Welcome to Soho - Clean Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme
Installing SOHO Theme
You can install this WordPress theme using two installation methods:
Using soho.zip found in ZIP file you downloaded from ThemeForest.com you should perform the following steps:
Using soho directory found inside of soho.zip file located inside ZIP file you downloaded from ThemeForest.com you should perform the following steps:
If you plan to build online shop with our theme, please read WooCommerce section of this documentation before you install demo content.
Importing Demo Content
If you would like to learn the best practice of using SOHO theme, you can import content from our demo web site. Our theme comes with one-click import module. Importing demo web site is performed by following these steps:
In order to import LayerSlider demo slider, you need to locate xml export folder in the theme's All files & documentation zip file you can download from your Downloads page at ThemeForest. You will find LayerSlider_Export.zip file there. Just go to LayerSlider option in the left menu and upload that file under Import section.
Upgrading SOHO Theme
You can upgrade our theme by performing following steps:
Feel free to ask us any question about using features SOHO theme offers.
Access the “Select Options” in the left menu. Some of these options may be overridden locally, in the shortcode or page settings (e.g. text color in editor or page title layout in the Select Custom Fields while editing post/page/portfolio item).
Most options in these tabs are self-explanatory. Explanations for options that need further clarification will be provided here.
The elements of SOHO theme are made up from main colors.
Content background image
Here you can set background image for your content. It will be applied both for boxed and full width version.
Body background image
Here you can set background image for your whole site. It will be applied both for boxes and full width version.
Body pattern background image
Here you can set pattern background image for your whole site. Note that if you set pattern background image, background image option won't be applied.
Set this field to the image that you want to use as your favicon.
Choose between predefined AJAX animations between pages. This scenario will be applied to all pages. Eventually it is possible to change the animation style for each page individually (options below text editor when editing pages/posts). Please note that you can turn off AJAX for certain pages there. That might be important for some other plugins to work properly.
With this field you can control box layout for your site
Here you can turn ON/OFF display of loading image while navigating between pages using page transitions (AJAX)
With this field you can change our loading image like you want, if Page transition and Loading animation are set to ON
With this field you can control smooth scroll effect for your site. You can choose between no smooth scroll, yes and yes but not on Mac devices.
With this field you can control responsiveness for your site
Show back button
With this field you can control back button feature
Elements animation on mobile/touch devices
With this field you can control animation for elements(shortcodes) on touch devices
Google Anaylitics Account ID
With this field you can monitor the traffic on your website
List of internal URLs loaded without AJAX (separated with comma)
Here you can put URLs of the pages you want to get loaded without AJAX. You should enter full url (including domain part) here, for example: http://www.mydomain.com/forum/
Custom CSS and Custom JS
Advanced users can add their own code here.
Add relevant keywords separated with commas to improve SEO.
Enter a short description of the website for SEO.
Disable Select SEO
Here you can disable Select SEO functionality. You should do this if you are using some SEO plugin.
GENERAL FONT OPTIONS
This section allows you to setup font properties for different elements of the site. (color, hover/active color, font family, font size, line height, font style and font weight)
HEADER AND FOOTER
Header in grid
Set if header is full width or grid (content) width
Show header top area
This setting applies to Header Left and Header Right widgets.
Scroll header top area
This setting will make header top area scroll with main menu if fixed header bottom style is choosen.
Header bottom appearance
With this option you can choose different styles of main navigation behaviour and position
Scrolled amount for sticky appear
With this setting you can set amount of scroll needed for sticky menu to appear
If chosen will make header elements (logo, main menu, side menu icon) in chosen predefine style: dark or light
Header height (initial, scrolled and sticky)
This option is important for defining the height of whole header including the logo
Add website logo here. You can upload different logo images for light & dark header style (if used) and for sticky header (displayed on scroll)
If selected will display logo centered above the menu
This setting lets you choose menu position (default / center)
Top background color
This is background color of the top header widget area
Bottom background color (initial, sticky, scrolled and for mobile)
This is background color of the header
Transparency (initial, scrolled and sticky)
This is transparency of the header
Dropdown main menu
Here you can choose whether to animate dropdown entrance, change background color of it, choose separator color for wide dropdown type, set dropdown transparencty and choose pattern background image.
