Dots Theme Documentation

Dots Theme documentation contains contains tutorials that will make you easier to configure the template as you want.

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Template Installation


You can view this template in any web browser from your desktop computer. Because the files are written in HTML, you do not need an internet connection in order to display or edit the template.

All of the HTML files are given a descriptive name to make it easier to distingish what each file will display.

Upload to The Server
  1. It's important to understand that you must either have your own server space or use someone elses. The server space can be purchased at many different places around the internet. You need somewhere to put the files that you purchased so others can find them online.
  2. Select /html folder and then choose the layout you want. After you choose, there will have several files with the extension labeled .html. This is where all your content will. In addition to .html you should see a file labeled .css. .css files are going to be the files that will tell the .html how to to be styled. CSS is simply a way to take text, images, and other elements and change the look of them. It's very important to keep the .css file with the HTML or the HTML will not look how the design is meant to look. Along with the HTML and CSS files, you will also have three additional folders to upload; css, images, and js.
  3. Start your FTP client (I persoanlly use Filezila which is free) and login. Login to your server. You will need your server name (often times this will be your domain name), username, and password that you setup with the hosting company.
  4. Locate the domain folder you wish to upload your template files to on your server. You are going to want to click and drag every file that you have labeled .html, .css, .js into your FTP client.
  5. Once the files are done uploading, you can try access your website via browser.

HTML Structure


This site template has a fixed layout with a variation of column layouts depending on the page. This template uses the 1200 grid system (12 columns) which will help streamline any customization you wish to make. If you're unfamiliar with the 1200 grid system, be sure to read about it here.

The main structure of this site is wrapped in a 'container' div. Inside of that div you will find each major section of the site given an appropritae grid size all equalling 12 columns in length. For example, the '#main' element has a class of 'span8' and the '#side' element has a class of 'span4'. The total columns equals 12 columns.

	 <div class="container">
      <div class="row-fluid">
       <div id="main" class="span8"></div>
       <div id="side" class="span4"></div>
      </div>
     </div>
    

If you would like to edit the color, font, or style of any elements in one of these columns, you would do the following in css/layout.css :

     .nav-menu { text-align:center; }
    

If you find that your new style is not overriding, it is most likely because of a specificity problem. Scroll down in your CSS file and make sure that there isn't a similar style that has more weight.

     #navigation .nav-menu { text-align:center; }
    

So, to ensure that your new styles are applied, make sure that they carry enough "weight" and that there isn't a style lower in the CSS file that is being applied after yours.


Some site elements you must change:


Header Section

In this section you can change the header section content for this site template like the logo and social media icons with change some code below:

     <header id="header">
      <div class="container">
       <div class="row">
   
        <div class="logo span4"><img src="images/logo.png" alt="Logo" /></div> <!-- site logo -->
   
        <ul class="social span8">
         ....
        </ul> <!-- End social -->
   
       </div> <!-- End row -->
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </header> <!-- End header -->
    

Note: You can see the complete social media icons list in /images/socials/ folder.


Top Section

In this section you can change the top section content for this site template like the book image cover and few description text about your book with change some code below:

     <section id="top">
      <div class="container">
       <div class="row">
   
        <div class="span6 top-image">
         <img src="images/book-image.jpg" alt="Image" />
        </div> <!-- End top-image -->
    
        <div class="span6 top-text">
         <div class="header-title">
          <h1>....</h1>
          <p>....</p>
         </div>
         <p>....</p>
         <div class="btn-section">
          <a href="#" class="btn btn-medium">....</a>
         </div>
         <div class="note">.....</div>
        </div> <!-- End top-text -->
 
       </div> <!-- End row -->
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End top -->
    

Intro Text

In this section you can change the intro text about your site or book:

     <section class="intro-text">
      <div class="container">
  
      <h1>....</h1>
  
      <div class="sep-bullet"></div> <!-- separator -->
  
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End intro-text -->
    

Features

In this section you can change the features of your book that will give to your buyer:

     <section class="features">
      <div class="container">
  
       <div class="header-title">
        <div class="header-border">
         <h2>What you will get from this eBook</h2>
        </div>
        <p>....</p>
       </div> <!-- End header -->
   
       <div class="row">
        <div class="span4 item"> <!-- 1 -->
         <i class="icon-print"></i>
         <h5>The feature sub-title here</h5>
         <h4>The feature title here</h4>
         <p>....</p>
        </div>
    
        ....
       </div> <!-- End row -->
   
       ....
  
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End features -->
    

Note: All features icon in this template use fontAwesome font. You can see the details here!


Reviews

In this section you can write the reviews from your clients about your book:

     <section class="reviews">
      <div class="container">
       <div class="row">
   
        <div class="span4 column-icon">
         <img src="images/icon-testimonials.png" alt="Icon" />
        </div> <!-- End column-icon -->
    
        <div class="span8">
         <div class="header-title">
          <h2>Read all of those great reviews!</h2>
          <p>....</p>
         </div> <!-- End header -->
   
         <div class="item"> <!-- 1 -->
          <p>....</p>
          <div class="name">....</div>
         </div>
     
         <div class="sep-border"></div> <!-- separator -->
   
         ....
     
        </div> <!-- End span8 -->
    
       </div> <!-- End row -->
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End reviews -->
    

Previews

In this section you can show the previews or some sneak peaks from your book:

     <section class="previews">
      <div class="container">
  
       <div class="header-title">
        <div class="header-border">
         <h2>Some sneak peaks into the eBook</h2>
        </div>
        <p>....</p>
       </div> <!-- End header -->
   
       <div class="flexslider loading">
        <ul class="slides">
     
         <li class="row-fluid">
          <a href="images/screenshots/full/1.jpg" class="span4 item swipebox" title="...."> <!-- 1 -->
           <h4>Title of chapter 01 here</h4>
           <figure class="figure-hover">
            <img src="images/screenshots/thumb/1.jpg" alt="Image" />
            <div><span class="icon-hover icon-hover-zoom"></span></div>
           </figure>
           <p>....</p>
           <div class="button"><span>....</span></div>
          </a>
      
          ....
          
