Santos WP Theme Documentation

Please find below documentation for Santos theme, If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file,
please feel free to email via my Themeforest user page.


Download the Package

After purchasing santos theme please navigate to your downloads tab on Themeforest and find Santos Theme. Click the download button next to Santos theme and choose All Files and document choice, save the package on your computer.

Please unzip the downloaded ZIP File . Inside the extracted folder, you will find Folders like Documentaion , Licencse and XML. Also here you can find your main Theme (Santos) .ZIP and the child Theme folder (Santos Child) .ZIP

Wordpress Requirements

WordPress recommends your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.2 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater (MariaDB Only required if you are not using MySQL)
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module
  • HTTPS support

Santos Requirements

Santos recommends your host supports:

  • PHP version 5.6 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater
  • mod_rewrite Apache module to be activated for pretty permalink
  • cURL supported by the server
  • allow_url_fopen supported by the server
  • upload_max_filesize 10 MB or greater
  • memory_limit 128 MB or greater
  • max_execution_time 60 or greater
  • max_input_vars 1500 Recommended

Upload and install The Theme

When you are ready to install a theme (After unpacked the package), you must first upload the theme main folder (santos) to your server, then you can activate the theme . The theme files can be uploaded in two different ways:

1- FTP Upload:
Using your FTP program, upload the non-zipped santos theme folder into the /wp-content/themes/ on your server.

2- WordPress Theme Manager:
Navigate to Appearance > Add New Themes > Upload. Go to browse, and select the zipped theme folder. Hit (Install Now) and the theme will be uploaded and installed.

Are you sure you want to do this? Please try again.

If you get a message says “Are you sure you want to do this?”, This is not a theme bug usually because a web server php setting limitation. Try to check and change your maximum file upload size to more than 8 MB , Santos theme zip file is about 10 MB , in some cases you may also need to change increase your post_max_size as well

Once the theme is uploaded, you just need to activate . Go to WP Menu -> Appearance > Themes and activate Santos theme.

Setup Wizard

Santos quick setup wizard will help you configure your new website This wizard will install the required WordPress plugins and tell you a little about Help & Support options.

If you don't want to go through the wizard, you can skip and return to the WordPress dashboard and install plugins manually.

Manual Activate Plugins

Santos includes 3 plugins that should be installed and activated Santos Core , Visual Composer and Woo-Commerece if you didn't activate these plugin through our setup wizard please visit your WP Menu > Appearance > Install Plugins

1. Santos Core:
Santos Core plugin is required for the theme to work, as it contains all of the theme’s basic functionality

2. Santos Visual Composer:
To use the Santos Visual Composer page builder within your pages content you should activate the js_composer_santos Plugin .

3. Woocommerce :
One of the most customizable eCommerce platform for building your online business.

One Click Demo Installation

We add the possibility to install the demo easily by just one click installation setup, this will install pages and configuring theme options and menus, All you need to do is just visit your Appearance > theme options > Import Demo tab > Import Demo.

Important Notes:

  • We recommend to run this importer on a clean WordPress installation.
  • We recommend setting memory to 256MB Please define memory limit in wp-config.php file Increasing memory allocated to PHP..
  • You should install and activate Santos attached plugins before start this operation
  • Do not run the importer multiple times , this will result in double content.
  • To reset your installation we can recommend this plugin here: Wordpress Database Reset

If you import demo content through one click demo import option , you don't have to go through next manual steps

Manually Import XML files

You can do that by Navigate to WP Menu -> Tools -> Import. and click on WordPress, Choose browse and select the demo xml file provided inside the Theme -> Framework folder -> Assets -> XML -> Unzip choose the demo version and click on Upload File You can select Download and Import File attachments if you want to get and install demo images Finally click Import, The importing will take a few seconds depending on your internet connection Then you should see the success message Import Content Done , Have Fun Now, the demo content installed and you are ready for the next step.

Configure Settings

1. Setting up Menu:
Navigate to Appearance > Menu. Under Menu List select primary navigation. Now click on Save Changes.

1. Setting up Permalinks:
Navigate to Settings > Permalinks. Under Common Settings select post name. Now click on Save Changes.

