Documentation for Milos

ATTENTION: This documentation is about the new version of Milos. If you are using the legacy version 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 for things to function as intended.

Read this for more information about the plugin installation procedure.

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 simply replace the content of these pages with your content. 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.

A generic video guide on how to import the sample content can be found here.

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
  • Item Tall: 750x850px
  • 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. 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 these sizes

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.

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. We have used a custom menu and the language switcher on the theme’s demo. Refer to the shortcodes section below for information regarding the shortcodes.

Logo

On the theme’s demo we haven’t set a logo. To upload a logo navigate to Customize > Site Identity. The recommended maximum width of your logo is 200px while you can use any height you want. 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.

This article offers more information regarding 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.

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.

In some cases, like in our demo website, 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 adjust the colors by setting a background color & image and modify the border, title and text colors.

In the content section you can replace the existing copyright information with yours or use any of the shortcodes included in the Ignition Framework.

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.

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 Accommodation post

Accommodation items on the demo have the Full width narrow template set to it under post attributes.

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 accommodation items have the Disable featured image for this Accommodation option selected (in favor of the slider) while the rest are fetched from the global 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 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 leave the Header Type as is and set all other options to hide. Now we are ready to start adding GutenBee blocks in order to re-create the demo’s homepage layout.

The homepage’s hero section consists of a GutenBee container block with the Theme Grid option enabled and a Full width alignment. It contains a single column with a heading, a paragraph block and a button block.

Next up we have a spacer and a testimonial. The testimonial consists of a Heading block, a Container with a single column and a Core Pullquote block.

The rooms section consists of a Container block with a full alignment and the theme grid enabled. Inside we find a column, a heading, a paragraph and the Post Types block which displays three accommodation items in three columns.

The gallery section consists of a Heading, a Paragraph and a Gallery block. The gallery block sports the Theme Border style and displays a Justified gallery.

The next hero section has the exact same layout as the hero section at the top of the page with a Heading, a Paragraph and a Button block.

Closing the homepage we have a contact us section consisting of a Heading, a Paragraph and a Container block. The container has a single column with a Core shortcode block which contains the shortcode of a contact form. The form in the demo comes from the Contact Form 7 plugin, but you can use any plugin you prefer.

Creating the accommodation listing page

Create a new page under Pages > Add New. Set the page template under Page Attributes section to Full width boxed. Hide the page title with background, normal page title & normal page subtitle.

Post listing grids are created with the help of the GutenBee Post Types plugin. In the case of Milos we have two instances of the block creating to distinct grids one over and one under the testimonial. They both sport the Overlay block style, both display three items in three columns. The first block pulls items from the Suites category and the second one from the Rooms one.

Single room

The single room starts out with a Slideshow block. The main amenities are presented below the slider with a Container block with four columns, each containing an Icon Box. A brief description is provided by a Heading a Core Paragraph and a GutenBee Paragraph block. The detailed amenities section consists of a Container block with two columns. The left column is left blank with just a background image set to the block, the right column contains a Heading and a Core List. The rest of the item’s content is comprised by a mix of GutenBee and Core blocks pictured above.

Rooms & Rates

The rooms & rates page starts with a Core Image and two Core paragraphs. Next we have a GutenBee Heading, a Core Table with room names and their rates, some text in the form of a Core Paragraph and a Core Quote block. Closing out the page we have a Divider, a Heading and a Button block.

Dining

The restaurant page has the Full width narrow template applied to it and the featured image is disabled under Page options.

The page starts out with some content provided by two Core Paragraphs. The menu section starts with a GutenBee Heading and a GutenBee Paragraph, next we have the title of each menu category provided by a Heading block. The Food Menu block is responsible for the presentation of our menu items, which are displayed in three groups of four in a two column layout. Between the last two menu blocks we have a Core Pullquote surrounded by two Core Spacers.

Contact

The contact page has the Full width boxed layout applied to it, with all page settings at their default values.

The page starts with a Google Maps block set to 500px height. Next we have a Container block with two columns and centered content alignment. The left column contains a Heading, a Paragraph and a Core Shortcode block which houses the contact form’s shortcode. The right column’s content is provided by a mix of Heading, Paragraph and Icon blocks.

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 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.

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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