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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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.

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, then choose layout which you want, and 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.
Change The Template Color

It's easy to change color of this template, 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/lightblue/color.css"> -->
           <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/orange/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/lightblue/color.css"> -->
           <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/colors/orange/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 '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>

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.

     #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.

Some site elements you must change:


You can change the main site logo with change this code:

    <div class="logo">
    	<a href="index.html">
        	<img src="images/logo.png" alt="Logo" /> <!-- site logo -->

Social Media

You can change the social media icons list with change this code:

    <div class="social">
    	<a href="#" title="Facebook"><i class="icon-facebook"></i></a>

Note: All social media icons in this template use fontAwesome font, so you can see the details here!

Main Navigation

You can change the main site navigation with change this code:

    <nav class="nav menu-nav">
        <div class="container">
                <li><a href="index.html" class="smooth-scroll">Home</a></li>
        </div> <!-- End container -->
    </nav> <!-- End menu-nav -->


In this section you can change the main slider for this site template. Below for the slider images section:

    <div class="span8 slider-images">
    	<div class="nivoSlider">
            <img src="images/sliders/1.jpg" alt="Image">
        </div> <!-- End nivoslider -->
    </div> <!-- End slider-images -->

And this for the slider content section:

    <div class="span4 content">
        <h3>Cleaness Landing</h3>
    </div> <!-- End content -->

Note: If you want to change the slider images you can upload the images to /images/sliders/ folder. Your image must be size of 320x480 pixels to obtain a proportional size.


In this section you can change the features list of your product or service:

    <div class="header" id="features">
        <h3>Our Best Features</h3>
        <div class="header-border"></div>
    <div class="row-fluid">
        <div class="span4"> <!-- 1 -->
            <div class="widget">
                <div class="dotstheme_feature">
                    <i class="icon-gears"></i>
    </div> <!-- End row-fluid -->

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


In this section you can change the instructions step to setup your product or service:

    <div class="header" id="steps">
        <h3>Easier To Setup & Setting</h3>
        <div class="header-border"></div>
    <div class="row-fluid">
        <div class="span4"> <!-- 1 -->
            <div class="widget">
                <div class="dotstheme_step">
                    <div class="step-number">
                        <div class="number">1</div>
                    <div class="content">
                        <h4>Register & Buy Now</h4>
                        <img src="images/steps/1.png" alt="Image">
    </div> <!-- End row-fluid -->

Main Tabs (Our Templates, Pricing Tables, Testimonials)

In this section you can change your portfolio images, pricing tables for your product or service and testimonials from your customers:

    <section id="main-tabs">
        <ul class="tabs">
            <li class="active"><a href="#our-portfolios" data-toggle="tab">Our Portfolios</a></li>
            <li><a href="#pricing-tables" data-toggle="tab">Pricing Tables</a></li>
            <li class="last-element"><a href="#testimonials" data-toggle="tab">Testimonials</a></li>
        </ul> <!-- End tabs -->
        <div class="tab-content">
            <div class="tab-pane fade active in" id="our-portfolios">
            </div> <!-- End our-portfolios -->
            <div class="tab-pane fade" id="pricing-tables">
            </div> <!-- End pricing-tables -->
            <div class="tab-pane fade" id="testimonials">
            </div> <!-- End testimonials -->
        </div> <!-- End tab-content -->
    </section> <!-- End main-tabs -->


In this section you can change the copyright with your own, and you can choose the social media which you like:

    <section class="footer-social">
    	<div class="container">
            	<li><a href="#"><i class="icon-facebook"></i></a></li>
		</div> <!-- End container -->
	</section> <!-- End footer-social -->
    <footer class="footer-copyright">
    	<div class="container">
        	<p>....</p> <!-- copyright text -->
		</div> <!-- End container -->
	</footer> <!-- End footer-copyright -->

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.
  • font-awesome.min.css - CSS stylesheets for font icon.
  • font-awesome-ie7.min.css - CSS stylesheets for font icon (with IE7 support).
  • nivo-slider.css - This stylesheet used for styling the main slider in layout 2.
  • prettyPhoto.css - This stylesheet used for styling the gallery popup.
  • no-js.css - This stylesheet will be activated if your browser don't support javascript.

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 are here
     /* ========================= Slider ========================= */
     CSS styles for the main slider
     /* ========================= Footer ========================= */
     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.

PHP Integration

For register form support with MailChimp integration. To activate this integration you must make some adjusment to several php files.

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

To adjust the MailChimp integration, follow this instruction:

  1. Open the mailchimp/ file.
  2. Change $apikey variable with your MailChimp API Key, you can see in
  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.

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 = ''; // Your email address

PSD Files

The following Photoshop file are included with the download package place in /psd/ folder with the name of main.psd.


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!