Enable Select Search
This option enables Select Search functionality (search icon will appear next to main navigation)
Header Buttons (Select Search icon, Side Area icon and Mobile Menu icon)
This section lets you customize buttons that appear inline with main navigation (side area opener, mobile menu opener and search icon)
This setting lets you enable footer uncovering effect (content revealing footer on scroll event)
Footer in grid
Set if footer is full width or grid (content) width
Show footer top
This option will show main footer widget area. You can define its content in Appearance > Widgets > Footer Columns 1-4
Footer top columns
Set how many columns footer top area has.
Show footer bottom
This option will show bottom footer widget area. You can define its content in Appearance > Widgets > Footer Text
Footer separator color
This option lets you set footer separator color
Footer top colors
This section contains settings for color management of titles and anchors on top footer
Footer top background image
Set background image for footer top section
Footer bottom colors
This section contains settings for footer bottom color management
You can setup here global page title properties which can be overriden in select custom fields for each post/page.
Choose between standard title or with breadcrumbs
This setting enables beadcrumbs in title area. Applied only for standard title type
This setting allows you to set height of title area in pixels and is used if image is not set to be responsive.
Animate title area
This setting lets you choose starting position of the title area.
This setting allows you to set position of title text.
Title background color
This setting allows you to set background color for title
Title text background
Here you can turn on / off box around text int title
Title text background color
Here you can choose background color for title text box if enabled
This setting allows you to choose default background image for title area.
Use title image as pattern
Lets you use selected title image as pattern (it will repeat itself horizontally and vertically)
Title pattern overlay image
This setting allows you to set default overlay pattern image for title area.
Responsive title image
This setting allows you to make image resize to fit into browser width. Title are height will be defined by height of the image after it resizes to fit the browser width.
Parallax title image
Use selected title image as parallax. Applied only if title image isn't set to be responsive
Page title style
This section contains settings for title style management
This setting allows you to enable or disable text shadow on title and background color lets you set background color of title area.
Show separator and Separator color
This fields allows you to enable separator in title area and to control separator color
LEFT MENU AREA
Here you can manage left menu area properties (show/hide, colors and fonts)
If Left Menu Area is enabled, it will show area in the left containing logo, menu and left area widgets. Normal header will be disabled.
Enable transparent left menu area - Left Menu Area will be transparent when page is scrolled to the top. Also, when transparent, dark/ligh color change logic will be applied
Left menu area background - Choose background color of left menu area
Left menu area background image - Choose background image for left menu area - Image will be fixed and it will fit the left menu area
Left menu area text color (for widgets) - Choose the widget text color
Left Menu Area Menu Style options are used to define style of menu items.
Please note that at the page level you can set background color, transparent left menu are and background image specific just for that page and override global values defined here.
You can drag additional content to this area in Appearance > Widgets > Left Menu Area widget area.
Here you can define style properties of different elements. Options chosen here will override default settings for shortcodes and other elements that you can use. This section is divided in smaller sections, each one controlling on:
Here you can manage side area properties (show/hide and colors)
Fields in this section are:
CONTENT BOTTOM AREA
Here you can set global settings for content bottom area displaying just above footer. You can choose which custom widget area should be used to fill in this area with content. For example, you can create Call to Action widget.
Fields in this section are:
Parallax on touch devices
This setting lets you enable or disable parallax on touch devices
Parallax min height
This setting lets you set parallax section's minimal height for last two responsive stages
Here you can define global setting for portfolio list and portfolio single page.
Show Portfolio Select Like
This setting lets you enable or disable like featured for portfolio list
This setting lets you choose portfolio style for single project.
Enable lightbox for Single project
This setting lets you enable or disable lightbox featured for portfolio list
Number of columns for Portfolio Gallery style
This setting lets you choose number of columns per row for single gallery project.
Portfolio single slug
This setting lets you define portfolio slug for your project. Default value is portfolio_page.
This setting lets you enable or disable category description in portfolio single project.
Enable portfolio text following
This setting lets you enable or disable text following featured on portfolio single project for Portfolio Small image and Portfolio Small slider style
Here you can define global properties for blog list and blog single pages. You can override those properties at post level.
This setting lets you enable or disable pagination featured for blog list.
Choose Pagination on Masonry type
This setting allows you to choose pagination featured for blog masonry list. You have three types of paginations,
Show category filter on masonry style
This setting lets you enable or disable filter featured for blog masonry list.
Choose blog layout
This setting allows you to choose blog layout for blog list.
This setting allows you to choose sidebar layout for blog list.
This setting lets you enable or disable comments featured for blog list.
Page range for pagination
This setting allows you to set number of posts per page.
Number of words (excerpt)
This setting allows you to set number of characters for blog excerpt text.
