Frequently Asked Questions

Quick answers to your most pressing questions. Anything missing? Let me know.

How do I change the colors of my site?

To change the colors of your site, go to the Appearance > Customize page in your WordPress admin area. Open the Theme Colors section and use the color controls to change sections of your site.

Once you’ve finished, don’t forget to click the Save button.

You can upload your logo to display on your website by going to the customizer under Appearance > Customize. Open the Logo section indicated below to upload your logo.

Screenshot indicating the Logo section in the customizer

For best performance, you shouldn’t upload a logo that’s too large. A logo that is 500px wide is plenty large to be displayed crisply even on retina screens.

How do I build a homepage like the demo?

The Theme Customizer will give you special display options to build an effective homepage. You can find the customizer by going to Appearance > Customize.

If you’ve completed the recommended first steps, you will have already uploaded your logo and created your primary navigation menu.

When you reach the Theme Customizer, open the Header Image section:

Screenshot indicating the Header Image section in the customizer

Here you can upload a full-width image to display prominently on your homepage. Your image should be very large, at least 2000 pixels wide, to account for visitors who will view your website on large screens.

You’ll have an opportunity to crop the image to 2000x1000 pixels in size.

Next, in the Theme Customizer, open the Display Options section:

Screenshot indicating the Display Options section in the customizer

This section provides you with three options:

  • The Header Tagline lets you choose what to display at the top right of your website, above the primary navigation menu. If you’re taking online reservations, I recommend selecting the “Booking page” option.
  • The Front Page Review option lets you display one of your reviews over the header image. Select “All Reviews” if you want to cycle between your reviews.
  • The Google Map option lets you decide how you want to display the map near the bottom of your site. The demo shows it on every page, but you may want to limit it to just some pages.

The rest of the homepage content is taken from the Page you’ve selected for the Static Front Page (see the recommended first steps if you don’t remember).

The title and content of this page are displayed, alongside a special widget area named Homepage Sidebar.

To add a widget to this area, open the Widgets section in the Theme Customizer:

Screenshot indicating the Widgets section in the customizer

From there, open the Homepage Sidebar section. You can then add any widget you’d like.

If you’re taking online reservations, I recommend adding the Booking Form widget. If not, you might want to add the Contact Card widget with your opening hours.

How do I add contact details to my site?

Once you have filled out your Business Profile, you can display these details in any widget area using the Contact Card widget.

This theme comes with a sidebar widget area which appears on most pages, and three footer widget areas which appear on every page.

I recommend using the footer widget areas. Visitors to your website will commonly look for contact details at the bottom of your site. You can use multiple widgets to separate the details like this.

Screenshot of contact card widgets in the footer

How do I build my restaurant’s menu?

This theme integrates with the free Food and Drink Menu plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you can begin building your menus by going to the Menu Items page in your WordPress admin area.

Learn more by visiting the plugin’s documentation and don’t miss the Pro version.

How do I take reservations for my restaurant?

This theme integrates with the free Restaurant Reservations plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, create a new page for your booking form. Then go to the Bookings > Settings page and select your Booking Page. The reservations form will automatically appear on this page.

You can also add the form to any page or post with the [booking-form] shortcode, or use the Booking Form widget to add it to a sidebar.

There’s so much more you can do, from setting your booking schedule to configuring notifications. There are also powerful addons to add custom fields, build your mailing list and export bookings to PDF/Excel files.

Be sure to read the plugin’s documentation.

How do I display my restaurant’s contact details?

This theme integrates with the free Business Profile plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, open the Business Profile page in your WordPress admin area (hint: it’s way down near the bottom of the navigation menu on the left). Fill out your restaurant’s details.

Then just add the [contact-card] to any page or post, or use the Contact Card widget to display it in any sidebar.

Learn more by visiting the plugin’s documentation.

How do I add reviews of my restaurant?

This theme integrates with the free Good Reviews for WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, go to the Reviews page in your WordPress admin area. From here you can add and edit reviews.

Learn more by visiting the plugin’s documentation.

How do I promote my restaurant’s events?

This theme integrates with the free Event Organiser plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, go to the Events page in your WordPress admin area. From here you can add and edit events.

