The Grow Theme is built using the LivingOS Theme Framework. Please see user guides in the Codex for all common theme features.

Theme Specific Guides

Setting Up Your Homepage

The homepage is empty when you first install the theme. You must create some features to populate the slider and then drag some widgets into the homepage widget areas.

You can download files to import our demo set-up if you prefer.

Widget Areas

The home pages on our themes are fully widgetized, giving considerable flexibility. And you don’t have to fill every area. You can miss out those that you don’t need. Each widget area has different layout to give more variety and make it easy to have more interesting layouts. And each theme has different options.

So in Grow (and refer to the demo to see examples):

  • Home Page – Top – this is reserved for the slider, though you can replace the slider by adding in a widget here. You can even use alternative sliders such as the incredible Revolution Slider. Just install and drag the widget into this widget area.
  • Home Page – Main Section – Each widget placed here spans the full width and coloured alternatly. For in-widget column layout, use the Show Pages/Posts Widget or use a text widget and the column layout code from a page/post. Text widgets are great because they take any html.
  • Header Top Bar – Use 2 widgets to place a Custom Menu, Search Box or Text in the top bar. Leave empty to remove the bar.
  • Header Area – This lets you add a couple of widgets in the header space. In the demo we used a custom menu with icons and a text widget to show the address.
  • Sidebar – This will put widgets in a sidebar depending on template in use.
  • Footer – Add widgets to the footer.
  • Shop – Sidebar dedicated to WooCommerce pages.


The theme uses one menu, which should be built using the standard WordPress Menu Builder.

You can also add menus to sidebars and footer using the Custom Menu Widget.

Image Sizes

When using Grow, WordPress creates the following post images/thumbs from the images you upload.

  • Widgets : 420x 260
  • Slider : 1140x 300 (but images are stretched to 100% width since slider is a full width slider in this theme)
  • Single : 955x 590

Your original images should be at least the biggest size you intend to use in both dimensions. So if you are using feature images in the slider they should be 1140×300 pixels or greater. This is a responsive theme so your browser resizes these to fit your desktop.

Page Templates

The theme comes with a number of page templates that can be used to produce different types of layout and content. These include:

  • a blog (post formats) template
  • a blog (with images) template
  • a gallery template for showing feature images of  posts in specific category (also has ajax category filter)
  • a gallery template for showing feature images of pages of a specific parent page
  • a wide page template
  • a full width with section template

These templates can be selected from the page template dropdown when editing any page in the WordPress dashboard. Templates can be controlled using custom fields, which are summarised below.

Custom Fields

There are a number of custom fields used by the theme that can be used control features and content. These are summarised here.

Custom Field Name Applies to Description
subheading all posts & pages creates a subheading under the post/page heading
post-image-head all posts & pages displays feature image at top of post/page (set to ‘1’)
category_name gallery & blog templates post category name for query
posts_per_page gallery & blog templates number of posts/pages/thumbs per page
posts_per_row gallery templates number of images per row
parent_page gallery templates parent page id
show_filter gallery templates show category filter
no-sidebar all posts & pages disable sidebar on a page (set to 1)
disable-sidebar-menu all pages pages in a hierachy automatically get a page menu in teh sidebar. set this to 1 to disable
boxed-layout all posts and pages enable boxed layout on any page (set to 1)

Still got some questions?

You can always get support through the forums or contact us through your priority support page.