If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of the following Sporty Theme Instructions, please feel free to post support question on the Sporty Theme support forum.

Table of Contents

1. Installation
2. Custom Menu
3. Customizing sidebar with widgets
4. Custom Header
5. Custom Background
6. Homepage Layout
7. Set Up Homepage Slider
8. Additional Layouts
9. Customizer Options
10. Recommended Image Sizes

1) Installation

a) Through Dashboard

Log in to the WordPress Dashboard.
Go to Appearance->Themes.
Click on Install Themes.
Click on Upload
Browse the zip file of Sporty
Then Click on Install Now to install the theme.

b) Manual Installation using FTP

Download the Sporty from WordPress.org (add link)
Unzip sporty.zip to your Desktop.
Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/
Upload Sporty theme to /wp-content/themes/.
Go to Appearance->Themes and activate Sporty theme from Dashboard.

2) Custom Menus

Sporty supports custom menu and you can set it by using the following steps.

Go to Appearance->Menus.
Give your menu a name and build as you require.
You can add pages, categories or custom URL’s.
Now simply select the theme location(Primary Menu in our case) for your newly created menus using a widget on the left. Afterwards, click Save.
See Menu Help for more information.

3) Customizing sidebar with widgets

After installing the theme, your sidebars will be empty or have default widgets. These can be populated using the following steps:

Go to Appearance > Widgets.
You can drag and drop widgets in each of the positions.
See Widget Help  for more information.
Note: This theme has some extra widget areas including the footer and custom homepage layout. These can be populated using the same steps as above.

4) Custom Header

Sporty supports Custom Header Feature.

Header Image

Go to Appearance->Header.
Browse image from your computer and upload the image.
Crop the Image to suit.
Click on Crop and Publish.
Your website’s Header Image is now set.

5) Custom Background

Sporty supports Custom Background Feature.

Go to Appearance->Background.
You can either set the image or color as background.
You can see the background preview on the same setting page.
Click on Save Changes.

6) Homepage Layout

The Homepage layout can be set by making a page and selecting “Custom Home Page” from the Template options.

– The top featured post (below slider and feature text) will appear when that post is set as sticky.
– Recent Posts. The latest 3 posts are picked up and displayed under the recent posts section. A featured image will have to be added for the thumbnail to appear.
– Homepage slider instructions are below.

7) Set Up Homepage Slider

A post category called “Featured” and with the slug “featured” will have to be added to your post categories. The slider will pick up the latest 3 posts from this category and the image if you have set a featured image. Image size should be at least 960px width and 300px height.

8) Additional Layouts

As well as the Homepage Layout detailed above and the default right sidebar layout you also have the option to use a full width page layout:

A full-width layout can be set by making or editing a page and selecting “Full Width” from the Template options.

9) Customizer options

You can set various options through the wordpress admin customizer options. Appearance > Customize

Color Scheme
– Sporty has 4 color options to pick from. Select the color you prefer for a live preview and click save when happy.
Logo Upload
– Drop a file into the box or click “select a file” and browse to the image want to use as your logo. A preview of your logo will appear on the web page. Click save when happy.
Feature text area
– Enter your featured text here. This will display directly below the homepage slider
Social Media
– Enter your social media links here and they will display at the top right of your website.

10) Recommended Image Sizes

Header = 960px width 300px height
Logo = 300px width 44px height
Slider images = 960px width 300px height

These are just recommendations and there is some flexibility with sizes.