How to Install Archdeco Theme

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Installation Steps and Options

Welcome to Archdeco
Start Installation

After you have uploaded and activated your theme, an Installation Wizard will be launched.  It will walk you through installation steps and key options. 

If you canceled the installation process and returned to the dashboard, you can manually restart it by going to the Appearance -> Theme Setup tab.

There are two paths you can follow – One-click Install and Manual Install, each of these paths will walk you through all installation steps, but with Quick Install is basically a shortcut:

  1. Start
  2. Theme Activation
  3.  Choosing One-click/Manual Install
  4. Child Theme installation (performed on background for One-click Install)
  5. Install plugins (performed on background for One-click Install)
  6. Opt in or out to upload content (simplified for One-click Install)
  7. Finish!

Installation FAQ

FAQ: How to Activate My Theme?

 If you purchased the theme on Envato’s Themeforest marketplace, to activate your copy of Archdeco theme you need to insert your purchase code. You can find your purchase code in the Downloads tab on Envato market, if you are not sure where that is – see this article.

If you downloaded the theme from Envato Elements without getting a regular purchase code please use this guide on how to activate the theme.

You can also enter your name and e-mail address to get information about promotions, new themes and theme updates directly to your inbox. You can change this information at any time in the License Data tab of your WordPress dashboard.

2. Activate Your Theme

FAQ: What are Design Concepts?

Archdeco theme is not just a single theme, it includes two designs, developed into full websites. You can choose a design concept that is closest to your needs.

You will also be able to choose whether to import all the dummy content that comes with it, or not. And of course, later on you will be able to switch to another design concept (read more about switching), as well as edit any of these to your liking.

Archdeco design concepts
3. Choose Design Concept

FAQ: One-click or Manual Install?

One-click and Manual Install paths walk you through the same steps, with these differences:

  • with one-click install the child theme is always installed;
  • with one-click install all plugins the theme recommends are installed;
  • with one-click install the whole content will be installed, if you have chosen to install content.
One-click Install the optimal and easiest way to recreate a demo website!

FAQ: Should I Install Child Theme?

You can choose to install a child theme, or skip this step, if you are doing a Manual Install. Installing a child theme will work for you just like having the original theme itself, but will let you to safely apply alterations to theme files, should you want to (though there is no actual need for any theme file editing). In any case, having a child theme installed is usually a good idea.

Install Child Theme
4. Child Theme Installation
5. Install Plugins

FAQ: What Plugins Will Be Installed?

During the manual installation process you will be prompted to install several plugins. According to the best WordPress practice, the theme itself carries design, while most of functionality is a plugin territory. Here are some essential plugins your theme will ask to install:

  • Elementor – core plugin, carries basic functionality and is needed to install CMSMasters Elementor Addon
  • CMSMasters Elementor Addon – carries most of the functionality, is required to import dummy data, design concept settings and to use the theme the way it is advertised
  • Custom Post Type UI – admin UI panel for registering custom post types and taxonomies
  • Advanced Custom Fields PRO – a premium plugin included for free for you, a handy tool that lets you benefit from full post formats and templates functionality
  • Forminator – capture user information (as detailed as you like) and engage users with interactive polls, quizzes and knowledge tests
  • SVG Support – upload SVG files to the Media Library and render SVG files inline for direct styling/animation of an SVG’s internal elements using CSS/JS
  • WooCommerce – is the world’s most popular open-source eCommerce solution
  • Slider Revolution – premium responsive slider plugin included for free
  • oEmbed Plus – ensures Instagram and Facebook embedding works
  • Envato Market – helps customers receive updates to their premium Themes & Plugins purchased through Envato Market 

FAQ: Do I Need Dummy Content?

You can choose whether you want to install dummy content or not. You have already selected the needed design settings by choosing your design concept, and now you can choose one of the two options:

  • Skip to start from scratch, not importing any posts, pages, images or other content from the chosen demo website – this gives you a clean install and is a good solution if you are pretty familiar with WordPress and Elementor, and maybe already have lots of posts and pages;
  • Import content (dummy content, sidebars widgets, customizer settings) to completely re-create demo website on your installation, and then proceed by editing existing content and adding your own. Best solution if you are pretty new, but is also great for everyone because it can save you a great deal of time, you can add your texts and media, but an overall structure will be ready for you.  Also, here is a tip on how to change all the URLs on the website with one click after importing the demo content.
Content Import
6. Import Dummy Content
All done!
Installation Complete!

Once you have finished, you can go on to managing your site identity, adding pages and posts, as well as editing design aspects. Enjoy!