Getting Started with Unlimited Pro

Ready to start customizing your site with Unlimited Pro? Follow this guide to learn how to use each of Unlimited Pro's features on your site.

If you need help installing Unlimited Pro, please follow this tutorial first: How to Install Unlimited Pro.

Table of Contents

Introduction

This guide will teach you how to use each of the new features added with Unlimited Pro. The tutorials are newbie-friendly, so every step is explained in detail.

It's recommended that you follow along with your site as you read.

Custom Colors

Unlimited Pro adds color controls for virtually every element on the site. This includes colors for specific elements, like widget titles and menu links, and hover effects for buttons, social icons, and more.

The color controls are grouped into sections. Each section covers one area of the site, such as the Primary Menu or the Footer.

Changing these colors will allow you to match your site to your brand's colors (or simply pick a color you like).

Follow this tutorial to learn how to change your colors with Unlimited Pro:

Tutorial: How to Change Your Colors

New Layouts

Unlimited has a right-sidebar and left-sidebar layout. Unlimited Pro adds the following six new layouts:

  • Narrow
  • Wide
  • Two-column - right-sidebar
  • Two-column - left-sidebar
  • Two-column - narrow
  • Two-column - wide

The layout is applied to all pages on your site. However, every Post/Page can also use its own layout.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to change to a new layout:

Tutorial: How to Change Your Layout

Flexible Header Image

The header image is a large image displayed at the top of your site, spanning from one side of the screen to the other.

It's great for displaying a welcome message on just the homepage, or an interesting graphic across the site.

Learn how to add a header image to your site with this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Add a Header Image

Featured Sliders

Featured Sliders can be used to replace Featured Images with sliders, like this:

Unlimited Pro integrates with the Meta Slider plugin to add Featured Sliders. Like with Featured Images, every Post and Page can have a different Featured Slider.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to add Featured Sliders to your site:

Tutorial: How to Add Featured Sliders

Featured Videos

Just like Featured Sliders replace Featured Images, Featured Videos can be used to add videos in place of Featured Images.

This gives you a simple and beautiful way to publish videos on your site.

Unlimited Pro will responsively embed videos from any of the following sites:

  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Dailymotion
  • Animoto
  • Funny or Die
  • Hulu
  • TED
  • WordPress.tv
  • Blip
  • Vine

All you need is the URL of the video to embed it. While not video sites, you can also embed SlideShare presentations and SoundCloud tracks with Featured Videos.

Tutorial: How to Add Featured Videos

Use New Fonts

Unlimited uses the Open Sans font, but Unlimited Pro adds 727 new fonts to choose from.

With the increased selection, you can choose the font that perfectly complements your content.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to apply a new font to your site:

Tutorial: How to Use Your New Fonts

Background Images

Unlimited Pro adds an option to change the background of your site to an image. You can change the background of the header, body, and footer to any image you'd like.

To learn how to add a background image to your site, follow this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Add a Background Image

Background Textures

The Background textures feature lets you add a texture background to the header, body, and footer. It's great for adding depth and interest to the look of your site.

Unlimited Pro comes bundled with 39 textures.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to add a texture to the background of your site:

Tutorial: How to Add a Background Texture

Unlimited has a primary menu that displays below the site title. Unlimited pro adds an secondary menu above the header, and a third menu in the footer.

The secondary menu is well-suited for category pages and other non-essential navigation items.

The footer menu is perfect for pages on your site that are necessary, but don't require visibility in the primary menu. For instance, your Terms of Service and Privacy Policy pages.

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to setup your new menus:

Tutorial: How to Add the New Menus

When visitors scroll down your site, the menu immediately disappears out of view. Unlimited Pro adds a "fixed" option to the nav bar that keeps the menu visible at all times:

The menu can also hide as visitors scroll down, and display again when they begin to scroll up. Both the primary and secondary menus can use the new navigation styles.

To learn how to make your menu fixed to the top of the screen, follow this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Use Fixed Menus

Display Controls

Unlimited Pro allows you to hide any of the default elements on the site.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to show or hide elements on your site:

Tutorial: How to Show/Hide Site Elements

New Widget Areas

If you followed along with the Unlimited Getting Started guide, you'll remember that the sidebar is a "widgetized" area. In other words, it's a part of the site where you can add any type of content you want by adding widgets.

Unlimited Pro adds four new widget areas to your site:

  • Before Main Content
  • After Post Content
  • After Page Content
  • Footer

Each widget area can display any widgets you'd like (or none). If you want to learn how to add widgets to one of these new widget areas, check out the tutorial below:

Tutorial: How to Use Your New Widget Areas

By default, the footer text in Unlimited reads, "Unlimited WordPress Theme by Compete Themes", and links to our site.

With Unlimited Pro, you can easily replace this text with whatever you want it to say.

To learn how to replace the footer text, follow this tutorial:

Tutorial: How to Change the Footer Text

Conclusion

If there's anything else you want to change about your site that wasn't covered, check for an article about it in the sidebar to the left. Otherwise, there's probably a free plugin available for it on wordpress.org .

Check out our WordPress Resources page to find awesome plugins and tools we recommend, and if you want to try using CSS to customize Unlimited Pro, we've got some pre-written snippets for you to get started with in the Unlimited CSS Snippets Collection.

Additional Resources

  • Unlimited WordPress Theme

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  • Support forum

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  • Changelog

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  • Unlimited on Github

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  • WordPress Resources

    Check our recommended resources to find great plugins and solutions for your site.

  • Codeable.io

    We can help you with minor changes on your site, but if you need a highly customized version of Unlimited, we recommend finding help through Codeable.

  • WordPress Tutorials

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  • Create Your Site

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