The Minimal Documentation

Important Note:

Before beginning the installation process, please make sure you are using the latest version of WordPress and the Theme.

Theme Documentation:

Thank you for choosing The Minimal! This documentation covers the installation and the usage of the theme. We encourage you to read through this document and keep it handy for reference. If you have any questions about the theme, or need assistance with anything related to the theme, please feel free to post your questions on our support forum and our support team will be happy to assist you.

 

Congratulations! You have chosen one of the most beautiful WordPress blog Theme created with love. 

The main goal of the documentation is to provide guidance and walk-through to set up the theme for your website  in an easy-to-follow manner, while also introducing you to some of the features of the theme. First, we'll make sure that everything is ready for the installation, then we'll set up the theme, and cover some initial configuration and customization options.

Getting Started

Let’s get started!  First, make sure that you have all the necessary things required to install The Minimal.

Theme Requirements

Make sure you have the latest version of WordPress installed, by checking the updates tab from your current WordPress dashboard.

Theme Requirements

If you haven’t downloaded WordPress already, you can download it from the WordPress repository.

Although The Minimal will work with 4.5 and above versions of WordPress, it is recommended to have the latest version of WordPress.

After you have the latest version of WordPress, download The Minimal theme file, and save it somewhere handy on your computer, as you will be using it for the rest of the installation process.

 

Theme Files

The Minimal includes:

WordPress Theme Files— This is a compressed WordPress theme file containing all of the required templates, images and icons required for the theme to function properly.

Theme Installation

Upload and Installation

There are two methods to install The Minimal theme.  You may either upload the zipped theme file using the WordPress theme installer (Recommended), or you can upload the unzipped theme folder via FTP (Advanced).

Method 1 ( Recommended): Install Using the WordPress Theme Installer

  1. Log into your WordPress site and opens the Administration Panel.
  2. Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress DashboardThemes
  3. Click on the Add New buttonAdd-New-Theme
  4. Click on the Upload Theme linkUpload-theme2
  5. Select the the-minimal.zip file from your computer and click upload.
  6. Click Install NowInstall-Now

Method 2: Install Using File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

  1. Unzip “ the-minimal.zip” file on your computer.
  2. Login using FTP client to access your host web server.
  3. Locate the wp-content folder in your WordPress install files.
  4. Upload the un-zipped The Minimal folder into the: wp-content/themes folder.

For More Information about installing theme using FTP visit :http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes#Adding_New_Themes

Theme Activation

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.
  2. Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress menu
  3. Hover over the theme thumbnail and click the Activate.
    Activate-Theminima

Installing Plugins

To install a plugin in your WordPress admin panel and follow the following steps.

  1. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
    Install Pluglin
  1. Search for the name of the plugin you wish to install which will return a list of potential plugins.
  2. Click Details to read more about a plugin.
  3. Click “Install Now” if you wish to install the plugin.Plugin-Install-Web
  4. It may ask if you are sure, and you may proceed. The installation will commence once you confirm to proceed.
  5. After the plugin is downloaded. Go to Plugins>Installed Plugins. Click “Activate Plugin” to make it available for use.Plugin-Activate

 

Recommended Plugins:

We recommend you to download the following plugins when necessary:

  1. Jetpack by WordPress.com, by: Automattic

The plugin provides a variety of complementary features for your Theme.

  1. Regenerate Thumnails by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)

If you have existing content, this will help you update your image thumbnails sizes.

Homepage

Setting up Homepage

If you want your front page to update regularly with the latest content from your blog, then set the front page to Your latest Posts. Your latest posts will appear below the slider on the homepage.

  1. Go to Appearance>Customize > Default Settings> Static Front Page.
  2. Select Your latest Posts under Front Page displays. (To automatically display latest post in homepage)
  3. Select  Static Front Page, if you’d rather have your Homepage remain consistent.Static-Front-Page
  4. Click Save&Publish.

