In the past, I have struggled with some themes because they were not integrated for WooCommerce. Sometimes it was a minor problem, and other times, well, forget it.
That is why Shopisle caught my eye. (And it’s free.)
As with a lot of themes these days, you will find all of its options and features in the customizer. As a long-time WordPress user, I am getting much more used to this. Actually, I’m beginning to love it.
A Look at the Theme Options
In my reviews, one of the things I like to do is show you all of a theme’s available options. But often you cannot tell what it can and can’t do easily by just looking at the demo, let alone what it takes to set it up. So let’s dive into settings specific to this theme and homepage.
You have a couple of options here. The Header Text Color is obvious, but if you choose to have the slider active, those images act as a background to your header. So you’ll want to be sure the header text is readable with each image. Also, if you change the Background Color, I would suggest looking at your site to see what parts are considered background and also if the color you want works with both contrast and overlaid text.
The recommended size for your logo is 48 x 50 pixels. Now don’t freak out. Spaces for logos are becoming smaller and smaller. It’s still big enough for branding and most of the space is dedicated to what’s even more important to your shop’s site: sales, images and navigation.
As you can see, it’s very easy to create a slider and add your content and call-to-action button. You are able to add as many or as few as you want. I’m not going to get into the pros and cons of sliders, as they may differ for individual eCommerce shops. But the options to easily hide the slider selector or have a single image can be good to have, depending on your needs.
The next section on the homepage is called Banners. These are nice, visual calls-to-action that are perfect for sales (as demonstrated here) or for getting creative, for example, the benefits of a customer loyalty membership or something similar. Again, it’s easy to upload images and place hyperlinks.
What I like here is that you have the option to display the default settings using WooCommerce or you can select a category, which gives you much better control. There is no way to control the number of items displayed, but, again, you could use a special category for that.
This allows you to add a video to a banner section on the homepage. As you can see, your option is a YouTube link and a title. The title will stay on it during the entire video. Because of the banner size, you may want to play around with which video would work well in this space.
This is similar to the previous product display, except it’s a slider. You have the option to pull in the default products that WooCommerce displays or control it by category. The interesting thing here is this can also be shown on single product pages at the bottom.
And it gives you the option to not only hide this section on the homepage but on single product pages as well.
You can see that you are able to easily add a copyright and your social icons in these settings.
A partial view of the dropdown shows that you have plenty of social icons to choose from, as well a bunch of others.
When added, the Header Image will appear above all of your pages, with the page title overlaying in it, as well as your blog archive page and your shop page. It does not appear on single posts or products, though. So keep that in mind.
There are some more options for overlay with this image on pages, which I will show you shortly.
The Shopisle theme comes with both an About Page and Contact Page template.
As you can see, below your page content, you have three sections you can add.
This is easily set up and a nice touch for your about page. I’m a big fan of about pages that tell me more than just some mission statement. An option like this puts faces on the company, a definite plus.
The only thing is that you cannot hide this section, so if you are going to use the about template, you will need to have something there.
Again, a nice personal touch when appropriate. But as with the Team feature, this one would also need to be used.
The last feature on the About Template lets you gives add some icons and text in what they call advantages, reasons to work with you. And as shown before, you have a ton of icon choices.
I like the About Page template but, like the homepage, I wish you could hide only certain sections. For example, if I am running a solo shop, I might want to take advantage of the video but wouldn’t be able to use the team option.
The Contact Page template lets you drop in a shortcode from the forms plugin you use and a map shortcode. You could do the same with both on a simple page itself, but you may want to give it a try to see which the formatting is better.
404 Not Found Page
I love it that you can create a custom 404 page without having to add a plugin or mess with the template code. Although you don’t have a ton of options here layout-wise, you can create a nice page that won’t freak out your visitors when they find a broken link.
This other option gives you the chance to add a bit more to the Header Image on your pages.
So by adding some more text in this box, I can customize the page a bit more. Before it looked like this.
Now it looks like this.
You will notice that the header becomes bigger as text is added.
If you wanted to play around a bit more, you could overlay another image. Although the background and my mug don’t work great together, you get the picture.
As I said before, finding a theme that integrates with WooCommerce is a plus. And with some nice built-in features, this free theme gives you some useful options for building your eCommerce shop. I would like to see a bit more control over those inside templates, but considering that this is a new theme, I imagine that features will be added as either built-in or paid extensions.
The homepage has some nice features and more control over what you choose to display or not, another plus. So if you are looking for a theme to start your online shop with, and you have been planning on using WooCommerce, I would highly recommend you check out the Shopisle theme.