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Theme Quick Specs

  • Theme Layout – Responsive: Boxed or Full-width
  • Wrapper Width – 1340px
  • Content Width (full) – 1215px
  • Post Content Width – 800px
  • Sidebar Width – 375px
  • Page Templates – Full-width, Homepage (widgetized and builder), Portfolio, Sidebar on the Left, Testimonials archive

Quick Start Video

Demo Content Importer

To get quickly the same look of the theme as in the demo see here instructions to Import the Demo Content.

Homepage Setup

Presence includes 2 Page Templates which you can use to create the front page:


1. Using Homepage (Widgetized) page template:

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2. Using the Unyson Page Builder and Homepage (Unyson Builder) page template:

The layout from fitness demo, for example, was created using the free plugin Unyson, that includes a Page Builder extension.

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How to Create Homepage like Demo

Here’s a list that will help you understand how we created the homepage in all 10 demo sites:

  • Music – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Real Estate – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Hotel – using Unyson Builder and Homepage (Unyson Builder) template.
  • Portfolio (Full-width Layout) – using Unyson Builder and Homepage (Unyson Builder) template.
  • Portfolio / Agency (boxed) – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Fitness / Gym – using Unyson Builder and Homepage (Unyson Builder) template.
  • Church – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Shop / WooCommerce – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Business – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Magazine – using Homepage (Widgetized) template.
  • Blog – showing Latests Posts on front page.

Recommended & Required Plugins

General Plugins:

Social Icons Widget – free plugin that allows you to create a list of your social profiles. You’ll need it to add social icons in the top menu bar.

Instagram Widget – another free plugin created by us which you can use to add a gallery with your latest Instagram photos.

Jetpack – a free plugin that includes numerous features that you can active to add extra functionalities in the theme. Recommended features to activate: Portfolio, Sharing Buttons, Related Posts, Tiled Galleries, Carousel.

Unyson – a free plugin that includes a Page Builder extensions, which you can use to create different page layouts, like the front page from the demo.

WooCommerce – most popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress.

MailPoet – simple plugin to create and send newsletters.

Hotel Plugins

HBook ($39) – powerful hotel booking system.

Music Plugins

Cue Playlists (Free) – create and manage audio playlists.

CueBar by AudioTheme ($39 – Get it FREE on this link)music bar on top or bottom of the site.

GigPress – display and manage upcoming shows and tours.

Real Estate Plugins

IMPress Listings (Free) – real estate listing management.

IMPress Agents (Free) – add agents profiles to real estate listings.

Posts 2 Posts (Free) – connect listings with agents.

Events Plugins

The Events Calendar (Free) – one of the most popular events plugin.

GigPress – display and manage upcoming shows and tours.

Contact Form Page

To add a contact form to a page like in the demo simply install the WPForms plugin by following these instructions.

How to Change Logo, Colors and Fonts.

In Presence many options can be changed and customized from Theme Customizer. You can access the Customizer from Themes Page.

In Site Identity you can upload your own logo image.
In Header Options you can select to hide the top menu or the search icon.

How to use the Page Builder

Looking for a Page Builder with more features? Try Beaver Builder Lite or Beaver Builder Premium. We also have a free plugin with additional widgets for the free version of Beaver Builder. View more details.

In order to activate the Page Builder, you’ll need to install the Unyson plugin, which is available for free.
After installing the theme, you’ll see a message at the top that offers to install and activate the plugin quickly:


Install the plugin and Activate it.

After that a new section called Unyson will appear in the dashboard menu:


Go to the Unyson page, and install the Page Builder extension.

Now you can use the Page Builder when you create or edit pages.

Here’s how you can create a new page to use it as front page and how to load the same layout from the demo:


In the following video you can see a walkthrough the Page Builder extension:

Important Notice

  1. In order to display the slideshow at the top, select the Homepage (Unyson Builder) page template for the page that you’ll set as Front Page
  2. To set a page you’ve created as front page, go to Settings > Reading and select in the Front Page dropdown.

Set-up Homepage Slideshow

The Slideshow from the top on Front Page can display different content. Depending on the site you’re building, you can change in Theme Options > Homepage > Slideshow what you want to display: featured posts, featured pages, real estate listings or slideshow posts.

If you selected to display Featured Posts or Featured Pages, then a new option to mark a specific page or posts as featured will appear when you’ll edit a post or a page. Checking that option at the top right will tell the slideshow which posts or pages to include in it.

If you selected to display Slideshow Posts then you can add new slides by creating new Slideshow posts from the admin menu with the same name. Each Slideshow posts will result in a separate slide of the homepage slideshow.

More options for the slideshow can be found in Theme Options > Homepage > Slideshow:


Real Estate Integration

Presence theme fully supports IMpress Listings plugin, which is a popular plugin for adding and managing listings.

Below you can watch a video tutorial to setup the Real Estate demo:

If you need the Agents functionality, please install IMPress Agents plugin.

Setup Portfolio (Jetpack)

Jetpack Portfolio is a great feature that can be used in different ways to display your work, products and much more.

Here are some examples from Presence demos:
Portfolio Projects
Music Albums
Business Projects (Construction)


Setup WooCommerce (video)

Below is a video showing how you can setup the Shop / WooCommerce Demo:

Setup Blog Page and Blog Layouts

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Add Sharing Buttons, Related Posts, Tiled Galleries and other Jetpack Features

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Numerous features can be added quickly in the theme from Jetpack Plugin: Tiled Galleries, Related Posts, Extra Sidebar Widgets, etc.

Recommended Jetpack Features:

Related Posts
Extra Sidebar Widgets
Post by Email
Tiled Galleries

If you need help installing and activating these features, please see this tutorial: Getting started with Jetpack.

Here’s how you can create a Tiled Mosaic Gallery:


How do I change summary content (Excerpt) for a post?

On editing page of a post, look for a field called Excerpt. You can add here summaries for your posts each time you want to adjust manually the length of text which appears in Slider, Recent Articles, Post Archives or when you simply want to have a different text than the automatically picked excerpt.

How can I change the number of posts on homepage?

  1. Go to Settings > Reading
  2. Find Blog pages show at most option, and change the number of posts.


Last updated on January 8, 2019
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