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
Welcome to Jotter, a Canvas child theme for bloggers and publishers! When customers want to customize the look of their site we like to recommend starting with a child theme to preserve customizations and make updating easier, as you do not need to worry about your customizations being lost when you update your parent theme.
In this case, we’ve taken Canvas one step further for you, updating the design and utilizing the child theme, Jotter, to it’s fullest extent!
To help set up your theme follow the documentation below and be sure to reference the Canvas theme documentation if you are not familiar with the main features/setup of Canvas.
Installation ↑ Back to top
Once you’ve installed the Canvas parent theme you can then follow the same steps to download, install and activate Jotter, the Canvas child theme. After you’ve activated Jotter you will notice a new style on your site, compared to the Canvas style you might be used to.
Jotter Theme Demo: demo2.woothemes.com/jotter
Checking your theme version ↑ Back to top
You can confirm your theme and WooFramework version by going to: Jotter > Framework.
Activate your Theme Key ↑ Back to top
After you install your theme, be sure to activate your theme key by downloading and installing the WooCommerce Helper plugin. This will verify your site when contacting support and will enable 2-click updates for quick theme upgrades down the road.
Updating your theme
It is very important to ensure you have the latest version of your theme at all times. This is the best way to proactively troubleshoot issues on your site.
Homepage Setup ↑ Back to top
To setup the Jotter Homepage, you’ll need to configure a few Settings.
- Set your site to display Your latest posts on: Settings > Reading.
- Go to: Jotter > Settings > Layout and set your Main Layout to Full Width.
- Go to: Jotter > Settings > Dynamic Images and set your image size. The Demo uses centered images that are 1000px by 1000px.
Theme Settings ↑ Back to top
After you’ve installed and activated Jotter, you will notice that the side menu says Jotter:
This is where you will go to configure your theme settings, you will also see an option to ‘Configure Jotter’ on the welcome page.
Go to Jotter > Settings to configure your theme.
Take note of the links in the top right corner of the settings where you can quickly access:
- Documentation – for the theme.
- Changelog – this is where you see the changes/updates to the theme.
- Help – this is a link to our Help Desk where you can search for answers, post in the Community or open a new ticket for assistance with setup or troubleshooting your Woo products.
To edit settings specific to Jotter go to: Jotter > Settings > Jotter.
Disable Child Theme Custom Overrides ↑ Back to top
The only additional option in Jotter allows you to enable/disable the custom child theme styling that comes with Jotter. By default the child theme overrides are enabled. This means that things like typography settings are hard coded in to the theme, and it appears in alignment with the design vision for this theme. If you’d like to customize the theme design yourself via the various Canvas typography settings, uncheck this option.
When you install Jotter the custom styling for the child theme will automatically override the Canvas theme styling. This includes:
- Typography Settings
- Navigation bar styling
- Background color
To name a few. If you want to use the typography and color settings found on the Canvas Styling & Layout Settings pages, you’ll need to disable the Child Theme Custom Overrides first.
FAQ ↑ Back to top
I can’t see featured images on the single post ↑ Back to top
Ensure the Single Post – Show Thumbnail setting is enabled.