Vertical Menu

WP Theme OnLine Guide

Getting Started

First we want to give a thank you for use this theme. We truly appreciate your support!

 Useful links to get you started on Wordpress Installation



You can download latest Wordpress version from If you don't know what Wordpress is or have some difficulties with Wordpress installation, you can try to contact your service provider support.

After you've installed WordPress and when everything is working fine as it should you need to go over some settings, just to make sure your wordpress is working without any problems.

Should you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please you can submit a support ticket. (guest ticket available)

When creating a support ticket, try to explain as clearly as you can the issue you are having and what you were trying to do when the problem occurred.

don't forget to provide the link to your site, wp-admin and FTP credentials. 
Our support guys will get back to you as soon as possible.

The support center works Monday through Friday, European Time.

Install Theme

1. WordPress direct install - This is probably the simplest way for most users. Here are the steps you need to take:

Login to WordPress admin

Go to admin panel > Appearance > Themes > Add New > Search Themes

Write Vertical Menu and click enter.

Click over the Install button over Vertical Menu Image

After that, click over Activate.

Just that. your theme is installed.




2. Install a Theme by using Upload Method from WordPress Admin

Start by downloading the .zip file of the theme.

Next login to your WordPress admin area and click on Appearance » Themes.

You will be prompted to choose the zip file that you downloaded earlier. Select the file and click Install Now.

Once your theme is installed, you will see a success message along with the link to activate and preview the theme.





3. FTP upload - If you wish to install via FTP, here are the steps you need to take:


After download the theme , unzip the file

Using FTP client, for example filezilla, (filezilla) login to the server where your WordPress website is hosted

Using FTP client, navigate to the /wp-content/themes/ directory under your WordPress website's root directory

Using FTP client, upload the verticalmenu directory to themes directory on remote server


4. Activate the theme - Go to Appearence, Themes and activate your theme.


Now the vertical menu theme is ready to use.



If something goes wrong during an update, don't panic. You can always do the following without losing any data and settings:

  • Deactivate and delete currently installed Vertical Menu Theme

  • Install the latest version again

Install All Required Plugins

After activate the theme, show up  a warning asking you to install the recommended plugins. Installing these is very easy - you just need to click 'Begin installing plugins' and you will be redirected to the plugin installation page where you can install them. After install, you can activate them at the same place.



Importing Demo Data (optional)

This Theme includes the Demo Data which allows you to upload the demo content to your site to help you get started with the Theme.  This step is optional. 

Note: We do not recommend this if you have existing content in your WordPress installation, as it will add numerous posts, pages, media and more to your site.

When you import the demo content and click the import button more than once, you will get duplicated content. To get rid of the duplicated content you can install the WP Reset Plugin. Be careful as this plugin will reset the complete database with all your pages, posts, menus, widgets, theme options & settings.

Don't forget to install and activate all plugins before run the demo import.

After the Installation and activation of the theme, go to Appearance > Demo Import, click over Import Demo Data.

Be aware that downloading Demo Content may take a while, depending on the speed of your server!

After finish to install demo data, we suggest to you desactivate the plugin One Click Demo Import.


If you wish to remove the demo content after installing it, you could use a solution such as the WordPress Reset plugin. Note: Using this plugin will delete ALL content within your WordPress installation. So use this plugin at your own risk.

Setting up the Home Page

Once you have created your home page, you need to select it to show up as the home page. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to (Dashboard) Settings => Reading
  2. Select A Static Page for Front Page Displays
  3. Select your new home page for the Front Page
  4. This is also the same spot you select the Blog page
  5. Save

Setting Up Menus

After create the some pages, you can create the menu.


Go to Dashboard  Appearence => Customize  =>  Customize  => Lay Out and select at Menus Enabled section if you want vertical or horizontal menus.


After that, go  to Dashboard  Appearence => Customize  => Menus and setup the menu.


You can also setup the social menu (under the left main menu in our demo). (mark as Social Links Menu)


Here is the wordpress help:


 Click here to wordpress instructions about how to create a custom menu.



Widget Areas

WordPress Widgets add content and features to your Sidebar and Footer. 

We have this widget areas available:


  1. Left Sidebar
  2. First Footer (left)
  3. Second Footer (center)
  4. Third Footer (Right)


  • Just go to Appearence, Customize, Widgets.
  • Choose a Widget and drag it to the place where you wish it to appear. 
  • Once you dropped the widget to widget areas, WordPress automatically updates the Theme and it will appear in its area.


To setup Contact Form at footer:

Create a small contact form. (Take a look Other: Contact form) Then, go to Customize-> Appearence ->  Widgets -> First (or another) Footer Widget.

Drag and drop one text widget to the footer widget area.

Click Add a Widget

Pick up one Widget

click Save


 Click here to Learn more about Wordpress and Widgets.

Upload Logo

To load your logo (240px  X  200px):


  1. Go to to Appearence
  2. Customize
  3. Settings
  4. Site Identity
  5. Choose Logo Image
  6. Upload (from your computer)
  7. Save


VerticalMenu has an advanced Theme Options panel that is loaded with options. There are numerous options to go over in these docs but please take some time and navigate through each tab. Go to Appearance -> Customize and take a look. We've organized them into logical sets and have given  descriptions for items that need it, most things are self explanatory. Be sure to hit Save to save your settings once you are done.

