Float Documentation

Installing the Theme

To install themes with the WordPress theme uploader:

  • Download the "theme.zip" file from the Member Area
    • Note: some browsers (eg. Safari) auto extract zip files automatically. Right-click on the download link and select "Save Linked File As". This will allow you to download the theme as a zip file.
  • Login to Wp Admin.
  • Go to Appearance > Themes.
  • Click on the "Add New" button, then click on the "Upload Theme" button
  • Upload the theme.zip file (note: it is the theme.zip, not the theme-psd.zip that you just downloaded from the Member Area).
  • Activate the theme

how to properly install your theme

FYI: You can also install themes with FTP method. Read the Installing Themes tutorial for more info.

Demo Import

If you are starting a fresh site, importing the demo content will help you understand how the theme demo is built. The Demo Import feature will import the contents (posts, pages, comments, etc.), Themify panel settings, menus, and widgets setup from our demo to your site. You can erase the demo content afterward.

To import the demo setup:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Demo Import and click "Import Demo" button.
  • Note that the featured images will be replaced with an image placeholder for copyright reasons.

To erase the demo setup:

  • On the Demo Import tab, click on the "Erase Demo" button which will then remove the demo content.

FYI: If the Demo Import does not work on your site, you can use the WP Admin > Tools > Import tool to import the demo content manually.

how to import demo content

To display a logo image instead of the site name text:

  • Go to WP Admin > Appearance > Customize > Site Logo and Tagline.
  • Under "Site Logo", select "Logo Image" radio button.
  • Upload a logo image.
  • Specify the logo image width and height.

How to add your own site logo on your site

You can also change website Tagline from here:

  • Go to WP Admin > Appearance > Customize > Site Logo and Tagline.
  • Scroll down and under "Site Tagline" select "Text" radio button.
  • Enter your site Tagline.
  • Click "Save & Publish".

How to add a tagline on your site

Main Navigation Menu

To create a custom navigation menu:

  • Go to WP Admin > Appearance > Menus.
  • Click on "create a new menu" to create a new menu (eg. Main Menu).
  • Add the menu items from the left panels.
  • To create a dropdown menu: drag the menu item towards the right (the item(s) will be indented).
  • When you are done adding the menu items, click "Save Menu".
  • To assign menu locations:
    • Scroll down to the bottom where it says "Theme locations" and tick the menu location checkbox.
    • Main Navigation = main menu on the header
    • Footer Navigation = footer menu on the footer (Note: some themes might not have Footer Navigation).

TIPS: You can display menus on sidebar widgets, remove the main menu, create empty links, and lightbox links. Read Custom Menus for more detailed tutorial.

create custom menus for each page on your site

Step 1) To set up the social media links:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Social Links tab.
  • The theme comes with some pre-filled social links. Simply enter your social profile URL in the Link input field. For example, enter 'http://twitter.com/themify' for the Twitter link.
  • You can choose to display either "Icon Font" or "Image".
    • If "Icon Font" is selected, click on "Insert Icon" to select an icon (over 320+ icons available).
    • If "Image" is selected, you can upload your own graphic icon by clicking on the Upload button.
  • To add more links, click on the Add Link button at the bottom.
  • To remove a link, click on the delete icon.
  • To arrange the display order, drag and drop the link container.

How to setup your social links

Step 2) Displaying the Social Links:

  • Once you have the Social Links setup, go to WP Admin > Appearance > Widgets. Drag and drop the Themify - Social Links from the Available Widgets panel to the Social Widget panel.
  • Optional: Customize Widget Title - such as "Follow Us". You can also "Show link name" and adjust icon size.

drag & drop the widget to where you'd like it to appear

Hiding the RSS Icon

To hide the default RSS icon in the header:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Theme Settings.
  • Under the "Exclude RSS Link", tick the checkbox that says "Check here to exclude RSS icon/button in the header".

Hiding the Search Form

To hide the default search form in the header:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Theme Settings.
  • Under the "Exclude Search Form", tick the checkbox that says "Check here to exclude search form in the header".

