Getting StartedBack to Top

This document covers the installation, set up, and use of this theme, and provides answers and solutions to common problems. We encourage you to first read this document thoroughly if you are experiencing any difficulties before contacting our support team.

Minibox

Minibox has many more customization options including page builder, theme options, customizer options and much more. And in addition to these fantastic features, you'll also receive dashboard one-click updates and access to world-class theme support by our team of in-house professional WordPress developers.

Please note that support is only offered for Minibox. If you already have a valid license and have any questions that are beyond the scope of this document, feel free to ask us via our dedicated help center.

Theme Upload through Envato Market (Plugin) - Recommended

If you are in need of the update, using the Envato Market plugin is the fastest and simplest way to update the theme. Simply, go to Appearance > Install Plugins, download the Envato Market plugin and Install it on Plugins > Add New manually.

Once you install and activated the plugin, you'll be able to see the Envato Market tab on the left side of the WordPress Admin Panel. Please click on the tab and follow the instructions to get your personal API key.

Please proceed with your API key and shortly, you'll be able to see your purchased items, ready to install or update.

WordPress Upload

To upload through your Dashboard, select “Appearance” and then “Themes”. Next, select the “Install Themes” tab at the top of the page and then select the “Upload” link, right above the search field. Choose your file and select “Install Now”. Once the theme is fully uploaded and installed, click “Activate” to activate the WordPress theme.

The theme files will be stored on your server in the wp-content/themes location.

When uploading your theme with the installer, please ensure you are uploading the theme .zip file, not the entire package you downloaded. In this case, you will be uploading minibox.zip.

FTP Upload

To manually upload your new WordPress theme, login with your credentials to your website and locate the wp-content folder in your WordPress install files. Upload the un-zipped Minibox folder into the: wp-content/themes folder.

Once uploaded, activate the theme by heading to the “Themes” menu in the WordPress Dashboard. Locate the Minibox theme and hit “Activate”.

Importing Demo Content

Minibox supports One Click Demo Import which is a powerful as well as easy demo content import plugin. You can import all the demo content within just few minutes, including the posts/pages, posts/pages options, comments, media, customizer data and much more...

Firstly, please install the One Click Demo Import plugin on WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Install Plugins and then activate it.

Then you'll be able to see the Import Demo Data section under Appearance Tab.

Please click the Import Data section and click the Import Demo data button afterwards. Demo Content files are already defined in the theme and you can proceed to importing without adding any file.

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Theme Support

If you have a problem with the theme or found a bug, please let us know via our official Help Center. We take pride in our customer support and we will do what we can to assist you. If you are experiencing a theme issue, please first turn off all third party plugins to see if the problem persists.

Please note that support is only offered for Minibox. If you already have a valid theme license and have any questions that are beyond the scope of this document, feel free to ask us via our dedicated help center.

Templates and Theme OptionsBack to Top

Minibox is a page based theme which means that all the page styles, post styles and slider styles are based on page options. While adding a new page or post, you can see the Minibox Options just below the content.

Page Options

Page options have variety of customization options to create your own page, including:

Post Options

Post options have variety of customization options to create your own page, including:

Image Post

Audio/Video Post

Gallery Post

Dev Tips

The option framework is CMB2, which is placed in minibox/framework/global/cmb2/

The option metaboxes are accessible in minibox/framework/global/mb-metaboxes.php

WordPress Customizer and OptionsBack to Top

Minibox fully support WordPress Customizer and live-preview to enrich the author/user experience. WordPress Customizer is placed in WordPress Admin Bar as Customize.

Some of the powerful features of the Minibox depends on Customizer Settings, so we highly recommend to define your preferences just before everything.

Site Identity

Header

You can add social media links/icons which will be placed in the Header. The following social media icons are supported:

Content

Footer

Dev Tips

Customizer functions are placed in minibox/framework/customizer/

Social Networks are parsing as mb_header_social();

Theme Accent Color is using in minibox/framework/mb-dynamic-css.php to generate dynamic CSS.

WidgetsBack to Top

The following widgets are used in demo page:

All the third party widgets are recommended to use and accessible on Appearance > Install Plugins

Using the Widgets

To employ a widget, simply go to your Widgets editor (located in your WordPress Dashboard in the “Appearance” menu) and drag your widgets into the specified widget areas.

Dev Tips

Widgets are placed in minibox/views/widgets.

They are also registered in functions.php as expected.

Widget recommendations made via TGM Plugin placed in minibox/framework/global/tgm/

UpdatesBack to Top

To check your theme version, click the live changelog link below and check the version number at the top of the changelog.txt file:

View the Minibox theme changelog →

Relay the changelog version at the top of that changelog.txt file with the version in your WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes section to see if your theme files are up to date.

Envato Market (Plugin) - Recommended

If you are in need of the update, using the Envato Market plugin is the fastest and simplest way to update the theme. Simply, go to Appearance > Install Plugins, download the Envato Market plugin and Install it on Plugins > Add New manually.

Once you install and activated the plugin, you'll be able to see the Envato Market tab on the left side of the WordPress Admin Panel. Please click on the tab and follow the instructions to get your personal API key.

Please proceed with your API key and shortly, you'll be able to see your purchased items, ready to install or update.

