The first thing you’ll need to do after activating the theme is this: configure Custom Menus and Widgets to make your theme work properly.
If you already have lots of content
In order to generate new thumbnails install Regenerate Thumbnails or Force Regenerate Thumbnails and go to Tools > Rebuild Thumbnails.
Recommended minimum image size is 800 px in width and 800 px in height. If your images are smaller they may not crop correctly. In this case you should install Thumbnail Upscale plugin and Force Regenerate Thumbnails.
1. Uploading the Theme & Installing Demo Content
Method 1: To upload the theme you need to extract the downloaded zip file. Once extracted you’ll see a file named tone.zip. Go to Appearance > Themes > Install Theme and click Upload. Select the “tone.zip” file on your hard disk.
Please note! Use installable tone.zip file only.
Method 2: If the method above fails you will need to upload via FTP. I recommend you to install FileZilla and upload just the “tone” folder into your-website.com/wp-content/themes/ folder on your server.
If you wish to import demo content, use all_content.xml file in /Demo Content folder. You may import it with the help of WordPress Importer plugin. If you wish to import widgets, download Widget Importer & Exporter plugin and import widgets.wie file via Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter section.
Please, make sure you’ve installed and activated recommended plugins first (Meta Box, Portfolio Post Type).
If you wish to import theme settings, download Customizer Export/Import plugin and import customizer_options.dat file via Appearance > Customize > Export/Import section.
After demo import you should assign menus to Top and Footer menu locations.
2. Theme Customization
Tone Theme supports WordPress Theme Customizer for color variations, fonts, logo, etc.
To access the Customizer, just click on the Customize link. For details go to Appearance & Theme Options
3. Adding Menus
To create a custom menu, go to Appearance > Menus in your blog’s dashboard. There are two menu locations: Top Navigation and Footer Navigation. To learn more about creating menus please refer to the WordPress Codex.
You may drag a menu item to the right to create expandable menu.
Also you can add any menu in Off-Canvas panel using Custom Menu widget.
If you wish to display menu for mobile devices only, create a custom menu with the name Mobile and select this menu in Custom Menu widget.
4. Sidebars & Widgets
Tone theme supports sidebars for single and static pages. You may select Narrow, Wide or Right Sidebar layout.
To place some widgets in widget areas, go to Appearance > Widgets.
Primary Sidebar Widget Area is used for Off-Canvas Sidebar.
Post Widget Area is used to show any content for single posts.
Horizontal Header, Homepage Horizontal Header, Before Post, After Post Widget Areas can be used for ads, etc.
Appearance & Theme Options
To access the theme options go to Appearance > Customize. Here you will see a tabbed panel with various options.
5. Adding Your Logo
Go to Appearance > Customize. You’ll see the General tab. Click upload and navigate to the file on your hard disk.
You can limit the logo width, if you wish to download a larger logo for Retina screens.
You can also download the favicon for the site in the format .png.
For newer WordPress versions it is recommended to use Site Identity section in customizer for favicon upload.
Using a color picker, you can control main colors of your site. Change the look of a website just in a few clicks.
You can choose the font you want from Google Webfonts and easily add it to the theme.
Just enter the name of any Google Font, wait for a few seconds – and you’ll see the result in a live preview.
8. Social Media
You can specify links to your profiles in social networks and RSS-feed. The corresponding icons will appear in the site top menu.
For social sharing you may install any plugin you like, for example Social Likes.
Make sure you’ve set Meta Descriptions for your posts for proper excerpts when share on Facebook (if you use Yoast Seo Plugin, put %%excerpt%% in Titles & Metas > Post Types section).
Posts & Pages
You may use this theme to create portfolio projects, for this purpose you need to install Portfolio Post Type plugin and select Potfolio page template for you homepage.
You can set narrow, wide or right sidebar page layout for portfolio projects, disable or enable drop-caps, add information about your client or product, badges, purchase and live preview buttons, etc.
If you do not see this custom fields, please make sure you’ve installed Meta Box plugin.
11. Creating posts
Tone has a some additional options for creating posts. You’ll see them when you’ll try to add or edit a post.
11.1. Standard & Image
It’s a basic post without featured image. Post Format is set to “Standard” by default.
If you wish to display featured image at the top of the post, you can select “Image” post format when you edit a post, also you can enable “Image” post format as default in Settings > Writing section.
You can select Wide, Narrow or Right Sidebar Layout, add Drop Cap or disable meta info for any post.
Also it is possible to add Custom Excerpt, it will be displayed at the top of the post with larger font as intro text.
If you do not see this field, you need to enable it on the Editor Screen.
You can add beautiful tiled galleries for any post or portfolio page. The theme utilizes native WordPress galleries for your convenience, but their display is significantly improved.
Just insert a gallery in your post text. You can change the tiles size by selecting the number of columns (9 sizes are available).
11.3. Video & Audio
Tone Theme supports all embeds that WordPress supports, for example Vimeo or YouTube. The responsive video can be displayed before the post content or inside your text.
You just need to copy the video or audio url and insert it in your post.
11.4. Link Post
Using the “Link” post format, you can add a link to another site that will be opened, when you click on the post title.
Don’t forget to select “Link” post format.