Welcome the documentation of Blossom Chic Free theme – a free theme for aspiring female bloggers!

First of all, thanks for choosing the theme. Our team created it with a lot of hard work and love. We hope your website is blossoming with Blossom Chic.

About This Theme Documentation:

This documentation covers the installation, the usage, and the different settings available in the customizer of the theme.

The main goal of the documentation is to provide you the guidance and walk-through to set up the theme on your website in an easy-to-follow manner, while also introducing you to some of the features of the theme. So, we encourage you to go through this document and keep it handy for reference.

If you have any questions about the theme or need any kind of assistance with anything related to the theme, please feel free open a support ticket. Our support team will be happy to assist you.

In this documentation, first, we’ll make sure that everything is ready for the installation, then we’ll set up the theme, and cover some initial configuration and customization options.

How to use this Documentation?

We recommend you to go through each step of the documentation to have a better understanding of the theme and its features.

However, if you are looking for a specific section, you can easily navigate using our table of contents on the left-hand side of the screen.

If you want to find a specific keyword, hit “Ctrl+F” on your browser to start searching.

Requirements for Getting Started

Make sure Blossom Chic is compatible with your WordPress version.

Blossom Chic will work with 4.7 and above versions of WordPress.

However, for the best experience, added features, and updated security patches, we recommend you to update your WordPress to the latest version.

If you haven’t downloaded WordPress already, you can download it from the WordPress repository via https://wordpress.org/download/.

Checklist for Getting Started:

  • Check the WordPress Version and Update it.
  • Install and Activate Blossom Chic theme.
  • Install Necessary Plugins. Some functionality of the theme might not work if you do not install the recommended plugins.

Recommended Image Size (in px)

Slider Layouts : 1920 x 650

Featured Area Thumbnail: 450 x 300

Sticky Post Area: 1020 x 435

Author Bio: 330 x 220

Blog Thumbnail: 435 x 435

Category Slider Widget: 330 x 190

Single Post with Sidebar: 1020 x 435

Single Post Full-Width: 1410 x 600

Related Posts Thumbnail: 320 x 200

Category Archive Post Thumbnail: 440 x 295

Getting Started

How to Check and Update the WordPress version:

  • Log in to the WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Dashboard >Updates and update the theme if there is an update available.

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How to Install and Activate Blossom Chic Theme

After you have the latest version of WordPress, save the downloaded Blossom Chic theme file (blossom-chic.zip) somewhere handy on your computer, as you will be using the included files for the rest of the installation process.

The Blossom Chic theme file includes:

A WordPress Theme Files (in .zip format)— This (blossom-chic.zip) is a compressed WordPress theme file containing all of the required templates, images, and icons required for the theme to function properly.

Note for Safari users (macOS): If you are using Safari to download the theme file, the file may unzip automatically. So, make sure your theme file is in .zip format. Here’s how to stop Safari from automatically unzipping your .zip file.

Now, to install and activate the theme follow these steps or the above gif:

  • Log in to WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Themes.
  • Click on Add New button

  • Click on Upload Theme.

  • Click on “Browse…”, select the “blossom-chic.zip” file from your computer and click Open.
  • Click Install Now.

  • After the theme is installed, click on “Activate” to use the theme on your website.

Installing Recommended Plugins

You must install and activate the following plugins to get the best out of Blossom Chic theme.

BlossomThemes Email Newsletter by Blossom Themes: This plugin is needed to add newsletter subscription form on the newsletter section. The plugin also creates a newsletter widget that can be used in the sidebars.

BlossomThemes Instagram Feed by Blossom Themes: This plugin lets you add the Instagram feed to your website. The plugin also generates Instagram shortcode that you can add in your posts and Instagram widget that you can add in the sidebars.

BlossomThemes Toolkit by Blossom Themes: This plugin generates 12 very useful widgets for you to use. It creates widgets like popular posts, advertisement box, author bio, social media feed, etc.

Regenerate Thumbnails by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond): If you have existing content, this will help you update your images thumbnail sizes. To update the thumbnails, you must run this plugin.

How to Install Recommended Plugin:

  • Go to Appearance> Install Plugins

  • Click “Install” to install the plugins.

  • Click “Activate” to activate the plugins

How to Setup the Front/Landing/Home Page

To get started with customizing the theme, you first may need to set up a front page. To make the theme look like the demo, you need to select the homepage display as the latest posts. The latest posts are selected by default when you first install the WordPress. But, if you are using the theme on an existing WordPress installation, make sure your front page is set as latest posts.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance>Customize > Homepage Settings
  • Select Your latest posts under Your homepage displays
  • Click Publish

How to add/edit a Logo and Favicon (Site Icon)

  • Log in to the WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity
  • Click Select Logo and upload your logo.
  • Enter Site Title and Tagline.
  • Check Display Site Title and Tagline if you want to show your website’s name and tagline.
  • Click Select Image and upload Image for Site Icon (favicon).
  • Select the font, font style, and font size for the site title and tagline
  • Click Publish

Theme Panel

Site Identity

This option helps you add logo, title, tagline, and site icon (favicon) on your website. Refer to How to add/edit a Logo and Favicon (Site Icon) section of this documentation.

