DocumentationThe Galison Docs

Welcome to The Galison theme documentation!

If you have any questions and you can't find answer here, don't hesitate to contact us via contact form or ThemeForest. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or ThemeForest to keep track of theme updates and future themes. Also, feel free to suggest new features and we'll consider it for the next updates.

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Theme Installation

First thing's first - extract the zipped package downloaded from ThemeForest to your hard drive, and locate file. This is installable WordPress theme that you will use.

You can install theme in two different ways:

1.1 Install via WordPress

  1. Go to Appearance → Themes.
  2. Click Add New and then Upload Theme.
  3. Choose extracted file from your hard drive.
  4. Click Install Now.
  5. Finally, click Activate the theme.

1.2 Install via FTP

  1. Connect to your hosting account via FTP.
  2. Unzip
  3. Upload extracted the-galison folder to wp-content → themes.
  4. Login to your dashboard and go to Appearance → Themes to activate it.

1.3 Theme License

Upon theme activation you'll be redirected to Theme License page. This is optional, but recommended step. By activating theme you'll be able to receive automatic updates.

In order to get license key, you need to:

  1. Register on our webiste.
  2. Contact us with theme name and your purchase code.

You'll receive email from us within 24h with license key in it.

2. Plugins & Demo Install

Plugins are not required to use base theme functionality. However, in order to make everything working like on demos, you'll need to install them.

All plugins are free, open source and hosted on except The Galison Shortcodes which is bundled with theme.

Note: Some widgets will not be imported like Twitter, Instagram and Mailchimp (newsletter widget) because of API keys. You'll need to create those on your own, as per instructions in each widget.

TB Core

This plugin has no options, so you just need to turn it on in order to use our shortcodes for typography (dropcaps, highlights) and post views. If you want to be able to record post views, you need to activate this plugin. You'll also be able to sort articles by views in widgets and modules.

TB Comments Voting

This plugin enables your visitors to vote on comments (like or dislike comments). To configure it, do this:

  1. Go to Comments / TB Comments Voting
  2. Check Status (enable it)
  3. Under position select Custom Position
  4. Save

Regenerate Thumbnails Plugin

This plugin allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. If you're starting from scratch (you don't have any content, posts, pages) you don't need this plugin. If you already have some content, you need to install, activate & run this plugin to regenerate images to match theme layout. This way theme will use proper image sizes, and it will also improve website's performance.

Social Count Plus

Plugin displays number of followers on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitch, Twitter and several other social media websites. To configure this plugin, follow instructions from here.

Once configured, you'll be able to use built in The Galison - Social Count widget based on this plugin or Social Count Plus widget that came with plugin.

Post Ratings Plugin

If you choose to use this plugin, you'll be able to display posts based on ratings (in widgets and page builder modules).

  • Go to Settings / Post Ratings
  • Under Link location check I have my own action hook and save. No need to enter anything in the field that will appear below.

Now you'll be able to choose whether you want ratings to appear in the "byline" part of posts and modules.

3. Image Sizes

Each theme has predefined image sizes according to it's design and layout. Recommended image size is: 1280x774px and it will be enough for all layouts and modules except for Quick Jump Hot News where 1920x260px images are required. There will be no problems if you upload bigger image to your posts, like 2000x2000px - WordPress will automatically cut it to appropriate sizes, and theme will use specific size for each layout / module. Bare in mind that images will be cut / cropped by WordPress, so always try to use recommended image sizes.

4. Page Setup

To create front page or contact page, you'll have to first install Unyson plugin. The best would be to install & activate all recommended plugins in the video above "Plugins & Demo Install". Once Unyson is installed, make sure Page Builder extension is installed.

4.1 Front Page Setup

4.2 Contact Page Setup

4.3 Single Page Setup

There are total 5 different single post styles. General settings for single pages are available from Theme Options / Single and you can also override all settings as you like on single page itself (post style, breadcrumbs, extras, comments, layout and much more...).

