“MaxFlat” Documentation by “Peter Bielecki” v1.0


Created: 18/02/2014
By: Peter Bielecki
Email: [email protected]

Thank you for purchasing my theme. If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to email via my user page contact form here. Thanks so much!

Table of Contents

  1. About MaxFlat
  2. Installation of WordPress
  3. Theme Installation
  4. Post Formats
  5. Add Gallery Post
  6. Add Video Post
  7. Menus
  8. Custom Widgets & Sidebars
  9. Shortcodes
  10. Category Layout
  11. Theme Customizer
  12. Control Sections
  13. Custom Header
  14. Header Banner
  15. Responsive Tables
  16. Extended User Profile
  17. Sources and Credits (We've used the following images, icons or other files as listed.)

A) About MaxFlat - top

MaxFlat is a premium version of MaxFlat Wordpress Theme. MaxFlat adds exciting new customization features to the Theme Customizer and other powerful customization tools like shortcodes or category layout selector. You can now faster and easier than before launch a custom responsive website - blog or small magazine. You can choose proper layout, menu position, content and sidebar width in just a few clicks

B) Installation of WordPress - top

For information in regard to installing the WordPress platform, please see the WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

C) Theme Installation - top

To install this theme you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. Extract the zipped package downloaded from creativemarket.com to your desktop, in the extracted package you will find MaxFlat.zip file which is the WordPress theme.

You can install the theme in two ways:

  1. The first option how to install this Theme would be to directly upload the MaxFlat.zip file via WordPress Theme Uploader:
    • Log into your WordPress admin panel
    • Go to Appearance > Themes
    • Click Install Themes
    • Click Upload
    • After that you need to find the "MaxFlat.zip" in the Upload folder and click Install now.
  2. The second option how to install this Theme would be the upload via FTP manager. After extracting MaxFlat.zip file you have to upload the extracted folder to /wp-content/themes/ folder on your server. Log into your WordPress admin panel and navigate to Apperance -> Add New Themes -> Upload page. Select MaxFlat.zip file. Press the Install Now button to upload and install the theme. After uploading MaxFlat, you have to activate it. Go to Appearence -> Settings page and activate the theme.

D) Post Formats - top

Post Formats is a popular feature that is part of the WordPress core. A Post Format is a piece of meta information that can be used by a theme to customize its presentation of a post. More information abaout Post Formats you will find at the WordPress Codex http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Formats

MaxFlat supports the following Post Formats:

E) Add Gallery Post - top

WordPress has gallery features built in, so you don’t even need a plugin to add a basic photo gallery to a post or page. You can add the gallery to a new or an existing post and pages. To add the gallery, follow these steps:

1. Open the edit screen for the post or page where you want to insert the gallery.
2. Position your cursor where you want the gallery to appear.
3. Click on the Add Media button.
Add Media button
Media button
4. This will open the WordPress media uploader. Now you need to click on Create Gallery link that you see on the left side of the screen. To add images to the gallery, you can either upload the images from your computer or choose existing images from your media library.
5. Once you have selected all the images that you want to add in your gallery, click on “Create New Gallery” button in the media uploader. Media uploader will then show your selected images in the Edit Gallery view.
Add Media button
WordPress media uploader
6. In the Edit gallery view you can add captions to your images, change the order of images by simply dragging and dropping them in the order you want them to appear in.
Choose how you want the gallery to be displayed in the Gallery Settings area. If you want to use photoswype script in your new Gallery you should select option Link to: Media file.
Add Media button
Photoswype script
At the end just click on the Insert Gallery button.
7. Clicking on Insert Gallery button will close the media uploader and insert the gallery code inside your WordPress post
8. MaxFlat uses gallery icon to designate gallery posts on the site. You have to select Gallery format from a list of radio buttons under the Publish section.

Post formats
List of radio buttons under the Publish section

F) Add Video Post - top

MaxFlat has additional fieeld to add video from YouTube or another third-party video sharing service such as Vimeo. You can add the video to a new or an existing post.

Here are the steps to add Video Post:
1. Open the edit screen for the post where you want to insert the video.
2. Scroll the edit screen to the “MaxFlat: Post additional content” box
3. Paste the embeded code from YouTube or another third-party video sharing service into the video field:
Video post
Embeded code from YouTube in the video field
4. MaxFlat uses video icon to designate gallery posts on the site. You have to select Video format from a list of radio buttons under the Publish section.

MaxFlat supports three locations for custom WordPress menus:

Three locations
Three locations for custom WordPress menus
To setup the menus, navigate to Apperance -> Menus page. Enter a name for your menu and add links to the menu by using the options given on the left sidebar. You can manage your menus using the drag and drop functionality. After setting up your menu, select the menu you just created from the theme locations dropdown box and hit the "Save" button.
More information abaout Adding Items to a Menu you will find at the WordPress Codex :

H) Custom Widgets & Sidebars - top

To manage widgets, navigate to Appearance -> Widgets and use the drag and drop interface to drop widgets into the desired sidebar. MaxFlat has 5 sidbear areas and 6 custom widgets.

Sidbear Areas:

I) Shortcodes - top

A shortcode is a WordPress-specific code that lets you do nifty things with very little effort. Shortcodes can embed files or create objects that would normally require lots of complicated, ugly code in just one line. The shortcodes are available in the formatting options on the post / page text editor. Make sure you are on the "visual editor" tab, the shortcode buẗtons are on the first row. Simply hover over a button to see which shortcode it is and then click it and the shortcode will be automatically added, then you need to populate the content.

