Toolset plugins and Astra theme work great together. Astra is a custom types ready theme which means you can customize its options for each template you design. This includes templates for your custom post types and archive pages.

What to install

The basic setup will include:

  • The Astra Theme
  • Toolset Types
  • Toolset Views
  • Toolset Layouts

Depending on the kind of site you want to build, you will need additional Toolset components.

 

How to use Astra to build sites with custom types

Astra is a modern, versatile free theme that provides you with:

  • Overall design and typography
  • Header and footer areas
  • Menus

Astra is custom types ready. This means that you can control different features of the theme for each of the post types in your sites. For example, you might want to display a sidebar for the standard Pages on your site, but you want your custom Tours posts to be without the sidebar.

Besides this, Toolset allows you to:

  • Set up custom types, taxonomies, and fields.
  • Create custom searches and allow users to search the content based on multiple parameters.
  • Create forms for front-end submission.

And much more.

For inspiration, this is how a complete page looks like with the Astra theme and our sample design:

Astra and Toolset
A custom traveling site built with Toolset and Astra

 

Using the Astra Pro add-on

Optionally, you can get the premium Astra Pro add-on plugin which adds more customization options to your Astra-powered website. While some of its features overlap with the Toolset’s, they are mainly designed to work with standard WordPress content of Posts and Pages.

If this is all your project needs, great! However, when you need to create custom content, especially with custom post types and fields, Toolset can take it from there.

How to design the “interior” with Toolset

Now, you can start creating your own designs using Toolset. As mentioned above, Toolset plugins let you do a lot.

If you’re new to Toolset, we recommend that you follow the getting started guide.

Controlling Astra’s theme options for templates and archives

We recommend using Toolset Layouts drag-and-drop editor to design your templates and archive pages.

As you design your layouts, there is a Theme Options section found at the bottom of the layout editing page. It allows you to control the theme options only for the layout you are currently editing. This gives you great control and flexibility over designing how your custom post types look on the front-end.

Astra and Toolset

Controlling Astra’s theme options for each layout individually

Please note that theme options for custom post types will not appear on the Appearance -> Customize page. For custom post types, they are editable only using Toolset.

Use Astra with WooCommerce

In combination with Toolset, Astra allows you to design the templates for displaying your single WooCommerce Products as well as the Product Listing pages.

Visit our dedicated page to learn more about developing custom WooCommerce sites with Toolset or dive directly into a tutorial about creating a template for your single Products.

A custom WooCommerce site built with Toolset and Astra

 


Important Toolset settings

By default, Toolset will use the correct settings and you don’t need to make any change. If you are moving to Astra from a different theme or are updating an existing site, make sure that the following are set:

On the Toolset -> Settings page, click the General tab. There, under the Bootstrap loading section, select the Toolset should load Bootstrap 3.0 option.
When editing layouts, make sure that all rows are set to Row as wide as post content.