How to Import Parallax Layouts

To import a pre-designed parallax layout:
  • Add a new Page.
  • On the page's Themify Custom Panel > Page Options, select:
    • Sidebar Option = sidebar-none icon
    • Content Width = fullwidth icon
    • Hide Page Title = Yes
  • Optional: on the Themify Custom Panel, click on "Page Appearance" tab to set the design appearance of this particular page (read Page Appearance section below for more details).
  • On the Discussion panel, uncheck "Allow discussion" checkbox (this will disable the comments on the page).
  • Publish and view the page frontend.
  • Turn on the Builder on frontend, on the top admin bar, select Themify Builder > Layouts > Load Layouts.
  • A lightbox window will appear where you'll be able to toggle between Pre-designed, Parallax, or Custom Builder layouts. Click on "Parallax" tab and click on a thumbnail image to import.
    • Pre-design tab consists of all Layouts in the Builder.
    • Parallax tab consists of all Layouts that have parallax scrolling effect.
    • Custom tab is where you find your own custom Layouts.
    • Theme tab consists of the layouts built specifically for this theme.
  • When it asks to replace or append the layout, click "Replace Existing Layout".
  • Now you may replace the images and text as you like.
  • To adjust the parallax effect:
    • Edit any existing module, then click "Animation" tab on the option lightbox, and select the "Scroll Speed". The higher the speed, the faster the scroll (i.e. speed 10 means it will scroll very fast off the viewing area).
    • To produce parallax and overlapping effect, select different scroll speeds on different modules.
    • When modules overlapping each other on scroll, you can use the "Z-Index" to control their stack order. Module with greater stack order is always in front of a module with a lower stack order (ie. module with z-Index 2 will overlap modules with z-index 1).

Import parallax layout

How to Design Custom Parallax Layouts

In the follow tutorial, we will show you how to create a parallax layout using this Profile demo page as a reference design. If you want to see the final result first, create a new page then import it from Themify Builder > Layouts > Load Layouts > Parallax and select "Profile" thumbnail.

To design a custom parallax layout from scratch:

  • Add a new Page.
  • On the Themify Custom Panel, select the following options (view screenshot):
    • Sidebar Option = sidebar-none icon
    • Content Width = fullwidth icon
    • Hide Page Title = Yes
  • Optional: on the Themify Custom Panel, click on "Page Appearance" tab to set the design appearance of this particular page (read Theme Appearance section below for more details).
  • On the Discussion panel, uncheck "Allow discussion" checkbox (this will disable the comments on the page).
  • Publish and view the page frontend.
  • Turn on the Builder on frontend.
  • Hover your mouse on the first row top bar, then click on the pencil icon to open row options and select "Row Width = Fullwidth" (view screenshot):
  • On the row grid dropdown, select (view screenshot):
    • Select 3-column grid
    • Column Alignment = middle alignment icon
    • Gutter Spacing = None
  • Drop in some Image and Text modules as like this screenshot. If you are new with Themify Builder, watch this starter video on how to use the general interface.
  • Let's add some top and bottom padding to the row and give some separation in between rows. To add padding, hover the row top bar, click the brush icon to open row styling panel, then add 7% top padding and 5% bottom padding (view screenshot).
  • Now that you've done the first row, open a new browser window/tab; view the page that you are working on to see the result. Keep the Builder edit mode active on the other browser window/tab (so one window to work on, another one to see the result).
  • To add parallax effect: edit the first image module (the pencil and pen image), click "Animation" tab, and select "Scroll Speed = 1" (view screenshot). The higher the speed, the faster the scroll (i.e. speed 10 means it will scroll very fast off the viewing area).
  • Then edit the second image module (the paper clips image), and on the Animation tab, select "Speed Speed = 5" (view screenshot).
  • Switch back to the viewing browser tab that has the same page opened. Reload the page to see the result.
  • You should notice that the paper clips image is overlapping (above) the pencil and pen image. If you want the pencil and pen image to be above the paper clips image, then add Z-Index on the image module. Z-index allows you to change the module stack order (higher z-index will stay above).
  • To add z-index: edit the pen and pencil Image module, click Animation tab, then enter "2" in Z-index. Default z-index is zero (0), so adding z-index 2 will have this image overlap everything else that doesn't have any z-index input (view screenshot).
  • Let's create the second row now. Drop in a Text module and enter "Skills" heading 1 text.
  • To create a sub-row: hover the Text module and select 3-column grid (view screenshot) and, then drag the Text module to the middle column.
  • Then drop a Divider module above the Text module, select "Divider Width = Custom, Width = 100, and Alignment = Center" (view screenshot).
  • On the next row, select the 2-column grid with middle column alignment and then drop in an Image, Text, and Button module as per this screenshot.
  • Edit the Image module on the left column, click "Animation" tab and enter "Scroll Speed = 2" (view screenshot).
  • On the next row, select the 3-column grid with middle column alignment, then drop in 2 Image modules, a Text, and a Button module as per this screenshot.
  • On the left column Image module, apply "Scroll Speed = 2" (view screenshot).
  • On the right column Image module, apply "Scroll Speed = 6" (view screenshot).
  • Now switch back to the viewing browser tab. Reload the page to see the result.
  • We will end the tutorial here. You can follow the similar steps and technique to create the remaining part of the layout. TIPS: The trick of creating parallax layout is to design the general layout structure first, then select parallax scroll speed after.

