Thank you for choosing Health Coach WordPress Theme.

Blossom Health Coach is a child theme of Blossom Coach Free WordPress Theme.

We hope you enjoy this feminine corporate WordPress theme, which we designed especially for you to create a lively and eye-catching website for Health and Wellness Coaches.

Our team created it with a lot of hard work and love. And we want your website to blossom with our Blossom Health Coach.

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 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 given below.

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

Requirements for Getting Started

Make sure Blossom Health Coach is compatible with your WordPress version.

Blossom Health Coach 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 upgrade 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 WordPress Version and Update it.
  • Install and Activate Blossom Coach WordPress theme.
  • Install and Activate Blossom Health Coach WordPress 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 /Banner Image: 1920 x 800
  • Single Blog Page ( with Sidebar): 810 x 500
  • Single Blog Page ( without Sidebar): 1170 x 578

How to Check and Update the WordPress version

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

How to Install and Activate Blossom Health Coach Theme

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

The Life Coach theme file includes:

A WordPress Theme Files (in .zip format) — This (blossom-health-coach.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:

Note Regarding Parent Theme: If you are installing Blossom Health Coach theme offline, make sure you have Blossom Coach theme installed. You need to have the parent theme to install the child theme. However, if you are connected to the Internet, the parent theme (Blossom Coach) will be installed automatically from the WordPress repository, so you don’t have to worry about it.

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Appearance> Theme
  • Click on Add New

  • Click on Upload Theme

  • Click on “Choose File”, select the “blossom-health-coach.zip” file from your computer and click Open
  • Click on 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 this 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 an 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 20 handy widgets for you to use. It creates widgets like popular posts, advertisement box, author bio, social media feed, etc.

Contact Form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi: Contact Form 7 helps you add and manage multiple contact forms.

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

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance> Install Plugins

  • Click “Install” to install the plugins.

  • Click on “Activate” to activate the plugins.

Site Identity (Add Logo, Name, and Tagline on your website)

You can change the name and logo of your website here.

  • Log in to 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.
  • Click Select Image and upload Image for Site Icon (favicon).
  • Choose Font Family and Style for Site Title and Tagline.
  • Choose Site Title Font Size.
  • Click Publish

Setting Up the Front/Landing/Home Page

To get started with customizing the theme, you first need to set up a front page. If you want to make your website look like demo, you should select Front Page as Static Page.

Configure the Home Page and Blog Page

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance>Customize > Homepage Settings
  • Select A static page under Your homepage displays.
  • If you are using this theme in a fresh WordPress installation, go to the next point. If you are using this theme in an old WordPress, choose the page you want to set homepage as Frontpage and choose the page you want to set as blog page as Posts Page.
  • Click on Publish.

Create a Portfolio Page

Please follow the below steps to create a Portfolio Page.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Pages and click on Add New

  • Select the template as Portfolio Template
  • Enter the Page Title and select the Sidebar Layout

  • Click on Publish

Appearance Settings

You can change the appearance of your website using this settings panel.

Colors

You can change the background color of your website using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to change the background color of the website.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Appearance Settings> Colors
  • Select the color of your choice
  • Click on Publish when you are done

Background Image

You can set up the background image of your website using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to set the background image.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Appearance Settings> Background Image
  • Select the preset, reposition the image if you want and select the image size you want to display
  • Click on Publish when you are done

Typography

You can change the typography of your website using this setting panel.

Please follow the below steps to change the typography of your website.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Appearance Settings> Typography
  • Select the Primary Font and Secondary Font
  • Click on Publish

Layout Settings

Blog Layout

You can choose the blog layout of your website from this settings panel. You can choose from three different layouts.

Please follow the below steps to select a blog layout for your website.

  • Login to your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Layout Settings> Blog Layout
  • Select the blog layout as per your choice
  • Click on Publish

General Sidebar Layout

You can select sidebar for posts/pages using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to configure the sidebar for your website pages.

  • Login to your WordPress panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize> Layout Settings> General Sidebar Layout
  • Select the Page Sidebar Layout, Post Sidebar Layout, and Default sidebar layout
  • Click on Publish

Front Page Settings

You can set up a static image, video, or a slider on your banner section. The banner will be displayed at the top of your website.

