Thanks for Buying

First of all, thank you for buying this theme. To make your experience pleasant, we've added as much info as needed in this documentation. If you're stuck with anything, please refer to support forums.

There are two methods to install the theme. If the normal installation method (a) is not supported by your web host, you will have to use the alternate option (b).

a. Normal Installation

  1. Log into your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance » Themes
  2. Click the Add New button at the top.
  3. Click the Upload Theme button at the top.
  4. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the location of the theme zip file.
  5. Click Install Now to begin the installation.
  6. Wait for the success message, then click Activate.

b. FTP Installation (alternate method)

  1. Unzip the theme zip file.
  2. Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/ and place the theme folder inside it.
  3. Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance » Themes
  4. Locate the theme thumbnail and click the Activate link.

WordPress child theme allows you change the functionality of the theme without having to edit the original/parent theme template files. If you plan to making any customization, we recommend to create a child theme instead of editing the theme template files. Since the child theme is stored separately, you don't need to redo the changes next time you upgrade the theme.

Creating a Child Theme

There's a plugin you can use that will create a child theme from within the WordPress dashboard: or you can download SmartZine blank child theme.

Download it here.

More About Child Theme

You can read more about Child theme on WordPress Codex →

We have included Smartzine with one-click demo importer feature. You can easily to import content from our demo then you can edit it with your content. But first please install the One-Click Demo Import plugin. Please take a look the Installing Recommended Plugins section to read how to install the plugin.

After that please go to Appearance → Import Demo Data, then click the Import Demo Data button. Depending upon the number of content, images and server speed, the process may take long to complete.

ImportantIn some themes you need to install some of the recommended plugins before importing the demo content such as Jetpack, TJ Team Content, Advanced Custom Fields Pro, WooCommerce, etc.

If you use this theme for existing website, we recommended you to install Force Regenerate Thumbnails plugin to fix the image sizes. Every theme has different image dimensions, so this is important step to do.

How To Use It?

  1. After you install it, go to Tools > Force Regenerate Thumbnails
  2. Click the Regenerate All Thumbnails button
  3. The process depends on how many images on your website. If you only have 10-30 images then process only takes a few minues.
  4. After the process done, you can deactivate and delete the plugin.

There are several plugins we recommended you to install. Some of this plugins will extend the theme so you'll get the maximum feature in this theme.

Recommended Plugins

1. Theme Junkie Shortcodes

If you need some custom content like columns, button or tabbed content, please install this plugin.

2. Theme Junkie Custom CSS

If you need to add custom styles to your website, you can use this plugin.

3. Ninja Forms

This plugin allows you to create a custom contact form.

4. One-Click Demo Import

To import content from our demo!

How to Install the Plugins

  1. Log into your Dashboard page.
  2. Go to Appearance » Install Plugins.
  3. Click install link below the plugin you want to install.

All of our themes include a language file to make translating to a different language easy. Inside the theme folder /wp-content/themes/themename/languages, you'll find a language file named themename.pot. Or in this theme file named smartzine.pot

Configure WordPress

Before translating the theme, you'll need to make sure WordPress is setup correctly with your locale. Open wp-config.php and modify the line below.

* WordPress Localized Language, defaults to English.
* Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the chosen
* language must be installed to wp-content/languages. For example, install
* to wp-content/languages and set WPLANG to "de_DE" to enable German
* language support.
define("WPLANG", "");

Translating the Theme

  1. Download and install Poedit.
  2. Open smartzine.pot in Poedit. Translate as needed.
  3. Save the file with the locale. For example, if you translate the theme to German language then you would save your files as de_DE.po.
  4. Copy both these files(de_DE.po and under the languages folder of smartzine.

Creating home page is important part, because SmartZine home page is widgets based which means you can customize the home page using widgets. We proview 4 custom widgets to customize the home page.

1. Create Home page

  1. Assuming you're at new page screen (Pages > Add New)
  2. Add the title with Home Page or anything.
  3. Under Page Attributes switch the Template to Home Template
  4. Click publish button

2. Setting Up Home Page

Once you have created a page for your homepage, follow these next steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Reading.
  2. Choose "A static page" option for Front page displays.
  3. Next to Front Page, select the page you created to be used as the homepage.
  4. Save Changes.

3. Home Page Widgets

Please take a look at the picture above, you can ONLY use them, only 3 widgets like the picture above and please use them on Home Sidebar . Actually you can add any widgets but we are not guarantee your website will not broken.

Our theme options are powered by WordPress Customizer. WordPress Customizer is a new and exciting feature that combines theme options with the ability to live preview those changes before saving them!

How To Access it?

  • Select Appearance
  • Then Click Customize
  • We provide a lot of options for you to customize your website easily and with live preview!

In the General panel you can setup some options like:

  • Upload your custom favicon and mobile icon.
  • Change your default RSS feed url to something like feedburner.
  • Hide a comment on all pages.
  • Enter your social links to be displayed on header and/or footer.
  • Customize the footer text.

In the Home panel you can setup some options like:

  • Show/hide Featured Posts based on selected Tag.
  • Choose layout between Boxes or Slider.
  • Select how the Featured Posts should be ordered by (date or random).
  • Select which widget area to be used on Home. Default is 'Home' sidebar.

This customizer is one of the coolest feature of this theme. You can change the colors to almost all sections of the theme! Like change the background color of the body, header, footer, change the font color, link color, and etc.

We package SmartZine with Google Fonts option, you can easily change the font family of the text content and the heading (h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6).

Another coolest featured of this theme is you control the layout to almost all pages of the site. You can choose the content layout of the archive page like grid or list, show hide post meta on single post, etc. But please remember, all of those settings are page based which means you have to navigate the customizer, we mean your right screen to the actual page.

For example, Posts means single post, Page means a standard page or Category is a category page.

SmartZine proview 3 spots to place an ads.

  • Header
  • Single post before content
  • Single post after content

The option also come with two method, first you can upload your image and add the url and second you can use the textarea to put the ads code like Adsense.

You can setup the post or page layout when add or edit the post or page. There are 3 types layout you can choose:

Layouts Type

  1. Full Width layout : Display the content in a full width mode or without sidebar.
  2. Left Sidebar layout : Display the content with sidebar on the left.
  3. Right Sidebar layout : Display the content with sidebar on the right.

Per Page/Post Basis Layout

  1. Assuming you're at the new post or page screen (Posts > Add New) or (Pages > Add New)
  2. After you create the post or page, scroll down and find Layout meta box.
  3. Choose the layout.

SmartZine comes with optional Team member page to display you website editor or author. Please check the demo to see it in action.

Page Setup

  1. To display the team data, first you need to install our Team content plugin.
  2. Please download on
  3. Or you can go to Appearance » Install Plugins. Click install under Theme Junkie Team Content.
  4. You will see a new Teams menu on the left.
  5. To add new member data, just go to Teams » Add New.

Displaying The Page

  1. Assuming you're at new page screen (Pages > Add New)
  2. Add the title with Teams or About Us or anything.
  3. Add the description in the Editor.
  4. Under Page Attributes switch the Template to Teams Template
  5. Click publish button.

You can use these shortcodes by installing our Shortcodes plugin which available for free! You can see the shortcodes in action here.

  1. Please download on
  2. Or you can go to Appearance » Install Plugins. Click install under Theme Junkie Shortcodes.
  3. Then go to the post or page editing screen.
  4. You should see Add Shortcode button(see image below) beside the Add Media button.
  5. Click on it, then you will see a selectbox to choose the shortcodes you wish to use.
  6. Finally, click the Insert Shortcode button.