Astra Theme and Elementor Builder

The Astra Theme with the Elementor builder is our recommended third party theme option. This theme allows for more control and flexibility over customizing the look and layout of your community space. The theme includes several GeoPlatform designed templates as well as the option to browse through hundreds of other template to download. Each template can then be further customized to meet your community needs. This theme also provides a frontend editor to allow for quick and easy editing. For more information about how to use the Astra theme with the Elementor builder, look below to find step by step guidance on how to buildout your community space.

Adding a New Page

A new page can be added and connected to the community homepage.

Steps:

  1. Login to your community site
  2. Click pages on left dashboard menu
  3. Click “add new”
    • A new page edit screen will pop up
  4. Name your page in the “Add Title” box
  5. Click Publish/Update
  6. Click “Edit with Elementor”- the large blue box under your page title
  7. A new screen will open, from here on the right-hand side click the grey folder. This opens your templates folder
  8. Choose the far right tab called “My Templates”
    • All pre-uploaded templates from Geoplatform will be labeled here.
  9. Click insert and the template will show up on the right-hand preview screen.
    • From here, you can edit your page to customize your community content
    • Click Update in the lower left corner when page is complete with content


For a visual step by step guide, please visit the video tutorials page.
Editing a Page

On a previously created page, you can edit all content or add new content.

Steps:

  1. Login to your community site
  2. Click Pages on left dashboard menu
    • Find the page name you wish to edit
    • Hover over the page name
  3. Click “Edit with Elementor” under the page name you with to edit
  4. Click on the box you wish to edit
    • The edit selections are on the left, your preview of changes will show on the right
  5. Edit tabs include Content – Style – Advanced
    • Content: information in the section including title, name, some images
    • Style: colors, fonts, sizes, background colors or images
    • Advanced: padding of section or custom margin, also css coding
  6. To edit a title or heading:
    • Click on the title and change the title name on the left
  7. To edit the background of a whole row
    • Click on the three dot tab in the top middle of the section → go to style → change background image or color
  8. To edit a button:
    • Click on the button and change the title, link or alignment from the content tab
    • Change the color of the button or text from the style tab
  9. To edit the background of a column
    • Click on the grey column icon on the top left-hand side of the column → go to style → change color or image
  10. To change a shortcode to a plugin feature (ex. Asset Carousel or Maps)
    • Retrieve shortcode from the plugin area on wordpress → all geoplatform plugins are found under setting menu on dashboard → use previously created shortcode or create your own
    • Return to the edit with elementor for the page you wish to edit → click on the box containing the feature you wish to change → replace the shortcode **if this is under “shortcode”, click apply to view changes; if this is under “text editor” your changes may not be viewable until you update and preview the whole page.
  11. Always click “Update” to save changes made
  12. You can click “preview” to view recent updates


For a visual step by step guide, please visit the video tutorials page.
Adding or Editing a Menu

A menu can appear at the top of your community site to help direct to other pages within the site.

Steps:

  1. On home dashboard, click Menus- Also available under Appearances- Menus
  2. Select the menu you wish to edit via the dropdown OR click to create new menu-
    • Click “Select” for menu options to appear
    • Add pages or posts by clicking on the box associated with the item you are adding
    • Click “Add to Menu”
  3. By clicking and holding a single menu item, you can drag to rearrange the menu or nest the menu items to make a submenu
  4. To add a custom link to another URL, select custom links
  5. Add the url of your intended menu item, add a name for the item to appear in the menu
    • Click “Add to Menu”


For a visual step by step guide, please visit the video tutorials page.
Adding or Editing the Footer

The bottom section of the community site is the footer space. Different widgets are available to add to this space and are available on all pages

Steps:

  1. Login to the community website
  2. On the lefthand dashboard, click Appearances
  3. Click Widgets
  4. There are 4 Footer Widget Areas available representing the 4 columns of the footer space
    • Find the widget needed on the left under “Available Widgets”
    • Drag the widget or click to add to the footer area chosen
  5. Click to expand each footer widget once in the footer widget area
  6. Add content needed to the widget
  7. Save each widget



  8. For a visual step by step guide, please visit the video tutorials page.
Adding Posts to Pages

A post can be added to a page or a group of posts can be added to a page.

Steps:

  1. Login to the community website
  2. On the lefthand dashboard, click Posts
  3. Click Add New
  4. Add content and category to post
  5. Navigate to the the dashboard
    • Click on the page the posts will be displayed
    • or Add New page


  6. Click Edit with Elementor
  7. Find or search for the recent posts function on the left
  8. Drag recent post function to section
  9. Add title and number of posts



  10. For a visual step by step guide, please visit the video tutorials page.
Updated on March 6, 2020
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