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Introduction


Hi, we are VamTam

Creative design agency specializing in Premium WordPress Themes.
We are passionate about good design and strive for perfection in all the work we do.


If you are new to WordPress and this is your first site using this platform it is a good idea to learn WordPress prior to working with the theme. We have 23 meticulously-scripted and professionally-produced HD video tutorials for beginners that will help you get to know the platform.

Video Tutorials for Beginners

Please note that you have to be logged in to our Help Desk in order to see the video guides.


Licensing Terms

Please be advised, in order to use the theme in a legal manner, you need to purchase a separate license for each domain you are going to use the theme on.
A single license is limited to a single domain/application.

For more information please refer to the license included with the theme or Licensing Terms on the ThemeForest site.


Installation

 

 Before you attempt to upload your Theme you must unzip the downloaded folder. The extra files it contains can cause different issues to occur in your theme’s functionality. Only upload the inner zip folder and install your theme through the WordPress admin installer located under

Appearance > Themes > Install.

How to Install a VamTam Theme

If you are migrating your website from another theme, follow these steps. If you are building a brand new site, skip to the next step.

  1. Back up your database
  2. Copy any custom CSS, functions, sections, etc into a text editor
  3. Move all of your widgets to the "inactive" area (Appearance -> Widgets)


Install & Activate VamTam Theme

There are two different ways to install a VamTam theme.
 

From wp-admin

  1. Download the theme from your ThemeForest Account.
  2. Login to your WordPress Administration Panel.
  3. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  4. Select Install Themes and select Upload.
  5. Browse your computer to select your "themename".zip file.
  6. Click Install Now and WordPress will work its magic and install the theme.
  7. Login to your WordPress Admin Panel goto Appearance > Themes
  8. Activate the theme

Via FTP

If this way to install the theme fails, we recommend to use FTP.

Open your FTP client and move to your WordPress installation path. Drag&Drop the “theme-name” folder into the following path:

  • wp-content/themes/

Now go to your Dashboard -> Appearance -> Theme and activate the theme.


 

After You Install and Activate the theme

(If migrating):

  1. Reestablish your WordPress menus (Dashboard -> Appearance -> Menus) and save.
  2. Move all of your widgets back to the desired locations (Appearance -> Widgets)
  3. Visit each tab of the VamTam theme menu and adjust the settings to your liking
  4. Paste your custom CSS, functions, and other items that you copied earlier.

Please install the plugins Contact Form 7 and WP-PageNavi, as Sintia theme needs them to function properly.


You may see our tutorial How to install the theme via the admin panel?

 

If you need help installing WordPress see the link below:
http://codex.WordPress.org/Installing_WordPress
 

Note: the theme is compatible only with the latest version of WordPress.
 

Problems Installing?


On rare occasions our themes may not be install properly. If you have any issues with installing the theme, you might want to first check the basic troubleshooting page


If you need to update a theme to a newer version, check this guide:

http://support.vamtam.com/solution/categories/2296/folders/4678/articles/2752-5-steps-to-update-to-progressio-1-2
 



 

Setting up the theme

Once you have activated the VamTam theme, you will see the new theme menu added in the WordPress Settings Panel. Now you are ready to start!
 

1 click auto install? How does it help me?

This is a great feature that helps novice WordPress users and veterans alike. This feature makes the necessary settings/configurations and installs demo content in the wp theme: categories, pages, posts and widgets.

Your VamTam theme will look exactly like the one you see on our live preview with the only exception - images. It doesn’t matter if you know WordPress inside out or seen it for the first time, it's always easier to modify posts, categories, pages and widgets that are already there rather then creating them from scratch. Moreover it is easier to understand how your new VamTam theme works.

Our 1 click auto install is a tremendous feature that will save you a lot of frustration and headache at a press of a button. Try it. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

You can access one click auto install from your WordPress admin panel:

VamTam - theme options - quick import

 

Styling your website

In Sintia, you can easily edit the color and the background of each entity of your website. Just follow these steps.
 

Styling of elements

  1. Go to Theme options -> Styles in your backend.
  2. You will see accent colors - all the website elements are attached and grouped to these colors. Simply change the colors by color picker or input the value in each color item.
  3. Click Save Changes button after you finish your editing.


