The Box: a Responsive Free WordPress Theme

The Box is a simple, clean and responsive WordPress Theme. It’s free.
Current version: 1.4.0 / Last Updated: 2015-05-30

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The Box: a Free WordPress Theme

Responsive Web Design

The Box has a responsive web design, to provide an optimal viewing experience on mobile devices.

Custom header, colors & background

You can easily change the primary color of the theme (default is blue), the header image and background, to have a completely new look.

Theme Options

Add your Social Network links and share your content.

Cross Browser Compatible

The Box supports all current browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, IE 8+)

Translation Ready

The Box is ready to be translated into other languages.

License and Changelog

The Box is published under the GNU General Public License.

Live demodownload

Child Theme

Is now available The Box child theme. You can use it to edit and customize your own theme,  without losing your customizations when you update the theme.
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About child themes:

Why use a child theme: Always use a child theme

101 thoughts on “The Box: a Responsive Free WordPress Theme

  1. Hi,

    I really like this theme and am hoping to use it for my new blog I’m setting up, however I can’t work out how to get the Facebook, twitter icons etc… you have in your original screenshot for the homepage of this theme, (top right hand corner) – I can only see the RSS icon when I activate this theme on my url – any advice please?

    Thank you – otherwise perfecto!

  2. How to add a custom logo above the nav menu? not the header below navigation.
    Help to remove the text header and tagline and to add a logo image at the top.

    1. This makes sense.
      Why would you put a graphic header below the menu? … and if you were going to use it that way, shouldn’t there be less space above the top nav menu when you remove all text?

    2. I’ve created a child theme which does this. It also has some edits to the css to fix some alignment issues I was having with images. You can take a look at for a preview. You can get it from my github page.

  3. Volevo chiederti, come posso inserire un articolo in una pagina qualsiasi del sito web ??
    Ho provato con alcune guide su wordpress, ma non ci sono riuscito, io sto utilizzando il tuo template thebox , è molto soddisfacente, vi farò sicuramente una donazione.
    Mi saprebbe per favore indicare anche un buon plugin per la creazione di una semplice guida o vademecum.

  4. Thanks, I like the theme.
    However, no matter what width I make my header image it doesn’t go across the entire page.
    It goes across the content area and just half of the side bar. I’ve tried 960px,1200px,1600px but it never goes all the way across like your example does.

  5. Hi Great Theme! One question is whether the Author name and or gravatar can be add to the Post between the Post Title and circular date icon, If so, how? Thanks!

    1. Actually figured out adding the Author and it works awesome! One other question is if there is the ability to add more social media icon option besides FB, Twitter, G+ and Instagram. Some examples, youtube, soundcloud and ustream.

      Really like the clean and responsive setup in this theme

  6. Hello :)
    I really like your theme, and i want to use it for my page. But as a beginner i dont have enough skills to customize it the way i want. Maybe you can help?

    I want to:
    – Remove the right side bar completly
    – Expand the post section to be as wide as the header (expand to take up sidebar space)
    – Move the search field to the right part of the header menu.

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for all you hard work on this theme! I have one question though. By default, each post in my feed has a preview of the first few lines of text, and then a “Read More…” link. Is there a way to turn this off, so that each post is shown in full (already expanded)?



  8. Hi,

    rly like your clean theme.

    But how to get rid of the “Read more” buttonor atleast howto set it´s limitatons of words mch higher !?

    It cuts of so much and I want to use / display the full content ofmy news.

    I know / think I know it is set in the functions.php:

    function thebox_excerpt($num) {
    global $post;
    $limit = $num+1;
    $excerpt = explode(‘ ‘, get_the_excerpt(), $limit);
    $excerpt = implode(” “,$excerpt).”… ID) .” ‘>”.__(‘Read more’, ‘thebox’).” »“;
    echo $excerpt;

    But what and how tochange this !?

    THX and cYa

    1. hi,
      download the child theme,
      copy the file content.php from “thebox” folder to the child theme folder (“thebox-child” folder).
      after edit the new copy of content.php, line 38.

      replace :
      < ?php thebox_excerpt(40); ?>

      < ?php the_content( ); ?>

      1. Hi,

        just did that, but it doesn´t change anything :-(

        do need ot install the thebox-child theme to wordpress ?!
        Ijust unzipped the downloaded file to the themes folder of wordpress.

        oh and the theme folder is called: the-box
        the childfolder is calledm thebox-child

        Please let me knowonce morehow to do this.. I´d really like to have this to work :-)

        As said before, really nice theme !

