KickPress Reader Quick Start Guide

Key Features of the KickPress Reader Theme

  • Content curation on steroids
    • Bookmarklets for “Push-Button” curation
    • Social bookmarking and content discovery
    • URL shortner with social sharing integration
  • RSS feed reader
    • Subscription management
    • Auto syndication option
  • Advance image options and homepage slider integration for posts
  • Topic based landing pages using categories
  • Readability integration
  • Ajax driven “Load More” option instead of pagination

Getting Started

These instructions require a working knowledge of the WordPress admin area.

Install WordPress

Start with a new WordPress install.

Warning: This is a Beta release, please set up a new WordPress install to avoid any possible conflicts with existing plugins and/or pre-existing website data.

Install the KickPress Plugin

To install the latest version of the KickPress plugin:

  1. Go to the Plugins section of your WordPress admin and click on “Add New”
  2. Type “KickPress” into the search box to install and activate the plugin.

Install the KickPress Reader Theme

  1. Upload the “KickPress Reader” theme into the themes directory of your website.
  2. Activate the “KickPress Reader” theme

Manage your Theme Options

Upload your logo and change your personal options under Appearance > Theme Options

Setting up Websites Data

  1. Go to Setting > Permalinks and set the “Category Base” to “Topic”
  2. Go to Post Types > Add New and create a “Post Type” called “Reader”
  3. Go to Post Types > Add New and create a “Post Type” called “RSS Feeds”
  4. Go to Posts > Categories and create a category called “Featured”
  5. Go to Posts > Categories and create a category called “Sponsored”

Header Navigation Menu Setup

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

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus to add a new menu; enter “Header Navigation Menu” as the “Menu Name” and click on the “Create Menu” button.
  2. In the “Theme Locations” section of the menu editor, assign the “Header Navigation Menu” to the “Header Navigation” dropdown box and click on the “Save” button.
  3. Add a custom link with a value of “/” and title of “Home” to the top level of the menu.
  4. Add a custom link with a value of “#” and title of “Topics” to the top level of the menu.
  5. Add a custom link with a value of “/topic/featured/” and the title of “Featured” to the top level of the menu.
  6. Add all the categories that you would like to appear in the site’s navigation as a sub-menu under the “Topics” top level menu.
  7. Add a custom link with a value of “/reader/” and title of “RSS Feed Reader” and nest it as a submenu under the “Topics” menu item right below the “Featured” menu item.
  8. Add a custom link with a value of “/rss-feeds/” and title of “Subscriptions” and nest it as a submenu under the “RSS Feed Reader” menu item right below the “Featured” menu item.

Ongoing Menu Maintenance

As you continue to add categories to your website, remember to update the header and category navigation menus to reflect any changes to your category structure.

Adding Bookmarklets to Your Browser

Quick guide on how to add your websites bookmarklets to your browser

  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 the “KickPress Reader” widget has been added to your “Main Sidebar” you will see a series of links under the “Admin Options” heading.
  5. Drag-and-drop each link from under the “Admin Options” heading into the newly created folder on the links toolbar of your website (reference step 2).

Using Your KickMark Bookmarklet

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 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.

Homepage Slider

The homepage slider is driven by “Sticky Posts”, so to add articles to the slider, simply mark the article as a “Sticky Post” on the “Edit” form and make sure that the featured image is large enough to fill the full height and width of the rotator, WordPress will auto resize, center, and crop images that are too large.

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

2 things happen when you mark a post as “Featured”:

  1. It will show up on the “Featured” page linked to from you primary navigation menu
  2. It will also get tagged as “Featured” in the main archive stream on your homepage

Understanding Curation

  • Curation is a form of publishing.
  • Curation is like a content funnel, it is the process of sifting through many articles and highlighting the a few that are noteworthy.
  • Curation is not theft, when done properly it gives proper attribution to content authors.
  • Curation should involve some kind of value-add to your websites readers, whether it is in the form of a micro-review, an appealing layout, or community ratings.

Thanks for your interest in the KickPress Reader, I hope you will have some fun!