Theme Installation

Installing Minara is very simple and only takes a few seconds! After downloading you should have a file, found within the theme package zip. This is a compressed file containing all of the required templates and images required for the theme to function properly.

Upload the theme

Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress menu

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Click on the Add New button

Click on the Upload link then Select the file and install

Activate the theme

  1. Go to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress menu
  2. Hover over the theme thumbnail and press the Activate button

This completes the installation.

Plugins Installation

After you are done installing the theme, you will be redirected to the getting started page where you will be able to install the recommended plugins.

  • WP Instagram Widget - WP Instagram widget is a no fuss WordPress widget to showcase your latest Instagram pics
  • Contact Form 7 - Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form.
  • Regenerate Thumbnails - Allows you to regenerate your thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.


Each option in the customizer is pretty self explanatory there and easy to use already, so we will just go through the sections in short so you can get an idea of the overall structure.


This is where you will find general options for the whole theme which includes the following:

  • Header Code - Enter the code which you need to place before closing tag.
  • Footer Code - Enter the codes which you need to place in your footer.
  • Back to top - Enable or disable Back to top button
  • Parallax - Enable Parallax effect on featured images inside single posts or pages
  • Post Comments - Hide / unhide comments on all posts
  • Page Comments - Hide / unhide comments on all pages


This is where you can set the options for the Homepage.

Featured Slider

  • Enable / Disable
  • Featured Category
  • Readmore Text

Magazine Layout

  • Enable / Disable Magazine Layout
  • Magazine Section

    • Add Sections
  • Sidebar Location

    • Sidebar Right
    • Sidebar Left
  • Latest Stories

    • Enable / Disable Stories
    • Post Count


Here you can set a specific layout for each one of the standard WordPress post/page sections. If a specific page or post has another layout set, the single and page options set here will be overridden by that option.


  • Content Left
  • Content Right
  • List Posts - Content Left
  • List Posts - Content Right
  • 2 Columns - Content Left
  • 2 Columns - Content Right
  • 2 Columns - No Sidebar
  • 3 Columns
  • 4 Columns
Single Posts/Pages
  • Content Left
  • Content Right
  • Content Centered (No Sidebar)

Blog / Archive

Here you will find all the options related to the Header of the theme.

Post Meta

  • Hide Author
  • Hide Category
  • Hide Comments

Date Type

  • Disable
  • Absolute Date
  • Relative Date

Display Content

  • Summary
  • Full Text

Pagination Type

  • Basic Navigation
  • Numeric Navigation


Here you will find all the options related to the Typoraphy (font type, size, weight, color etc. ) of the theme.


Site Logo

Action Bar


Single Post



Single Post

Options for single post can be found here:

Post Meta

  • Hide Author
  • Hide Category
  • Hide Comments

Date Type

  • Disable
  • Absolute Date
  • Relative Date

Post Tags

  • Enable / Disable

Author Bio

  • Enable / Disable

Related Posts

  • Disable
  • by Tag
  • by Cateogory

Sharing Services

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Pinterest

Twitter Username

  • Enter Username


In this section you can find the options for Contact & 404 Page

Contact Page

404 Page

Colors & Background

Options for fonts, colors and background can be found here:


  • Global Color
  • Action Bar: Background Color
  • Action Bar: Text Color
  • Header: Social Icons Color
  • Header: Search Icon Color


  • Background Color
  • Background Image

Custom CSS

From Customize > Custom CSS you can set custom CSS

Export / Import Options

You will need to install the 'Customizer Export/Import' plugin to use this if you want to export/import your theme options.

Post Formats

Minara theme adds support for 6 post formats to give you plenty of ways to show content in the top section of your articles. You choose type by selecting format in the "Format" box on the right side when you edit or add a new post. Depending on which format you select, new options will appear below the large text field.

  • Standard - This is the default option. It will not automatically include a featured image at the top of the post, like the image format does. It's simply a standard post that shows article text.
  • Image - Same as Standard format except that it includes an icon on archive pages.
  • Audio - An embed field will appear for example soundcloud links.
  • Video - Shows an embed video at the top of the article. Field for link embed will appear once selected.
  • Gallery - Shows all images attached to the post as a slider at the top of the article. More details how to use will appear below once selected.
  • Quote - Shows the quote at the top of the article. Fields for Quote and Quote author will appear once selected.
  • Link - Shows the Link at the top of the article. Fields for Link Title and URL will appear once selected..


The Minara Theme comes with the following 6 custom widgets.

  • WPvita: Advertisement
  • WPvita: Category Posts
  • WPvita: Popular Posts
  • WPvita: Recent Posts
  • WPvita: Social Icons
  • WPvita: Subscribe Widget

Author Bio

To setup the Author bio which will be shown inside posts and author archives pages. Go to Users > Your Profile. In the bottom of the page you will see the new 'Additional Author Info' section which has the following fields:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Dribbble
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Youtube
  • Linkedin

Contact Page

1. After you install Contact Form 7 plugin, go to Contact > Add New and paste the following code from below:

<div class="row">
<div class="grid-half">[text* name placeholder "Name"]</div>
<div class="grid-half">[email* email placeholder "Email"]</div>
<div class="row"><div class="grid-full">[text* website placeholder "Subject"]</div></div>
<div class="row"><div class="grid-full">[textarea comments placeholder "Add comments here"]</div></div>
<div class="row"><div class="grid-full">[submit class:btn class:btn-green "Send Now"]</div></div>

2. Then go to Pages > Add New and create a page and paste the Contact form 7 Shortcode in the editor.

3. Now select the 'Contact Form' page template from the 'Page Attributes' Meta section in the side.(very important)

Note: You can update the contact form options fromt the Customizer: Appearance > Customize > Pages > Contact Page

1. How to Add Magazine Section in Homepage?

Go to Customizer > Homepage > Magazine Layout then click "Add New Section". Select a Style then assign a Category.

2. How to Enable Homepage Slider?

Go to Customizer > Homepage > Featured Slider and assign a category or more.

3. How to Add Video Post?

While creating post, Under Post Format, Select "Video" then add your video URL.

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4. How to Add Gallery Post?

While creating post, Under Post Format, Select "Gallery". Go to "Add Media" and then select "Uploaded to this post" from the dropdown (in the Media Library popup) to see images attached to this post. You can drag to re-order or delete them there.

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5. How to Hide Related Post in Specific Article?

Post> All Post > Select a specific post> Under Post Option, tick the "Hide Related Posts"

6. How to Hide Ads on Specific Post?

Post> All Post > Select a specific post> Under Post Option, tick the "Hide Advertisements"

7. How to Select Post Layout in Specific Post?

Post> All Post > Select a specific post> Under Post Option, Select any of the 3 layout options either Sidebar Right, Sidebar Left or Fullwidth.

8. How to Change Color in Menu?

Go to Appearance > Menus > Select a particular Menu. Add your Hex color on "Text Color" option then Save.