2. Setting up Front Page:
To set up the Frontpage, you must have page (ex. Home Page) in case you didn't import demo data please create a new one , you can do that by navigating to WP Menu > Pages > Add New. Under the page text editor section, there are alot of custom metabox options that can use to custom your page (for example: you can remove the default titlebar area from Titlebar Setting metabox) then Click Publish. Now browse to Settings Reading and change the setting for Front page displays from Your latest posts into A static page. As you can assign your previously created "Home Page" as the Front Page.

3. Setting up Blog:
To set up the blog, you must have page called (ex.Blog), in case you didn't import demo data please create a new one , you can do that by navigating to WP Menu > Pages > Add New. You can give this page a title of blog for now you do not have to include any content. Click Publish. Once you have created your new page, Go to Settings->Reading. Select A static page and assign the blog for Posts Page.

Home Creation

Getting started

To start please go to Pages > Add new. things should work as default wordpress Editor unless Visual Composer Page Builder is activated. IF you activated the plugin you should see Backend Editor Button Just up of the default wordpress editor else , please go to Appearance > Install Plugins section, install it and activate. To explore the capabilities of Visual Composer, please have a look into documentation

we added Visual Composer plugin and add some extra shortcodes to make things easier creating Santos Pages.

Page Row

“Row“ is the main content element of Visual Composer. Rows are used to divide your page into the logic blocks with columns, columns later will hold your content blocks. Rows can be divided into the layouts (eg. 1/2 + 1/2, 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3, and so on). Your page can have unlimited number of rows. To change row's position, click and drag row's drag handler (top left row's corner) and drag row around (vertical axis). For More information for using row, please have a look into Row Setting

Text Block

“Text block“ allows you to insert paragraph type text and format it using WYSIWYG editor. Moreover text block allows adding media(images and videos).

Row Effects

Some Extra Options added to the row setting for advanced effects . as an Row Overlay and Row Seperator Image , You can use by visiting Row Setting > Effects Tab

Create One Page Navigation

Setting up a one page navigation on your website takes no time. The most important thing when creating your page is adding a unique ID to each row on the page that you want one of your navigation items to link to, You can add your Row ID within the Page Row General Setting as the following Image.

the next step of the process is to add the ID to you Menu . that what you can find within the next section

Custom Shortcode

Santos Shortcode

Beyond the default options Visual Composer we included some extra Shortcodes With different options to let you build your Site Pages easily

Example : Info Box, Icon Box , Icons, Recent Posts , Team , Milestone , Portfolio , contact form , Hero Sections , signature , Slider and More..

Mailchimp subscription Form

One of the most important marketing newsletter tool. Santos includes subscribe form shortcode by simply add you mail chimp form action URL , your success and failure message and you are ready to recive your visitors Email Address to your mailchimp account

How to find mailchimp form action URL?

Just go to your mailchimp account. Then your list. Then Signup forms. Select Embedded forms. You will find form action URL in this page

Santos Options

General Settings

The theme comes packed with alot features that control the layout and extend the functionality of WordPress. You can access it by navigating to WP Menu > Appearance > Theme Options. The Santos Options content a number of tabs each one contains many options that control the layout of chosen section

For example, General options Tab will allow you to configure your site setup. Accent Theme Color, Button Style, Google Analytics. Site Preloader and more ..


Custom Widgets

Santos provide an Extra Widget included in the Theme you can use to display Author information , Recent Posts with feature image and Custom social Network icons

Translating The Theme

Use .mo/.po files and Poedit software

Translation files included into theme within Language Folder we recommend to use .mo/.po files. Those files works in pair so for each language you need to have 2 files with the same name but with different extension. For example if you want to translate theme into German language, you're files should be and de_DE.po

For editing the PO file you need to use Poedit software . All you need to do is copy the existing .PO File , Rename it as your locale edit the new PO. File with the software , after finish translation please save and upload the new .mo/.po files into "languages" folder where theme is installed.

Multilingual website using WPML integration

If your purchased WPML Plugin for Multilangual website , Santos is compatible and ready for WPML Plugin

For more information about WPML please visit WPML Documentation

Support & contact us

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to email via my Themeforest user page.