Darx responsive portfolio wordpress theme

Responsive Dark Portfolio WordPress Theme: Darx

August 3, 2012 by PremiumCoding - 3 Comments

Darx is a responsive portfolio WordPress Theme, suited for creative folk that wish to present their products or services in a creative way. It is suited for both personal and corporate websites.

The Theme comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend of your WordPress Theme. You can choose any color you want to be the Theme’s leading color (you can see 9 examples in our preview). Please note that you can choose any color that you wish and not only one of those nine.

The theme allows you to change all the main colors of the Theme (background color for titles, color of title fonts, color of hover elements, color of shadow used on text) along with the background. This means that you can change all the colors and looks of the theme with just a few clicks.

Full width or 960px grid portfolio will showcase your products or photographies in an impressive manner.

Two premade home pages will allow you to present your site in a way suited for your company. Choose between a great full width portfolio and 960px grid portfolio if you prefer a non full width home page.

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Darx responsive portfolio wordpress theme

Darx Business WordPress Theme Features

  • Full width and 960px wide Portfolio
  • 4 custom Widgets
  • Google Web Fonts
  • Video, Gallery and Link Posts Templates (3.3 WordPress Feature)  browser!
  • CSS3 Features and Animations
  • Detailed written help file
  • +70 shorcodes with easy shortcode generator.
  • Use your custom logo and favicon icon.
  • 2 home page layouts (fullwidth and 960px portfolio).
  • 2 portfolio page layouts  (fullwidth and 960px portfolio).
  • 4 Home Page Templates
  • 4 Post Templates (Standard, video, link, gallery)
  • Filterable portfolio items.

HOW TO REGISTER ON OUR SUPPORT FORUMS

Support is handled via our Envato support forum. It is designed in a way so only Envato users that have bought some of our plugins or Themes can register. You have to use the purchase code in the process. This has been causing some problems so please check the screenshots below to see where to get the purchase code.

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After you click on the License Certificate you will then be able to see the code in the file which will look like in the screenshot below:

QUICK GUIDE

First you need to install WordPress on your server.

INSTALL WORDPRESS ON YOUR SERVER

You will need to do a WordPress installation on your server. There are several ways of doing this. Probably the easiest way is the following:

  • Download the WordPress installation files here http://wordpress.org/download/
  • Extract the files to a directory on your server using a ftp program. Example: http://yourserver/wordpress
  • Next, just type the path to this folder into your browser url bar. Example: http://yourserver/wordpress
  • Follow the on screen instructions until you have fully installed WordPress on your server (you will need your server sql login data)
  • You can find more information and guides on WordPress installation here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

INSTALL DARX WORDPRESS THEME

There are two ways of installing the Theme for your WordPress installation.

INSTALLATION VIA FTP

Extract the themeforest package you recieved to any folder on your harddrive. The archive contains several folders. You will need to copy the “darx” folder which contains the theme data to your wordpress installations theme folder on your server. Example of a destination folder: http://yourserver/wordpress/wp-content/themes/. The resulting file structure will look like this: http://yourserver/wordpress/wp-content/themes/darx/. Next go to your WordPress installation admin panel to appearence/themes. You will see the Darx theme listed along with other themes. Press Activate and the theme will be active in a moment.

INSTALLATION DIRECTLY FROM YOUR WORDPRESS INSTALLATION

Go to Appearance/Themes and click on the tab Install Themes. Now click on the upload button and choose the zip called Darx.zip. After the Theme uploads to the server simply click on Activate and your brand new theme will be ready to use.

IMPORTING DEMO CONTENT

We have prepared a XML file with demo content to help you get started with the Theme. Pay a visit to our support forum and look for the topic called Responsive Dark Portfolio WordPress Theme: Darx. Now download the appropriate zip file. Please note that we have put the demo content on our support forums with the sole purpose of preventing the pirates to get the demo content also.

INSTALLING THE NECCESSARY PLUGINS

Theme comes with two plugins that can be found on WordPress.org. All you have to do is install the plugins when you are prompted to do so (after activating the theme). You will notice a notice window like this.

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How to install the Plugins

Proceed with the installation and click install on both plugins in the next step. Click install twice and the plugins and theme are now ready to be used.