Changing Backgrounds

  1. You can change the background ot the different section of the website: header, body, footer. You have also general page background located in theme options - styles
  2. Locate the section that you want to change.
  3. You can choose a color or an image as a background.
  4. If you choose an image you can make it full screen resizable by switching on the "cover" option.
  5. Select image repeat method in Repeat dropdown.
  6. Click Save changes button to finish the change.


Changing Fonts

The general styling of the fonts is done from: theme options -> styles -> general typography. The options for styling the fonts in the different sections of the website are located in theme options -> styles -> header/body/footer
 

Styling the menu

All the options for styling the main menu are located in theme options -> styles -> header
 

Using Custom CSS

There is a limit to what the theme options can do. When you are trying to customize colors, text, margins, paddings, control an element's size, etc, options aren't always the best solution. The preferred way to do it is with your own CSS, just go to theme options/ general settings, then you can add custom css code in the Custom CSS textarea.

 

Setting up pages

Global Options

Any VamTam theme comes with theme options that are global and are valid for all pages/posts ,archive pages and custom post type.You will see this panel in the WordPress menu on the left hand side of your dashboard.
 

Local Options

You have an option to override these global options by switching on the "global option" button. This button is located just bellow your text editor in pages/posts/portfolios. By doing so you can use the options located in the local theme panel bellow the text editor. You can create unique style and layout for any page/post/portfolio post.
 

Creating a homepage

Any page you create, can be set as a Home page.

Please navigate to Settings -> Reading of your WP Admin Dashboard and select the static page. Now you can chose any of the existing pages as a Home Page. You can see this guide in our Knowledge Base: http://support.vamtam.com/solution/categories/2296/folders/7693/articles/2592-how-to-set-up-the-home-page-
 

Creating a blog page

  1. Please make sure that you haven't chosen any page as a Posts page in Settings -> Reading of your WP Admin DashboardReading Settings ‹ Sintia — WordPress.png

2. Please navigate to Pages => Add New
3.Please click on the "V" button in the text editor and choose Page(HTML) elements => BlogPlease choose your setting from the 4.Shortcode editor and then click "Send Shortcode to Editor" button.
5.Click the Save changes button.
 

In theme options - style - posts you will find options to hide the meta info and image re-sizing options.
 

Last but not least you have many setting that control your blog listing in the shortcode itself. Number of the posts per page, pagination on/off, image on/off , showing particular category or a post are the one found there.

Blog Archive pages : Categories, Post formats, Tags, Monthly Archives. These blog listings are created automatically. In theme options - layout - you can change the default layout and respectively the layout of the blog archive pages.


 

Using Shortcodes

Sintia comes with over 200+ custom shortcodes that allow you to add custom styles to your post/page/portfolio content.

You can easily insert Shortcodes by using the Shortcode Generator that can be found on the toolbar of the text editor. You can select the shortcode in the dropdown menu and simply change the options in the shortcode editor then click Insert to insert the shortcode into the content editor.Alternatevely you can take the codes from our demo website

 

Setting up blog posts

You have a variety of post types you can create with our themes. Please make sure you select the right post type. If you don’t – you’ll be wondering why the theme isn’t working for you.
 

Featured Image:

Our themes, use the image you set as the Featured Image on top of your post and also as the main blog page preview image – technically known as the thumbnail. To set the Feature Image, go to the last box in the bottom of the right sidebar on your post option panel and select Use As Featured Image on your Image Upload editor. Naturally, if you want another image beneath the main image somewhere in your article, this you will want to insert the standard way.


Creating Blog Post

  1. Please navigate to Posts => Add New
  2. Please insert featured image - the native WP functionality on the right hand side.This is the image that will appear in the blog listing and the post itself.
  3. Please insert the content you need into the text editor.
  4. Choose the category, tags or post format from the options on the right hand side.
  5. Choose the post format settings in the options just bellow the text editor if you have chosen post format different from standard.
  6. Click the "save changes" button.

You can customize the layout and style your Blog Post in two locations:

  1. If you need to change the layout - please navigate to theme options - layout and its sub-menus -body/footer if you need the change for particular area of the website.

    If you need to change the style (colors, backgrounds, typograpphy) please navigate to theme options - styles and to its sub menus if you would like to style particular area of the website.

     

    In theme options - style - posts you will find options to hide the meta info and image resizing options.

