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Installing Solar Child Theme

Requirements

Before we begin, make sure you have Divi installed on WordPress before installing this child theme. We recommend doing this on a fresh WordPress installation.

The Divi theme is not included in this package. To download Divi, you must have an Elegant Themes Membership.

Images have been replaced due to licensing.

The page links from buttons and logo are removed, so you need to relink those to the right pages.

Step 1

Download and unzip the ‘Solar_Child_Theme_UNPACKME.zip’ file to your computer.

Step 2

In your WordPress dashboard navigate to Appearance > Themes and click on Add New.

Locate the solar-child-theme.zip file in the Solar_Child_Theme_UNPACKME folder on your computer and then click Install Now.

When the install is complete click on ‘Activate’, you will then see the Solar Child Theme as the active theme in your theme panel.

Step 3

After activating Solar, you will see at the top:

This theme recommends the following plugins: Sticky Menu (or Anything!) on Scroll

Begin installing this plugin by clicking on Begin installing plugin.

On the next screen, you need to check the plugin and choose to install in the dropdown. Hit apply, and the progress will begin.

When the progress has finished click on “Return to Required Plugins Installer.”

Now you need to activate the plugin.

Step 4

Go to Divi > Theme Options. Click on the import/export options (up/down arrow).
Click on Import and upload Solar Theme Options.json.

Go to Divi > Theme Customisation. Click on the import/export options (up/down arrow).
Click on Import and upload Solar Customizer Settings.json.

Go to Divi > Divi Library. Click on the import/export options.
Click on Import and upload Solar Builder Layouts.json.

Step 5

Go to Settings > Sticky Menu (or Anything!)
In the sticky element field, add the following #stickybar

In the field, Do not stick element when screen smaller than: (optional) fill in 981

Go to the advanced settings tab and in the field Z-index fill in 999999

Hit save

 

Step 6

Go to Pages > Add New. Give your page a name for example Home.

In the Divi Builder Click on Load Layout then click on Your Saved Layouts.

Here you will find all the pages from the demo. Load the Home page Solar and publish it.

Don’t forget to add a menu and set the Home page as static.

To add the other pages just follow step 5 and choose the page layout you want to use.

Edit top header and footer

The top header and footer are custom sections, which makes them very customizable but unfortunately the won’t work with the visual builder. For that reason, I disabled those in the visual builder and you won’t see them. But it is very easy to edit them.

Top header
To edit the top header go to Divi > Divi library and open the Top header. You can make your edits here.

You will see here 2 sections. The top section is visible for desktop and mobile phone. The other section is visible for tablet. The reason for this is how the columns are arranged. And this way it looks better on all devices.

Footer
To edit the footer go to Divi > Divi library and open the Footer

Sidebar menu (Services)

Follow the steps below to create the services menu for your services pages

Go to Appearance > Menus and create a new menu. Under Menu Settings don’t check anything. In this menu you need to add the pages you want to show up in the sidebar.

 

Go to Appearance > Widgets add a new sidebar (You need to refresh the page in order to see the new sidebar)

Add the Navigation widget to this sidebar and assign the services menu to it

When you create a page with the Service Page Solar layout you can add this sidebar to it.

Creating a blog post

To create a blog post with the same layout as Solar you do the following:

Go to Posts > Add New
Go to Load From Library > Add From Library and choose Single post.

In the right upper right corner, you find the Divi Post Settings. Make the following adjustments:

Page Layout: Full Width
Post Title: Hide

Post settings

Important

Place in the excerpt box the text that you want to show on the blog page or blog grid page.

You find this box under the Divi page builder in the post page.

Excerpt box

404 Page

To edit the content of the 404 page, you go to Divi > Divi Library.

Then you open the 404 page. You can make your edits here.