Resto is a WordPress theme for restaurants that allows you to display your menu (food or drink items), events, and your customers’ testimonials you might have, mostly by using four different Custom Post Types: Slider Items, Menu Items, Events and Testimonials. 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 widgets specially crafted to bring those custom post types together as discussed later on in the documentation.
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.
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 import the widgets you see on the theme’s demo. To do that, you need the Widget Importer & Exporter plugin. To install it go to Plugins > Add new search for widget importer exporter and install the plugin. Activate it and go to Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter click choose file and upload the resto_widgets.wie file which is located in the sample content zip file, click Import widgets and you are good to go.
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.
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:
- “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it the “Front Page” template from the “Page attributes” panel and publish the page..
- “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
- “Contact” here you can place your contact form, apply the “Contact Page” template. To add a form to the page use the Contact Form 7 or Jetpack plugin and to add a map follow the instructions in the Contact Options panel that appears below the main editor, after the template is selected.
- “Menu” this page will serve as your menu listing page, apply the Menu Listing or the Menu Listing with images template to it. Once a menu listing template is selected the Menu Listing options panel will appear below the main text editor, here you can make your listing page display only one menu category, instead of all items, or make it display or hide the specials.
- “Events” this page will host your events. Apply to it the Events Listing template. In the Events Listing Options panel that appears once you select the template you can select which and how many events you want to display.
- “Reservations” this page will host a form from which your visitors can send reservation requests for your various events. Apply to it the Reservation Page template to it and publish the page.
- Slider & Video templates The theme also has a slider and a video template, you can use each one to display a simple page with a slider on the top and your content or a video with your content below 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.
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 slideshow items
To add items to your homepage’s slider go to Slideshow > Add New, set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the homepage, images for the slider should be at least 1140x600px), then in the “Slider Details” panel you can optionally set a URL to which the user will be redirected when clicking on the slide and customize the slider button’s wording, finally, publish the slider item. Slider speed and autoslide functionality can be adjusted under CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options.
4) Adding menu items
- First, you need to create some categories for your menu items. From your admin panel, go to Menu > Menu Categories, and then create some categories such as Appetizers, Main Dishes, Desserts and Drinks.
- Then, you need to create the actual goods. Go to Menu > New Menu Item and enter the title (e.g. Bloody Mary), on the main content box enter the description (e.g. A bloody-red spicy cocktail with tomato-juice and Tabasco), select the Menu Category that it belongs into (Drinks), add a Featured Image by clicking on Set featured image and move to the Menu Item Details panel below.
- Here you can set a short description for your item and choose to mark it as special if required. Below you can set prices for various sizes of the dish or volumes of a drink. Finally you have the ability to add additional information about the dish, i.e. if it has a vegetarian alternative, or if it is suitable for diabetics etc.
5) Adding events
To create a new event go to Events > New Event. Give the event a title, add a featured image and its description in the editor text box, then move to the Event Settings panel below. In the Event Details tab you can set a subtitle for your event, its date and time, if it’s a recurring event, you can mark it as such. Next in the Event Information tab you can add additional information, such as an admission price, the event’s location, event duration, venue capacity etc.
6) Adding testimonials
To add a testimoial go to Testimonials > Add New, set a title for it (the author’s name), a featured image and then in the “Testimonial Details” panel you can add a byline for the testimonial’s author, such as a work description etc.
7) 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)
8) Setting up your homepage
The homepage on Resto consists of the slideshow items and a widgetized area to provide maximum flexibility on the content to be displayed. The widgetized area can be accessed under Appearance > Widgets > Front Page Widgets.
Duplicating the demo’s layout
The homepage on the theme’s demo consists of a single slider item followed by a few widgets, these are: A Ci Info displaying business relevant information, a CI Split Custom displaying some info about the Chef, a CI Handpicked widget, displaying three menu items with the ‘Big on left, two right’ layout selected. Next is a CI Testimonials sliding between three testimonial items. Following is a CI Upcoming Events displaying five events and finally another CI Info widget.
TIP: For a more detailed guide on how to use our widgets to structure your homepage have a look at this blog post.
9) Changing Footer text
10) Setting a default header image
Under Appearance > CSSIgniter Settings > Appearance Options you can set the default header background image for all your pages, in the ‘Header Display’ box.
The theme features thirteen custom widgets specially crafted to help you display your content. They can be found under Appearance > Widgets
Below each widget there is a small description which describes their 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.
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.
- 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 an empty page.
- WP Instagram Widget: Use this plugin to help you display your Instagram feed in any of the theme’s sidebars.
- WordPress Jetpack: Jetpack is a very popular plugin published by Automattic which offers a variety of features for your site. Among them are the ability to create contact forms, add sharing buttons and create tiled galleries.
The recommended image sizes for the Resto theme are:
- Post thumbnail: 690x437px
- Header image: 1920x160px
- Homepage slider: 1140x600px
- Page slider: 945x500px
- Menu Specials: 690x306px
- CI Testimonials widget thumbs: 130x130px
- CI Split Custom widget thumbs: 750x750px