An intro to the Rosa Restaurant theme for WordPress
Rosa is billed as a restaurant theme for WordPress self hosted installs and features a varied range of features to ensure your eatery gets the look and feel it deserves.
The Rosa theme lends itself well to those who run a bakery a restaurant, café and more. Basically anything food or drink related and you’d be right. It’s more of a business or in this case a food business WordPress theme as it is opposed to a blog.
That’s not to say with a little tinkering and some love you couldn’t get it to work like a blog, you get the general idea though.
So let’s get another WordPress theme review on WPin.me started then? Onward’s good people to my review of the Rosa WordPress theme!
Rosa WordPress Theme installation
I’m no stranger to this really, Neither should you if you read my blog, installing the Rosa theme is as simple as uploading the zip or indeed FTP if you feel fancy.
Upon installing the Rosa theme and indeed activating the theme we are greeted with the below:
This is prompting us to install 4 additional plugins to get the theme up and running. They are as follows: Customify, PixTypes, Contact Form 7 and lastly PixCodes.
So let’s do what the theme asks for then shall we? First up Customify. As you can see from the above, customify hasn’t been tested with my version of WordPress. For the record I’m on 4.5 at the time of this article.
The Customify plugin is contributed to by the Pixel Grade people (who incidentally built the Rosa theme) it has a load of options attributed to it.
I’m not going to go into all of them here, suffice to say it will give the theme additional functionality without being baked in to the theme itself.
Next up on the required plugins list is a plugin called PixTypes. Again by Pixel Grade, this plugin allows you to define what custom post types / meta boxes should be active when the Rosa theme is installed.
I can only assume that this will add functionality to the theme and it is coded to harness the PixTypes plugin.
Last up on the list is the PixCodes plugin (I’m not going to go through Contact Form 7 everyone and their dog knows that one). This plugin offers a shortcode interface into the theme or I guess any themes Pixel Grade offers. Again this plugin is by Pixel Grade as well.
Well as you can see from the above image there is actually 5 plugins not 4 that need to be installed. The last one not mentioned in the required plugins installer note was PixLikes.
What this does remains to be seen, so let’s install and activate all of these bad boys then shall we? Yes, yes lets.
Right all Rosa WordPress theme plugins installed what’s next?
For those of you who like to jump the gun (myself included) the above is what the Rosa WordPress theme will look like.
Now bear in mind that I have the latest version of WP at 4.5 no other plugins installed, save for the ones the theme prompted me to install. No additional content, just the standard sample page and hello world blog post. I have changed the permalinks to reflect SEO friendly URLs.
Don’t ask me why, it’s my review and I hate ugly URLs, nuff said.
Now you’re going to get confused. Trust me. It’s a good thing. Here’s why.
Silly statement? No not at all. Anyone who has bought a theme from Themeforest or any theme company that has it’s own theme options panel will now get lost.
Mainly by and large to the fact the Rosa WordPress theme options are all in the WordPress native customizer. See below for what I mean:
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not adverse to theme options panel if it’s done well. However the WordPress native customizer has come on leaps and bounds of late.
It’s nice to see Pixel Grade making good use of it, so let’s take a look into the settings of the customizer.
Rosa WordPress theme options (through the customizer)
Well as you can see we have an option for a logo an inverted logo (think black on white, white on black etc.)
We can also enable smooth scrolling and choose the number of columns we want to display in the widget area. The choices are 1,2,3,4 and 7. Couple that with the column width which has options for: one third, two thirds and whole. More on this later.
Want to change the copyright text? Well this is your opportunity to do so. There’s nothing worse than a WordPress theme hard-coding in copyright text with a link back (big no, no) thankfully Rosa does not disappoint.
Social sharing options for the Rosa WordPress theme
Social sharing is handled by integration with the AddThis service. It’s here you can follow the on screen prompts to add the appropriate code and choose the social networks you want to offer up to your visitors.
You can elect to enable the AddThis sharing analytics if you use the service as well as add tracking to social shares via AddThis. All you need to do is add your AddThis username and follow the instructions in the customizer and the links it points to.
Another handy option is to add Google Analytics tracking, your Google property ID and more.
In fairness ticking these boxes didn’t bring up another box to actually add the code in etc., so unsure as to the nature of them. Perhaps they haven’t been coded into the theme itself as yet or are a by product of a previous theme using the same structure.
Adding in custom code to the header / footer in Rosa
Installing demo data for the Rosa theme
It’s brown trouser time (or pants if you’re an American). It’s time to install the demo data and hope and pray nothing breaks.
Right I’m off to hide behind a chair and peek intermittently at what’s going on. Actually I need a wee (or pee USA). Let’s hit the demo install button and just go with it. Ahem, eeeeek
Color me happy. Demo data installed. WTF? That was quick???
