By: Tomas Toman
First of all, I would like to thank you for choosing MineZine! I firmly believe that you will be satisfied with this theme. In case of any problems or doubts, you can use the MineZine Official Support (in English, German or Czech).
Thanks so much!
MineZine is an easily customizable WordPress blog and magazine theme. It is a fully responsive theme that allows for easy viewing on any device. Using Theme Options panel and Drag-and-drop Page Builder, you can customize this theme directly to your needs. MineZine is fully compatible with the popular WooCommerce plugin.
Compatible Browsers: Internet Explorer 8+, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari
Compatible WordPress Versions: 3.6+
For MineZine installation, you must follow these basic steps:
Alternatively, you can install this theme via your WordPress administration. Go to "Appearance > Themes" panel and using "Add New" tool upload the original ZIP file. After uploading, activate the theme.
Once you have purchased MineZine Premium Version, simply upload the extracted folder that you got by purchasing MineZine Premium Version via FTP to "wp-content/themes" directory on your web host server.
Or, if the previous described procedure will not be comfortable for you, go to "Appearance > Themes" panel in your WordPress administration and using "Add New" tool upload the ZIP file which you got by purchasing MineZine Premium Version. After uploading, activate the MineZine Premium theme.
The options framework is available through the link "Theme Options" located in the upper horizontal admin bar (or via panel "Appearance > Theme Options").
This tab is used for choosing one of the basic color schemes and setting some parts of your website (right sidebar, breadcrumb navigation, favicon).
You can find here the options for selecting between Excerpt/Content displaying on your archive pages and transparency settings for the main background Pattern, too.
This tab is used for uploading the Header Logo (which will be displayed instead of the default Site Title). If you want to display your custom Logo instead of the Site Title, simply upload or choose your logo image in "Theme Options > Header settings > Logo URL". For removing the Logo and setting the Site Title again, simply delete the URL address of your Logo in "Theme Options > Header settings > Logo URL".
You also can find here the options for hiding Site Description and header Search Form.
Under this tab, you can set displaying of the related posts, featured images and meta data on the individual single posts. You also can disable here displaying of featured images on the static pages.
There are 2 basic options for displaying your homepage. You can set them in "Settings > Reading" panel in your WordPress administration:
1. Your latest posts
2. A static page
By default, the latest posts from all the categories are displayed on your homepage. MineZine theme allows to display the latest posts from the specific categories. This is done by the MineZine Posts Widgets. You can choose from 6 different MineZine Posts Widgets:
1. MineZine Posts-Column
2. MineZine Posts-Default
3. MineZine Posts-Grid
4. MineZine Posts-List
5. MineZine Posts-Slider
6. MineZine Posts-Thumbnail
The individual widgets differ in the way how the latest posts are displayed. In the Free version is available only the MineZine Posts-List widget.
For displaying boxes with the latest posts from a specific category, go to "Appearance > Widgets" settings. Insert as many MineZine Posts Widgets as you like into "Latest Posts Homepage widget area".
Note: If you does not want to display the default Latest Posts section on your homepage, simply hide it in "Theme Options > Homepage Settings > Display Latest Posts".
Since version 2.0.0, the Color settings have been moved to the Customizer.
This tab is used for setting your own color scheme. You can choose here the colors of individual parts of layout, headlines and texts. Using color pickers, you can easily choose exactly that color you want. You also can directly enter the hexadecimal code of your favorite color.
Tip: If you want to use the same color for more items, simply copy and paste its hexadecimal code instead of setting it using color pickers on each item.
Since version 2.0.0, the Font settings have been moved to the Customizer.
This tab is used for selecting Google fonts for the individual headlines and text areas. MineZine theme offers more than 200 fonts for choosing. The default fonts are specified in the main stylesheet file (style.css in the main theme folder).
In the Premium Version, you also can set the font-size of the individual headlines and text areas.
On this tab, you can choose wheter to display or not the Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 sharing buttons which may appear below your single posts/pages content and on the post entries.
There also are fields for URL addresses of your social networking profiles and RSS, which will be displayed as the icons in header.
Social networks sharing panel
On this tab, you can fill your own cascading style sheet information (CSS) for modifying the layout. So you do not need to write your custom CSS straight into the "style.css" file in the main theme folder. The CSS information defined on this tab appears in the "head" section of source code.