Site Identity

  1. To set up Site Identity,
  2. Go to Appearance> Customize> Default Settings > Site Identity
  3. Click Select logo by clicking Select Logo.
  4. Upload and select the desired image. (The recommended Logo size is 180 × 80 pixels.)
  5. Enter the Site Title and Tagline
  6. Check Display Header Text for the Site title and Tagline to appear on your homepage.
  7. Click Select Image under Site Icon
  8. Upload and select the desired image. (The Site Icon/ favicon is used as a browser and app icon for your site. The recommended Site Icon size is 512*512 pixels.)
  9. Click Save & Publish.
    Site Identity-Minimal

Colors

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Default Settings >Colors
  2. Change the Background Color by clicking on the respective Select Color button
  3. Click Save & Publish.
    Colors

Background Image

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize> Default Settings >Background Image
  2. Click Select Image.
  3. Upload and Select a Background Image
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    background Image

Slider

Activate Slider

  1. Go to Appearance >Customize>Slider Settings.
  2. Check Enable Home Page Slider to show the featured slider the homepage.Slider Setting
  3. Select the category of posts which you want to display in the slider. (Featured images of the posts of the selected category will be displayed as slider images. )
  • Featured images of posts should be at least 1920 px in width and 500px in the height for displaying slider images properly.
  • Use regenerate thumbnail plugin to crop all the images if you have already uploaded the Images.
    1. Click Save & Publish
      Slider

 

Configuring Slider

  1. Check Enable Slider to Auto Transition for the slides to transition automatically (auto-scroll) without a click.
  2. Check Enable Slider Loop to continue the slide transition in the loop
  3. Check Enable Slider Control to allow manual navigation for paging control of each slide?
  4. Check Enable Slider Caption to show the post title to appear on the slider post image
  5. Check Enable Slider Thumbnail to show the tiny thumbnail feature images of the slider Posts to appear at the bottom
  6. Select the slider animation type to “fade” or “slide”
  7. Enter the Readmore text to set the text of the button
  8. Enter Slider Speed: Set the Interval (in milliseconds) at which the slider should change posts (if automatic transition is enabled). Default: 7000 (7 seconds)
  9. Enter Animation Speed: Set the speed of animations, in milliseconds. Default: 600
  10. Click Save & Publish
    slider 2

Menu/ Navigation

The Minimal allows you to have two custom menus. The Primary Menu Appears below the Site Name and header Info section. The Secondary Menu appears on the header bar along side the social media links.
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Option One:

  1. Go to Appearance > Customize>Menus  in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on Add new menu button.
    Menu-1
  3. Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button
  4. Choose the pages, categories, custom links from the left-side of your screen by selecting the checkbox and click on Add to Menu for desired Menu items.
    menu2
  5. Order the menu items by using drag and drop function in Menu structure Panel.
  6. Check the Menu locations to either Primary or Secondary.
  7. Click Save and Publish after adding required pages, categories in the menu.

Option Two

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on Create a new menu link. menu4
  3. Give a name to your menu in Menu Name and click Create Menu button.menu3
  4. Choose the pages, categories, custom links from the left-side of your screen by selecting the checkbox and click on Add to Menu for desired Menu items.
  5. Order the menu items by using drag and drop function in Menu structure Panel.
  6. Check the box for “Primary Menu” under “Theme locations” if you want the menu to appear below the header bar. Check the box for “ Secondary Menu” under “ theme location” if you want the menu to appear on the header bar along side the search box.
  7. Click Save Menu after adding required pages, categories in the menu. menu5

Social Media

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize>Social Setting
  2. Check Enable Social Links  to show the social media links on the homepage
  3. Enter your social media links
  4. Click Save & Publish.
    social

Custom CSS Settings

  1. Go to Appearance >Customize>Custom CSS settings.
  2. Enter the required custom CSS. For example, to change the body font size to 17 Pixels:
  3. body{font-size: 17px}
  1. Click Save & Publish.
    css

