mercor ecommerce wordpress theme

Responsive E-commerce WordPress Theme: Mercor

September 19, 2012 by PremiumCoding - 15 Comments

Mercor is a responsive e-commerce WordPress Theme that utilises the powerful Woo Commerce plugins to create a versatile WordPress-powered shop with many layout options and unlimited color variations. Mercor has a convenient Administration panel which provides tons of options to manage and modify any aspect of the theme – it is well suited for both beginners with no coding knowledge and developers.

The Theme comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend of your WordPress Theme. You can choose any color you want to be the Theme’s leading color (you can see 8 examples in our preview).

The theme allows you to change all the main colors of the Theme (background color for titles, color of title fonts, color of hover elements, color of shadow used on text) along with the background. This means that you can change all the colors and looks of the theme with just a few clicks.

Two different Shop pages will allow you to choose between a full width Shop and a shop with a sidebar that can contain normal wordpress widgets and woocommerce widgets.

Three different blog pages will give you the opportunity to choose the style that you prefer. You can choose from a standard blog, a minimalistic blog and a blog designed to look like portfolio.

Four premade home pages will allow you to present your site in a way suited for your company. Choose between a great full width slideshow, nivo slideshow, shop page with slider or classical layout with portfolio and recent posts.

LIVE PREVIEW


mercor ecommerce wordpress theme

Mercor Business WordPress Theme Features

  • 2 built in sliders (Full width Slideshow and Nivo Slideshow)
  • 5 custom Widgets
  • Google Web Fonts
  • Video, Gallery and Link Posts Templates (3.3 WordPress Feature)  browser!
  • 2 Shop Pages
  • Shopping cart with a fresh approach
  • CSS3 Features and Animations
  • Detailed written help file
  • WooCommerce that utilise a unique shop
  • +70 shorcodes with easy shortcode generator.
  • Use your custom logo and favicon icon.
  • 3 blog templates (standard, minimalistic and portfolio like)
  • 3 home page layouts (fullwidth slideshow, nivo slideshow, category home page and portfolio home page).
  • 3 portfolio page layouts (2,3,4 columns)
  • 3 Home Page Templates
  • 4 Post Templates (Standard, video, link, gallery)
  • Filterable portfolio items.
  • Team Page

HOW TO REGISTER ON OUR SUPPORT FORUMS

Support is handled via our Envato support forum. It is designed in a way so only Envato users that have bought some of our plugins or Themes can register. You have to use the purchase code in the process. This has been causing some problems so please check the screenshots below to see where to get the purchase code.

Click on the image for a larger preview!

After you click on the License Certificate you will then be able to see the code in the file which will look like in the screenshot below:

QUICK GUIDE

To make the theme look like our live preview and for it to function properly it should be installed in the following order:

The proper installation process is as follows:

  1. Install the Mercor WordPress Theme
  2. Install the Woocommerce plugin (with woocommerce pages)
  3. Import Demo WordPress demo content
  4. Import demo settings for Admin Panel
Please refer to sections below to see  how to install certain parts in details.

First you need to install WordPress on your server.

INSTALL WORDPRESS ON YOUR SERVER

You will need to do a WordPress installation on your server. There are several ways of doing this. Probably the easiest way is the following:

  • Download the WordPress installation files here http://wordpress.org/download/
  • Extract the files to a directory on your server using a ftp program. Example: http://yourserver/wordpress
  • Next, just type the path to this folder into your browser url bar. Example: http://yourserver/wordpress
  • Follow the on screen instructions until you have fully installed WordPress on your server (you will need your server sql login data)
  • You can find more information and guides on WordPress installation here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

INSTALL MERCOR ECOMMERCE THEME

There are two ways of installing the Theme for your WordPress installation.

INSTALLATION VIA FTP

Extract the themeforest package you recieved to any folder on your harddrive. The archive contains several folders. You will need to copy the “Mercor” folder which contains the theme data to your wordpress installations theme folder on your server. Example of a destination folder: http://yourserver/wordpress/wp-content/themes/. The resulting file structure will look like this: http://yourserver/wordpress/wp-content/themes/mercor/. Next go to your WordPress installation admin panel to appearence/themes. You will see the Mercor theme listed along with other themes. Press Activate and the theme will be active in a moment.

INSTALLATION DIRECTLY FROM YOUR WORDPRESS INSTALLATION

Go to Appearance/Themes and click on the tab Install Themes. Now click on the upload button and choose the zip called Mercor.zip. After the Theme uploads to the server simply click on Activate and your brand new theme will be ready to use.

INSTALLING WOOCOMMERCE PLUGIN

For the store to actually work you have to install the WooCommerce plugin which is free and can be downloaded here:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

Simply install and activate the plugin.

