Meet the new CSSIgniter theme framework and the first theme using it

A few days ago we released Moliere a beautiful hospitality theme, but more about that later on. You might have noticed that there was a longer than usual period between our latest release and the previous one. This was not because we were on vacation, no, we were hard at work building a new theme framework from scratch to make our themes much more versatile while staying true to our motto of themes “without the confusing parts”.

Our goal was to build a framework with all the options that our users might need to create stunning and unique WordPress sites but at the same time avoid overwhelming them with cluttered options menus. We wanted the options’ panels, menus, sub-menus, sections and individual options clearly, accurately and comprehensively labeled to make setting up our themes as intuitive as possible. We think we did a good job and hope that you will agree with us, but let’s take a closer look at what was accomplished.

 

The Options

Customizer

All options have been built in the WordPress customizer, no custom settings pages with custom layouts to confuse you, if you can use the WordPress customizer you are good to go.

In each clearly labeled section you can modify all aspects of the theme. The global section will allow you to customize things that affect the entire site, such as the site’s width, background color and basic typography. You can then fine tune the theme’s top bar, header, hero, blog, sidebars, footer and footer credits sections. Each of these sections is further broken down into subsections which are grouped based on the functionality they provide, layout options are separated from color and typography ones thus preventing cluttered options pages. Here is an example from the header options.

Custom fields options in single items

Customizer options are great but what if you want a certain post, page or custom post type to have a different appearance, for example what if you need a post with no header, different hero background image, or even a different menu? Well, we have thought of that. Each single item has a custom built options panel which allows you to override the configuration made in the customizer, for this specific item.

Each tab contains the same set of options as the one in the customizer giving you incredible flexibility when it comes to tailoring the appearance of single items to generate unique layouts for certain pages of your site.

Moliere

Moliere is the first theme built on our new framework, it is a modern WordPress theme specially crafted for hotels, inns, apartments for rent and B&Bs. Moliere incorporates all of the above options allowing you to modify all aspects of the theme easily without having to write any code.

Flexible top bar, header, hero section and footer

Modify the content, visibility, layout, colors and typography of all theme sections with just a few clicks to create a unique layout and make your site stand out.

WooCommerce integration

Have merchandise to sell or want to use WooCommerce to handle bookings? Moliere can help you. We have built in WooCommerce compatibility in the most future-proof way possible so you don’t have to worry too much about your site breaking every time WooCommerce pushes out an update.

Page builder support

Moliere comes with a new and improved custom built element for the Elementor page builder which allows you to pull any theme content, such as posts, rooms, attractions and more, and display them on pages built with Elementor. Elementor Pro support is also built in. It also plays nice with the new WordPress block editor and most popular page builder plugins.

And more!

We’re not done yet. Moliere has RTL support, Google Fonts integration, and full color control! Check it out below!

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11 comments

  1. Christina says:

    You’ll always bring powerful products.
    I’m happy to be one of your fans!

    1. Nik Vourvachis says:

      Thank you Christina :)

  2. Really happy to see improvements in framework, it will boost customization experience.

    1. Nik Vourvachis says:

      Hello Eric. Glad to hear you like the changes. Improving the customization experience for our users was among our most important goals with the new framework, hopefully it hits the mark!

  3. Looks very promising Nik, looking foreward to taking the new framework for a spin! Will the framwork be implemented on already relesed themes?

    1. Nik Vourvachis says:

      Hello Frode!

      Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

      Unfortunately it won’t be implemented on already released themes because there is no way of doing that barring rewriting them from scratch I’m afraid.

  4. chygoz says:

    I can’t wait to try it out too. I also love Oikia Real Estate Theme. Thumbs up to CSSIgniter Team.

    1. Gerasimos Tsiamalos says:

      Thank you :)

  5. Sascha says:

    I heard that you will gradually port your older themes to the new framework.

    Now, I for example am using Santorini Resort and created a child theme to it in order to do various customizations on it. Will the new framework be downward compatible or will all customization be lost when there is an update of the theme in the future?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sascha

    1. Gerasimos Tsiamalos says:

      Hi Sascha,

      Nothing to worry about. We will only add features from our framework that make sense to each theme. So don’t worry about losing your customizations.

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