Soledad – Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

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If you downloaded “All files and documentation” from themeforest, please extract the zipped package downloaded from ThemeForest to your desktop. In the extracted package you will find which is the WordPress theme file.

If you downloaded “Installable WordPress file only” from themeforest, you just need use this file for your installation.

You can install the theme one of two ways:

  • WordPress Login to your admin page, navigate to Apperance > Add New Themes > Upload page. Select the file.
    Press the Install Now button to upload and install the theme.
  • FTP Extract the file and upload the extracted folder to the /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server.

After uploading the theme, you must activate it. Navigate to the Appearence > Themes page to activate the theme.

Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

How to import a demo?

Check the video tutorial below to know how to import a demo. Note that: Please read the notes inside Import Demo Page showing on the video to select import in the right way.

How to change your site to another demo style?

To do that, please do following steps:

1)Go to Appearance > Import Demo Data > and Uninstall the demo you’ve installed before.

2) Import demo style or full demo content as you want.

After switch to another demo, may you need to select again your main navigation. Let’s go to Appearance > Menus > create/select a menu > scroll down to bottom > and check to “Primary Menu”

Soledad supports 3 locations for custom WordPress menu:
– Primary Menu 
– Topbar Menu 
– Footer Menu

For menu setup, navigate to the Appearance > Menus page. Enter a name for your menu and add links to the menu by using the options given on the left sidebar. You can manage your menus using the drag and drop functionality.
After setting up your menu, select the menu you just created from the theme locations drop-down box, scroll down to bottom check to “Main Menu” and hit the “Save” button.

TIP: Read more about WordPress Menus: 

How to setup a category mega menu?:

Check this video tutorial to know how to create a category mega menu:

Important Note: Menu item you selected to display category mega menu need to be top level of your menu and this menu item doesn’t have any child menu items.

How to setup mega menu columns “HOME” like on this image?

How to add icons to your menu?

  1. See list icons here
  2. Go to admin > Appearance > Menu
    and fill “Navigation Label” of your menu with this code: <i class="fa fa-home"></i>
  3. Change “home” in above code to icon name you want to display

For xample: I want to add icon “magic” to my menu, I will change above code to: <i class="fa fa-magic"></i>

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To set up the featured homepage slider you need to do the following steps:

Go to Appearance > Customize > Featured Slider Options > Click enable “Enable Featured Slider”

In “Featured Slider Options”, you can see other options which will help you custom sliders as you wanted.

Note with Featured Posts Slider: It’s important that the posts appearing in your slider should have a featured image assigned to them, and you should use images for featured images with at least 1170px width & 780px height to get best results.

For Penci Slider:

Penci Slider is a custom slider – It’s not based on posts. You can select any images/text display on your slider.

If you’re using Elementor or WPBakery Page Builder to config your homepage. You can use element Penci Custom Slider to create Penci Slider.

Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

If you’re using Customizer to setup the homepage – To config Penci Slider, please make sure you activated plugin Penci Slider

And do following steps to config Penci Slider:

1/ Go to admin page > Penci Slider > Add New a Slide ( or more slides )

2/ Go to Appearance > Customize > Featured Slider Options > on “Featured Slider Style” > select “Penci Slider 1” or “Penci Slider 2”WPBakery Page Builder ( formerly Visual Composer ) & Slider RevolutionClick to view/hide content ›

We’ve included WPBakery Page Builder & Slider Revolution in download package from Themeforest ( All files and documentation download ). You can go do download page and re-download “All files and documentation”.

If you want to use WPBakery Page Builder & Slider Revolution, please dowload package “All files and documentation” from Themeforest and extract it. After that, open it and go to plugins folder – you will see the file & revolution slider folder of that plugins.

Please note that you can use this plugins without active license key And we don’t provide any license key to activate license key for WPBakery Page Builder & Slider Revolution.
We’ve bought extended license from WPBakery Page Builder & Slider Revolution so you can use it legal.
When we updated Soledad theme, you can re-download package “All files and documentation” and get latest version from WPBakery Page Builder & Slider RevolutionHow to setup AMP for your site?Click to view/hide content ›

From version 5.0, Soledad theme supports AMP for your site.