Infinite Scroll / Pagination

Float theme comes with the ability for you to enable the infinite scroll feature. This allows users to view your posts in a continuous flow without having to click on the pagination.

To enable infinite scroll in archive view:

  • Go to your WP Admin > Themify Setting > Theme Settings
  • Scroll down and select the option "Infinite Scroll". You'll also see the option for you to select "Standard pagination" or "Load More Button".
    • Infinite Scroll = auto load posts on page scroll.
    • Load More Button = load posts when load more button is clicked.
    • Standard Pagination = show a regular numbered page navigation.

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Header Design / Page Appearance

To set header design option site-wide:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify Settings > Theme Settings
  • Header Design:
    • Header Top Bar = Minimal header with just the site logo and menu.
    • Header Left Pane = Header will be in a fixed position on the left side.
    • Header Right Pane = Header will be in a fixed position on the right side.
    • None = The entire header will be excluded.
  • Menu Style = This option is only available when header top bar layout is selected. You can select to have the menu in fullscreen overlay or the standard horizontal menu.

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Page Appearance

The header design can be override in each individual post/page.

To override the header design in each individual post/page:

  • Add or edit any post/page
  • On the Themify Custom Panel > Page Appearance, you should see these options:
    • Header Design:
      • Default = Theme default will take the settings from Themify > Settings > Theme Settings > Header Design).
      • Header Top Bar = Minimal header with just the site logo and menu.
      • Header Left Pane = Header will be in a fixed position on the left side.
      • Header Right Pane = Header will be in a fixed position on the right side.
      • None = The entire header will be excluded.
    • Menu Style = This option is only available when header top bar layout is selected. You can select to have the menu in fullscreen overlay or the standard horizontal menu.
    • Header Elements = Select show/hide the header elements:
      • select "Hide" will hide the element
      • select "Show" will show the element
      • select "Theme default" will take settings from Themify > Settings > Theme Settings => Theme Appearance (i.e. if you want to have "Theme default", you don't have to select anything)
    • Header Background
      • Solid Background = Allows you to pick background color and upload background image for the header
      • Transparent Background = Header background will be transparent (note: the content container will push to the top of the page to achieve transparent header effect)
    • Header Text Color = Color for the text in the header
    • Header Link Color = Color for the links in the header
    • Footer = Check "Exclude Footer" will remove the footer
this is float page appearance custom panel screenshot

Portfolio Post Type

The theme comes with Portfolio post type as an optional plugin (you don't need to install the Portfolio plugin if you don't intend to have a portfolio on your site).

To install the Portfolio Posts plugin:

  • Go to your WP Admin > Themify theme
  • On the Themify panel, click "Begin installing plugin"
  • Then on the "Install Required Plugins" page, click "Install" under the "Themify Portfolio Posts"
  • Once the plugin is installed, click "Return to Required Plugins Installer"
  • Now click "Activate" to activate the installed plugin
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Adding Portfolio Posts:

  • To create a Portfolio post, select "Add New" under the "Portfolios" admin menu
  • Enter the Portfolio title and content
  • In the Themify Custom Panel, enter the options as you like:
    • Sidebar Option = Select it if you'd like to have a sidebar or have no-sidebar
    • Content Width = Select how you'd like your content to be displayed
    • Block Size = Select the block size either in regular or large size. This is only for archive view, select larger block to highlight the project when showcased in archive view
    • Featured Image = Upload or select an image from the media library for the project
    • Image Dimensions = This image dimensions will be used for the featured image in the single post view (leaving it blank will have the default dimensions)
    • Hide Post Title = This option is used to set whether the post title will be displayed in the single post view
    • Unlink Post Title = This option is used to set whether the post title will be linked in the single post view
    • Hide Post Date = This option is used to set whether the post date will be displayed in the single post view
    • Hide Post Meta = This option is used to set whether the post meta will be displayed in the single post view
    • Hide Featured Image = This option is used to set whether the featured image will be displayed in the single post view
    • Unlink Featured Image = This option is used to set whether the featured image will be linked in the single post view
    • External Link = This option is used to link the post featured image and title to a custom URL
    • Lightbox Link = This option is used to link the post featured image and title to open a URL in a lightbox. This defaults to expecting an image URL
      • iFrame URL = If checked, this will open the URL as an iFrame within the lightbox. This can be used to open external URLs such as other pages or sites
      • Add zoom icon on lightbox link = This option sets whether a zoom icon will be shown on the featured image when set to a lightbox link
    • Custom Menu = (Optional) Select a custom menu that'll appear when users view this post
    • Project Info = You can also input some additional info about your project on this section (i.e. Date, Client, Service provided, and the link to launch)
portfolio options panel on the Float theme

