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Bistro – Storefront Child Theme

A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme called the parent theme. Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme. —WordPress Codex: Child Themes
Bistro is a child theme for Storefront, the official WooCommerce theme. It features an organic and friendly design tailored to selling food and other consumables.


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Bistro is a Storefront child theme, so you first need to install and set up Storefront and then Bistro afterwards.
  1. Download Storefront for free by at WordPress.org.
  2. Download Bistro from your WooCommerce.com account at My Downloads.
  3. On your website, go to Appearance > Themes and click the Add New button. 
  4. Click Upload to upload the Storefront .zip file from step 1.
  5. Go to Appearance > Themes to Activate.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the Bistro theme from step 2.
More information at: Installing and Configuring Storefront and Managing WooCommerce.com Subscriptions.

Setup and Configuration

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Once installation is complete and the subscription is activated for Bistro, it’s time to configure and set up your theme. More info at: Storefront theme documentation and WordPress child themes in the WordPress Codex.

Homepage Template

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To set up the homepage, see Storefront Homepage Template.

Recommended Image Sizes

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To account for high resolution (retina) displays, we recommend the following image dimensions as a minimum:
  • Catalog images: 600 x 800
  • Single product images: 600 x 800
  • Product thumbnails: 180 x 180
WooCommerce Product Image settings are found at Appearance > Customize > WooCommerce > Product Images. More at: Managing Product Images. More information on WooCommerce image sizes can be found at:

Demo Content

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It’s possible to import WooCommerce Sample Data to populate your site with demo products as a starting point. Note: We do not supply the exact images you see in our Bistro demo due to copyright restrictions. The WooCommerce Dummy Data instead comes with our own unique unrestricted images that we can redistribute within product import data. Images used in this demo can be downloaded from the Open Library project.


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I’m using the Storefront Designer extension but noticed some settings are missing.

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Bistro applies specific styles to elements such as buttons and the header, so these settings are removed from Storefront Designer to avoid confusion.

On the demo there are sharing buttons on single product pages, how do I enable that?

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Install the Storefront Product Sharing plugin.

On the demo homepage there is a large sale banner, how can I add that to my site?

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This is an instance of the Storefront Parallax Hero extension.

I’m using the homepage template but don’t want to display the page title/content.

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If you don’t want to display content, don’t add any. To hide the title, use Title Toggle for Storefront to hide the page title on any page across your site. Alternatively use Homepage Control to toggle the display of this component.

Can I customize the look and feel of blog pages?

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Yes. Go to Storefront Blog Customizer to see what’s possible.

Can I customize the look and feel of checkout?

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Yes. Go to Storefront Checkout Customizer to see what’s possible.

Can I customize the look and feel of WooCommerce pages?

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Yes. Go to Storefront WooCommerce Customizer to see what’s possible.

How can I customize my site when using a child theme?

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Many WordPress tutorials recommend inserting code snippets in a child theme’s functions.php file. This ensure that you’re always able to update the parent theme without losing changes. Because Bistro is already a child theme, you are unable to do this. Any changes added to the Bistro functions.php file will be lost when updating. Instead, we recommended that you add code snippets to a customization plugin. We’ve created one to do just this. Download Theme Customizations for free.

Questions and Feedback

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