Pro A Quick Start Guide to Sydney Pro

In this quick start guide, we’ll look into how to get started with Sydney Pro.

Sydney Pro is a premium WordPress theme that gives you access to Sydney’s free and Pro features and starter sites.

To use Sydney Pro, you don’t need to install and activate the free Sydney theme, as it includes all of its features.

1. Install Sydney Pro

In your WordPress admin area, open the Appearance > Theme menu from the left sidebar.

Then, click the Add New Theme button:

Appearance > Theme screen in the WordPress admin area, annotated screenshot

Once the Add Themes page opens, click the Upload Theme button.

When the file uploader appears on the screen, click the Browse button and upload the file that you downloaded from your purchase receipt email. Note that you can also download Sydney Pro at anytime from Your Account on our website.

The 'Add Themes' screen with the file uploader

Once the ZIP file is uploaded, click the Install Now button to install Sydney Pro on your WordPress site:

Install Sydney Pro in WordPress

On the next page, click the Activate link to activate Sydney Pro on your WordPress site:

Activate Sydney Pro in the WordPress admin area

2. Activate Your Sydney Pro License

To get the latest Sydney Pro updates automatically, you need to activate your license key.

Click the Appearance > Theme Dashboard menu in the left sidebar of your WordPress admin area (this menu item was added by Sydney Pro to your site during the activation process).

In the Theme Dashboard, open the License tab, enter your license key (you can find it in your aThemes account), then click the Activate button:

Sydney Pro's Theme Dashboard, License tab

3. Import a Starter Site (optional)

Starter sites (or demos) are pre-made website designs created with Sydney Pro that include content, images, widgets, and Customizer configurations.

While importing a starter site is not a prerequisite of Sydney Pro, it can help you set up a professional-looking, fully functional WordPress site quickly.

To import a starter site, click the Starter Sites tab in the Theme Dashboard.

If you don’t have the aThemes demo importer plugin activated on your site, Sydney Pro will show you a prompt where you can install and activate it:

Sydney Pro's prompt with the 'Install and Activate' button

Once the demo importer plugin is activated, choose a starter site. Sydney Pro gives you access to both the free and premium demos.

You can preview each starter site by clicking the Preview button.

If you find one that you like, click the Import button to add it to your WordPress site:

Sydney and Sydney Pro starter sites in the Theme Dashboard

Sydney Pro’s import modal will take you through the two simple steps of the import process:

  1. Select the elements you want to import.
  2. Select the plugins you want to import (note that some of the plugins are required).
Sydney Pro's demo importer modal

Once the import process is completed, you can choose between two options:

  • Customize – This option takes you straight to the Customizer where you can fine-tune your design.
  • View Site – This option opens your site so that you can check out your new design.
Sydney Pro's demo importer modal showing a success message