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MintThemes make some great themes that we have covered in the past, recently they released two e-commerce themes: Armonico and Compra. Where Compra looks like it could be used for a fashion or handicrafts store,  Armonico caught my eye with it’s clean design, which makes it look like it could be used for a whole range of online stores :

The Armonico theme works in conjunction with the Cart66 e-Commerce plugin, so you will need a copy of that to installed and activated to use this theme, in this review I will be taking a look at setting up the Armonico theme and adding a  product to it.

Purchase the Armonico Theme for $79 »

Installing the Theme

After you purchase the theme you will receive a zip file, unzip this and you will have a folder called “Armonico”, upload that to your WordPress site

Click activate under the theme:

Set Your Theme Options

Once the theme is activated, visit “Appearance” > “Theme Options” and that will load up the MintThemes options panel. The first tab is “General Options” where you can set things like: A Custom logo, Slogan / Tagline, Which category to use for the site’s blog, Which category to use for the home products, a custom favicon and finally any tracking code – for things like Google Analytics.

Homepage – Top Slider

The next tab down is “Homepage Top Slider” this is simply where you can enter up to 6 images with links which will make up the homepage slider :

Homepage – Image links

The next tab down is for the homepage image links – these are 4 links which are placed next to the slider, again you can enter any image and any URL here :

Homepage – Extra Settings

The “homepage extra settings” tab is where you can place custom text and a custom image which appears near the bottom of the theme

This text appears like so :

Footer Options

The “footer options” tab contains inputs for you to put your Facebook URL, Twitter username and Email address :

Show Icons

The “Show Icons” tab is where you can choose which payment icons to show in your site’s footer – Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Paypal, Google Checkout. The ability to add a custom icon here would have been nice.

This is what the icons look like :

Styling Options

The final tab is “Styling Options” and is simply a box where you can paste any custom CSS you may need for your site.

Adding a Product

When adding a product to this theme, the first thing you do is add the product using the Cart66 menu, including the price and quantities etc :

Once that is done you go to add a post as normal using “Posts” > “Add New” enter a title and description of your product :

Under the post editing box you will see a new section called “Product Information” choose the product you created before from the drop down box and then you can add some product images :

Choose a category for your product and publish the post and your new product will appear on the site :

Conclusion

When I first installed this theme I had a slight issue with when adding a product image which turned out to be a permissions problem – there is a directory in the theme folder called cache you may need to CHMOD to 777. Apart from that small issue, this theme was a piece of cake to install and get up and running – I hadnt used Cart66 before but the process of adding a product was intuitive. I love the design of this theme – I can easily see how it could be modified to match your branding as its quite neutral in colors.

Purchase the Armonico Theme for $79 »


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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6 Comments

  1. Nice review! I’ve been thinking about getting one of these themes for my shirt company I’m working on… Dude your site and articles are sick! Thanks for the insight, help and encouragement.

  2. DSLR

    Hi Oli, what are your views with ecommerce on wordpress, or better yet which do you prefer using for eCommerce opencart or wordpress?

    Thanks

    • I havent used opencart so cant really comment on it,
      Personally I would use WordPress – but thats because Im comfortable with it. Cart66, WooCommerce and JigoShop all look like great plugins to use.

  3. What is your preference: WooCommerce or Cart-66? Honest opinion please :).
    To answer to one of the previous comments, OpenCart is one of the most user friendly eCommerce solutions out there and it is improving day by day. I loved it. But I think WordPress will give you more control over the Blog part of the site which is hugely important to promote products and services. Having all in the same place is what you aim for, isn’t it? 

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