Most WordPress themes have a lot of options for personalization, configuration, and functionality. However, sometimes, you need everything. When such a need arises, the only option is a robust multi-purpose theme. This is what this post is about.
Total is one of the complete multi-purpose themes available under the premium category. With full drag and drop features, it helps you to create any website from personal blogs and business websites to eCommerce portals and design portfolios.
Install Total WordPress Theme
Once you have purchased the Total theme from Themeforest, it’s time to install it on your WordPress backend. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard using your credentials.
Now go to Appearance -> Themes. This will open the themes page and will show up all your installed themes.
Let’s click on Add New to install the total theme.
Click on Upload Theme. Now click on Choose file to select the Total.zip folder and click on Install Now.
Once the theme is installed, you will get find a notification asking you to install some recommended plugins:
- Contact Form 7 – If you have been using WordPress for a while, then you already know what I am talking about. It is one of the most widely used plugins out there. Easy to setup, it allows the creation of forms.
- Revolution Slider – It is a great option if you want to add sliders to your website.
- Visual Composer – As discussed earlier the Visual Composer that comes with Total is something that makes it complete with all the drag & drop features. Make sure that this plugin is installed.
- WooCommerce – Most eCommerce users already use this plugin. It is the most powerful eCommerce framework and will allow you to easily integrate product portfolios, set up checkout pages and integrate with payment solutions.
Most of these plugins come pre-installed with the Total theme. You just need to keep the ones you need and disable those that will increase the load on your server.
Once you click on Begin installing plugins, a new page will open up like the following:
Check all the plugins or the ones you need. Then select Install from the dropdown menu and click on Apply. This will start the installation process and the selected plugins will be installed and activated.
Powerful Theme Panel
Once installed, it’s time to check the theme panel of the Total theme.
Click on Theme Panel present on the sidebar of your WordPress Dashboard. You will see three tabs – Features, Demo Import, and Customize.
# Features Tab
If you have used any premium theme before, you must have noticed one annoying thing. Even if you are not using all the features of a particular theme, you will find them on your dashboard. However, this is not the case with the Total theme. If you are not using a particular feature, you have the option to disable it.
As you can see, features like Demo Importer, Under Construction, Schema Markup, Portfolio, and more are present. Say, you don’t want the portfolio section on your theme. Just uncheck Portfolio and save it. That’s it.
So, you can enable/disable any feature you want at any time. This will reduce the load time of your website as well.
# Demo Import Tab
The Total theme comes with a lot of pre-built demos. So whether you are a lawyer, doctor, freelancer or have a business, you will find beautifully designed demos for your website.
Demo importer allows you to select the pre-built demo of your choice and install it within minutes. This will make your website look exactly same like the demo and will save you a lot of time. All you have to do is edit the content and customize the looks, if you want, using the Visual Composer plugin.
Let me show you how to do it:
Go to the Theme Panel and click on the Demo Import tab. This will open up a page like the following:
Now select the demo of your choice. Let me select Freelancer.
A window will open up. Click on Next.
The next window will ask you to select the content you want to import. Say, you don’t want to import the widgets, just uncheck it.
Let me check all the options and click on Confirm Import.
Within minutes, the data will be imported and you will get a success message. Now if you check your website, you will find it to be exactly the same as the demo.
# Customize Tab
But how can you change the layout or font size?
Just go to the theme panel and click on Customize. This will open the Customizer using which you can make changes to your website and check the results LIVE.
Say, you want to change the font family of the Headings of your website. So, just click on Typography and then Headings. Now select the font of your choice and Save & Publish it. Easy isn’t, it?
Similarly, you can change font size, line height, letter spacing, logo, layout, and much more using the Customize option.
Visual Composer is a popular drag & drop page builder premium plugin. This plugin comes bundled with the total theme. Using this plugin, you can easily customize the look of any page or post you want. This can be done either on your backend or frontend.
Let me show you how to do it by editing the homepage of my website using the frontend editor.
Say, you want to change the content of your About Us section. All you have to do is take your mouse cursor and place it over the content. You will find a green box showing up.
Click on pen like icon and a window will open up like the following:
Using this window, you can change the content of that section. Not only that, you change the style and look of the section as per your requirement. You can also drag the section and place it wherever you want.
The above was just an example. You can do much more than that like add new rows, add new elements, divide a particular row into two or columns, clone a particular row or column, and much more.
Visual Composer and Total has come up with lots of elements to choose from. Thus, you can create beautiful pages easily and that too without any coding knowledge.
What would be the use of Visual Composer without elements? Well, Total theme comes with huge number of elements that you can simply use from both front-end or back-end editor.
Pros and Cons of Total Theme
- Easy to use
- Highly customizable options
- Disable features you are not using. This will speed up your website.
- Multiple Demos available, you don’t necessarily have to start from scratch
- Commendable array of inbuilt social buttons, CTAs and opt-ins
- Premium WordPress Plugins included
- Since the theme has a lot of features, you will have to go through the documentations thoroughly in order to understand how the theme works.
- With a single purchase, you can use it only on one website.
To conclude, I can easily say that I am greatly impressed by the Total theme. It allows any business or blog to create a stunning website in a matter of minutes. With 100% flexibility, powerful tools for customization, numerous default options and demo layouts available, the limits to various beautiful websites that one can create using it are only bound by imagination.
You will save hugely on time given the drag and drop tools and one-click functions. You can devote more time to building powerful and quality content and developing marketing strategies and let Total worry about your website woes.
I hope you try this theme out. Do share your experiences