WaterLily Set Up

VIEW THE DEMO BLOG

Fonts — Montserrat, Playfair Display

DETAILS ABOUT THE THEME

Colours — #CACACA, #848484, #333333

INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE INSTALLATION

Post image size — minimum 700px

Theme Installation

The installation process is very easy and by following this guide, you can have it done within a couple or minutes. Make sure you read all instructions correctly to avoid any mistakes.

Creating a backup of your current theme

Before you start installing your theme, create a backup of your current theme in case an error occurs or you need to restore some data. You can also test the template on a test blog, rearrange the widgets or personalize it before installing it to your blog.

  1. Open your Blogger and choose “Theme” in the left menu.
  2. Locate the orange button “Customize” and click on the arrow next to it.
  3. From the drop-down menu select “Backup”.

Installing the theme

Your theme will be installed by a few clicks. After installation, you old gadgets will be kept and need to be rearranged or deleted.

You can also have the demo blog open in a new tab on your browser to easily mimic it.

  1. Download the file you received, open the zip and extract the files inside.
  2. Open your Blogger and in “Theme”, locate the orange button “Customize” and click on the arrow next to it.
  3. From the drop-down menu select “Restore”, then click on “Upload”.
  4. Locate the WaterLily.xml file on your device and upload it.

Theme responsiveness

To make the theme responsive on all devices, you need to check or edit the settings for your blog.

  1. In “Theme”, locate the orange button “Customize” and click on the arrow next to it.
  2. From the drop-down menu select “Mobile Settings”.
  3. Click on “Desktop” and save.

Top Menu

Into the top menu, you can add four types of links — pages, label pages, external links or the blog link.

You can create two-level menu — pages, subpages and sub-subpages.

Adding pages

Important: The page must be already created on your blog. If you haven’t created the page yet, go to “Pages” and click on “New Page” to create it.

  1. Find the URL link to your page → go to “Pages”, hover your cursor over the page and click on the eye icon, then copy the link from your browser.
  2. Go to “Layout” and find the “Pages” gadget in the “Top Menu” section. Click on “Edit”.
  3. As “New Site Name” enter the title/name of the page.
  4. As “New Site URL” paste the copied URL link.

Adding label pages

Label pages “collect” all posts that fall into the same category (like “Fashion”, “Lifestyle” and so on).

Important: Labels are case sensitive → labels “travel”, “Travel” and “TRAVEL” are three different labels. Always double check if you’re using the same label in your posts and in the top menu.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Pages” gadget in the “Top Menu” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. As “New Site Name” enter the title/name of the label page.
  3. As “New Site URL” paste the URL link to the page (copy it from your browser).

Adding external links

You can also add links outside your blog — if you have a shop website, you have a portfolio and so on.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Pages” gadget in the “Top Menu” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. As “New Site Name” enter a name you want.
  3. As “New Site URL” paste the URL link (copy it from your browser).

Adding a blog link

A blog link is good to have if you don’t want to display too many posts on your homepage. It displays the archive with all your published posts.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Pages” gadget in the “Top Menu” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. As “New Site Name” enter a name you want (like “blog” or “new posts”).
  3. As “New Site URL” paste the following link (you can change the “4” to any number you want):
    /search?max-results=4

Creating a drop-down menu

You can create two-level menu to help you organize your links.

The URL link stays the same, you only need to add underscores before the link’s name → one underscore (_) for first subpages and two underscores (_ _) for sub-subpages.

If you don’t have a link and you only want to trigger to open the menu, you can add the hashtag symbol (#).

Your final menu should look like this:

Header

As header, you can display the title of your blog, enter a short description or upload your logo.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Header” gadget in the “Header” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. Optional: Enter a short description into “Blog Description” — this will be displayed below your Blog Title.
  3. Optional: Upload your logo. Do not click on “Shrink to fit”. If you want to have a logo/image and a description, in “Placement” select “Have a description placed after the image”.
  4. Save!