Then add the [eo_fullcalendar] shortcode to any page or post. I recommend you use a page with the full-width page template.

This plugin provides extensive documentation as well as a pro version with more features.

How do I improve my restaurant’s SEO?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a large and complex topic. But it is extraordinarily valuable for restaurants, cafes and bars.

If you haven’t already, I recommend you install the Yoast SEO plugin, which gives you a number of useful tools to help you optimize your site.

Yoast has written the book on Search Engine Optimization with WordPress. But learning how to make effective use of it can take time, and it may feel overwhelming if you’ve never encountered it before.

I’ve written a few guides that break down those aspects of SEO that I believe are most critical to restaurants:

This theme is configured to support a special navigation menu for your social media profiles.

To set this up, go to the Appearance > Menus page in your WordPress admin area. Create a navigation menu using the Custom Links type of menu component. Enter the link to your social media profile.

Screenshot of the Custom Links option in the WordPress navigation menu setup

Once you’ve saved the links to your social media profiles, assign this menu to the Social Profiles theme location.

Screenshot of the Theme Location setting in the WordPress navigation menu setup

Assigned to this theme location, the theme will automatically transform the menu into a set of icons matching your social media profiles.

WordPress supports great photo galleries right out of the box and this theme displays them beautifully. I like them so much that I wrote a step-by-step guide on how to add photo galleries to your pages and posts.

When you’re following the guide to create a gallery, make sure that you set the Link to option to “Media File”. This theme will automatically display such photos in a lightbox when they’re clicked.

Can I hide the sidebar on just one page?

This theme includes a full-width page template. It’s great for pages where you want to focus on one piece of content – like a photo gallery or your booking form.

To make use of this template, go to the Pages > Add New page in your WordPress admin area. On the page editing screen, find the Page Attributes box on the right, below the publish button.

Screenshot of the custom page template box

Set the Template option to Full Width then preview the page and you’ll see the sidebar is gone.

Want to hide the sidebar everywhere? Remove all the widgets from it under Appearance > Sidebar and it will go away.

Can I make changes to the CSS styles?

There are several ways you can add your own CSS code. But the worst way is to edit the theme files directly. Any changes you make to the theme’s files will get overwritten the next time the theme is updated.

Here are two methods I often recommend, depending on your skill level.

  1. The Recommended Way
    Use a Child Theme. Along with the download link for the theme in your purchase receipt, you also received a download link for an empty child theme. I strongly urge you to activate the child theme instead of the base theme. You can add CSS styles to the style.css file and they’ll automatically get loaded. Learn about the many benefits of using a child theme.

  2. The Easiest Way
    If you only need to add a few lines of CSS code to your site, you can use a plugin like Simple Custom CSS. It will give you a text box in your WordPress admin area where you can copy and paste CSS code to load it on your site.

How can I change the fonts?

This theme integrates with the Typecase plugin to make it easy to change the font(s) used on your website.

Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, you’ll need to select new fonts to display on your site by going to the Typecase page in your admin area.

Screenshot of the Typecase screen for adding fonts

Search for the Google Webfont you want to use and add it to your collection.

Don’t worry about assigning any “selectors”. That will be done automatically by the theme.

Once you’ve selected your fonts, go to the Appearance > Customize page and open the Theme Fonts section. There you’ll be able to assign the fonts you’ve selected to any fonts defined by the theme.

How do I contact support?

I’m here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for support if you’re struggling with anything.

Can I get a refund?

I offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Request a refund if you can’t use your purchase.

And let me know why. I won’t make you answer a survey and I won’t beg you to stay. But I really want to know if I failed to meet your expectations.

I’m in over my head. Where can I get more hands-on help?

I do my best to help every customer use any of my products. But you may need more dedicated help than I’m able to provide.

If you need a helping hand when building your restaurant, cafe or bar website, take a look at WP Site Care. They provide on-going support and maintenance, including advice when you’re having trouble, audits to improve your website performance and SEO, and more.

If you need custom code development to add a feature or make more significant alterations to your site, take a look at codeable.io. They match your needs with qualified freelance developers who can take on small and large customization projects.