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.
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.
Once installation is complete and the subscription is activated for Outlet, it’s time to configure and set up your theme.
To setup the themes homepage page template this is covered in our Storefront Documentation in the section titled Homepage Template.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Outlet applies some specific styles to elements like buttons and the header layout, so these settings are removed from the designer to avoid confusion.
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.
This is a feature of the Storefront Powerpack extension. Install that for access to the sticky navigation option (and much more).
Install the Storefront Product Sharing plugin.
Install the Storefront Footer Bar plugin. Then add a text widget to the newly created widget region via Appearance > Widgets.
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.
You sure can. Take a look at the Storefront Blog Customizer extension to see what’s possible.
You sure can. Take a look at the Storefront Checkout Customizer extension to see what’s possible.
This is powered by the Storefront Product Hero extension and added to the homepage content via shortcode.
This is a feature of the Storefront WooCommerce Customizer extension. Is does plenty more as well so check it out.
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.
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