     

  2. You have an option to override these global options by switching off "global option" . This option is located just bellow your text editor in pages/posts/portfolios. By doing so you can use the options located in the local theme panel bellow the text editor. You can create unique style and layout for any page/post/portfolio post.

     

     

Setting up portfolio listing page and portfolio posts/items

Creating a portfolio listing page
 

There are three different type of portfolio

Ajax portfolio , Full background portfolio and Standard portfolio

Please do the following to create an ajax or full background portfolo:

  1. Please navigate to Pages => Add New
  2. Please locate the global options buton and turn it off .
  3. Locate the "fancy portfolio" option panel bellow the text editor.
  4. Choose ajax or full background portfolio and mark the categories of portfolio items you would like to show.
  5. Click the "Save changes" button.

Please do the following to create a standard portfolo:
1. Please navigate to Pages => Add New
2. Please click on the "V" button in the text editor and choose Page(HTML) elements => Portfolio
3. Please choose your setting from the Shortcode popup and then click "Send Shortcode to Editor" button.
4. Click the Save changes button.
 

Creating a portfolio item

Portfolio item is a single entity of your portfolio collections. It can be a photo, a project, a design or a product etc.

  1. Go to portfolio items-> add new.
  2. Select a featured image. It will show as a thumbnail in the portfolio items listing.
  3. Choose the category/ies on the right hand side
  4. Fill in the title. Add some dscription into the content editor. You can also add different description text that will show in the portfolio items listing page to the Excerpt module.
  5. Locate the portfolio panel bellow the text editor and choose the portfolio type. Image - uses the featured image (default) Gallery - use the featured image as a title image but show additional images too Video/Link - uses the "portfolio data url" setting Document - acts like a normal post HTML - overrides the image with arbitrary HTML when displaying a single portfolio page. Does not work with the ajax portfolio.

You can customize the layout and style of your Portfolio Posts in two locations:

  1. Global options(work only if the button "global option" is on). If you need to change the layout - please navigate to theme options - layout and its sub-menus -body/footer if you need the change for particular area of the website.

    If you need to change the style (colors, backgrounds, typograpphy) please navigate to theme options - styles and to its sub menus if you would like to style particular area of the website.

     

    In theme options - styles - posts you will find image resizing options, style of pagination and others

    , .

  2. You have an option to override these global options by switching off "global option" . This option is located just bellow your text editor in pages/posts/portfolios. By doing so you can use the options located in the local theme panel bellow the text editor. You can create unique style and layout for any page/post/portfolio post.



Setting up a slider

We always recommend importing the dummy content. If you have done so you will have imported the sliders from our demo website. You can use these sliders for your own website. The only thing you have to do is changing the image slides and editing the HTML slides.

Slider settings

All slider settings are located in two places:

Global Settings:
You have global slider settings that can be found in - Theme options - Header Slider.Please note that in theme options - layout you have a drag&drop layout editor. You have to enable the slider if you want the default slider to show up on the pages/posts with "global options" on. All archive blog pages (categories, post format, tags) will show the default slider as well.

1.Fill in the name of your new slider and click on "add slider".Your new slider will appear bellow this option.
2.The sliders you have already created.If you click on the title, an ortion box will show up.
3.If you have more than one slider you can choose the default one from this option.This slider will show up on all pages/post that have "global options" enabled.Please note that in theme options - layout you have a drag&drop layout editor. You have to enable the slider if you want the default slider to show up on the pages/posts with "global options" on. All archive blog pages (categories, post format, tags) will show the default slider as well.
4.You can choose the default slider style. Sintia contains 6 different slider types/styles:
Sintia, zoom-in, slide, fade, slide-fade,gallery. All the different slider styles are shown on our demo website Home pages 1- 6.
5.This option is valid only for the image slides. If you have more than one caption, enabling the option will show them one after another.
6. The time between two slides.It is not valid for multi image Sintia slider
7. Enable the user to stop the slide and read the text or watch the video for example.
8 .This option i valid only for an image slide.It is not valid for multi image Sintia slider.
9. The slider will start rotating the slides on loading the page.
10. Slightly changes the animation on all image slides and all slider types apart from multi image Sintia slider.
11. You have a choice to show the images in real sizes or re-size them according to the browser window.
12. This options is only valid for the slider in the Ajax Portfolio.


slider settings.png 

 



Local Settings:

You have local slider options that can be found just bellow the text editor in every page/post. The local options gives you the power to enable a slider on different pages/posts and to use different sliders as well.



1. If this option is "on" the local options are not active and the default slider will be shown.
2.Choose the slider from the ones you have already created for this particular page/post
3. This option must be "on" to enable the slider.
4. Choose the slider style.

local slider settings.png


 

Creating a slide and adding it to a slider

  1. Please click on the slider title and you will see the slider option panel. If there are slides already created you will see them at the top of the panel.On hoover you will see two buttons, one to delete the slide, the other one to edit it.
  2. Now let's add some slides. You have three types - HTML (2) slide,an Image slide(4) and Sintia multi image slide(3).You can add them to the slider by clicking on them.You can change their order by dragging them.Click on "save changes" and you are done.


adding slides.png


An image slide

1. 1,2,3 are caption text placeholders.The text will have default style that can be changed by using HTML. You can style the text in the Wordpress text editor and place the HTML here. Some of the shortcodes are also supported - buttons for example.
4.If you place a link ,
the slide will visit this link on click.
5.You have an option to open the link in a new window.
6 .Click on save changes.
 


image slide.png


HTML slide

1.This tumbnail is used for Sintia multi image slider type and Gqllery Slider type.

2.Place your HTML here.

3.Click on "save changes"

 


html slide.png

SINTIA SLIDES
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Layout

Sintia has global layout options located here - theme options - layout. The local layout options are located bellow the text editor in every page/post - layout and styles

Changing The Logo

Using a Text Logo.

  1. Go to Settings -> General in the WP dashboard.
  2. Locate the Site Title item.
  3. Change it to what you like.
  4. Click the "Save changes" button.

Using an Image as a Logo

  1. Please go to theme options - general settings
  2. Locate the "Custom logo picture" and upload it.
  3. Click the Save changes button.

Menu

 

WordPress automatically creates a menu of your pages for you, but the Custom Menu gives you complete control of what appears in the menu, where it appears and also the menu title. Many times the page title you want to use will take up big part of the width of your header where the navigation menu appears. Custom menu allows you to shorten or totally change the name that appears in the navigation.


Go to Appearance > Menu.
 

First, create a menu name in the big top box on the right and save it.
Next go to the top box named Theme Locations on the left and click on the drop-down menu where you’ll see the menu name you just created. Select that name and click the Save button.

Now add your pages to the menu. Find the box a little farther down named Pages and check all the page names you want in your navigation menu.
Click the Add To Menu button and they will appear in the main menu builder box at the top. Drag them around with your mouse to get them in the order you want to. To make one page become a drop down from another you’ve created pull it to the right and it will indent.

Save your menu changes at the bottom of the big top box and go see what your new menu looks like on the site.
 

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Footer

 
You can easily re- create the footer and the widgets in it by importing the dummy widgets data from theme options - quick import - import widgets.If you have done so, you will learn in this section how to change the widget areas and the widgets of the one you have already imported.
 

In the footer of your website you can place from one up to six widget areas. In each widget area you can place as many widgets as you need .

The widget area builder is located in  - theme options - layout - footer layout.

 

1.You have an easy way to create your widget areas by choosing the three  predefined footer layouts  in "basic sidebars" .

 


In "advanced sidebars" you can build your own layout  using the sidebar builder.
 

2.Please choose the number of widget areas and adjust each widget area's settings.
3 You can adjust the width of the widget area from the sixth predefined and place them in one to six rows.When "empty" is enabled then the next widget area goes on the next row.Please note that you can have a widget area that spans only one_third of the width of the website and still being the only widget area on this raw.
4. Press the button "save" when you are done. 

 
Vamtam - theme options ‹ Sintia — WordPress.png 




Once you have created the layout you can now add widgets to the widget areas you have created.

Please go to

Appearance - widgets

You will see the footer widget areas on the right hand side. Open the widget area and drag the widget(s) you need.

1. You can choose from 10 custom widgets and all the WordPress standard one.

 

2. Drag the widget  is the widget area,

3, 4. Its option panel will open up.and you can adjust the settings accordingly.

5. Do not forget to click on "save".

Widgets ‹ Sintia — WordPress.png 


 

Video Tutorials

20 + "How to" Video Tutorials available here !

