GeneratePress: The Basics

GeneratePress is a free theme that you can download from the website.

The theme itself is quite basic.

However, you can buy a plugin that extends the theme and adds a whole host of useful settings and options.

Please note! The add on is a plugin and after you buy it, you upload it via the plugins tab in the WordPress dashboard.

GeneratePress Screenshot from

The extra modules included in the GeneratePress plugin are…

  • Backgrounds
  • Blog
  • Colors
  • Copyright
  • Disable Elements
  • Hooks
  • Import / Export
  • Menu Plus
  • Page Header
  • Secondary Nav
  • Sections
  • Spacing
  • Typography
  • WooCommerce
Generate Press add-ons
Generate Press add-ons

First install the free theme AND the premium plugin

Then you select which add-ons you want to activate. You can activate all of the add-ons, or just activate the add-ons that you want to use.

For instance if you don’t have WooCommerce installed on your website, you won’t want to activate the WooCommerce extension.

Likewise, if you decide that the hooks extension is a bit too geeky and you don’t want to install it you don’t have to.

To activate one or all of the add-ons go to…

  • Dashboard > Appearance > GeneratePress

Then simply tick the boxes for the extensions you want to activate, then choose activate from the Bulk Actions drop down.

Activate the GeneratePress add-ons
Activate the GeneratePress add-ons

Once you’ve activated the add-ons you want to use…

You will find a whole host of new settings in the WordPress Customizer.

For instance, if you want to change the font family and font size for Heading 2 (H2) you would go to…

  • Customize > Typography > Headings

Here you could change the…

  • Font family
  • Font weight
  • Line height

You can also set different font sizes for desktop and mobile devices.

For instance, you may want to use a large font for the headline when your site visitor views your site using a desktop or laptop computer. But you may want to use a smaller font size when the user is viewing your site using a tablet or mobile phone.

You’ll find other important GeneratePress settings in the customizer under tabs such as…

  • Layout
  • Colors
  • Typography
  • Background Images
Layout colors typography and background images
Layout colors typography and background images

The premium version of GeneratePress also adds a new tab near the bottom of the dashboard labelled Page Headers.

Add new page header in GeneratePress
Add new page header in GeneratePress

The Page Header option enables you to add large headers, with a color or image background, at the top of pages and posts. This is a very popular style at the moment.

A page header in GeneratePress
A page header in GeneratePress

Page Headers are being replaced with the much more powerful page Elements.

If you’re reading this post after GeneratePress Premium 1.11.0 is released, page headers will be replaced with a much more powerful feature that enables you to build page sections using GenerateBlocks. Then hook those page elements into your layout in all kinds of different positions. Such as above the main post content, above the footer, below the sidebar etc.