4.4 Single Page Review

Theme comes with ability to add pros and cons at the end of each post / article. To create pros and cons, just scroll down to Post Settings and you'll see this:

In Grade field you enter your grade from 1 to 100. If you decide to display your posts with pros and cons in Enhanced Posts Widget grades will appear in red, yellow or green background depending on grade itself.

  1. Red: 0-50 grade
  2. Yellow: 50-85 grade
  3. Green: 86-100 grade

You can change this in Theme Options / Single / Review settings.

5. Theme Options

The Galison comes with dozens of options separated into logical sections. Bellow is a list, brief description of each particular section. Almost every option is described in the theme options admin panel itself.

Theme Options

  • General This section contains options for branding (logo, images), smooth scrolling...
  • Header This section is divided in 5 subsections:
    1. Top Bar Options for managing top menu. Top bar can be enabled, disabled, divided in 2 parts (50%-50%, 66%-33%, 75%-25%, 80%-20%, or 33%-66%, 75%-25%, 20%-80%) and you can choose what you will display in each part (menu, forecast, social, search, date or custom text). All colors are fully customizable.

      Here's a quick overview on how top bar works in theme, how to add/remove date, search, text, menu and set different order, or turn off top bar completely. Bottom bar and main area also work the same way.

    2. Main Area Options for managing main area of header. Main area can be divided in 2 parts (50%-50%, 66%-33%, 75%-25%, 80%-20%, or 33%-66%, 75%-25%, 20%-80%) and you can choose what you will display in each part (menu, forecast, social, search, date or custom text). All colors are fully customizable, so as height of main area.
    3. Bottom Bar Options for managing primary menu. Bottom bar can be enabled, disabled, divided in 2 parts (50%-50%, 66%-33%, 75%-25%, 80%-20%, or 33%-66%, 75%-25%, 20%-80%) and you can choose what you will display in each part (menu, forecast, social, search, date or custom text). All colors are fully customizable.
    4. Sticky Header Options for the menu that will (optionally) stay on top as user scrolls down the page.
    5. Forecast Options for weather forecast (uses DarkSky API). Forecast can be displayed in 3 locations: top bar, main area or bottom bar. To make it appear in the top bar, go to Header → Top Bar. Under Top bar columns widths select 2/3 + 1/3. Under Top bar left column select for example menu, and under Top bar right column select forecast. That's it.
  • Post Settings Global options for post layouts. There are 15 styles total (5 styles, each in 3 variations). You can configure each style / layout separately (title length, meta data, excerpt length), and then select different post layout for the blog page, and different for the category page, but you have to do that in Theme Options → Blog and Theme Options → Categories under "Post Layout".
    • Gallery Settings options for look & feel of WordPress galleries.
  • Blog Options that will apply to blog page.
  • Single Options that will apply to single page.
  • Pages Options that will apply to pages.
  • Categories Options that will apply to category page.
  • Tags Options that will apply to tag page.
  • Author Options that will apply to author page.
  • Search Options that will apply to search results page.
  • 404 Options that will apply to 404 page.
  • Sidebars Options that will apply to sidebars such as sticky sidebars, and custom sidebar generator.
  • Footer Options that will apply to the footer sidebar such as footer widget layout, footer text...
    • Sticky Footer Displays call to action message and sticks to the footer with clickable link (arrows up). Link opens custom content or posts.
  • Quick Jump This is a list of icons in top right corner that links to social profiles, hot news, category list and search.
  • Social Options / URL's for your social profiles. These profiles can be displayed in the top bar, main area and bottom bar.
  • Advertising Options for predefined ad positions in theme: header, above the footer, above and below single post. Ads can also be placed between the posts. AdSense can also be used.
  • Translation Quick translate panel where you can change or translate all text displayed on front end of your website.
  • Import / Export Theme options backup, import and export tool.

8. Child Theme

All modifications should be done via child theme. Child theme is bundled within theme package (if you purchased on ThemeForest), otherwise take a look at this link on how to create child theme.

Note: Parent theme stylesheet (style.css) will be loaded automatically, so there's no need to load it from child theme.

8. Credits