Hestia Documentation

Hestia is a modern WordPress theme for professionals. It fits creative or small businesses (restaurants, wedding planners, sport/medical shops), corporate businesses, online agencies and firms, portfolios, e-commerce (WooCommerce), and freelancers, with a multipurpose one-page design, widget area footer, and a clean look.  

  • πŸ“² responsive
  • πŸ‘οΈ retina-ready
  • πŸ“Š SEO friendly
  • πŸ–ŒοΈ carefully designed

πŸ“ Note: Exciting news! We do offer a demo for Hestia PRO, allowing you to explore its features firsthand before making a decision. Take your time to test it out and see if it fits your needs perfectly here.


Hestia is fully compatible with the most popular page builders on the market, Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder, and others. For adding more functionality to the website, like social icons, contact forms, the shop pages, check the recommended plugins within the options page presented in the next chapter.

πŸ“© Download and Install Hestia 

Navigate to Dashboard > Appearance > Themes.
Click on Add New and search for Hestia.
Once it appears, click on Install and then Activate.

πŸ“ Note: The instructions for installing Hestia Pro can be found here.

βš™οΈ Hestia Options

Here you will find information that will help you get started with Hestia, such as recommended actions, useful plugins that will enhance your experience, support information, a changelog with the latest updates, and a free vs pro table. 

Navigate to Dashboard > Appearance.
Click on Hestia Options and start exploring the page.

πŸ–Œ Customizer Options

Hestia's main features are its stylish, unique material design, and the ability to customize everything from just one place, which is the Customizer.

Site Identity
Appearance Settings
Header Options
Footer Options
Blog Settings
Header / Footer Scripts
Frontpage Sections

πŸ“Note: More features such as shop options are available in Hestia Pro, which you can get from here.

Site Identity

Hestia comes with a navigation menu with two different variations: a transparent state (on the front page, before scrolling) and a solid background style (on the front page, after scrolling, and on internal pages). This is why, in some cases, the Logo image you are using may not be very suited for both menu variations.

For those cases, you can use  different logos for the Logo and Transparent Header Logo options.

  • Display - only logo/ logo with right text/ logo with left text/ logo with bottom text.
  • Logo - suggested image dimensions: 150 by 100 pixels.
  • Transparent Header Logo - displays only when the header is transparent. To make the header transparent, navigate to Customizer > Header Options > Navigation and enable the Transparent Navbar. Check this doc about adding a second logo.
  • Site Title - insert the name of the website or leave it empty. If you need to change the font size of the title, check this doc.
  • Tagline - a short phrase, or sentence, used to convey the essence of the site. In Hestia, the tagline is also used as a title for the latest posts page (if in Reading > Settings, you have selected the "Your latest posts" option).
  • Site Icon - also called a favicon, it appears in the browser tab.

Standard Header

Transparent Header

πŸ“ Note: For changing the site title and hamburger menu color on mobile, please refer to this doc.

Appearance Settings

General Settings
  • Page Sidebar Layout - this option controls the sidebar position on internal pages (default template pages and WooCommerce Shop Page).

  • Blog Sidebar Layout -  this option controls the sidebar position on blog-related pages ( Blog, Archive, and Single Posts ).

  • Shop Sidebar Layout - this option controls the sidebar position on the shop page and products' archives

  • Enable Sharing Icons - enable the sharing options on Single Posts. The icons are Facebook, Twitter, and Email.
  • Enable Scroll to Top - allows the user to navigate back to the top of the page easily.
  • Boxed layout - it's enabled by default and creates a boxed layout for all containers within the site. For full-width type containers, just deselect this option.
  • Disable Frontpage Sections -  check this option to completely disable the front page template, so you can easily add your content.

πŸ“ Note: Hestia Pro allows you to customize the sidebar and container width.

  • Font Family - define Headings Font Family, Body Font Family, Font Subsets.
  • Font Size - for  Posts & Pages (Headings, Content), and or Frontpage Sections - (Big Title Section, Section Title/Subtitle, Content)

πŸ“ Note: Hestia Pro supports generic options. Find out more about Hestia Pro Typography from this doc.


Change the Background color throughout the whole site, and Accent Color - controls the buttons and other small accent elements like the categories in the Shop Section and many more.

πŸ“ Note: More color options are available in Hestia Pro which you can get from here.

Background Image 

When you choose a background image, the background color will be replaced by it. You can customize the background image with the following options:

  • Preset - Fill Screen/Fit to Screen/Repeat/Custom.
  • Image Position - select the arrow that corresponds to the desired direction.
  • Image Size - appears only if the preset is set to Custom. The available options are: Original/Fit to Screen/Fill Screen.
  • Repeat Background Image 
  • Scroll with Page - the image will move as you scroll the page.
  • Header Background - you will be redirected to the header's options, and there will appear settings like post/page layout, products layout, current header, header gradient, and enable Header Image Sitewide.