Wow. I have to say that was done real quick. Sure it didn’t load any images just text and page layouts, but wow. Massively surprised at how the home page looks now, it looks awesome.
The WordPress customizer kept me up to date with the state of the imports and how it went. Got to be honest I don’t usually import demo data as I like to tinker around and find things to mess with.
This is the first time in a while I have installed WordPress theme demo data, looking good so far!
The Rosa theme demo data added a total of 4 new blog posts (all recipes), 35 pages. 4 categories and 5 tags. In fairness the demo data has made the site look pretty much like the demo over on Themeforest. Sans the images of course.
Now we’re going to go back. Back to the WordPress customizer
Header options for the Rosa WordPress theme
Here we have three new options. First up is the header option its from here we can make changes to the header.
As you can see from the above we can change the height of the logo, the vertical margins of the header and of course lastly change the space between the menu items. So you can tinker to your hearts content.
Changing the content layout in Rosa
Here we can change a number of different things to suit our tastes. We can change the border width, container width and the section vertical margins. All done using the WordPress customizer which is great as this gives us a real time view of how it will look.
We can also change the sidebar width, choose whether we want to show the scroll down arrow in a bubble or make it transparent. Lastly we have the option to always show the arrows within the slide show or show on hover.
Footer options for the Rosa WordPress theme
Here we can choose whether we want the footer area dark, light or the accent color (more on that in a bit). Lastly the footer bottom bar style has the same options available as well.
Color options with the Rosa theme
Those of you who were paying attention to the previous section will have noted the accent color. Well the color options in the Rosa theme let us change the accent color (think boxes and such throughout the site) whatever you choose here will be reflected on site.
We can change the color of the text the heading text, nav links, cover color and header color.
You will note two more boxes underneath with an upload button. Well the first one allows you to set an image background in the menu section. Once you do this you will be greeted with four new selections to do with the placement of the image.
The first box will deal with how you wish to display the image. Options here are: no-repeat, repeat all, repeat horizontally, vertically and inherit. The next box gives options for inherit, contain or cover.
The next deals with whether or not you want the image background fixed, scroll and lastly inherit. The last deals with actual placement choose from center, left center and more.
The next upload button deals with content color. Here you can upload an image and it will be show in the page content itself. With all the same choices above again. This gives you an edge when creating your very own restaurant or eatery website.
Typography settings for the Rosa WordPress theme
Well if you like options for your typography you’re in luck, Rosa has plenty of them. You can change the headings font choose from Google fonts adjust the sub headings and font for sub headings as well as adding in spacing and offsets.
We can also change the navigation font, whether or not to make it bold, change the font size and and much more. Lastly there is an option to change the body font as well choose from a wealth of fonts and change the font size and line height.
I must admit I am really, really starting love the way the Rosa theme makes use of the native WordPress theme customizer. It’s great to see it put to good use like this.
Editing the blog layout for Rosa
Well we have some more options to choose from here, this time around they deal with blog layout. Lets go through what’s on offer.
First up we can choose whether or not we want to show the author info box on blog post pages via a tick box. Whether or not we want to show social showing buttons in posts.
Choose to show comment avatars and comment count numbers. Whether or not we want to show the main sidebar in single blog post pages.
Want to change the text in archive pages from ‘Read more’ well you can from here, as well as choosing the excerpt length. What you will not see from the image above is two other options which deal with post meta.
Choose to show or hide the post publish date and lastly the option to change spaces, comma or slashes with a custom dot. I had a play around with it, basically it puts (as it says) a custom dot with your accent color between the publish date and more.
Add Custom CSS through customizer
Want to put even more of a stamp on your installation of the Rosa theme? Well you can if you know CSS and know your onions you can make changes from here. Although in fairness if you’re making a boatload of changes you should consider making a child theme of Rosa.
Site identity, menus, widgets, static front page
There’s no point showing you any images of the above as it’s pretty much a main stay with themes that use the WP customizer. Here you can change your site title, tagline and upload a site icon, manage menus, widgets and of course choose a static front page and nominate a page for blog posts.
Creating posts / pages in the Rosa WordPress theme
As you would come to expect from the worlds most popular platform creating content is easy peasy. However the Rosa theme has a few options up it’s theme sleeves.
No page builders here, nope just a rather pretty shortcode interface that makes adding your content a breeze albeit in a styled and attractive way.
As you can see from the above the first option we have is columns this is where you can adjust the width of columns and choose how many you want.
When you drill down into the column section you will be greeted with the above screen, it’s from here you can adjust via a slider and choose exactly how many columns you require. Or indeed add in a custom CSS class for additional styling if you want to.
Want to add in a fancy button? No problem the shortcode editor gives you options for setting a link the size of the button, the ID of the button and more. I must admit although it’s a simple interface, less is more in my opinion and it works very well indeed.
