Basic home page setup

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After adding some content it’s time to tweak the home page a bit. This guide will use plugin settings panel but you can also create home pages with page builder.

For this guide you need MinervaKB plugin installed and dummy data imported (or you can create your own articles and pages).

Let’s check how our page looks after installation and importing dummy data.

Home dummy page
Home dummy page

View setup

Now, let’s go to MinervaKBSettings and change it. First, let’s change the view to Box view and select some specific topics to display, as currently recent topics are shown.

Box view with topics
Box view with topics

Select box view layout and drag some topics to the right side, as shown on the image above. You can also reorder topics to adjust their positions. Press Save settings and check the result.

Home page in box view
Home page in box view

Basic colors

Good. Now let’s adjust icons and colors a little.

Topic color setting
Topic color setting

We’ll also change the icon for topics.

Topic icon
Topic icon

Let’s save the settings and check the result once again.

Different icon and color
Different icon and color

Search setup

Nice. Now, let’s change the search. Go to the Search tab and change the settings as show in the pictures: change the search title, title font size and in Search theme dropdown select Clean instead of Minerva.

Basic search settings
Basic search settings

Also, let’s change colors a bit.

Search colors
Search colors

Again, save and open home page to see changes. Also, type some query to see search results.

Search settings result
Search settings result

More styling

Next, we’ll add background image and gradient to make our search look even better. I’ll use some random image URL from the Google search, but generally you would want to upload image to media library first and copy URL from there.

Search image and gradient
Search image and gradient

See the results once again.

Image and gradient results
Image and gradient results

Very good. You can of course design your own images and use pattern overlay as well, combining them all and adjusting opacity as necessary. Combined with built-in search themes, this gives you unlimited possibilities for search section design.

Now, lets make some more changes to search.

Bold theme and settings
Bold theme and settings

And let’s switch back to list view for a moment. Adjust some colors and icon settings for the list view.

List view colors
List view colors
List view icons
List view icons

And see the results once again.

Bold search with list view result
Bold search with list view result

That’s it for this guide. There are many other settings available, try them using the dummy data and you’ll be familiar with basic plugin functionality within minutes.

Also, you can see the above steps in video:

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