Agora is a responsive eCommerce theme for WordPress. It is WooCommerce compatible and allows you to easily setup a functional and beautiful e-shop to sell your merchandise. Its homepage consists of a slider and a widgetized area which allows you to use widgets to display content.
WordPress theme installation
The easiest way to install the theme, is by accessing your WordPress admin panel, then go to Appearance > Themes. Select the Install Themes tab and click the Upload link located just below the tab’s name. Click on Browse… and select the WordPress theme zip file you just downloaded. Then click the Install Now button, and after a few seconds, your new theme should be installed. Click activate and the theme is ready to use.
In order to install the theme manually, or in case you have trouble installing it through the admin panel, you have to unzip the WordPress theme’s zip file on your computer, and upload via FTP the resulting theme folder into your WordPress installation themes folder (wp-content/themes). Then, from the WordPress admin go to Appearance > Themes. The theme should be available in your themes list. Click activate.
After activation, you will be redirected to the CSSIgniter Settings panel (accessible from Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings) to start customizing your brand new theme.
To enable eCommerce functionality for your website you need to install and activate the WooCommerce plugin by WooThemes. You can download the plugin free of charge from the WordPress Plugin Repository. For installation and usage instructions please refer to the plugin’s documentation.
Once you have installed and activated the WooCommerce plugin please install its pages by clicking on the button that WooCommerce provides on its banner. This will likely create a duplicate of some pages along with the pages install by the sample content but its a needed step. You can delete the old pages that came with the sample content or use them instead by going to WooCommerce > Settings > Pages and assign them anew.
TIP: If you need different product image sizes than the ones set by the theme, go to WooCommerce > Settings and in the Products tab set the image sizes that best fit your shop under the Product Image Sizes section.
Importing sample content
The easiest way to get started and find your way around using this theme, is by installing it into a fresh WordPress installation, and importing our sample content.
To get it go to CSSIgniter settings > Site Options, scroll all the way down and click the Download sample content link. Extract the zip file you downloaded and upload the xml file in Tools > Import > WordPress (if not already present, you will be prompted to install the WordPress importer plugin), assign the authors to an existing user and make sure you check the “import attachments” box. You can now import the sample content.
WARNING: As this will create posts, pages, custom post types, categories, widgets, etc. and change various system settings, it is strongly advised that you do this on a clean WordPress installation, without any previous and/or precious data. Under no circumstances we can be held responsible for total or partial data loss, so please be careful.
Setting up your theme
1) Creating theme pages
Let’s start by adding pages you are going to need. Go to Pages > Add New and create the following pages:
- “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it the “Front Page for eCommerce” or the “Front Page” template from the “Page attributes” panel. See below for more information about the templates.
- “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
- “Contact” here you can place your contact form.
(TIP, all page titles serve as examples, you can name your pages according to your needs.)
Once the pages are created, navigate to Settings > Reading and set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page as your posts page, as demonstrated in the image below.
2) Populating your blog
To add new posts to your blog, go to Posts > add new, title your post, enter the content in the editor, upload a featured image by clicking “Set featured image” on the Featured Image panel, add a category and/or tag to the post, if you so desire, from the respective panels and publish the post by clicking “Publish”.
3) Adding products
The most important thing of your e-shop are your products, to add them check this detailed guide provided by WooThemes here.
4) Adding Slider items
The way to add items on your homepage’s slider depends on the template you chose earlier:
- If you chose the “Front Page for eCommerce” template go to Products > Products and on each product you want as featured, click on the star so it becomes featured, as demonstrated below.
- If you selected the “Front Page” template go to Posts > All Posts and edit the post you want to make featured or if you want to add a new post go to Posts > Add New and check the box in the Slider Details section.
You can enable/disable the slider and control its behavior from CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options.
5) Creating your menus
Now that your content is in place, you will need a menu. Go to Appearance > Menus, check the pages you want on your menu and add them, give your menu a name and save it. Finally you will need to set your menu as “Main” menu, this can be done either by checking the “Main menu” box in “Menu Settings” just below your menu items in Menu Structure, or by going to the “Manage Locations” tab and selecting the menu you just created.
(TIP, for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)
6) Setting up your Homepage
As mentioned earlier the homepage on Agora consists of the slider and a widgetized area. You can navigate to Apperance > Widgets and add widgets to the e-shop Front Page Widgets or Front Page Widgets sidebar depending on which homepage template you chose. Below is a list of recommended widgets you can assign to the frontpage
- WooCommerce Products
- WooCommerce Recently Viewed Products
- WooCommerce Top Rated Products
Duplicate the demo’s layout
The theme’s demo has the “Front Page for eCommerce” template selected. There are a few featured products on the slider and the following widgets on the e-shop Front Page Widgets sidebar: WooCommerce Products showing latest products, CI Newsletter and WooCommerce Products showing the best selling products. On the Footer Widgets sidebar we have two Text widgets, the WooCommerce Featured Products and the CI Tweets widgets.
7) Changing Footer text
8) Header text
Under CSSIngiter settings > Display Options (1st box) you can modify the two lines of text that appear on your header opposite to your logo.
9) e-Commerce options
Under CSSIngiter settings > e-Commerce options you can modify the number of products your shop pages will have and enable/disable related products and Up-Sells.
10) Custom Widgets
The theme features eight custom widgets which are displayed below
All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their functionality.
The CSSIgniter settings panel
Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find our custom built settings panel. From here you can manipulate various aspects of your theme, including, but not limited to, changing your logo, setting a custom background, changing color scheme and applying custom styles via the custom CSS tab. All options feature a description so you instantly know their provided functionality.
How to use the page builder template
The theme comes bundled with a page builder template which allows you to use your favorite page builder plugin on it and create unique layouts very easily.
To use that template start by going to Pages > Add New. This will create a new page. Add a title to your page and select the Page builder template from the template drop down in the Page Attributes metabox.
That’s it. You can now start building your page using the page builder of your choice, once done publish it and check it out.
- CSSIgniter Shortcodes you can use our custom made shortcode plugin to help you create a variety of layouts and elements on your site. Instructions can be found here.
- Socials Ignited use this plugin to create a widget that links to all your social profiles. You can also customize it with your icons and add new social networks, a guide can be found here.
- Contact Form 7 use this plugin to create a contact form, then copy the shortcode it gives you and paste it in the contact page you created earlier.
- Thumbnail: 480x360px
- Fullwidth page featured image: 940x400px
- Product thumbnail: 100x100px
- Shop page (product listing) thumbnail: 480x360px
- Single product featured image: 480x360px