JamSession Theme Documentation

Contents — Quick Navigation

  • Installation
  • How To Create a Maintenance page
  • How to Create The Main Menu
  • Main Slider — Create Main Slider Page
  • Main Slider — How To Create Slides
  • Using Theme Customizer With Live Preview
  • Using Theme Settings
  • Custom Post Types — Video/ Photo Album /Event/ Album
  • Custom Page Templates — Archives/ Contact With Sidebar/ Contact Full Width / Discography Archive/ Next Events/ Past Events/ All Events/ Videos/ Full Width Page
  • reCAPTCHA Validation

Installation of JamSession Theme

The instalation is really easy and intuitive, so please carefully read the following instructions. If you have any other technical questions, feel free to send us a mail to support@smartwpress.com.

There are two ways to install a WordPress theme:

      • Directly upload the zipped theme file via WordPress admin panel.
      • Upload the unzipped theme folder, directly on your server using a FTP client.

Install JamSession Theme Using WordPress Theme Installer

1. Log in to WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to Appearance -> Themes
2. Click on the 2nd tab, Install Themes and choose Upload option.
3. For upload, choose the file jamsession.zip, which can be found inside the archive downloaded from ThemeForest.
4. Once the upload has finished, click Activate.
5. You will see the following message: This theme requires the following plugin: JamSession Post Types. Please choose Begin Installing Plugin option.
6. Click on Install link and that is all.

Install JamSession Theme Using a FTP Client.

1. Log In to your site using your FTP client, and enter to your WordPress theme folder, wp-content/themes.
2. Unzip jamsession.zip file and upload jamsession folder to wp-content/themes location.
3. Log into your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to Appearance -> Themes and activate the teme.
4. You will see the following message: This theme requires the following plugin: JamSession Post Types. Please choose Begin Installing Plugin option.
5. Click on Install .

Please navigate to the next pages for the rest of the installation instructions.


The configuration of JamSession theme is simple and intuitive. Below, we’ll describe how to define configure it according to your needs by defining the menu, using theme customizer, theme settings, adding slides, image posts, video custom posts and events.

Creating a maintenance page

You may want to show the visitors a custom page, while setting up your website. JamSession theme helps you do that, by creating a maintenance page. Please follow this steps:
1. Go to Pages -> Add New
2. Select a title for your page (like «Comming Back Soon» or «Comming Soon»). This name will be visible on the maintenance page.
3. Insert the text content that you want your visitors to see.
4. Add a featured image for this page — the featured image will be the background for the new maintenance page, so please use a good resolution.
5. Set the page template for this page to Maintenance Page from the bottom right part of the page.
6. Save the page.
7. Go to Appearance-> JamSession Settings
8. On General Options you must set Maintenance Mode to Maintenance Mode Enabled and on Maintenance Page select the page you’ve just created, based on the Maintenance Page template.
9. Press on Save Changes and this should be all. Admin and logged in users should be able to see the real version of the website, while the rest of the visitors will see the maintenance page.

Main Menu

Go to Appearance -> Menus and click on create a new menu option. Give it a name, Main Menu for instance and click on Create Menu. A new tab tab option, Manage Locations should appear now. Edit your Menu by adding elements from the left side of the page. When you are done, click on the 2nd tab, Manage Locations, select the menu you just defined and click Save Changes. The menu should now be visible on the front page.

Main Slider

In order to have the main slider as homepage of your website, you just need to create a empty page and use Main Slider Page as template for that page.

1. Go to Pages -> Add New
2. Add a title for the new created page — Main Slider Page
3. Select the template to be used for that page — Main Slider Page
4. Click on Publish and the page is now created.
5. Go to Appearance -> Customize
6. Select Static Front Page option on the bottom left of the page
7. Select the page you’ve just created — Main Slider Page for static front page
8. Click on Save and you have a slider on homepage.

Each slide, can be defined from WordPress admin menu. This functionality is provided by JamSession Post Types plugin, that we’ve just activated. After activating the plugin, new menu options should be available on the WordPress admin menu.

At the first point of instalation, JamSession theme comes with a default slide. It will be visible as long as no other slide is defined.

Creating Slides

Go to Slides -> Add New Slide. The following fields need to be filled:

1. Post Ttitle — this is the message that appears on the bottom right part of the slider.
2. Hide Title & Message — Allows you to hide the title and link message from the slider.
3. Message — Link Message that appears on the bottom right of the page.
4. URL — URL of the page that will be loaded when the visitor clicks on Message.
5. YouTube URL, Vimeo URL — If YouTube or Vimeo is present, the slider will show the play button, allowing the visitor to see the video in full screen. If both fields are filled, the slider will play YouTube.
6. Featured Image — This is the main slider image.

Featured image MUST be set, otherwise the slider will not appear on the front page.

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