The built-in WordPress customizer is a familiar tool to most users. It allows you to customize your theme while watching a visual preview of your changes. Until now, the types of customizations allowed were pretty limited–colors, fonts, basic widgets, menus, etc.
But now, Organic Themes’ new StartUp WordPress theme has changed that. With the StartUp theme, the basic WordPress customizer controls all the major visual customizations for your pages.
How to Build a Page with the WordPress Customizer and StartUp Theme
If you aren’t sure what we mean, here’s a quick overview of how the StartUp theme allows you to build pages with the basic visual customizer from your WordPress admin dashboard.
1. Create a blank page and give it a title.
3. Publish Your page.
4. Click the Customize Page button, which will appear in the center of the page editor.
5. In the WordPress customizer, click Add a Widget.
6. Choose the Organic widgets you need to build your page, and customize.
Here’s a video walk-through of the same process.
About Organic Themes
Organic Themes was founded in 2009 by David Morgan and Jeff Milone on the island of Maui. It is among the most popular WordPress theme companies, with over 30 premium themes and several free themes in the WordPress directory.
The founders have also created GivingPress, a complete WordPress powered website solution for nonprofit organizations.
Organic Themes develops beautiful WordPress themes without the added hassle of unnecessary flashy effects, bloated options panels, or needless frameworks.
We believe WordPress itself is the ultimate framework, and create our products to evolve seamlessly with the platform. Using a theme and starting a website should be simple, and our products are crafted to reflect that goal.
The All New StartUp WordPress Theme
The StartUp Theme is a faster and easier alternative to other multipurpose themes and page builders. StartUp makes building pages with dynamic content simple using custom widgets within the core WordPress customizer.
We believe most WordPress page builders and multipurpose themes are flawed. They don’t utilize the core WordPress Customizer and native features of the platform to their full potential. Instead, they are highly reliant on shortcodes, custom interfaces and bulky proprietary code that heavily impacts the performance of your website.
They often require an extensive learning curve that is a departure from the traditional WordPress user experience. Additionally, many of the solutions use vendor lock-in to keep their users dependent on a system from which there is no easy escape.
Organic Themes has solved these problems with the StartUp Theme.
- By using the core WordPress customizer and widget functionality, users are presented with an entirely familiar and simple interface for building custom pages.
- Your changes can be viewed in real-time before saving them.
- Your website will load and perform quickly since the software is far less demanding than other solutions.
- Additionally, the content and widgets can be easily migrated between sites and themes.
The Basic Features of StartUp
- Fully responsive
- Retina optimized
- Compatible with WooCommerce,Gravity Forms, and Jetpack for custom post types
- Features several page templates and more options within the WordPress customizer for changing the colors, layout and site navigation position
- Customizer widgets allow page building from the built-in WordPress customizer
How the Customizer Widgets Work and Examples
StartUp utilizes the free Organic Customizer Widgets plugin, which transforms the core WordPress customizer into a page builder using custom widgets.
The custom widgets can be used to display a variety of content types on any page such as hero sections, portfolios, content slideshows, testimonials, pricing tables, profiles and more.
Each content section can be modified within the widget options by changing the background image, colors, alignment, column layout, and more. Widgets can be re-ordered on any page by dragging and dropping a widget into a new position.
Also, the customizer still includes the basic functions you’d expect, such as changing colors, as shown below.
The StartUp Theme is developed to work seamlessly with the Customizer Widgets plugin as can be seen in the examples below.
The hero widget allows you to create a stunning hero section to draw in your visitors and prompt an action. It builds a full browser height section with featured text, background images, and a call to action.
Similarly, put the good things people are saying about you up on your site with the testimonial widget, which creates a slideshow of testimonials from a selected category or custom post type.
Support and Resources for the StartUp Theme
Like all themes on MOJO Marketplace, StartUp comes with excellent support and resources to learn how to use the theme, or to learn WordPress in general.
If you’re struggling with other page builders or overly complex themes, we highly suggest you try StartUp today.