needed. Note that because this is a separate post type, you may need to change the post type within Elementor if you are adding the Post Grid for example, under the "Query Settings" tab.

Note: If you are installing the theme on an existing website, with existing posts, and need to migrate those to the "Podcast" section created by the "Seriously Simple Podcasting" plugin, you can easily do that in a few clicks by installing the "Post Type Switcher" plugin.

With SSP, you should see a metabox on all your Podcast posts:


You can fill in the URL to your MP3 file manually (for example: http://your-site.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/audio.mp3) or upload a new file into your WordPress server.



2. Set up a post with PowerPress

If you decide to use PowerPress, you should immediately notice the additional metabox automatically added to the post pages:


You should fill in the URL to your MP3 file manually (for example: http://your-site.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/audio.mp3) or alternatively connect your Blubrry account (if you have one) in order to choose the files directly within WordPress.

Note - If you wish to display the player exactly like in the theme demo, please ensure to modify the PowerPress 'Website Settings' and set the audio player location to Top. This way the theme would automatically insert the player in the location showed on the demo. If you just want the media player to appear on the content area of each post, simply select that option within PowerPress



3. Set up a post with Simple Podcast Press

If you use Simple Podcast Press, you may have two options two use it. First, you can use it on top of your PowerPress plugin. This would simply replace the default PowerPress player with the Simple Podcast Press player. Second, you can import an existing podcast from an external URL or iTunes link, and SPP would automatically import all of your previous episodes and turn them into posts instantly. This is extremely helpful if you are migrating from another platform or theme and want all of your episodes to be imported into your new theme.



4. Set up a post with External/Embedded media

In case you wish to adding your media manually, can use the External Embed Code field available within the Post Settings area:


In there, you have a few options to insert media:

  1. External Embedded Code - You can insert the embed code traditionally available on platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, MixCloud and so on. This would typically look like this:
    <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Rk6_hdRtJOE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  2. MP3 Audio File - To add your own MP3 files, simply add-in the link to the file inside the field in the Audio Shortcode format. Remember, these files can be hosted on your server, or on any external server such as AWS for example. It should typically look like this:
    [audio mp3="https:/tusant.secondlinethemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/aj-jazz-trumpet.mp3"][/audio]

  3. MP3 Audio Playlist - To add your a new MP3 playlist, you'll need to upload your MP3 files to WordPress (Currently WordPress does not support external URLs in a regular playlist) and then add-in the shortcode to the media files IDs (Which can be found in the Media panel) It should look like this: (Include 5 separate audio files, all hosted on your WordPress media section)
    [playlist ids="500,501,502,503,504"]

  4. Video File - To add your own video files, simply add-in the link to the file inside the field in the Video Shortcode format. Remember, these files can be hosted on your server, or on any external server such as AWS for example. It should typically look like this:
    [video src="http://yoursite.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Northernlights2_HD.mp4"]

Note: If you're planning to display a Video on your post pages, please make sure to select the Video Post Format when creating the post. (This is located on the right side, bellow the Publish section.)






Page Builder Elements

There are several custom elements in the Elementor Page Builder that we have created: the "Post Grid", "Post Slider" and "Single Post" items. Those are known as Elements (also known as "Add-ons" or "Widgets"). While these are quite similar, there are some key differences:

  • The Post Grid add-on can display a grid or a list of posts. You can display an unlimited amount of posts in various styles.
  • The Single Post add-on can display one single post only. You must choose which post you are willing to show. This add-on can also include an audio/media player. It is best when displayed within context of a page or in a CTA type section.

  • The Slider add-on can display two or more rotating posts in a slider with animations anywhere on your page. This add-on can also include an audio/media player.



Note: In each one of these add-ons, you will find many settings and design options that you can modify. Make sure to go over all the options and tabs and you'll find that it's super easy to change the layout, colors, font sizes, spacing and more! Also, as mentioned above, you can change the default post type if needed, to ensure your Podcast post type is being taken into account.



Editing the Post's Content


Using the default WordPress Editor

To add-in content to your posts, simply use the regular WordPress block editor (also known as "Gutenberg" since version 5.0) and modify the post's content as needed.