Icons, I’m not going to take a screenshot of the icon selection, mainly due to the fact there are so many to choose from. The most important things after having so many to choose from is the fact you set a size a background shape and insert a link for the icon as well. Which is pretty sweet.
Like tabs? Good, as the shortcode interface for the Rosa theme has them in spades. A very simple and self explanatory interface awaits you should you wish to include tabbed content into a blog post or page.
Heading allows you to set a subtitle and title itself, great for breaking up content and highlighting a new section and what not. The separator shortcode sees you selecting a separator type and color of the separator, in conjunction with a heading it will look pretty epic.
In a similar vein as the tabbed content interface this is where you can add in a slider or two. Choose your navigation style and transition effects for some added style. Nice and easy to use, just add in your content and you’re done.
Using OpenTable? Well the Rosa WordPress theme offers full integration with it. Via the shortcode interface you can fill in all the details from OpenTable and it will output the details in a styled and eye catching way.
Adding a restaurant menu to the Rosa theme is as simple as clicking a button, you simply need to choose your menu style either regular or dotted hit the insert button and follow the screen instructions for adding in your succulent mouth watering food menu!
Page options in the Rosa WordPress theme
If the shortcode element was not enough for you, you also have some more options specifically for pages. These deal with header height, menu bars and more.
Have a fancy black header and want the menu bar to be transparent? Well here you can do just that, as well as set the content border style choose from waves or simple to make your page content pop.
Want a featured header? Yup you guessed it this is where you can add in a rather natty header. Choose the header height from half, two thirds or full height.
Give your page a title and subtitle or why not add in a description for you visitors about the page and what they can expect.
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Page attributes, it’s not unusual for WordPress themes to offer page templates for specific purposes. The page attributes for the Rosa WordPress theme are a bit more special than your standard theme. How so?
Well there are three to choose from the first one is no title, which isn’t that fancy granted. However if you did not want to show the page title you can do so here.
No the ones that got my attention are the next two page templates. First up the Map Header:
The menu bar transparency option and content border style are still there as options however the minute you select the template Map Header the section underneath changes to the above.
It’s here you can add in your location or if you have more than one location (perfect for a franchise etc) you can add in Google map with locations of your restaurants / eateries / cafes and such. See below for what I mean:
Slider header in the Rosa theme
Want to make your header a slider? Well you can with page template Slideshow Header. It’s here you can choose images of your establishment or awesome photography of your food.
In a similar way as the Map Header when selecting this template it throws up some options for you to work with see below.
There is plenty to choose from in the above Slider settings option. Here you can choose to add in an image and chose the image scaling with options for filling fitting and fit if smaller. If any of this seems confusing don’t worry the Rosa WordPress theme explains this with a handy link to an image:
There are more options available to you as well to ensure your slider displays perfectly, you can also choose the transition effect, whether it should autoplay and the duration between slides if you elect autoplay.
WPin Disclaimer – Paid for review
This review of Rosa was actually paid for by the theme developer themselves. In no way did this influence my end opinion as I write objectively about WordPress themes and plugins from an end user point of view. The utmost care was taken performing this review and any issues that I encountered have been mentioned (if any).
If you would like to submit your theme for review here on WPin please get in touch here. Hope you enjoyed the review of the Rosa WordPress theme, scroll down for an overall verdict warts and all 🙂
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Rosa WordPress theme review
Rosa WordPress theme verdict
The theme itself is very easy to use, it's well styled and if used properly it could make the difference in being noticed and attracting new customers to your restaurant. That being said I thought I'd give you a pros and cons list.
Pros to Rosa Theme
- It's fast it does load real quick and I'm on a shared host
- It's simple to use for non techies and techies alike
- Surprisingly good looking results can be achieved with decent imagery
- As a WordPress theme for restaurants it caters for them very adequately
- It supports WooCommerce for selling dishes online or booking tables
- Works with OpenTable (if you currently use it and want to continue using it)
- The live customizer is a joy to use and makes getting everything just right a cinch
- Has the option for creating a one page website
- Gorgeous parallax effects built in
- Fully responsive works really well (tested on Samsung S5 with no issues)
Cons to Rosa Theme
- It's shortcode based page content creator is good, however if you choose to move themes in the future you will be stuck with shortcode in page content.
- The page templates are awesome, however if you decide to move to a different theme see above!
The Rosa WordPress theme is definitely worth a look for sure. It makes fantastic use of the WordPress customizer and seeing your changes made in real time is fantastic. Those who are not technically gifted can achieve good results without being a designer. There's not much at fault with the Rosa theme. Save for the fact if you switched themes at a later date you will have issues with shortcodes left over and what not.
However if you are prepared to stick with the theme itself, it's style and layout are relatively timeless and could give you a restaurant website with WordPress that certainly looks the part and functions very well indeed.