Theme Quick Specs
- Theme Width – 1300px
- Single Post Content Width – 900px
- Page Templates – Homepage, Blog, Full-width, Full-width (Unyson Builder)
- Homepage Slider Size – Height: 650px, Width: full-width (recommended image width: 2000px)
The layout from the following image of the homepage in the demo was created using the free plugin Unyson, that includes a Page Builder extension.
Balance includes several Page Templates which you can use to create different page layouts. The layout for Homepage and About pages from the demo can be easily imported on your site after installing the Page Builder extension.
Recommended Plugins (free)
Social Icons Widget – free plugin that allows you to create a list of your social profiles. You’ll need it to add social icons in the top menu bar.
Instagram Widget – another free plugin created by us which you can use to add a gallery with your latest Instagram photos.
Jetpack – a free plugin that includes numerous features that you can active to add extra functionalities in the theme. Recommended features to activate: Sharing Buttons, Related Posts, Tiled Galleries, Carousel, Contact Form.
Unyson Page Builder – a free plugin that includes a Page Builder extensions, which you can use to create different page layouts, like the front page from the demo.
WooCommerce – the plugin that adds the eCommerce integration in the theme.
WC Secondary Product Thumbnail – simple plugin that will display a different image on hovering WooCommerce products.
MailPoet – simple plugin to create and send newsletters.
Customize Colors, Logo, Fonts and other
To Customize different elements of the theme, go to the Appearance > Customizer page.
eCommerce Support – WooCommerce
To enable the eCommerce feature in the theme, you’ll need to install the free WooCommerce plugin.
Contact Form Page
Social Icons in the Footer like Demo
Social Icons in the footer can be added using Social Icons widget (free plugin created by WPZOOM). Once you install the plugin, activate it, go to Widgets page, and add the Social Icons by WPZOOM widget to the Footer Social Icons widget area.
Make sure to select the Color Icon/No Background Icon Style in widget settings.
How to Change Logo, Colors and Fonts.
In Balance many options can be changed and customized from Theme Customizer. You can access the Customizer from Themes Page.
In Site Identity you can upload your own logo image.
In Header Options you can select to hide the search icon or cart widget.
In Footer you can change the number of widget columns in the Footer.
Set up Homepage
In order to create a homepage like the demo, you have to create a new static page with the Homepage (Unyson Builder) page template, and then set it as you Front Page in Settings > Reading.
How to use the Page Builder
Here’s a video tutorial for Page Builder from Presence theme, but the instructions are actual for Balance too:
In order to activate the Page Builder, you’ll need to install the Unyson plugin, which is available for free.
After installing the theme, you’ll see a message at the top that offers to install and activate the plugin quickly:
Install the plugin and Activate it.
After that a new section called Unyson will appear in the dashboard menu:
Go to the Unyson page, and install the Page Builder extension.
Now you can use the Page Builder when you create or edit pages.
Here’s how you can create a new page to use it as front page and how to load the same layout from the demo:
In the following video you can see a walkthrough the Page Builder extension:
Set up Homepage Slideshow
To add a new image in the Homepage Slideshow, go to Slideshow > Add New and create a new post with more details for each individual slide:
More options for the slideshow can be found in Theme Options > Homepage Slideshow:
Change WooCommerce (Shop) Pages Layout
By default WooCommerce pages are full-width, without sidebar, but you can easily add a sidebar on the left or right by changing the layout in Theme Options -> WooCommerce Options:
After that make sure to add the needed widgets in the Shop Sidebar widget area on the Widgets page:
Add Sharing Buttons, Related Posts, Tiled Galleries and other Jetpack Features
Numerous features can be added quickly in the theme from Jetpack Plugin: Tiled Galleries, Related Posts, Extra Sidebar Widgets, etc.
Recommended Jetpack Features:
If you need help installing and activating these features, please see this tutorial: Getting started with Jetpack.
Here’s how you can create a Tiled Mosaic Gallery:
To add widgets in the widgetized location, like Sidebar, you’d need to access Appearance -> Widgets menu, and drag widgets to your Sidebar to activate them.
Widgets Structure in Demo
How do I change summary content (Excerpt) for a post?
On editing page of a post, look for a field called Excerpt. You can add here summaries for your posts each time you want to adjust manually the length of text which appears in Slider, Recent Articles, Post Archives or when you simply want to have a different text than the automatically picked excerpt.
How can I change the number of posts on homepage?
- Go to Settings > Reading
- Find Blog pages show at most option, and change the number of posts.
How do I add a Contact Form?
You’d need to install Jetpack plugin and activate the Contact Form feature.