How to Embed Video in WordPress

How to Embed Video WordPress

The power of video cannot be denied. It is the most powerful form of content on the market as it can tell the whole picture. You have to see it to believe it, and uploading video to services like YouTube and Vimeo can help with this process. But what if you have those videos on a popular service already and want to embed video in WordPress?

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How to Add a License Key to your Pro Theme

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For all of our pro themes, we have added license keys to make the process of upgrading and getting support easier for both our customers and our team. THis resource will explain how you can view, retrieve, and use your license key(s) on Slocum Themes.

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What you get with Minimize Pro

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For a simple theme that is clean, responsive, and ready for intense customization, look no further than our Minimize Pro theme. Find out what you get for upgrading from Minimize Free to Minimize Pro below.

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What you get with Epic Pro

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If you were looking for a theme as big as the ideas you have for your website, then the wait is over. Epic is a theme that features a bold title, even bolder colors, and centered content that looks good on any device. Find out all that you get when you upgrade to our pro theme!

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What you get with Journal Pro

Journal Pro Features

Journal is the Slocum Themes take on the expert blogging theme. With many custom color options and other great features, find out what you get with Journal Pro.

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What you get with Socialize Pro

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Socialize is one of the best blogging and magazine WordPress themes on the market. It was professionally designed to maximize exposure to your content with a modern feel. So you are ready to take this to the next level and purchase the pro version. Find out EXACTLY what you are getting with Socialize Pro, before you spend your hard-earned money.

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How to Upgrade our WordPress themes from Free to Pro

You are reading this because you have either purchased a pro theme after using one of our free themes or inquiring about the process to upgrade from free to pro. In either case, thank you for choosing Slocum Themes!

Before Upgrading

Here are a couple of common questions we get from customers before upgrading:

I modified the code on the free version, what do I do?

There are a couple of different ways that you could have modified the code on the free theme. You could have made changes to the CSS on a stylesheet or edited one of the PHP files to differ from the original theme. If you modified any of the styling or PHP, make sure that the modifications are on a child theme and not on the parent theme.

If you need help making and implementing a child theme, consider our full-service theme install.

What will happen to my existing content?

WordPress handles the actual content of your website via your MySQL database. Luckily, our theme installs do not impact the database, they merely impact the modifications that may have been made to CSS or PHP, outlined above. Do not worry about losing your images, data, posts, or page content when upgrading our themes.

Retrieving the Pro Theme

Installing our themes is done in the same fashion as the typical install of any other theme. Once you have purchased your theme, we will email you a purchase receipt with the theme download code inside. Here is an image of what this will look like in your inbox:

Receipt in Gmail inbox

Open your email, you will get a message with a link to download the file.

Content of our receipt e-mail

Can’t find the email? Check your “Spam” folder to see if the email found its way there. Additionally, you can log in on slocumthemes.com using your created email and password (if you did this on purchase of the theme) to view and re-download your theme and invoice.

Payment Receipt and Download Code

Installing the theme

Once you have downloaded the zip file, you want to navigate to the WordPress dashboard of your website and go to Appearance > Themes and “Add New” at the top of the Themes section. Once there, you will want to select “Upload” and select the .zip file you previously downloaded.

When you add the ZIP file to the upload section.

If you want this theme to be the active theme on the site, click the activate link once the theme has installed. Otherwise, you will want to navigate to the Appearance > Themes section and activate the theme there later.

WordPress will not allow me to install the theme!

Are you having trouble installing your themes beyond the method above or getting an error? It is very possible that your WordPress install may be restricted to prevent the installation of new themes from the WordPress back-end. If you are getting errors, you may need to install the theme via FTP.

If this is the case you want to unzip the .zip file and upload the unzipped folder to the themes folder within the wp-content folder.

FTP Install

Is this still not working? Contact your server host or IT department to find out what needs to be done.

To Upgrade your Theme

When the theme has been installed, you will need to activate the theme to complete the upgrade. You can do this by selecting activate if installing from the back-end of WordPress or by navigating to Appearance > Themes and activating the Pro theme.

How to Activate a WordPress Theme

3. If you were previously using a child theme on the free version of the theme, there is one more step to take…

Changes to your child theme CSS Stylesheet

When you upgrade from free to pro, you should not have to modify any PHP. For the CSS, however, you will have to point the Template for the CSS Style sheet to the new theme name. In the case of “Modern Business”, the new theme file name is modern-business-pro, so you will want to adjust this on your existing child theme (see image below).

CSS stylesheet on a child theme

Make sure that once the proper change has been made to your child theme’s stylesheet (detailed above) that you activate the Child Theme as the theme of choice under the Themes section, not the actual parent theme.

Congratulations!

Once the new theme is installed, activated, and the CSS stylesheet has been modified (if necessary), you are done! When you have a spare moment, make sure to check out the improved options in the Appearance > Theme Options section! You can check out all of your new features like:

  • One-Click Child Themes
  • Custom Page Layouts for categories and custom post types
  • Our Help/Support tab, should you have any issues with the theme or questions on functionality
  • Scripts and Styles for the theme
  • More color options
  • Show/hiding the copyright section, author information, and more!

A Special Note about Menu Navigation: In some special cases, given the way WordPress functions, there may be some issues with your navigation bars upon upgrading. Fortunately, this is a very easy fix. Go to Appearance > Menu and click on the “Manage Locations” tab at the top. All of your previous menu sections will still be here. Select the one you want to put in the top navigation or primary navigation and save your changes. All set!

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What you get with Modern Estate Pro

Modern Estate Pro Features

Selling houses online is tough. With MLS, Zillow, and other realtors in your area constantly vying for control of the same properties, your website needs a facelift to make sure that people find you first AND stick with you or your agency.

Is selling even one more property with a better web presence worth 59 of your hard-earned dollars? After reading about what you get with Modern Estate Pro, we hope you will agree.

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What you get with Modern Business Pro

Modern Business Pro Features

Expenses stink. As a business owner or digital agency, you know this better than a lot of people. So when you get out your wallet, you want to make sure that what you are getting with your money is worth the price.

All of these principles hold true when shopping for WordPress themes. Allow this resource to convince you why Modern Business Pro is the best WordPress business theme on the market and why it is well worth your money.

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Google Authorship is the Devil – SEO Lunch

Google Authorship Changes

In celebration of the 66th episode of our SEO Lunch series, the team at Slocum Themes decided it was time to make a blog post about the negative changes to Google Authorship, what to do to optimize your content creation in it’s wake, and simply what Google Authorship is!

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