Post Settings:

Adding a Featured Image

The Featured Image appears on the post grid, post list, single post element, and in all archive pages. To set (or upload) a new featured the image, click on "Add Media" and upload the image. Then click "Set Featured Image" to finalize your selection.

Link your Episodes with a specific Show

If you want to link a series of posts into a certain show (to have the show header on top of the episode), please make sure to select the Parent Show Post under the episode settings. You'll also need to set up the "Series" (or "Category") on the right sidebar. Once you've done that - You can also do the same when editing a Show post, and this would ensure you display a list of Episodes within the single show page!



Change the default Title Area background image

You can set a different Title Area background image for each post. To do so, simply upload an image to the Title Area Background Image field found in each episode post.



Post Formats

In case you would like to display a gallery in your posts, or a video in the title area, you would need to use a certain "Post Format" (Gallery or Video, for example). This is located on the right sidebar of the WordPress block editor.


Setting up a Blog

Many users ask us how to set up a blog alongside a podcast on the same website while keeping both separated from one another. This is easy to achieve in two different methods: (both can be seen in the video below)

  1. Categories: You can add separate categories to the podcast posts and the blog posts. If all of your posts are in the "Posts" section, you can easily add a few separate "parent" categories ("Blog" and "Podcast" in the example screenshot below), which would in turn be used to display separate content on the different pages. Once you have a clear separation with categories, you can simply edit any page with Elementor and choose to only display one "Parent" category to pull all blog posts or podcast episodes:
    blog and podcast
  2. Plugin: If you're using the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, you should be all set without doing any further action. It creates a "Custom Post Type" for you and you can use that area to publish all of your podcast episodes while using the default "Posts" section for your blog posts.


Shows

We've included a custom post type named "Shows" into this theme. The shows section is highly flexible, and you can display it in various layouts across your theme. Also, within each show page you can see the related episodes, links, icons, and additional info.

Creating your first Show post

Navigate into your WordPress dashboard and select "Shows > Add New". Once inside the editor, simply give your show a title, insert the description, and make sure to upload a Featured Image.

Then, you'll be able to add-in the additional settings for each show. For instance, you can disable the featured image on the header area, or add-in a custom background image to that title area. Additionally, you can insert a short description that would appear in the header, and link your show with a Post Category - this would allow you to display a list of posts that belong to that episode. (this can also be disabled manually if needed via the checkbox below.)
Lastly, you can add some additional info such as the Show Hosts Names or Avatar, and insert a URL to your independent, show website. (If available)




Below the Show Settings area, you should see an additional setting panel named "Subscribe & Social Links". This area would allow you to add unlimited numbers of icons either to the subscribe button pop-up, or the social icons right below the buttons. Here are two images that provide some basic info on how to set up this setting:



And here is the option for the social settings:






Page Builder Elements

There are several custom Show-related elements in the Elementor Page Builder that we have created: the "Show Carousel", "Show Slider" and "Show Grid" elements. Here's a quick breakdown of these elements:

  • The Show Carousel add-on can display a carousel or a row of shows. You can display multiple shows and scroll between them, or simply display a static number of 3 or 4 shows for example. You can control the settings, layout, query and style options when editing this with Elementor.
  • The Show Slider add-on is a simple add-on that can display shows with their title, description and a button to go over to the show page.

  • The Show Grid add-on is a powerful add-on that can display multiple shows in a grid. This add-on can display all shows or only a certain category of shows.






Connecting your shows with your episodes

In order to have some order in the Shows/Episodes sections across the site, you'll need to specify the Episode Category that fits a certain show within each show post. This should allow you to display episodes of certain shows under the separate show pages, or have the show header on some episodes if needed.

eCommerce

The theme fully supports the WooCommerce plugin. WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce plugin made for WordPress, and it is actually maintained by the official WordPress team.
With WooCommerce, you'll be able to add a beautiful shop page into your site, and add products to sell directly from your WordPress website.


