Zeus Theme Documentation

By webmaster on December 27, 2011 | Zeus Theme | A comment?

CSS Files and Structure

A) CSS Files and Structuretop

I’m using a few CSS files in this theme but the most important one is “style.css”. Including a generic reset file. Many browser interpret the default behavior of html elements differently. By using a general reset CSS file, we can work round this. This file also contains some general styling, such as anchor tag colors, font-sizes, etc. Keep in mind, that these values might be overridden somewhere else in the file.

The “style.css” file contains all of the specific stylings for the page. The file is separated into sections using:

/*    Header                                                    */

	some code

/*    Section                                                   */

	some code

/*    Sidebar                                                   */

	some code

/*    Footer                                                    */

	some code

	etc, etc.

If you would like to edit a specific section of the site, simply find the appropriate label in the CSS file, and then scroll down until you find the appropriate style that needs to be edited.

This theme is built using the 960 Grid CSS System. So keep this in mind if you want to change something in the layout.

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Installing the Theme

B) Installing the Themetop

To install the site you have to unzip the ZIP file you downloaded from Theme Forest and open the folder “Theme”

Inside this folder is another called “zeus”, this is the folder you have to upload to your server where you installed WordPress (wp-content/themes /)

That’s all, once uploaded the Theme only need to activate it and for that you can go to the next section.

If you need more information please go to http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes


This theme uses TimThumb PHP Script to resize images. For this script to work you need change the “zeus/cache/” & “zeus/cache/images” folders permissions to 777.

If your images are not displayed surely this is your problem.

If you need more information please go to http://www.binarymoon.co.uk/2010/11/timthumb-hints-tips/

And also this Theme needs PHP 5 on your Server

Installing JW Player for the Background Video

This Theme uses the JW Player but does not include.

You can Download the JW Player here

Once downloaded, unzip the file and you will see a folder named “mediaplayer-5.7″ rename “jwplayer”

Now upload this folder (jwplayer) inside the Theme’s folder on your Server (wp-content/themes/zeus/), like this:

That’s all, the Theme will do the rest.

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HOW TO use the Theme

C) HOW TO use the Themetop

First of all you have to activate the Zeus Theme on your WordPress Site. Go to Appearance>Themes and Activate Zeus Theme.

If you need help installing WordPress see the link below:

Create the Home and Blog page

Now we create the page for the homepage, select “Add new” in the Page menu:

Name the new page “Home“:

Select Home Template for this page on the right (this step is very important!):

And click Publish:

Now add an other page called “Blog“:

And just click Publish:

Go to Settings>>Reading:

Set the options as in the image:

The Admin Panel

You can customize the theme through the admin panel, going to this button:

This is the Admin Panel:

Create a Slider Item

To make it easier here is a video of how to create a Slider Item:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/kgAs

Create a Page with Slider, Single Image or Video Background

Here shows how to place an image or video as the background of the pages:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/YgAs

Create a Portfolio Page

If you want to create a portfolio page with 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns simply select the appropriate template:

Here is the Video:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/wgAs

Create a Portfolio Item

To make it easier here is a video of how to create a Portfolio Item:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/sMAs

Create a Different Portfolio

To make it easier here is a video of how to create a Different Portfolio:

Additionally if you want the Single Pages for the Portfolio Item to have the same features as the original, like Multiple Images or Twitter and Facebook buttons.

You need to duplicate the file “zeus/single-portfolio.php” and rename it wit the same name of your new Portfolio

For Example, if you called the new portfolio “Prints” the file should be named:


Or if you called “Different Portfolio” the file should be named:


Always lowercase and no spaces

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/nMAs

How To use the Shortcode Generator

For use the Shortcode Generator you will find a button every time you edit a post or page… like this:




Here is a video of how to use it in the Glance Theme but it works exactly the same in this Theme:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/XqJ

Get a Google Maps Key for the Maps Shortcode

For the Shortcode work, you first must get a Google Maps Key.

Go to http://code.google.com/apis/maps/signup.html and sign up for a key, once you have the key go to your Theme Admin Panel and paste it here:

Save All Changes and it’s done.

How To use the Sidebar Generator

Here is a video of how to use it in the Glance Theme but it works exactly the same in this Theme:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/9KBs

To make it easier here is a video:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/wMAs

How To add Multiple Images to a Portfolio item

To make it easier here is a video:

If you don’t see the Video, here is the link: http://screenr.com/hMAs

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Sources and Credits

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WordPress, WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress Installation

Welcome to the easy to use guide for installing WordPress, WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress!

Getting Started

The first thing you need to organize before you can install WordPress, WordPress Multisite or BuddyPress is to organise your domain name and web hosting services.

Here’s information to help you get started:

a)  Organising your domain name

b)  Arranging Your Web Hosting

c) Setting up your MySQL Database and User


By webmaster on November 29, 2011 | Wordpress | A comment?

Organising Your Domain Name

The first step before installing WordPress or WordPress Multisite is making a decision about your domain name and registering it with a domain register.

A domain name is the unique Web address that you type in a Web browser’s address to visit that web site.  Google.com, Edublogs.org and Premium.wpmudev.org are all examples of domain names.

Your domain name is the key to your website. It represents your business brand and is important part of your online identity.

Be patient and take the time to choose well!

