Dots Theme Documentation

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

Thank you very much for purchasing from Dots Theme.

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Table of Contents

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.

The exception is the contact process which functions based on the PHP coding language and requires a server to send messages.

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, 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, .php, .js into your FTP client.
  5. Once the files are done uploading, you can try access your website via browser.
Change The Template Color

It's easy to change color of this template (default color is orange), you just need to change the a line code below:

  1. Open the .html file (example index.html).
  2. Find this line of code in <head> section:
          <!-- Custom Colors -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/green/color.css"> -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/orange/color.css"> -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/pink/color.css"> -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/purple/color.css"> -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/yellow/color.css"> -->
  3. Choose your favorite color with remove one of the comment tag like this:
          <!-- Custom Colors -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/green/color.css"> -->
          <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/orange/color.css">
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/pink/color.css"> -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/purple/color.css"> -->
          <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/yellow/color.css"> -->
  4. Save and see the result!

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 'col-sm-8' and the '#side' element has a class of 'col-sm-4'. The total columns equals 12 columns.

    <div class="container">
        <div class="row-fluid">
            <div id="main" class="col-sm-8"></div>
            <div id="side" class="col-sm-4"></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/style.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.

    #header .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.

HTML Elements:

You can see all the HTML element examples for this template and you can see the source code to learn how to make it from this link:

  • Typography: here....
    1. Heading (h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6) elements
    2. Blockquote
    3. List Styles
    4. Dropcaps
    5. Paragraph Post Image + PrettyPhoto
    6. Highlight Post
  • Page columns: here....

    You will see how to use column feature to make your article more readable.

  • Shortcode elements: here....
    1. Tabs
    2. Accordion Tabs
    3. Buttons
    4. Notifications or Alerts
    5. Table elements
    6. Photo Gallery
    7. Rate or review element
    8. Video Embed
  • 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/style.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:

  • style.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 all sliders in this template.
  • camera.css - The main stylesheet for the main slider in homepage section.
  • no-js.css - This stylesheet will be activated if your browser don't support javascript.
  • swipebox.css - This stylesheet use for styling the gallery popup.
  • animations.css - This stylesheet use for styling the animations effect.

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 Section ========================= */
     CSS styles for the header section are here
     /* ========================= Navigation Section ========================= */
     CSS styles for the navigation section are here
     /* ========================= Slider Section ========================= */
     CSS styles for all main slider are here
     /* ========================= Bottom Section ========================= */
     CSS styles for the bottom section
     /* ========================= Footer Section ========================= */
     CSS styles for the footer section
     /* ========================= CSS Hacks ========================= */
     CSS hack styles for cross browser support
     /* ========================= 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.


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.

And for Flickr image gallery, you can find code below and change with your Flickr ID (in js/main.js file):

    id: '36587311@N08' // Your flickr id

PHP Integration

This template also use the PHP engine for activate contact proses. The message direct send to your email address, so you can edit your email address in process-contact.php file.

    $my_email = ''; // Change with your email address

Twitter Integration:

To change the twitter username with your own, you can change $twitteruser variable value with your twitter id (in includes/get-tweets.php file):

    $twitteruser		= "envato"; // Change with your twitter username

PSD Files

The following Photoshop files are included with the download package, place in /psd/ folder.


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!