9. Footer

The footer area is a very distinctive area at the very bottom of your website.

The following section will address setting up your site’s footer area in a more detailed manner  - How to properly set it up to match your design and have it showcase widgets on your website.

Before we go further into examining the footer, let’s take a look at a number of footer setups used on our demo sites and how the back-end settings relate to the front-end layout:

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The footer is placed in grid with a four column layout in the Footer Top area. The first column contains a Text widget with a Text Block Visual Composer element and Social Icons shortcodes below. Separator elements are used to introduce spacing. In the second and third columns we added WordPress Custom Menu widgets. The fourth column showcases a Flickr Widget shortcode which we created as a Visual Composer element.

Note: To insert a Custom Menu widget into a widget area we navigated to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and then we added a Custom Menu widget in the second column Footer widget area, and chose our desired menu (previously created in the Menus panel in WP Admin -> Appearance -> Menus) from the Select Menu dropdown in the widget. In the third column we also added Text widget in which we added custom links.

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This footer is in grid with three columns. Only the Footer Top area is enabled. In the first column we added a Text widget showcasing a number of links used for a dedicated footer menu. Please note that this differs from using WordPress Custom Menu widget which requires a previously created menu. The second column contains a Text widget with shortcodes for Social Icons. And lastly, in the third column we added a Text widget with a simple copyright note.

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In this example we used a full width footer layout. This footer area resembles the one on Bridge99 demo with the only difference being the fourth footer column where we added a Flicker shortcode to a Text widget.

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This example is using both Footer Top and Bottom areas. In the Footer Top there is a two column layout displaying a logo image on the left and a phone number with some call to action text. The Footer Bottom area features a text widget with manually added links to serve as a footer menu.

Note: Logo is inserted as an HTML tag with the src attribute set to a Logo image uploaded in the Media section of your site.

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In this demo you can see the Uncovering Footer functionality. This footer layout will have the content area overlap the footer area at the bottom and produce a smooth unveiling effect. As a part of its content we added a Recent Posts widget as well.

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This is a classic footer in grid layout with two columns containing Text widgets in both widget areas. In the first area we added simple text and a phone number, and in the second we added Social Icons shortcodes.

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A more classic footer layout as well, with three columns and a Text widget in each of them. The first and the last one feature basic Text Block elements, whereas the second is displaying an image.

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A one column footer layout. Created as a Text widget containing a Text Block and Social Icons shortcode divided by a Separator shortcode.

9.1 Footer Options

The Qode Options panel is where most of our theme options are set. The footer area has a dedicated tab inside the Qode Options panel as well.

9.1.1 Uncovering Footer or Regular Layout

If you navigate from your WP Admin dashboard to Qode Options -> Footer you can choose two main types of footer: Uncovering Footer,

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and Regular Footer

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The difference between the two is that the Uncovering Footer will have the content area overlap the footer area at the bottom and produce a smooth unveiling effect. This layout is very common for a modern web design approach -

The other option is to select the Regular Footer where there is no overlapping - the footer will be shown right after the content of the page and have a stacked layout, as you can seen on the majority of websites online.

9.1.2 Footer Background Image

Right below the Uncovering Footer option, a default background background image can be set.

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This image will stretch across the whole footer area of your site.

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This is a general setting that can be overridden once you get into styling Footer Top or Footer bottom area.

9.1.3 Footer Structure and Styling

The footer area as a whole is divided into two main sections - Footer Top and Footer Bottom,

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Example with only Footer Top area - http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge38/

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Example with Footer Top area and Footer Bottom area – http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge59/

If you do not enable either of these footer areas, your footer will be hidden. By enabling one of these areas, a lot of new options become available -

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Similarly to the global website layout, both footer sections - Footer Top and Footer Bottom - can be placed in grid as well-

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or set to stay in full width -

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This is defined using the Footer In Grid option

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The basis of footer structure represents a grid column layout. This layout technique lets you build your content through widget areas and have them positioned in a clear and responsive manner.

