Lyra Support Documentation



This is the documentation page for Lyra WordPress Theme, where you will find out about how to install and modify the theme to suit your needs after you purchase it. This theme is meant for personal blogs and uses several plugins that are easy to install if you want to use them.

Extract and Activate the Theme

After you purchase and download the theme, make a backup copy of it. Then extract the zip file. Before you do anything else, be sure that you have WordPress all set up and ready. Upload the lyra_theme folder to your “themes” folder (within the “wp-content” folder). Next, upload the content of the plugins folder (not the entire plugins folder, just its content) into the “plugins” folder online (which you will find in the “wp-content” folder).

In your WordPress administration panel, go to Appearance >> Themes to activate the Lyra theme.

Basic WordPress settings

If you haven’t changed your WordPress name etc, now you will learn how to do it. Go to WordPress admin -> settings -> Change blog title and tag line, save it. Then click reading also in settings menu and change number of posts (”Blog pages show at most”) to 3 as in demo (of course you can change it to what ever you want but we suggest 3 for this theme). Also good thing to do is to change permanent links to “pretty” ones. Click Permalinks in settings and select the structure you like the most (NOTE: Be sure your .htacces is writable!) Save everything.

Adding content

Lyra is using just two page templates, home page and archives page, so the rest of the pages and all the posts you will add in a usual way (write new page, new post…)

Home Page
Go to admin, add new page, for title we’ve put “Blog” and the content area will be about text on home page, so don’t make it too long (of course you can use html and everything). Then you have to choose “home” for page template and that’s it, publish it. Also have in mind that pages in top header are ordered by “menu order” so you can edit it.
Now go to Settings, reading and select “static page”, front page “blog” (the one we’ve created now) save everything.

Archive page
Go to admin, add new page put some title but don’t fill in content and just select “Archives” from page template, save everything.

Adding posts

To write a new post, go to admin, write new post, place it in some category add tags and everything and if you want to display a picture with post you will have to add a custom field called “image” and for value put image name with extension (for example “demo.gif”). Image width on home page will be scaled down to 125px and on single page will be in full size.

Also, try to use excerpt fields since it’s showing on single page as well as on the home page.

Header Images

Theme Lyra comes with 4 variations of the header cloud image.  To change the header variation, change the background image url within the theme stylesheet to the desired cloud image.  The option of images are found within the image folder provided for this theme.

Activate and setup plugins

Next thing to do is to activate and setup plugins. The list of plugins that Lyra is using is: Twitter for WP and FlickrRSS. Now these plugins should be in your plugin directory (step one) and now you have to activate them all, you can do that from your WordPress admin -> plugins -> activate one by one. NOTE: Have in mind that these are modified plugins!

Flickr RSS

This displays your latest Flickr images, after you have activated it go to Settings -> flickrRSS -> and fill in: ID field (example 44124462494@N01) and number of images (in demo it’s 10, so we suggest that number) put <li> before image and </li> after image. Don’t fill anything else, save changes.

Twitter for WordPress

Open home.php and change “stylizedweb” from line 127 to your twitter name and you’re done.

Change Advertise images

Lyra comes with planed advertise space in the right sidebar with standard banner size. If you want to change these image go to sidebar.php and change from line 22 link url (currently #) and image name (and path if you need to)

** Please note that starting in version 3.1 of WordPress: If WordPress blog administrators are logged into their WordPress Administration Panel, and then visit the home page of that site, a horizontal bar displays the administration panel at the top of the page. If that top bar is not displayed properly, the theme’s footer.php file (accessed through the WordPress administration panel >> Appearance >> Editor >> then clicking on the right column’s footer.php file) must have <?php wp_footer(); ?> added to the line before the </body> tag near the bottom of that file, if the file does not have that code already added.   Remember to save changes.

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