Outlet – Storefront Child Theme

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.

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.

You can read more documentation on WordPress child themes in the WordPress Codex.

Installation ↑ Back to top

As Outlet 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 Outlet, upload the ‘outlet’ directory to your wp-content/themes directory.

Once uploaded / installed you can activate Outlet by navigating to Appearance > Themes.

Remember that Outlet is a child theme and requires Storefront to be installed.

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.

The homepage menu
The homepage menu

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 Outlet but we have provided the images sizes that we use on our demo installation below for reference.

Outlet WooCommerce Image Sizes

The original uploaded images are at a size of 1,378px in width by 1,378px in height before being uploaded. 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.

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 Outlet 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

Note: We are unable to provide support for customizations under our Support Policy. If you are unfamiliar with code and templates and resolving potential conflicts, contact a WooExpert.

Can I remove the homepage menu? ↑ Back to top

You can! Use this snippet:

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 there is pagination on the single product pages, how do I enable that? ↑ Back to top

Install the Storefront Product Pagination plugin.

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 Designer 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 Customiser 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 Customiser 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?

This is a feature of the Storefront WooCommerce Customiser 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 Outlets 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 here.

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