GrowthPress WordPress Theme Documentation

GrowthPress is all-around marketing theme with perfect blend of modern design trends and proven internet marketing techniques that convert.

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General & Installation

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GrowthPress is all-around marketing theme with perfect blend of modern design trends and proven internet marketing techniques that convert.


I assume you already have a fresh copy of WordPress installed on your server.

Download the theme zip file
The first thing you will need to do is to download the theme installation zip file.

If you bought the theme on our ProteusThemes Shop, you should have received an email with the list of themes you have access to. You can click on the theme link with file name ending: or you can login to your account and download the installable zip file from there.

If you bought the theme on ThemeForest, then you have to download the installable WordPress files only zip file from the ThemeForest download section.

Install the theme
You can install the GrowthPress WP Theme in two different ways:

  1. Upload a zip file - preferred method
    When you are logged in your WordPress dashboard go to Appearance » Themes » Add New » Upload Theme and select the theme installation zip file you downloaded from our Shop or from the ThemeForest and click Install Now button.
  2. FTP upload
    Unzip the contents of the theme installation zip file and upload the extracted folder to your server to wp-uploads/themes/ folder using a FTP client.

Once your theme is on the server, activate it by clicking the Activate button below the preview image in Appearance » Themes

Activate GrowthPress WP

Congratulations! Now the GrowthPress WP Theme is installed.

You still need to install/activate the required and recommended plugins - you can do this by visiting Appearance » Install Plugins inside wp-admin.


Automatic updates
You can register the theme and receive automatic updates. Go to Appearance » Theme Registration and follow the instructions on that page. This will register your copy of the theme and you will get update notifications in the admin dashboard, whenever an update is available.

If you have any issues with the automatic updates, please go to you wp-admin to Dashboard » Updates and click on the Check Again button, to refresh the update data.

Manual update
You can also update the theme manually: here are the steps on how to do that.

Customize the Appearance

You can fully customize the appearance of the GrowthPress WP Theme. Go to the Appearance » Themes and click on the Customize button:

Customize GrowthPress WP

The new window appears and you can now customize the appearance of your theme - upload your custom logo, change the base colors, enable/disable theme features, add Custom CSS or Javascript etc.

Demo Content

One Click Demo Install

You can import demo content from our demo site (with blurred licensed images) with a single click of a button. Go to Appearance » Import Demo Data and click on the import button.

Don't forget to activate all required plugins before importing demo data.
One Click Demo Import

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Import XML File

If you want to import the demo content the old-fashioned way, you can get a fresh copy of the XML file on our server at this URL: Don't forget to activate all required plugins before importing demo data. To import the demo data go to Tools » Import, click on WordPress (install the WordPress Importer plugin if not already installed) and upload/import the previously saved xml file (don't forget to enable the Download and import file attachments checkbox to also import the images).

Demo Widgets
After you import the demo content, you can also import widgets the old-fashioned way. The file for widget import is also located on our server: Rename this file to growthpress.wie (mind the file extension) and use it in the plugin Widget Importer & Exporter. Go to Tools » Widget Import/Export and import the file.

After import setup
After you have imported the demo data and widgets, you should also setup these things:

  • go to Settings » Reading, set the the Front page displays to a static page and select the front page and the blog page in the appropriate dropdowns,
  • go to Appearance » Menus, select the main menu from the dropdown at the top and click on Select. Scroll to the bottom and set the Theme location to Main Menu (if there are more locations you can also assign other menus to those locations),
  • go to Appearance » Widgets, and set Custom menu widgets, by selecting the correct menu (in footer and our services sidebars),
  • optionally set other things (like logo, colors, ...). These settings can be found in Appearance » Customize.

If for some reason these URLs are not available:

  • and you bought the theme on our ProteusThemes shop, you can login to your account and download the extras zip file, or
  • if you bought the theme on Themeforest, you can download the All files & documentation zip from ThemeForest

Once the main theme zip file is downloaded you will find the content.xml and widgets.json file in the extras folder.

Don't forget to activate all required plugins before importing demo data.


The logo can be changed in our Theme Options - Appearance » Customize » Theme Options » Logo.


Since WordPress version 4.3, the favicon setting can be found in Appearance » Customize » Site Identity, where you have to set the Site Icon option.

Main Menu can be set in wp-admin » Appearance » Menus. Theme locations for Main Menu is called Main Menu.

Page Template


wp-admin » Pages is the area where you will spend most of your time when building a site. We added a few tools in that process so you can create your pages easier and faster.

Page Templates

Page Template

You can choose between 4 different Templates - Default Template, Front Page with Slider and Front Page With Layer/Revolution Slider and Empty Template.

