Cuvette WordPress Theme Documentation

First of all, thank you for purchasing our theme, we really appreciate it. :)

This page will serve as the main documentation page for the Cuvette WordPress theme by Aquagraphite. Should you run into any issues or have questions not covered in this document, please register & post your questions to our dedicated Support Forum and we will get back to you as soon as humanly possible. :)


  1. Installation
  2. Quick Start Up Guide
  3. Recommended Plugins
  4. Importing Demo Content
  5. Page Templates
  6. Blog Posts
  7. Portfolio Items
  8. Menus
  9. Theme Options
  10. Shortcodes
  11. Custom Widgets
  12. Translation Files
  13. Child Themes
  14. Updating


There are two ways to install the theme: FTP or WordPress Upload.

1 - Using FTP

Use FTP program like FileZilla to upload the unzipped theme folder into the wp-content/themes/ directory of your WordPress installation. Afterwards, go to Appearance > Themes and you should see Cuvette in the list of available Themes. Click Activate to finish installation.

2 - Using WordPress Upload

Upload on Appearance > Add New Themes > Upload. Click Install and the theme will be automatically installed and activated.

IMPORTANT : The default theme options will be populated upon theme activation, and if all goes well, your database will be installed with the default options. However, if you run into problems after the theme installation, please navigate to Appearance > Theme Options. At the bottom of the Options Panel, click Options Reset.

Quick Start Up Guide

This section will quickly summarize the necessary steps to setup the theme. This is mainly meant for experienced users only, or when you have already read the rest of this documentation. To setup the theme, follow these simple steps.

Recommended Plugins

The theme supports a number of WordPress. To ensure that you're using the theme at its full potential, we'd highly recommend to install these plugins. Some of plugins comes bundled with the download package which can be found in the plugins folder, and some can be downloaded for free from's plugin repository or its respective author's site.

The list of recommended plugins are as below:

Importing Demo Content

The download package comes with an XML file for importing demo contents to the site. Please note that some demo contents like the images, audio & video were not included in the import file.

You can find this file inside the XML folder of the download package. To import the demo content, please follow the instruction on the following article -> How to Import the Demo Site Content

Page templates

You can use one of the available page templates supplied with the theme to build your site. Below are list of available templates, along with a little description of how and when to use them:

Setting up pages

The guide below will explain how to setup some of the pages seen in the demo. You are however have complete freedom to setup your site in whatever manner you like. ;)

  • Homepage
  1. Create a new page from Pages > Add New and name it "Home"
  2. Choose "Canvas" as the page template
  3. Use the Page Builder in Appearance > Page Builder to build the template for your homepage. Paste the shortcode into the content area of the Home page, then Publish
  4. Go to Settings > Reading > Front page displays. Under A static page (select below) select option, select your newly created Home page for the Front page then click Save Changes.
  • Blog page
  1. Create a new page from Pages > Add New and name it "Blog", then Publish
  2. Go to Settings > Reading > Front page displays. Under A static page (select below) select option, select your newly created Home page for the Posts page then click Save Changes.

  • Portfolio Page
  1. Use the "Default Template" to create a new page
  2. Use the "Portfolio" block in the page builder to create a new page template in the Page Builder.
  • Contact Page
  1. Use the "Sidebar Template" to create a new page
  2. Use the "Contact" block in the page builder to create a new page template in the Page Builder.

Blog posts

The blog has several post formats which you can use to publish different kind of contents. This guide will briefly explain how to use some of the post formats. To start creating a new post, go to Posts > Add New

  • Standard - This is the standard post format. It displays the post title, meta data such date, author and number of comments and the post content. You can optionally set a featured image for the post, and choose to display this featured image2 selecting "Yes" in the Post Settings meta box.

  • Aside - The aside post format has no title. There are no additional settings for this post format.

  • Gallery - The gallery post format will display a gallery of images uploaded to the post using the Upload/Insert media button located on top left of the post editor. The order of which the images will be displayed can be arranged from the Gallery tab of the Image Upload popup box (refer image below). You can also choose to crop the images to a specified height, if necessary.

Gallery tab (not the tablet)

Portfolio Items

The theme comes with portfolio post type for you to easily display your latest projects, works etc. To start creating a new portfolio item, go to Portfolio > Add New. Portfolio items come in four (4) different formats namely Standard, Gallery, Video & Audio. You also have the option to choose either a Right Sidebar, Left Sidebar or Full Width layout for each of the item.

Setup instructions for each of the portfolio format are included and pretty self-explanatory in Portfolio Settings meta box. You will also find that the format settings are very similar to the post formats.

The theme supports WordPress' custom navigation menu feature. This allows you to:

To setup the menus, navigate to Appearance > Menus in your blog's dashboard. Create a new menu by typing a unique title for the menu (e.g. "nav") in the Menu Name field, then click the Create Menu button.

Advanced Menu Settings

You can set the Portfolio page as the parent menu when viewing its children (individual) posts. To do this, in the title attribute field enter portfolio.

Title attribute

Theme Options

Cuvette WordPress theme provides a rather straightforward theme options which you can leverage to customise the settings and stylings of the theme. Each option field is explained briefly to help you set them up. The guide below will explain some of the settings included in the theme options.

Bonus - Uploading custom body/header/footer patterns. You can upload your own custom patterns in the images/bg folder of the theme. The new patterns will show up in the theme options and you will be able to select it as your site's pattern. Please make sure to upload the patterns into the correct folder, e.g. header patterns should go into the "header" folder.


Shortcodes are macro codes that allows you to display and format various contents in your posts and pages. There are a total of 11 shortcodes available at your disposal in the theme.

More information about their usage and examples are available on Cuvette - Shortcodes →.

Custom Widgets

On top of WordPress' default widgets, there are a total of 5 custom widgets comes packaged in the theme. You can find all of these widgets in the Appearance > Widgets page from your dashboard. Below are the list of the available custom widgets and their functions.

Translation Files

The main theme folder contains the .PO and .MO translation files which you may find useful if you wish to translate the themes into your own native language. If you are not sure how to use these files, please refer to this article that will thoroughly guide you with the process of translating a theme - How to Translate WordPress Themes →

Child Themes

The theme supports child theme. If you're looking to modify any of the codes in the theme we'd highly insist that you do this in a child theme instead as the original codes will always get overwritten on each theme update. For more information about child theme, please refer to this article - Child Themes - WordPress Codex


Please use the Backup/Restore tool in the Theme Options panel to back-up your options data before updating the theme, and restore the options back once you've finished updating. You may have to click Save Changes again to make sure that all changes are completely updated.

There are currently two methods to update the theme, as follows:

  1. Update via FTP

Download the latest theme file from themeforest (should be named, unzip it to your desktop then replace all the files via FTP on your server with this.

  1. Envato WordPress Toolkit

This plugin will automatically check for the latest updates, and if available, will help you through the process of updating via the Dashboard.

More info on the plugin can be found here - WPMU - Envato WordPress Toolkit

Once again, thank you for your purchase and support!

If you run into problems or have questions that are not covered within this document, then feel free to register and post your questions on our dedicated Support Forum.

- Syamil MJ

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