Above the Custom CSS field, there are links for editing widgets, header image, main background and menus.
For setting your own main background image or color, go to "Appearance > Background" panel. Upload your own photography and set here all the background-image settings (position, repeating, attachment). For setting one-color background, use the color picker at the bottom of this page. To make the selected color visible, there should not be set any background image.
Note: If you would like to hide the main background pattern (hatching), you can do so in "Theme Options > General Settings > Background Pattern". You also can set here the opacity of the background pattern.
To display some different background for the individual pages/posts, the "Custom Background Extended" plugin has to be installed. When you are editing a page/post, on the right side you can see the panel "Custom Background". Using this panel, you can set the custom background image or color for the individual pages/posts.
For setting your custom header image, go to "Appearance > Header" panel and upload or select your own image. The minimal width of your header image should be at least 1012 pixels.
Note: If you upload more images in "Appearance > Header" panel, you can use them for displaying on the individual pages (you can set them when you are editing a page/post through "Header" panel which is displayed just under the Content editor).
In "Theme Options > Header Settings > Display Header Image", you can set the header image to be visible on all pages or only on the homepage.
The option for Logo/Site Title displaying is located in "Theme Options > Header settings". If you want to display your custom Logo instead of the Site Title, simply upload or choose your logo image in "Theme Options > Header settings > Logo URL". For removing the Logo and setting the Site Title again, simply delete the URL address of your Logo in "Theme Options > Header settings > Logo URL".
For making this feature available, the Cyclone Slider 2 plugin has to be installed. For creating a new Slideshow, go to the "Cyclone Slider" panel in your WordPress administration. After creating a slideshow, go to the Widgets settings and follow the steps described in the following paragraph:
The widget area for displaying Homepage slideshow is reserved for one "Cyclone Slider Widget". Its name in "Appearance > Widgets" panel is "Homepage slideshow". Put here one "Cyclone Slider Widget" and choose the slideshow you want to display on your homepage. After doing it, your slideshow will automatically replace the header image on your homepage.
For making this feature available, the bundled Cyclone Slider 2 plugin has to be installed. To set a Header Slideshow for any page or post, just insert the appropriate Slideshow ID into the field "Header Slideshow", located under the Visual Editor (when you create/edit a page or post). The Slideshow will automatically replace the Header Image.
You can find the Slideshow ID in the "Cyclone Slider > Cyclone Slider" panel - in the list of all published slideshows, there is a column called "Slideshow ID".
There are several areas for displaying widgets in MineZine Theme:
The Widget panel is located in "Appearance > Widgets" panel. If you want to place a widget in some of these areas, simply drag its panel and drop it to the area where you want to display the widget.
Right Sidebar widget area is displayed in the right sidebar on all your pages and posts. Its name in "Appearance > Widgets" panel is "Right Sidebar". You can put here as many widgets as you like.
If you do not want to display the Right Sidebar, you can hide it in "Theme Options > General Settings > Display Sidebar".
Footer widget area is displayed in the footer as the 3 columns of widgets. In "Appearance > Widgets" panel, you can see 3 areas for the individual columns: "Footer left widget area", "Footer middle widget area" and "Footer right widget area". These areas represent the 3 columns of widgets in footer. You can put as many widgets as you want into each column.
The widget area for copyright and other notices is displayed in the footer, below the main Footer widget area (described above). Its name in "Appearance > Widgets" panel is "Footer notices". Put here one "Text" widget. Into the content field of this widget fill the text (or HTML code) you want to display here. The "Title" field of this Text widget should stay empty.
Note: To display the Footer notices in the middle of the line, please check the option "Automatically add paragraphs" at the Text widget inserted into this area.
MineZine theme allows to display the latest posts from the specific categories. This is done by the MineZine Posts Widgets. You can choose from 6 different MineZine Posts Widgets to insert into "Latest Posts Homepage widget area". The individual widgets differ in the way how the latest posts are displayed (described in detail in Custom widgets paragraph).
The widget area for displaying Homepage slideshow is reserved for one "Cyclone Slider Widget". Its name in "Appearance > Widgets" panel is "Homepage slideshow". Put here one "Cyclone Slider Widget" and choose the slideshow that you want to display on your homepage.
