This page steps you through the critical first steps in setting up this theme. Skipping these steps will cause your theme to not work correctly.
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Installing this theme
You should be able to install the theme direclty inside of WordPress. Go to the Themes menu on the left of wp-admin, select “Add New Themes”, and then click “upload”. Select the supplied OpenHouse theme zip file and you’re done.
However, in my personal experience, this rarely works. So I just install it manually. To install manually, you’ll need an FTP program. The Firefox (web browser) plugin FireFTP works perfectly. Unzip the supplied OpenHouse theme (it should be zipped). On the server, navigate to your Themes folder. Create a subfolder called “OpenHouse” (or something else if you wish), and then upload all the theme files to that folder.
Once uploaded, you can go to the Themes section of WordPress wp-admin and then activate the new theme.
Ok, it should be installed. Now on to the steps to get your new site functional!
Step 1: Create your post Categories
You need to create at a minimum 2 Categories:
A “Listings” category. All your properties will use this category.
If you want a Blog, then create a category called something like “Blog”. If you want to post news articles, then create a category called something like “News”. It doesn’t matter. Create as many categories as you want that will hold regular text posts. You can also create child categories under Blog, or News, if you will have many posts and want to keep things organized.
The thing to remember is that one category holds your “Listings” posts, and all other categories will hold regular blog/news style posts.
Step 2: Search Results Page
Create a new “Page”, using the Page Template called “Search Results”. You do need a “Title” for the post, but you can leave the content blank. Publish it.
Step 3: Theme Options settings
Go to the Theme Options page. This is found at the bottom left of your wp-admin Dashboard.
In the “General” section, set “Listings” Category to what you created in Step 1. If you have sub-categories under a main category, you should choose the main parent category.
In the “General” section, set the “Search Results Page” to the one you created in step 2.
Step 4: Set up slideshow options
Under the “Slideshow” section of Theme Options, set the “Category used for Slideshow”. This is so the homepage slideshow will know what category to pull the data from.
Alternatively, you can enter a list of post IDs in the “User Defined Slideshow Order” setting. This lets you control exactly which posts will show up in the Slideshow, and in what order. But since you probably don’t have any Listings yet, this option will not be a good choice.
This theme relies on the Timthumb.php script for taking your original large image, and repurposing it in other sizes throughout the site (like in the slideshow, thumbnails, etc.) That way you don’t need to upload more than one Portfolio or Blog image.
The /scripts folder, and scripts/cache folder must be set to a permission setting of 0777. That allows it to read and write. If it is not 0777, then the images on the site will not show up. You will need to access your site folders to change the folder permissions.
I recommend the free FireFTP plugin for Firefox. Simply log in to your server. Right-click on the folders, choose Properties, and change the number ot 0777.
Step 6: Set up the Contact Form for the Listing pages
Each property detail page (Listing page) contains a contact form at the bottom, next to the Google Map. The contact form requires the Contact Form 7 plugin. Click here to get it. Once installed, go the the “Contact” section in the wp-admin (bottom left of the screen). Set up the form to your requirements, or leave it at the default. Copy the “shortcode” at the top of the screen. Now open up your functions.php file. Change the “$form1” value to the shortcode that you copied.
Enjoy your new theme! You are now ready to post a property Listing, or blog/news post. Click here for details on adding a Listing and news/blog post.
It’s not critical at this point, but you will notice that your site does not have a logo. Go to Theme Options, and in the “General” section, under Logo URL, give the full URL to your image. Also set the width and height of the image. If the logo isn’t positioned exactly right, you can enter values in “Logo position X” and “Logo position Y” to fine tune it’s position.
Every other setting in Theme Options isn’t critical at this point. The theme should be working… you now just need to add some content!
This theme has many great features and options. To get the most of the theme, please read the rest of the online help which is accessible directly from the “Documentation” menu above.