One thing that we always strive for is to update our themes periodically to always be compatible with the latest version of WordPress, and to bring you new web trends and features.
Today we’re excited to announce the new updated version of Isabelle theme – one of our most popular themes for blogging. This is a major update which brings various new and improved features including a refreshed design, WooCommerce compatibility and more.
We believe all of these changes help to improve the overall site appearance and experience for your visitors. Let’s dig into the details at what we’ve added to this update.
We hear how you’re eager to have the Isabelle theme works with WooCommerce, so we bring it to you! Now you can build your online shop beautifully with Isabelle theme and the popular WooCommerce plugin.
You can choose to have a sidebar on the shop page or remove the sidebar so it becomes full width like the above screenshot. We also include an option to show how many products per row and total products per page.
It’s the perfect fit whether you’re selling physical or digital products and still wanting to have a blog. Check out the shop demo here.
Wider Content Area
Three years ago, 960px was the standard grid layout for a website template and that’s the standard layout size we used to build our themes.
However, as computer screens are getting bigger with a resolution higher than 1280px, the standard grid layout has gone up to 1200px.
With our 960px layout, that leaves a plenty of awkward white space on either side of the larger screen and the content looks squished in the middle of the screen.
We started to implement the 1200px layout on our newer themes such as Rachel, Samantha, and Tiffany theme. The feedback is amazing, so we decide to bring the changes over to our older themes including the Isabelle theme.
Improved Slider Feature
With the newly improved slider, you can set your slider to full-width — so it fills the screen from edge to edge – or stay fixed width to keep it neat and tight.
Fixed width slider
Full width edge to edge slider
With the wider layout, the slider is now 1140px width instead of 980px. As for the height, it’s no longer limited to 480px height. You can upload a 500px or 600px height image, depending on how much you want to show on the screen.
If you’re already using Isabelle theme, simply crop the new images size at 1140px width and determine the height based on your preference, and upload the new images. Be sure to keep the height consistent for all the slider images.
Newsletter sign up form
We hear you want to build and grow your email list. We’ve added a prominent newsletter section with a pre-stylings form for the Mailchimp. You can choose from two different locations either at the top (below the slider) or bottom of the page.
Newsletter at the top
Newsletter at the bottom
Simply select the location (top or bottom) and insert your Mailchimp Naked code following our tutorial here.
Three Promo boxes
We’ve added featured widget section where you can place 3 promo boxes. You can choose from two different location, either at the top (below the slider) or bottom of the page. Upload an image, place a call-to-action by linking to your page, shop categories, or social media.
There isn’t a limitation to the image size. You can choose to upload a square image, a horizontal-based or vertical based image, depending on your need. The minimum image size is 380px width.
If you’re using Isabelle theme, the update is now available from your WordPress dashboard. If you have trouble updating the theme or found a bug after the update, we’re here to help.
We’re working hard to bring these updates and improvement on the other older themes. Have any feedback or suggestion? Please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.
If you’re not using Isabelle theme already, now would be a great time to take a look at our most popular theme for lifestyle bloggers.