Displaying Portfolio Posts on Pages:

  • First, create a new Page (in admin, select "Add New" under the "Pages" admin menu)
  • In Themify Custom Panel, click "Query Portfolios" tab, select either "All Categories" or a Portfolio category, and select the other options as you like:
    • Portfolio Category = This option is used to set which categories will be included or excluded in the post list
    • Order = This option is used to set whether posts will be ordered in ascending or descending order
    • Order By = This option is used to set the attribute that posts will be ordered
    • Portfolio Layout = This option is used to set the layout of portfolio posts, such as grid columns, list posts, etc.
    • Portfolio Filter = Set to enable or disable the ability to filter by category for your portfolio posts
    • Pagination Option = Select how you would like to show more posts. You can choose from the theme default, infinite scroll, load more button, standard pagination, or no pagination
    • Portfolios Per Page = This option is used to set the number of portfolio posts shown per page
    • Display Content = This option is used to set what content is output for each portfolio post (None, Excerpt, or Full Content)
    • Image Dimensions = This option is used to set the dimensions the portfolio images will be displayed at
    • Hide Portfolio Title = This option is used to set whether the post title will be displayed
    • Unlink Portfolio Title = This option is used to set whether the post title will operate as a link
    • Hide Portfolio Date = This option is used to set whether the post date will be displayed
    • Hide Portfolio Meta = This option is used to set whether the post meta will be displayed
    • Hide Featured Image = This option is used to set whether the featured image will be displayed
    • Unlink Featured Image = This option is used to set whether the featured image will operate as a link
this is portfolio post type query panel screenshot

Displaying Portfolio Posts using shortcodes:

You can use the [themify_portfolio_posts] shortcode to display the Portfolio posts anywhere in the content editor, Text widget, and the Builder Text module. Below are some sample portfolio shortcodes using different parameters:
  • [themify_portfolio_posts]
    • = display Portfolio posts with default settings
  • [themify_portfolio_posts style="grid3" limit="3" post_date="yes" image_w="306" image_h="180"]
    • = display latest 3 Portfolio posts in grid3 layout, set image dimensions and show postdate
  • [themify_portfolio_posts category="13" style="grid2" limit="8" image_w="474" image_h="250"]
    • = display latest 8 Portfolio posts from Portfolio Category ID 13 in grid2 layout
  • [themify_portfolio_posts category="web-design,illustration"]
    • = display latest Portfolio posts from portfolio categories Web Design and Illustration, given that their text slugs are "web-design" and "illustration"
Available parameters:
  • limit = number of post to query/show
  • category = category ID number or category name (default = all categories)
  • image = show post image or not (yes or no)
  • image_w = featured image width
  • image_h = featured image height
  • title = show post title (yes or no)
  • display = display whether full content, excerpt or none (content, excerpt, or none)
  • post_meta = display post meta (yes or no)
  • post_date = display postdate (yes or no)
  • style = layout style (grid4, grid3, grid2). You may also add custom css class in here (e.g. style="grid4 custom-class"). Custom CSS class is only required for developers to apply styling
  • order = specifies ascendant or descendant order (ASC or DESC)
  • orderby = criteria used to order posts (author, comment_count, date, menu_order, and title)
  • unlink_image = remove the link on featured image (yes or no)
  • unlink_title = remove the link on the post title (yes or no)
  • more_link = display a custom more link after the posts
  • more_text = text that will appear in more_link

Designing Portfolio with the Builder

You can use the Builder to design any page and post including the custom post type like Portfolio on the demo. The Builder helps you to make rich media layouts easier by drag and drop elements on the page. Below is a sample portfolio single we designed.

To create a Portfolio single with the Builder:

  • In admin, select "Add New" under the "Portfolios" admin menu
  • In the Themify Custom Panel:
    • Featured Image = Upload or select an image from the library
    • Hide Post Title = Yes
    • Hide Post Date = Yes
    • The above will hide the elements in the Portfolio single because we will use the Builder to layout the content
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  • Then publish and view the portfolio post on the frontend
  • From the top admin bar, select Themify Builder > Turn On Builder
  • Now you can use the Builder to add modules on the page (this process is very similar like the one above on how to build pages with the Builder)

Setting the Portfolio Layouts

  • To set the portfolio layout options, go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Portfolio Settings
  • Default Archive Portfolio Layout = refers to the Portfolio archive view (i.e. Portfolio posts queried with shortcodes, Query Portfolio pages, Portfolio category pages, etc.)
  • Default Single Portfolio Layout = refers to the single post view of the Portfolio (project)
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Load More Button

Load More Button in Shortcodes

To display load more button in blog and portfolio shortcode:

  • Enter load_more="yes" attribute in either [themify_list_posts] or [themify_portfolio_posts] shortcode.