IMPORTING DEMO CONTENT

We have prepared a XML file with demo content to help you get started with the Theme. Pay a visit to our support forum and look for the topic called Mercor – Responsive Ecommerce WordPress Theme. Now download the appropriate zip file. Please note that we have put the demo content on our support forums with the sole purpose of preventing the pirates to get the demo content also.

IMPORTING ADMIN CONTENT

The XML file will only import content into WordPress (Posts, pages, etc.). To import content into admin to look like live preview (advertisers, team page, etc.) go to Theme’s Options -> Backup Options and empty the content in the Transfer Theme Options Data. Now copy the content of the demo file that can be found on our support portal and click Import Options.

SETTING UP THE HOME PAGE

First you will have to select which page is the front page. Go to Settings / Reading and check the Static Page Tab. Then select the home page you wish to have ( Home, Home nivo, etc.). So the procedure should be:

1. First add a page  (Pages / Add New) and choose the appropriate Template
2. Go to Settings / Reading and add the Static Page Tab that you just created

SETTING UP PORTFOLIO ITEMS ON THE FRONT PAGE

  1. Go to portfolio -> Portfolio categories
  2. Add some Categories
  3. Add portfolio items (it is the same as adding posts) and set the featured image
  4. Add the page and set the portfolio as the template for the page (2 column portfolio,  3 column portfolio or 4 column portfolio)

When going to Appearance / Menus you will see the structure of the templates navigation. You can easily edit menu labels, and move them using drag and drop. On the left column you have the possibility to add menu items using “custom links”, “pages” or “categories”. The newly added item will appear at the bottom of the menu structure and can be moved to its desired location. Make sure to always save the menu after making changes.

SETTING UP POSTS (VIDEO, LINK, GALLERY)

Mercor supports the latest feature of WordPress that allows you to add specific posts that contain video, links or gallery. Videos and Gallery will appear on the front of the Blog page so visitors can run the video or look at the gallery without clicking on the post itself. Below are instructions of how to set it up:

Video Post - you have to add at the top of the post the following shortcode . The rest of the content is added in a standard way. Choose Video from the Format list on the right.

Link Post -  you have to add at the top of the post the following shortcode  [pmc_link]http://premiumcoding.com[/pmc_link]. The rest of the content is added in a standard way. Choose Link from the Format list on the right.

Gallery Post - Gallery is added via WordPress native media upload form. Simply add the images and then insert the gallery into the post. Choose Gallery from the Format list on the right.

Standard Post - Choose Standard from the Format list on the right and add the content.

SETTING UP PAGES (SHOP PAGE PORTFOLIOS, FULL WIDTH PAGES, CONTACT PAGE,…)

We have prepared several premade settings for manipulation with pages.

Shop and Woocommerce Pages are added with shortcodes and can be found on their site and on our support portal so please do check it out first for more help on this.

Portfolio Pages enable you to add different portfolios with a breeze. Just Add new Page and select which portfolio page you wish to create (2,3 or 4 columns) and publish the Page. Items that have been added to the portfolio will be populated automaticlly.

Contact Page is a simple page that will display your contact form. Just set the title and text and choose the template Contact sidebar.

Full Width Pages are pages that have no sidebar. You have 2 possibilites:

  • Full width Page with Full Slider (page that looks like the front page with a Slideshow)
  • Full width Page with Nivo Slider (page that looks like the front page with a Nivo Slideshow)
  • Full width Page (a normal full width page)

Simply add the content and choose the appropriate template from a dropdown list.

Page with Sidebar is a page that looks similar to the blog post as it has a sidebar on the right. Add the content and choose the Page with Sidebar template.

You have several other layouts (the same that the ones for front page).

SETTING UP PORTFOLIO

Go to Portfolio and add the items / images. Now go to Pages / Add New Page and choose one of the portfolio templates (2 column, 3 column or 4 column). Publish the page and your portfolio is up and ready.

At single portfolio page you have several options of how to display images. You can set separate images for first featured image (the one seen on the portfolio pages where all items are displayed) and second featured image (the image in the single portfolio page). If you wish to have a slideshow from images simply upload all the images that you want in the gallery with native wordpress uploader. Images that are then placed in the default WordPress Gallery will then be used in the slideshow on the single portfolio page. In this case it is better to upload the first featured image via Media / Add image so that this image doesn’t get placed in the WordPress default gallery in the portfolio post.

CUSTOM WIDGETS

After installing the theme and loading the demo data you will find that one thing is still missing in the sidebars: widgets! Just go to Appearance / Widgets to get an overview of the standard widgets and the Mercor Wordpress theme custom widgets. On the right you will see 5 sidebar tabs, “Sidebar widget” which is shown in the blog and all pages with sidebars. Other 4 widget sidebars are for footer that is split into 4 columns. These sidebars can be populated with widgets individually via dragging a widget to one of them.

