Sunflower Documentation

Modern, Lightweight & Multipurpose WordPress Blog Theme

1. Getting Started


Created: 10/20/2022
Last Update: 10/20/2022
By: FlatLayers
Support Email: [email protected]

Thank you for purchasing our theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please Email us at [email protected]. We will get back to you within 12 hours and help you with any issue you might have. Thanks so much!

Installing Sunflower Theme

Using WordPress Dashboard

  • Download full theme ZIP package and Extract it to normal folder.
  • Go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance.
  • Click on Add New Themes then click on Upload.
  • Browse for inside the extracted folder then click Open.
  • Click the Install Now.
  • After finishing installation process click on Activate the theme.
Installing Sunflower Theme

Using FTP

  • Extract to normal folder.
  • Open WordPress instaltion directory.
  • Go to /wp-content/themes directory.
  • Upload sunflower folder to that "themes" directory.

You will find sunflower-child folder. It's a child theme you can edit and upload using FTP to themes directory.

Required Plugins

After installing Sunflower theme. Theme shows message to install 6 plugins. Follow instructions to install and active them.

Sunflower Theme Requird Plugins:

  • Sunflower Theme Addons
    The most important plugin for Sunflower theme. It contains Post formats, Custom widgets, Sharing icons, Author social profiles & Instagram widget header shortcode.
  • Kirki
    A WordPress customizer Framework. It's required to run customize panel options.
Sunflower Theme Addons

Import Demos

Sunflower theme comes with awesome pre-made demos. To import a demo just follow these steps:

  • Install and Activate One Click Demo Import Plugin.
  • Go to Themes > Sunflower Demo Import.
  • Select any demo you want.
  • Click on Import Demo.
  • Follow Import panel instructions to finish import proccess.
Sunflower Demos

Updating Sunflower Theme

Sunflower theme may be updated periodically in order to add new features and fix bugs. You have two methods to update theme.

Updating Automatically

Envato have developed the Envato Market Plugin for WordPress. This plugin automatically alert you on your dashboard when a new version of the theme is available and you can update it automatically from your WordPress dashboard. Follow upcoming steps to install and use it.

Updating Manually

  • Download latest theme version from ThemeForest > Downloads.
  • Extract the ZIP theme Package to normal folder.
  • Go to Appearance > Themes.
  • Click on Add New > Upload then install

2. Customization


Sunflower theme powerful customiztion panel will help you to change options, colors, typography and see change in live preview before saving. Options are arranged to help you understand and use it.

Go to Appearance > Customize to customize your blog.

Here is some insturctions to use Customize panel:

  • Read each option title and description to know how to use it.
  • Test changes in live preview before saving it.
  • WooCommerce options display when WooCommerce plugin is activated.


List of all settings sections in customize panel

1. Site Identity:

  • Adding Site title
  • Adding Site tagline (description)
  • Adding Site icon (favicon)

2. General Settings:

  • Select Website Layout (Full Width, Large Boxed, Small Boxed).
  • Select Pagination Style (Ajax Load More, Infinite Scroll, Pagination, Navigation).
  • Enable/Disable Sticky Sidebar Movement.
  • Enable/Disable Post Excerpt.
  • Select Category Default Layout (13 Layouts).
  • Enable/Disable Category Default Sidebar.
  • Enable/Disable Category Full Width Image.
  • Select Author Archive Layout (13 Layouts).
  • Enable/Disable Author Archive Sidebar.
  • Select Search Results Layout (13 Layouts).
  • Enable/Disable Search Results Layout.
  • Select Tags & Other Archives Layout (13 Layouts).
  • Enable/Disable WooCommerce Shop & Archives Sidebar.
  • Enable/Disable Product Sidebar.

3. Header Settings:

  • Select Header Layout (Modern Header, Classic Header 1, Classic Header 2, Minimal Header).
  • Adding Logo.
  • Adding Dark Mode Logo.
  • Enable/Disable Floating Logo.
  • Enable/Disable Dark Mode.
  • Enable/Disable Set Dark Mode As Default Mode.
  • Enable/Disable Fixed Header.
  • Enable/Disable Full Width Header.
  • Enable/Disable Header Social Icons.
  • Enable/Disable Header Search Icon.
  • Enable/Disable WooCommerce Cart Icon.

4. Footer Settings:

  • Enable/Disable Footer Widgets Area.
  • Enable/Disable Footer Social Icons.
  • Enable/Disable Footer Menu.
  • Adding Footer Copyrights.

5. Home Settings:

Full control of homepage layout. It's seperated to 2 panels.

  • Featured Area Settings:
    • Select Featured Posts Layout (9 Layouts).
    • Adding Featured Posts IDs.
    • Adding Featured Categories Slugs.
    • Select Featured Posts Number
    • Adding Static Slider Content.
    • Enable/Disable Full Width Featured Area.
    • Enable/Disable Featured Area Navigation/Arrows.
    • Enable/Disable Featured Area Pagination/Dots.
    • Enable/Disable Featured Area Autoplay.
    • Select Featured Slider Animation.
  • Latest Posts Settings:
    • Select Latest Posts Layout (13 Layouts).
    • Enable/Disable 1st Post Standard Full Width.
    • Enable/Disable Home Sidebar.
    • Enable/Disable Home Widgets Area (Display under featured area).