SETTING UP THE HOME PAGE

First you will have to select which page is the front page. Go to Settings / Reading and check the Static Page Tab. Then select the home page you wish to have ( Home, Home nivo, etc.). So the procedure should be:

1. First add a page  (Pages / Add New) and choose the appropriate Template
2. Go to Settings / Reading and add the Static Page Tab that you just created

SETTING UP PORTFOLIO ITEMS ON THE FRONT PAGE

  1. Go to portfolio -> Portfolio categories
  2. Add some Categories
  3. Add portfolio items (it is the same as adding posts) and set the featured image
  4. Add the page and set the portfolio as the template for the page (4 column portfolio or 4 column portfolio Full Width)

SETTING UP THE NAVIGATION

When going to Appearance / Menus you will see the structure of the templates navigation. You can easily edit menu labels, and move them using drag and drop. On the left column you have the possibility to add menu items using “custom links”, “pages” or “categories”. The newly added item will appear at the bottom of the menu structure and can be moved to its desired location. Make sure to always save the menu after making changes.

SETTING UP POSTS (VIDEO, LINK, GALLERY)

Darx supports the latest feature of WordPress that allows you to add specific posts that contain video, links or gallery. Videos and Gallery will appear on the front of the Blog page so visitors can run the video or look at the gallery without clicking on the post itself. Below are instructions of how to set it up:

Video Post – you have to add at the top of the post the following shortcode . The rest of the content is added in a standard way. Choose Video from the Format list on the right.

Link Post –  you have to add at the top of the post the following shortcode  [pmc_link]http://premiumcoding.com[/pmc_link]. The rest of the content is added in a standard way. Choose Link from the Format list on the right.

Gallery Post – Gallery is added via WordPress native media upload form. Simply add the images and then insert the gallery into the post. Choose Gallery from the Format list on the right.

Standard Post – Choose Standard from the Format list on the right and add the content.

SETTING UP PAGES (PORTFOLIOS, FULL WIDTH PAGES, CONTACT PAGE,…)

We have prepared several premade settings for manipulation with pages.

Portfolio Pages enable you to add different portfolios with a breeze. Just Add new Page and select which portfolio page you wish to create (4 column portfolio or 4 column portfolio Full Width) and publish the Page. Items that have been added to the portfolio will be populated automaticlly.

Contact Page is a simple page that will display your contact form. Just set the title and text and choose the template Contact sidebar.

Full Width Pages are pages that have no sidebar. You have 1 option here:

  • Full width Page (a normal full width page)

Simply add the content and choose the appropriate template from a dropdown list.

Page with Sidebar is a page that looks similar to the blog post as it has a sidebar on the right. Add the content and choose the Page with Sidebar template.

You have several other layouts (the same that the ones for front page).

PAGE TEMPLATES

We have prepared several different page templates for home pages, portfolio pages and blog pages. You can choose the appropriate template when you Add new Page. Below is an explanation of each page template:

HOME PAGE TEMPLATES

  • 4 Column Portfolio Home (a 960px grid portfolio)
  • 4 Column Portfolio Home Full Width (a full width portfolio)

PORTFOLIO PAGE TEMPLATES

  • 4 Column Portfolio (a 960px grid portfolio)
  • 4 Column Portfolio Full Width (a full width portfolio)

PAGE TEMPLATES

  • Full Width page (a standard page in full width without sidebar)
  • Page with Sidebar (a standard page in with sidebar on the right)

OTHER PAGE TEMPLATES

  • Contact sidebar (a contact page with the sidebar on the right)

SETTING UP PORTFOLIO

Go to Portfolio and add the items / images. Now go to Pages / Add New Page and choose one of the portfolio templates (4 Column Portfolio Home of 4 Column Portfolio Home Full Width). Publish the page and your portfolio is up and ready.

At single portfolio page you have several options of how to display images. You can set separate images for first featured image (the one seen on the portfolio pages where all items are displayed) and second featured image (the image in the single portfolio page). If you wish to have a slideshow from images simply upload all the images that you want in the gallery with native wordpress uploader. Images that are then placed in the default WordPress Gallery will then be used in the slideshow on the single portfolio page. In this case it is better to upload the first featured image via Media / Add image so that this image doesn’t get placed in the WordPress default gallery in the portfolio post.

CUSTOM WIDGETS

After installing the theme and loading the demo data you will find that one thing is still missing in the sidebars: widgets! Just go to Appearance / Widgets to get an overview of the standard widgets and the Darx WordPress theme custom widgets. On the right you will see 5 sidebar tabs, “Sidebar widget” which is shown in the blog and all pages with sidebars. Other 4 widget sidebars are for footer that is split into 4 columns. These sidebars can be populated with widgets individually via dragging a widget to one of them.