Number of words in masonry blog template
This setting allows you to set number of characters for blog masonry excerpt text.
Hide post title
Option that lets you show / hide blog post title
Blog single sidebar layout
This setting allows you to choose sidebar layout for blog single.
Sidebar to display
This setting allows you to choose custom sidebar to display.
Blog Select Like
This setting lets you enable or disable like featured for blog single.
Show Blog Author
This setting lets you enable or disable author featured for blog single.
Mail send to
Here you should enter email address. Contact form data will be sent to this address.
Here you should enter email address. This address will be displayed as sender when sending contact form data.
Here you should enter email subject.
You can enable reCaptcha and enter keys generated here http://www.google.com/recaptcha/whyrecaptcha.
Heading above content
This setting allows you to change heading above contact form. Default value is Contact Us
You can upload your own image used to mark your address on the map
Google map address (1-5)
You can define up to 5 different locations do display on your map. You should enter address in normal address format, for example: 100 Battery Street, San Francisco, USA.
Google map zoom
You can enter here google map zoom level (default is 15).
Google map height
You can define here height of map area on the page
Google map style & Google map color
If style is enabled, you can set color used to paint the map
Google map scroll on mouse wheel
Turn ON/OFF scrolling of the page when mouse is over the map. That disables/enabled map zoom.
Here you can define content of 404 error page.
Fields in this section are:
Here you can manage social share features.
Fields in this section are:
Here you can manage woocommerce features.
Fields in this section are:
Soho Theme comes with following custom widgets and widget areas:
Soho theme allows adding mutliple sidebars. You can define your custom widget areas (sidebars) from the Custom Widget Area section in the bottom right corner of this page.
You can see example of widgets configurion from our demo web site here:
In order to create a blog page, first create a new page and select one of 4 Blog Templates listed in Template field located in the “Page Attributes” section:
- Blog Large Image - Displayes featured image above post title and excerpt
- Blog Large Whole Post - Same as large image template but displays full blog post content
- Blog Large Image Wide - Displays featured image in full width above title and excerpt
- Blog Large Image Wide Whole Post - Same as large image full width template but displays full post content
- Blog Masonry - Creates masonry layout
- Blog Masonry Fullwidth - Creates full width masonry layout
- Blog Medium Image - Displays featured image on the left side and post title and excerpt on the right
- Blog Medium Image Whole Post - Same as medium umage template but displays full post content
If desired, one of four sidebars can be turned on in the options below editor in Select Custom Fields section.
Choose sidebar to display
You can choose here custom sidebar you created. If empty, it will use Sidebar Page.
Choose blog category
You can display post of selected category
Posts per page
Enter number of posts displayed on each page
SOHO theme blog uses featured images as primary images displayed on the blog list page. Featured images are also used as first images in every post by default.
SOHO theme supports custom post formats. You can choose one of the following formats:
Each format creates custom fields section below editor. For example, video format creates this:
Also we implemented for Video post three different video types (Vimeo, YouTube and Self Hosted)
Make sure custom sections are enabled in Screen Options found in the top right corner of WP dashboard.
Similar as blog list, blog single also allows managing sidebar options in Select Custom Fields. If Choose sidebar to display field is blank, Sidebar widget area will be used.
Blog List (Template) Layout
Blog Masonry Image
Blog Masonry Fullwidth
Blog Large Image
Blog Large Image Full Width
Blog Medium Image
Blog Single Layout
In this section we will explaid how page templates work.
Available page templates:
Default Template pages are in grid.
Blog Large Image
Blog Large Image Whole Post
Difference between Blog Large Image Template and Blog Large Image Whole Post Template is that blog large image whole post template displays whole single post content.
Blog Large Image Full Width
Blog Masonry Full Width
Blog Masonry Medium Image
If you want to enable Google map you need to select yes and save. Then you need to go again to Contact page tab in Select options and you will see additional Google map fields.
Default grid for Full Width template pages is full width. For this template you can combine full width sections with sections that are in grid.
