Install Designs

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Be sure to Install ProPhoto and activate or test drive it as your WordPress theme before proceeding! And if you want to use a design included free in your ProPhoto purchase, please see the Included Designs page for more info.

Installing the Design

  1. Download your design zip file
    After purchasing an add-on design, or after exporting a design in ProPhoto, you will download a zip of your design. Save the zip file on your computer.  (Using Safari? See our Safari opens zip files tutorial if your download isn’t a zip file.)
  2. Unzip the ‘package’ zip file (add-on design purchases only)
    If you purchased an add-on design separately, unzip the original package zip file you downloaded.
    unzip-package-upload-design-zipThe design zip file found inside will be uploaded into ProPhoto, not the package zip file.
  3. Login to WordPress and go to the “ProPhoto > Manage Designs” screen
    This screen shows all your saved designs and provides a place to upload new designs.
    prophoto-manage-designs-menuIf you do not see ProPhoto listed in your sidebar, make sure you are logged into WordPress as an administrator user, and that ProPhoto is your active theme.
  4. Drag to import the design zip file
    Drag-and-drop the design zip file from your computer (see step #2 above) into the Drop files here to upload field:
  5. Create a working copy
    Click the create new design button on your design to make working copy of an add-on design.  When you do this, the design’s assets/images will get downloaded.
  6. Customize the saved working copy
    Once you’ve created a working copy of your design, you can click Customize to make it your Customizing Design.    Or, if you are working in Test Drive mode, you can click Go Live to make it your Live Design.  (See our Create and Manage Designs tutorial for more information on working with designs in ProPhoto.)
    installing-designs-go-live-or-customize-buttonsRefer to our website for helpful tutorials and videos as you begin customizing, such as the Overview videos for ProPhoto.

Files included with add-on designs

When working with add-on designs purchased separately, your package download includes instructions files, PSD Photoshop image templates, and more. Unzipping the package download in step 2 above should reveal these on your computer.


PDF, instructions file, and PSD image templates are supplied with add-on designs

Refer to the help PDF for guidance; it will explain how to work with any custom graphics, page templates, or other aspects of your design. You’ll also find contact information if you need to reach the designer for help.

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