2020 has been a rough year, to say the least. When it comes to businesses, the pandemic has been particularly difficult for restaurant owners. During this time, restaurants are transitioning to taking orders online out of necessity. As a result, Organic Themes has worked to make that transition smooth using the updated WordPress Restaurant Theme.
WooCommerce is the most popular and powerful eCommerce solution for WordPress. As partners of WooCommerce, Organic Themes understands how to develop themes to work perfectly with the platform. We applied that knowledge to Version 5 of the Restaurant Theme.
As seen in the updated Restaurant Theme demo, WooCommerce is seamlessly integrated into the website experience. Additionally, the Restaurant For WooCommerce extension will provide your website with everything it needs to process delivery and pickup orders.
One Click Demo Import
Installing and activating a WordPress theme is simple. However, adding content can be time consuming. We vastly improved this process with the updated Restaurant Theme. Now, the theme includes support for the One Click Demo Import plugin. Meaning, all content, media, and options are imported exactly as it appears in the theme demo. With the click of a button. Simple!
Importing demo content will save loads of time when it comes to the setup of your website. The demo content is a guide. It can be replaced or deleted as needed.
Version 5 of the Restaurant Theme features full compatibility with the Gutenberg block editor. The theme features conditional sidebars, full and wide alignment support, editor styles, and several block styles for perfect integration with the new WordPress editor.
Organic Themes has worked directly with the makers of Gutenberg. As partners of WordPress.com, the Restaurant Theme has undergone a rigorous code review process to ensure maximum compatibility of the theme with Gutenberg.
Additionally, the theme works perfectly with the new Organic Blocks Bundle plugin. So, you can add slideshows, testimonials, portfolios, and much more on any page or post using the Gutenberg editor. Cool!
Improved Menu Post Type
The Restaurant Theme contains a custom post type for adding food and drink menu items. In previous theme versions, menu items were displayed by applying the “Menu” page template. Then, choosing your food menu categories within the theme options. It worked. However, there were limitations. So, we improved the process of displaying food menu items with the latest theme update.
With Version 5, menu items automatically display in order on the custom post type template. As seen in the demo here.
The custom post type template automatically orders menu items by category. However, you may change the order of menu items using the Custom Taxonomy Order plugin.
Add the “/menu/” page extension to the URL of your website to view the menu custom post type template. For instance, https://mycafe.net/menu/. Then, use a custom link in your website navigation to access the menu.
The new custom post type template provides much more flexibility than the menu page template options. It allows for the display of endless categories.
Countless Additional Updates
The Restaurant Theme has been available for several years. It’s in use by literally thousands and thousands of restaurant websites. Organic Themes maintains our products to take advantage of the latest web technologies and WordPress features. As a result, the theme has evolved considerably. Version 5 is no exception.
We inspected the code line by line. We made several updates to the security, styles, functionality, and mobile display of the theme. Now, it features a beautiful new mobile menu navigation, accessibility updates, a new logo resizer option, and several more improvements.
Most improvements maintain backwards compatibility with older versions of the theme. However, this is a major update. As a result, you may need to enter the WordPress Customizer, and re-save your theme options after updating. Otherwise, it should be a smooth transition. All your content and templates will remain unaffected by updating to the most recent theme version.
We hope the Restaurant Theme serves restaurant owners well during this time. And makes the transition to moving your business online a little less stressful. Stay safe and well, and order online!