Colors (Change Color of the Theme)

You can change the primary and background color of the theme from here.

  • Log in to the WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Colors
  • Click on “Select Color” and select the primary color and background color.
  • Click Publish when you are satisfied.

Appearance Settings

You can change the font, header image, and background image from this setting.

Typography (Change font of the theme)

  • Log in to the WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Appearance Settings > Typography
  • Choose the primary font, secondary font, and font size of the theme as you desire.
  • Click Publish when you are satisfied.

Header Image

You can add an header image from this option. The header image will appear behind your site logo, title, and tagline. You can also add multiple images and randomize them each time a visitor reloads your website.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Appearance Settings > Header Image
  • Choose an image by clicking on “Add New Image” button.
  • Click Add new Image” to add more images.
  • Click on “Randomize uploaded headers” to randomize your header images.
  • Click Publish when you are satisfied.

Background Image

You can add a background image to your website from here.

  • Log in to the WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Appearance Settings > Background Image
  • Click on “Select image” button to add the background image.
  • Click on “Remove” to remove the image. Click on “Change image” to change the background image.
  • Choose the image preset, position, size, and other options as you like it.
  • Click Publish when you are satisfied.

Layout Settings (New)

This is the new section added in this child theme.You can change the style and layout of your theme from here. You can choose from 2 Header layouts, 2 Slider layouts, and 2 Home Page layouts.

Header Layouts

  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Layout Settings > Header Layout
  • Choose any layout you like among these two.
  • Click Publish.

Home Page Layouts

  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Layout Settings > Home Page Layout
  • Choose the style you want to use for the home page. The home page layout starts after the sticky post section if there is a sticky post. Otherwise, it starts after featured area.
  • Click Publish

Slider Layouts

  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Layout Settings > Slider Layout
  • Choose the style you want to use on the slider.
  • Click Publish.

General Settings

From this panel, you can add/edit sliders, featured area, social media settings, SEO settings, Single Posts Page and Pages settings, Newsletter Settings, and Instagram Settings.

Slider Settings

You can enable/disable slider, choose slider content, select the number of slides, and slider animation from this setting.

Slider using Latest Posts

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Slider Settings
  • Enable Slider. Blue is enabled.
  • Choose Slider Content Style as Latest Posts
  • Enter the number of posts you want to show on the slider. You can select upto 20 posts.
  • Select the animation for the slider.
  • Click Publish.

Slider Using Category

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Slider Settings
  • Enable Slider. Blue is enabled.
  • Choose Slider Content Style as Category
  • Choose a category for the slider. All the posts in the category will be displayed on the slider.
  • Select the animation for the slider.
  • Click Publish.

Featured Area Settings

You can select content for the featured area here. You can show upto 3 pages in the featured area.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Featured Area Settings
  • Enable Featured Area. Blue is enabled.
  • Select the pages for the featured area.
  • Click Publish.

Social Media Settings

You can add social media links and enable/disable social media on the header from here.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Social Media Settings
  • Enable Social Links. Blue is enabled. When you enable the social links, social media icons will be displayed in the header.

  • Click “Add new links” button to add a social media icon.
  • Enter the icon and link for the social media. Click on a link to edit it. Click on “Remove” to remove a social icon.
  • Click Publish.

SEO Settings

You can enhance your website’s SEO from here. You can enable last update date on single post page here. You can also enable/disable breadcrumb in this panel.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > SEO Settings
  • Enable Last Update Post Date to boost your SEO. Blue is enabled. When you enable this, Google can read the post updated date and index your latest content.
  • Enable Breadcrumb. Blue is enabled. Breadcrumb helps in better navigation for search engines and users.
  • Enter the Home Text and Separator for Breadcrumb
  • Click Publish.

Post (Blog) & Pages Settings

You can choose single post page and page layouts from here. You can also manage other single post page settings like excerpt, related posts, etc.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Posts (Blog) & Pages Settings
  • Select the layout for pages and posts.
  • Enable Blog Excerpt if you want to show summary of the posts. Blue is enabled. If enabled, select the number of words for the blog excerpt and read more label.
  • Enable Related Posts. Related Posts of the same category will be shown below the blog post.
  • Enter the title for related posts
  • Enable Hide Category if you don’t want to show the category name on blog posts.
  • Enable Hide Author if you don’t want to show author section on the blog page.
  • Enable Hide Posted Date if you don’t want show posted date on blog posts.
  • Enable Show Featured Image to show featured image on the blog posts.
  • Enable Hide Prefix in Archive Page if you want to hide the prefix “Category:” from the category archive page.
  • Click Publish.

Newsletter Settings

You need to have BlossomThemes Email Newsletter plugin installed and activated for this setting.

