Parabola Theme

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We’ve taken all that we’ve learned good from Mantra, added a bit of evil to the mix, and Parabola was born. While theoretically being an offspring of Mantra, Parabola differentiates itself through its mathematically-precise design, lightness and abundance of sharp corners.

For useful information on theme customization and a list of the most frequent questions we receive, do read the FAQs.

For those of you wishing to achieve more theme customization than what is allowed by the integrated control options, we recommend using child themes instead of manually editing theme files. This feature is pretty well documented by WordPress and has the main advantage of keeping the theme update-able. While any changes done to Parabola’s files are lost on each theme update, a child theme is a separate (partial) theme aside Parabola and is not overwritten in an way.

How do I install?

The theme is available in the WordPress themes repository.

You can easily install it from within WordPress. See our theme installation tutorial for more information.

How do I update?

The easiest and simplest way is to use WordPress’ automatic update functionality to update the theme to the latest version using a single click.

If you absolutely want to perform the update manually, the procedure would be to:

  • export the theme settings using the built-in export functionality
  • switch your site to a different theme (a Twenty-something should be fine)
  • from Appearance > Themes, delete the theme
  • re-install the theme (if you don’t remember how, follow our installation tutorial)
  • re-activate the theme
  • you should find all settings as you left them; if anything goes wrong, use the export you made before to restore the settings

If FTP is comfortable for you, you can also simply re-upload and overwrite the existing files with the latest version.


Where are the FAQs?

Scroll up the page and click the FAQs button to navigate to the theme’s FAQs section.

WordPress and theme options part II – the fracture


As you might know by now, themes in the official repository are no longer allowed to implement a theme options page. All new themes were required since early this year to implement support for the Customizer and some weeks ago this rule became mandatory for themes already published in the repository as well.

We’ve given this a great deal of thought and we decided not to transfer theme options to the Customizer interface. We built our themes settings to fit and work in a certain way and we feel the Customizer structure just isn’t right for them.

To be able to continue providing theme updates, we will be moving the theme’s settings page functionality to the newly published Cryout Serious Theme Settings plugin – which the themes will start recommending right in the dashboard (so it’ll be easy to find and install).
This change will apply to Parabola, Tempera and Nirvana at their next update. To access the theme settings, you will need to install this plugin.
The change will not apply to Mantra (for which we have different plans), nor Zombie Apocalypse (which already uses the Customizer).

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Parabola 1.5 is the smart one

Parabola Screenshot

Parabola learned from experience to circumvent her younger sisters’ critical mistakes and brings you only the desert in this round of themes updates.

Among the most important additions are support for WPML and Polylang multilingualism in custom content areas and her newly achieved skills in the commerce sector with the inclusion of the WooCommerce compatibility (child theme) code and styling. For everything else… Read the rest

Parabola 1.4.3 packs a few

Parabola Screenshot

After a long, deserved and relaxing winter break Parabola returns into the world only to find a changed Wordpress. Things are different now, rules somehow feel heavier… There’s still some time left, but she can’t help but let her thoughts roam wild… What will happen next? Will she be able to adapt?

In the meantime, this is one of the larger updates (not in file size but in the number of items fixed, changed, added or improved), so remember to check the changelog for all the info. Read the rest

Nirvana is now LIVE and you are a part of it!


Our latest WordPress theme, Nirvana, is now Live and available to download and install directly from Now there’s absolutely no reason not to check it out.

Follow us after the jump for the celebration and the full changelog since the theme’s brief but intense existence. Read the rest

Parabola 1.3.4 is back in black

Parabola Screenshot

Well not actually in black, more like back from the darkness (of the missing updates). Apparently Parabola spent some time with Mantra in the back room (please no whistling here) and forgot to how to update.

But we brought it back on track and reminded it the importance of public appearances. So here it is, the 1.3.4 update, cleaner of bugs then never before (and yet so dirty…) Read the rest