        1. … although I should add, that I created a child theme using the separate “One-Click Child Theme” WP plugin rather than using your download, as like “franks” I was a bit confused by the exact name of your child theme.

      2. Hi, the child theme is broken – it wouldn’t even install until I changed the Template line to read the-box (you had it as thebox).

        Activating the child theme doesn’t inherit the styles from the parent theme, so the whole site looks broken! I’m having a look at it and i’ll post an update if I find it, but I have very little experience with PHP!


      3. Yay! fixed it!

        I made two changes to the style.css contained in the child theme:
        changed the Template reference to “the-box”
        changed the stylesheet link to “../the-box/style.css”

        I’ve created a version with these files changed and a modified version of the content.php file that removes the ‘read more’ link, too (it can always be turned back on in wordpress by writing an excerpt or using the read more option for each post).

        This updated version is stored here on my development server:


        1. hi!
          i’m back from vacation today. :)
          i fixed it.
          now the child theme directory is “the-box-child”, with the correct template slug “the-box” the calls the father theme.

  9. The Box theme support two menus. But only one navigation menu (Primary ) is visible . how to enable the secondary menu and where it will be positioned in the website?

  10. In this theme, I found everything I wanted in a theme! Thank you!

    Would you ever consider adding ‘Status’ as a post format?

  11. Yes would be nice to release the theme with the second menu working + maybe as wll withou the “read more” feature ?!

  12. Hello again,

    may I add that the CSS design is gone when using IE 8,
    I don´t know about the later IE versions though.

    Best regards

  13. ciao Fabio,
    il tema è davvero ottimo e funzionale, merita di sicuro una donazione :)

    due domande:

    1. è possibile fare in modo che le immagini in evidenza dei post pubblicati siano linkate in automatico all’articolo stesso?

    2. è possibile impostare in automatico l’immagine in evidenza come prima immagine del post?

    grazie per l’aiuto!

  14. Hi Fabio,

    This is a great theme and Im using it for one of my website. May I ask if how to show the posts in the home page as full text?

    Looking forward to hear from you.


  15. Dear Fabio:

    I have recently installed the Box theme for a blog which I am about to start in september. But I have a question and maybe it seems stupid but I do not know how to insert a large foto like in the example. I could not find an option to do this. How can I manage this?

    Thanks in advance

  16. Hello!

    I’m using your them for my wordpress site, I just have a question: How could I translate this them to spanish? Is there any guide that can help me do that? Would appreciate your reply, thanks, and keep it up!

  17. Hi,

    Really lovely theme. I’m setting up a blog but am very new to it all. Would really appreciate any advice on how one can put a logo on the text header above the navigation line? I know this has been asked before, but would appreciate any pointers on how to fix myself.

  18. Hi there,

    glad you are back from your holidays !
    May I ask when you will publish an updated version with all bugfixes of this theme !?

    Please let us now, THX !

  19. Hi, can somebody tell me how to translate it to spanish? where I must put the .po file?, please help…

  20. Great work Fabio! I appreciate all the work you put into this theme, I love it.

    Could you point me to where I can customize the menu as described below? I’m not sure which page has the controls for these things.

    Any chance a feature could be added to customize the menu bar more? If I could choose when the menu icon shows up (width setting), choose which side of the navigation bar it goes to (it’s currently on the right), and maybe an option to put a search widget or logo next to it, and leave the color of the navigation bar the same as when the page is on desktop size.

    Thanks again!

  21. Thanks for all of the great work on this theme! I hope you continue to support it!

    Where can I find the settings to edit the responsive navigation bar? I want to choose when the menu icon shows up on mobile and maybe add a logo to the navigation bar in mobile mode/size.

    Thanks again!

  22. I have downloaded the box theme but would like to change the color of the footer and remove the rss icon in the top? Any tips? thanks!

  23. Hi, I have translate this theme to Chinese, but I found thebox.pot does not have fully strings, how can I get it, and can you put my translate to theme?