We’ve included Penci Soledad AMP plugin in download package from Themeforest ( All files and documentation download ). You can go do download page and re-download “All files and documentation”.

After that, extract this download package and open the folder. You can see plugin in plugins folder

Please deactivate all other AMP plugins you have first. Because this plugin supports for you full AMP

Let’s install this plugin. When you done, go to Appearance > Customizer AMP and custom your AMP

Note that: AMP pages doesn’t supports display category mega menu, so, please go to Appearance > Menus > create a new menu for your AMP ( which don’t use category mega menu ) > scroll down and check to “AMP Menu”.

How to setup Google Adsense code for AMP?:

Note: If you’re using Google Adsense Auto Ads on AMP – let’s ignore the guide for ads below.

If you’re using normal Google Adsense ( not Google Adsense Auto Ads ) – please go to Appearance > Customizer AMP > Homepage Options and check to Disable auto ads.

On AMP, we can’t use google adsense codes like normal because AMP use the different way to display google adsense, so you need to modify the google adsense codes to use it the right way on AMP.

Normal Google Adsense codes will look like this:

<script async src="//"></script>
<ins class="adsbygoogle center top-ad"
	(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

You need to copy data-ad-client and data-ad-slot on the above codes:ca-pub-1234667890

And put it to data-ad-client and data-ad-slot of this google adsense codes for AMP – like this:

<amp-ad width="300" height="250"

When you done, use the codes above to options for AMP google adsense codesFeatured Video BackgroundClick to view/hide conten

To set up the featured video background you need to do the following steps:

  1. Please go to Appearance > Customize > Featured Video Background Options > Click enable “Enable Featured Video Background”
  2. Fill “Video Youtube URL” with your video youtube background URL
    ( for example: )
  3. Config other options (please take a look at the image below):

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Please go to Appearance > Widgets and settings your widgets. You can drag & drop widgets on the left side to the sidebars on the left/right side for your purpose.
Soledad comes with 11 different custom widgets.

  • Soledad About Me displays an “About Me” widget. You can add an image, description and social network of any author.
  • Soledad Facebook Page Box Widget displays a nice facebook page box.
  • Soledad List Banner help you create banners on the sidebar easy. You also can set text display on the banner by use this widget.
  • Soledad Recent Posts displays recent posts with thumbnail & post title, post meta. You can set the widget to display latest posts for a specific category.
  • Soledad Popular Posts displays popular posts based on how many people read this post, with thumbnail & post title, post meta. You can set the widget to display popular posts for a specific category, also you can display popular posts in once week, once month or all time.
  • Soledad Posts Slider displays your latest/popular posts from all categories or a category with a slider
  • Soledad Quote displays a nice quote.
  • Soledad Social Media displays your social networks.
  • Soledad Tweets Slider displays your lastest tweets with a nice slider
  • Soledad Pinterest Widget display your latest pinterest images on sidebar or footer widget area.
  • Soledad Instagram Feed This widget will display your latest instagram images on sidebar or footer widget area.

– To setup Instagram above footer like on our demo, please take a look guide for it in “Footer Instagram” section.
– You can drag & drop any widgets you want to “Footer Column #1”, “Footer Column #2”, “Footer Column #3” to make 3 columns widgets on the footer.

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Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

Soledad comes with 6 different post formats: StandardVideoGalleryMusic PostsQuote and Link.
We’re using plugin Vafpress Post Formats UI to help you create different posts format. You can install this plugin via Appearance > Install Plugins. After install this plugin, you will see post format tabs above the post title when you edit/ add new a post.
When you write a new post, you need to choose what format your post is and insert the necessary info.

We provide for you multiple layouts to change so you can tailor the look of your post. Please go to Appearance > Customize you can see options for Standard & Classic Post Layout and Other Post Layout. You can hide/show, customize different elements on the post page..

For customzing Single Post, you can go to Appearance > Customize > Single Options to show/hide and customize elements on a single post page.

