How to Add WooCommerce Support to Your Theme

I’m a big fan of WooCommerce, the awesome ecommerce plugin freely available on the WordPress.org repository. There are times, however, when you come up against some issues, and looking up for an answer just takes time.

In this post I’m giving you the answer to a common problem you could be having right now.

Have you ever wondered why the layout of your WooCommerce pages looks broken? How is it that all your theme’s pages look great but WooCommerce pages are messed up?

The most likely reason is because your theme is not WooCommerce-ready.

To add WooCommerce support is easily done using the plugin’s action hooks. Watch this short video to find out more.

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WordPress Excerpts or Post Summaries

How to Display a Post Summary on Your Blog Page

By default, some themes display the entire post’s content when listing posts, while leaving you the choice to manually configure your post to display as summary, if this is your preference.

The problem is that not everybody knows enough about WordPress to make this configuration.

In this post, I’m going to illustrate how to quickly replace the full content with a list of post summaries or excerpts you have full control over.

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Storefront Theme for WooCommerce

How to Change the Storefront Theme Homepage (No Plugins)

The popular Storefront WordPress theme for WooCommerce, by WooThemes, offers its users a great-looking Homepage with different sections.

You can easily get rid of any of the existing sections or swap their position on the page using a free plugin called Homepage Control, also by WooThemes.

However, if you really want to learn how to take control, not only of the Homepage, but of the Storefront theme, you need to step out of your comfort zone and get into coding.

Here’s how.

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Storefront Theme for WooCommerce

How to Change Footer Text in the Storefront Theme for WooCommerce

This is my answer to another question I recently found on the WordPress.org Themes and Templates Support Forum about the Storefront theme, a great free theme for WooCommerce designed by WooThemes.

The user was trying to replace the default footer text in Storefront with some custom text. If you’re having the same problem, here’s the answer.

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WooCommerce, e-commerce plugin for WordPress

How to Get Rid of Links to WooCommerce Single Product Page

I’ve recently come across an interesting question on the WordPress.org Themes and Templates Support Forum about how to remove the links to the Single Product page that wrap each product on the Shop page of the Storefront theme.

Storefront is a very popular theme by WooThemes designed to work tightly with WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a powerful free e-commerce plugin for WordPress, originally developed by WooThemes and later acquired by Automattic, the company behind WordPress itself.

In actual fact, the simple method I’m going to illustrate here to answer this question should work with most WooCommerce-powered themes, since the code won’t concern the Storefront theme at all. Rather, the snippet I’m going to provide here acts on the output of the WooCommerce template that manages the markup of the Shop page.

If you’re interested in this result, here’s what you need to do.

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MH Magazine Lite Theme with Menu Search Box

Add a Show/Hide Search Box to the Menu Area of the MH Magazine Lite Theme

Today I’ve come across an interesting question on the WordPress.org support forum: How do I add a toggling search box to the WordPress.org MH Magazine Lite theme?

Here’s a video that shows you how to accomplish this (download .zip file available).

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WordPress Theme

Three Ways of Customizing a WordPress Theme without Messing up Core Files

In this post, I’m going to show you three approaches to WordPress theme customization that don’t involve modifying the theme’s core files.

There’s a very important reason why leaving the core files untouched is the way to go: it ensures that whatever modifications you make will be preserved after installing an updated version of your theme.

You’ll learn when it’s appropriate to use each of the three methods. Also, I point you to a couple of useful plugins that will make your theme makeover labors much easier.

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Twenty Fifteen WordPress theme

How To Add A Widget Area To The Twenty Fifteen Theme Footer

The latest default WordPress theme is Twenty Fifteen, a lovely blogging theme that makes a bold statement in terms of breaking away from familiar blog layouts.

There’s a fixed sidebar to the left that turns into a header in mobile view, a minimal footer area, beautiful typography and nice featured image area.

The theme is quite impressive, but understandably users still want to customize it and make it their own.

I’ve just come across a Twenty Fifteen user who asked to display widgets in the footer area. However, this theme only offers one sidebar (which is a widget-ready area in WordPress language).

Adding a widget area to the Twenty Fifteen footer is not different from adding a widget area in most WordPress themes.

Here’s how.

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WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme

How To Change The Default Number Of Featured Posts Displayed In The WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme

I just came across a great question in the WordPress.org Forums. It went something like this.

How do I change the default maximum number of featured posts displayed in the WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme.

Accomplishing this task is not immediately obvious, but it’s not complicated. Here’s how.

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WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme

How To Add Page-specific Ad Links To The Content Sidebar in the WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme

Let’s say you’d like to have some ad links displayed on the right sidebar of your Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme, but only on one page. You’d like the rest of the pages with a right sidebar to display regular links.

Here’s one way to achieve this.

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