Layers, Storekit and Woocommerce layout
I’m trying set up a online shop using Layers Pro, Woocommerce and Storekit. Everything including WordPress is on the latest version.
I’ve started the site from scratch, installed it locally, then then installed the Layers theme, Layers Pro, Woocommerce and Storekit. When I try to personalize any page, I don’t get to add any Layers widgets to the body because the body isn’t there…
How can I setup a e commerce site that would benefit from both Woocommerce and Layers? Please don’t send me to the “How to” in the documentation, it doesn’t tell me anything!
Possible Answers to Your Question:
First let me explain each of the components you are using:
1. Layers is the theme framework
2. WooCommerce is the shop framework and 100% of the shop functionality.
3. StoreKit is a customizer and widget extension for Layers that helps you tweak the default elements in WooCommerce (sidebars, product meta, product image hover, header cart etc) and provides some product-driven widgets for building Landing pages.
Landing pages are not catalog pages. In WordPress, everything has an archive – for the shop, WooCommerce outputs the product archive to whatever page you link as the Shop page in WooCommerce settings. This archive must exist so categories and tags etc can be viewed in an unbroken and navigable way. What a landing page does is give you a means to create custom entry points. This can be your homepage, a Sale page, a special promotion, etc. In each of these examples, the elements on the custom page will always link into the WooCommerce product or catalog views.
There are WooCommerce extensions that enable modification of the WooCommerce default templates or functionality in specific ways, such as changing button text, adding image zoom, color swatches, or advert boxes to the shop. Some plugins, like Yith, offer custom checkouts or tabs. There are also themes which provide special styling or custom templates for WooCommerce which change the overall style of the shop. Currently custom templates in themes is the only method WooCommerce provides for changing the layout and structure of the shop and products in a completely custom way.
So to sum, if you want to totally customize the default shop and catalog pages, you need a WooCommerce theme or a custom template. If you are asking why you should use Layers to setup a WooCommerce shop, it would be to gain access to all the other things Layers has to offer and do it inexpensively and minimally. I will be the last person to try to convince you that Layers is as powerful as a WooCommerce megatheme, but is is a million times more flexible and lightweight. Typically the deciding factor is cost and how much control you want to have in the long run.