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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.
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.
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.
Scroll up the page and click the FAQs button to navigate to the theme’s FAQs section.
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
Wordpress’ Theme Review Team seems to always be involved in a lot of decision making. That’s good, decisions have to be made and a direction needs to be set and maintained.
However lately the decisions seem to be taken hastily, without analysing all the effects (and maybe consequences) they have. We’ve had scuffles with Wordpress before, but we’ve moved on, adapted, clarified or changed things. But this new decision directly affects themes – meaning it touches us the most.
In the latest Theme Review Theme weekly meeting a decision was taken to start to recommend, and eventually (in 6 months time) to impose the use of the Customizer API in all themes and for all theme options.
What does this mean for you? It means themes will no longer be allowed to have separate theme option pages (like our nicely arranged Theme Settings page) but instead must switch to using the Customizer for all their options.
Right now this rule is mandatory for all new theme submissions, while existing themes get 6 months to switch or new updates will no longer be accepted in the repository. Read the rest
This is not Parabola 1.4 and a half although the title may lead you into thinking that. This is a double release post and we sure did miss doing one of these.
Why? Follow us after the jump and find out. Read the rest
You may have noticed the appearance of a little blue box on the right side of our website. It’s not there just because we love blue, but because we need a bit of help (being blue).
Developing web-related creations is hard work enough. Developing free creations… that’s turning more and more into a spiritual path. But when we also need to test our creations, that’s where matters complicate.
In today’s world with thousands upon thousands of devices, each with its own software, testing things just gets more difficult. While an emulator is good enough in some cases, it does not cover everything. We need an actual device running Windows Phone to truly test things out. We need the real deal… Read the rest
Our latest WordPress theme, Nirvana, is now Live and available to download and install directly from WordPress.org. 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
You never really got a solid grip on WordPress child themes? Well now’s your chance.
We provide both a complete step-by-step tutorial as well as a one page go-to resource for quick starting a child theme in no time. The choice is yours. Read the rest
Run! Hide! Save all the women and children. Parabola 1.4 has arrived and she’s got a grudge.
She’s upset because she’s been ignored for so long while the two younger sisters got all the attention. So upset that she’s bringing a major update with lots of changes, some fixes and (hopefully) no new bugs… Read the rest
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
The latest Parabola update doesn’t want to stand out and tries to slide by unnoticed.
It is simply here to address a couple of small things, like SSL Google fonts, HTML inputs, CSS3 rgba() on old browsers and others.
It does its job and then moves on, leaving the path clear for then next update. Read the rest
Are you happy with the WordPress theme you’re using? Would you consider yourself and your theme as best buds? Or do you think of your theme as sexy?
Themes are a big part of what makes WordPress great and the search for that perfect one is a long and whining road. Has that road come to and end for you? Read the rest