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
Outlet is a child theme for Storefront, the official WooCommerce theme. If provides a modern design, perfect for the tech industry.
Installation↑ Back to top
Outlet is a Storefront child theme, so you first need to install and set up Storefront and then Outlet afterwards.
- Download Storefront for free by at WordPress.org.
- Download Outlet from your WooCommerce.com account at My Downloads.
- On your website, go to Appearance > Themes and click the Add New button.
- Click Upload to upload the Storefront .zip file from step 1.
- Go to Appearance > Themes to Activate.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for the Outlet theme from step 2.
More information at: Installing and Configuring Storefront and Managing WooCommerce.com Subscriptions.
Setup and Configuration↑ Back to top
Once installation is complete and the subscription is activated for Outlet, 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↑ Back to top
To setup the themes homepage page template this is covered in our Storefront Documentation in the section titled Homepage Template.
The homepage menu↑ Back to top
Outlet adds a new menu location titled ‘Homepage’. This allows you to create a custom menu to be displayed along side the homepage content.
This menu is managed in the same way as any other WordPress menu. More at: WordPress Menu.
Recommended Image Sizes↑ Back to top
There are no specific image size requirements for Outlet, but we provided the images sizes use on our demo for reference.
- Catalog Images: 500 x 500 px
- Single Product Image: 800 x 800 px
- Product Thumbnails: 180 x 180 px
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↑ Back to top
It’s possible to import WooCommerce Dummy Data to populate your site with demo products as a starting point.
Note: We do not supply the exact images you see in our Outlet 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.
FAQ↑ Back to top
Can I remove the homepage menu?↑ Back to top
You can! Use a plugin like Code Snippets to add the following snippet from within the WP Admin:
You can read about customizing a child theme below.
I’m using the Storefront Designer extension but noticed some settings are missing.↑ Back to top
Outlet applies some specific styles to elements like buttons and the header layout, so these settings are removed from the designer to avoid confusion.
How do I control which categories are displayed on the homepage product category section?↑ Back to top
They are the three first top level (parent) categories as arranged on the product categories screen in your dashboard. You can drag and drop categories there to rearrange.
On the demo the primary navigation sticks to the top of the browser when I scroll. How can I add that?↑ Back to top
This is a feature of the Storefront Powerpack extension. Install that for access to the sticky navigation option (and much more).
On the demo there are sharing buttons on the single product pages, how do I enable that?↑ Back to top
Install the Storefront Product Sharing plugin.
On the demo, there is a content bar in the footer, how do I enable that?↑ Back to top
Install the Storefront Footer Bar plugin. Then add a text widget to the newly created widget region via Appearance > Widgets.
I’m using the homepage template but don’t want to display the the page title / content↑ Back to top
If you don’t want to display content simply don’t add any. To hide the title you can use this plugin which gives you the ability to hide the page title on any page across your site. Alternatively, use the Homepage Control plugin to toggle the display of this component.
Can I customize the look and feel of my blog pages?↑ Back to top
You sure can. Take a look at the Storefront Blog Customizer extension to see what’s possible.
Can I customize the look and feel of my checkout?↑ Back to top
You sure can. Take a look at the Storefront Checkout Customizer extension to see what’s possible.
On the demo, there’s a featured product on the homepage, how do I add that?↑ Back to top
This is powered by the Storefront Product Hero extension and added to the homepage content via shortcode.
On the demos shop page product load automatically as I scroll?↑ Back to top
This is a feature of the Storefront WooCommerce Customizer extension. Is does plenty more as well so check it out.
How can I customize my site when using a child theme?↑ Back to top
A lot of WordPress tutorials will recommend inserting code snippets into a child themes functions.php file. This is to ensure that you’re always able to update the parent theme without losing your changes. As Outlet is already a child theme, you aren’t able to do this.
Any changes you add to Outlet’s functions.php file will be lost when you perform an update. Instead, it is recommended that you add any code snippets to a customization plugin. We’ve created a plugin you can use to do this. Download Theme Customizations.
Questions and Feedback↑ Back to top
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