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After you’ve downloaded the main theme archive from ThemeForest you’ll see the following items inside:

  • The actual files that you will need to upload into your WordPress setup
  • salient-user-guide.pdf Documentation files
  • An installable child theme. Learn more about this here
  • Licensing (folder) Contains the general item license.

There are two main ways in which you can install Salient into your WordPress setup.

  • 1. Through the WordPress admin dashboard
  • 2. Uploading through FTP (file transfer protocol)

Method #1

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  • Step 1. Head over to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress dashboard
  • Step 2. Click Install Themes followed by the Upload button
  • Step 3. Locate the file you extracted from the ThemeForest download archive and click the Install Now button
  • Step 4. Once you’ve installed the theme you will be greeted with a welcome page, as shown on the right. It will list all the available Salient plugins you can install, only two of which are required. The required plugins are the Salient WPBakery Page Builder and the Salient Core. If you already have another version of the WPBakery page builder active, deactivate it first. The other plugins Salient offers in the install plugins section are optional. You can read more about each one in the plugin installation section of the documentation.
  • Step 5. You’re now ready to use Salient, begin importing demos if you wish or you start configuring the theme options and creating content!

Troubleshooting Possible Errors

If you encounter the message “Are you sure you want to do this? Please try again.” or “The link you followed has expired” when attempting to install, this is most likely occurring because your server has a low maximum file size upload/low maximum execution time set in the PHP settings. You must increase the following PHP settings to be greater than 36M (Any reputable hosting company will assist you with this quickly & hassle free):

  • upload_max_filesize – 36M or greater
  • post_max_size – 36M or greater
  • max_execution_time – 150 or greater
  • memory_limit 128M or greater

or you can upload the theme through FTP instead to bypass this all together.

Method #2

Uploading through FTP

  • Step 1. Uncompress the file from your ThemeForest download onto your computer
  • Step 2. upload the extracted salient folder to /wp-content/themes/ on your server
  • Follow steps 4 and 5 from the Using The WordPress Admin Dashboard from above