Default Template: Just a default template for simple layouts and Page Builder. First you must choose the Page Builder option under the title and you are ready to go. You can add our widgets here, choose different visual styles and much more. More about that in the next chapter.

Front Page with Slider: This is a unique template which adds an option for a slider in the page options. It can be used with Page Builder. More about that in the Slider chapter.

Front Page with Layer/Revolution Slider: We don't include these two slider plugins with the theme but we make sure they work nicely, since we know our customers want to use them. When you activate this template there is a new Page Slider meta box in which you can put ID/alias from Layer/Revolution Slider.

Empty Template (no header and footer): This is an empty page template and it can be used in many different cases. For example a sales page, which should not show any distraction elements (logo, menu, footer,...). When you select this page template, the options for it will display under the content editor, which allow you to enable certain elements, if you need them (logo, menu, footer). The content can be layout out and created with the awesome Page Builder by SiteOrigin editor.

Blog and single post sidebars

The sidebar options for the blog and the single posts are available in Appearance » Customize » Theme Options » Blog.

Page Builder

Page Builder is a very powerful tool for making pages. Here is one example of how it looks:

Page Builder examlpe

You can make any kind of grid with adding new rows and inside them you put widgets. When you are finished with adding widgets you can also move whole rows up and down.

For more information on how to use Page Builder please visit Page Builder by SiteOrigin documentation page.

You should also watch this great short video course: Page Builder Tips.

Page Builder Row Style

Let's take a look at how we can style Page Builder rows.

To start off we have to click on "Edit Row" for the row that we want to style as shown on the image above. An "Edit Row" window will open, and on the right, there are three setting tabs: Attributes, Layout and Design. Here you can customize different things for this particular row.

In the Layout tab you can set the Bottom Margin, Padding and change the Row Layout to Full Width. In the Design tab you can set the Background Color, Background Image and other things.

Page Builder Widgets

You can use almost any widget in the Page Builder. Let's take a look at a few not so straightforward ones.

SiteOrigin Editor Widget

SiteOrigin Editor will create for you the same editor environment as a normal WordPress editor does. You can use this widget if you want normal text editing options. The SiteOrigin Editor Widget is part of Site Origin Widgets Bundle.

Call to Action Widget

How do I add a button? With our custom shortcodes. You can find instructions in the Buttons section.

Featured Page is a really simple widget that we use in Page Builder. All you have to do is to select the page and one of the two layouts we made for you.

But how do I change the image and text on the Front Page?

The image on the Front Page is just the normal Featured Image of the selected page. You can change that in the sidebar of every single page. Text can be changed in the Excerpt field which can be found at the end of the page settings. If the excerpt field is not there, you must click on the Screen Option (at the top of the page) and check Excerpt. For more info please take a look at the screenshot below.

Featured Page
Click for bigger view.


Building a Theme slider has never been easier.
You can create a Theme slider on any page you want. The only thing you must do is choose the page template Front Page With Slider (you can use this template even if it's not for the front page). After you select this page template there will be a new meta box at the bottom of the page which is called Front page slider. Now you can add images or videos to your slider.

When you add a video, you also have to upload a video "thumbnail", which will serve as a clickable area (also a play button overlay will be added to this image). When a user clicks on this image, the video will open in a pop-up modal window.

As you can see on the example image bellow, you also have the Slider settings tab. In Slider settings tab, you can change how the slider behaves and change the slider options.

This is how the slider backend looks like:

Front Page Slider Admin

Please take a look at this slider dimensions article for the recommended size of the slider images for this theme.

You can also use Layer/Revolution Slider. We don't include them with the theme but we make sure they work. When you activate page template - Front Page With Layer/Revolution Slider there is new field in which you can put id/alias from Layer/Revolution Slider.

ProteusThemes Options

You can find all Theme Options in the Customizer: Appearance » Customize. This is a live preview editor for your page.

Here you can change:

  • Logo
  • Header
  • Navigation
  • Sticky Menu
  • Page Header Area
  • Theme Layout & Colors
  • Blog
  • Footer
  • Custom Code
  • And Much More ...



For adding buttons you must use the button shortcode which looks like this: [button]Your Text[/button]
There are 7 options with different attributes - style, href, target, fa, corners, fullwidth and class.

