WordPress has been one of the favorite platforms for bloggers over the past 10 years. However, the extent of WordPress use does not end there, it is now used for online shops, company branded websites, online portfolios and more. Some have even used WordPress for setting up knowledgebase and wiki style websites. There are even themes built solely for this particular use and one of the recent options worth checking out is KnowHow. It is a WordPress Knowledge Base/Wiki theme.
KnowHow is a unique WordPress theme that is mainly built for categorizing and presenting knowledgebase articles in a clever way. Companies may also benefit greatly from this theme as it may serve as an first line online customer support. The layout and the easy to find search function makes it easy for visitors to locate the topics they need. Now let us dive deeper into the theme and review some of the features.
The homepage basically consists of a category overview for quick navigation to the articles in knowledgebase. Each of the categories have corresponding articles associated as posts in WordPress that cover a specific topic. The difference compared to other themes is therefore the presentation and not how WordPress is used to produce the content. Note that the post types have icons in the category listings – this is a cool design idea.
There is also an available search bar to quickly find answers to your queries instead of going through the article categories. Menu items can be included both in the header and the footer.
Pay attention to the sidebar widgets that also come with the theme. They use the same icons as we see in the category listings.
It is also possible to create FAQ pages. They make uses of a cool toggled content box design to hide / show the answers. The sidebar and search bar is still maintained in WordPress pages like this.
KnowHow WordPress Wiki theme also supports shortcodes – and it is the toggle shortcode you can use to make FAQ pages. Just use the corresponding shortcode for the web element you want and paste it into the page where you would like it to appear. Here is a quick reference of all the shortcodes supported:
Column Shortcodes: Two Columns, Three Columns – 50%/25%/25%, Three Columns – 25%/25%/50% , Three Columns – 25%/25%/25%, Four Columns
Example of shortcode to create columns in pages
Button & Alert Shortcodes: Button Color Options, Button Sizes, Button Link, Standard Alert, Error Alert, Success Alert, Info Alert,
Tabs, Accordion & Toggles Shortcodes: Standard Tabs, Tabs-Tabs Left, Tabs-Tabs Right, Toggle, Accordion
Example of the Shortcode to build Tabs
KnowHow also have a cool contact page template. It is a simple contact page with a sidebar onthe right.
KnowHow is a great starter for those wanting to develop their own Wiki/ Knowledgebase site. You don’t have to pay for the price premium of maintaining a wiki site and all the technical difficulties you would need to go through establishing it. Everything is built under WordPress and the theme uses a simple and straightforward approach. You can check out the theme here.
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