General Options

Customize => Lay Out (optional) :

complete path:

Dashboard =>  Appearance => Customize => Customize => Lay Out

  • Boxed or Wide
  • Background Transparency
  • Show or Hide Entry-Title
  • Show or hide horizontal / vertical menu
  • Show Left or Right sidebar
  • more ...



Appearence => Customize => Colors

You can chose:

  • Base Color Scheme (Black, white and 5 more colors ...)
  • Customize Header and Sidebar colors
  • Customize menu text color

Click SAVE



Footer Copyright

Go to Appearence => Customize => Customize => Footer Copyright

Write your Copyright Message. Example: Copyright 2016

You can use some html tags here, like bold, italic and link. You can use also &copy

Then click SAVE

Background Image

Go to Appearence => Customize => Customize => Background Image

Choose a background image.

Then, click SAVE

Top Navigation Design

You can enable top navigation menu at: Appearence=> Customize=> Customize=> Lay Out

Just check and click SAVE

After that, you can go to Appearence=> Customize=> Customize=> Top Navigation Design

and you can choose colors, font size, margin and so on.

When the setup is completed, click SAVE




Mobile Navigation Design

You can choose the mobile navigation color here:


Appearence => Customize => Mobile Navigation



Creating Sliders

We suggest to use the plugin Meta Slider to create sliders. In our free theme we use free Meta Slider version.

Creating slideshows with Meta Slider is fast and easy.

At your dashboard, look for Meta Slider.

Simply select images from your WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into place, set slide captions, links and SEO fields all from one page. You can choose from 4 different slideshow types (Flex Slider, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slides & Coin Slider) and use the provided shortcode  to easily embed slideshows in your site.

Here is the plugin help page.

We do not provide support for plugins. If you have questions on plugins we recommend directing your questions to the plugin authors. 




We suggest to use Free ShortCodes Ultimate Plugin to give you shortcodes in our free theme.

With this plugin you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, different sliders, responsive videos and much, much more. Using Shortcodes Ultimate you can quickly and easily retrieve premium themes features and display it on your site. 

This is the Guide On Line.

We do not provide support for these plugins. If you have questions on these plugins we recommend directing your questions to the plugin authors. 


Contact Forms

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.

If you are not familiair with this plugin check out below resources.

Contact 7 Help -

Please be informed that we do not give support to any third party plugin's questions and issues. We can only afford to answer simple usage questions or issues related to incompatibility with the theme.

Creating Child Themes

To create a child theme, follow this steps:

1. Go to theme’s directory (usually wp-content/themes/) , find the folder verticalmenu,  and open it.

You can do it with any FTP programs, like filezilla.

2.  Move the folder
to outside the verticalmenu folder

I mean, to the same folder where you can find all themes.

3. Then, go to your site
Dashboard => Appearance => Themes
and activate the Vertical Menu child theme.

Now, you should see Active: Vertical Menu Child

Remember to do one back up of the theme and child theme folders before begin to make modifications.

Please, remember: Our support finish after you install the child theme and it is working fine without modifications. We can’t give support to theme customizations.


Google Analytics

This is optional. After create your account at google analytics site, copy your Google Analytics Tracking ID For example: UA-99999999-9 (no javascript)

Paste it at


Appearence => Customize => Code (Google Analytics).


Then, just save it.


For more details about google analytics, visit google site.

Disable Comments

Comments are enabled on WordPress posts and pages by default. You can change the default for new posts or pages, as well as enable/disable comments on posts or pages you’ve already published.

You can change the defaults for new posts or pages on the Settings -> Discussion screen.

To hide comments on the specific page go to “WP-admin > Pages” and click the “quick edit” link. You will see the “Allow Comments” checkbox (fig. 1):


You can do the same in the Page/Post Adding/Editing interface. Simply check the “Discussion” checkbox in Screen Option – corresponding “Discussion” box will appear (fig. 2):


The Left Sidebar contain the logo,  the Vertical Left Menu  (Primary Menu), the secondary menu (social menu) and the main widget area.

You can upload the logo at Site Identity section. You can enable the menus at Lay Out Section, manage the Menu at Menu Section  and manage the widget areas at Widget Section (Appearence -> Customize).



Our supporte page

Should you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please you can submit a support ticket. (guest ticket available)

We can provide support for general theme issues, such as if you are stuck setting the theme or if you spot a bug. However, we can’t provide customisation services, there are a bunch of companies out there that can assist you with that for a fee, you can find them by searching Google for “wordpress customisation service”

We do not provide support for plugins. If you have questions on plugins we recommend directing your questions to the plugin authors. 

When creating a support ticket, try to explain as clearly as you can the issue you are having and what you were trying to do when the problem occurred.

don't forget to provide the link to your site, wp-admin and FTP credentials. 
Our support guys will get back to you as soon as possible.
The vertical menu support center works Monday through Friday.


Useful links to get you started on Wordpress Installation


Thanks a lot for using this theme. Hope you found this documentation helpful for using this theme. Please support this product by giving your ratings and testimonial. For any further help, you can visit our support site.

With best wishes

Bill Minozzi