The Mint Theme is built using the LivingOS Theme Framework. Please see user guides in the Codex for all common theme features.

Theme Specific Guides

Setting Up Your Homepage

The homepage is empty when you first install the theme. You must create some features to populate the slider and then drag some widgets into the homepage widget areas.

You can download files to import our demo set-up if you prefer.

Widget Areas

The home pages on our themes are fully widgetized, giving considerable flexibility. And you don’t have to fill every area. You can miss out those that you don’t need. Each widget area has different layout to give more variety and make it easy to have more interesting layouts. And each theme has different options.

So in Mint (and refer to the demo to see examples):

  • First Homepage Area – this is reserved for the slider, though you can replace the slider by adding in a widget here (not a great idea but you can)
  • Second Homepage Area – this is for the dark call to action space to the right of the slider. Be careful not to put too much in here. Just one text widget is all it is designed for. The title of the widget is attached to top as in demo.
  • Third Homepage Area – This will put widgets 4 in a row
  • Fourth Homepage Area – This is a single column (100% width) and is styled so if you drop a text widget in you get the headline style as in the demo.
  • Firth Homepage Area – This will put widgets 3 in a row.

This layout is defined in extend\layout.css and widgets areas in extend\widgets if you wanted to do something different with it, say in a child theme.

The theme uses one menu, which should be built using the standard WordPress Menu Builder.

You can also add menus to sidebars and footer using the Custom Menu Widget.

Image Sizes

When using Mint, WordPress creates the following post images/thumbs from the images you upload.

  • Widgets : 360 x 180
  • Slider : 715 x 360
  • Single : 798 x 400
  • Gallery : 512 x 256

Your original images should be at least the biggest size you intend to use in both dimensions. So if you are using feature images in the slider they should be 715×360 pixels or greater. This is a responsive theme so your browser resizes these to fit your desktop.

Page Templates

The theme comes with a number of page templates that can be used to produce different types of layout and content. These include:

  • a blog (post formats) template
  • a blog (with images) template
  • a gallery template
  • a wide page template

These templates can be selected from the page template dropdown when editing any page in the WordPress dashboard. Templates can be controlled using custom fields, which are summarised below.

Custom Fields

There are a number of custom fields used by the theme that can be used control features and content. These are summarised here.

Custom Field Name Applies to Description
subheading all posts & pages creates a subheading under the post/page heading
post-image-head all posts & pages displays feature image at top of post/page (set to ‘1’)
category_name gallery & blog templates post category name for query
posts_per_page gallery & blog templates number of posts/pages/thumbs per page
posts_per_row gallery templates number of images per row
parent_page gallery templates parent page id
show_filter gallery templates show category filter

Still got some questions?

You can always get support through the forums or contact us through your priority support page.