About BusinessTwo

BusinessTwo is a business theme for WordPress. It allows you to list your services, display your products and works, and showcase your major clients, by using five custom post types (slider items, services, works, products and clients). All the above act as standard WordPress posts or pages but each of them has extra fields which differentiate them from the former. The homepage is comprised of custom sections along with widgetized areas specially crafted to bring those custom post types together as discussed later on in the documentation.

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.

Image Sizes

  • Blog listing & Single service thumbs: 700x320px
  • Homepage fullwidth slider: 1920x600px
  • Homepage fixed slider: 940x400px
  • Thumbnail for product & work listing & single pages: 700x400px
  • Main thumbnail (used in custom post featured images, listing pages and widgets): 700x504px

Useful Plugins

These plugins provide functionality and features used directly (or not) by the Theme. So, it is recommended to install and activate them before importing your sample content.

  • 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.

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.

You can also download the Sample Content for BusinessTwo by clicking here

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:

  1. “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it either the “Front Page – Fixed width slider” or the “Front Page – Full width slider” template from the “Page attributes” panel and publish the page..
  2. “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
  3. “Contact” here you can place your contact form, apply the “Contact Page” template. Contact information and map location can be set through CSSIgniter settings > Contact options.
  4. “Services” this page shows your services as a business, apply to it the “Services Listing” template and publish it.
  5. “Works” here you will host your works, apply to it the “Works Listing Page” template and publish it. The number of columns for your Works listing page can be set from CSSIgniter settings > Work options.
  6. “Products” this page serves as your products’ showcase, apply to it the “Products Listing Page” template and publish it. The number of columns for your Products listing page can be set from CSSIgniter settings > Product options.
  7. “Clients” your important clients can be displayed here, apply to it the “Clients Page” template and publish it.

(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.

ReadingSettings

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 Slider items

To add items to your homepage’s slider go to Slider Items > new Slider Item, set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the homepage, images for the fullwidth slider should be at least 1920×600 and for the fixed 940×400), then in the “Slider Details” panel you can optionally set a URL to which the user will be redirected when clicking on the slide, finally, publish the slider item. Slider speed and autoslide functionality can be adjusted under CSSIgniter settings > Display options.

4) Adding Services

To create a new service item go to Services new Service, set the service’s name as a title, enter relevant information in the content editor, in the “Service Details” panel you can select if you want this service shown on the homepage service section and set an image for it if you wish, by following the instructions. Finally publish the service item.

5) Adding Works

Start by going to Works Skills and create a few skills so you can group your works properly. Then go to Works new Work, add the title, content, select relevant skills, set a featured image and move to the Work Details panel. Here you can upload images for your work’s slider, select whether you want it on the homepage and add relevant project information. Finally publish the Work item. If you wish to remove the related items from the single work view, you can do so in CSSIgniter settings > Work options.

Please read the Uploading images to Works/Products section below before adding your images

6) Adding Products

You can create categories to group your products by going to Products Product Categories and create a few. Then go to Products new Product, add the title, content, select categories if necessary, set a featured image and move to the Product Details panel. Here you can upload images for your work’s slider, select whether you want it on the homepage and add relevant product information. Finally publish the Product item. If you wish to remove the related items from the single work view, you can do so in CSSIgniter settings > Product options.

Please read the Uploading images to Works/Products section below before adding your images

7) Adding Clients

To create a client item go to Clients > new Client , add the title, content, select categories if necessary, set a featured image and move to the Client Details panel. Here you can add a URL if you want to make the client’s image clickable and select whether you want the item displayed on the homepage or not.

8) Creating your menu

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)

9) Adding content to your Homepage

The homepage on BusinessTwo consists of the slider, the services and clients sections, a call to action button and two widgetized areas which feature all the content unique to the homepage. These are the “Front Page (Services)” sidebar and the “Front Page (Before Footer)” sidebar. You can access these areas and add content to them in Appearance > Widgets. Under CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options you can enable/disable the services and clients sections, select the column number for each one and customize the call to action button.

On you homepage’s sidebars you can use the CI Item widget to help you display your products or work items to go along with the service & client items that are already displayed by default.

The theme’s footer features an area for you to enter your copyright info, privacy policy etc. To change the text you need to go to CSSIgniter settings > Site options and use the appropriate box (4th box down).

11) Changing header contact details

You can display your contact details on the theme’s header by going to CSSIgniter settings Contact options and filling in the appropriate information (1st box).

12) Custom Widgets

The theme features six custom widgets which are displayed below
custom_widgets

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.

ci_page_builder_template

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.

Additional information

Uploading images to Works/Products

  1. On the “Gallery Information” panel click the Add Images button. gallery_info
  2. To upload your images, drag & drop them in the Edit Gallery window which will pop-up, or select Add to Gallery in order to select already uploaded ones. Once you are done, click the Update Gallery button on the lower right. edit_gallery
  3. Your “Gallery Information” panel will look like this gallery_w_img
  4. You can re-arrange the order of images by drag & drop. gallery_move_img
  5. If you wish to remove an image from the gallery, hover your mouse over it and click the X as shown below. gallery_remove_img
  6. By checking the Randomize order box your gallery images will appear in random order which will change on every page refresh.
  7. When done, publish the item.

If you need to add images after the item’s creation just follow the same procedure.

The “old way” useful on versions 1.0.1 and earlier

  1. Create a new Work/Product item.
  2. Click “add media” or “Upload images”.
  3. Drag & drop the images from your computer (do not use already uploaded images).
  4. When your images are done uploading click the “X” on top right (do not click insert to post).
  5. Finish setting up the rest of the item’s details, if any, and publish the item.
Re-ordering/adding images to Works/Products
  1. Edit the Work/Product item.
  2. Click “add media” or “Upload images”.
  3. Notice on the top left of the media manager a drop-down menu, select “Uploaded to this post”.
  4. Add/remove or re-order with drag & drop.
  5. When you are done click the “X” on top right.
  6. Update the item.

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