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The Home Page Content

Aside of the Header Element the entire home page content is built with the Block Editor ( a.k.a. Gutenberg). Combined with GeneratePress editor styles we now have a much better front end representation whilst we are editing. Allowing each element to be given specific styles and Additional CSS classes means we don’t have to stray into HTML very often. In fact on this Site we never do.

Page Structure

Let’s begin with looking at the hierarchy.

  • Header Element – This is covered in this article
  • H2 Headings
  • Shop Categories
  • Latest Products
  • Call to Action Row – forty / sixty split
  • Call to Action Row – sixty / forty split
  • Sale Products
  • Sign Up
  • GP Footer – The default Theme widgets

H2 Headings

For our landing page I wanted some big bold H2 headings. Larger than what we have specified in our Customizer. But also make them super responsive. To make this happen I created some custom CSS using an Additional CSS Class of:

large-heading

Simply select your Heading Block, make sure it’s a H2, open the Advanced Dropdown in the Settings Sidebar and add the class to Additional CSS Class field. Please note: You won’t see the style change in the editor. Like all CSS you will find it in the Customizer > Additional CSS. It looks like this

h2.large-heading {
    font-size: calc(28px + (86 - 28)*(100vw - 400px)/(1600 - 400));
    line-height: 1.1em;
}

So this looks complicated but is what provides the responsive controls. If you want more information on what this all means then check out Responsive And Fluid Typography With vh And vw Units

Shop Categories

Built using a Columns Block set to two columns. Each column contains an Image, Heading, Text and link block. Nothing fancy and real simple to edit. Adding additional columns can be done from the Column Settings. Creating additional rows is simply a case of duplicating the existing one.

Making the image link to the category

Images Settings have a Link to Option. Just set the Link to: Custom URL and add your category link

Custom Link Styling

Hopefully you noticed the custom style link. This is achieved using custom CSS. To add this style to any of your in content links just give the block an Additional CSS Class of: loud-link

Latest Products

After our Title Block we simply add a Woocommerce: Newest Products Block. You can adjust the number of products display using the Block settings. This is achieved at the same time as defining your layout. Simply adjust the number of columns and rows shown by the block. Filtering your products by taxonomy can also be applied.

Call to Action (CTA) Rows

Once again the Columns Block comes into play. Out of the box there is no way to adjust the column widths. So within the editor you’re stuck with equally sized columns. To get around this to display unequal sized columns we added some simple CSS Classes.

Additional CSS ClassResulting style
forty-sixty-columnsa 40% / 60% two column row
sixty-forty-columnsa 60% / 40% two column row
mobile-column-reverseReverse the order of the two columns on mobile.
Add this class along with one of the above.

Please note: these classes do not apply the styles within the editor

Sign Up

The Sign Up form is provided by the Happy Forms plugin. The form is added to the second column using a Short Code widget. The short code for your form is found in the Dashboard > Happy Forms. A common design is to use these types of CTA to break up a page. To do this we have given it our own special styling.

First off we need to make this row extend to the edge of the container ( outside of the content padding). This is done simply by selecting the Align Wide option from the Block toolbar. The rest requires some familiar CSS from our CTA Rows and a little extra. here are the classes it uses:

  • sixty-forty-columns
    a 60% / 40% two column row
  • column-banner
    this makes necessary padding adjustments
  • center-vertical
    vertically centring any content placed within one of the CTA Columns
  • bg-grey
    Applies the grey background color

Editing the Form

The form can be edited from the Dashboard > Happy Forms. If you create a new form you will need to update the short-code used on the front page.

Changing the rows background color

Go to the Customizer > Additional CSS ( or to your Child Theme Style sheet if you have moved it). And edit this CSS:

.bg-grey {
    background-color: #f2f3f4;
}

You can of course simply create your own classes with more relevant names for the colors you choose.

Can i use a different form?

Of course. If you want to use another form plugin then simply go about setting that up and replacing the short code with your new one.

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