Installation and Setup
Before you even begin to work on getting the ProPhoto software, make sure you have your hosting and domain all set in stone. If you have not done this, take a look at this ProPhoto tutorial on getting started. Once you have all of that figured out, you have to install WordPress.
When you have your hosting and domain, and setup Wordpress, you are ready to Install ProPhoto. Woohoo!
We suggest that you install ProPhoto automatically, with the P6 Installer Plugin. If you're having issues automatically installing P6, follow the instructions on the ProPhoto website.
Installing ProPhoto 6
STEP ONE :: Download .zip file named pp-installer.zip which you should have received after purchasing ProPhoto. If you did not get this file, make sure you check your spam. If you can not locate this file, contact ProPhoto.
STEP TWO :: Upload the .zip file. The file you receive when purchasing ProPhoto is NOT a theme file, so make sure you upload the file to Plugins. When you log in to Wordpress, select Plugins, add new, and Upload plugin.
** If you receive a 'Missing style.css Stylesheet' message, you are most likely in the wrong area within WordPress. If you are in the Themes area, you are uploading the file to the wrong place. Redirect to the Plugins area.
STEP THREE :: Do a website compatibility test to make sure your server is able to install P6. Navigate to the P6 Installer from the WordPress menu. All problems, if there are any will be shown.
STEP FOUR :: Install ProPhoto theme. If everything checks out when you complete the compatibility test, click the 'Install from Token' button. If you are unable to install the theme, contact ProPhoto.
STEP FIVE :: Enter Test-Drive mode or activate ProPhoto. Test-drive is a great tool to use if you have an existing site that you need to keep up for visitors while you customize a ProPhoto 6 design. Activating a design is available for those of you who prefer the public to see your P6 theme when viewing your website. If you choose to test-drive, you can click the button 'go live' to make ProPhoto 6 activate for viewers. More info on test drive mode can be found here.
STEP SIX :: Registering ProPhoto. A registration box will appear that has your information. Once you finish your registration, there will be a pop-up asking you about importing content from an older version of ProPhoto. ProPhoto 4 will import galleries only, and ProPhoto 5 will import galleries, grids, and primary menus. You can select to import desired content, but you can not import a design from a previous version of ProPhoto.
You can find more tutorials on Installation and setup on the ProPhoto website.
Installing Add-On Designs
STEP ONE :: Download Add-On .zip file. Once you purchase a design, save the .zip file to your computer.
STEP TWO :: Unzip the 'package' .zip file. The design .zip file will be uploaded into ProPhoto, NOT the package .zip file.
STEP THREE :: When logged into WordPress, select the 'Manage Designs' tab under the ProPhoto tab in the WordPress menu.
STEP FOUR :: Drag and drop the .zip file into the area labeled 'drop files here to upload'.
STEP FIVE :: Create new design on the design to make a copy of the add-on design. Once you do this, the design will download. Once the design has been copied, you can make this design your customizing design. This is also the area that you will 'go live' when you're ready to make your site visible to the public. See more info about working with designs here.
The design .zip file will contain instructions as well as resource files containing PSD files required to customize the design. Make sure to read through the Instructional guide provided by the designer before you begin customizing the design, as this will provide more insight on making customizations specific to the add-on design.
You can find more tutorials on Installing Add-On Designs here.
There is a new feature called on-boarding that helps you assign templates and menu links. This will appear when you first upload your design. If you would like to return to this at any time, head over to 'ProPhoto > Manage Designs' screen and click the ‘setup’ button.
Setting up your Homepage & Blog
ProPhoto allows you to choose the content on your site’s front page. You can choose between your blog posts or a page. If you wish to have your posts appear on a separate page, you can have a special landing page for the front page of your site. We have included a process to best set up your site. There is a new feature called on-boarding that helps you assign templates and menu links. This will appear when you first upload your design. If you would like to return to the on-boarding area at any time, head over to 'ProPhoto > Manage Designs' screen and click the ‘setup’ button.
1. Select your site’s Front Page & Blog posts page (ProPhoto > Manage Designs > Front Page).
Here, you can change the front page from blog posts to a specific WordPress page. Then, you can select what page you would like to be the static front page and the URL slug for your website’s blog address. If you don’t have any published pages yet, you can make one right on the spot!
2. Link to each page in your menu area.
Visitors navigate through your site through menus items. You will most likely want a menu item for your front page and your posts page, so edit your menu in Prophoto to link to each page. We will be dedicating a blog post on menu items and linking, so be looking out for that. In the meantime, you can check out the ProPhoto website to see their tutorials on menus and linking.