Support » Theme: Author » How to Customize Author and Fix Errors [Please Read First]

  • Theme Author Ben Sibley


    Thanks so much for downloading Author!

    Author has a ton of resources for customizing your site and fixing errors. Here’s a list of the resources and how to use each one.

    Author tutorials

    If you want to add the large images showcased in the demo, customize the menus, and do more with Author, check out the Author Support Center for step-by-step tutorials.

    Customizing Author

    You don’t need to know CSS to tweak and customize your site with it. Author has dozens of pre-written CSS snippets you can copy and paste in the Author CSS Snippets Collection.

    Advanced customization

    If you need to reorder elements in the template or make complex customizations, you’ll need to use a “child theme“. You can click here to download a starter child theme for Author and find basic setup instructions here.

    Something went wrong!

    If you notice something isn’t working that used to work, check out the Author changelog. It will let you know about the recent changes so you can check if an update caused the new error.

    If you do ever have an issue with a new version of Author, you can always use the WP Rollback plugin to revert to a prior version without the error.

    General WP questions

    You can find dozens of tutorials on using WordPress on the Compete Themes blog.

    Still have questions?

    If you have any errors or unanswered questions, search the forum here to see if there’s an existing solution. If not, please open a new thread.

    When posting a new thread, please include the URL of your website. I don’t always need this, but sometimes I do so it will get you a solution faster.

    Thanks for checking this thread and enjoy the theme 🙂

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  • Hello.

    My site is I have used the author theme and used WPML to make it bilingual. Translations are working fine except for the home button in the left hand side bar. I want it to say “Accueil” in the French version but it keeps saying Home, despite me having translated all the strings with the word Home in it.

    I read somewhere that sometimes words are hard coded into themes. Is this the case here? And how can I change that?

    Please I do not know html so give me detailed instructions on where to find any files that I may need to change.


    Theme Author Ben Sibley


    Hi Cassandra,

    In the Menus page in your dashboard (Appearance > Menus), location the “Home” menu item and click on the arrow on the right-side. This will reveal a few options including the Navigation Label where you can change the text (screenshot).

    I’m not sure if you will find an option to serve both a French and English translation with the WPML plugin active, but that is the source of the text.

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