In order to access the Help Desk the support team need to verify that you are our customer. Please log in to your profile in themeforest.net and visit this link: http://themeforest.net/user/vamtam You will see a contact form on the right hand side just bellow the "social profiles" Please send a message from the contact form.. Once we verify your email, you can email us, use the knowledgebase or open a support ticket on VamTam Helpdesk.



Table of Contents

  1. Installation
  2. How to import demo content and widgets?
  3. How to set up the home page?
  4. How to set up the menu?
  5. How to set up a custom menu?
  6. How to set up a blog page?
  7. How to set up a portfolio page?
  8. How to create a page using "get the code"?
  9. How to set up an inner page?
  10. How to set up an inner page with custom menu?
  11. How to create a custom sidebar?
  12. How to add a sidebar and widgets to a page/post?
  13. How to create a portofolio item with a gallery ?
  14. How to use the external css area?
  15. How to save and import Skins?
  16. How to add slideshow with video to a page?
  17. How to add a slideshow with images to a page?
  18. How to use multiple captions for a slide?
  19. How to add and visualize a portfolio item in a new category?
  20. How to add a portfolio item to a portfolio page?
  21. Global options and page/post options
  22. Using VamTam shortcodes and creating columns with shortcodes

1) Installation - back to TOC
 

If you need help installing the theme you can see our Install guide or these video tutorials:
How to install the theme via the admin panel? ,
How to install the theme via ftp? .

If you need help installing WordPress see the link below:
http://codex.WordPress.org/Installing_WordPress

Note: the following theme is compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
 

2) How to import demo content and widgets? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

3) How to set up the home page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

6) How to set up a blog page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

7) How to set up a portfolio page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

8) How to create a page using “get the code? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

9) How to set up an inner page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

11) How to create a custom sidebar? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

14) How to use the external css area? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

15) How to save and import Skins? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

16) How to add slideshow with video to a page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

17) How to add a slideshow with images to a page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

18) How to use multiple captions for a slide? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

19) How to add and visualize a portfolio item in a new category? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

20) How to add a portfolio item to a portfolio page? - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

21) Global options and page/post options - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 

22) Using VamTam shortcodes and creating columns with shortcodes - back to TOC

Please follow these tutorial: http://support.vamtam.com

 


Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme.

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Theme Support


In order to access the Help Desk the support team need to verify that you are our customer. Please log in to your profile in themeforest.net and visit this link: http://themeforest.net/user/vamtam You will see a contact form on the right hand side just bellow the "social profiles" Please send a message from the contact form.. Once we verify your email, you can email us, use the knowledgebase or open a support ticket on VamTam Helpdesk.

All VamTam themes, comes with extensive documentation and video tutorials that help you install, set up, and edit your theme and you don't even need a lot of wp knowledge or programming skills like js, or php.

Support Channels

VamTam provides theme related support via our Help Desk, knowledgebase & video tutorials. We may request you to e-mail us your login and ftp details when needed, in which case we will communicate via e-mail to protect your confidential details.


Support Hours

Our general support hours are Monday to Friday, 0 - 24h. During this time, we can generally provide feedback on any support queries within 12 - 24 hours, whilst we will also commit to answer any queries during weekends and holidays within 24-36 hours.


Extent of our support

We only cover support for our themes, and cannot give general WordPress support that isn't related to our themes. For general WordPress support you will have to use www.WordPress.org/support

We understand that there is a fine line between what is considered support & modifications. So whilst we will try help you with any type of query (support or modification), we cannot provide extensive help in terms of modifications. Technical support will thus take priority over modification support. If you need some features not provided by VamTam framework and the theme, feel free to contact us and we will find customized solutions for your problem.

Our development department offers development and design services on the top of VamTam Framework for E30/h so if you need some work outside the scope of the theme and framework, do not hesitate to submit a job proposal.


Definition of modification support

If you are requesting modification help, which only requires us to publish a couple lines of code, we will be glad to assist you. If however your query requires more than that amount of code to be published, we can only provide guidance and you would then need to hire a developer if you don't have the skills to implement it yourself.


Bug Fixing

It is our commitment to fix all theme bugs as quickly as possible after they are brought to our attention. During our general support hours, we can fix bugs within 24 - 48 hours.