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 for things to function as intended.
Read here for more information regarding the plugin’s installation procedure.
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.
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 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
- Theme featured: 870px wide no height restriction.
- Item: 690x460px
- Tall Item: 690px wide no height restriction.
- Large Item: 1170x780px
- Mini-cart items: 160x160px
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 theme’s header has the Normal type applied, its menu is centered and the sticky menu is set to reveal on scroll up. These can be configured under Customize > Header > Layout.
The header can be split into three key elements:
1. Top Bar
3. Main menu
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 plain text, HTML, or shortcodes. Refer to the shortcodes section below for information regarding the shortcodes. In this panel you can also customize the color scheme of the top bar, especially useful if you are using the normal header layout.
On the theme’s demo the top bar is disabled.
For the site’s logo you can use an image 200px wide (or double that if you need a retina logo). To upload your logo go to Customize > Site Identity. You can upload two 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.
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.
The demo’s menu is set to be sticky (shy) under Customize > Header > Layout.
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.
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. This will override the image set in the Customizer settings.
On the demo the Page title with background section is turned on. On single posts when a page title background image is set the page title is hidden, if no page title section background image is set the entire page title section is hidden.
In the blog options panel, along with the regular toggles for date, categories, author and comments you can also toggle the masonry layout for post listings (blog and post category pages).
The footer area is a standard 4-column widgetized area by default which can be changed to 2 or 3 columns under Customize > Footer > Widgets Layout Type. These can be populated with widgets under 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.
In the utilities section you will configuration options for various small theme features, such as the built in weather display capability, toggle for the theme’s lightbox, the block editor dark theme, back to top button, social sharing and block widget support.
Setting up the pages
The homepage has the fullwidth boxed template applied to it. Under page settings we have the top/bottom padding removed, and we have hidden the page title with background section, the normal page title and subtitle.
The homepage content starts with a wide aligned Container block with its bottom margin set to 0. Inside there is a single column with a MaxSlider block. The block displays the homepage slider with the Home slider template applied.
Next up we have another wide aligned Container with a background color set, top/bottom padding of 90px and bottom margin of 90px. Inside there is a single column with a Heading block with the Theme block style applied and a Post Types block displaying four hand picked posts.
The home deco section consists of another wide aligned Container block with 90px bottom margin. Inside there is a single column with a Heading block with the Theme block style applied and a Post Types block with the Carousel block style applied, displaying 6 posts from the Home Deco category in a three column layout.
The newsletter section is comprised by a wide aligned Container with a background color, 90px top/bottom padding and 90px bottom margin. Inside there are two equal columns. The left one contains a Heading with the Theme block style applied and a Core Paragraph, the right one contains another Heading with the Theme block style applied and a Core Shortcode with a demo newsletter form.
The final section of the front page is a wide aligned Container with 40px bottom padding. Inside where is a single column which contains a Heading with the Theme block style applied and a Post Types block displaying 9 items from the Art category in a four column layout with the Masonry option enabled.
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 modify its appearance by changing the column number, toggling post meta, enabling masonry and more under Customize > Blog > Archive.
This is a post category archive, to create this page navigate to Appearance > Menus and from the Categories menu box add it to the menu.
This is another post category archive, to create this page navigate to Appearance > Menus and from the Categories menu box add it to the menu.
The contact page has the full width narrow template applied to it. Content-wise we have a Core Paragrarph followed by a Contact Form 7 block
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.