For get the best result, you should set a featured image for each post and select featured images for your posts with at least 1170px width and 780px height.

To create a “Continue Reading” button on Standard or Classic layout, you can go to Customize > Standard & Classic Layouts Options > check to “Auto Render Post Excerpt” or use More element to create Read More – check image below:

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On each single post page, you can see an Author Box ( Author Bio )

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Here is the way to setup this author box:

  1. Login to the author account you want to setup.
  2. See on the top right of screen “Howdy, …” – hover mouse on it and click to “Edit My Profile”

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  3. Scroll down and you will see options for author box.

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  4. By default, the avatar of author box will get from
    If you don’t want to use Gravatar, you can use plugin to make an avatar – Let’s use square images ( size about 200 x 200px ) to get best result when you use this plugin.

You can go to Appearance > Customize > Page Options to check options for your Pages.

If you want to display sidebar/ no sidebar for a special page – You can select page template for that page is “Page With Sidebar” or “Page No Sidebar”. Check the detail on the image below.

If you want to make a blog page which displays all latest posts, please go to Pages > Add New > Add new a page and choose Template for it is “Custom Blog Page”. The “Custom Blog Page” will follow the layout on Customize > General Options > Category, Tag, Search, Archive Layout

Also, when you edit a page, you can scroll down and use more page options there.

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Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

To create a gallery on post/page, please check this video tutorial:

Note: If you want to use gallery feature from Jetpack or anything else – you need to disable gallery feature from this theme via Customize > Single Options > Disable Gallery Feature from This Theme

To setup your Mailchimp sign-up form, please do following steps:

  1. First of all, you need to set up your mailchimp, please read this guide to know how to set up Mailchimp for WordPress: 
  2. When you create form, please use the following mark-up and paste it to your form: <p class="mdes">Subscribe my Newsletter for new blog posts, tips & new photos. Let's stay updated!</p> <p class="mname"><input type="text" name="NAME" placeholder="Name..." /></p> <p class="memail"><input type="email" id="mc4wp_email" name="EMAIL" placeholder="Email..." required /></p> <p class="msubmit"><input type="submit" value="Subscribe" /></p> Click to images to see larger image
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  4. If you want to put Sign-Up Form on your Header ( below the slider ), you can drag & drop widget Mailchimp SignUp Form to sidebar Header Sign-Up Form
    If you want to put Sign-Up Form on your Footer, you can drag & drop widget Mailchimp SignUp Form to sidebar Footer Sign-Up Form

Soledad use plugin Contact Form 7 to help you create a contact form.

After installed this plugin, go to Contact > Contact Forms > Add New/ Edit a Contact Form and use the following this mark-up and paste it to your form:

<p class="name">[text* your-name placeholder "Name*"]</p>
<p class="email">[email* your-email placeholder "Email*"]</p>
<p class="subject">[text your-subject placeholder "Subject"]</p>
<p class="message">[textarea* your-message placeholder "Your Message"]</p>
<p class="submit">[submit "Submit"]</p>
Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

When you done, use Contact Form 7 shortcode and paste to your posts/pages – where you want to display contact form.

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Soledad uses the default WordPress Post Thumbnails function. You can upload one featured image to a post and WordPress will automatically resize it to all of the various thumbnail sizes used throughout the theme.

To set a post thumbnail for your post, go to Posts > Add New/Edit Post > Set Featured Image
The normal upload box will now appear. Upload your image and click “Use as featured image”. Now simply close the box.

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Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

To get the best results, you should use images for your featured images with at least 1170px width and 780px height.

You can use this website to crop/resize your images before upload it to your site: 

To use Portfolio function, you need to install plugin Penci Portfolio. You can go to Appearance > Install Plugins > Install & Active this plugin

If you’re using Elementor or WPBakery Page Builder, you can use element Penci Portfolio to create a portfolio page.

