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Inspiro (Classic)

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Inspiro – Setting up the Homepage

This article refers to Inspiro (Classic)

When Inspiro theme was released in 2014, the recommended way to set up the homepage was by using a widgetized page template which shows widgets from a specific widget area.

However, things evolved in the WordPress world, so did our theme, and now you have more control over building the front page in Inspiro, using Drag & Drop page builders.

The main difference in using the Homepage (Page Builder) template with a page builder like Elementor or Beaver Builder is that you are no longer limited to add just widgets on the front page.

Thanks to the Elementor integration, you can build easily any kind of layout with custom sections on your front page.

1. Create the front page & choose the right Page Template

The theme includes multiple Page Templates to create your front page:

Homepage (Page Builder) – shows automatically theme’s slider at the top.
Page Builder (Transparent Header, Without Title) – slider can be added via Elementor (Inspiro Slideshow module)
Homepage (Widgetized) – shows the slider at the top and widgets added to the “Homepage” widget area (old method)

Except for the Widgetized template, the rest of the templates are perfect for use in combination with a page builder.

Here are some advantages why you should use a Page Builder to create your homepage:

– A page builder gives you more control and flexibility: full-width sections, image, and video backgrounds;
– Custom sections with different number of columns;
– Easily adjust design options of each section, column, or widget individually: margin, padding, fonts, etc.
– Advanced tools like Import/Export, templates, etc.

Now that the differences between the templates are known to you let’s proceed to the first step.

First, create a new page or edit an existing page (e.g. your current static page) and make sure to select the right Page Template:

If you have selected the Widgetized template, please look in this article for more details.

Additional details and instructions for the homepage when the Page Builder template is selected can be found here.

2. Assign the new page as your Front Page

Once you’ve published or edited the page you want to use as your front page, go to Settings > Reading page and select your page in the option: “A static page > Homepage“:

3. Start building!

Now that the right page with the right template is assigned as your front page, you can proceed on configuring the top slideshow or the sections below it.

The Slideshow at the top is a part of the theme, so the content can’t be edited or added using Elementor.`

You can find details to add images and videos in the Slideshow in this article.

If you want to use a different slideshow at the top and replace the one from the theme, you will need to use a different page template, like “Full-width (Page Builder)”.

If you selected to built your homepage using the Page Builder, go back to edit that page, and click on the blue button “Edit in Elementor“:

If you don’t see this button available, the Elementor plugin is probably not installed or active on your website.

Additional instructions and tutorials can be found in the Elementor support guides.

In this article you can find some useful instructions about the Page Builder integration in Inspiro theme.

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Last updated on September 23, 2021

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