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.
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: 1090x725px
- Item: 615x410px
- Large Item: 1520x1015px
- Article Media: 675x453px
- 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 header on the theme consists of 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, fill any of the 3 content areas with simple text, plain HTML, or shortcodes and modify the top bar’s colors. Refer to the shortcodes section below for information regarding the shortcodes. The top bar is turned off on the theme’s demo.
The recommended maximum width of your logo is 200px (or double that if you want a retina ready logo) while you can use any height you want. To upload your logo go to Customize > Site Identity. 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. In the theme’s demo we don’t use a logo image.
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.
The page title section
The page title section can be modified under Customize > Page title. You can choose to disable the page title 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.
The page title with background option is disabled on the theme’s demo. If you choose to use it on your site you might want to have different background images on different posts, pages and custom post types.
To achieve that set the section up globally and then 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.
The footer on the theme’s demo is a standard 4-column widgetized area that can be populated with widgets through Customize > Widgets. You can customize it’s layout and adjust the colors by setting a background color & image and modify the border, title and text colors. If you don’t wish to display four widgetized areas you can easily switch to two or three from the layout dropdown.
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.
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.
Setting up the pages
This page will serve as your posts listing and home page. Create a new page and under Page Settings hide the Normal Page Title & Subtitle. Then set this page as your posts page under Customize > Homepage Settings. Customization options for the post listings can be found under Customize > Blog in the Archives section.
Tinos gives you the ability to display the post excerpt in a single or a two column layout on post listing pages. You can pick the one you want from the Posts content columns drop down and also customize the excerpt length to be displayed on the listing pages to show more or less of the content.
Create a new page and set it to display the Normal Page Title under Page Settings.
The page’s content consists of a Container block with two columns in the 33.33/66.66 layout. The left column contains a mix of Core Paragraphs and Headings with some contact info and the right column contains a Core Shortcode block with a Contact Form 7 shortcode inside.
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.
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.