WooCommerce

To enable eCommerce functionality for your website you need to install and activate the WooCommerce plugin by WooThemes. You can download the plugin free of charge from the WordPress Plugin Repository. For installation and usage instructions please refer to the plugin’s documentation.

Once you have installed and activated the WooCommerce plugin please install its pages by clicking on the button that WooCommerce provides on its banner. This will likely create a duplicate of some pages along with the pages install by the sample content but its a needed step. You can delete the old pages that came with the sample content or use them instead by going to WooCommerce > Settings and assign them anew at the Products tab.

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Setting up your theme

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:

  1. “Home” this will serve as your homepage, assign to it the “E-Shop Front Page” template from the “Page attributes” panel. See below for homepage configuration.
  2. “Blog” this will be your posts page. Just create it, no further action needed.
  3. “Contact” here you can place your contact form.

(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.

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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”.

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3) Adding products

The most important thing of your e-shop are your products, to add them check this detailed guide provided by WooThemes here.

4) Adding Slider items

To add items to the slider go to Slider Items > new Slider Item, set a title for the slider item and upload a featured image (which will be the image displayed on the homepage) enter your text and if needed add a custom URL in the Slider Details box below to send your user to a specific page when the “read more” is clicked, finally, publish the slider item. You can enable/disable the slider and control its behavior from CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options.

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5) Creating your menus

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.

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You can also create a menu which will appear in the bar on the top of the header, create a new menu, as before, and set it as Top Menu from “Manage Locations”.

(TIP, for more info on creating and managing menus, please read the WordPress Menu User Guide here)

6) Setting up your Homepage

As mentioned earlier the homepage on Intrigue consists of two widgetized areas. You can navigate to Apperance > Widgets and add widgets to the Front Page Widgets – Row 1 and Front Page Widgets – Row 2 sidebars. Below is a list of widgets you can assign to the frontpage

  • WooCommerce Products
  • WooCommerce Recently Viewed Products
  • WooCommerce Top Rated Products

Duplicate the demo’s layout

On the demo’s homepage we have three slider items, the WooCommerce Products showing featured products and WooCommerce Products showing recent products on the Front Page Widgets – Row 1 and the CI Social FrontPage widget on the Front Page Widgets – Row 2. On the Footer Widgets sidebar we have two Text widgets, and the CI About Me widget.

7) Changing Footer text

The theme’s footer features an area for you to enter your copyright info, privacy policy etc. To change the text you need to go to CSSIgniter settings > Site options and use the appropriate box (5th box down).

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8) Introductory text

Under CSSIgniter settings > Display Options (4th box down) you can modify the introductory text itself and the places on which it appears.

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9) Custom Widgets

The theme features several custom widgets which are displayed below

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All widgets can be accessed from Appearance > Widgets. Below each widget you will find a small description explaining their functionality.

The CSSIgniter settings panel

Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find our custom built settings panel. From here you can manipulate various aspects of your theme, including, but not limited to, changing your logo, setting a custom background, changing color scheme and applying custom styles via the custom CSS tab. All options feature a description so you instantly know their provided functionality.

Additional information

Useful Plugins

  • 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 the contact page you created earlier.

The recommended image sizes for the Intrigue theme are:

  • Thumbnail: 480×360px
  • Fullwidth page featured image: 940×380px
  • Product thumbnail: 100×100px
  • Shop page (product listing) thumbnail: 480×360px
  • Single product featured image: 480×360px