Newspaper is one of the most popular premium WordPress themes. According to an official intro (at the time of writing), this theme has been used by over 70,000 users. Newspaper itself is developed by tagDiv. Despite its name, Newspaper is a multi-use WordPress theme.
Although this theme is designed specifically for blogs, news sites and online magazines, you can also use this theme to create a static websites like online portfolio, company profile and other kind of websites that don’t need a routine update. Newspaper is one of the best-selling items on Themeforest.
Newspaper theme overview
Newspaper is a unique theme. At first, you might will be frustrated to use it. However, once you understood how this theme works, you will start to fall in love with at. You will then realize that Newspaper is more powerful than you thought. The best part of Newspaper is that it allows you to design the homepage of your website. No coding skill is required at all. Newspaper comes with a component called tagDiv Composer, a page builder to set the homepage layout and to create any other page of your websites.
tagDiv Composer is a plugin (required). If you have ever used page builders like WPBakery or Elementor before, then you will meet no problem at all to use tagDiv Composer. There are lots of elements you can add to the page you are creating. If you are lazy enough to design your homepage from scratch, Newspaper also offers ready-to-use templates (called demo) which you can import. Following is one example use of Newspaper theme.
In addition to the one on the screenshot above, there are many other demos you can see to give an insight about how you can use Newspaper. If you need real examples, tagDiv has also put together some examples of websites that use Newspaper theme.
One key thing you need to know about Newspaper. This theme will create an additional panel to your WordPress dashboard. All theme settings are done via this panel. Here is the screencast of the theme panel of Newspaper.
Newspaper is an all-in-one WordPress theme. It is bundled with lots of handy features, including advertisements. Another key thing is that Newspaper is a responsive theme. There are even some elements you can set to optimize the appearance of your site on mobile devices. Like logo for mobile and iOS bookmarklet.
Following is a quick overview of the main reasons to consider Newspaper for your website:
- Responsive, clean, SEO-friendly.
- Lots of beautiful ready-to-use templates (demos). This is handy if you want to switch from your current theme as it allows you to have a decent website interface while you are learning to use Newspaper
- Intuitive front-end interface to customize your theme.
- Comes with selection premium WordPress plugins included at no extra cost.
- Has an excellent support forum
Newspaper theme features
As mentioned above, Newspaper comes with lots of handy features. Following are key features offered by this theme.
1. Theme panel
One key feature offered by Newspaper that makes it different to other themes is panel.
Panel is a place where you can set your theme. Here, you can such things as website logo, menu, footer, post layout, category layout, theme colors to ads. We have showed you the glance look of the Newspaper theme panel via the screenshot above. Take a look at the screencast below to have a closer look to it.
As you can see on the screencast above, there are some options available on the Newspaper panel. On the header section, you can set the style of the menu appearance of your site. Newspaper itself supports sticky menu in case you love this sort of menu menu style. In addition, it also supports mega menu.
Take a switch to footer. Newspaper offers several footer layouts you can choose from. There are about 14 footer layouts offered by this theme. On this panel, you can also set the layout of the category. There are about 22 different category layouts you can choose from. Interestingly, you can set different layout to each category if you want. Following is the example of the category layout of Newspaper.
One of the interesting features offered by Newspaper theme which you can access via panel is ads management. The ads management feature of Newspaper allows you to display ads unit anywhere within your website. From sidebar, header to blog post.
In general, here are some key settings available on the panel of this theme.
- Post template
- Category template
- Theme color
- Theme fonts
- And so on
2. Multiple post templates
As mentioned, Newspaper is a multi-purpose theme. Although this theme itself is designed specifically for blogs, news themes, and online magazines, you can also implement it according to your need. While you can set the homepage layout according the concept of your website, you can also select different post layout according to the type article you want to post.
For instance, if you want to post a video, you can choose the Style 10 or Style 11.
Newspaper also features smart list, which will be pretty useful if you want to create list article. Newspaper has the ability to generate lists using its built-in functionality. Here is how this feature works.
If you occasionally write a review article, the built-in Reviews feature also allows you to create a better review. You can add things like stars, points or percentage of the review article you are writing.
3. tagDiv Composer
As we have mentioned, Newspaper comes with a page builder called tagDiv Composer. tagDiv Composer is a required plugin developed by the same team as the team who create Newspaper itself. You can use this page builder to create a page in which will use as the homepage later. Sure, you can also use it to create other page. From regular page like about page, contact page to pages like testimonial, team member page and so on.
There are lots of elements you can add to the page you are creating. If you are creating a page for homepage, you can add elements like latest posts, pagination, news ticker, and other elements you can usually see on the homepage of a website. Regarding tagDiv Composer, Newspaper offers plenty of documentations to make it easy for you to get started with it.
4. Smart Sidebar
Another Newspaper features that is worth to mention is smart sidebars. You can find this setting on the theme panel on the Template Settings section. Smart Sidebar is sticky sidebar that has auto resize and it scrolls with the content. It will revert back to normal sidebar on mobile devices. Smart Sidebar is great to display certain contents like ads banner, announcement, special offer, email subscription form and so on.
5. Ready-to-use templates
Newspaper offers lots of ready-to-use theme templates to allow you effortlessly get a beautiful website. These templates are called demo. You can install and import demos from the Newspaper menu on your WordPress dashboard.
While demos allow you to have a beautiful website instantly, we don’t recommend you to use a demo. You are not the only one who use Newspaper theme. If you use one of the offered demos, there is a big chance that you will have the precisely the same website layout as other websites out there, despite the content difference.
Newspaper WordPress theme system requirements
Before you buy the Newspaper WordPress by tagDiv, make sure to read the system requirements first. Chances are, you won’t be able to install this theme via WordPress dashboard with the default WordPress configurations. This theme recommends you to set the memory limit of WordPress to 96M, while WordPress itself only allocates 64MB. You can increase the memory limit of WordPress by editing the wp-config.php file. In addition, this theme also recommends you to have PHP 7.0 or greater on your server.
System requirements of Newspaper WordPress theme:
- WordPress 4.0 or later
- Apache or Nginx
- Memory limit: 40MB (recommended: 96M)
- PHP version 5.6 or greater (recommended: PHP 7.0 or greater)
- MySQL version 5.0 or greater (recommended: MySQL 5.5 or greater)
- The mod_rewrite Apache module (optional)
Newspaper is a great WordPress theme to create content-rich website like blogs, news portals or online magazine. It has lots of modern features like smart sidebar and sticky menu. It also has some features to optimize your website appearance on the mobile devices. This theme comes with a panel to allow you customize your website.
Although this theme is designed specifically for dynamic websites like blogs, news portals, and online magazines, you can also use it to create a static websites like company profile or portfolio websites. The tagDiv Composer allows you to set the layout of your website homepage. While you can customize your website from scratch, Newspaper also offers demos to allow you get a beautiful website effortlessly. There are lots of websites out there that use Newspaper theme, including Engineering blog of Uber.
- Fully customized.
- Clean, SEO friendly.
- Has modern features
- Has an excellent support forum.
- Lots of ready-to-use templates (demos).
- Centered settings via theme panel.
- It take times for new users to learn to use.
- Higher system requirements
Overall score: (5 / 5)