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Let’s focus on Footer Top for now.

In Qode Options -> Footer you have an option to choose how many columns you want to set as your layout structure. The range goes from one to four columns, in various alignments

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By selecting the number of columns, the alignment options will appear below.

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Colors and Background Image properties for this area will override any general setting you might have applied to the Footer Background Image initially.

Other layout options that are valuable in terms of styling and design are padding, border and angled footer

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Let’s go through these additional styling options:

Footer Top Colors - With this option you can configure colors for the Footer Top area with Background Color, Title Color, Text Color, Link Color, Link Hover Color -

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Footer Top Border - Setting the Footer Top Border option, you can separate the Footer Top area from the content above and set the separator color. Also you can set the height of the footer area, and if you have the footer in grid you might want to check the option for Top Border in Grid as well.

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Footer Top Padding - With Footer Top Padding you can set all four paddings: Top, Right, Bottom and Left. This way, by managing Top and Bottom values you can set the height your footer area will inherit.

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Angled Shape, Angled Shape Direction - Using this option you can create an angled footer and set its direction and background color.

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Similar settings are available if you decide to enable the Footer Bottom area -

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An additional option for Footer Bottom Columns lets you choose three columns maximum. Also, you can use Custom Menu Item Spacing. This option is set to adjust the spacing between menu items located in the custom menu widget.

9.2 Widgets

To add content to your footer please navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets. This is where all your footer widget areas (sidebars) are located. To add content to one of these areas you need to ‘drag & drop’ a widget from your left-hand side.

Many engaging footer layouts on our demos use Visual Composer shortcodes placed directly into a Text Widget in one of the footer widget areas. We’ll go more in-depth on how to create some of them in the following sections.

9.2.1 Social Icons

If you are looking to create a social icons area in your footer,

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you should follow these instructions:

First, navigate to WP Admin -> Pages and create a test page. Then switch to backend editor, add a Social icons shortcode and set desired parameters,

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Now, switch to classic mode and copy the code of shortcode,

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In the end, navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and paste the shortcode in a Text widget -

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9.2.2 Logo and Other Images

In order to change the logo image placed in the footer area

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you should navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets, open the Footer Column widget area the logo is set in, open the Text Widget in that widget area, and replace the HTML tag’s src attribute. Add the link to your own image -

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Similarly to placing your original logo you can add another image as well.

If you don’t want to use any image in your footer, and when you delete the text widget, the footer gets misaligned,

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you should navigate to Qode Options -> General -> Custom code -> Custom CSS field and delete this code:

footer .column1 {
position: relative;
top: -18px;
}

Here is a screenshot:

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9.2.3 Flickr Stream

In order to put a Flickr stream in your footer,

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you should go to WP Admin -> Pages -> Create New Page and use this test page to add the Flickr shortcode,

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Then you should switch Visual Composer back to Classic mode and you will get the shortcode which you need to copy from the page,

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Then navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets -> Footer, add a Text widget into a Widget Area and paste your Flicker shortcode there and save,

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9.2.4 Image Gallery

Similar to adding Flickr Stream to your Footer widgets, you can add an Image Gallery shortcode into your site’s footer area as well. First, create an Image Gallery shortcode on a test page,

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switch back to Classic mode, select the gallery shortcode,

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copy and paste that shortcode into your Text widget in Appearance -> Widgets -> a widget area of your choice,

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9.2.5 Phone and Address Links

If you’ve already added Phone and/or Email address in the footer as simple text and want that to become a link-able element

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please navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and in the part of the Footer area in which you have this information create HTML anchor tags,

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As a result, links will be displayed on the front-end,

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9.2.6 Copyright Note

In order to set a copyright note at the bottom of your site,

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first, you should check if the footer bottom is enabled in WP Admin -> Qode Options -> Footer -> Show Footer Bottom.

