Alimo Documentation - Responsive Multi-Concept WordPress Blogging Theme with WooCommerce

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Features

If you're a pro and in a hurry, these are some of the unique features of Alimo.

Click on any of them to see how to configure and start using them.

Otherwise, keep on scrolling and follow our step-by-step instructions to get up and running in no time. Enjoy!

Alimo's Options panel makes the whole configuration process incredibly easy!


Installation

Remember to always back-up your site before any major changes. For more info, check out the official WordPres Backups documentation.

In this video we will take you through the very simple and fast process of setting up the Alimo WordPress theme and also importing the demo content that will make your installation look like our demo preview.

The main steps are:

  1. Navigate to Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and click "Add New" button at the top of the page and go for the "Upload" option.
  2. For the file upload, pick the "Alimo.zip" archive from the theme package downloaded from ThemeForest and click "Install Now".
    Make sure you're using alimo.zip and not alimo_package.zip
  3. Install and activate the required or recommended plugins. For more information regarding the plugins, read the Alimo Plugins section
  4. (Optional) Import the Demo Data by going to Dashboard > Alimo > Demo Importer, and click one of the available demos.

    Demo Data

    By default when you choose to import the demo content, it is imported without any images. To download the images, enable the the Import Attachments option.

    Import Attachments

    Also, if you choose to import the posts attachments, please be aware that we've replaced the images you see on our live demos with lightweith placeholders. We did this for two main reasons:
    1) Copyright
    2) Download speed.

    Please be aware that by importing the demo content, all the data will be created in your website - menus, pages, posts, widget settings etc. We only recommend importing demo data on demo sites to play with the theme options. You should never do this on a live site or else you will have a lot of cleanup work to do. You have been warned.

    Also, as mentioned earlyer, backup your database and files regularly and always before any updates or major changes to your site.


Alimo supports one menu location - the Header Navigation.

To add your pages to the menu, you first need to make sure you have a couple of pages, posts, or categories available.

Then, you need to go to Appearance > Menus.

First, create a menu if there isn’t one already. You can do that by going to Edit Menus Tab, enter a Menu Name, and click Save Menu.

Drag and drop the pages you want to appear in the header navigation and then at the bottom under Menu Settings, make sure to check Display location : Header Navigation

After you’re happy with the structure, click Save Menu again to save the settings.

You can read more about WordPress Menus here: WordPress Menu User Guide


Homepage

If you configure WordPress to display your latest articles on the homepage, Alimo comes with 5 awesome styles of post listings:

  • Standard
  • Masonry
  • Grid
  • Interlaced Half
  • Interlaced Full

To set which layout to use for the homepage, navigate to Dashboard > Alimo > Design > Listing layouts.

Pro Tip: You can select the same listing options for custom pages. Just go to a page, select one of the 5 templates and click update.

If you want to enable the infinite scroll feature in the homepage follow this link: infinite scroll setup

Static Page

You can also configure WordPress to display a static page for the homepage and given that Alimo comes with Visual Composer and Revolution Slider premium plugins bundled, you can build a fully custom layout for your site with ease!

Just choose Default template as the page template and let your creativity flow.


Widget Areas

Alimo has 5 widget areas available by default, and you can enable another one through the Options Panel or choose to hide some of the default ones.

By default, you will see the following widget areas:

  • Sidebar
  • Footer Column 1
  • Footer Column 2
  • Footer Column 3
  • Footer Column 4

Changing the footer widget areas:

The footer area is by default split in 4 columns. By going to Dashboard > Alimo > Design > Footer Options you can choose the number of columns you want: 1, 2, 3 or 4.

After you click Save Changes, you'll notice in Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets the available widget areas have been updated according to your settings.


Enabling the extra widget area — Above the Footer

We've made it easy for you to add an Instagram Carousel at the bottom of your site.

Note: This widget area is optimized for use with WP Instagram Widget

In the Dashboard > Alimo > Design > Footer options you'll notice at the bottom there is an option to enable or disable Widget area above footer.

Once you enable it and save the changes, you can add widgets to it by going to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets.

Pro Tip: If you don't want ANY footer widgets on your site, just disable all the footer widget areas by going to Dashboard > Alimo > Design > Footer Options and at the top you'll see the option to Enable footer widget areas.


Widgets

Alimo comes with 3 different custom widgets.

  • Author Widget: Displays an "About Me" widget. You can upload an image that will be displayed in a circle shape and the description will be copied from Dashboard > Users > Your profile Biographical Info, under the About yourself section.
  • Recent Posts Widget: Use this widget in the sidebar to highlight your most recent posts. It's highly customizable, allowing you to:
    • show posts from all categories, or just one using the category drop down menu
    • select how many posts to display (default is 5)
    • choose what post information to show: comments, likes, sharing options and more

    You can also use the Featured post flag to only display featured posts from one or all categories.