For making this feature available, the Cyclone Slider 2 plugin has to be installed. For creating a new Slideshow, go to the "Cyclone Slider" panel in your WordPress administration. After creating the Slideshow, go to the Widgets settings and follow the steps described above.
MineZine theme offers 11 custom widgets altogether:
MineZine Posts Widgets allow to display the latest posts from the specific categories on your homepage (or on other pages using the Page Builder). You can choose from 6 different MineZine Posts Widgets:
For using these widgets, go to "Appearance > Widgets" settings. Insert as many MineZine Posts Widgets as you like into "Latest Posts Homepage widget area".
Note: MineZine Homepage Widgets are designed ONLY for putting into the "Latest Posts Homepage widget area", not for the other widget areas.
Alternatively, you can use all the MineZine custom widgets with the Drag-and-drop Page Builder for displaying on a static page/post.
This widget is ready to use for displaying the social networks icons with links to your profiles or pages. It also supports the RSS feed link. Put MineZine Social Widget into the Sidebar or one of the Footer widget areas in "Appearance > Widgets" panel and fill requested URL addresses. The following social networks and services are supported:
This widget is ready to use for displaying the Facebook Like Box. The Like Box is a special version of the Like Button designed only for Facebook Pages. Using this widget, you can easily promote your Facebook page on your website.
Put MineZine Facebook Like Box Widget into Sidebar or Footer widget area in "Appearance > Widgets" panel and fill the full URL of your Facebook Page that will be liked. Then set a height of Like Box and specify whether to display the profile photos of people who like the Page and a stream of the latest posts by the Page.
This widget is ready to use for displaying the Twitter Follow button. Put MineZine Twitter Widget into Sidebar or Footer widget area in "Appearance > Widgets" panel and fill the Twitter username you want to display via Twitter Follow button.
This widget is ready for displaying a text box with a header icon (you can choose from 14 pre-defined icons). You can insert this widget into the Right Sidebar or into the content of a static page using the Drag-and-drop Page Builder.
This widget is ready for displaying the popular posts, recent posts, comments and tags in tabbed format in your sidebar.
In MineZine Premium theme, there are 3 areas for displaying menus:
Menu settings panel is located in "Appearance > Menus". At first, create a new menu and assign it to one of the Menu areas. Then, in the left panels choose required pages/categories or custom links and add them to your new Menu. Then save all changes.
If you want to create a drop-down submenu, just drag the required menu item and move it more to the right against its parent item. When you drop your sub-item, it should stay with indentation against the parent item. This way you can create unlimited levels of submenus.
Example of three-levels menu
The "Carousel Menu" location is designed for displaying an infinite slider containing a custom navigation links in the header. Once you assign a menu to the Carousel Menu location, you need to go into "Theme Options > Header Settings > Carousel Content" and set here the value "Carousel Menu", because the Carousel Box by default displays your latest posts.
Note: The Carousel Menu is not designed for displaying any submenus.
Beside Default Template, MineZine offers 8 other custom Page templates. If you create a new page or edit some existing page, you can choose the Page template in "Page Attributes > Template" right panel.
"Sitemap" Page template is ready for displaying your sitemap page. If you want to use it, the Dagon Design Sitemap Generator plugin must be activated. The sitemap options can be specified in "Settings > DDSitemapGen" panel.
If you want to display only some pages without the main right sidebar, simply use this template for these pages.
This template displays the page in the same way as the "Full-width" template, but it will not display the Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 sharing buttons. It could be useful for creating pages using the Drag-and-drop Page Builder.
This template displays the page in the same way as the "Default" template, but it will not display the Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 sharing buttons. It could be useful for creating pages using the Drag-and-drop Page Builder.
This template displays only the page Content without the page Title.
This template displays only the page content without menu, right sidebar, comments area and footer widget areas. You can use it for creating a temporary home page before your website will be ready for the public launch.
This template displays the page in the same way as the "Full-width" template, but it will not display the page title.
This template displays the page content only for logged-in users (otherwise it displays only the Log-in form).
Using Drag-and-drop Page Builder, you can simply create your own page templates. Working with Page Builder is as easy as managing widgets in "Appearance > Widgets" panel. By default (if all the MineZine theme features are active), the Page Builder contains 37 widgets altogether:
If you have installed some plugins offering their own custom widgets, they will be probably also included into the Page Builder widgets offer.
