Beautifully designed WooThemes Canvas menus with a single click.
Hi! I’m Jamie from Pootlepress. At Pootlepress, we build the majority of our websites with WooThemes products and we see a big opportunity to build further plugins and child themes on top of the WooThemes platform.
One of the things we get asked for the most from our customers is to add CSS customisations to the Canvas navigation menu. With this in mind, we thought it would be really cool to create a number of beautifully designed menus that could be easily selected through the Canvas theme options panel. So we built the Pootlepress Menu Pack for WooThemes Canvas.
Introducing our first menu pack
Child theme friendly
The Pootlepress Menu Pack has been developed as a plugin, so it works seamlessly if you are using your own child theme.
With it’s own custom engine, powered by WordPress hooks and filters, designers and developers can add their own menu designs to the Pootlepress Menu Pack, having them display automatically as extra menu options in the Canvas theme options panel.
How we used the WooFramework
The WooFramework options panel makes it really easy to hook in your own custom settings- whether from a child theme or a custom plugin, such as the Menu Pack. Making use of WordPress filters, the Menu Pack adds it’s own settings to the Canvas theme options, using the easy-to-use array structure set out in the WooFramework.
Using a conveniently-placed WordPress filter, the Menu Pack makes it easy for developers to create their own custom plugins that add menu styles to the Canvas Menu Pack by Pootlepress. Their plugin would need a single filter, which adds the name of the menu style and a link to it’s CSS file into the array of styles set out in the Pootlepress Menu Pack. From there, the Menu Pack and WooFramework take care of the rest.
When Jamie approached us with the Pootlepress Menu Pack concept, the innovation of the idea excited me. I jumped at it and worked with Jamie to create the base plugin for Pootlepress Menu Pack and integrate it into the Canvas theme options.
This project is an exciting showcase of how developers and designers can build products on top of Canvas and other WooThemes products, extending the product to meet their or their customers’ needs.
It’s great to see developers creating new products on top of the WooThemes platform.
Matty Cohen @ WooThemes
We will be releasing additional menu packs very soon. In addition, we are also working on a footer style pack, for easily customising the look and feel of your WooThemes Canvas footer.
Pootlepress offers WordPress training, design, consultancy and support to over 1000 people each year. The WooThemes Canvas theme always forms part of our group training days and our customers love it because it makes creating beautiful websites so easy.
With a little bit of training it’s quite straightforward to put all these building blocks together to build feature rich and beautiful websites.
We’re really excited about the Pootlepress Menu Pack for WooThemes Canvas and would welcome your comments. Get in touch at Jamie@pootlepress.co.uk.