If you already have WordPress installed, it means that you meet the minimum server requirements and you can perfectly install this theme without any issues. To get the most out of your website though, you should get in touch with your web host and ask them if they meet the following criteria:
- PHP version 7.4 or greater.
- MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.1 or greater.
- HTTPS support.
This theme requires our free Ignition framework plugin to be installed. Simply visit the Downloads area, download the Ignition Framework plugin
Then upload it through your Dashboard → Plugins → Add new and Activate it.
It really doesn’t matter if you install the theme or the plugin first. Just make sure to install it in order to get the whole functionality.
GutenBee is a collection of elegant WordPress blocks enhancing your editing experience in the block editor and vastly extending the potential of the new editor experience.
If you want to replicate our demo website you need to install it. Simply visit Plugins → Add new and search for “GutenBee”. Click on Install Now and then Activate it.
Contact Form 7 (Optional)
Contact Form 7 is a popular contact form plugin, installing it will ensure the contact form will appear when importing sample content. You can use any other third party plugin you wish though.
Installing the theme is a very simple process. Go to your WordPress dashboard → Appearance → Themes → Add new and upload the zip file. Once uploaded just click on the Activate button. That’s it! You can now start creating pages. You can check our guide here for a more detailed guide.
How to import the sample content
If you like what you see in our demo website you can simply import the sample content. This means that an exact replica of our demo website will be imported in your WordPress installation. Now all you have to do is simply replace the content of these pages with your content.
Here’s how to do it:
- In your WordPress dashboard visit Appearance → Theme Options → Sample Content.
- Click Install and then Activate for each of the required plugins.
- Click the Get Started button and in the next screen the Import Demo Data button.
Web page loading times are greatly affected by the size of your images. For best results make sure to use images with the recommended dimensions as described below:
- Main post thumbnail: 960x640px
- Item: 615x 410px
- Large Item: 1290x860px
- Article Media: 510x510px
- Mini-cart items: 160x160px
Setting up the global sections of your website
It’s considered a good practice to set up the areas of your website that you won’t be editing a lot in the future, like the header and the footer.
As you can see in our demo website all pages have a Transparent page header featuring a background image and 3 main components:
1. Top Bar
3. Main Menu
In your WordPress dashboard click on Appearance → Customize → Top Bar. Here you have 3 content areas available for simple text or shortcodes. Please refer to the shortcodes section below for information regarding the shortcodes available.
Amaryllis top bar has the left content area filled with some custom HTML, while the right content area has a set of shortcodes. Middle one stays blank in our demo, but you can use it as you wish.
So under the Right content area you should have:
In the same location you can edit your Top bar colors and your site general appearance.
The recommended maximum width of your logo is 118px (or 236px is you want a retina ready logo) while you can use any height you want. To upload your logo visit the Customizer through your WordPress dashboard → Appearance → Customize → Site Identity. As you can see you can upload 2 logos. In this case we need to use the Alternative Logo upload field because we are currently using a Transparent header as set in the Customizer → Header → Layout → Header Type option.
In your WordPress dashboard click on Appearance → Menus. In the Menu structure section enter a Menu name (It can be anything you like) and click on the Create Menu button. From the Add menu items section on the left select the pages that you want to add in your menu and click on the Add to Menu button. Now all you have to do is assign this menu to a Display location. In the Menu Settings section click on the Main Menu checkbox. Your navigation menu should be now visible on your website.
Custom button in the menu
You can create a special button-like menu item by setting a certain class for to it. The class name is nav-button and you can set it under Appearance→Menus for the item you want. First enable this section from Screen Options.
Before you start working with your menus check this article
Header Background image
You can set a common background image for every page on your website through Appearance → Customize → Page title. Under the Colors section you can set a background color, a background image, an overlay color and also set the primary text color and the secondary text color.
In some cases, like in our demo website, you might want to have different background images on different posts, pages and custom post types
Let’s see an example. Create or edit a page. On the right sidebar locate the Page title image field. Upload a new image and preview this page. As you can see we have successfully overridden the image set in the Customizer settings.
General Site Options
You can change your general site options globally from Appearance→Customize→Site Options. Under Layout section you can control your Site and blog layout, as well as the main width of your content and the ratio between sidebar and content. Under the Colors tab you can select the basic color palette for your installation and add a background image. Finally under Typography you can select from a full list of Google Fonts for each element in mobile mobile/desktop views, or you can just disable Google Fonts altogether.