Adding New Products

To create a new product, simply go into the 'Products -> Add New' screen in your admin panel. Once you fill in all the relevant info, publish the product and share your shop with your audience!


WooCommerce has an extensive documentation you can lean on to get started. It's a very popular extension to WordPress and luckily there are many resources about WooCommerce available online, along with extensions, payment gateways and more.

Navigation / Menus

WordPress' default navigation screen is located under Appearance -> Menus. You can access that screen to modify your site's navigation links.


Create a new Menu

To create a new menu, go into the main Menus screen and click on the "Create a New Menu" button. Once you click on that button, you'll be able to set a name to that menu a save it by clicking on "Create Menu".


Select the Menu Location

Once the menu is created, you can select it as the "Primary Menu". This would ensure the menu displays properly on all your pages.


Add Menu Items

Once your menu is created, it would not contain any links by default. You can start adding links/items into your menu and create your site's navigation from scratch. In the left sidebar, you will be able to select pages and click the "Add To Menu" button. This should make the selected items appear on the right side, where you can drag and drop the items to change their order, or change some of the settings such as the name or where the link goes to etc. Once you're done with all changes, don't forget to click on "Save" to publish the new menu.


Sub-Navigation / Sub-Menus

By dragging and indenting a menu item under another existing item, you can create sub-navigation panel. These panels would appear as a new panel under an existing menu items -



Contact Forms & Misc.

The theme comes by default with a few plugins that would help you increase user engagement like contact forms, newsletter subscribe forms, podcast subscribe buttons, social icons, and social feeds.

Contact Forms

First, the Contact Form plugin is provided so you can get emails directly from site visitors. There are two contact form options we recommend for our themes:

  1. WPForms Lite - WPForms is the most intuitive contact form builder plugin. It includes many features you can use in order to receive emails, register users to your newsletter, integrate marketing or automation tools, or payment providers (such as Stripe or PayPal). To create a new form with WPForms, simply go into the WPForms section, and create a new form. You can also use the pre-built templates in order to build the forms faster. Once you finish building your form, you can use the Shortcode in order to display your form on pages. Simply insert the shortcode with Elementor or the default WordPress editor and you should be all set.
  2. Contact Form 7 - Contact Form 7 is a popular form plugin which comes with the theme as well. We included both contact form options and you could choose your favorite one. The Contact Form 7 plugin is used in the demo and you can choose to add a form within the "Contact" screen within your WordPress Admin Panel. Once you are done creating the form, you will simply need to display the form with a shortcode on your contact page or other pages.


Adding a newsletter "Subscribe" form

In the theme demo, we used the "Mailchimp for WordPress" plugin (also known as "MC4WP"). This plugin would allow you to connect your site and gather email addresses from your visitors into your Mailchimp lists. (Mailchimp is free up to 2,000 subscribers)
To set up your Mailchimp form, you'll need to have the MC4WP plugin installed and activated. Next, grab your Mailchimp account API key and introduce it into the plugin's settings page. The last configuration step would include choosing your Mailchimp list in the MC4WP plugin settings. Once you're done, you can add a new form by using the shortcode provided by the plugin into any area of your site (even to sidebar areas or the site's footer)

Note - There are many integration options available for WordPress and almost any marketing tool. If you prefer using another option instead of Mailchimp, nearly any plugin or embedded form would work without any issues, so you're not tied to only one solution. The Mailchimp form was provided as an example, but all other solutions should work just as well.



Adding Podcast Subscribe Buttons

We have created a dedicated plugin called Podcast Subscribe Buttons for creating advanced subscribe buttons for podcasts. The plugin includes more than 40 different podcast platforms (if something is missing, just let us know, and we'll add it in!), and you can also add custom links. There are multiple layouts and options you can choose from such as inline buttons, pop-up buttons, icons only and more.

podcast subscribe buttons


Adding an Instagram or Twitter Widget

The theme includes support for Instagram widgets by default, and can also easily embed Twitter content. If needed, there are many plugins that can extend this functionality even more and share more types of contents from other platforms. You can search for such plugins in the official WordPress plugin repository.