    It's like a swiss army knife for displaying recent posts 😏

  • Recent Comments Widget: This is similar to the default WordPress recent comments widget, but we've made it better by adding user photos and a cool layout of the comments. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Plugins

After installing Alimo, you'll be greated with a notifcation message that says Alimo requires or recommends the use of some plugins

Alimo Plugins Notice

Requred Plugins

The only required plugins are Alimo Options Panel, Alimo Shortcodes, Alimo Widgets, Meta Box and Meta Box Show Hide

Alimo Options Panel - this plugin enables the options panel where you can adjust the various options of your theme. It's based on the famous Redux Framework.

Alimo Shortcodes - this plugin adds all the shortcodes that you can use within the theme.

Alimo Widgets - this plugin adds all the widgets that you can use within the theme. Information about the widgets is available in the Widgets Section.

Meta Box and Meta Box Show Hide - these plugins add custom controls and options for posts and pages such as Featured Post, Page or post header settings and more. Read more about Posts and Pages features.


Recommended Plugins

Alimo Demos - install this plugin if you want to have the option to import our pre-built demos. After installing and enabling this plugin, you'll see an option under the Alimo Options Panel named Demo Import.

Contact Form 7 - the most popular WordPress contact from builder. More details about this plugin here.

PremiumRevolution Slider - the most popular WordPress Slider Plugin. More details about this plugin here.

PremiumWP Bakery Page Builder (former Visual Composer) - WordPress Page Builder plugin with intuitive drag and drop interface. More details about this plugin here.

WP Instagram Widget - is a no fuss WordPress widget to showcase your latest Instagram pics. More details about this plugin here.

WooCommerce - an eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. More details about this plugin here.

ZillaLikes - A modified version of Themezilla plugin which allows you to quickly and easily add “liking” functionality to your pages and posts on your WordPress powered site.


Posts

The main features of posts are as follows:

  • Featured image
  • Featured image replacement
  • Featured video
  • Background music
  • Grayscale
  • Featured post
  • Custom header overlay

Featured image

The default way to add an image to the header of your blog post. This image is also used by default when no other option is set.


Featured image replacement

With this option you can change the image displayed everywhere else but the post: listing, search, recent articles widget, etc.

This can be useful if you need a different image to better catch the attention of your audience.


Featured video

This option transforms a regular post into a video post.

You have the option to use either You or as a video provider.

By default the featured image used outside the post will be the actual video thumbnail that will be fetched from the video provider (YouTube or Vimeo) and displayed in the listings, search, recent articles widget, etc.

Same as the regular post, you have the option to use the Featured image replacement to display a different image in other areas of your site other than the actual post itself.


Background music

Want to add a song that goes along with your content ? It's as easy as 1-2-3.

Just use the Background Music section on the left side of the post edit panel:

  1. Upload your desired Mp3 file by clicking on the Add Media button
  2. Select the Enabled option from the Background Music drop down
  3. Update the post from the Publish metabox.

That's it! Now the mood is set and your users will hear the song you've selected while reading the post content.

The background music is set to autoplay by default, but a discrete speaker icon will show up on the bottom right hand side that gives them the option to pause the song if they choose.


Grayscale

This can be useful if you want your content to stand out!

If this option is enabled for the post, all images will be displayed as black and white.

When images are hovered, they will have a smooth transition to their original state, creating an unique look and feel and captivating your audience's attention.


Featured post

This option adds a badge next to the post header, helping you highlight specific articles that you want your users to read.

You can use this to create a custom list of posts to show in the Alimo Recent Posts Widget


Custom header overlay

Customize the post experience even further with this awesome option.

In the Post Custom Options section under the content editor, just select the Enabled option from the Custom Header Overlay drop down and you will see two additional options show up:

  • Color Overlay: use the color picker to select the color that will placed over the featured image area.
  • Overlay Opacity: set a transparency level that you believe works best.

Click Update in the post Publish section and check out the amazing new look you just created for that post!


Pages

You can chose from the page settings which page template to use. You can use one of these 5: Blog Style 1, Blog Style 2, Blog Style 3, Blog Style 4, Contact Page.

The page templates will enable different in-page customizations options that will allow you to hide/show different elements.


Alimo Options Panel

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

— Steve Jobs

Our main goal for the Options Panel was simplicity.

We've put a lot of effort into designing the content structure and the powerful set of options that Alimo comes packed with, and group them in a way that makes sense, so you can focus on what really matters to you most: expressing yourself, your creativity, your passion.

We believe that we've achieved what no other theme has come close to in terms of user experience.