The footer area is a standard 4-column widgetized area that can be populated with widgets through Appearance → Widgets. You can also remove the credits at the very bottom of this area by visiting Appearance → Customize → Footer → Content section. You can also adjust the colors by setting a background color & image and also modify the border, title and text colors.
Under the Content (Customize→Footer) area you can add your copyright information and use any of the shortcodes included in the ignition framework
You can select to disable the default theme Lightbox from Appearance→Utilities→Lightbox
Block editor Dark Mode
When you have a dark background it’s quite hard to read text when editing the block editor. Under Appearance→Utilities→Block Editor you can enable this feature to help you edit your content better.
You can choose to have the weather appear using the weather shortcode anywhere inside your installation. First you will need to setup the weather from Utilities→Weather. You will need to create an API key first here
Creating a new Product
Adding a Simple product
Go to WooCommerce → Products → Add Product then enter a product Title and Description.
Go to the Product Data panel and select a Simple product with a price and a sale price as shown below:
Save the Product and you can start selling!
You can find a Full guide on how to create complex products with Attributes and variations here
Product categories and tags work in much the same way as normal categories and tags you have when writing posts in WordPress. They can be created, edited, and selected at any time. This can be done when you first create a product or come back and edit it or the category/tag specifically. You can also control your thumbnail icon for that category as well as the hero page title background image.
Setting a Product category as a menu item is easy. Navigate to Appearance→Menus and enable Product Categories as menu items from Screen Options (More info here)
Create a new page from Pages → Add New, then select from the right side under Page Attributes the Full width template. Then from Page Settings check the Remove top/bottom content padding and set all other options to hide.
GutenBee Container with two columns. Each column consists of one GutenBee Banner:
Each banner has a GutenBee Heading along with a GutenBee Paragraph and a GutenBee Button:
Create a GutenBee Container with four columns. Each column has a GutenBee Icon Box:
Next we have GutenBee container with one column. Column contains a GutenBee heading along with a GutenBee subheading.
Next we have a GutenBee Container with two columns the first column has one banner 768px in height while the second column has two banners each 369px in height. Each banner has a background image and a custom location for the GutenBee Heading and paragraph inside.
Next comes a GutenBee Container with one column. Inside we have GutenBee heading and a GutenBee paragraph.
Next we have a GutenBee Container with one column and inside a GutenBee banner with two different GutenBee Headings a GutenBee Countdown following a GutenBee Button.
Finally comes a GutenBee Container with one column. Inside we have a GutenBee heading with a GutenBee paragraph and finally an On Sale Products native WooCommerce block.
To recreate the frontpage you will need to have both GutenBee and WooCommerce plugins installed.
Support page is a simple contact page, with your store details and a simple Contact Form 7 form inside. Create a new page from Pages→Add New. Under Page attributes leave the template to Default. Then a add GutenBee Container with 2 columns inside. First will have some GutenBee headings and GutenBee paragraphs with your content while the second one will have a shortcode block with your Contact Form 7 shortcode inside.
Black Friday page
Create a new page from Pages→Add New. Under Page attributes leave the template to Full Width Boxed. Then under Page Settings check the Remove top/bottom content padding option and select to hide Show Normal Page Title, Show Normal Page Subtitle and breadcrumbs.
First Add a GutenBee Container Block with a GutenBee Banner with a custom background image from Block Appearance. Set the Vertical Content Alignment and Horizontal Content Alignment to middle and center.
Inside you can add two GutenBee Headings and GutenBee Countdown block with a simple timer.
Set a new GutenBee Container and add an on Sale Products block with a custom category and any rows and columns you wish.
About Us page
Create a new Page from Pages→Add New. Under Page attributes leave the template to Full Width Boxed. Then under Page Settings check the Remove top/bottom content padding option and select to hide Show Normal Page Title, Show Normal Page Subtitle and breadcrumbs.
Inside the GutenBee banner we have a simple Heading, Image and paragraph block from the GutenBee plugin collection, but you can use any custom block you want.
This is you main blog page. You can Create a new page and set it as your blog page under Settings→Reading. You can customize it from Customize→Blog under the Archive section.