Page-layout created by the Drag-and-drop Page Builder
For more information about the Page Builder, please visit the official website of Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin.
Tip: If you do not want to display the Share Buttons on some page, just select the "Page without Share Buttons" or "Full Width without Share Buttons" page template instead of the Default Template.
Some functions of MineZine theme are conditioned by installing some plugins. The recommended plugins are included in the installation folder of MineZine (folder "plugins"). If some of the recommended plugins are inactive, you can see them in "Appearance > Install Plugins" panel.
List of recommended plugins:
Some of these plugins are modified to ensure the best compatibility with MineZine. If you will find their newer versions on web, I don't recommend to update them, because all the custom modifications will be lost. Plugin updates will come with the newer versions of MineZine theme.
If you want to set the different background images or colors for the individual pages/posts, the Custom Background Extended plugin has to be installed. You then can set the custom background for each page or post using the "Custom Background" panel which appears on the right side when you are editing a page/post.
If you want to display the breadcrumb navigation just under the main content headlines, the Breadcrumb NavXT plugin has to be installed and activated. This plugin provides many advanced options for displaying breadcrumb navigation. You can set them in "Settings > Breadcrumb NavXT" panel.
Tip: If your Breadcrumb Navigation is too long, so it takes 2 or more lines, you can short the Title Length in "Settings > Breadcrumb NavXT > General" panel.
The Drag-and-drop Page Builder is based on Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin. You can find the basic settings of this plugin in "Settings > Page Builder" panel. For learning how to work with Page Builder, please read this paragraph.
If you want to use the "Sitemap" Page template, the Dagon Design Sitemap Generator plugin has to be installed and activated. This plugin provides many advanced options for displaying pages and posts in sitemap. You can set them on "Settings > DDSitemapGen" panel.
The Slideshows are based on Cyclone Slider 2 plugin. You can edit them under "Cyclone Slider" tab in the main WordPress navigation. The plugin provides displaying images, Youtube or Vimeo videos and Custom HTML content in the Slideshow. There are 3 different slideshow templates customized for MineZine: Standard, Default and Dark. The control is very easy and intuitive. On the right panels of Slideshow editing form, you can set dimensions, transitions effects and other options.
For adding some slideshow into the content of your static pages or posts, you can use Cyclone Slider 2 shortcode: [cycloneslider id="slideshow-id"].
MineZine theme offers several custom shortcodes for easy displaying of some HTML objects on pages/posts or in Text widgets:
1.) [image src="Image URL"]
Shortcode for displaying images. It is especially useful for inserting images into Text widgets.
2.) [table cols="headline1,headline2" data="row 1 value 1,row 1 value 2,row 2 value 1,row 2 value 2"]
Shortcode for displaying tables. The parameter "cols" is used for inserting headlines of individual columns. The parameter "data" is used for inserting own data in rows of your table.
3.) [button link="URL address"]TEXT OF YOUR BUTTON[/button]
Shortcode for displaying left-aligned buttons.
4.) [highlight]HIGHLIGHTED TEXT[/highlight]
Shortcode for displaying color-highlighted text (the color is editable in "Theme Options > Colors").
5.) [google-map address="Address of any place in the world" width="100%" height="200px"]
Shortcode for displaying Google maps. The "width" and "height" parameters are optional. You can set the dimensions in percentages or pixels, but for responzive displaying is recommended to input percentage dimensions.
6.) <!-- ddsitemapgen -->
Shortcode for displaying Sitemap in the content of any page/post.
7.) [display-posts category="category-slug" include_excerpt="true"]
Shortcode for displaying a listing of posts in post/page content or in a Text widget.
Arguments for [display-posts] shortcode:
Specify the post author
Example: [display-posts author="bill"]
Specify the category slug (or comma separated list of category slugs)
Example: [display-posts category="fishing,hiking"]
Specify the date format used when include_date is true. See Formatting Date and Time on the Codex for more information.
Example: [display-posts include_date="true" date_format="F j, Y"]
Specify a specific post ID (or multiple post IDs) to display.
Example: [display-posts id="9, 10"]
Specify an image size for displaying the featured image, if the post has one. The image_size can be set to thumbnail, medium, large (all controlled from Settings > Reading), or a custom image size.
