WeChange WordPress Theme

Theme Install & Update

Before installing this theme you need to have a WordPress platform already installed on your server. You can download it from WordPress.org if you don’t have it already.

If you do not know how or you have problems with the installation, you can access helpful information at:

Once you have a working WordPress on your server, you have two available ways to install this theme: FTP Upload or WordPress Upload.

You have two available ways to install this theme: FTP Upload or WordPress Upload.

FTP Upload

The .zip file you downloaded from Theme Forest contains a folder named wechange.

Upload this folder on your server in your WordPress directory to /wp-content/themes/

WordPress Upload

The second way to install the theme is by logging in from your website /wp-admin to the WordPress Dashboard. From there, you should go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes > Upload and select the file wechange.zip from your computer. After clicking the Install Now button, the installation process is finished.

The .zip file you downloaded from Theme Forest contains a folder named wechange.

Upload this folder on your server in your WordPress directory to /wp-content/themes/

Log in from your website /wp-admin to the WordPress Dashboard. From there, you should go to Appearance > Themes > Install Themes > Upload and select the file wechange.zip from your computer. After clicking the Install Now button, the installation process is finished.

After you have completed the install process, in either of the two ways, you need to activate it.

Log in to the WordPress Dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes and select WeChange. Click the Activate button and you can start using the theme.

In the WeChange download package you can find the Wechange.XML file that you can use for a quick theme set up.
Images and videos are not included in the XML file.

To import the XML file, in the WordPress dashboard go to Tools > Import and select to install from the list WordPress Importer. After the installation is complete, select and upload the XML file. You can find it in the XML folder at root level in the WeChange download package. The process can take up to a few minutes.

First step is to go to Settings > Reading and from the A static page radio button, use the Front page select box to choose the Home page, with the One-Page template. This will set up your structure as a one page website.

If you want to change the structure from one page to a multi page website,  go to Settings > Reading and from the A static page radio button, use the Front page select box to choose a page with a different template as your home page. Our recommended solution for a multi-page website is to choose a page with the Hero Page template as your Front page.

The theme update can be done via FTP or via WordPress. Theme update can be done automatically or manually, depending on the method you prefer. Both methods are presented below as follows:

 

Manual Update

Manual Update can be done via FTP or via WordPress. No matter what method you choose, you first need to download the new theme files from Theme Forest. To download the new files, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Login to your Theme Forest account, go to Downloads and search for WeChange – One Page Petition WordPress Theme in your downloads list.
  2. Click on the download button and choose the files you wish to download. You can either download the Installable WordPress Theme (this consists only of the theme files needed for update) or the Main Files package.
  3. Now, based on your choice of install options, follow the method you prefer most:

Manual Theme Update via FTP

  1. Login to your FTP account and go to Wp-content > Themes. Delete the old folder called wechange.
  2. Unzip the new update previously downloaded. If you downloaded the Installable WordPress Theme, you will need only to unzip this file. If you downloaded the Main Files, you first need to unzip the Main Files, then you need to unzip wechange.zip
  3. Upload the wechange unzipped folder to your Wp-content > Themes folder.

Manual Theme Update via WordPress

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard and head over to Appearance > Themes and deactivate WeChange
  2. Delete the old WeChange theme.
  3. Upload the new theme file. You can either upload the Installable WordPress Theme or unzip the Main Files package and upload the wechange.zip file.
  4. After uploading, activate WeChange and you are done!

Auto Update

You can automatically update all your Envato WP products using the Envato Market. It is a WordPress toolkit for Envato Marketplace hosted items. Currently supports the following theme functionality: install, upgrade, & backups during upgrade.

Theme Customization

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Petition Type and select the Standard Petition option. The Standard Petition will allow you to gather an unlimited number of signatures, without displaying a target number.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Form and use the Get Petitioner Message / Country / State/Province / Zip/Postal Code / City boxes to add to your form, a field for Country / State or Province / Zip or Postal Code / City.

The Terms & Conditions Acceptance  box will add to your form a Terms and Conditions box.

The Newsletter Box  box will add to your form a Newsletter check box.

In the Message Title field you can type in the title for the Message field in your form.

With the help of the fields below, you can change the name of the form fields.

 

In the Button Label field you can type in the title for your form button.

The MessageCountry / State/Province / Zip/Postal Code / City Label can be used to change the text for the Country / State or Province / Zip or Postal Code / City fields of the form.

The Terms & Conditions Label  field can be used to change the text for the Terms and Conditions check box of the form.

The Newsletter Label  field can be used to change the text for the Newsletter check box of the form.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Header > Site Logo > Logo and upload your logo. It will appear at the top-left corner, before the Site Title.

You can use the Logo Retina (@2x) field below to upload your retina logo. Your retina logo should be double size than your normal logo. This will ensure that your logo will look crystal sharp on retina devices.

The large image is part of the Hero Page template. You need to edit the page and scroll down at the Individual Page Settings. In the Hero Image field you can upload the main image and in the Hero Tilt Image you can upload an image that will replace the main image when you scroll down.

Also, you can use the Hero Slider select box to choose a slider that will replace your Hero Image. To be able to use a slider, you will have to create one first, in the Slider Revolution tab.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Petition Type and select the Needed Petitioners option. The Needed Petitioners type lets you choose how many petitioners you need to send out the petition.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Petition Needed Counter. Use this field to enter the text that will appear in the Petitioners Needed Counter banner, above the progress bar.