Instagram

instagram widget

In the theme demo, you can see Instagram widgets used to showcase a one of your custom Instagram hashtags.
You can add the Instagram widget to any page via the 'Appearance -> Widgets' section, and adding the Instagram widget into any of the sidebar areas, or by adding the Instagram widget into any page via Elementor.

Note - The built-in Instagram widget only supports hashtags and not user handles. Instagram has recently started to block external scripts that are pulling content based on user handles, so you have to use hashtags. You can easily set up a custom hashtag for your Instagram posts and then use that in your Instagram widget.



Twitter

twitter widget

Luckily, Twitter is super easy to embed into WordPress. In any post, page or widget, you can simply paste a direct link to a tweet, a tweeter user, a timeline and so on, and it would automatically transform into a beautiful embed. You can also get custom embed codes from here - https://publish.twitter.com/


Import a Podcast

If your podcast already exists elsewhere, and you have an existing RSS feed, you can easily import the podcast to WordPress in one batch. We've created a specific plugin dedicated for that called Podcast Importer SecondLine.
import a podcast
With the Podcast Importer plugin, you'll be able to import multiple podcasts into WordPress. The best feature of the plugin is that you can set up "Automatic" or "Continuous" import processes, so if you publish your podcast somewhere else first (for example, through your podcast host like Castos, Transistor, Anchor and so on), it will be automatically cross-posted into WordPress.

Updating The Theme

If you have an active license for the theme (refer to this section to activate your license), you will see a notification in the WordPress dashboard every time there's a new version to the theme. You can easily install via the 'Dashboard -> Updates' panel or via the 'Appearance -> Themes' page.
Having a valid license would allow automatic updates directly through the WordPress dashboard. Without a valid license you won't be able to update the theme.

Note - In case you've made any customizations to the theme files they might be lost, so it is always recommended to use a Child Theme for customizations. It is always recommended that you make a full backup before changing/removing files. However, all of your site's information and content (such as posts, plugin settings, customizer settings etc.) should be saved within the database.

You can also update your theme manually by performing the following steps:

  1. Download the latest theme files. (Theme.zip)
  2. Delete the theme from your WordPress site through the 'Appearance -> Themes' page.
  3. Upload and install the latest version of the theme.


Child Theme

Child Themes are separate themes that rely on a Parent Theme for most of their functionality. If you are using a Child Theme, WordPress will check your child theme first to see if a specific functionality exists. If it doesn’t, it will use the parent theme. This is great because it allows you to modify or override only what you need, without losing anything when updating the parent theme.

Child themes should always be used if you plan on modifying your theme files.

If you plan to edit the theme files, like style.css, it'd be best you install both the main theme and the Child Theme as well, then activate the Child Theme.

Here's some more info on Child Themes and how to use them properly.

Theme Translation

The theme can be translated to any language! It is very easy to translate the theme by using a Translation Plugin. You can find those types of plugins in the official WordPress plugin repository (Plugins -> Add New). A popular option is Loco Translate. And its documentation is available Here.

Once you install Loco Translate, you'll be able to translate the theme and our custom plugin. You don't have to translate everything, if you prefer, only translate the parts seen in the front end of the website.


You can check the official WordPress info on translation by visiting the Codex: Translating WordPress.


Multilingual Support

You can use Multilingual WordPress plugins to create a site that can display multiple languages at once. Here are a few recommendations:

  1. WPML - One of the most popular WordPress translation plugins (paid) is available here WPML . A free alternative could be Polylang or other plugins available in the official WordPress repository.
  2. qTranslate X - This plugins allows you to store multiple languages data within singular posts.

If you prefer to translate your theme locally, please find the language .POT file (can be modified with POEdit or other programs) in the languages folder, for example: wp-content/themes/Tusant-Theme/languages/


RTL Languages

If you need to translate the theme to any RTL (right to left) language, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Urdu and so on, simply set that language as your main WordPress language in the 'Settings -> General' panel, and then make sure to translate the default strings as described above. The layout would be automatically set to RTL when you use an RTL language.