         </li> <!-- End row-fluid -->
     
         ....
     
        </ul> <!-- End slides -->
       </div> <!-- End flexslider -->
   
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End previews -->
    

Note: You can upload your preview images in /images/screenshots/ folder.


Pricing Table

In this section you can set up your pricing and plans for your book:

     <section class="pricing">
      <div class="container">
  
       <div class="header-title">
        <div class="header-border">
         <h2>See our pricing and plans</h2>
        </div>
        <p>....</p>
       </div> <!-- End header -->
   
       <div class="row tbl-pricing">
        <div class="span3 column"> <!-- 1 -->
         <div class="tbl-header">
          <h4>eBook</h4>
          <div class="price">$9<sup>99</sup></div>
          <p>Standard Edition</p>
         </div>
         <ul>
          <li><i class="icon-check"></i> Complete eBook</li>
          ....
         </ul>
         <div class="tbl-footer">
          <a href="#" class="btn">Buy it Now</a>
          <p>Money Back Guarantee</p>
         </div>
        </div>
    
        ....
    
       </div> <!-- End tbl-pricing -->
   
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End pricing -->
    

About

In this section you can write about your profile details like history, skills, and address:

     <section class="about">
      <div class="container">
  
       <div class="sep-bullet"></div> <!-- separator -->
  
       <div class="row">
        <figure class="span2">
         <img src="images/author/1.jpg" alt="Avatar" class="avatar" />
        </figure> <!-- End span2 -->
    
        <div class="span10">
         <div class="header-title">
          <h2>About the author</h2>
          <p>....</p>
         </div> <!-- End header-title -->
     
         <div class="row">
          <div class="span6">
           <p>....</p>
          </div> <!-- End span6 -->
      
          <div class="span4">
           <ul class="bio">
            <li><span>Name</span><i>Mugiwara Kiwolen</i></li>
            ....
           </ul>
          </div> <!-- End span4 -->
         </div> <!-- End row -->
     
        </div> <!-- End span10 -->
       </div> <!-- End row -->
  
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </section> <!-- End about -->
    

Note: You can upload your avatar image in /images/author/ folder.


Footer

In this section you can change the site copyright text:

     <footer id="footer">
      <div class="container">
       <p class="pull-left">....</p>
       <p class="pull-right">....</p>
      </div> <!-- End container -->
     </footer> <!-- End footer -->
    

FontAwesome Icon Packs

You can also use built in icon packs in this template, all icons use CSS Font feature, so you can edit and give color to the icon easily. For referrences to easier you use all icons you can visit here!


CSS Structure


I'm using one main CSS file (/css/layout.css), in this template which you are free to modify depending on the customization you require. There are also two additional style sheets that I do not recommend changing. Those style sheets reside in the 'css' folder. The six additional style sheets are:

  • layout.css - The main stylesheet you are encouraged to modify.
  • bootstrap.min.css - This is a main stylesheet that required for basic template styling like form, input, div, list element and etc.
  • bootstrap-responsive.min.css - This stylesheet use for responsively the theme for other devices screen size support.
  • flexslider.css - The main stylesheet for main slider area and carousel effect.
  • no-js.css - This stylesheet will be activated if your browser don't support javascript.
  • font-awesome.min.css - CSS stylesheets for font icon.
  • font-awesome-ie7.min.css - CSS stylesheets for font icon (with IE7 support).
  • swipebox.css - The main styling for photo gallery lightbox.

The main CSS file contains all of the specific stylings for the page. The file is separated into sections using:

     /* ========================= Site Styles ========================= */
    
     Main CSS styles are here
    
     /* ========================= Header ========================= */
    
     CSS styles for the header section elements are here
     
     /* ========================= Top ========================= */
    
     CSS styles for the top section elements are here
     
     /* ========================= Main ========================= */
    
     CSS styles for the main section elements like intro text, features, previews, etcs are here
     
     
     ....
     
     
     /* ========================= Footer ========================= */
    
     CSS styles for the footer section are here
     
     /* ========================= CSS Hacks ========================= */
    
     CSS hack styles for cross browser support are here
    
     /* ========================= Media Queries ========================= */
    
     CSS styles for the support off all device screen size are here
    

If you would like to edit a specific section of the site, simply find the appropriate label in the css file, and then scroll down until you find the appropriate style that needs to be edited.


Scripts


This theme uses several scripts many of which are documented within the theme's code. If you're a developer, you will find this particularly useful.


PHP Integration


This template also use the PHP engine for activate the subcribe proses. This subscribe form support with MailChimp integration. To activate this integration you must make some adjusment to several php files.

Required: You has already signed in mailchimp.com and was familiar with the features provided by the MailChimp.

To adjust the MailChimp integration, follow this instruction:

  • 1. Open the mailchimp/config.inc.php file.
  • 2. Change $apikey variable with your MailChimp API Key, you can see in http://admin.mailchimp.com/account/api
  • 3. Also write your MailChimp List ID in $listId variable. To get MailChimp List ID you must login to MC account, go to List, then List Tools, and look for the List ID entry
  • 4. For 2 other variables only an optional if you want to used Campaign and xml-rpc features.

PSD Files


The following Photoshop file are included with the download package place in /psd/ folder and contains of:

  • main.psd

Credits



Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this template. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. Please contact me via email or social media. I'll do my best to assist!