Widgets

The Minimal offers two custom widgets: Rara Feature Post and Rara Recent Post, along with the WordPress default widget options. You can add and remove widgets by following the steps below:

Adding a widget:

Option 1:

  1. Navigate to Appearance> Widgets
  2. There are four widget spaces, including Right sidebar and three footer.
  3. Drag the desired widget to  the desired widget space. There is a description of each included widget that you can choose from.
    widget1-TM

Option 2:

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize>Widget
  2. Click the desired Widget Area (Right Sidebar, Footer One, Footer Two etc)
  3. Click Add a Widget. There is a description of each included widget that you can choose from.
  4. Click on the desired widget.
  5. Drag and reorder the widget as desired

Click Save& Publish.
widget2-tm

 

Remove  Widget

  1. Go to Appearance> Customize>Widget
  2. Click the desired Widget Area ( Right Sidebar, Footer One, Footer Two etc)
  3. Click the widget you want to delete and click delete.
  4. Click Save Changes.
    widget2-tm

Add a Post

  1. Go to Posts>Add new.
    Posts-add-new
  2. Select the post format on the right sidebar.
  3. Give a title and fill it with content
  4. Upload a featured image by clicking on Set Feature Image on the right sidebar of the screen.
    set feature image
  5. Click Publish

Adding Excerpt in the Post

  1. For adding excerpt to the existing post. Go to Post>All Posts from WordPress dashboard.
  2. Click Edit below the post name.
    adding excerpt one
  3. Click on the Screen Option on the top left side of the screen.
    adding-excerpt-2
  4. Check Excerpt.
    adding-excerpt-4
  5. A content box for excerpt will appear below the content section. Enter the required details.
    adding-exert-5
  6. Click Publish or Update

Post Formats

This theme has built-in functionality for all the post formats including text, aside, image, video, quote, and link post formats. Select the Post format as desired.Post Format

Gallery Post Format

For  Gallery Post Format in the post, you must first install the Jetpack Plugin. To learn how to install a plugin, read– Installing Plugins. You must have a WordPress Account to use JetPack. Use Your WordPress Account to activate Jetpack in your website.

  1. Navigate to Jetpack>Settings on the dashboard
  2. Activate the Carousel and Tiled Galleries option by clicking Activate link.Jetpack-gallery
  3. Navigate to the Post where you want to insert the gallery and come its Edit window.
  4. Choose Gallery Post Format
  5. Click Add Mediajet-pack-1
  6. Click Create Gallery
  7. Upload and select the desired images for the gallery and click create a new Gallery.jetpack3
  8. Choose the desired Size and Type of your gallery display.
  9. Use drag and drop to order the picture.
  10. Click Insert Gallery.
    jetpack 4
  11. Click Preview to preview the post and click Publish when you are satisfied.

Quick Specs

All measurements recommended are in pixels.

Post featured image  ( With sidebar)

  • Width: 750px;
  • Height: 400px;
  • Aspect ratio:15:8

 

Post Feature Image (Without Sidebar)

  • Width: 1140px
  • Height: 500px
  • Aspect Ratio: 57:25

 

Slider Image

  • Width: 1920px
  • Height: 500px
  • Aspect ratio: 96:25

 

Page featured image ( with sidebar)

  • Width: 750px;
  • Height: 400px;
  • Aspect ratio:15:8

Logo:

  • Width:182px;
  • Height:82px;
  • Ratio:91:41

Helpful Tips

  1. We highly recommend to use Child Theme if you need to change the code of the theme. Do not change the codes in the files of the parent theme as all such changes will be lost when the theme is updated. For information about How to create a child theme visit :https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
  2. Always keep BackUp of your theme before making any changes to the theme.
  3. If you get any problem in using the them, you can do the following things:
    • Deactivate the plugins, sometime plugin conflict may cause issues with the theme. Please deactivate the unused plugins.
    • Replace latest modified code with the original code.
    • If the issue still pertains, feel free to post your questions on our  support forum.
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