Documentation for Andros

ATTENTION: This documentation is about the new version of Andros, if you are using the legacy version please visit its documentation page here

Server Requirements

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.

Prerequisites

Ignition Framework

This theme requires our free Ignition framework plugin to be installed. Simply visit the Downloads area, download the Ignition Framework plugin, 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 both in order to get the whole functionality.

For more information about the installation procedure along with some small videos check out this article.

Theme installation

Installing the theme is a very simple process. Go to your dashboard under Appearance > Themes > Add new, click Upload Theme and upload the zip file. Once uploaded click Install Now and then the Activate Theme link. For a more detailed overview on how to download and install the theme check out this article.

Once the theme is installed and activated you will be forwarded to the theme’s onboarding page.

You will be prompted to install and activate the Ignition Framework plugin if you haven’t done so already. Here you can also install our free custom blocks plugin, GutenBee. Through the onboarding page you have access to many useful links, such as the theme’s documentation, our knowledge base articles, direct links to our support hub and access to our theme installation service.

In the Sample Content tab of the onboarding page you can install and activate all the plugins required to import the sample content and proceed with its installation. More info on that on the next section.

NOTE: The only plugin required for the theme to work properly is the Ignition Framework plugin, all other plugins are entirely optional if you don’t need their functionality or are not planning on importing the sample content. You can safely skip installing and activating them if you are sure you don’t need them.

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 a close approximation of our demo website will be imported in your WordPress installation. Now all you have to do is replace the content of these pages with yours. Importing the sample content can help serve as a basis on which you can continue to build and expand your site, however keep in mind that this procedure is entirely optional.

Here is a generic video guide on how to import the sample content.

The procedure:

  • 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.
NOTE: Due to the nature of the import mechanism some links may link back to our demo website. If you are not sure how to update / change these links simply get in touch and we’ll help you out.

Image sizes

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: 870x580px
  • Item:  615x 410px
  • Large Item: 1170x780px
  • Article Media 510x510px
  • Mini-cart items 160x160px
  • Accommodation Featured: 1570x750px
NOTE: If for any reason you want to change the dimensions of any of the predefined image sizes you have to use a plugin.  This guide describes the process of modifying image sizes.
NOTE: All image sizes are the minimum recommended, adding larger image sizes will result in cropping them to fit.

Setting up site-wide sections

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 general site layout, the header, footer and some secondary functionality.

General Site Options

You can change your general site options under Customize > Site Options. Under the Layout section you can control your site’s and blog’s layout, as well as the site width and content/sidebar column ratio. The layout can then be overridden in each post/page individually. 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 the ideal font pairing from a full list of Google Fonts and customize font properties for key elements on desktop and mobile devices alike. You also have the option to disable Google Fonts altogether.

As you can see in our demo website all pages have a normal page header which consists of 3 main components:

  1. Top Bar
  2. Logo
  3. Main Menu

The layout of the header can be set globally under Customize > Header > Layout.

On the demo we have a normal header, the menu is sticky and aligned on the right.

Top Bar

To edit the top bar go to Customize > Top Bar. Here you can toggle the top bar entirely and fill the 3 content areas with simple text, plain HTML, or shortcodes. Refer to the shortcodes section below for information regarding the shortcodes. On the theme’s demo we have used the following shortcodes:

[ignition-custom-menu name="Social"][ignition-current-weather id="265040"][ignition-language-switcher]

To show the social icons, the weather and the language switcher.

Logo

The recommended maximum width of your logo is 200px (or 400px if you require retina ready logos). To upload your logo visit the Customizer through your WordPress dashboard Customize > Site Identity. You can see you can upload 2 logos. The main and the alternative one. The alternative logo can be used if you want a different logo to appear when the header layout is set to Transparent under Customize > Header > Layout. In the theme’s demo we don’t use a logo image.

Main Menu

If you are not familiar with WordPress menus here is a detailed guide.

Navigate to Customize > Menus. Enter a menu name (It can be anything you like) and click on the Create Menu button. In the next page click the Add Items button and start adding items to the menu. Now all you have to do is assign this menu to a location through the Menu Locations section, check the Main menu location and you are done. Your navigation menu should be now visible on your website.

Create a menu button

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.

