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How to Install and Set Up WP-Prosper

Michael | September 24, 2009 | Comments (0)

Step 1 – Unzip the File

The file you downloaded can be unzipped with any standard unzip program. If you don’t have one already installed on your computer, Stuffit Expander is a popular option for PC or MAC users. When you unzip the file, you’ll end up with a folder with one of the following names, depending upon which license you purchased:

  • wp-prosper-basic
  • wp-prosper-prem
  • wp-prosper-dev

Within this folder are all the theme files along with the end user license agreement (please take a moment to read over the license agreement).

Please Note: Depending on which unzip program you use, you may end up with a folder within a folder. Both folders will have the same name. Be sure you upload the second-level folder (the folder within the folder you unzipped).

Step 2 – Upload the Theme Files to Your WordPress Site

Option 1

If you are using WordPress 2.8 and above, you are able to install the ZIP file of the theme directly from the Dashboard. This simplifies things since you don’t need to use FTP:

1. When viewing the WordPress Dashboard, go to Appearance -> Themes
2. Click “Install Themes” (big tab at top)
3. Click “Upload”
4. Click ‘Choose File’ then navigate to where you downloaded the theme ZIP file; click ‘Open’
5. Click ‘Install Now’
6. When done installing, click “Activate”
7. That’s it!

Option 2

For this step, you’ll need an FTP (file transfer protocol) program. An FTP program allows you to transfer files between your computer and your web hosting account. There are several available, but I use SmartFTP. You’ll want to upload your theme folder to the /wp-content/themes/ folder in your WordPress installation.

Step 3 – Activate WP-Prosper

Login to your WordPress control panel, and click the Appearance tab. On the next page you’ll see all your available themes. Find the WP-Prosper screenshot, and click the “Activate” link.

Step 4 – Install and Activate Plugins Supported by WP-Prosper

WP-Prosper has built-in support for the following plugins:

WordPress Popular Posts – Your Most Popular Posts will appear in the right sidebar in the tabbed navigation box as seen on this site.

Get the Image – This is plugin, created by Justin Tadlock, is necessary if you want to use post thumbnails and and/or the featured content slider.

WP-PageNavi – This is a great little plugin by Lester Chan that will add page numbers in place of the “Older Posts” and “Newer Posts” links at the bottom of your pages.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – this plugin will place Related Posts at the bottom of the Single Post page (see example). After you activate the plugin, visit the plugin settings page, and uncheck the box that says “Automatically display related posts.”

Yoast Breadcrumbs – This plugin will place breadcrumb navigation at the top of your pages. Simply activate the plugin, and the breadcrumb will appear automatically.

flickrRSS – This plugin will allow you to easily add flickr photos to your sidebar or footer via the widgets panel.

Step 5 – Visit the WP-Prosper Theme Settings Page

The link for this page is available under the Appearance tab. We’ve given you several optional settings for the theme, so feel free to change a few of them, and see what sort of site you can create for yourself.

In particular, you may want to activate the following features:

  • Featured Content on Home Page
  • Activate Footer Widgets
  • Subscription Form and Sidebar Contact Settings
  • Advertisement Settings

Step 6 – Add Some Content to Your Sidebar and Footer Widgets

Click the Appearance tab, then Widgets, and place some content in your sidebar and footer (if footer widgets are activated). This is also the page where you can add the “Side Tabs” widget which will display Popular Posts, Categories, Archives and Tags (as seen on the right sidebar on this site). You can also place your Subscribe Box in either your sidebar or footer via the Subscribe Box widget (as seen on the right sidebar on this site).

Step 7 – Be Sure to Change Your Permalink Settings

In your WordPress control panel, click Settings >> Permalinks, and change your permalink structure to anything other than the default. This will help Prosper run smoother, and it’s much better for search engine optimization if your post slugs appear in the site URL.

Step 8 – Custom Menus – Very Important

In WordPress 3.0 and above you are able to take advantage of the custom menu feature. Here is a short screencast to show you how it works.

Please note that you must set up the custom menus as instructed in the video. Otherwise, you will have a duplicate page navigation bar as the category bar (if part of the theme).

Category: Tutorials

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