The navigation panel has 4 main sections that allow you to control and customize the entire experience of Alimo:

  • General
  • Design
  • Posts
  • Social media

Each section contains the options you'd expect and we've added instructions so that you know exactly what each option does. This way, we believe you'll feel confident while customizing Alimo's look and feel, without having to worry or trying to guess what each option does.


General

This section contains:

  • Search Placeholder — the search feature is an important way users express intent regarding your content and the search placeholder text is the perfect way to create a lasting impact.

Design

Almost everything that has to do with layout, typography or the overall look and feel of the site can be customized in this section.

We've grouped these options in the following clear and concise subsections:

  • Logo
  • Header layout
  • Typography
  • Color schemes
  • Listing layouts
  • Sidebar
  • Footer options
  • Page transition

Each option has clear instructions, but you can also read more about each of them on our blog.


Posts

General settings related to posts design can be configured in this section.

Each subsection name suggests what you'll be able to adjust:

  • Header
  • Content
  • Reading features
  • Social sharing
  • Post likes
  • Excerpt

Social Media

This section controls everything related to the way Alimo connects or displays your social profiles and available sharing networks.

  • Profiles contains a list of all major social networks and you can enter your profile URL's for each one that you want to use across your site.
  • Sharing networks displays the currently available ways that users can share, distribute or engage with your content outside of the site.
  • Quote Sharer. This feature allows the users to select a bit of text from one article and use it as a quote in one of the three ways of sharing: tweet, facebook share or email. This section allows you to enable and configure the required options.

Customizer

To use the customizer go to Dashboard > Appearance > Customize where you'll be able to INSTANTLY view the changes you make to the available options.

The customizer has the following sections:

  • General
    • Header options
    • Footer options
    • Listing layouts
  • Design
    • Color Schemes
    • Typography
  • Posts
    • Header
    • Footer
    • Reading features
    • Social quote sharer
  • Sidebar
  • Import/Export

These options are the same ones from the Options Panel and if you need help with any of them, just refer to their respective section within this document.


Features How To

  • Reading Mode

    This awesome feature gives your users a distraction free view of your articles.

    The option is always present on the bottom-left side of each post and once it's activated, users have an additional option of personalizing their experience with the Font Switcher from the top-left.

    The settings they make are saved in the browser's cookie, so when they revisit your site and turn Reading Mode on, they will see the article with their preferred settings!

    The Font Switcher allows your readers to choose from 3 background tones: Light, Dark and Sepia, increase or decrease the font size and line height and also change between a Serif or Sans Serif font!

  • Quote Share

    If you're familiar with Medium and always wanted to have an option to easily let your readers share a quote from your article, with the Quote Share feature now you can!

    When someone selects a piece of text from your article, they will see a pop-over that let's them share the quote on social media or by email.

  • Reading Progress

    Along with the reading time which tells your readers how many minutes it would take to go through the content, the Reading Progress feature is a subtle indicator on the bottom of the page that shows the user how far along they are.

  • Color Schemes

    We've added a couple of accent colors that we think go great with any website but you also have the option of choosing your own custom accent color.

    Just go to Dashboard > Alimo > Design > Color Schemes and choose the one that you like most.

  • Typography
    Typography is two-dimensional architecture, based on experience and imagination, and guided by rules and readability. And this is the purpose of typography: The arrangement of design elements within a given structure should allow the reader to easily focus on the message, without slowing down the speed of his reading.
    — Hermann Zapf

    We believe that the experience of reading is crucial and the most important element of it is Typography.

    That is why we've made it super easy to change the look of your website with the help of the awesome and massive type library from Google Fonts.

    If you go to Dashboard > Alimo > Design > Typography you'll find options to change the font for :

    • Menu items
    • Article titles (headings)
    • Post content

    You can also change the footer font, allowing you to set a lighter color when using the footer overlay feature.

  • Grayscale

    Emotions and attention are tied to color perception, but what if you wanted a more sober tone for some of your articles ?

    That's when the grayscale feature comes in handy. It's available on each post setting page under Post Custom Options (where you also find the Custom Header Overlay and Featured post flag) and once it's enabled, it will turn every image on that article to grayscale!

    Hovering each image will bring it back to normal with a short an sweet transition.

  • Background Music

    One of the earliest forms of communication was through music. With Alimo, you have the option to empower your ideas and words with more meaning by an accompanying song.

    When creating a new post or editing an existing one, you have the option to upload an mp3 file as a background song.

  • Infinite scroll

    Infinite Scrolling automatically loads more posts when the reader approaches the bottom of the page, rather than having to click a link to get to the next set of posts.

    To enable this feature, go to: Jetpack Settings > Appearance and enable Infinite Scroll. It only has two options: one enabling Infinite Scroll and one tracking each new scroll as a Google Analytics page load


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