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Load More Button in Query Posts/Portfolios

To display load more button in Query Posts and Query Portfolio pages:

  • Edit or add a Page.
  • On Themify Custom Panel > Query Posts (or Query Portfolios) tab, select a Query Category to query posts.
  • On the "Pagination Option", select "Load More Button" to have load more instead of infinite scroll or the standard pagination.

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Setting Default Post and Page Layouts

Generally, the theme works out of the box. All the sidebar options and image dimensions are pre-defined in the theme. If you need to change the default sidebar options, featured image dimensions, content/except display, post meta, etc., it can be done in the WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Default Layouts.

There are three default layout options under Themify > Settings > Default Layouts:

  • Archive Sidebar Option: refers to the default home page, category, search, archive, tag pages, etc.
  • Default Post Layout: is the post page direct URL (also known as "Single Post").
    • Note: Some themes may only have 4 layouts.
  • Default Static Page Layout: is the static page.

FYI: Read Default Layouts documentation for more info.

default post and page layout

Displaying/Querying Posts on Pages (eg. Blog Page)

To display/query posts on a page:

  • First, create a new Page (in admin, select "Add New" under the "Pages" admin menu).
  • In Themify Custom Panel, click "Query Posts" tab, select either "All Categories" or a Post category and select the other options as you like:
    • Order = This option is used to set whether posts will be ordered in ascending or descending order.
    • Order By = This option is used to set the attribute that the order of the post will be based on.
    • Query Post Layout = This option is used to set the layout of posts such as grid columns, list posts, etc.
    • Post Per Page = This option is used to set the number of posts shown per page.
    • Display Content = This option is used to set what content is output for each post (None, Excerpt, or Full Content).
    • Image Dimensions = This option is used to set the dimensions the posts images will be displayed at.
    • Hide Post Title = This option is used to set whether the post title will be displayed.
    • Unlink Post Title = This option is used to set whether the post title will operate as a link.
    • Hide Post Date = This option is used to set whether the post date will be displayed.
    • Hide Post Meta = This option is used to set whether the post meta will be displayed.
    • Hide Featured Image = This option is used to set whether the featured image will be displayed.
    • Unlink Featured Image = This option is used to set whether the featured image will operate as a link.
    • Hide Page Navigation = This option is used to set whether the page navigation for posts will be displayed.

how to query post on a page

Setting Custom Front Page

You can set any page as the front (home) page. This means you can use the Builder to design the page and assign it as the front page. To set the Front Page:

  • Go to WP Admin > Settings > Reading.
  • On the Front page displays, select the "A static page (select below)" option and then select a "Front page".
  • Leave the "Posts page" default. If you want to create a custom Blog page, read this tutorial instead of setting the "Posts page".

how to set custom front page on your site

Adding Widgets

To add widgets to widgetized areas (eg. sidebar and footer widgets):

  • Go to WP Admin > Appearance > Widgets.
  • The big panel on the left side shows all available widgets. The small panels on the right are the widgetized areas.
  • To add a widget: drag and drop the widget from the left panel to the right panel.
  • To remove the widget: drag the widget back to the left panel (Available Widgets panel). If you want to keep the widget setting for future use, drag it to the Inactive Widgets instead of the Available Widgets panel. It will save your widget settings. To retrieve the widget, drag the widget from Inactive Widgets panel instead of the Available Widgets panel.

TIPS: You can also add widgets in Appearance > Customize panel.

how to add a custom menu on your sidebar

Theme Skins

To apply pre-designed color skins:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify > Skins, select a skin by clicking on the thumbnail and click Save.

Styling The Theme

To style the theme frontend appearance:

  • Go to WP Admin > Appearance > Customize.
  • It will take you to the Customize panel with live preview where you can style the appearance of the theme design (ie. color, background, font, spacing, border, etc.).

FYI: Refer to Customize documentation for more info.

customization panel options

  • To set the Footer Widget column layout, go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Theme Settings.
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  • To drop the widgets in the Footer_Widgets, go to WP Admin > Appearance > Widgets.

To replace the footer credit links:

  • Go to WP Admin > Themify > Settings > Theme Settings and enter the footer text.
  • HTML tags are allowed in the Footer Text.
  • To have empty footer text, enter a blank space in Footer Text.

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