Tips for choosing domain names:

  • Choose a domain name that reflects your business or site.
  • Make sure your domain name is unique – you don’t want people confusing your site with another site.
  • While a domain name might make sense to you it mightn’t to others. Take the time to discuss with others to ensure it’s easy to remember and they can relate to why you choose the name.
  • Where possible make the domain name the same as your site name. A URL that is the same as the site name is much easier for people to remember and find easily.
  • Keep in mind people need to be able to remember and easily type your URL into their browser – where possible try to keep your domain name short but meaningful.
  • Avoid using hyphens and numbers since they make domain names harder to say and remember.
  • Avoid the plural form of a domain name because it is too easy for people to miss typing the ‘s’
  • There are many different extensions available like “.com”, “.net”, “.org”, “.info”, “.biz”. Originally “.com” was for commercial business sites, “.org” for organizations and “.net” for networks. However nowadays it can be hard to obtain “.com” names.
  • Make sure that you promote your business or website with the full domain name if you get a domain name with an extension other than “.com” because people often assume a “.com” extension
  • It is a good idea to register several similar domain names and redirect the alternatives to your domain name. For example, same name but different extensions such as edutags.org, edutags.net. If your business ends up with high traffic you want to ensure you get benefit for this traffic when people misspell your URL.

Registering your domain name

Registering a domain can vary in cost from less than US$10 per year upwards depending who you register your domain with and what options you choose during the registration process.

Make sure you have Auto Renew set up on your domain account or immediately renew when your registration period ends because some people keep a close watch on expiring domain names and purchase them immediately when they become available.

There are two main options for registering your domain:

  1. Use a domain register such as GoDaddy or eNom
  2. Through your web hosting service — some web hosting providers include domain registration when you purchase your web hosting service with them (check their terms of service as some apply conditions that may prevent you moving your site to a new host if you are unhappy with their service)

See Next: Arranging Your Web Hosting

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Arranging Your Web Hosting

Once you’ve registered your domain, you need a location for it to be hosted.

The simplest option is to use a web hosting service as this is often more cost efficient and easier.  Setting up your own server for a ‘beginner’ can result in a lot of frustration.

There are a wide range of web hosting services that provide server space charged as a monthly and/or annual fee.

Hosting services generally include these services with your account:

  • Disk space
  • Monthly bandwidth limits
  • Email accounts
  • FTP Access
  • MySQL database(s)

WordPress Multisite uses more server resources than standalone WordPress blog, and have more specialized needs, so you need to make sure your host is able to cope with hosting WordPress Multisite.  A web host that specializes in hosting WordPress MU / WordPress Multisite  is the ideal host.

As a minimum requirement your host needs to have:

  • PHP version 4.3 or greater
  • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater

We recommend Psek (and use them to host hundreds of our WordPress MU sites such as WP.MU installs and all Edublogs Campus sites) — they’re a smaller company so you get personalized help and they look after their clients.

Pesk Hosting Plan

Psek provides the following WordPress Multisite hosting plans:

  1. Personal – US$7.00/month
  2. Business – US$10/month
  3. Executive – US$15/month
  4. Enterprise – US$20/month
  5. Corporate – US$25/month

As a WordPress Multisite user you can also request ten times the storage space they offer for no extra charge.

These plans are designed to get you started and, at a Corporate level, are probably going to be fine for over 1000 blogs.

Probably the only limitation that you need to be aware of is that in order to run the WPMU DEV MultiDB plugin you are going to need at least an Executive account to cover the 16 databases you’ll require.

However, should you need to expand pSek (and other hosting companies) offer reseller and dedicated servers that can cater for your needs.

Here is how to arrange your web hosting with Psek

1. Go to Psek and click on Order Now for the hosting plan you want to purchase.
2. Enter the domain name you would like to use and click on Click to Continue

Image of domain name

3. Select your domain name and click on Click to Continue

Image of domain name

4. Once your payment has been processed you will be sent an email that contains the details you need to log into the Control panel (cPanel). This is where you administer your server account and create the MySQL Database which is required for your WordPress Multisite.

See Next:
Setting up MySQL Database and User for your WordPress or WordPress Multisite install

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Setting up MySQL Database and User

Before you can install WordPress or WordPress Multisite you first need to create a MySQL database and user on your domain using your cPanel.

In simple terms your MySQL database stores all blog information including files, blog posts and comments and is backed-up almost constantly by your hosting company to ensure no data is lost.

1. Log into cPanel using your account details supplied by your hosting company.

  • Appearance of cPanel does vary slightly depending on what theme your hosting company uses.
  • Not all hosting companies use cPanel


2. Scroll down to the Database section of cPanel and click on MySQL Databases

3. Create a database by entering the name wpms and clicking Create  Database

4. Once the database has been created click on the Go Backlink.Please Note:

  • The name of your database and user are both given the default prefix of your domain name.
  • This is to ensure it has a unique name from other databases when it is stored on your host’s servers.

5. Next create a new user by adding their username and password then click Create User.

  • Make sure you record your username and password in a safe location as you will need to add this when you edit your wp-config.php file.


6. Once the user has been created click on the Go Back link.


7. Now add your user to your database by scrolling down to Add User to Database and click on Add.

8. On the Manage User Privileges page select All Privileges.

See Next: Creating and Editing your wp-config.php file

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