Documentation for Andros
- Server Requirements
- Theme installation
- Image sizes
- Setting up site-wide sections
- Custom post types
- Setting up the pages
- Common features
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, 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.
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 and direct links to our support hub.
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.
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.
- 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, move over the screenshot of the builder/variation of your preference and click the Import Demo 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: 870x580px
- Item: 615x410px
- Large Item: 1170x780px
- Article Media 510x510px
- Mini-cart items 160x160px
- Accommodation Featured: 1570x750px
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 Appearance > Customize > Site Options. Under the Layout section you can control your site’s, blog’s and single blog post’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:
- Top Bar
- 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.
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:
To show the social icons, the weather and the language switcher.
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.
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.
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.
The footer area is a 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 > Credits content section. You can also adjust the colors by setting a background color & image and modify the border, title and text colors.
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.
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.
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 Accommodation tab start adding the basic item attributes. These are:
- Summary: Control the location and appearance of the sidebar. More info about these options can be found here.
- Categories: Set a category for the item which will also serve as a filter on the post type’s listing pages.
- Featured image: Will appear on all related listings and on the item’s single page.
- Excerpt: Add a manual excerpt that will appear on post listings and on the page title section as a subtitle (if applicable).
- 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
Create a new page with the full width boxed template applied to it. Under Page Settings > Content Area, remove the top/bottom content padding, disable the featured image. Under Page Settings > Header, set the header type to normal. Finally, under Page Settings > Page Title set all 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 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.
This is your posts page. Create a new page and set it as your posts page under Customize > Homepage Settings. You can customize it under Customize > Blog in the Archives section.
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 Summary and add an excerpt. Under Page Settings > Header, set the header type to normal and under Page Settings > Page Title, set the all 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.
The room has the full width boxed template applied to it and an excerpt with pricing information. Under Page Settings > Content Area it has the top/bottom padding removed and the featured image disabled. Under Page Settings > Page Title, page title with background, normal page title and normal page subtitle are hidden.
The slideshow consists of a Wide Aligned Group block (set to margin-top: 0px) 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.
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.
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.
The book now page has the default template applied to it and a single Contact Form 7 block displaying a booking request form.
This section offers information on features common on all Ignition Framework based themes.
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 knowledge base article about shortcodes and their usage.
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.
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.
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.
This is your main blog page. You can create a new page and set it as your posts page under Customize > Homepage Settings. You can customize it under Customize > Blog from the Archives section.
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.
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.