Example: [display-posts image_size="thumbnail"]
Include the post's date after the post title. The default format is (7/30/12), but this can be customized using the 'date_format' parameter.
Example [display-posts include_date="true"]
Include the post's excerpt after the title (and date if provided).
Example: [display-posts include_excerpt="true"]
The number of posts to pass over
Example: [display-posts offset="3"]
Specify whether posts are ordered in descending order (DESC) or ascending order (ASC).
Example: [display-posts order="ASC"]
Specify what the posts are ordered by. See the available parameters here.
Example: [display-posts orderby="title"]
Display the pages that are a child of a certain page. You can either specify an ID or 'current', which displays the children of the current page.
Example: [display-posts post_type="page" post_parent="8"]
Show posts associated with a certain post status
Example: [display-posts post_status="publish, future"]
Specify which post type to use. You can use a default one (post or page), or a custom post type you've created.
Example: [display-posts post_type="event"]
How many posts to display.
Example: [display-posts posts_per_page="5"]
Display posts from a specific tag, or tags
Example: [display-posts tag="tag1, tag2"]
taxonomy, tax_term, and tax_operator
Use these parameters to do advanced taxonomy queries. Use 'taxonomy' for the taxonomy you'd like to query, 'tax_term' for the term slug (or terms) you'd like to include, and 'operator' to change how the query uses those terms (most likely this field will not be needed).
Default: 'taxonomy' = empty , 'tax_term' = empty , 'tax_operator' = 'IN'
Example: [display-posts taxonomy="color" tax_term="blue, green"]
What type of HTML should be used to display the listings. It can be an unordered list (ul), ordered list (ol), or divs (div) which you can then style yourself.
Example: [display-posts wrapper="ol"]
MineZine theme is ready for translation into any language. The .pot file (minezine.pot) is located in "languages" theme folder. MineZine contains integrated Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR), Czech (cs_CZ), Danish (da_DK), Dutch (nl_NL), French (fr_FR), German (de_DE), Greek (el), Italian (it_IT), Polish (pl_PL), Russian (ru_RU), Slovak (sk_SK) and Spanish (es_ES) language localizations. The best way how to make the language localization is by creating your own .po and .mo files and adding them in "languages" theme folder. If you create them, please let me know, I will add your language localization into the official theme distribution.
If you don't know how to create the .po and .mo files, never mind! Simply install CodeStyling Localization plugin and create your language localization on "Tools > Localization" panel.
1.) Where could I edit my website title and description?
Go to the "Settings > General" panel and rewrite here the fields "Site Title" and "Tagline".
2.) Where could I allow/disallow comments adding?
Go to the "Settings > Discussion" panel and set the options according to your needs. If you want to disallow adding comments only for one specific page/post, you can do so using "Quick Edit" link at this page/post in "Posts > All Posts" or "Pages > All Pages".
3.) What are the "Tags"?
Tags are similar to Categories. They are used for better description of posts. We can say that Tags are the keywords which specify the posts in great detail.
4.) How could I set title, description and keywords meta tags for each page and post?
The easiest way is to install some SEO plugin, for example All In One SEO Pack.
5.) Where could I set the number of posts, which display on index/categories/archives/search pages?
Go to the "Settings > Reading" panel and set the options according to your needs.
6.) I do not want to display the latest posts on my home page. Could I set a static page as my home page?
Yes, go to the "Settings > Reading" panel and choose the option "A static page" instead of "Your latest posts".
7.) How could I set the URL addresses of my pages and posts into user-friendly form, instead of "?p=123" displaying?
Go to the "Settings > Permalinks" panel and choose the option "Post name" in section "Common Settings".
8.) Where could I set my time zone and date/time format?
Go to the "Settings > General" panel and set the options according to your needs.
9.) Where could I set the header image?
Go to the "Appearance > Header" panel and upload here your own header image or select one of the already uploaded images.
10.) I have tried to upload a theme through "Appearance > Themes" panel, but I got the following error: "The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini". How can I fix it?
This error is caused by a too low memory limit set on your web server. To fix it, please contact your web host provider with the request to increase the memory limit for uploading files (upload_max_filesize). Or, you can install your theme through FTP.
Once again, thank you so much for choosing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme. No guarantees, but I'll do my best to assist. Best regards and have fun with MineZine!