  24. Hi! Love the theme. I’m just having a problem with it being responsive to mobile phones. On phones the social icons display over the top of the tagline. Is there a way to fix this please? Thanks!

  25. Hi, I downloading One-Click Child Theme plugin and created the the box-child theme. But I got problem with the post length. Original the box theme shows very limit amount of words and the box-child shows full post. I would like to customise post length myself by editing button “more” in specific post area, but the box-child theme ignoring my command/wish. I even after replacing with: still the same.
    Any suggestions how I can customise post length myself?

    P.S. although the box is fantastic theme, thank you for sharing with us.

  26. Hello,
    Have you given anymore thought to include the post format «Status» in some update? :)

    Now that I’ve finally managed to get the child theme right, I’ll never need to look for any other theme, this is great!

  27. I’m using your theme and I would like to know how to show a photo/image on the blog previews (where the posts are listed).


    1. so i figured out to use featured image. But it looks like it will show the full dimensions of the original image only. No choices for thumbnails. I guess the workaround is to create different sized images with one to be used for the featured images

      1. the homepage and the archive page display the post thumbnail, not the orginal image, that should be at least 600px large. if the image is smaller than 600px, it’s displayed the original size.

        1. You have a great theme here. I have a question about the feature image. The post thumbnail is fairly large and as a result it shows the full size on the home page. Is it possible to make the thumb nail smaller without uploading a different thumb nail? See the example here: Thanks for the help.

  28. Fabio Hello, I wonder if the box theme is optimized for SEO, and customizations are easy to apply for that do not understand CSS and PHP. Thanks and good job

  29. Hello, I’m using your theme but the menu doesn’t function (not scrolling down) on my iPad. It does on my Mac.
    Do you have a solution ? Thanks!

  30. Hi Fabio,

    Can you please tell me if it is possible to edit the text in the footer?

    Also, all the posts on the mobile are showing the full text versus the trunkated version on the desktop. Can you tell me how can I keep the mobile version same as the desktop one i.e showing eatured image and trunkated text for each post?


  31. hi! i’m using the new updated box theme.
    why is my pages showing read more and just shoiing little excerpts?
    if i click the read more it will just reload a read more page
    i don’t like this cause am about to launch my website

    and i can expect my readers to be going through this kind of trauma

    fix this thing fast and next time i wont update my website

    or what about the pro is this kind of prolem also occuring

    this is a link to check out the problem
    hi! i’m using the new updated box theme.
    why is my pages showing read more and just shoiing little excerpts?
    if i click the read more it will just reload a read more page
    i don’t like this cause am about to launch my website

    and i can expect my readers to be going through this kind of trauma

    fix this thing fast and next time i wont update my website

  32. Hi, since the newest update (to 1.3.9) I have problems with the area that shows the comment count and the tags.
    It shows now in the next post?!

    I am using your child theme, so I guess something is not fitting.
    Maybe you could have a look, pls.


  33. hi,
    there seems to be a bug using the box with wordpress 4.2.2. the title (browser) will be doubled. so if my title is TITLE it will end up as TITLETITLE. i installed wp 4.0.1 and it works just fine there. do you know why this happens?
    thank you!

  34. Hi, Fabio! Love your theme. I am using the child theme in a WordPress MU environment. Suddenly, probably with an upgrade, the menu dropdowns are now hiding behind the header image. I found the z-factor (set to 99999) and it is not having an effect. Can you direct me to a solution, please? I’m in Chrome on Linux, but it is repeatable on Windows with Firefox.

  35. Hi to all !
    This is great theme, I like it very much, but I have ONE question.
    My title repeated twice .
    Like this on homepage ->> SiteName|DescriptionSiteName|Description
    Like this on other pages ->> PageName|SiteNameSiteName
    Please help me, it’s very important for me !!!!
    If you need , I can send screenshot .
    Wait for answer :-)

  36. Hello how are you?
    I installed its theme yesterday and tried to insert a logo in place of the page title.
    I made the code changes in header.php and have customized also in appearances.
    The problem is as follows:
    The preview window to customize everything is ok but when accessing the site the changes do not appear online.
    Any idea what the problem?

    This is as it should be:
    This is as it appears in the URL:

  37. Hello,

    Great theme, can you please share the pure html theme ? I want to use it with Laravel.


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