Text: You can change the text of the button.
Example: [button]New Text[/button]

Style: You can choose between a few styles - primary, secondary, danger, success, info or default.
Example: [button style="primary"]Your Text[/button]

Href: You can add URL to the button.
Example: [button href=""]Your Text[/button]

Target: You can choose if you want to open the link in the same - "_self" or new - "_blank" window.
Example: [button target="_blank"]Your Text[/button]

Font Awesome icon: You can add a font awesome icon to the button.
Example: [button fa="fa-phone"]Your Text[/button]

Growth icon: You can add our growth icon to the button.
Example: [button fa="gp gp-bar-chart"]Your Text[/button]

Corners: You can change the corners of your button to be rounded.
Example: [button corners="rounded"]Your Text[/button]

Full width: You can stretch your button to full width.
Example: [button fullwidth="true"]Your Text[/button]

Class: You can add extra custom classes to the button.
Example: [button class="btn-lg extra-custom-class"]Your Text[/button]

Icons - Font Awesome

Shortcode for Font Awesome is very similar to the buttons shortcode. It looks like this: [fa]
There are 3 options with different attributes - icon, href, target and color.

Icon: You can use any 519 FontAwesome icon. To set the selected icon, just get the title of the icon, for example "fa-phone".
Example: [fa icon="fa-phone"]

Href: You can add URL to the icon.
Example: [fa href=""]

Target: You can choose if you want to open the link in the same - "_self" or new - "_blank" window.
Example: [fa target="_blank"]

Color: You can set a custom color to your icon.
Example: [fa color="#ff00ff"]

So a Font Awesome icon shortcode with a home icon, linking to a page and opening in a new window/tab would look like this: [fa icon="fa-home" href="" target="_blank"]

GrowthPress icons in shortcodes

Shortcode for GrowthPress icons is the same as for the Font Awesome. You are able to use our GrowthPress icons shortcode with the same attributes: icon, href, target and color, so look at how to use these attributes in the Font Awesome shortcode section above. The only difference is, how the icons are passed. Take a look at the example below.

Icon: You can use any Growth icon. To set the selected icon, just get the class of the icon, for example "gp gp-bar-chart".
Example: [fa icon="gp gp-bar-chart"]

GrowthPress Icons

With this theme, we also include custom Growth icon font, that you can use in our theme widgets, shortcodes and elsewhere on your site.

These lovely icons were made by Grega Črešnar ♥.

To insert a growth icon into your custom text, you can use the HTML i tag:
<i class="gp gp-bar-chart" aria-hidden="true"></i>

Here is the list of all growth icons:

class: gp gp-add

class: gp gp-bar-chart

class: gp gp-binoculars

class: gp gp-browser

class: gp gp-bug

class: gp gp-chat-1

class: gp gp-chat-2

class: gp gp-chat

class: gp gp-cloud-computing-1

class: gp gp-cloud-computing

class: gp gp-compass-1

class: gp gp-compass

class: gp gp-computer-1

class: gp gp-computer

class: gp gp-connection-1

class: gp gp-connection

class: gp gp-desk

class: gp gp-directions

class: gp gp-dislike

class: gp gp-dollar-symbol-1

class: gp gp-dollar-symbol

class: gp gp-email

class: gp gp-group-1

class: gp gp-group-2

class: gp gp-group

class: gp gp-handshake

class: gp gp-head

class: gp gp-hierarchical-structure

class: gp gp-invoice

class: gp gp-laptop-1

class: gp gp-laptop-2

class: gp gp-laptop

class: gp gp-like-1

class: gp gp-like-2

class: gp gp-like-3

class: gp gp-like-4

class: gp gp-like-5

class: gp gp-like

class: gp gp-list-1

class: gp gp-list

class: gp gp-money-1

class: gp gp-money

class: gp gp-mouse-1

class: gp gp-mouse-2

class: gp gp-mouse

class: gp gp-network-1

class: gp gp-network

class: gp gp-networking-1

class: gp gp-networking-2

class: gp gp-networking-3

class: gp gp-networking-4

class: gp gp-networking-5

class: gp gp-networking

class: gp gp-padlock-1

class: gp gp-padlock

class: gp gp-pencil

class: gp gp-people

class: gp gp-pie-chart-1

class: gp gp-pie-chart

class: gp gp-piggy-bank-1

class: gp gp-piggy-bank

class: gp gp-placeholder

class: gp gp-printer

class: gp gp-route

class: gp gp-search

class: gp gp-security

class: gp gp-server

class: gp gp-settings-1

class: gp gp-settings-2

class: gp gp-settings

class: gp gp-sharing

class: gp gp-shopping-bag

class: gp gp-smartphone-1

class: gp gp-smartphone

class: gp gp-startup

class: gp gp-strategy

class: gp gp-teamwork

class: gp gp-transfer-1

class: gp gp-transfer-2

class: gp gp-transfer

class: gp gp-user-1

class: gp gp-user-2

class: gp gp-user-3

class: gp gp-user-4

class: gp gp-user-5

class: gp gp-user-6

class: gp gp-user-7

class: gp gp-user-8

class: gp gp-user-9

class: gp gp-user-10

class: gp gp-user-11

class: gp gp-user-12

class: gp gp-user-13

class: gp gp-user-14

class: gp gp-user

class: gp gp-worldwide-1

class: gp gp-worldwide-2

class: gp gp-worldwide

class: gp gp-wrench

class: gp gp-wristwatch

Scroll for More

Scroll for more is a little attention grabber which can help you keep the focus of your visitors on the website. It is actually not the shortcode but the piece of the HTML code which you can include anywhere on the site.