[ignition-custom-menu name=”your menu name”]
Create a Custom menu from Appearance→Menus, then use this shortcode to display it in any location you want. Primary used to display Social icons in the top bar.
- Create New Menu instead from Appearance→Customize→Menus.
- To add a social media link to the menu, click + Add Items.
- Next, select the Custom Links menu item type.
- Add the address for one of your social media profiles in the URL field. For example, if the link to your Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/cssigniter, you would copy that into the URL field.
- You can also enter a name for the social media profile in the Link Text field. Once you’re ready, click Add to Menu.
- Repeat the above steps until all the social media profiles you wish to use have been added to the menu.
- Finally, click Publish.
Simple site search field, you can use it under any content area in the Customizer. Using the
will help you search specifically products. This is quite helpful if you have an online Shop.
Supported attributes are:
- format (optional): The date format, by default follows the one set under Settings → General.
Use this shortcode in any Customizer content area to display today’s date.
Supported attributes are:
- id (optional): The id of the location to display the weather from, default is the one set under the Customizer Weather options.
- units (optional): C or F units to display.
This will display the weather inside any content area in Customizer. You will need to setup the API first from Customize→Utilities→Weather. The location ID number can be found by visiting OpenWeatherMap.org and searching for your city. Leave this blank and the default ID from Customize→Utilities→Weather will appear.
This shortcode will display the minicart. Use it under Customize→Top Bar in any content field you wish.
Supported attributes are:
- display (optional): accepted values are flags, text or both
- type (optional): accepted values are dropdown or menu
- untranslated (optional): accepted values are hide or home
We support WPML and Polylang. You can either use their default language switcher or our shortcode one.
If you have an Account page selected this shortcode will generate a link to that page. You will need to have WooCommerce installed and under WooCommerce→Settings→Accounts & Privacy tab the Allow customers to create an account during checkout option checked.
Theme provides several page templates you can select from Page Attributes. Depending on your scenario you can select:
- Default template: This is the main template, you can start building anything using this one
- Content / Sidebar: This page will always have the sidebar on the right (Same as default page template)
- Sidebar / Content: This page will have the content always on the left
- Full width: This will make your page Full width, covering from one side of the screen to another
- Full width boxed: This will have the page Full width but inside the container scope. You can control the scope from Customize→Site Options→Layout options
- Full width narrow: This is the same as Full width boxed, but it will add some padding making the content area a bit narrower
All pages have a generic set of options. These can be changed under the Page Settings section when editing each page.
- Remove top/bottom content padding: This will allow the content to have or not some extra padding from header and footer
- Disable featured image for this Page: You can select to hide the featured image in this single page. Featured image will appear in your listings though
- Header Type: Select transparent or opaque header type. You can control the color settings for the normal and transparent one from Customize→Header→Colors
- Show Page Title with Background: This will show or not the hero section with the page title and a background
- Show Normal Page Title: Hide or show the normal page title
- Show Normal Page Subtitle: Hide or show the normal page subtitle (if any)
- Show Breadcrumbs: Show or hide breadcrumbs for this page.
All settings are inherited from Customizer. So you can actually set some global settings and if you wish change certain pages to have different behaviour
This theme supports WooCommerce, so you can create an eCommerce experience for your visitors.
Having WooCommerce installed is not mandatory to use the theme.
Assign a Shop page
Before any other step you will need to create a new page from Pages→Add new and then select it as your Shop page.
Please have a look here how to setup your WooCommerce pages.
Customize the Shop page
You can control the Shop listing page and product categories from Customize→Woocommerce→Product Catalog. Here you can select whether you want to show categories as items in your shop and product category pages as well as the column and row number for each page.
You can also set a second image to appear when hovering over your product. The first – default one will be the featured image, while the second will be the first image item from your product gallery.
Here you can also modify the shop layout to have a sidebar, and the position of that sidebar in relation to the content.
Under Customize→Woocommerce→Single Product you can control your Product image layout.
The theme provides special widget areas for your Blog posts and archives, pages and shop. You can use a plugin/module like Jetpack’s widget visibility to hide or show widgets for certain pages or posts or products.
If you need help during the initial installation and setup of this theme, feel free to get in touch and we will be right there for you within 24 hours to help
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