Maxwell Documentation

Welcome to the Maxwell theme documentation. These instructions briefly explain how to setup and configure all theme features.

Table of Contents

Theme Installation

Since it is the same procedure for every theme, this tutorial does not explain how to install the theme. If you need help with the theme installation, please see the Install WordPress themes tutorial.

Install PRO Version Plugin

Please be aware that the PRO Version of Maxwell is an Add-on plugin for the Maxwell theme. Therefore you have to install and activate the Maxwell theme and install the Maxwell Pro plugin in addition. You can learn how to install Plugins on the Install WordPress plugins tutorial.

Configure Theme Options

Maxwell supports the awesome Theme Customizer. You can configure all theme settings on Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.

The Theme Options panel in the Customizer includes following sections:

  • General Settings
  • Header Spacing (only with PRO version)
  • Post Settings
  • Post Slideshow
  • Theme Colors (only with PRO version)
  • Theme Fonts (only with PRO version)
  • Footer Settings (only with PRO version)


Set up WordPress Features

The theme supports several WordPress core features you know:

Post Slider

To set up your post slider, go to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options → Post Slider.

Please see our Post Slider Tutorial if you need more help for the Slider setup.

Magazine Homepage

You can use the Magazine Widgets to create a magazine-styled homepage in the Customizer. Therefore go to Appearance → Customize → Widgets → Magazine Homepage.

Please see our Magazine Widgets Tutorial for detailed instructions about the Magazine features.

Setup and Configure Pro Version Features

The Pro Version of Maxwell is an add-on plugin which you can purchase on the Maxwell Pro page.

Install PRO Version Plugin

You can download Maxwell Pro on our downloads page. If you need help to install the plugin please visit our Install WordPress plugins tutorial.

Custom Colors and Custom Fonts

You can customize the theme colors and fonts on Appearance → Customize → Theme Options → Theme Colors / Theme Fonts.

Footer Widgets

Maxwell Pro adds a widgetized footer area. You can add your footer widgets on Appearance → Widgets.

Hide Credit Link

You can disable the credit link to on Appearance → Customize → Theme Options → Footer Settings.

Theme Specifications

  1. The main content column width is 810.
  2. The Featured Images used on the Post Slideshow are 850x500.
  3. The Featured Images used on archives and single posts are 850x550.
  4. The Featured Images on the Magazine Posts Widgets are 600x380 (large), 360x230 (medium) and 120x80 (small).
  5. The Custom Header image will display at a maximum width of 1200 and a flexible height (default height = 400).

All measurements in pixels.


Thank you so much for using the Maxwell WordPress theme.