<div class="scroll-for-more" style="text-align: center;">
  <span class="scroll-for-more__text">Scroll</span>

You can also use it without any text. In that case delete <span> class around the text. Example:

<div class="scroll-for-more" style="text-align: center;"></div>


We also use and support some of the best plugins for WordPress.

You can install and activate these plugins by going to wp-admin » Appearance » Install Plugins.

The list of required and recommended plugins used in this theme:

Contact Form 7

We use Contact Form 7 for our Contact Us page. This is the code from our demo:

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-12">
    [text* your-name class:form-control placeholder "First Name*"]
  <div class="col-12">
    [tel your-number class:form-control placeholder "Phone Number"]
  <div class="col-12">
    [email* your-email class:form-control placeholder "E-mail*"]
  <div class="col-12">
    [textarea your-message class:form-control placeholder "Message"][submit class:btn class:pull-right class:btn-light "Send Message"]

After that just place the plugin's shortcode into your Contact Us page.


This theme supports basic WooCommerce integration.

Once WooCommerce is activated you will see this notice:

WooCommerce Begin Setup

Click on Run the Setup Wizard button to begin the WooCommerce install. That will start the setup wizard, where you can set things like shop pages, store locale, shipping & tax and payments.

WooCommerce Setup Wizard

If you want to change some settings, you can change them in WooCommerce » Settings. There are many tabs at the top, you can configure to fit your needs.

Most of our themes come with our own demo products for the WooCommerce store and will be imported automatically when you import the demo content using our industry-leading One Click Demo Import plugin. You need to make sure that WooCommerce is activated at the time that you import the demo data.

However, you can (optionally) install the additional demo products by WooCommerce. Go to Tools » Import » WordPress and import the demo XML file which can be found in the folder where WooCommerce was installed on your server. Usually this is in wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/dummy-data/dummy-data.xml. Also check the Download and import file attachments checkbox, so that all product images will be downloaded as well.

When you're done, you should see the products:

WooCommerce Products
If you want to feature certain products, you can do so by clicking a star symbol in the table seen above.

When you are done with the settings, go to Appearance » Widgets.

Drag & Drop the WooCommerce widgets that start with "WooCommerce" to the sidebar called Shop Sidebar.

WooCommercer Shop Sidebar

That's all, your WooCommerce shop is now ready!

All further information and documentation for WooCommerce can be found on the official WooCommerce website.

The breadcrumbs in this theme are powered by the Breadcrumbs NavXT plugin.

All the settings for breadcrumbs can be found in Settings » Breadcrumbs NavXT. When you first access this settings page, there might be a notice, which has a link Migrate now at the end, just click it and it will take you to the correct settings page. Here you can define a separator (which should be empty by default for our themes), breadcrumb hierarchies for different pages (pages, custom post types, taxonomy, ...) and set other breadcrumbs related things.

Last but not least there is our footer area. The footer area is divided into:

Footer Widgets is the place where you can add the last things to your page. You can add widgets in the Apperance » Widgets » Footer. There are also few options for that area in Appearance » Customize » Theme Options » Footer. You can changes different colors there.

The Bottom Footer area is the place for copyrights or some custom text. Custom text for the left and right side of the bottom footer can be added in live customizer Appearance » Customize » Theme Options » Footer.


Manual translation

We have an article with the video on how to translate our themes published on this link.

WPML for Multilingual sites

This theme officially supports WPML. Head over to the WPML website, buy the subscription, then download and install the following plugins:

  • WPML Multilingual CMS
  • WPML String Translation
  • WPML Translation Management

After that the WPML wizard will guide you to properly configure the multilingual site.

For reference: the widgets and theme options can only be translated using the String Translation.


Demo Images

All images used in GrowthPress WP can be found on Shutterstock.

All the images shown in the demo page of GrowthPress WP are copyrighted and come blurry with the theme (demo content).


If you need advanced customizations on the theme, we are available for that as well.

Let us know what'd you'd like to change via support ticket and we will get back to you with a quote.


View the GrowthPress WP changelog.


If you need more help after all, you can write to us.