Before you Start:

  • Your have your own hosting platform running up to date stable versions of Apache/nginx, PHP, MySQL. If you need hosting we recommend Siteground.
  • You have installed the latest version of self hosted WordPress.
  • You have logged in to WordPress and are looking at the WordPress dashboard.

1. Install the Theme

When you are ready to install a theme, you must first upload the theme to your WordPress directory. There are two ways you can install the theme:

Using WordPress: Navigate to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes. Go to upload and select the zipped theme folder ( and hit install now and theme will be uploaded and installed. Once you have uploaded the theme, you need to activate it. To activate your new theme, go to Appearance > Themes and activate your chosen theme.

Using FTP: By using any FTP program of your choice you can upload the non-zipped folder to the /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server.

2. Install the Required Plugins

Once you've activated Accentuate, you'll be prompted to install a set of plugins which are required to get the most out of Accentuate. The message will look like this:

Click the "Begin Installing plugins" option.

Tick the checkbox just under Bulk actions and from the Bulk options dropdown select "Install" and click "Apply".

Give it a few minutes to install all of them.

Click the 'Return to Required Plugins Installer' link at the bottom when it's complete.

For simplicity, tick the checkbox just under Bulk actions and from the Bulk options dropdown select "Activate" and click "Apply". This will activate all plugins that you'll need for the theme.

You'll know you've done everything correctly when you see this confirmation.

3. Add the Demo Content

We highly recommend you add the demo content so you can get setup quickly. Just go to Appearance > Import Demo Data

It can take up to 2 minutes to import the demo pages so don't touch it!

Once correctly imported you'll get an "All done - Have fun!" message.

This adds the demo content as well as the widgets.

Have issues with the import?
  1. Try increasing the memory required by WordPress and then run the import again. Instructions
  2. On some hosts (we're looking at you GoDaddy) the timeout limits are set very low which doesn't allow it to complete. Solution

4. Set the Menu

Installing the demo data automatically assigned the menu for you so this is just a review step.

Go to Appearance > Menus ensure that the menu is set to be the Main Menu.

5. Enable the Breadcrumbs

Go to SEO > Search Appearance Tab.
Enable the Breadcrumbs and remove the arrow within the Separator field so that it is empty and save.

6. Reading Settings

Go to Settings > Reading and set the Front Page to be 'Home'

Set the Posts page to be News.

Set the 'Blog pages show at most' to be 8.

7. Turn on the Call to Action and Share Features

To do this, let's dip into the Customizer. Go to Appearance > Customize - 'Layout' 


Within this 'Layout' section go to 'Below Content Call to Action' and set the first option to 'Show'


Within this 'Layout' section go to 'Share Settings' and set the first option to 'Show'

8. All done!

Next, let's get started with using the theme. We'll show you how the Customizer works and how to add your own logo. Next steps