We provide for you portfolio shortcode also, you can see Select shortcode button on your editor tool on Add New/Edit Page( for Classic Editor ). Full portfolio shortcode look like this:

  • image_type: is image type of portfolio. You can select to display Landscape, Square, Vertical. Select between 3 values: “landscape”, “square” or “vertical”. This attr just apply for Style “Grid” only.
  • style: is portfolio style. Select between 2 values: “masonry” or “grid”.
  • lightbox: enable lightbox when click on images. Select between 2 values: “false” or “true”. Fill true if you want to enable it.
  • pagination: is pagination style. Select between 3 values: “number” or “load_more” or “infinite”.
  • cat: If you want display projects within a portfolio category or some portfolio categories, then you can fill here slugs of that portfolio categories. Example: cat=’slug-1, slug-2, slug-3′. Check thisimage to know what’s portfolio category slug.
  • number: is the number of portfolio articles you want to display. If you want to display all of them, let fill “-1”.
  • filter: value is “true” or “false”. If the value is true, filter categories will display and if the value is false, filter categories will be hidden.
  • column: is the number of columns you want to display on your portfolio layout, the value can be “2” or “3”. Default value is “3”.
  • all_text: Change text “All” on filter categories of portfolio

Note: In some cases, the permalink doesn’t update for portfolio. If you view a portfolio and got a 404 error, please go to admin page > Settings > Permalink > click to “Save Changes” again to update the permalink.

Check this video tutorial to know how to config your portfolio:

Soledad theme supports you can display Instagram images from your Instagram account. You can display it on the: Top Of Page or Sidebar or Footer

To config it, you just need go to Appearance > Widgets > drag & drop widget “Soledad Instagram Feed” to place you want make it display.

If you want to display the Instagram on the top of page, you can drag & drop the widget to sidebar “Top Instagram”

If you want to display the Instagram on the sidebar, you can drag & drop the widget to sidebar “Main Sidebar”

If you want to display the Instagram on the footer, you can drag & drop the widget to sidebar “Footer Instagram”

Example a config for Footer Instagram:

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Soledad theme allows you to translate the theme into any language. To translate the theme, please choose one of two ways:

  • Quick Translation via CustomizeSoledad allows you translation text online in customizer. Go to Appearance > Customize > Quick Text Translation translate all text to the text you want. If your site is multiple languages ( use WPML or Polylang ), you can use shortcode “[pencilang]” to translate it.

In the shortcode above, en_US & fr_FR is the languages code. You can see the languages code here

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Translation with POEdit

  1. Download and install POEdit translation editor
  2. Go to the theme translation folder (/wp-content/themes/soledad/languages/)
  3. Make a copy of the file “xx_XX.po” and rename the file to the locale of your language. For example, German would be de_DE.po. See language code list here.  load the file. (i.e de_DE.po), and set your language first
  4. Translate all the strings in the list and save changes. After you save, you will have two files. (i.e. de_DE.po and
  5. Upload these files to /wp-content/themes/soledad/languages/
  6. For WordPress 4.0 and above, go to Settings > General and select Site Language
  7. For WordPress 3.9.2 and below, open your wp_config.php file in the root, and find this line: define(‘WPLANG’, ”); Change it into your language code. For example, define(‘WPLANG’, ‘de_DE’);
  8. Save a backup of these files somewhere safe. If you upgrade the theme from WordPress admin, the language files will have to be re-uploaded.

If you sharing a posts/pages on social media ( Facebook, Twitter,… ) and got the featured images doesn’t display or doesn’t display correct image. Please do following steps:

  1. Install & activate plugin Yoast SEO
  2. After that, go to admin page > SEO > Social > click to “Facebook” tab and make sure “Add Open Graph meta data” is enable – click to “Twitter” tab and make sure “Add Twitter card meta data” is enable.
  3. You also can config sharing on facebook for your front-page and default on Facebook tab
  4. After done, click “Save Changes” and wait some days for Facebook can update it 😉

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Again, thank you for purchasing Soledad!

We take great pride in creating solid themes and strongly believe in robust customer service practices. If you have a question that neither this documentation file nor ThemeForest’s forums can resolve, drop us a line and we’ll do our very best to assist you.

Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme