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This is the “Simple Notepad” theme instructions page. We have tried our best to keep it as simple as possible. If you think it can be made even simpler let us know we will be glad to change it. Let’s start!

On the left side, you can see the table of contents of this documentation. Jump to the section you want, or read it all through – your choice. Let’s move on!

Purchase process

To start using the “Simple Notepad” theme, you need to make a purchase on the official page of this theme. To do this, select a license suitable for your case and make a payment. After the successful completion of the purchase, you will receive an email receipt with a button through which you can download a copy of the “Simple Notepad” theme.

Secure payment and delivery of the “Simple” theme is done using the Gumroad platform.

Installation

Install “Simple Notepad” theme just as you would any other WordPress theme.

There are two methods to install the theme. You can install it directly from the WordPress Admin Area, or you can install it manually by first downloading the theme.

Automatic installation (via WordPress Admin Area):

To install the theme automatically (from the WordPress Admin Area), please perform the following steps:

  1. Download the ZIP archive with this theme to your computer. After downloading you should have a ZIP archive called simple-notepad.1.0.zip. This is a compressed file containing all the folders and files required for the theme to function properly.
  2. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.
  3. Go to Appearance -> Themes.
  4. Click Add New -> Upload Theme -> Choose File, and browse the ZIP archive with the theme. Click the Install Now button. Wait a few seconds until the theme is installed.
  5. Hover the mouse over the “Simple Notepad” theme title or preview image and click the Activate button to activate the theme.
  6. Go to Appearance -> Customize for further customization of the theme.

Manual installation (via FTP access)

To install the theme manually (by simply uploading all files via FTP or SFTP), please perform the following steps:

  1. Download the ZIP archive with this theme to your computer. After downloading you should have a ZIP archive called simple-notepad.1.0.zip. This is a compressed file containing all the folders and files required for the theme to function properly.
  2. Unzip the ZIP archive with this theme on your computer. You’ll get the folder simple-notepad-arthur.

    You need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files.

  3. Access your server via FTP or SFTP.

    If you aren’t sure how usually your web hosting provider will have instructions somewhere on their website.

  4. Browse to the directory wp-content/themes/.

    Please contact your web hosting company to get help if you can’t find this folder.

  5. Upload the theme folder simple-notepad-arthur from step 1. Wait for the uploading to complete, it may take several minutes. Once the upload complete, the theme should be in wp-content/themes/simple-notepad-arthur/ on your server.
  6. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.
  7. Go to Appearance -> Themes.
  8. Hover the mouse over the “Simple Notepad” theme title or preview image and click the Activate button to activate the theme.

    Note: If the theme preview is blank, do not activate the new theme without investigating further. Your website may not be displayed correctly, otherwise.

  9. Go to Appearance -> Customize for further customization of the theme.

Update theme to new release

The “Simple Notepad” theme can be updated to new release just as you would any other premium WordPress theme.

In one of the upcoming updates, we plan to implement an automatic theme update system so that you no longer have to install updates manually.

Update via FTP or SFTP:

To update the theme manually (by simply overriding all files via FTP or SFTP), please perform the following steps:

  1. Download the ZIP archive with the new version of this theme to your computer. After downloading you should have a ZIP archive called simple-notepad.1.0.zip. This is a compressed file containing all the folders and files required for the theme to function properly.
  2. Unzip the ZIP archive with the new version of this theme on your computer. You’ll get the folder simple-notepad-arthur.

    You need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files.

  3. Access your server via FTP or SFTP.

    If you aren’t sure how usually your web hosting provider will have instructions somewhere on their website.

  4. Browse to the directory wp-content/themes/.

    Please contact your web hosting company to get help if you can’t find this folder.

  5. It’s best to have a backup, so download the theme folder simple-notepad-arthur to your computer.
  6. Upload the theme folder simple-notepad-arthur from step 2, with replacing the current folder of the theme. Wait for the uploading to complete, it may take several minutes. Once the upload complete, the theme should be in wp-content/themes/simple-notepad-arthur/ on your server.

    Important! Sometimes files are deleted inside the theme folder so make sure that your program is deleting all files and uploading the new ones when it overrides instead of simply “updating newer files”. It can cause issues if you have files on your server inside the theme folder that are no longer used in the theme itself.

Note! After you are done updating a theme please also clear your website and browser cache to prevent errors (this should be done when updating any theme or plugin).

Customization

To customize “Simple Notepad” using the built in options, “Simple Notepad” should already be active:

  1. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.

  2. Go to Appearance -> Customize.

  3. A page explaining the options will be displayed. Select the desired options.

  4. Click the Publish button to publish your changes.

GDPR (EU) compliant

What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union (EU) law taking effect on May 25, 2018. The goal of GDPR is to give EU citizens control over their personal data and change the data privacy approach of organizations across the world. After May 25th, 2018, businesses that are not in compliance with GDPR’s requirement can face large fines up to 4% of a company’s annual global revenue OR €20 million (whichever is greater).

Does GDPR apply to my WordPress website? Yes. It applies to every business, large and small, around the world (not just in the European Union).

This theme is ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU). To make the theme a GDPR compliant using the built in option simply do the following:

  1. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.

  2. Go to Appearance -> Customize.

  3. A page explaining the options will be displayed. Select the Stuff section.

  4. Check mark the option Disable the loading of Google Fonts.

  5. Click the Publish button to publish your changes.

Note! This will lead to the non-operation of the option for selecting fonts from the online library “Google Fonts”. You will need to manually download the desired fonts and integrate into your website.

Please be sure to let us know if you find the incompatibility of our theme with the requirements of the GDPR. And we will do our best to solve this issue as soon as possible.

More help & support

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this documentation, please read the Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can’t find an answer to your enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out.