Free Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Website Template
Free Pet Business Website Installation Guide
A step by step guide to installing and setting up our free dog walking & pet sitting website template
Our Free Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Business Website
All of our ready-made websites (free & premium) are made with the Elementor page builder plugin, which makes customizing and editing your pet business website extremely easy. You can achieve whatever look and feel you want for your dog walker or pet sitter business website using this beginner-friendly, drag ‘n’ drop page builder plugin.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER!
MuddyPaws (and all of our ready-made websites) are not WordPress themes or plugins, they are templates. If our free pet template was uploaded in the same way as a theme or plugin, there will be error messages galore!! MuddyPaws requires two free plugins to display and function exactly like the demo, Elementor (of course!) and WPForms, just add these two plugins in the usual way from your WordPress panel. If you haven’t got the time to install our free pet sitting and dog walking template, we can do it for you.
Download our free pet sitter and dog walker website template. Once you have filled in your details, you will be redirected to a page where you can save the templates to your computer. You’ll also be sent an email with the download link in it aswell.
You will need to extract the two files contained inside the MuddyPaws zip folder. Simply go to where you have saved MuddyPaws on your computer and right click on the the zip folder and select ‘Extract All’ There will be two files extracted from the zip folder – The MuddyPaws website template and the Meet & Greet form.
To replicate the demo of MuddyPaws you will need to install and activate the free Elementor plugin. From your WordPress dasboard go to plugins > add plugin and search for Elementor then install and activate it (1). Elementor will add two new links in your WordPress panel, they are Elementor & Templates (2).
From your WordPress panel click on Templates then click on Import templates (3) near the top of screen. Click browse (4) and select the MuddyPaws file you just extracted and click import (5). The template is now uploaded and has neen saved in your Elementor template library (6). (Click or tap on the images to make them bigger.)
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To replicate the meet & greet form used in the demo of MuddyPaws you will need to install and activate the free WPForms plugin. From your WordPress dasboard go to plugins > add plugin and search for WPForms then install and activate it (1). WPForms will add a new link in your WordPress panel called WPForms (2).
From your WordPress panel, hover over WPForms and click on Tools (3). Click on Import, then click ‘choose a file’ (4) and select the Meet & Greet form file you just extracted and click import (5). The template is now uploaded and has neen saved in WPForms > All Forms (6). (Click or tap on the images to make them bigger.) If you want to have more options for your forms, you can always upgrade WPForms to a paid package. They’re currently running a sale giving a 50% discount on paid plans. Find out more about the WPForms discount.
From your WordPress panel, hover over pages and click add new (1). When the screen loads, give your page a name and click ‘Edit with Elementor’ (2).
When your page has finished loading, click on the small round insert template icon option on the page (3). Your Elementor template library will now pop up, simply select ‘My Templates’ at the top of the screen (4) and click on the green ‘insert’ button next to the MuddyPaws template you just imported into the library (4). The template will now be imported onto your page and your page will be identical to the MuddyPaws demo.
I’t’s likely that the meet & greet form will not appear (5). That is because the form is generated by a shortcode and the wrong shortcode has been imported into your new page (6). Shortcodes allow you to add various functionality into posts and pages without writing any code, they’re super useful!
All you need to do to find the correct shortcode is to go to WPForms on your WordPress panel then click on ‘All Forms’ and copy the correct shortcode (7) next to the meet & greet form you just imported into WPForms. When you have copied the correct shortcode go back to your page and enter the correct shortcode into the shortcode box in your Elementor panel (8), the form will now appear on your page (9).
Remember to add your own email to the meet & greet form so you get an email when somebody fills in the form. To do that, simply go to ‘All Forms’, click edit underneath your meet & greet form then select ‘settings’, then ‘notifications’, you can now personalize your email notifications that you’ll receive and the confirmation email that the sender will receive.
And that’s it! You are now ready to start editing and customizing the page using the Elementor panel (10). To change the text, simply double click on the text and edit, and to change an image simply click on it and swap it in your Elementor panel, it’s that easy!
(Click or tap on the images to make them bigger.)