You can add subscription form on the newsletter section of your website from here. To add a newsletter, you need to create a newsletter first and copy & paste the newsletter shortcode.

Creating Newsletters

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > Add New

  • Enter the title for the newsletter.
  • Select the options on the Field Settings. Select “Name and Email” if you want users to enter their Name and Email to subscribe to your newsletters, otherwise select “Email”.
  • Enter Name and Email placeholder.
  • Enter the label for Submit button.
  • Enter Form note. The note will be displayed below the Title.

  • From the Appearance Settings, edit the appearance of the newsletter form.
  • Click on Publish to create the newsletter

Configuring Newsletters

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > Settings
  • Select the email platform– Mailchimp, Mailerlite, or ConvertKit
  • Enter the API key of the email platform.
  • Select whether to display Popup text of Page when a visitor subscribes to your newsletter. If you select popup text, enter message. If you select page, select the page you want to show.
  • Click Save Changes.

Adding Newsletter on the Newsletter section

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Newsletter Settings
  • Enable Newsletter Section. Blue is enabled.
  • Enter the shortcode of the newsletter form you want to show. You can find the shortcode on the left hand side of the newsletter.

  • Click Publish.

Instagram Settings

You can add your Instagram feed on your website from here.

To display your Instagram feed, you need to install and activate BlossomThemes Instagram Feed plugin and then, configure your Instagram profile.

Configuring Instagram Profile

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to BlossomThemes Instagram Feed > General

  • Enter your Instagram username
  • Enter the number of photos you want to display from your Instagram feed.
  • Enter the number of photos you want to display at a time in Number of Photos Per Row.
  • Enter the Instagram Profile link text.
  • Check “Show Likes/Comment” if you want to show likes and comment count of your Instagram profile on your website.
  • Click Save Changes.

Adding Instagram Section

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Instagram Settings
  • Enable Instagram Section. Blue is enabled.
  • Click Publish

Navigation Menus (Create and Edit Menu)

You can create navigation menu from Customizer or from Dashboard. This theme supports two menus: Primary and Secondary. If you need more than two menus, you can add them in the sidebar using “Navigation Menu” widget.

Create a New Menu from Customizer

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize> Menus in the WordPress Dashboard
  • Click on Create a New menu button

  • Give a name to your menu and select whether you want to display the menu on Primary or Secondary location. If you select primary location, the menu will be displayed below the logo. If you select secondary location, the menu will be displayed above logo.
  • Click Next

  • Click “Add Items” to add items (pages, posts, categories, custom links…) to the Menu
  • Click “+” icon on the items list to add the item to the menu
  • Drag and Drop the added items to rearrange them.
  • Click Publish

Create Menu from Dashboard

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Menus in the WordPress Dashboard

  • Click on create a new menu.

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  • Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button.

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  • Select the items from Pages, Posts, Custom Links, or Categories and click “Add to Menu”.

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  • Drag and Drop the added items to rearrange them.
  • Check the Menu location to Primary or Footer
  • Click Save Menu

Widgets

You can add the widgets to the sidebar in two ways– via Dashboard and Customizer.

Adding Widgets via Customizer

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Widgets
  • Make sure you are on the page you want to add widgets to.
  • Click on the desired Sidebar or location (the one you want to add widgets to). You can add widgets on Footer as well.
  • Click on Add a Widget to add widgets
  • Select desired Widgets and give title to the widget.
  • Click Add a Widget to add more widgets in the sidebar
  • Drag and reorder the widget as desired
  • Click Publish

Adding Widgets via Dashboard

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Widgets
  • Available widgets are listed on the left hand side while Sidebars are listed on the right side (including the sidebars you create)
  • Drag and drop the widgets to the desired sidebars. Or, click on the widget and select the sidebar you want to add the widget to

Footer Settings (Add Footer Credit)

You can edit the footer credit using this setting.

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Footer Settings
  • Enter your desired footer credit text
  • Click Publish when you are done.

Footer Section

The theme has 4 widgets area in the footer. You can add various widgets in the area. To add widgets in the footer, go to Appearance> Customize>Widgets and select the Footer Location (footer one, two, three, four) and add the widgets.

Additional CSS

You can add extra CSS codes here. If you want to modify the color, fonts, or any other CSS effects, you can enter the code here.

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Additional CSS
  • Enter your code
  • Click Publish when you are done.

Useful Tips

  • We highly recommend to use Child Theme if you need to change the code of the theme. Do not change the codes in the files of the parent theme as all such changes will be lost when the theme is updated. You can create a child theme using a plugin or manually by following the official guide.
  • Always keep a BackUp of your theme before making any changes to the theme.
  • If you get any problem in using the theme, you can do the following things:
    • Deactivate the plugins, sometime plugin conflict may cause issues with the theme. Please deactivate the unused plugins.
    • Replace the latest modified code with the original code.
    • If the issue pertains, feel free to contact us using our Support Ticket