6. Post & Page Settings:

It's seperated to 2 panels.

  • Post Settings:
    • Select Post Layout (7 Layouts).
    • Enable/Disable Full Width Post Thumbnail.
    • Enable/Disable Post Sidebar.
    • Enable/Disable Author Section.
    • Enable/Disable Next & Previous Posts Section.
    • Select Related Posts Format.
    • Enable/Disable Sharing Icons.
    • Enable/Disable Tags.
    • Enable/Disable Meta Author.
    • Enable/Disable Meta Date.
    • Enable/Disable Meta Comments.
    • Enable/Disable Meta Reading Time.
  • Page Settings:
    • Select Page Layout (7 Layouts).
    • Enable/Disable Full Width Page Thumbnail.
    • Enable/Disable Page Sidebar.

7. Social Media Icons (Header & Footer):

Add your social media links and it will display automatically in header and footer like demo.

Please add full link starting with (https://) not just username.


Colors customize sections allow you change all theme colors in Light & Dark mode.

Default Mode Colors

Allow you to change all light mode theme colors.

Dark Mode Colors

Allow you to change all Dark mode theme colors.


Sunflower theme is designed based on a powerful typography ratio.

You can use any font from Google Fonts.

Please, read typography options carefully.

3. Content


  • Go to Posts > Categories.
  • Add/Edit Category name, slug and description.
  • Select Category Layout.
  • Enable/Disable Category Sidebar.
  • Add Category Background Image.


Gutenberg Editor Support

Sunflower theme is fully support gutenberg editor.
to know how to use gutenberg editor please check this tutorial: How to Use the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg Tutorial).

Featured Image

Add featured image for all post formats to display it in blog and archives pages.
Featured image size must be (1140px width) or more.

Post Format

Sunflower theme has 4 post Formats (Standard, Video, Audio, Gallery).

  • Standard
    It will display Featured Image if you added it.
  • Video
    To embed Youtube, vimeo, Dailymotion or TED video.
    Just copy video link from browser and paste it like this:
  • Audio
    To embed SoundCloud or spotify audio.
    Just copy audio link from browser and paste it like this:
  • Gallery
    To insert slideshow gallery to post.

Post Excerpt

Excerpt is generated automatically depends on selected layout.

You can add excerpt manually. please see the image below.


As in posts section you can create page using gutenberg or classic editor.

Also you can add featured image.

Disable Comments

Default pages have comments section.
To hide comments section from page :

  • Scroll to Discussion section and remove Allow comments selection.

Page Templates

Sunflower theme has 3 page templates:

  • Page Featured Area & Home Widgets & No Title
  • Page Full Width & No Title
  • Page Overlay Title & Home Widgets


To use WooCommerce plugin in Sunflower theme.

Install it and follow setup instructions

Plugin will setup required pages (Shop, Cart, Checkout and Account ).

Please, read WooCommerce Documentation. It will help you to know all tips required to create your shop.

4. Sidebar & Widgets

Home Widgets

Home Widgets is perfect to display website sections in an awesome way.

  • Use Sunflower Bannder widgets to add banners.
  • MailChimp for WordPress and Smash Balloon Instagram Feed widget always display in full width.
  • Use MailChimp for WordPress or Smash Balloon Instagram Feed widget as a separator.
    Ex. Add 2 banners widgets then MailChimp widget then 3 banners widgets. It will display like picture below.

Newsletter Widget (MailChimp for WordPress)

		<h3>Subscribe to our Newsletter</h3>
		<p>Subscribe to get our new fashion stories straight into your inbox!</p>
		<input type="email" name="EMAIL" placeholder="Your email address" required>
		<input type="submit" value="Subscribe" />

5. Theme Translation

Translate Sunflower Theme

You can translate theme static words like "Min Read, You Might Also Like...etc" using Poedit Free Program.

  • Download and install Poedit on your computer.
  • Go to extracted theme package folder > sunflower > languages.
  • Open sunflower.pot file using Poedit program and click on Create new translation button.
  • Select translation language.
  • Find words you want to translate and add translation.
  • Save .po file in same folder and compile file to .mo and save in same folder.
    If French (France) it will be like that fr_FR.po
    Check this link to name your file correctly depending on WordPress language:
    You will find correct name next to each language in WP Locale column.
  • Uplaod .po and .mo files to wp-content/themes/sunflower/languages/ directory using FTP.

6. Speed Optimization

Speed & Performance

Sunflower theme is a lightweight & fully performance & speed optimized WordPress Theme. You can use one or two plugins to adjust and increase this performance especially when your are using a shared low budget hosting.

Here are some free plugins recommendations: