Setting up your theme

WooCommerce

This theme has the WooCommerce plugin pre-installed for you. If it is deactivated, you can go under Plugins > WooCommerce and activate it. Also go under WooCommerce > Settings and in the Products tab set the image sizes that best fit your shop under the Product Image Sizes section, in case you need different values than the theme sets by default.

1) Creating theme pages

Start by adding pages you are going to need. Go to Pages > Add New and create the following:

  1. Home. This will serve as your homepage. Assign to it the Homepage Widget Template
     or the Homepage Shortcodes Template from the Page attributes panel.
  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 your pages are created, navigate to Settings > Reading. Set the “Home” page to be your static frontpage and the “Blog” page to be 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 and 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 from the respective panels and publish the post.

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3) Adding products

To find information about adding your products, check this detailed guide provided by WooThemes here.

4) Adding Slider items

UltraSeven comes with Flexslider. To add items to this 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). Publish the slider item.
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You can control slider behavior from CSSIgniter settings > Homepage options (2nd box).

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5) 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. You will need to set your menu as Main menu. This can be done 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.
You can also create a menu that 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. The theme also features a Mobile Menu location. In order to customize the appearance of the menu when the website is viewed on a mobile device, create a menu and set it as your Mobile Menu from Manage Locations. If you don’t set one, the Main Menu will be set by default.

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

6) Setting up your Homepage

UltraSeven comes with two different general homepage options:

Widgetized Homepage

If you want to use this template, navigate to Appearance > Widgets and assign widgets to the FrontPage Widget Area. Please note that only the following widgets are suggested for the homepage:

  • WooCommerce Products
  • WooCommerce Recently Viewed Products
  • WooCommerce Top Rated Products
  • -= CI Offer Box =-
  • -= CI Recent Posts =-
  • Revolution Slider (if installed)

Shortcoded Homepage
You can create unlimited variations of Homepages or simple Pages by using UltraSeven’s shortcodes. Please refer to this link for an overview of the available shortcodes. You can check out the Homepage variations in the sample content (listed as Homepage 1, 2, 3 .. ) to have an idea about their usage.

Duplicate the demo’s layout

The theme’s demo has the Widget Homepage template selected. The revolution slider plugin is activated and the following widgets on the Front Page Widget Area sidebar: WooCommerce Products (showing products by date), CI Offer, WooCommerce Products (showing best sellers), and the CI Recent Posts. On the Footer Widgets Colums 1-4 sidebars you can see a CI About Me widget, a CI Flickr Widdet, a Text widget, and the CI Socials Ignited widget along with another text widget.

7) Changing Footer text

The theme’s footer features an area for you to enter your copyright information, 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) e-Commerce options

Under CSSIngiter settings > e-Commerce options you can modify the number of columns your e-commerce pages will have along with the number of products that will be displayed on the listing pages.

ultraseven-e-commerce-options

9) Custom Widgets

The theme features several widgets for your convenience. They 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 function.

10) Page with e-shop sidebar template

Normal pages display widgets assigned to the Pages sidebar. You can make any page display the e-Shop sidebar instead, by assigning to the page the Page with e-shop sidebar template from the Page Attributes box. This way you can display appropriate information to maximize your sales.

The CSSIgniter settings panel

Last but not least, under Appearance > CSSIgniter settings, you can find the settings panel. From here you can modify various aspects of your theme. These include among others, 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 function.

Additional Information

Useful Plugins

  • CSSIgniter Shortcodes You can use this shortcode plugin to help you create a variety of layouts and elements on your website. 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.

Image Sizes

  • Thumbnail: 480×360px
  • Homepage slider: 1220×480px
  • Blog thumbnails: 480×360px
  • Product thumbnail: 100×100px
  • Shop page (product listing) thumbnail: 320×430px
  • Single product featured image: 560px in width, not limited in height.