FTP Updating

If you have not customized the original theme files then you may simply drop the updated theme folder contents into the theme folder on your server – which is located in wp-content/themes/minibox.

If you wish to upload the entire updated theme as a separate theme, ensure you:

If you choose to upload the whole theme and switch to it, you may lose your Theme Customizer data and will have to add those back in.

FTP Selective Updating

On the other hand, if you have customized some files in the core theme contents, you should consider selective updating, which simply means updating only the files that are pointed out in the theme’s changelog.

There are a couple programs out there that will allow you to compare versions of files, in order to catch customizations you may not remember. Some recommended programs are WinMerge (Windows), Kaleidoscope (OSX), and handy GitHub (OSX) & (Windows).

Please note that WCORE Themes is not responsible for content loss, database errors and such, which may happen to your WordPress install upon an incorrectly applied theme update. Please ALWAYS take a backup of your website before any update.

Minibox Child ThemeBack to Top

A child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality and styling of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes are the recommended way of modifying an existing theme.

Why use a Child Theme?

There are one main reason why you would want to use a child theme: If you modify a theme directly and it is updated, then your modifications WILL be lost. By using a child theme you will ensure that your modifications are preserved.

Installing the Child theme

Log in to your site's administration panel, and go to Administration Panels > Appearance > Themes. Click "Add New" and follow the directions to upload the minibox-child.zip file, located in the minibox-package.zip file.

Next simply click "Activate" and both the Minibox theme and Minibox child theme will be active on your WordPress site. Now you're ready to customize away.

Note that this is the same exact method we referred to in the Getting Started section of this guide. You should see your child theme listed and ready for activation.

Customizing Template Files

If you want to change more than just the stylesheet, your child theme can override any file in the parent theme: simply include a file of the same name in the child theme directory, and it will override the equivalent file in the parent theme directory when your site loads.

For instance, if you want to change the PHP code for the site header, you can include a header.php in your child theme's directory, and that file will be used instead of the parent theme's header.php.

Child Theme Functions.php

Unlike style.css, the functions.php of a child theme does not override its counterpart from the parent. Instead, it is loaded in addition to the parent’s functions.php. (Specifically, it is loaded right before the parent’s file.)

In that way, the functions.php of a child theme provides a smart, trouble-free method of modifying the functionality of a parent theme.

Adding PHP Functions

Say that you want to add a PHP function to your theme. The fastest way would be to open the minibox/functions.php file and put the function there... But that’s not smart: The next time Minibox is updated, your function will disappear (as the entire contents of the /minibox/ folder are replaced upon an update.

However, there is an alternative way which is the smart way: you can create a child theme, add a functions.php file in it, and add your function to that file. The function will do the exact same job from there too, with the advantage that it will not be affected by future updates of the parent theme.

DO NOT copy the full content of functions.php of the parent theme into functions.php in the child theme. It's not a good practice by any means.

Frequently Asked QuestionsBack to Top

How can I import the Demo Content?

Minibox supports One Click Demo Import plugin which you can find it on WordPress' plugin directory. When you install the plugin, all you need to do is click the Import Demo Content button in the plugin. All the .XML files already defined in the theme core codes beforehand.

How can I import one page of content/style from Demo?

It's not possible with One Click Demo Import plugin, however, if you can tell us which page you would like to import, we can give you the exact .XML file for that page only. Please contact us through email for this.

How can I build pages just like the Demo?

Minibox is a page-based theme, so all you need to do is configuring your page through simple Page Options which is placed just under the content editor. Please take a look at the options here.

How can customize my Home Page?

You need to create a new page called "Home Page" firstly. Since Minibox is a page-based theme, all you have to do is configuring the "Home Page" that you created with Page Options and define that page as a Home Page in Settings > Reading.

How can I enable/disable the Smooth Scroll?

The options placed in WordPress Customizer. You can reach that by clicking the "Customize" text on the dark WordPress bar on top of your website(when you logged-in). The Option placed in under "Content" section exactly.

How can I enable/disable the Lazy Load?

The options placed in WordPress Customizer. You can reach that by clicking the "Customize" text on the dark WordPress bar on top of your website(when you logged-in). The Option placed in under "Content" section exactly.

I can't see Post View Counter on my posts. How can I add it?

All you have to do is installing the WCO - Popular Posts Widget plugin which you can find it in the package that you downloaded from ThemeForest.

Then you'll be able to enable the "Post View Counter" option in WordPress Customizer. You can reach that by clicking the "Customize" text on the dark WordPress bar on top of your website(when you logged-in). The Option placed in under "Content" section exactly.

There's no share buttons. How can I add it?

Please install the Social Warfare plugin which is integrated with Minibox Theme.All you have to do is activating and configuring the plugin. Then the share button will appear in the right place with the right style.

How can I manage Ads?

Ads on our demo page managed by Ad Inserter plugin, which is fully integrated with the Minibox Theme and we're recommending to use that.

First Block is for Before Content, Second Block is for After Content and Third Block is for Between the Content and Comment section in Single Posts. Sample configuration that we use in our demo pages (below the every block) can be found here.

I have a problem that is not covered here. What can I do?

We're providing one of the fastest and effecient support service for our customers, without any cost. Please contact us at support@wcorethemes.com. You can expect a reply within 24 hours, usually in 30 minutes! :)