Blog Posts

You can change the number of posts per page as well as the post date style.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Blog Posts” gadget in the “Main” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. If you want to display more or less posts on homepage, you can change the number in “Number of posts on main page”.
  3. Select the post date style in the first drop-down in “Post Page Options”.
  4. Make sure the option “Show Share Buttons” is checked as well.
  5. And save!

Sidebar — Profile

Here you can introduce yourself or your blog to your readers.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Profile” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. You can change the text displayed in the box by changing the “Title”.
  3. If you want to add some short description, enter it in the “Caption” section.
  4. If you want to link the image to a page about yourself, you can paste the URL into “Link”.
  5. Add your image by uploading it from your device or paste the URL. Do not click on “Shrink to fit”.
  6. Save!

Sidebar — Social Media

Here you can add links to your social media handles. In the template are already pre-written links to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin and Email.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Social Media” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. If you want to add your link to pre-written icon, replace LINK with the link. Do not delete any the quotation marks. Tip: Copy it from your browser and make sure it starts with https://.
  3. If you want to add your email address, replace ADDRESS with your email address. Do not add any spaces or quotation marks.
  4. If you want to add more icons, follow this tutorial.
  5. If you want to delete some icons, delete the whole line – starting with <a href… and ending with </a>.

Sidebar — Labels

Here you can display all or some of your labels which you use in the posts.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Labels” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. If you want to display all your labels, in “Show” select “All Labels”.
  3. If you want to display only some of your labels, in “Show” select “Selected Labels”. Click on “edit”. A new window will appear → select the labels from the list.
  4. In “Sorting” you can choose if you want your labels organized alphabetically or by frequency.
  5. In “Display” select “List”.
  6. Save!

Sidebar — Featured Post

Here you can promote a specific blog post or show your latest one.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Featured” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. In “Post Snippet” make sure “Show post title” and “Show image” are checked.
  3. If you want to display the latest post, in “Featured post” choose “Use the most recently published post”.
  4. If you want to display a specific post, in “Featured post” choose “Select a featured post” and find the post which you want to include.
  5. Save!

Sidebar — Subscription Box

Here your readers can subscribe to your blog and they will receive an e-mail notification every time you publish a new post.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Subscribe” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. Click on “View stats and learn more”.
  3. Click on the title of your blog in “Feeds” section.
  4. Choose “Publicize” and select “Email subscriptions”.
  5. If it’s not activated, click on “Active”.
  6. Close the page/tab and click “Save” in the widget.

Sidebar — Popular Posts

Here you & your readers will find the most read posts.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Popular posts” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. In “Most viewed” you can select the period of time from which the popular posts will be selected.
  3. In “Show” select “image thumbnail”.
  4. In “Display up until… post(s)” you can choose how many posts you want to display. Tip: Choose an even number for the best effect.
  5. Save!

Sidebar — Archive

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Archive” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. In “Style” select “Hierarchy”.
  3. Save!

Sidebar — Pinterest

If you have a Pinterest account, you can display your latest pins. If your profile/boards on Pinterest are private, you won’t be able to see your pins in this widget.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “Latest Pins” gadget in the “Sidebar” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. In the sixth line of the code (not counting the instructions at the top) you should see the URL address.
  3. Find USERNAME in this line and replace it with your Pinterest username.
  4. Save!

Instagram

Important: Your Instagram account must be public, otherwise the widget will not be visible.

  1. Go to “Layout” and find the “On My Instagram” gadget in the “Footer” section. Click on “Edit”.
  2. Replace “YOUR USERNAME” with your Instagram username. Do not add the @ sign.
  3. Save!

Customization

You can easily customize all colours in the template and pick any colours you want.

  1. Go to “Theme” and click on “Customize”.
  2. Click on “Advanced” in the left menu.
  3. Click on “Body” to open the drop-down menu, then go section by section and pick your colours.
  4. Save by clicking on the save icon in bottom right corner.

Having troubles?

If you have any questions or problems while installing the template, check the troubleshooting section — maybe the answer and solution will be there.

If you want to contact us, you can reach us here.