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
Homestore is a child theme for Storefront, the official WooCommerce theme. It provides an elegant and modern design with a magazine feel, which provides the right style for stores in the homeware industry.
To help set up your theme, follow the documentation below and be sure to reference the Storefront theme documentation if you are not familiar with the main features/setup of Storefront.
Installation ↑ Back to top
As Homestore is a Storefront child theme, you will first need to install and set up Storefront itself. You can read all about installing that over on our Installing & Configuring Storefront documentation.
To install Homestore, upload the ‘homestore’ directory to your
Once uploaded / installed you can activate Homestore by navigating to Appearance > Themes.
The homepage menu ↑ Back to top
Homestore 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. You can read more about using WordPress Menus here.
Recommended Image Sizes ↑ Back to top
There are no specific image size requirements for Homestore but we have provided the images sizes that we use on our demo installation below for reference.
The WooCommerce image settings above can be located at WooCommerce > Settings > Products > Display.
Remember, once you update any image dimensions in WooCommerce you’ll need to run the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin to regenerate all pre-existing thumbnails and re-crop them to the new sizes that you selected.
Note: For further information on the WooCommerce image sizes you can reference these two resources below.
- WooCommerce Image Size Settings Documentation
- WooCommerce Using Appropriate Image Sizes Documentation
Product Demo Content ↑ Back to top
To install some demo content for products as a starting point you can import the WooCommerce Dummy Data which will populate your site with demo products for you.
Note: We do not supply the exact images you see on our Homestore demo within the WooCommerce Dummy Data as the sites images cannot be redistributed due to copyright restrictions and are for demo purposes only. The WooCommerce Dummy Data instead comes with our own unique unrestricted images that we can redistribute within product import data.
FAQ ↑ Back to top
How do I display the Homepage Menu? ↑ Back to top
To display the Homepage menu, you need to assign a custom menu to the ‘Homepage’ menu location. By default, the Homepage menu is not displayed, it only shows up if there is a custom menu assigned to that menu location.
The menu is managed in the same way as any other WordPress menu. You can read more about using WordPress Menus here.
I’m using the Storefront Designer extension but noticed some settings are missing ↑ Back to top
Homestore 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 how do I change the order in which the different sections appear? ↑ Back to top
Easy. Just install the Homepage Control plugin.
On the demo there is pagination on the single product pages, how do I enable that? ↑ Back to top
Easy. Just install the Storefront Product Pagination plugin.
On the demo there are sharing buttons on the single product pages, how do I enable that? ↑ Back to top
Easy. Just 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
Easy. Just install the Storefront Footer Bar plugin. Then add a text widget to the newly created widget region via Appearance > Widgets.
To use the footer area as a Call to Action, you can use the following code in the Text Widget:
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.
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 Homestore is already a child theme, you aren’t able to do this. Any changes you add to Homestores 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 just this. Download here.