Note: There are newer themes available. They are still completely free but they now come with an options page (to customize your blog without altering the code), improved functionality, and a variety of new features. Click here to view examples and receive download and installation instructions for these new free wordpress themes. However, the theme featured on this page is still available for download.

Please follow the instructions carefully to correctly install the SLR Lounge WordPress theme. If you are having issues, you may find solutions in the comments section by users who have encountered and solved the same issue.

Video Tutorials

Feel free to add comments with questions and issues you would like us to address. Please scroll down to view the written instructions if needed.

1) Install WordPress on Your Website

Since we have already created videos for the installation of the WordPress site, we won’t repeat those steps here. Please see the links below for the WordPress installation video tutorial.
Bluehost Installation – Please click here to view the Bluehost installation video tutorial.
GoDaddy Installation – Please click here to view the GoDaddy installation video tutorial.

2) Install the SLR Lounge WordPress Theme
3) Install an FTP Program (Filezilla) and Connect to Your Site

4) Customize the Background
5) Customize the Header pt. 1 – Customize the Banner

6) Customize the Header pt. 2

7) Customize the Widgetized Footer

Written Instructions

For those of you that prefer to read the instructions, here is the entire set of instructions for the video tutorials seen above.

1) WordPress Installation

To Install WordPress, follow these instructions (click here)
If you prefer video tutorials, please check out our video tutorials on WordPress installation on Bluehost and GoDaddy servers.

Theme Customization Instructions

First off, download the Custom Theme Here

2) Install the Theme

a) Go to the Admin Panel
b) Find “Add New Themes” in the “Appearance” Menu

add_new_themes
c) Click Upload
d) Click Browse and find the zip file containing the theme files
e) Click Install Now
f) Preview and Activate

3) Customize the Background

a) Under the “Appearance” menu, click on the “Editor” as shown below.editor
b) The first file that shows up (by default) should be the Stylesheet (style.css). If not, find it at the bottom right of the page.
c) You should find detailed instructions inside of this page.
d) Look for the following instructions on how to change your background:

/*If you want to change the color of the background, change #900 to whatever color you prefer.
If you would like a custom background instead of a color, replace “background-color:#900;” with “background:url(‘images/background.jpg’) repeat top center;”
Then locate th images folder (…slrlounge/images). Design your custom background (with dimensions 100px x 100x), name it background.jpg, and replace the file in your images folder*/
You’ll need to FTP an image named background.jpg to the images folder if you wish to have a custom background.

e) Further customization on the stylesheet is not necessary, but if you would like to change the font or any other styles, read the comments inside of the document for instructions. (comments are denoted by a /* and end with a */)

4) Customize the Header

a) Next click on the Header.php file. This is the 5th item down on the right side of the Editor Screen, as shown below.
theme_files
b) Customize your header – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO CREATE A BANNER OR DO NOT WISH TO DO SO, YOU MAY TYPE IN “So and So Photography” AND REMOVE THE BANNER.JPG FROM THE IMAGES FOLDER… THIS WILL LEAVE YOU WITH JUST THE TEXT “SO AND SO PHOTOGRAPHY AND A BANNER SPACE OF 1000PX BY 285PX. FROM THERE, YOU CAN ADD AN IMAGE 1000PX BY 285PX (NAMED BANNER.JPG AND PLACED INSIDE OF THE IMAGES FOLDER) TO HAVE THE TEXT OF YOUR CHOICE DISPLAY OVER THE IMAGE
c) Customize your menu – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
HERE YOU CAN ADD A FEW MENU ITEMS BY ADDING:
d) Customize your portfolio – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
CHANGE THE FOLLOWING “https://www.slrlounge.com” TO YOUR URL
e) Customize your Studio Name – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
EDIT YOUR STUDIO NAME HERE
f) Customize your profile – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
EDIT YOUR STUDIO PROFILE HERE. Replace with your studio information
g) Customize your Facebook – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
MAKE SURE TO INPUT YOUR FACEBOOK USERNAME BELOW –>
h) Customize your twitter – Next, look for the following and follow the procedures:
EDIT YOUR TWITTER PROFILE HERE
Make sure you replace two things with your twitter profile. First, find “http://www.twitter.com/pyeman” and replace “pyeman” with your twitter name. Next find “twitter_messages(‘pyeman’, 1, false, true, ‘#’, true, true, false);” and replace “topherlin” with your twitter name. Also, make sure you remove the /* on both sides of the “twitter_messages()”

5) Install the “Twitter for WordPress” plugin

a) Click add new under the plugins menu on the side as shown below
plugins
b) Search ‘Twitter for WordPress’, then click install, then click activate
sidebar

6) Customize the Widgetized Footer

a) Click on “Widgets” in the Appearance menu (on the left side of the page)
b) Drag widgets over to the first sidebar and the third sidebar (one widget per sidebar),

The middle box is defaulted to the tag cloud, (recommended widgets – recent posts + recent comments) widgets
c) Make sure to click “Save” each time

At this point, your blog should be customized. You can futher customize the style.css file if you want to alter your font sizes, colors, and other aspects of the appearance.

Thanks and again, feel free to comment with issues and questions!

Note: There are newer themes available. They are still completely free but they now come with an options page (to customize your blog without altering the code), improved functionality, and a variety of new features. Click here to view examples and receive download and installation instructions for these new free wordpress themes. However, the theme featured on this page is still available for download.