The following widgets are available and specifically styled for the Mercor WordPress theme:

  • Mercor Popular Posts - A popular post widget styled specificlly for both the sidebar and the footer. Just set the title and how many posts should be displayed.
  • Tag Cloud - a widget that will display your tags, it has been designed to fit within the overall look of the theme. Just set the title and whether to show tags or categories.
  • Mercor Recent Posts - A popular post widget styled specificlly for both the sidebar and the footer. Just set the title and how many posts should be displayed.
  • Mercor Archive, Links and Categories - widgets have been redesigned to fit with the overall design of the Theme.

WOOCOMMERCE WIDGETS

Woocomerce comes with a bunch of custom plugins connected with your shop. They have all been redesigned to fit perfectly with the overall Theme’s design so they will look great in sidebar and in footer.

THEME OPTIONS

HOME SETTINGS

Here you can set which elements should be displayed. You can choose between quote text, featured items, recent products, featured products,  recent portfolios, recent posts and your major brands / advertisers. Also select how many recent products, posts and portfolio items you wish to display on the front page. You will notice that you can set this for either just posts, just portfolio items or both at the same time. Settings will be valid automatically for each setting accordingly, based on which template for the front page you select.

Here you can also set which category type to display for your shop. Default is the standard blog with sidebar on the right. A full width will implement a full width shop without a sidebar.

HOME CONTENT SETTINGS

First tab in Theme settings enables/disables certain elements that are found on the front page of our Theme. Four main elements of the front page are featured boxes that contain your premium services or products.

Next tab is used to set the content of the four elements described above.

Quote text is the text that is displayed just below the slideshow of the website. Simply enter any text that you want (for instance your latest news). The text that you enter within the <span> tags will be colored in the theme’s main color.

Featured boxes are displayed just under the quote text and will allow you to post your discounts and actions. All aspects of the box can be set from administration. You can set the title, content text, URL link and an image that can be uploaded via upload form. Set all three elements for each of the featured boxes. To add text under the 3 featured items you have to edit the Home Page and add 3 columns with a shortcode (one_third tag is used for the first three circles and one_third_last is used for the last circle). This gives you the possibility to have any shape of text or even images beneath the four circles (it gives you the freedom to add anything).

Brands can be added in the last section of home content settings. You can add images with native wordpress media uploader. Then simply enter the link to which the image should point and you are all set. This way you can show which brands are for sale in your Shop.

GENERAL SETTINGS

There are only two elements that can be set in main settings. Upload your Logo and favicon. You can use the upload form or simply enter the URL to the image. Here is also the place to enter the Google Analytics code to track your traffic. When you create a Google Analytics account you will get a code that you need to add to your website. Copy and paste it here under the Google Analytics text field.

STYLING OPTIONS

Styling options will allow you to add and edit your background and select the Theme’s leading color.

The most important setting in the styling area is the Theme’s leading color. This is the color that will consistently repeat throughout the whole Theme. Simply enter the color in hexadecimal format or select it with the color picker.

Shadow Color is the color of the shadow used on fonts. If you have dark font on a light background color then a white shadow will look good. If you have white font on darker background then a black shadow will look good.

Shadow opacity defines how transparent the shadow is.

BODY BACKGROUND

It can be a simple color (be sure to uncheck the Enable Background Image parameter if you wish to use only color).

Check Enable Background Image if you wish to use a custom background pattern instead of a plain color. After you have checked this settings simply click on the background pattern that you wish to use.

If none of the background patterns is suitable you can also upload your own. Simply upload your own pattern and the Theme will override the settings above and use your custom background pattern.

Header and Footer background patterns can also be changed. It can be a color or a pattern. To add more patterns upload them to your Theme’s /images/bg-header folder and they will instantly appear in the admin.

SLIDER OPTIONS

Images for the main slideshow (full width and nivo) are added and edited in this section. Recommended size of the images is 1650px width for Full width slideshow, height can be of any size since the slider is dynamic and will adjust the height accordingly (can be seen in live preview). Optimal images are those that are transparent which will also make the main color look great. Recommended size for Nivo Slideshow is 940px x 380px.

Click on Add New Slide to start adding images to the Slideshow. Now set the title, content text and URL. Image can be uploaded via upload form or simply enter the URL to the image. After you have finished adding the images you can sort them with a convenient drag and drop feature. Simply click on the image tab and drag it to the desired position.

Images are now added and sorted and it is time to set the size and color of the fonts. Simply set the size and color with the color picker.

Background color defines the color of the text holder. Simply pick the desired color with the color picker.

Background transparency is a parameter that defines how transparent is the text holder (0 – invisible, 1 – fully visible).

Border color of text  holder defines the color of the thin border around the text holder. If you wish the border to be invisible simply set it to the same color as the text holder.