Header style - with this field you can set style for header menu for specific page. Predefined values are Dark and Light
Initial bottom header background color
Initial bottom header background color transparency (0 to 1) - Example 0.7
Initial top header background color
Initial top header background color transparency (0 to 1) - Example 0.7
Don't show page title area - check this field if you want to remove title area
Don't show title - check this field if you want to remove only title in title area
Page title type - standard or with breadcrumbs
Page title position- position for title
Animate page title
Title text shadow
Enable Breadcrumbs - enable or disable breadcrumbs in title
Title Font Style - choose from normal or italic font style
Title font size
Title Text Background - choose whether to show or hide title text background box
Title Text Background Color - background color of title text box if enabled
Title Area Background Color - background color of whole title area
Don't show page title image - check this field if you want to remove title image in title area
Responsive title image
Parallax title image / Only if title image is not responsvie
Use title image as pattern
Title pattern overlay image
Title height (px) / Only if title image is not responsive - this is height for title area
Breadcrumbs Current Color
Page background color
Content bottom background color
Page Background image
Choose sidebar to display - choose custom sidebar that you want to have on single post / page, you can create custom sidebar in Appearance -> Widgets -> Custom Widget Area
Enable content bottom area
Choose content bottom sidebar to display - choose custom sidebar that you want to have on this area
Content bottom sidebar in grid
Page Transition - with this field you can control page animation only for this page
Choose blog category - this field is used only for Blog templates.
Posts per page - this field is used only for Blog templates.
Enable comments - Enable comment form for this page
Enter Layer slider or Select slider shortcode - in this field you can paste layer slider or select slider shortcode. Container for this area is full width.
Portfolio is created as custom post type and can be found in the left WordPress menu.
Adding Portfolio items is the same as creating blog posts. Featured image is used for portfolio lists.
You can choose between 7 different layouts listed in Choose portfolio single view field.
Portfolio images are added through “Portfolio Images” link below editor.
Also our theme allows adding videos together with images. Please not that when adding new Portfolio image/video item, if you want video to display, you should leave image field empty. In the Video field if you've choose Vimeo or Youtube you should just paste video ID. If you choose self hosted video you should select video from media library that you want to be displayed on your portfolio page.
Create custom label name (e.g. Project URL) using the “Option Items”.
Portfolio list can be added from Visual Composer by adding Portfolio element found in By Select section of the Add New Element window. Portfolio list has following properties:
- Type - used to define layout of the list (Standard, Gallery and Gallery Without Spaces)
- Columns - choose number of columns in the row
- Image Size (portrait, square)
- Order by & Order - set how items are ordered
- Filter - set if filter is displayed
- Hover (choose from two hover types)
- Choose Link Type: Single Project Link and Disable Link
- Show Load More - set if Load More button is enabled
- Number - set number of items displayed on first load (-1 is all)
- Category - enter category slug if you want to list items from selected category. Note that filter will be generated from sub-categories of selected category
- Selected Project - list selected project IDs delimited by comma
- Title Tag - set how title tag should be rendered
Gallery With Space
Gallery Without Spaces
Portfolio Single Layout - You can choose these layouts in Portfolio single page in Select Custom fields -> Choose portfolio single view
Portfolio Single - Full Width Project
Portfolio Single - Small Project
Portfolio Single - Big Slider
Portfolio Single - Small Slider
Portfolio Single - Gallery
Portfolio Single - Custom (Full Width Custom and Grid)
Testimonials is created as custom post type and can be found in main WordPress menu on the left side of the screen.
When editing single testimonial, you need to enter following information:
- Author name
- Text - this is testimonial's content
- Company Position - for example General Manager
Testimonial list can be added from Visual Composer by adding Testimonials element found in By Select section of the Add New Element window. Also you have two type of testimonials shortcode: Simple and Standard.
Soho Theme comes with awesome Visual Composer plugin. Its documentation is included with our documentation.
You can find our elements (shortcodes) added to it in the By Select section of New Element wizard.
Please note that our shortcodes have custom attributes.
Some of existing Visual Composer elements are updated with our custom properties. For example Row shortcode has following important custom attributes:
- Row is container element to which you can add other elements (shortcodes). This element can be full width or in grid and you can set for example this parameters: CSS Animation, Transition Delay, Anchor ID and Text Align. With CSS Animation you can set entering animation for this element and with Transition Delay you can set delay for chosen CSS Animation. Anchor ID is used in our anchor functionality. You can add row ID which can be referenced in main menu Anchor ID field. In this shortcode you can add other shortcode like you want.
- Anchor ID - explained in the Menu section of this documentation
In "Slides" section you can see all slides that you created.
Add New Slide - Click here to add your first slide. First you need to upload some image for your slide background. Find Slide Image field and upload your image.
In order to use video background instead of slide image, you need to select Video Background type and to make sure you entered correct path for 3 types of video: webm, mp4 and ogv. You can also enter path for preview image and set if you want to have transparent overlay over video.
