Getting Started with Dottoro Theme and Editor

This guide is intended as a reference for those working with Dottoro Theme and Editor for the first time

Thank you for choosing Dottoro!

We are glad you have chosen to apply our services. We are looking forward to helping you getting started with your first Dottoro Theme.

Requirements:

Dottoro Theme

Theme Editor

  • A modern browser such as Internet Explorer 9 or above, or the latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Opera.
    To make the most out of the editor and for your own convenience make sure to have the latest version of your browser possible. Those using Internet Explorer should preferably have version 9. The editor also runs safe on IE8, but the newest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera run distinctly faster than IE8.

First Steps:

1 Start by creating a Dottoro account (join). You can sign in with your Facebook, Windows Live, Google and several other OpenID provider accounts, or by registering with your email and a password.
2 You need to purchase a Standard or Developer Package to be able to download the Dottoro Theme. For details, please see our Pricing page.
3 After your payment is arrived, you will receive an email with further instructions, and you can download the theme from your status page.

Note: you also have an option to download the Dottoro Theme with any of your saved skin settings through your skins page.

4 After having downloaded the Dottoro Theme, you can upload and install it to WordPress the regular way.
For further information, please see the documentation of Dottoro Theme and the Theme Editor.

Demo Content:

The Demo content makes it easier to see how features work in the theme. With the help of the Demo content, you will have the same content as on the demo site in a few minutes.

The Demo content includes:

  • Pages and Posts
  • Comments
  • Thumbnails
  • Categories and Tags
  • Menu (primary navigation)
  • Slideshows and layers
  • Subheaders
  • Widgets and widget areas
  • and many more

Its highly recommended that you import the Demo content into a new installation of WordPress, otherwise all your current widget and theme settings will be lost!

The Demo content only works with the Dottoro theme. Please install and activate the Dottoro theme before importing the Demo content.

wp_autop and wp_texturizer functions are disabled in the demo content to prevent WordPress from adding extra paragraph tags. You can enable them anytime, but please read the documentation before doing that.

Steps:

1 Download the demo.zip file, and extract it.
2 Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
3 WordPress comes default with a "Sample Page" and a "Hello world" post. Remove them (move to trash).
4 Navigate to Tools > Import and select the WordPress option from the list (installation is required then activate and run).
5 Upload the demo.xml file located in the extracted demo folder.
6 The author of the demo content is Dottoro. In the "Assign Authors" section you will be asked to map this author to an existing user on your site or to create a new user. We recommend to map it to an existing user on your site.
7 Select the "Download and import file attachments" checkbox and click Submit.
8 When the import process is finished, go to "Theme Options" » "Export/Import".
9 In the import section, choose the theme_settings.json file located in the extracted demo folder then click "Import Settings".
10 There is only one step left: the child theme.
It is strongly advised to use a child theme for customization. Without a child theme, when you update the Dottoro Theme, your changes will be overwritten and lost. We also use a child theme on our demo site whose stylesheet contains the CSS rules for small screen sizes (responsive design).

You can download our demo child theme from here.

The demo child theme will give you a good starting point to create your own responsive design. For further details, please read the Responsive Design section in the theme documentation.
11 At the end of the process you should have a ready-to-go website.

Optional steps:

  • The import process does not overwrite the permalink structure of your site. To get the same URL settings as on the demo site, go to "Settings » Permalink" and paste this text: into the "Custom Structure" text field, then Save Changes.

Notes:

  • Pages of the demo content will load slowly first time on your site because images need to be created in the required sizes.
You can read more about importing on the WordPress Codex Importing Content page.