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Installation

If you need help installing WordPress, follow the instructions in WordPress Codex or you can watch theInstructional Video created by Woo Themes. Below are all the useful links for WordPress information.

  1. Download the Houzez files from your ThemeForest account. Navigate to your Downloads tab on ThemeForest and find Houzez. Click the Download button.
  2. On your local computer extract the ZIP folder downloaded from ThemeForest. After extracting files you will open the folder called "Houzez_Main_v1.x" where you will find more folders (child-theme, documentation, licensing)
  3. Locate the houzez_v1.x.zip in the Houzez_Main_v1.x folder. This is the theme you have to install.

Note: If you are installing your theme from the WordPress theme installer, but get a message that says"Are you sure you want to do this?", most likely your web server is configured with PHP settings that are too low to allow the theme ZIP file to upload.

Specifically, PHP is configured to a maximum file upload size limit at 8 megabytes or less. The theme ZIP is currently about 34 megabytes in size which is mainly due to the included plugins and all the demo content. Thus, the web server is rejecting the upload. WordPress is giving you a rather ambiguous message in response. This is not a theme fault or bug.

There two ways to solve this problem

  1. You can either get your web host to increase your PHP limits.
  2. You can upload your theme via an FTP client.

Recommended PHP configuration limits are as follows:

  • max_execution_time 60
  • memory_limit 128M
  • post_max_size 48M
  • upload_max_filesize 48M

Install via FTP


Step by step: How to install Houzez via FTP

  • Step 1 – Log into your FTP client to access your host web server
  • Step 2 – Browse to find the houzez_v1.x.zip file on your computer (located in downloader folder from ThemeForest) and unzip it.
  • Step 3 – Upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to yourdomain/wp-content/themes/ folder
  • Step 4 – Activate the newly installed theme by going to WordPress > Appearance > Themes and clicking the Activate button.
  • Step 5 – After you activate Houzez you will see a notification message to activate the required plugins in the Plugins section of your dashboard. Visual Composer plugin is required.
  • Step 6 – Click on Install Button on each plugin to start installing them. After you’ve installed them, Activate them.

Install via WordPress


Step by step: How to install Houzez via WordPress admin panel

  • Step 1 – Navigate to Appearance > Themes
  • Step 2 – Click Add New and click the Upload button.
  • Step 3 – Browse to find the Houzez.zip file on your computer and click Install Now
  • Step 4 – Activate the newly installed theme by going to Appearance > Themes and clicking the Activate button.
  • Step 5 – After you activate Houzez you will see a notification message to activate the required plugins in the Plugins section of your dashboard. Visual Composer plugin is required.
  • Step 6 – Click on Install Button on each plugin to start installing them. After you’ve installed them, Activate them.

Plugin Installation


Houzez includes 3 plugins that will need to be installed and activated: Houzez Theme - Functionality, Slider Revolution and Visual Composer. When you install Houzez, you will get a notification message in your WordPress admin telling you of the required and recommended plugins.


Required plugins:

  1. Houzez Theme - Functionality: This is our own plugin that is required to use Houzez properly. Please make sure this is always installed and activated.
  2. Slider Revolution: This is a premium slider plugin created by ThemePunch.
  3. Visual Composer: This is a premium slider plugin created by WpBakery.

Recommended plugins:

  1. Contact Form 7: This plugin can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
  2. Mailchimp for WP: This plugin add sign-up methods for your MailChimp lists to your WordPress site.

Plugin Installation & Update Notification

When you install Houzez or update Houzez, you will receive a WordPress notification message letting you know to install or update the required and recommended plugins. Please follow the on screen prompts to install, activate or update.

Note: All plugin updates are provided with theme updates.