In this article, we're going to explain how to setup your website footer and discuss the differences between footer settings in theme options and footer builder
The standard footer settings in the theme options are available in the X and Pro theme which utilise the WordPress Widget system to add the content to the footer. But if you use the Pro theme and you assigned a footer built with the footer builder feature of the theme to all the pages of your website, the footer settings will not be applicable as you already build the whole website using the specific tool available for you in the Pro theme. The X theme does not have the footer builder feature and the footer settings inside the theme options are the only place to setup and configure the footer of the website.
How Widget Based Standard Footer Works
To access the footer settings of the theme options you need to go to X > Theme Options > Footer in the X theme and Pro > Theme options > Footer in the Pro theme.
The standard footer consists of two parts:
- Footer Widget Areas
- Bottom Footer
The way you can add content to the footer for your website is to assign widgets to one of the footer widget areas. Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag whatever widget that you want to one of the footer widget areas:
You can set how many columns you want to have in the footer by going to X/Pro > Theme Options > Footer and set the Footer Widget Areas options, you have the options below:
- None (Disabled): Selecting this will disable the footer widget areas section completely.
- One: The footer widget area will have one column and the Footer 1 widget area will show in the footer.
- Two: The footer widget area will have two columns and the Footer 1 and Footer 2 widget areas will show in the footer.
- Three: The footer widget area will have three columns and the Footer 1, Footer 2 and Footer 3 widget areas will show in the footer.
- Four: The footer widget area will have four columns and the Footer 1, Footer 2, Footer 3 and Footer 4 widget areas will show in the footer.
The bottom footer is a separate section which can have a footer menu, social media icons, and custom content.
- Bottom Footer: Enabling this option will show the Bottom Footer area which you can control the content of in the following settings.
- Footer Menu: Enabling this option will show the flat menu which you assigned as a Footer Menu location in Appearance > Menus.
- Footer Content: Enabling this option will show a text area below the option which you can add custom HTML code and it will show in the footer.
To assign a WordPress menu to Footer Menu menu location you need to go to Appearance > Menus and select the menu you want or create a new one and select the Footer Menu checkbox for that menu:
The footer menu is a linear menu and it will not show the dropdown items and simply will ignore the child items of the menu. Click here to learn more about general menu setup in WordPress.
We've learned about the footer settings of the theme option and how we can setup the footer using the WordPress widgets and the bottom footer settings. Also, we learned about the difference between the footer settings in the theme options and the Pro theme footer builder feature. Next step is to learn details about the blog settings in the theme options.
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