Sidebar widget area

MaxFlat provides three very useful shortcodes which allows you add components without any programming skills:

  • smartlib_map This shortcode allows to include instances of Google Maps in your post and pages with a simple editor button.
    Sidebar widget area
    The basic syntax is:
    [smartlib_map api_key="INSERT YOUR API KEY" id="YOUR-UNIQUE_ID" coords="52.339381, 4.260405" zoom="5" type="satellite"]
  • smartlib_video This shortcode allows to embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion Sidebar widget area
    The basic syntax is:
    [smartlib_video from="-->You can choose: youtube, vimeo, dailymotion" id="Video ID eg. sdsd#545sd"]
  • smartlib_pullquote
    This shortcode creates pullquote block of text
    Sidebar widget area
    When you press the shortcode button, a dialog appears that prompts you to type the text
    [smartlib_pullquote]YOUR SAMPLE TEXT[/smartlib_pullquote]

  • J) Category Layout - top

    MaxFlat provide two versions of category layout:
    1. One column (default)
    2. Two column - posts are displaying in two columns
    Sidebar widget area
    You can change the layout a new or an existing category:
    1. Open the edit screen for the category where you want to change layout
    2. Scroll the edit screen to the “Category layout” box
    Sidebar widget area
    3. Select a layout option : One Column/Two columns

    K) Theme Customizer - top

    Theme Customizer is the powerfull tool which allows you to configure the website settings and see all the changes instantly in a Preview frame. In the Theme Customizer there are several sections categorizes all settings into groups. Each section contain one or many settings. To use the Customizer, go to Appearance -> Customize in the dashboard or you can also go to Appearance > Themes and click on either the “Customize” button underneath MaxFlat theme. Theme Customizer
    Theme Customizer

    L) Control Sections - top

    The following control panels are available in MaxFlat:

    L.1) Site Title & Tagline - top

    Set the title and description for your blog. MaxFlat displays the site title and tagline inthe header area. Site titles are also used when visitors bookmark your blog in their web browser.
    Sidebar widget area

    In this section you can upload your site logo and a favicon. Sidebar widget area

    L.3) Colors - top

    In this section you can change the color of the main website components by using colors pickers. There are following color picker fields:

    L.4) Layout - top

    In this section you can apply layout variant to your website. You can choose between 4 options:
    Sidebar widget area
    Sidebar widget area

    In the box below layout radio buttons you can switch on Fixed Top Bar by using checkbox.
    [Fixed Top Bar - it means that while you scrolling website the Top Bar doesn’t stay in the top of document but always is in the top of window]

    L.5) Resize components - top

    In this section you can change Layout Width [from 1000px to1280px] and Sidebar Width [from 250px to 350px] Sidebar widget area

    In this section you can change Breadcrumb Separator Sidebar widget area

    L.7) Custom Code - top

    In this section, there are two fields to adding your own JavaSciript code like Google Analytics:

    Sidebar widget area

    L.8) Typography options - top

    In this section you can customize website typography by selecting the appropriate option from the list in three areas:

    Sidebar widget area

    L.9) Pagination - top

    In this section you can replace the default Older and Newer pagination links at the bottom of archive pages with easy to navigate page numbers.

    You may activate any custom menus you have previously created through the Appearance -> Menus page

    L.11) Static Front Page - top

    Select what will appear on your blog home page: your latest posts or a static front page.

    L.12) Social Share buttons - top

    In this section you can simply add share buttons to all of your posts. Your visitors will be able to easily share your content on the most popular social networks:

    Sidebar widget area
    You can choose exactly which services you want people to share by selecting the appropriate option.

    M) Custom Header - top

    By default, the header of the homepage displays the page title and tagline. MaxFlat features an option which allows you to upload your very own custom image header and replace default text.

    Go to Appearance -> Header in your WordPress admin. You can either browse for the file on your computer and then click the Upload button or you can choose an existing image from your Media Library.

    Image Uploader
    Important: Only .jpeg, .gif, and .png files can be used. All cropped images will be converted to jpegs. Using an image of exactly the right size will produce the best results, and this is certainly recommended. To preserve transparency in an image use a .gif or .png image of exactly the right size.

    If you uploaded an image that doesn’t match the exact dimensions of your current theme’s header, you will need to crop it.

    Image Uploader

    Just select the portion of the image that you’d like to use for the header, then click Crop and Publish. The image should appear immediately.

    N) Header Banner - top

    MaxFlat has advertising space (for example 728px x 90px) in the header area. Instead of the header image You can add a banner ad.


    Go to Appearance -> Header in your WordPress admin. Below Header Image box you can see Banner code field. Here you can paste your ad code such as Ad sense.


    O) Responsive Tables - top

    To make your table responsive just attach a class of .smartlib-responsive-table and the CSS/JS will do the rest. Like:

    <table class="smartlib-responsive-table">

    P) Extended User Profile - top

    MaxFlat provides new extra fields to WordPress user profile. Your User Profile can be accessed via Users -> My Profile in your dashboard. If you are logged in as administrator You can also edit each user's profile( go to Users-> All Users -> click on user name in user list). In user profile you will find two types user extra fields:

    R) Sources and Credits

    Sources and Credits (We've used the following images, icons or other files as listed.)


    Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this theme. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions relating to this theme.

    Peter Bielecki

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