The following widgets are available and specifically styled for the Darx WordPress theme:

  • Darx Popular Posts – A popular post widget styled specificlly for both the sidebar and the footer. Just set the title and how many posts should be displayed.
  • Tag Cloud – a widget that will display your tags, it has been designed to fit within the overall look of the theme. Just set the title and whether to show tags or categories.
  • Darx Recent Posts – A popular post widget styled specificlly for both the sidebar and the footer. Just set the title and how many posts should be displayed.
  • Darx Archive, Links and Categories – widgets have been redesigned to fit with the overall design of the Theme.

THEME OPTIONS

HOME SETTINGS

Here you can set how many portfolio items should be displayed on the front page.

You have two possibility of how to display your logo. If you wish to have the same design as on our live preview leave the setting in home checked. All you have to do now is set the tagline in Settings -> General -> Tagline. 

GENERAL SETTINGS

There are only two elements that can be set in main settings. Upload your Logo and favicon. You can use the upload form or simply enter the URL to the image.

Here is also the place to enter the Google Analytics code to track your traffic. When you create a Google Analytics account you will get a code that you need to add to your website. Copy and paste it here under the Google Analytics text field.

STYLING OPTIONS

Styling options will allow you to add and edit your background and select the Theme’s leading color.

The most important setting in the styling area is the Theme’s leading color. This is the color that will consistently repeat throughout the whole Theme. Simply enter the color in hexadecimal format or select it with the color picker.

Shadow Color is the color of the shadow used on fonts. If you have dark font on a light background color then a white shadow will look good. If you have white font on darker background then a black shadow will look good.

Shadow opacity defines how transparent the shadow is.

BODY BACKGROUND

It can be a simple color (be sure to uncheck the Enable Background Image parameter if you wish to use only color).

Check Enable Background Image if you wish to use a custom background pattern instead of a plain color. After you have checked this settings simply click on the background pattern that you wish to use.

If none of the background patterns is suitable you can also upload your own. Simply upload your own pattern and the Theme will override the settings above and use your custom background pattern. You can also add more background patterns like this:

The best way to add your own background patterns is to copy them with FTP to the directory /images/bg of your theme’s directory so full path would look something like: wp-content/themes/darx/images/bg. After you have done so, refresh the page where your admin is (F5). This is a simple refresh of the page and not reset of the theme’s options.

You can now see your newly added background pattern in Theme’s Options -> Styling Options -> Background Pattern. This is the best way of adding the background pattern since you can add more patterns.

TYPOGRAPHY SETTINGS

You can set all main typography settings in this section. First define the font family, size, color and style of the body font. All body font (content text, links, paragraphs,…) will now use this settings unless specified otherwise in style.css file.

Now define the font family and color for the headings. Sizes are defined for each heading seperately (H1, H2, H3 and H4, H5, H6).

PORTFOLIO OPTIONS

Portfolio Title is the title that appears at the top of your portfolio, just under the menu. Simply enter the title that you wish.

Parameter Number of items to be displayed will set how many portfolio items appear on the page at once.

To achieve the colored word effect simply put the words that you wish to color (in theme’s leading color) in <span> tags. So it would look like: Related <span>Posts</span> and the word Posts would be colored (for instance in blue color).

SOCIAL OPTIONS

Social options section allows you to add and edit your social icons. Currently there is support for Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Dribble and email. First you need to check which ones you want on your Theme. After that simply enter the links to your social profiles.

CONTACT OPTIONS

This section contains the settings for your contact form. First set the short description that is found under the main title (parameter Contact description under title). Under email address simply enter your valid email address. Error and success messages are there to tell your visitors that email was succesfully sent or if there was an error.

To set the Google maps you have to install the free plugin called Comprehensive Google Map Plugin. You can download it here.

404 ERROR PAGE

This is the page which will show everytime your visitor writes a wrong URL or if simply the page that should be on your website doesn’t exist. Enter the title and description text and you are ready to go.

FOOTER OPTIONS

Footer settings section allows you to enter a short sentence about copyright or some other notice.

TRANSLATION OPTIONS

Theme allows you to translate all the main aspects of the Theme (buttons, social icons,…). Simply enter your translation and save.

SHORTCODES

Darx comes with over 70 premade shortcodes. To add them while writing a post or a page simply click on the yellow folder icon that says Theme Shortcodes. To see all available shortcodes please check our live preview.

CHANGELOG

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v1.0 5.8

– initial version

SOURCES AND CREDITS

I’ve used the following images, icons or other resources as listed.

SUPPORT

For support please visit our support portal and register as described above.