NOTE: You can use special strings such as: {{NEEDED}} – Petitioners Needed, {{TOTAL}} – Total Petitioners.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Petition Comments and select the option you want: WordPress, Facebook or Disqus Forum. You can also disable the comments. If you choose to use Facebook / Disqus Forum comments, you have to enter your Facebook / Disqus Forum username also.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Email Settings and use the Postmaster Name and Postmaster Email fields to add the name and email that will be used for the emails sent. Your email header will look like this: “From: Postmaster Name <Postmaster Email>”.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Validation Email and use the Subject and Body fields to add the content of your validation email.

NOTE: In the body you can use special strings such as: {{NAME}} – Petitioner Name, {{COUNTER}} – Petitioners Counter, {{PETITION}} – Petition Name.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Confirmation Email and use the Subject and Body fields to add the content of your validation email.

NOTE: In the body you can use special strings such as: {{NAME}} – Petitioner Name, {{COUNTER}} – Petitioners Counter, {{PETITION}} – Petition Name.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Supporters > Whitelist and use this box to type in the usernames. Please use a comma to separate the usernames in the list (ex: username, username2, username3). Please note that if you use a whitelist, ONLY these supporters will be displayed. If you leave this box empty, the supporters displayed will be chosen randomly.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Supporters > Blacklist and use this box to type in the usernames. Please use a comma to separate the usernames in the list (ex: username, username2, username3). Please note that if you use a blacklist, ALL supporters can be displayed EXCEPT the ones in the blacklist. If you leave this box empty, the supporters displayed will be chosen randomly from all supporters.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Validation Messages > Success Message and type in the message that will be displayed to visitors who register as petitioners.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Typography and use the select boxes to choose your Main, Pair and Letter font.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Typography > Font Subset and select the desired one here. Make sure the fonts you use on the website support these special characters.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Colors and select your 3 website colors: for the text, background and primary elements.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page > A static page > Front Page and choose the Home page, with the One-Page template. This will set up your structure as a one page website.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page > A static page > Front Page and choose a page with a different template than One-Page as your home page. Our recommended solution for a multi-page website is to choose a page with the Hero Page template as your Front page.

You should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Require Email Validation and uncheck this box. Every form submission will be now considered a valid signature.

Yes, you should go at Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Offline Petitioners. If you already have a number of petitioners collected prior to the start of this petition, you can change the starting number of the counter to reflect it.

The list of petition recipients is part of the Petition page template. You need to edit the page and scroll down for the Individual Page Settings. In the Petition Recipients content space you can add your own names.

You need to edit the page with the Letter page template and scroll down at the Individual Page Settings. Use the Background select box to choose one of the pre-defined backgrounds for the petition letter. You can also choose not to have one.

You need to go at Settings > Discussion > Default Avatar to choose what type of avatars you wish to display for supporters. You can also choose not to display avatars. For an image to be displayed, you need to use Gravatars and an image to be assigned to the supporter’s Gravatar account.

You need to edit the page with the Supporters page template and scroll down at the Individual Page Settings. The Cover Image field allows you to upload a background image.

You can also use a video. The External Video Link allows you to add an YouTube video. The Video Background MP4 / WEBM / OGG File allow you to upload your own internal video. Please note, you will have to upload the video in all 3 formats. Please note, if you have an external video added, it will override the internal video.

Step 1: Go to Appearance > Customize > Petition Settings > Sharing.

Step 2: Use the Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / Linkedin / Email Sharing Link fields to add your custom text for the sharing buttons.

Step 3: Use the Twitter / Linkedin / Email Sharing Message fields to add a custom message for the Twitter / Linkedin / Email sharing action.

Frequently Asked Questions

You need a page with the Updates page template to display your posts as updates in a timeline element.

Go to Posts > Add New to create updates that will be displayed in a chronological order.

If you want to add only a comments section, without the supporters section, you should use the custom Comments page template. This will display your desired content and only the comments section.

You need a page with the Sign It! page template to display your posts as updates in a timeline element.

NOTE: For your petition website to be functional, you need a page with this template, as this is how you will display the registration form for your visitors.

The visitors who sign your petition will appear in your WP database as users, with the role Petitioner.

The visitors who sign your petition will appear in your WP database as users, with the role Petitioner.

You can go at Users > All Users > Petitioner and click on a user to see all his info.

Yes, the visitors who did not confirmed their email address will appear in the Pending Petitioners page at Settings > Pending Petitioners. You will be able to see the info they entered in the form’s fields and you can choose to either Approve the petitioner or Delete him. If you approve a pending petitioner, he will be considered as a petitioner who confirmed his email address and will appear in the Users section with the role Petitioner. If you delete a pending petitioner, he will disappear from the list and he will have to register again.

Yes, but you have to use a WordPress Multisite. Switching from a standard WordPress single site to a Multisite will allow you to create a network of websites. You can create a site for each petition, using only one theme.

To learn more about how you can enable a WordPress Multisite, we can recommend you this great article: Enabling WordPress Multisite

Because the theme stores all signatures as WordPress users with the role Petitioner, you will need a plugin that exports WP users.

Export Users to CSV is our recommended solution. It is a high rated, free plugin available on WordPress.org and it will allow you to export your petitioners in a CSV file.