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Newspaper is the most popular and best selling WordPress news theme of all time on Envato Themeforest Market. Created by tagDiv, a power elite author, this template features a bold and elegant design combined with versatility. Newspaper is built with the publishing industry in mind and is capable of handling large amounts of content with ease. This template is a ‘Must Have’ theme for both beginners and advanced users.

Design

This template is designed to help you build a professional website easily. With a dozen post templates, countless big grid combinations available, 25 predefined blocks and over 20 demos ready to be uploaded, you can change the look of your website in just a few minutes. Custom built features like image slider gallery, images lightbox effect, social counter, weather and exchange widgets, will give your website a professional touch.

Newspaper is built to permanently keep the balance between the elements used on a page. Combining a cleanly structured grid system with smooth lines, blocks colors and elegant typography, you don’t have to be a web designer to create a beautiful news website. And if this is not enough for you, you’ll be glad to hear that almost everything is customizable.

To make monetizing easier, the author has implemented a modern, intelligent ad system that allows you to generate revenue from advertisements without downgrading the reader’s experience. 14 ad spots ready to use in the header, footer, article, smart list, sidebar and on backgrounds can become active just by adding the Adsense code in the theme’s ad spot and choose the behavior you desire.

This theme’s core feature used to be responsiveness, but the latest update features a new way to approach the users that browse your website from mobile devices, called Mobile Theme. This new feature is a built-in plugin designed to load an optimized version of your website, increasing the speed page loading on small screen devices.

Functionality

Newspaper’s options, plugins, demos, and website monitoring systems are gathered in the administrative center, the Theme Panel. Neatly, clear and intuitively organized, all the settings are separated in global or individual options, making everything easy to find and use.

You don’t have to start building your websites from scratch as this theme comes with over 20 demos. The author built a custom import system so you can preview a demo and install it. You can load the demo with content or just the design of the template. If you decide to uninstall the demo, the import system will clear the website of any element from the demo, leaving your pages just like they were before you install the demo.

Powered by Visual Composer, a well-known drag and drop plugin, with Newspaper building pages is a piece of cake. Just drag and drop the blocks on the page and arrange them. The theme also comes with many custom plugins built like Social Counter and Instagram (for social networks) and premium ones like Revolution Slider.

GENERAL
Item name Newspaper
Category News / Blog / Magazine / Editorial
Type Premium
Author tagDiv
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 7.1
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1164px
Browser compatibility IE8+ / 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 14
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 20
Blocks 25
Widgets 27
Header styles 12
Footer styles 12
Category layouts 8
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 Yes
Demos included 24
SEO optimized Yes
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad Yes
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 855kb
Overall speed Very high
Perfomance documentation Yes
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 2720
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, TD Social counter, TD Speed Booster, TD Woo Invoice, TD Woo Label
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Excellent

Performance

Sometimes having a beautifully designed website and cool features are just not enough. Your website visitors want a top notch experience, meaning your website needs to be a fast loading one.
We have tested the Newspaper theme’s default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content with an excellent page speed. It shows 90/100 on Google PageSpeed on the desktop.

This theme has extensive documentation with a search option and video tutorials to help you achieve performance and optimize your website.

Downsides

The theme does not include RTL support. If your plan to use a Right-to-Left language on your site, you must modify the code by yourself or hire a web developer to do it for you.

Another feature missing on Newspaper is a Woocommerce live cart. When you add your products to the cart, and you continue to browse for new products it would be nice to see how many items you already selected. On Newspaper you can only see this if you go to the cart page, I hope they will add this feature in one of their future updates.

Newspaper
Category: News
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Conclusion
Newspaper theme has a multitude of options allowing you to create a unique looking homepage in a couple of minutes and to build a custom layout for each category or page. This is a high performance and versatile news, blog, reviews and magazine theme. Newspaper is definitely one of the best themes on the market with the power of a multipurpose one designed to power your website and engage the visitors.
Good for
  • Modern clean design
  • Very fast page load speed
  • Mobile theme optimized for small devices
  • Outstanding support
  • Inteligent ad system
  • No code skills are necessary
Not so good for
  • Missing RTL (right to left) support
  • Doesn't include a Woocommerce live cart
Overall score:
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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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hello team, Newspaper is beautiful and easy to use, and the article comes in handy. But I would like to implement the infinite scrolling on single posts. Can you name a plugin that could work?

    • Hello, Jessica! We have tested the theme and the custom features that come bundled with it and we realized that the Newspaper theme has a built-in infinite scroll pagination for blocks and page templates without an infinite load for posts. You can try some plugins from the WordPress repository or from https://codecanyon.net/category/wordpress .

  2. Good article. . Help me decide between newspaper, Trumag and…. if you know anything about Trupixel?
    Thanks
    Ps ( blog essays reviews and AD SPACE ( ad sense)
    Thanks
    Howard

    • Hello! Thank you for your appreciation! All these three themes are beautiful and represent the blog, magazine and news niche. The Newspaper, True Mag, and True Pixel templates include many dedicated settings, and are also AdSense optimized. Newspaper is the best seller news & magazine theme on Themeforest and it also comes with 14 ad spots ready to use in different sections. I hope this information helps you take a decision 🙂

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