Nutmeg Plus is a mobile-friendly WordPress theme for food bloggers, but it can also be used on other types of WordPress websites. It has fast loading times and is easy to optimize for Google’s Web Vitals requirements. By the end of this video you should know if Nutmeg Plus is the right theme for you.
Homepage, Block Editor & Custom Block Patterns
Let’s look at one of the demos for the theme. This is the homepage. It displays a collection of blocks followed by the most recent recipes and a sidebar on the right.
You can easily create a custom homepage by using the custom block patterns that are included in the theme. Here’s how it works.
Create or edit an existing page.
Click the Plus sign to add a new Block and open the Patterns panel. In the dropdown, select Nutmeg. These are the patterns that are currently available.
I’ll begin with the Cover with Overlay pattern.
Select an image and add some content in this box. You can add headings, text, a contact form, a newsletter subscription form, whatever you need. You can change the alignment of the box, and the color and opacity of the overlay.
I’ll follow it with the Opening Message pattern.
Finally I’ll add a Featured Pages – Overlay pattern. I’ll select 3 different images from the library. You can select from multiple image sizes: Landscape, Portrait and Square.
Change the text and link to any content on your website. These can be pages, posts, categories, and so on. You can add or remove columns, as well as change their order.
Let’s publish the page and view it on the front-end. We see two problems: the sidebar is on the right and the recent recipes are missing. Switch back to Edit mode and simply change the template of the page, from Default Template to Homepage + Posts. Now the page looks as we want it to. Once you are happy with the result, go to Settings > Reading and select this page as your Homepage.
These custom block patterns can be used on any page or post, not just the homepage. For example the Cookbooks page has two of these patterns.
And this is an example of a simple recipe post that was created without any plugins.
This is a custom pattern that is created using an unordered list with the custom Table style.
You can add or remove any items on this list.
This custom pattern is created using two columns, with headings and lists.
Ordered lists can use the custom Alternative style.
Theme Features & Customization Options
Now that I’ve presented some of the custom block patterns, let’s look at some of the other theme features.
Open the Customize page. You can upload your logo In the Site Identity panel.
In the Theme Settings panel you can change the structure of the theme.
In the General Options section, you can switch between the 6 built-in styles.
The default sidebar position can be on the left, on the right or it can be removed.
You can enable or disable the theme’s zoom and scroll animations.
The header has 3 different layouts.
You can display a top bar with some text and a secondary menu.
A built-in search form can also be displayed in the header.
On the Homepage, you can change the section title, restrict the list of posts to a single category and change the number of posts. A link to the rest of the posts can also be displayed, just don’t forget to select a page as your Blog page in Settings > Reading.
In the Post Archives section, you can select the layout and style of your posts.
You can also select the post thumbnail size: landscape, square or portrait. Select the size that is a better match for your content and photography.
You can hide or display post dates, categories, excerpts, the author and the Read More link.
Content Between Posts
One interesting feature of this theme is the ability to add some custom content in between your posts. All you have to do is enable this option and select the number of the post that it should be displayed after. Then go to the Widgets page and add any type of widgets to the Archives: Between Posts area. In my case it is a simple Text widget, but you can also add banners, images, custom HTML code, whatever you want.
On Single Post Pages, you can hide the featured image or you can display it in one of the 3 available positions.
You can also hide or display different elements, such as Tags, Post Navigation with or without thumbnails and the Author bio.
In the Footer, you can display up to 5 columns with widgets.
While on the subject of Widgets, you can make use of two more widgetized areas: Posts: Before Content and After Content.
These widgets will be displayed before and after your posts. These can be used for affiliate disclaimers, call to action elements, advertising, and so on.
The Footer: Full Width widgetized area can be used to display things like your Instagram feed, a newsletter subscription form or some of your recent posts.
For this purpose the theme comes with the Nutmeg: Recent Posts custom widget.
Thanks to its two layouts, it can be displayed in any of the widgetized areas.
The theme allows you to manually override some of its global settings for any post or page. You can hide any of the elements that are displayed on a post’s page.
In the same panel you can add some short custom taglines for your posts. Unless hidden, these taglines will be displayed by the theme on top of your post thumbnails.
Nutmeg Plus can be easily customized to match your brand.
On the Customize page, in the Quick Styling section of the Theme Fonts panel, you can change the two default typefaces. The primary typeface is used for most of the content, while the Accent typeface is used for elements like the primary menu, widget titles, buttons and some links.
You can do more specific changes for different parts of the website, where you can control the typeface, the font size, style and so on.
Similar options are available in the Theme Colors panel. It’s incredibly easy to make your theme look exactly as you want it to.
The Colors from the Quick Styling section are also available in the Block Editor when you create your posts and pages. This makes it easier to keep a consistent look throughout your website.
And finally, Nutmeg Plus comes with a One Click Demo Import feature.
You can quickly import any of the theme’s demos with all the content, widgets and custom settings.
A lot of effort went into making Nutmeg Plus as easy to use as possible. It works right out of the box and does not require any plugins. This means that you have the complete freedom to decide how and what to use it for.
All customers benefit from quick and friendly support by email and even by Skype.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.