πŸ“ Note: Keep the size less than 1MB so that the website loads faster.


This panel allows you to customize button appearance across the website. You can adjust its padding and border-radius. If you need to learn how to customize the text color, check this dedicated doc.

πŸ“ Note: Hestia Pro offers hover effects for the buttons, and it can be a shadow or distinct color.

Frontpage Sections

Here are listed the sections that appear on the homepage, as long as the homepage is set as a static page. When it displays posts, the front page sections will no longer be displayed.

Visibility - you can turn on / off the visibility of the elements, by clicking the πŸ‘οΈ button. This can also be done while accessing a certain section, by clicking on the Disable section button. The PRO version allows you also to reorder the frontpage sections.

πŸ“ Note: Furthermore, you can add custom frontpage sections to your website, by following the instructions presented in this doc.

πŸ“ Note: Please note that some of the following sections do not work without Orbit Fox. To make sure that all of the sections are available, enable the Hestia Enhancements module.

Big Title Section
Features Section
About Section
Shop Section
Team Section
Testimonials Section
Subscribe Section
Blog Section
Contact Section
Ribbon Section
Clients Bar Section

πŸ“ Note: More frontpage sections and settings are available in Hestia Pro which you can get from here.

Header Options

Here are the options for customizing the header area. There are three subpanels:

Very Top Bar 

The Very Top Bar is the  highest-positioned section on the site, just above the navigation area. You can disable the section, configure the Very Top Bar menu and insert widgets

πŸ“ Note: Hestia Pro allows you to set a distinct layout for the very top bar. Also, it has a second panel called Appearance Settings, which allows you to adjust the background, text, link, and link on hover colors.

πŸ“ Note: Read more about configuring the Very Top Bar and examples here.

The Navigation area is formed by the Logo or Site Title, the Primary Menu, and the Navigation widget area. From this place, you can make the navbar transparent, enable the search, which will generate a search icon in the menu, change the layout, and add widgets. 

πŸ“ Note: In the PRO version you can enable the full-screen menu, or enable the menu Mini Cart and customize its icon (if you have WooCommerce installed).

πŸ“Note: If you want to make the navigation static, check this doc.

Header Settings

Inside the header settings, you can access layouts for posts/pages and products. Another option is to add a header image, to enable it sitewide or use a header background if no image is set. When you enable the header sitewide, the image that you use as a header will be displayed for posts/pages (regardless of the featured image) and on products.

πŸ“Note: Check this doc that presents Hestia posts/page layouts.

 Footer Options

This panel displays information about the branding label, which can be customized with the pro version.

πŸ“ Note: Check this doc to see all pro footer customizations, including number of widgets area, layout, and color.

Blog Settings

Featured Posts - will display on top of the normal blog page the most recent three posts from the category you choose.  You are able to choose from what categories the posts should be displayed.

Blog Settings 

  • Blog Layout - Post List / Post List with alternative positioned images.
  • Display Blog Categories - control the number of categories displayed for each post, which can be all, none, or first.
  • Blog Post Content - use either the content or post excerpt to be displayed on the archive. If you choose the Excerpt option, you will have to set the Excerpt Length.
  • Post Pagination - choose the pagination type: Number/Infinite Scroll.

πŸ“ Note: More options, such as grid layout, author section, and subscribe section are available in Hestia Pro, which you can get from here.

In this panel, you have the possibility to configure your current menu, create a new one or set the menu locations. Hestia supports three menus:  Primary Menu, Footer Menu, and the Very Top Bar Menu. 

Useful links:


Hestia supports multiple widget areas. As the name suggests, the Footer One, Footer Two, and Footer Three widget areas are situated in the footer of the site and can be filled with the widgets of your choice. Apart from these, you can add widgets in the following locations: Sidebar, Subscribe, WooCommerce Sidebar, Very Top Bar, Navigation, and Big Title Section.

For each area, you can add a new widget or reorder the widgets.

Header / Footer Scripts

This panel allows the user to write code to customize the header and footer of the website.

πŸ“ Note: This option is available only with the Orbit Fox plugin installed.

πŸ’¬ Translate Hestia

Translating Hestia can be done by using any of the following plugins:

Single Language:

  • TranslatePress - a dedicated article on how to use this plugin with Hestia is available on this page.
  • Polylang - a dedicated article on how to use this plugin with Hestia is available on this page.

πŸ“Note: We also have translations available for plenty of popular languages here. You can simply download and use the translated .po and .mo files.

Multiple Languages:

πŸ“ Note: For a fully multilingual website with Hestia, you need the premium version which you can get from here.

πŸ—‚ Hestia Patterns

Hestia introduces templates that enable you to effortlessly replicate and implement sections both on the homepage and throughout the entire website. This streamlines the utilization of the original Hestia design with minimal difficulty.

πŸ“ Note: Read more about Hestia Patterns here.

Read more about Hestia Free vs PRO

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