Static Image/Video Banner with Newsletter

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Banner Section
  • Choose Static/Video Newsletter Banner under Banner Options. Choose Disable Banner Section if you do not want banner at all.

  • Click Select Video and upload a video for your banner section. (Upload your video in .mp4 format and minimize its file size) You can also enter Youtube video URL.
  • Click Add a new image to upload a new image for your banner section. Recommended size for your banner Image is 1920 x 700 px.
  • Enter the Blossom Themes Email Newsletter Shortcode under Banner Newsletter ( Please read Newsletter Settings for instruction on how to generate shortcode using Blossom Themes Email Newsletter Plugin )
  • Click on Publish.

Note: When you use image and video both at the same time as a banner, the video will be shown as default.

  • Log in to WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Banner Section
  • Choose Banner as Slider under Banner Options. Choose Disable Banner Section if you do not want banner at all.

  • Select either Latest Posts or Category under Slider Content Style.
  • Choose a Slider Category if you have selected Category under Slider Content Style. ( The posts under the selected category will appear on your slider. The post category and post title will appear on your slider.)

  • Enter the Number of Slides that you want to display if you have selected Latest Posts under Slider Content Style. ( The post category and post title will appear on your slider.)

  • Choose Slider Animation.
  • Click Publish

Service Section

This section of the website showcases different services offered by you to your clients.

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work as desired.

Please follow the below steps to add services on your website.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Service Section.
  • Click Add a Widget.
  • Select the Blossom: Icon text widget

  • Enter Title, Description, upload an image or choose an icon. Click Done.

  • Click Add a Widget and select ” Blossom: Icon Text” Widgets to add more services.
  • Click Publish

About Section

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work as desired.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > About Section.
  • Click Add a Widget.
  • Select Blossom: Featured Page Widget.

  • Choose a page for the section. Check Show Page Full Content to show the entire content of the selected post under the section. Check Show Featured Image to display the featured image of the selected page under the section. Choose Image Alignment. Check Show Read More to display “Read More” link under the section.
  • Enter the text for “Read More” link

  • Click Done
  • Click Publish

Call to Action Section

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work as desired.

  • Login to WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Call To Action Widget.
  • Click Add a Widget.
  • Select the Blossom: Call to Action widget.

  • Enter Title and Description for your Call to Action Section. Choose the number of Call to Action Buttons. Enter Button 1 Label and Button 1 link. Enter Button 2 Label and Button 2 link. ( if you have selected two Call to Action Buttons). Choose Button Alignment. Choose a background color for the section or upload an image by clicking on Upload Image button.
  • Click Done.

  • Click Publish.

Testimonial Section

You can add your client words using this settings panel.

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work as desired.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Testimonial Widget.
  • Click Add a Widget
  • Select Blossom: Testimonial Widget

  • Enter the name, designation, and testimonial from the client. Upload an image of the testifier. Click Done.
  • You can add more testimonials by clicking on Add a widget and then selecting Blossom: Testimonial Widget for entering testifier’s detail.

  • Click Publish

Client Section

You can add the logos of your clients using this settings panel.

Please follow the below steps to add your clients on the homepage.

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Client Section.
  • Click “Add a Widget”.
  • Select “Blossom: Client Logo” widget

  • Enter a title for the section. Check display logo in black and white if you want the logo to be displayed in black and white.
  • Click Add Another Logo.
  • Enter a featured link or click upload to upload a logo.
  • Click Done

  • Click on Publish

Blog Section

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Blog Section.
  • Enable Blog Section to display blog section on the homepage. Blue is Enabled.
  • Enter a title of the section in Blog Title
  • Enter Read more Label and View All Label.
  • Click Publish

Simple Call to Action Section

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Call To Action Widget.
  • Click Add a Widget.
  • Select the Blossom: Call to Action widget.

  • Enter Title and Description for your Call to Action Section. Choose the number of Call to Action Buttons. Enter Button 1 Label and Button 1 link. Enter Button 2 Label and Button 2 link. ( if you have selected two Call to Action Buttons). Choose Button Alignment. Choose a background color for the section or upload an image by clicking on Upload Image button.
  • Click Done.

  • Click Publish

Contact Section

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Toolkit plugin for this section to work.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Front Page Settings > Contact Section.
  • Click Add a Widget.
  • Select the Blossom: Contact widget.

