0. Introduction

Most of the content on this page shows how you can build a website for your business using the Sydney WordPress theme and the Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin. If you're just running a blog powered by Sydney then you can skip most of this page.

1. Quick start guide

a. Install the theme

Themes > Add New > Upload Theme > Choose File

Or find it by searching in Appearance> Themes

b. Install plugins

Install Sydney Toolbox and the Page Builder plugins (they show up as recommended when you activate the theme).

Please note: the Sydney Toolbox plugin only works if you are not using a plugin called Types.

c. Import demo content (optional)

Option 1 (automatic) Install this plugin and then navigate to Appearance > Import Demo Data. It will import all demo content and change your homepage and blog page to the ones from our demo site. It will also assign a menu.

Option 2 (manual) Demo content available here. Help with this is here.

2. Documentation

a. Importing the demo content

Note that this is not a mandatory step. You should only do it if you want to import all the content from our demo site. It won't affect your existing content.

Go to your admin area then Tools > Import > WordPress and select the demo content file

b. Setting a static front page

Setting a static front page allows you to add static content on your homepage. This is what you want to do in case you don't want to show only your latest posts on your homepage.

Note 1: If you have imported the demo content like it is shown in the previous step, you can follow this video from the 0:30 mark as you don't need to manually create your static pages.

Note 2: In this video you can see the Front Page template being applied to the homepage. Please note that this template can be applied to any and as many pages as you need, not just the homepage.

c. Creating services/employees etc.

Once you have the Sydney Toolbox plugin installed, here's how you can create services, employees, testimonials and clients.

d. Adding blocks to your pages

In this video you can see how you can add blocks to your homepage or to the rest of the pages that you're building with the Page Builder.

e. Row styling

Row styling includes setting a background color or image, setting a color and more. This video shows you all you need to know about individual row styling.

f. Selecting fonts

Sydney offers easy access to the whole Google Fonts collection. You get to manually pick the font family, sets, weights etc.

g. Code Snippets

Make sure you check our continually expanding Code Snippets Library for Sydney here.

h. Upgrading to Sydney Pro


Sydney Pro is a new theme so you install it by uploading the theme zip to WordPress (Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme). You won’t lose any of your content (posts, pages etc) when you activate it. However, because it is a different theme, your Customizer settings will be reset, so if you’ve made a lot of changes you might want to export them to Sydney Pro. We covered how to do this here: