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. :)
- Quick Start Up Guide
- Recommended Plugins
- Importing Demo Content
- Page Templates
- Blog Posts
- Portfolio Items
- Theme Options
- Custom Widgets
- Translation Files
- Child Themes
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 cuvette.zip 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.
- Add new pages for Home, Blog, Portfolio & Contact Page using the available page templates.
- Set Home as the frontpage and Blog as the posts page in
Dashboard > Settings > Reading
- Install recommended plugins supplied with the download
- Setup custom pages and use the Page Builder to create custom templates
- Add new posts for blog & portfolio. Both blog and portfolio has post formats including gallery, video, audio etc which you can choose from the post editor.
- Setup Menu from
Appearance > Menu. Add 'portfolio' as the title attributes for the Portfolio menu.
- Setup Widgets from Appearance > Widgets
- Use theme options to customize settings and styling
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 WordPress.org's plugin repository or its respective author's site.
The list of recommended plugins are as below:
- Aqua Page Builder - Provides a powerful yet intuitive drag & drop template builder. Includes custom blocks that are only exclusive to the Cuvette WordPress theme. (pre-packaged)
- Contact Form 7 - Hands on the best contact form plugin out there more info →
- Candy Social Widget - Beautiful icons for popular social sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc more info →
- Custom Sidebars - Unlimited sidebars for your posts and pages more info →
- Twitter Widget Pro - A widget that properly handles twitter feeds, including parsing @username, #hashtags, and URLs into links. more info →
- Columns - A [column] shortcode plugin. more info →
- Zilla Shortcodes - A sweet and simple shortcode generator for any theme. more info →
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
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:
- Default Template - This is the default full-width page template. You can use this for pages where you need the page title to show up on the page. You should also use this template as the main "Blog" page.
- Canvas - This page template is basically just a clean blank template. You would usually use this along with the Page Builder1 to build custom page templates. Unlike the Default Template, it has no title.
- Sidebar Template - This is a page template with sidebar. If you installed the WooSidebars or similar plugins, you can define custom sidebars for each page.
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. ;)
- Create a new page from
Pages > Add Newand name it "Home"
- Choose "Canvas" as the page template
- Use the Page Builder in
Appearance > Page Builderto build the template for your homepage. Paste the shortcode into the content area of the Home page, then Publish
- 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.
- Create a new page from
- Blog page
- Create a new page from
Pages > Add Newand name it "Blog", then Publish
- 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.
- Create a new page from
- Portfolio Page
- Use the "Default Template" to create a new page
- Use the "Portfolio" block in the page builder to create a new page template in the Page Builder.
- Contact Page
- Use the "Sidebar Template" to create a new page
- Use the "Contact" block in the page builder to create a new page template in the Page Builder.
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)
Link - This will display the title of the link, and you can enter the link in the textbox in Post Settings meta box.
Image - This post format is almost to the standard post. The only difference is that the image will not be cropped.
Quote - A quote post format. The quote will be displayed as the post title. Content is optional.
Video - This will display either embedded media from Youtube, Vimeo etc or self hosted video. For self hosted videos, please upload either m4v, flv, avi, and ogv formats only. You can choose two formats to upload. For cross-browser compatibility, you are highly recommended to upload both the m4v and ogv formats. Further usage instruction is explained in the Post Settings meta box.
Audio - This will display a playable self hosted audio. Audio post formats support mp3, m4a, and ogg audio formats only. Please upload at least two of these formats to ensure cross browser compatibility. Further usage instruction is explained in the Post Settings meta box.
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:
- Change the order of pages in the menu
- Nest pages to create sub-menus
- Display posts on multiple pages by creating category pages
- Add posts, tag pages, and custom links to your navigation menu
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
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.
- Custom Logo - Use this option to upload the main logo for your site in either JPG or PNG format. There is no restriction for the size, but you are recommended to keep it below 250px x 60px.
- Custom Favicon - You can upload a custom favicon for your website. Favicon is the small 16x16 or sometimes 32x32 pixels image in format of ICO or PNG that appears in the browser's address bar when users are browsing the site. You can use services like the http://www.favicon.cc/ to create your own custom favicon.
- Enable/Disable Responsive - Depending on your site's requirements, some websites do not need the responsive design. You can turn this on/off according to your specific needs.
- Backup/Restore Option - This is a simple tool to backup all your currently saved options. This may be useful if you're looking to run multiple instances of the theme or trying to experiment with the color options etc.
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.
- Google Maps
- Horizontal Line
- Email Obfuscator
More information about their usage and examples are available on Cuvette - Shortcodes →.
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.
Latest Posts Widget - The Latest Posts widget allow you to display the latest posts on your website. You can choose the number of posts to show and the size of the thumbnail.
Popular Posts Widget - The Popular Posts widget allows you to display the most popular posts on your website, measured by the number of comments. You can choose the number of posts to show and the size of the thumbnail. You can also choose to set the limit in the number of days of which the popularity is measured.
Flickr Photos - This widget allows you to display your thumbnail images from your Flickr account. You can choose to display up to 12 thumbnail images and choose to either to select randomly or from latest images from your account.
Testimonial Widget - The testimonial allows you to display your client's testimonial in a sleek content slider box on the front end. You can set up to 10 testimonials for the widget. You may organize the order of the testimonial by simply dragging them on top or below of one another.
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 →
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:
- Update via FTP
Download the latest theme file from themeforest (should be named cuvette.zip), unzip it to your desktop then replace all the files via FTP on your server with this.
- 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