Hide Slide Title - To hide slide title
Slide Background Type - Choose between video background and image
Slide Graphic Entering Animation - Choose between flip and fade effect
Additional slide options:
Slide Content Alignment - With this field you can control alignment of slide's content
Slide Text Alignment - With this field you can control alignment of slide's content text
Content Width - With this field you can set content's width in percentages
Content From Top, Bottom, Left and Right - With this fields you can control position of slide's content
Header style for this style - With this field you can control header style for slide, default value is determined by global header settings. You have two predefined header style available (dark / light).
Slide navigation color - With this field you can control color style for Select Slider navigations
In this section you can create new sliders. Necessary fields are Name and Slug. When you created new slider it will appear in table on the right part of the screen with Shortcode data generated and ready for usage.
For example, this shortcode string is generated for About Us Slider.
[qode_slider slider='home-slider' auto_start='true' animation_type='slide' slide_animation='6000' height='' background_color='']
Two additional fields for each slider
Here is the explanation of shortcode attributes:
Example of About Us Slider usage:
In order to use created slider you just need to copy/paste generated shortcode string from Sliders section to the some page's Enter Layer slider or Select slider shortcode field in Select Custom fields section.
Here is the list of Visual Composer custom shortcodes coming with our theme
- Style: Accordion, Toggle, Accordion with Icon and Toggle with Icon
- Icon Pack: choose from Font Awesome icons or Elegant Icons
- Icon Color
- Title: Title label for accordion section heading
- Title Color
- Background Color
- Border Color
- Background Color
- Title Tag: h2, h3, h4, h5 and h6
Accordion and Toogle
Accordion and Toggle With Icon
Image Gallery - Flexslider
Image Gallery - List
Image Gallery - Grayscale list
Image Gallery - Frame slider
- Row Type: Row, Parallax, Expandable, Expandable With Background and Content Menu
- Type (Only When Row Type is Row): In Grid and Full Width
- Anchor ID
- Row in Content Menu: Yes/No
- Content Menu Title
- Content Menu Icon Pack - choose from Font Awesome and Elegant Icons
- Content Menu Icon: Font Awesome icons list (Font Awesome Icons)
- Text Align: Left, Right and Center
- Video Background (Only When Row Type is Row)
- Video Overlay
- Video Overlay Image (pattern)
- Video Background webm file
- Video Background mp4 file
- Video Background ogv file
- Video Preview Image
- Background Image (Only When Row Types are Row or Parallax)
- Pattern Background (Only When Row Types are Row, Parallax or Expandable with Background)
- Section Height (Only When Row Type is Parallax)
- Parallax Speed (Only When Row Type is Parallax)
- Background Color (Only When Row Types are Row, Parallax or Expandable)
- Border Bottom Color (Only When Row Types are Row or Expandable)
- Padding (Only When Row Type is Row and Type is Full Width)
- Padding Top (Only When Row Type is Row)
- Padding Bottom (Only When Row Type is Row)
- Background Hover Color (Only When Row Type is Expandable)
- Background Overlay Color (Only When Row Type is Expandable with Background)
- Background Overlay Hover/Active Color (Only When Row Type is Expandable with Background)
- Label Color (Only When Row Type is Expandable and Expandable with Background)
- Label Hover Color (Only When Row Type is Expandable and Expandable with Background)
- More Label (Only When Row Type is Expandable and Expandable with Background)
- Less Label (Only When Row Type is Expandable and Expandable with Background)
- Label Position (Only When Row Type is Expandable): Left, Right and Center
- Color (Only When Row Type is Expandable)
- CSS Animation (Row - Row Type): Elements Shows From Left Side, Elements Shows From Right Side, Elements Shows From Top Side, Elements Shows From Bottom Side, Elements Shows From Fade
- Transition Delay (Row - Row Type)
Row is container element to which you can add other elements (shortcodes). This element is can be full width or in grid. With CSS Animation you can set entering animation for this element and with Transition Delay you can set delay for chosen CSS Animation. Anchor ID is used in our anchor functionality. You can add row ID which can be referenced in main menu Anchor ID field.
Soho Theme comes with WooCommerce integration, which allows you to build online shop.
For more details on installing and configuring WooCommerce, please visit this page:
In order to setup WooCommerce with our theme please perform following steps:
When you import all pages for woocommerce or when you create shop page, you need to go to your back-end and to select WooCommerce Template for all your shop pages.
Woocommerce Shop Layout
Woocommerce Settings for Images