Theme Installation & Setup


1. Upload the theme

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Themes.
  2. Click on the Add New button from the top of the page.
  3. Click on the Upload Theme button.
  4. Click on Choose file and select the guinevere.2.0.0.zip file.
  5. Click on Install Now, but don’t activate the theme.
  6. Follow steps 1-3 to upload the child theme (guinevere-child.zip) and activate it.

Activating the child theme will ensure that any changes you make to the theme files will not be lost when the parent theme is updated.

Missing stylesheet (style.css) error

If you receive the “missing style.css stylesheet” error, you haven’t uploaded the correct files. Don’t upload the guinevere_UNZIP.zip file – extract the files from it and follow the instructions above.

Video: How to upload a theme


2. Install the plugins

The theme has a quick plugin installer, so you can install and activate the plugins very quickly. When you install and activate the theme, you will see this message:

  1. Click on Begin installing plugins.
  2. On the next page, check only the plugins you want to install (don’t skip the required plugins!) or check the checkbox next to “Plugins” to install all.
  3. Click on “Bulk actions”, select “Install” and click on “Apply”.

You don’t have to install all plugins – only the ones you want to use. After you’re done importing the demo content (next step), you can delete the Once Click Demo Import and Widget Importer & Exporter plugins.

Tip: use as few plugins as possible, since too many will slow down your site (some will load scripts + css on your site to work). Leave the plugins you need and remove everything else.


3. Import the custom pages, demo posts + widgets

Import the content

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Import Demo Data
  2. Click on the Select a file button under Import Content (Select an XML file to import)
  3. Select one of the content files* to import (example: import-demo-posts.xml or import-custom-pages.xml) file from the theme folder
  4. Click on the Continue & Import button and stay on the page until it’s completed

If you already have published blog posts, import only the import-custom-pages.xml file because the import-demo-posts.xml file will import the posts from the demo.

It’s important to import the custom pages, so you can set them up like the demo – you’ll only have to replace the content with your own.

You can edit the custom pages in Pages from the left column in your WordPress dashboard.

Error: the imported pages look messed up and can’t be edited

If the custom pages are messed up after you import them, go to Pages in your WordPress dashboard and delete all the imported pages (delete them from the Trash section, too).

Then go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > deactivate all plugins except for Kadence Blocks and One Click Demo Import. Then go to Appearance > Import Demo Data and import the custom pages again. You can activate all the plugins again after that.

Import the widgets

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard > Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter
  2. Click on Choose file and select the import-widgets.wie file from the theme folder
  3. Click on Import Widgets and you’re done!

Error when importing the widgets

If you get an error (“You must upload a .wie file generated by this plugin”), install and activate the Disable Real MIME Check plugin and try again. After you’ve imported the widgets, you can delete the plugin.


4. Set up the Home and Blog pages

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard > Settings > Reading
  2. Check A static page (select below) for Your homepage displays
  3. Select the Homepage page from the Homepage dropdown
  4. Select the Blog page from the Posts page dropdown

If you want to add the blog to the home page, follow the instructions here.

If you want to edit the blog, this article will help.