Documentation for Business3ree

ATTENTION: This documentation is about the new version of Business3ree, 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.

Here you can find an overview of how to download and install the plugin.

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. Here is a detailed overview on how to download and install the theme.

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

Here 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.

Check out a generic overview of the sample content import procedure.

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: 615x410px
  • Large Item: 1170x780px
  • Article Media: 510x510px
  • Mini-cart items: 160x160px
NOTE: If for any reason you want to change the dimensions of any of the predefined image sizes you have to use a plugin. Here is a guide describing the process.
NOTE: All image sizes are the minimum recommended, adding larger image sizes will result in cropping them to fit these sizes. In order to alter WooCommerce sizes check this guide.

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 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.

Read this knowledge base article for more information regarding the site options.

The header on the theme consists of three key elements:

1. Top Bar
2. Logo
3. Main Menu

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. Top bar colors can also be modified through this tab. On the theme’s demo the top bar is disabled altogether.

Logo

The recommended maximum width of your logo is 200px (or double that if you want a retina ready logo) while you can use any height you want. To upload your logo go to Customize > Site Identity. You can upload two logos. The normal 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 use just the default logo.

Learn more about the header and its options.

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.


The page title section

The page title section can be modified under Customize > Page title. You can choose to disable the page title 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.

It is possible to have different background images on different posts, pages and custom post types. To achieve that set the section up globally and then 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 sectionthe breadcrumbs and the page template overrides.

The footer on the theme’s demo is a standard 4-column widgetized area that can be populated with widgets through Customize > Widgets. You can customize its layout and 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 have dark color schemes which are 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 detailed information regarding the customization options available on Ignition Framework based themes you can check out this knowledge base article.

Custom post types

Create a new Service

Navigate to Services > 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 have Remove top/bottom content padding and Show Page Title with Background options selected while the rest are fetched from the global Customizer options. More info about these options can be found here.

Create a Service sidebar navigation

Create a new menu under Customize > Menus, don’t set any location to it and add your service posts as menu items. If custom post types don’t appear when trying to add them to the menu you can enable them under Screen Options.

Under the Widgets panel in the Customizer add a Navigation menu widget in the Services sidebar and select the services menu you have just created for it.

Create a new Portfolio

Navigate to Portfolio > 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. Demo items have the featured image hidden, header type set to normal and the page title section hidden, the rest are inherited from the Customizer. More info about these options can be found here.

Create a new Team Member

Navigate to Team > 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. Demo items inherit options from the Customizer. 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 under Pages > Add New and set to it the Full width boxed template under Page Attributes. Next under Page Settings remove the top/bottom content padding, set the header type to transparent and hide everything else below.

The homepage content starts with a fully aligned Container block with the theme grid enabled, its height set to -1 (viewport height) and vertical content alignment set to middle. Under block appearance we have an overlay color set, a background image, a background video and bottom margin of 90px. Inside the block we have a single Column containing two Heading blocks.

Next we have another Container block with two columns and 90px bottom margin. The left column has a width of 70% and the right one (which is left empty) covers the rest. The left column contains a Paragraph, a Heading and another Paragraph.

The services section starts out with a Paragraph and a Heading followed by a Container block, the block consists of 3 equal columns and has a bottom margin of 90px. Each column contains an Icon Box block which displays the info of the relevant service.

The Projects section starts with a Paragraph as the overtitle, a Heading and a Container block. The Container block has a single Column and 90px bottom margin. Inside the column we have a Post Types block with the Overlay style applied to it, displaying two posts from the Portfolio post type in a two column layout.

Next we have a fully aligned Container block with two equal columns, the theme grid enabled, vertical content alignment set to middle, an overlay background color, background image, parallax enabled and 90px bottom margin. Inside the left Column we have a Testimonial block. The right column is left empty.

The homepage ends with the clients section which starts with a Paragraph as the overtitle, a Heading and two Container blocks. Each Container has 4 equal columns and each one contains an Image block with the client logo.

Services

Create a new page with the Full width boxed template set under Page Attributes. Set an image as the Page Title Image and in the Page Settings section remove the top/bottom padding, set the header type to transparent, set to show the page title section, hide the title & subtitle, and leave the breadcrumb option as is.

The page’s content starts with a Container block with two equal columns and 90px top padding. The left Column contains a Core Heading and the right one a Paragraph block. Next up are two more Containers. Each one has 4 equal columns with an Image Box each.

Next we have a fully aligned Container block with two equal columns, the theme grid enabled, vertical content alignment set to middle, an overlay background color, background image, parallax enabled, 250px top/bottom padding and 90px top margin. The left column contains a Testimonial block and the right is left empty.

Below we have another Container block with two equal columns. The left one contains a Core Heading block and a Paragraph, the right is empty.

Finally the alternating process section consists of four Container blocks with two equal Columns each. The one column contains a Banner with a background color and a box shadow, inside the Banner we find two Headings and a Paragraph. The other column is left empty. The other three Containers have the same contents with the positions of the empty column alternating each time.

Portfolio

Create a new page with the Full width boxed template set under Page Attributes. Set an image as the Page Title Image and in the Page Settings section leave everything as is.

The page’s content consists of a Post Types block with the Overlay style applied to it. The block displays 6 posts from the portfolio post type in a two column layout.

About Us

Create a new page with the Full width boxed template set under Page Attributes. Set an image as the Page Title Image and in the Page Settings section set the header type to transparent and hide the breadcrumbs.

The page’s content starts with a Container block with two columns. The left one has a width of 30% and contains a Heading and the right one contains a Paragraph.

Next we have another Container with three equal columns. Each column contains an Icon Box with a background color and a box shadow set.

The team section has the same exact layout but with Image Boxes instead of Icon boxes in the columns.

Blog

This is your main posts listing 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.

Contact

Create a new page with the Full width template set under Page Attributes and a small excerpt. Set an image as the Page Title Image and in the Page Settings section remove the top/bottom content padding, set the header type to transparent and hide the breadcrumbs.

The page content starts with a fully aligned Container block with two columns and the theme grid enabled. The left column has a width of 66.66% and contains a Paragraph and a Contact Form 7 block. The right column contains a few sets of Heading/Paragraph blocks and a Core Social Icons block.

Below we have another Container block with a single column. Inside we have a Google Maps block with a height of 480px.

Business3ree’s Global Sections

The theme features two Global sections (on your site you can add as many as you wish) that appear before the footer. Create a new global section under Global Sections > Add New and proceed to the content.

Content wise both global sections consist of a fully aligned container block with the theme grid enabled, a background image and an overlay set. Inside we have two columns, the left one contains a Heading and a Paragraph and the right one a Button block.

The first global section appears on all pages except the portfolio and contact ones.

The other global section (which has an identical layout with a different overlay and button background color), appears only on the Portfolio listing page.

Common Features

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.

For a detailed explanation of the available templates and their options you can read this article.

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.

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.

Learn more about Global Sections here.

Blog page

This is you 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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