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To add a widget into the footer bottom area, navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and find the Footer Bottom Center widget area for example,

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Add a Text widget to Footer Bottom Center widget area,

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Insert your text into the content field,

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Save and refresh your site,

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To change this widget’s style, navigate to WP Admin -> Qode Options -> Footer -> Footer Bottom,

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9.2.7 Contact and Newsletter fields

Depending on the purpose of your website it might be useful to have newsletter subscription field available for your site visitors throughout the site. One of the more convenient locations is usually a widget are in the footer as it’d be present on each page a site visitor navigates to.

To add a newsletter subscription field to a footer widget area, first you need to install Contact Form 7 plugin. Then, create a subscription form that will consist of Name, Email and a Subscribe button for example -

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Finally, place its shortcode into the widget area of your choice in the following format:

[contact-form-7 id="15279" html_class="cf7_custom_style_1"]

Html_class determines a previously determined style in WP Admin -> Contact Form 7 to be bound to this particular form.

Here’s how this field looks like on one of our demos:

Note: As with any other shortcodes you can use additional ‘styling’ shortcodes to introduce spacing. For example:

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9.2.8 Native WordPress Widgets

In order to add the WordPress search box into the footer area, please navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets ,

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Add the Search widget into one of footer widget areas (Footer Column 1 - Footer Column 4),

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Save and refresh your site,

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You are able to use any native WordPress widget on your website with the Bridge theme. You just need to drag a widget item into your desired widget area and tweak additional settings.

9.2.9 Adding Other Shortcodes

The method for adding any shortcode into a widget area is the same:

1. Create a test page

2. Using Visual Composer add the shortcode.

3. Switch back to Classic mode

4. Copy the whole shortcode and paste it into a Text Widget

9.2.9.1 Testimonials

If you decide to place testimonials in the footer of your site, you should perform the following steps:

Navigate to WP Admin -> Pages and create a test page.

Switch to Backend editor, add Testimonials shortcode, set desired parameters and save,

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Finally, switch back to Classic mode, copy the code for testimonials,

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and paste it into Text widget in WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets,

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9.2.9.2 Separators

In order to introduce vertical spacing between two items in the footer widget areas we recommend using Separator shortcode. To create a separator for this usage, you should go to a test page. Using Visual Composer add the Separator shortcode,

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You are able to choose between solid, transparent and small separator, and set thickness and margins for your separator,

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save changes, switch to Classic mode and copy code for separator,

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Then navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and paste the code in a Text widget in the footer column of your choice,

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You will get this effect,

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for transparent separator,

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for small separator.

9.2.9.3 Button

Another shortcode that can come in handy in the footer area is the Button shortcode. Whether it be a basic button without any other content, or button used with additional text to create a Call to action element, this is how it’s created. Simply follow through these screenshots:

01 Create the shortcode on a test page -

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02 Switch back to Classic mode and copy the shortcode -

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03 Navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and paste the shortcode into a Text Widget placed into a widget area -

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9.2.9.4 Adding Inline Menu

To add an inline menu to the very bottom of your page simply navigate to WP Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets and paste the following HTML into a Text widget in one of the widget areas:

<a style="margin-right: 13px;" href="http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge65/">Home</a>

<a style="margin-right: 13px;" href="http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge65/about">About</a>

<a style="margin-right: 13px;" href="http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge65/shop-products">Shop</a>

<a style="margin-right: 13px;" href="http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge65/blog-page">Blog</a>

<a style="margin-right: 13px;" href="http://demo.qodeinteractive.com/bridge65/contact">Contact</a>

We recommend that you let this serve as placeholder layout and modify the href attributes to match the links to your existing pages and enter the corresponding labels.

Here’s how the end result will look like -

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9.3 Final Notes

If you’re using the Full Screen Sections page template, the footer area won’t be displayed. Instead, you should create it manually in the last full screen section on your page,

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as we did on this demo. It’s important to know that none of the options from Qode Options -> Footer will be applied to this new footer area.

When you are copying and pasting HTML shortcodes to a text widget in one of the footer widget areas, please double-check the opening and closing tags. Due to improper HTML structure unwanted layouts can appear.

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