Installing the theme

Theme installation

To install the theme follow each step below. We recommend you use the React Child theme as the theme that you activate (this requires the React theme to be installed but not activated) so that any modifications you make are not overwritten when updating the theme. See Child Themes on the WordPress Codex for more information.

1. Upload and install the react.zip theme file

You should find a file named react.zip inside the React theme zip file you downloaded from ThemeForest. Log in to WordPress and follow the steps below.

  • Go to Appearance → Themes on the WordPress menu
  • Click Add New
  • Click Upload Theme
  • Click Choose File, find the location of the react.zip file and select it
  • Click Install Now

2. Upload and install the react-child.zip theme file

You should find a file named react-child.zip inside the React theme zip file you downloaded from ThemeForest. Log in to WordPress and follow the steps below.

  • Go to Appearance → Themes on the WordPress menu
  • Click Add New
  • Click Upload Theme
  • Click Choose File, find the location of the react-child.zip file and select it
  • Click Install Now
  • Once the theme has installed, click Activate

The final step is to make sure that wp-content/themes/react-child/cache/ directory is writable. The theme will not function correctly if it’s not. To check this, visit the theme options panel by going to Appearance → Theme Options on the WordPress menu. If the cache directory is not writable you will get a warning message near the top of this page, with instructions on how to make it writable. If you don’t see a warning message, you are good to go.

3. Start creating your theme

To get to the theme options panel go to Appearance → Theme Options. From here you can customize all aspects of your theme. To quickly get started with an existing design have a look at our Case Studies and import them automatically from Theme Options → Design → Import.

For more information on using the theme options see the Theme Options help section.

Plugin installation

If you plan on using any of the plugins included with React, they can be installed from the Appearance → Install Plugins page. For more information on each plugin, follow the installation guides below.

Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble with the theme or plugin installation process, see the links below for installing them manually using FTP.

Still having trouble? Head over to the forums.

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