This is a predefined class you can use for your menu items

The page title section

This section allows you to create an area just below the menu which can display the page’s title & subtitle along with a background image or color.

The page title section can be modified under Customize > Page title. You can choose to disable the page title with background section entirely, change its height, alignment, content and toggle the site’s breadcrumbs. Under the Colors section you can set a background color, a background image, an overlay color and also set the primary and the secondary text colors. On Andros’ demo we do not utilize the page title section globally, only on pages required.

In some cases, you might want to have different background images on different posts, pages and custom post types.

To achieve that 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.

NOTE: The purpose of the Transparent header option is to have your main header components (Top bar, Logo & Main Menu) on top of a background image or background color which means that you have to set on in the Customize > Page title > Color section.

In our Knowledge Base you can find more info about the page title section, the breadcrumbs and the page template overrides.

The footer area is a standard 4-column widgetized area that can be populated with widgets through Customize > Widgets. You can also remove the credits at the very bottom of this area by visiting Customize > Footer > Content section. You can also adjust the colors by setting a background color & image and modify the border, title and text colors.

Utilities

Lightbox

The theme offers a lightbox for your images which is by default disabled to avoid conflicts with third party plugins which offer lightboxes. If you want to use it you can enable it under Customize > Utilities > Lightbox.

Weather

You can choose to show the weather for a chosen location using the weather shortcode anywhere inside your installation. First you will need to set it up by providing an API key and location under Customize > Utilities > Weather.

Block editor Dark Mode

Some themes might have a dark color scheme which is reflected in the block editor, this can make working with certain blocks a bit harder. Enabling the editor dark mode using the provided checkbox will apply certain styles to the editor in order to improve the content creation experience.

Social Sharing

Via the social sharing panel you can allow users to share your posts & products to Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest with a single click.

For more information check out this knowledge base article about available customization options.

Custom post types

Create a new Accommodation

Navigate to Accommodation > Add New. Then under the Document tab start adding the basic item attributes. These are:

  • Featured image: Will appear on all related listings and on the item’s single page.
  • Categories: Set a category for the item which will also serve as a filter on the post type’s listing pages.
  • Excerpt: Add a manual excerpt that will appear on post listings and on the page title section as a subtitle (if applicable).
  • Post Attributes: Control the location and appearance of the sidebar. More info about these options can be found here.
  • Page title image: Set a custom post title background image for the item. Leave blank if you want to keep the default settings configured earlier.
  • Page Settings: Here you can fine tune the item’s appearance. E.g. toggle the featured image, change header type, hide the page title/subtitle, breadcrumbs etc. All our demo services respect the Customizer options. More info about these options can be found here.

Setting up the pages

NOTE: All blocks used in the construction of the pages below are provided by the GutenBee plugin unless mentioned otherwise.

Homepage

Create a new page with the full width boxed template applied to it. Under Page Settings remove the top/bottom padding, disable the featured image, set the header type to normal and all other options to hide.

The homepage’s content starts with a Wide Aligned MaxSlider block displaying the homepage slider, followed by a 25px tall Divider block.

Next up we have some Heading & Paragraphs block making up the content followed by a Post Types block displaying the the Rooms Category from the Accommodation Post Type, it displays 6 items in a 3 column layout.

Following that we have the testimonial which consists of a Paragraph, a Heading, a Divider and a core Pullquote block. Finally the homepage closes with the latest news section which consists of a Paragraph, a Heading, a Divider, a Post Types block displaying three posts in a three column layout and another Spacer.

News

This is your posts page. Create a new page and set it as your posts page under Customize > Homepage Options. You can customize it under Customize > Blog in the Archives section.

Rooms listing

This page will serve as your main Room/Suite listing page. Let’s create a new page first from Pages > Add New. Set the page’s template to Full width boxed under Page Attributes, add an excerpt, set the header type to normal and the rest of the drop downs to hide, then proceed to the content.

The content starts with a Paragraph, a Heading and a Divider block. Next is a Post Types block displaying three accommodation items from the Suites category in a three column layout, followed by a couple of Core Spacers.

Next up is a Container block with a single column and 60px bottom margin. Inside we find a Core PullQuote block. The Container is followed by yet another Core Spacer.

Next we have another Paragraph, Heading and Divider block. Following is a Post Types block displaying three accommodation items from the Rooms category in a three column layout, followed by a final Core Spacer.

Room

Slideshow

The room has the full width boxed template applied to it and an excerpt with pricing information. Under Page Settings it has the top/bottom padding removed, the featured image, page title with background and normal page title hidden.

The slideshow consists of a Wide Aligned Group block containing a Slideshow block with a few room photos. It is followed by a Spacer, a Paragraph, a Heading and a Divider block.

Next up we have a Container block with two columns the left one takes up two thirds of the available space and acts as the room’s content area and the right one takes up the last third of the available space and serves as the room’s sidebar.

In the content area we have the following blocks:

We start with some Paragraphs and a Heading block. Next we have the Icon List with the Inline layout displaying the room’s amenities. Next with have another Heading, a Gallery, another Heading and Paragraph, a Core Pullquote and finally another paragraph.

For the sidebar we have the following blocks:

We start with a Heading, a Paragraph, another Heading and a Core Social Icons block with links to our social profiles.

Image

This room has all options under page settings set to their defaults and thus displays its featured image at the top of the page. Its content is identical to the room above with the exception of the first group block with the slideshow which is missing.

The Gallery page has the full width boxed template applied to it, an excerpt which serves as the page’s subtitle. All options under page settings are left at their default values.

Content wise we have a single Gallery block with the justified layout set to it.

About

The about page has the full width narrow template applied to it, a page title image set and under Page Settings it shows the Page Title with Background and hides the normal page title & subtitle. The page’s content is identical to the one of the single room.

Book Now

The book now page has the default template applied to it and a single Contact Form 7 block displaying a booking request form.

Common features

This section offers information on features common on all Ignition Framework based themes.

Shortcodes

The Ignition Framework offers a multitude of custom shortcodes these are:

  • Custom menu: [ignition-custom-menu name=”your menu name”]
  • Site search: [ignition-site-search]
  • Date: [ignition-date]
  • Weather: [ignition-current-weather id=”your-location-id(optional)”]
  • Minicart button: [ignition-minicart-button]
  • Language switcher: [ignition-language-switcher]
  • Icon link: [ignition-icon-link]
  • Instagram Feed: [ignition-instagram-feed]
  • WooCommerce search: [ignition-wc-search]

For more information have a look at this knowledgebase article about shortcodes and their usage.

Page options

All themes offer six different templates which modify the location and appearance of the sidebar and the main content’s width.

Additionally pages have a common set of options which allow you to customize the appearance of the page title section, toggle breadcrumbs and more.

All settings are inherited from Customizer. So you can actually set some global settings and if you wish change certain pages to have different behavior.

Read the following article for a detailed explanation of the available templates and their options.

WooCommerce

Ignition Framework based themes are compatible with WooCommerce giving you the ability to create awesome online stores which perfectly match the appearance of the rest of your site.

WooCommerce is an optional plugin. You don’t need to install it if you are not looking to build an online store.

After activating WooCommerce it will create and set some default pages. These will serve as your Shop, Cart, Checkout and My Account pages.

The framework offers various customization options both for the main product listing page under Customize > WooCommerce > Product Catalog and for single products under Customize > WooCommerce > Single Products.

Learn more about the WooCommerce integration and the options offered here.

Global Sections

With the Global Sections custom post type included in all Ignition Framework based themes users can create content which can be easily reused in more than 15 key theme locations. For example users can create a newsletter subscription call to action box and immediately display it above the footer on all (or some) posts and pages, or create a banner ad an easily add it between posts in post listings etc.

Check out our knowledge base article for more information about Global Sections.

Blog page

This is your main blog page. You can create a new page and set it as your posts page under Customize > Homepage Options. You can customize it under Customize > Blog from the Archives section.

Widget areas

The theme provides special widget areas for your posts listings, pages and shop. You can use a plugin/module like Jetpack’s widget visibility to hide or show widgets for certain pages, posts or products.

Page builder support

Ignition Framework based themes work seamlessly with popular page builders like Elementor, Divi, Beaver builder and more to cater to the needs of those who like to build things visually.

Support

If you need help during the initial installation and setup of this theme feel free to get in touch and we will get back to you within 24 hours to help.

Theme installation service

If time is of essence, we offer a theme installation fee for an one-off low fee of $69. Contact us here.

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