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If you want to create blog posts and articles with ease, the premium Newsmag theme will surely be your tool. It was built in November 2014 by tagDiv, an Envato Power Elite Author, for news, newspaper, magazines WordPress websites. The authors have developed a very flexible template, with different layouts, elegant demos, dedicated elements and multiple choices to fine tune your site. Newsmag is also a great choice if you plan to monetize your site with responsive Google Ads and AdSense.

Design

Newsmag is a well-crafted theme, that seamlessly combines performance with fine design. The template’s author made the layout responsive and retina ready. Newsmag comes with a 1021 pixels width and a special compact grid to help you display a lot of content in a beautiful and engaging page.

This theme brings multiple features that allow you be more creative and style your site with ease. If you don’t know where to start, Newsmag comes with ten amazing pre-made demos, easy to install with just one click. You can choose from the Default, Classic Blog, Video News, Fashion, Travel, and others. Add your content in a great design, and you’ll fell in love this theme.

In Newsmag, you can create pages using the Visual Composer page builder’ custom elements or out-of-the-box templates.

When you create a new post in Newsmag theme, you can make individual choices to style that post. First, you can select one of the eight pre-made post layouts to give your article a great visual appealing. Second, you can transform any article into a smart list, and decide the style of this special type of post choosing one of the eight templates available.

On posts, you can also transform the content in a product review and rate it using stars, percentage, or points.

Also, Newsmag includes various ways to highlight your pages and posts. You can do it with seven category templates, 4 top bar layouts and multiple grids designed to focus the user’ attention on the above the fold section. Furthermore, you can make your content even more creative, you can customize almost everything from the top and bottom areas. You can choose from over ten different header & footer styles and select the order in which all the elements will show.

With Newsmag you can apply different backgrounds on a particular block or widget, to give it the right designer touch.

The template includes a built-in Slider Gallery that can display images with distinct widths aspect ratios, and lets you write a description and copyright information for every picture. Another way to visually attract your visitors is to showcase your work in a glamorous way. Newsmag comes with a custom-built lightbox and provides a beautiful experience for your users. You can also use YouTube or Vimeo videos to share your articles. The theme lets you set a video as a featured one, and it automatically downloads the video image thumbnail from YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion.

Newsmag allows you to give your writings the right typography by choosing between Custom, Typekit or Google Fonts. In plus, you can make additional font customization per sections.

Functionality

Newsmag comes with multiple features that will make your site beautiful and distinct. You’ll find all the settings gathered in the Newsmag Theme panel, and you can customize almost everything from headers, ads, layouts, backgrounds, colors, fonts to content.

This template was built to work with the drag and drop premium Visual Composer page builder. Beyond the VC templates and blocks, Newsmag theme brings you 36 custom widgets and structural elements. Choose from different blocks like the YouTube or Vimeo video playlists, image slides, news ticker or weather and personalize your pages.

Newsmag gives you 25 custom widgets that you can include in different areas to give a plus of dynamism to your site. The theme comes with a custom Social Counter plugin, which helps to count your visitors’ likes and appreciations. You can fine tune it with over ten skins and show it in beautiful layouts.You can use your favorite widget like the Weather, Exchange, Social Counter or Instagram Widget on sidebar, content area and even on the Footer.

The template was tested and works seamlessly with plugins like the WP Super Cache, Contact Form 7, bbPress, Font Awesome 4 Menus, Jetpack, WooCommerce, WordPress SEO and WP User Avatar.

One of the most useful options of the Newsmag is the Translation tool that comes packaged with over 90 translations. Moreover, you can load an available translation with just one click from the Newsmag Theme Panel.

Not to mention that if you want to monetize with your website, the Newsmag theme comes with over ten predefined ad spots. You can insert your advertisement codes into these areas and the template will automatically make it responsive. You must know that Newsmag supports both Adsense and non-Adsense ads.

GENERAL
Item name Newsmag
Category News / Blog / Magazine / Editorial
Type Premium
Author tagDiv
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 3.4
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1021
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge
Woocommerce Yes
Bbpress Yes
Buddypress Yes
WPML -
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation Yes
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts Yes
Typekit fonts Yes
RTL support -
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts -
Post templates 9
Review system Yes
Post view counter Yes
Smart lists Yes
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 17
Blocks 16
Widgets 25
Header styles 10
Footer styles 10
Category layouts 7
Masonry layout -
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter Yes
Video playlists Yes
Instagram widget Yes
Currency widget Yes
Pinterest widget -
Weather widget Yes
OTHER FEATURES
Mobile theme -
Demos included 10
SEO optimized Yes
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad Yes
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 712 kb
Overall speed High
Perfomance documentation Yes
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 864
User rating
Learnability Easy
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Explicit
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option Yes
Extra documentation Yes
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, tagDiv Social Counter
VALUE
Price $49
Value for the money Excellent

Performance

We have tested Newsmag default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads at a high page speed.

Newsmag PageSpeed
Newsmag PageSpeed

Downsides

The Newsmag theme was developed with a narrow, boxed version. Though, a wider version will sure make the user’s delight.

The theme doesn’t support RTL.

Newsmag
Category: News
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Conclusion
Newsmag is a great WordPress theme, with elegant lines and flexible features. From demos, translations, layouts to custom widgets or intelligent ads, with this template every beginner can have the news blog or magazine he ever dreamed of. To help you build a site in no time, the Newsmag theme has very useful video tutorials and an extensive documentation.
Good for
  • Highly Flexible and customizable layouts
  • Multiple pre-made demos
  • Review and post views systems
  • Custom Social Counter
  • Ad system
Not so good for
  • Not RTL ready
  • No WPML compatibility
  • Narrow width 1021 px
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Lisa Jones
Editor-in-chief of WPion. 100% passionate about WordPress, Lisa is part time web developer and part time front-end designer. With a master's degree in computer science, she is specialized in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL and PHP. Lisa uses her knowledge and experience to offer you a complete analysis of WordPress most popular themes and plugins.

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