Customizations

While we do offer excellent support with our themes, we cannot provide help for major customizations or modifications that are beyond the default options included in the theme. We are happy to answer questions about the theme, installation process, options, recommended plugins and so on, but unfortunately cannot always help with custom projects beyond that scope.

We highly recommend Codeable for any customization work. This is the most professional platform to find reliable WordPress experts.

If you have questions while working on the theme, we're glad to help. Simply contact us for additional support.


How to Make Your Own Customizations

If you want to modify the theme beyond what the Customizer allows, you can easily edit your Child Theme's style.css file. You can override any of the styles directly in there. To visualize the changes in an easy way, open the "Developer" or "Inspect" tool in your favorite browser and find the changes you'd like to make:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOEw9iiopwI

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my website look different than the live demo?

If you've just installed the theme, but want your new site to look exactly like our Live Demo - you should import the demo data via the "Theme Setup Wizard". Once imported, your site should look exactly like our demo and have the same content. You can then start removing unwanted posts or content and add your own. If, for some reason, the setup wizard did not complete, you shall install the WordPress Importer plugin via "Tools > Import" and import the content.xml file which is located in the theme folder (you might need to extract the theme .zip file locally on your machine in order to do so)

How to edit the homepage?

If your homepage is simply a list of posts and cannot be edited, simply create a blank page and set it as the static front page via the "Settings > Reading" panel. This should allow you to have more control on the layout and content of the homepage and will allow to edit it with Elementor.

Where can I change the "Latest News" title on the Homepage?

If you display a dynamic index page instead of a "Static Front Page", you would have a "Latest News" heading within the header. If you want to change it, check out the question above and set a new static front page.

Do I have to use a specific plugin/host for podcasting?

Not at all! If you use any one of the popular Podcast Hosting companies (Blubrry, Castos, Transistor, Podbean, Libsyn, Spreaker, SoundCloud etc.) you do not need to make any change. Our themes support almost any provider out there so make sure to read the "Podcasting" section of this documentation. Also, you can host the audio files within your Podcast Website (via FTP or the WordPress media section) and still display your episodes this way.

What are the recommended image sizes and how do I change these?

By default, the recommended image sizes are defined within the functions.php file. These are non-square images, but if you do want to have only square images, you can disable the cropping via 'Appearance -> Customize -> General'.
The default image sizes defined in the functions.php file are:

      1. Podcast Image on Grid/Masonry Layout - 800x500 px
      2. One Column Podcast Element Image - 350x325 px
      3. Show Cover Image - 800x650 px
      4. Slider / Single Podcast Posts Background - 1400x700 px

If you want to change one of those, make sure to apply the change of dimensions within the functions.php file of your theme (or Child Theme) and then run at least once the "Force Regenerate Thumbnails" plugin to update all images.

Note - In addition to the image sizes noted above, we also use a more flexible size for the "Title Area" background image. This can be 1920px wide (to fit a wide range of screen sizes) and anywhere between 500px to 1200px tall. The height of those images is basically fluid and is defined by the top/bottom padding you are using on your "Title Area".

How do I change that default background image?

If you want to change the large background image (with the microphone) that appears on most pages or posts, you would need to change the default global image in the "Appearance > Customize" area. Note that there is more than only one default image, as it can vary by the actual location of the image

What is the difference between your 5 podcast themes?

Great question, let us tell you a short story about it!
Initially, we created 5 different themes and each of those themes had its own set of unique features. (Just as an example, "Gumbo" was the only theme supporting videos at the time we released it, or "Tusant" was the only one that supported the footer page builder)
This caused some confusion with our users, so we decided to suspend the work on brand new themes, and focus on improving all of our current themes. We now have 5 themes, that are constantly getting updated, and all the popular features we included in any of them is now shared across all five.
We take a great pride in actually improving our existing products all the time, so if you have any suggestions, feedback or anything else, feel free to share!
With that said, it's still a work in process, and the themes may have some slight differences. The solely significant existing difference at this point is that only "Tusant" and "Bolden" currently support the "Shows" functionality, but we'll work on that too.





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