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.
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 quite 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
Here is a video guide to help you install quickly your theme and Ignition plugin.
Installing the theme is a very simple process. Go to your WordPress dashboard → Appearance → Themes → Add new. Click Upload Theme, browse for the zip file and click Install Now to install it.
Once it has been installed click on the Activate link. That’s it! You can now start creating pages.
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 almost 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.
Check this video guide on how to import sample content:
- 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: 870x580px
- Item: 615x 410px
- Large Item: 1170x780px
- 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:
- Top Bar
- 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 (# link) below for information regarding the shortcodes available.
The recommended maximum width of your logo is 160px. 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.
For extensive information about creating navigation menus please check out our guide here. Carbone has two main menu locations, one on the left of the logo and one on the right. You will need to create two menus from Appearance→Menus and select the location you want it to appear.
You can create a special button-like menu item by setting a certain class to it. The class name is
nav-button and can be added as outlined in the Adding a custom class to a menu item section in our menu guide.
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.
Please 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.
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.
Setting up the pages
About us Page
Start by creating a page from Pages→Add New. First check the Remove top/bottom content padding, create a GutenBee spacer and add it before any other content. Then add a GutenBee container with two columns inside and in first columns add a GutenBee Heading a GutenBee paragraph and a GutenBee Blockquote with the Circle Mask style selected. In the other column add a simple GutenBee Image block.
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.
In a new page with the Full width Boxed template selected under Document’s Page Attributes, add a GutenBee Container with two columns. Both columns have a GutenBee Paragraph, but the first one has the Drop Cap selected.
Next in order to create a menu listing, add a GutenBee Heading with center text align and then a GutenBee Food Menu block with two or more columns selected.
Start filling in the information required from each GutenBee Food Menu Item, such as the dish’s image, name, price and description, add as many items as you like and save.
Create a new page with the Full width Boxed template selected under the Document’s Page Attributes. Add a GutenBee Gallery block and select the gallery type as Justified, with a height of 440px and a margin of 10px. Set the style of the gallery to Default.
This will serve as your contact page, with a contact form, map and some details for your business. We are using Contact Form 7 plugin to display a contact form, but you can use any plugin you wish.
Create a new page from Pages→Add New. Under Page attributes set the template to Full width boxed, and then under Layout Options check the Hide title when viewing this Page option. Set a page title custom image that will serve as your hero background.
Add a GutenBee spacer and after that GutenBee Maps block and set your location into it.
After that add a GutenBee container block with two columns and a Gutter with set to 30px. In the first column one has a different background color from Color Settings and a width set to 33.333% . Inside you can add GutenBee Icon blocks, Heading and Paragraph blocks. Use the GutenBee spacer to create spaces between items.The second column has a shortcode block with the shortcode from your Contact Form 7 (or any other plugin) .
Create a new page from Pages → Add New, then select from the right side under Page Attributes the Full width boxed template. Then from Page Settings check the Remove top/bottom content padding, and set the Header type as transparent then set all other options to hide.
First add a Gutenbee Container block with one columns, and select the Enable grid option to make it expand in full width. Also set its height to -1 to make it cover the display height in full.
Under Block Appearance tab select a video URL and set a fallback image for mobile.
Inside the Gutebee Container block set a GutenBee Heading and after it add a GutenBee Paragraph. Add a GutenBee image as garnish and separator.
After this section you will need to add a GutenBee Container with two columns and theme grid selected with a background color set under Block Appearance. Set the container block bottom margin to 100px. In its first column add a simple GutenBee paragraph and in the other one add a native Social Icons block.
Following that, add again a GutenBee Container with two columns. This time leave the theme grid option unchecked. In the first column add a GutenBee Heading and a GutenBee subtitle with a simple GutenBee image as garnish. In the second one add a simple GutenBee Image with the default style selected.
Next, add again a GutenBee Container with one column and set the theme grid option to it. Under Block Appearance select an overlay background color and a background image. Select it to have a parallax effect and set a parallax speed to your liking(we have 0.3 selected). Notice, Overlay colors should have some transparency or else your image will not appear.
Finally add some padding to give it some space (200px on top and bottom) and set a margin 100px on bottom to separate it from the next element. Inside add a GutenBee Heading and a GutenBee paragraph centered, then set a GutenBee image with a curved line and add a GutenBee Button with a call to action URL.
Add again a GutenBee Container with two columns. This time leave the theme grid option unchecked. In the first column add a GutenBee Heading and a GutenBee subtitle with a simple GutenBee image as garnish. In the second one add a simple GutenBee Image with the default style selected.
Create a GutenBee Container again, with one column and select the theme grid option. Set under Block Appearance the background to gray and in order to create a menu listing, add a GutenBee Heading with center text align and then a GutenBee Food Menu block with two or more columns selected. Start filling in the information required from each GutenBee Food Menu Item, such as the dish’s image, name, price and description, add as many items as you like and save. All other elements are clones of the previous ones in the same or different order.
Creating Global Sections
Global Sections are small layout sections you can attach automatically in any predefined location (hook) you want. We are using this method to show the main featured content area in our demo frontpage, but feel free to use it depending on your needs. You can see a visual map of the available theme hooks by appending ?show_hooks in any URL. Under Condition tab you can also include/exclude the pages you want this section to appear.
Also you can create custom shortcode from a Global Section that you can add inside your post/page or in a widget.
Carbone Global Section
Carbone has one Global section (while you can add as many as you wish) that appears after and before the main container of all pages but not the frontpage. This is a simple GutenBee Container block with two equal columns. The first column has one GutenBee paragraph and the second one has a Social Icon block.
[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.
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.
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 behavior.
This theme supports WooCommerce, so you can create an eCommerce experience for your visitors.
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.
Page builder Support
Carbone works 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 be right there for you within 24 hours to help
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