Transition Time defines how long the animation between images takes on transition. Time is set in miliseconds (default is 1000ms).

Time of Appearance defines how long each image is shown. Time is set in miliseconds (normal value is something between 5000ms and 10000 ms).

ADDING TEXT TO THE SLIDER

Adding text to the slider is a bit different that in most cases since you have a lot of customization options. Since learning is best from examples below is the code of the text from the first slide on our slideshow. Example below is from the first slide on our live preview.  To get more examples check our support portal where we will put all examples from our live previews:

<h1 style="font-size: 60px !important; color: #fff; width: 350px; text-align: center; text-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.2); float: right;">CHECK THE LATEST ARRIVALS AT MERCOR'S</h1>
<ul>
    <li class="object1"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">
<img style="margin: -57px 0px 0 -600px !important;" alt="" src="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/suit-handle1.png " /></a></li>
    <li class="top"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">
<img style="margin: -63px 0px 0 -600px;" alt="" src="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/slideshow-suite-1.png " /></a></li>
    <li class="top1"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">
<img style="margin: -63px 0px 0 -390px;" alt="" src="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/slideshow-suite-2.png " /></a></li>
    <li class="top2"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">
<img style="margin: -63px 0px 0 -200px;" alt="" src="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/slideshow-suite-3.png " /></a></li>
    <li class="salePrice1" style="margin: 190px 0px 0 -590px;"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">$499</a></li>
    <li class="salePrice2" style="margin: 190px 0px 0 -390px;"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">$255</a></li>
    <li class="salePrice3" style="margin: 190px 0px 0 -190px;"><a href="http://mercor.premiumcoding.com/product-category/clothes/">$679</a></li>
</ul>

We have decided to put the text in it with all html parameters so you can add basiclly anything on the slider (along with extra images).

As you can see the first headline is within h1 tags, this is the big headline at the start of the title. As you can see there is a possibility to add your own css (like padding so you can move the text anywhere you want).

Also note the Text Position fields (from top and from left). With this you can set the position of the entire field. Enter values from 0 to 100 (this values are in % but you only have to enter the number). You can then of course set the position of each element separately within each div with css just like in the examples above.

Hopefully this will help you understand how text is added to the full slider. If you have any questions do contact us on our support forums for more informations.

You can see more live examples on our other WordPress site that uses the same slider:

http://elegantica.premiumcoding.com/demo.php

TYPOGRAPHY SETTINGS

You can set all main typography settings in this section. First define the font family, size, color and style of the body font. All body font (content text, links, paragraphs,…) will now use this settings unless specified otherwise in style.css file.

Now define the font family and color for the headings. Sizes are defined for each heading seperately (H1, H2, H3 and H4, H5, H6).

TEAM PAGE SETTINGS

Adding team members is similar like adding images to Slideshow. Upload the image via tha native wordpress media uploader and then enter the member’s name and role. Icon that represents the profession of the member can also be uploaded for each member separately. Recommended size of the icons is 40px X 40px. Social networking is added by simply entering appropriate links to the fields. If you leave a certain field empty, the social link will not be added.

PORTFOLIO AND BLOG OPTIONS

Portfolio Title is the title that appears at the top of your portfolio, just under the menu. Simply enter the title that you wish.

Parameter Number of items to be displayed will set how many portfolio items appear on the page at once.

To achieve the colored word effect simply put the words that you wish to color (in theme’s leading color) in <span> tags. So it would look like: Related <span>Posts</span> and the word Posts would be colored (for instance in blue color).

SOCIAL OPTIONS

Social options section allows you to add and edit your social icons. Currently there is support for Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Dribble and email. First you need to check which ones you want on your Theme. After that simply enter the links to your social profiles.

CONTACT OPTIONS

This section contains the settings for your contact form. First set the short description that is found under the main title (parameter Contact description under title). Under email address simply enter your valid email address. Error and success messages are there to tell your visitors that email was succesfully sent or if there was an error.

To set the Google maps you have to install the free plugin called Comprehensive Google Map Plugin. You can download it here.

404 ERROR PAGE

This is the page which will show everytime your visitor writes a wrong URL or if simply the page that should be on your website doesn’t exist. Enter the title and description text and you are ready to go.

FOOTER OPTIONS

Footer settings section allows you to enter a short sentence about copyright or some other notice.

TRANSLATION OPTIONS

Theme allows you to translate all the main aspects of the Theme (buttons, social icons,…). Simply enter your translation and save.

SHORTCODES

Mercor comes with over 70 premade shortcodes. To add them while writing a post or a page simply click on the yellow folder icon that says Theme Shortcodes. To see all available shortcodes please check our live preview.

 

SOURCES AND CREDITS

I’ve used the following images, icons or other resources as listed.

SUPPORT

For support please visit our support portal and register as described above.