  • Enter your title, description, telephone, email, and address.
  • Check Open Social Link in New Tab to open social link in new tab.
  • Click on Add Social Icon. Search and select the desired social icon and enter their respective link. You can add more social icons by clicking “Add Social Icon”.
  • Click on Done.

  • Click Add a widget. Add Text widget.

  • Enter Title for the contact form
  • Enter Contact Form shortcode in the description. ( Please install, activate and use Contact form 7 plugin to generate shortcode for the form). Visit Add/Configure Contact Form section of this documentation for details.
  • Click Publish

Add/Configure Contact Form

You must install and activate Contact Form 7 Plugin to add or configure contact forms. After you activate the plugin, follow these steps.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Dashboard>Contact> Add New
  • Enter the name of the contact form in the title section. Configure other settings according to Contact Form 7 Documentation
  • Enter the Fields and Labels for contact form in Form tab
  • In the Mail tab, you can configure the email address for receiving the emails from the contact form
  • In the Messages tab, you can edit the various messages for the form.
  • In the Additional Settings tab, you can add extra code to modify the contact form.
  • Click Save to update the changes.
  • Copy the shortcode generated and paste it in the Text widget in the Appearance> Customize> Frontpage Settings> Contact section.

General Settings

Header Settings

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Header Settings
  • Enable Header Search to show Search button in the header.
  • Enter the BlossomThemes Email Newsletters Shortcode. ( Make sure you have installed, activated, and generated shortcode using Blossom Themes Email Newsletter plugin). Go to the Newsletter Settings section of this documentation for detailed Newsletter configuration.
  • Click Publish.

Social Media Settings

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Social Media Settings
  • Enable Social Links to display social media links in the header.
  • Click “Add new links” button to add a social media icon.
  • Select a social media icon and enter the respective social media profile link.
  • Click “Add new links” to add more social icons
  • Click Publish

Social Media Settings documentation

SEO Settings

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > SEO Settings
  • Enable Last Update Post Date to display the last updated dated post date.

  • Click Publish

Post ( Blog) & Pages Settings

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Posts (Blog) & Pages Settings
  • Enable/Disable the Prefix on Archive Pages
  • Enable Blog Excerpt if you want to show the summary of the posts. If enabled, select the number of words for the blog excerpt and enter read more label.
  • Enter the Read More Text
  • Enable Hide Author Section to hide the author section on post page
  • Enable Show Related Posts to show related posts below a blog post. Enter the title for Related posts section. Related Post is displayed based on category.
  • Enable Hide Category if you don’t want to show the category name on the blog posts.
  • Enable Hide Post 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 in the blog posts.
  • Click Publish.

Newsletter Settings

Note: Make sure you have installed and activated BlossomThemes Email Newsletters plugin. Use the plugin to generate shortcode for the newsletter.

Creating Newsletter

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

  • Enter the title of the newsletter.
  • Select the options in 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 a message. If you select page, select the page you want to show.
  • Click Save Changes.

Newsletter Section

  • Login to your WordPress Admin panel
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > General Settings > Newsletter Settings
  • Enable Newsletter Section to display newsletter section on the homepage.
  • Enter the short code of the newsletter shortcode generated using BlossomThemes Newsletter Plugin. The Shortcode can be found on the left side of the Newsletter. (BlossomThemes Email Newsletter > All Newsletter> ( Your Newsletter Name))

  • Click Publish

Navigation Menus (Create and Edit Menu)

You can create navigation menu from Customizer or from Dashboard. This theme has one menu. If you need more than one menu, you can add them to 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 New menu button.

  • Give a name to your menu and select whether you want to display the menu on Primary location
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 a 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.

Remove Widget

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Panel
  • Go to Appearance> Customize>Widget
  • Click the desired Widget Area ( Right Sidebar, Footer One, Footer Two etc)
  • Click the widget you want to delete and click Delete.
  • Click Publish.

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.

Footer Credit Settings

The theme allows you to add your own desired copyright text in the footer area of the page. To do this:

  • Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Go to Appearance > Customize > Footer Settings
  • Enter your text in the provided space.
  • Click Publish when satisfied.

Additional CSS

You can add extra CSS codes here to customize the appearance and layout of your site.

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

Useful Tips

  • We highly recommend using 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, sometimes 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
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