KickPress Publisher Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

These instructions require a working knowledge of the WordPress admin area and access to upload files to your web server.

Install WordPress

Start with a new WordPress install.

Configure WordPress Options

Enable permalinks: Go to the “Settings > Permalinks” section of the admin to enable permalinks on your WordPress install

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Change the category permalink: Go to “Settings > Permalinks” and change the “Category base” value to “topics”

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Disable the option under “Settings > Media” that is set to auto-crop uploaded images

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Install the latest version of the KickPress Plugin

  1. Go to the Plugins section of your WordPress admin and click on “Add new”
  2. Search for “KickPress” to install and activate it.

Install the KickPress Publisher Theme

  1. Download the KickPress Publisher theme
  2. Unzip the theme, and upload it to the “/wp-content/themes/” directory of your website.
  3. In the admin area of your WordPress site go to “Appearance > Themes”
  4. Find and activate the KickPress Publisher theme

Modify your Theme Options

In the admin area of your website, go to “Appearance > Theme Options” to upload your logo and change your personal options

Add a Custom Post Type

Go to ”Post Types > Add New” to create a new “Post Type” called “RSS Feeds”

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  1. Enter the title of “RSS Feeds” into the input box labeled “Enter title here”
  2. Ignore the other options in the form for now
  3. Press the blue “Publish” button in the right column

Add New Categories

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Go to ”Posts > Categories” and:

  1. Add a new category called “Featured”
  2. Add a new category called “Sponsored”

Header Navigation Menu Setup

Visit the admin area of your website and navigate to “Appearance > Menus”:

  1. Add a custom link with the link value as “/” and title as “Home” to the top level of the menu
  2. Add a custom link with the link value as “#” and title as “Topics” to the top level of the menu
  3. Add a custom link with the link value as “/topics/featured/” and the title as “Featured” and nest it as a submenu under the “Topics” menu item
  4. Add a custom link with the link value as “/api/post_type/post/post_format/link/” and title as “RSS Feed Reader” and nest it as a submenu under the “Topics” menu item right below the “Featured” menu item
  5. Add a custom link with the link value as “/rss-feeds/” and title as “Subscriptions” and nest it as a submenu under the “RSS Feed Reader” menu item right below the “Featured” menu item

Note: For a visual reference of what the finished product should look like, visit http://davidtufts.me and reference at the menu in the site’s header.

Ongoing Menu Maintenance:
As you add categories to your website, remember to update the header menu to reflect your category structure.

How to Add a Bookmarklet to your Browser

Quick guide on how to add your websites bookmarklets to your browser
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  1. Make sure that the “links” toolbar on your browser is visible.
  2. Right click on the links toolbar in your browser and select “Add a folder” (wording varies by browser) and give it the name of your newly created website.
  3. Go to the homepage of your newly created website while logged in as the administrator.
  4. If are logged into your WordPress website you will see an “Admin Tools” button in the top right hand corner of your website, if you hover over that button, you will see a series of links appear in a drop-down.
  5. Drag-and-drop each link from under the “Admin Tools” heading into the newly created folder on the links toolbar of your website (reference step 2).

Using your Bookmarklets

The “KickMark” bookmarklet is used to add a bookmark of an article from the web to your website, here are the simple steps:

  1. Find an article from the web that you would like to bookmark on your website.
  2. Highlight some text within the article that you would like to save to your site.
  3. Click on the “KickMark” link in your browser’s link toolbar.
  4. Once you are redirected to the form on your website, fill in all of the form fields that apply.
  5. Click on the “Save” button.

Using Your KickFeed Bookmarklet

The “KickFeed” bookmarklet is used to add a subscription to a RSS feed from another website to your website’s feed reader, here are the simple steps:

  1. Find a website who’s RSS feed you would like to subscribe to.
  2. Click on the “KickFeed” link in your browser’s link toolbar.
  3. Once you are redirected to the form on your website, fill in all the form fields that apply.
  4. Click on the “Save” button.

Subscriptions and Syndication

Subscribing to RSS feeds and turning on syndication will cause all posts from that RSS feed to be auto-published in your public feed, having syndication turned off on a particular RSS feed subscription results in all feeds being set to “Private” by default and will require you to change the status to “Publish” on each individual article before the public can see that article on your site.

The “Update Feed” Feature

The “Update Feed” button on the homepage of your site will pull in the latest posts from websites that you have subscribed to through the RSS Feeds section of your website.  The update process loops through all of the RSS feeds in your list, three at a time, and pulls in only the new articles that have not yet been added to your website.

Featured Posts

What happens when you mark a post as “Featured”:

  • It will also get tagged as “Featured” in the main archive stream on your homepage
  • It will be featured in the “Cover Stories” section of its assigned “Topics” (category) page