XFactored 2.0 Site > Quick Start & FAQ

Follow along with a Step by Step Guide to Setting up your ClickBump site with the XFactored 2.0 Skin

In this tutorial
  1. Introduction
  2. Quick Setup Checklist
  3. Questions and Answers

Quick Setup Checklist

Here’s a quick checklist to assist you to quickly get your sites up and running in the new ClickBump theme together with the new XFactored 2.0 add-on template…

  1. Install and Activate ClickBump theme (get the latest from the member’s dashboard. Unless the file says “Upgrade”, install as a New Theme via Appearance > Install Themes. If the file is an upgrade: clickbump_upgrade.zip, install at ClickBump > Home > Add/Upgrade template)
  2. Download and install XFactored 2.0 Premium Template (ClickBump > Home > Add/Upgrade Templates)
  3. Set your home page post as a “Sticky” post and add to “dont-show-ads” via “Quick Edit” link. The home page’s content is used as intro for the categories. No need to set up a static home page, ClickBump does this automatically when you assign a single post as sticky. (Posts > Quick Edit > Make this post sticky). Also, to emulate the clean look home page you seen in the screenshot, enable the dont-show-ads flag so that Ads do not appear on the home page grid area. They will still appear on post articles and category landing pages, and in the header area widgets if you’ve set them up.
  4. Create or update your categories. You willupload a custom category image, full text description and add a custom category title via the enhanced Category Manager made possible by ClickBump theme. The theme automatically creates the teaser description summaries that you see on the homepage. Make sure they end with a period punctuation to mark the end of the excerpt.
  5. Assign each of your posts to the appropriate category (other than “Uncategorized”). This is the essence of creating a silo site structure with themed content and the key to gaining “Authority” status with Google. For best results, go to “WordPress Settings > Writing > Default Post Category” and select any category other than “Uncategorized” as your default category. Never delete or re-parent Uncategorized. It holds the critical ClickBump utility functions that allow you to do lots of cool stuff with posts.
  6. Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag a Categories Widget over into the “Sidebar” widget area. This creates the list of category button links just as John discusses on page 132. The XFactored 2.0 template automatically creates the button styling for you using the color you specify in “Color 4” in theme options. You’ll also want to check “ClickBump > Layout > Move > Sidebar Widgets Above Menus”
  7. Create your static pages as PAGES and publish them (About Us, Contact Us, Privacy Policy, Earnings Disclaimer, etc). Alternately, install ClickBump JumpStart Pro plugin and activate it to have all of these pages created for you. Regardless how you create them, they will automatically appear in the navigation bar just under the header as John describes on page 130. You will then create each of your articles as POSTS.
  8. Activate the Homepage Category Index in theme options – Go to “ClickBump > Layout > Category Index > Enable” and tick the checkbox, then select one of the three options from the “Category Index > Layout” setting just below it and click “Apply Changes”. This will turn on the display of your categories in your selected view (grid view or list view).
  9. Theme Options Settings: To emulate John’s example site exactly down to the last detail enable these options:
    1. Layout > Category Index > Enable
    2. Layout > Category Index > Layout > List View (1 column)
    3. Ads > Divider line
    4. Ads > Adsense Stacked Ads
    5. Menus > Latest News > Enable
    6. Menus > Related Articles > Enable
    7. Layout > Move > top-menu Links to Sidebar
    8. Layout > Show > Sitemap Link
    9. Layout > Move > Sidebar Widgets Above Menus
  10. Upload a custom header.png via “ClickBump > Images > Header Image > Upload Header” – see this post if you need help creating it. Click “Show Help” to see all the color options for the template. The size is 967px wide x 100px tall (in pixels) and must be a PNG file format saved as “header.png”
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33 Responses to “XFactored 2.0 Site > Quick Start & FAQ”

  1. Steve says:

    Hey Scott! I’m a glad registered member of your software, and I want to thankd you for all the obvious effort you’ve put in.

    I’ve got a question that I can’t figure out: after I make a post a sticky, so it shows up on my homepage, when I visit that post’s true link (domain.com/true-post-title/) all I get is the site title and ads. I get NONE of the content that shows up on that post on the frontpage.

  2. Brittany Andrews says:

    Hi,

    I’m interested in creating a ‘virtual silo’ with your theme but I don’t know exactly how to do it. Do you have a tutorial for that when I buy the ‘ClickBump’ theme for WordPress?

    I was referred to you by someone who says you really know silos.

    I want a silo that has a few main pages that have supporting pages that links to 1 main page.

    For example:

    [internal page title – page we want ranked in Google SERPs]
    1) Swings Sets

    [internal supporting page titles]
    2) Wooden Swing Set Kits

    3) Outdoor Swing Sets For Backyards

    4) Swing Sets and Playhouses – Outdoor Fun

    5) Durable Swing Sets for 2012

    6) Swings for Indoor Play Sets

    7) etc…

    I could have been more creative with the above page titles, my point here is keep everything short, simple, & very relevant.

    Point internal keyword anchor-text from pages 2-6 at page #1, the page we want to rank.

    And I don’t want any links to link out of the site nor do I want headers, sidebars, etc. to break the silo.

    Will you be able to help me with this if I buy your theme or at least point me to some good resources that go into detail how to create a silo structure for a WordPress site?

    Thanks,
    Brittany

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