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Newspaper Theme

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, so it’s capable of handling large amounts of content with ease. This template is a ‘Must Have’ theme for both beginners and advanced users.

Design

Newspaper is designed to help you build a professional website quickly. With a dozen post templates, many 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, handcrafted widgets, will give your site a professional touch.

Newspaper is constructed to permanently keep the balance between the elements used on a page. Combining a cleanly structured grid system with an 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 even easier, the author has implemented a modern, intelligent ad system. It 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.

This theme’s core feature used to be responsive, 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 designed to increase 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. For this reason, finding and using everything in this theme is so easy.

You don’t have to start building your websites from scratch while this theme comes with over 20 demos. The author created 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. In other words, just drag and drop the blocks on the page and arrange them. The theme also comes with many custom plugins like Social Counter & Instagram (for social networks) and some 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 while your site’s visitors want a top notch experience. In other words, your site needs to be a fast loading one. So, we have tested Newspaper default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads at an excellent page speed.

Newspaper 7 PageSpeed
Newspaper 7 PageSpeed

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

Downsides

The theme does not include RTL support. Also, 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, it would be nice to see how many items you already selected.

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.

8 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 🙂

  3. Hi, Lisa.

    Thanks for your post. This has been very useful to convince me of using Newspaper. However, I have two doubts:

    -My website will be in spanish: is it possible to translate the name of the content categories and all the features? I mean, will there be things that remain in english?

    -As it will be a magazine type of website, can I customise exactly how many categories I want displayed on the home page? If i need 7 and only 7 -music, movies, theater, tech, fashion, tv and bussiness- can I have that many, no less, no more?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Carlos,

      Thank you for your trust and kind words!

      Yes, Newspaper has a great Translation Panel right from the Theme Options that allows you to translate all the specific elements of the template. You can check out the theme’s official tutorial: https://goo.gl/Y42Ful.

      On your site’s homepage, you can display as many categories as you want since there’s no limit.

      I hope this helps! Good luck with your project! 🙂

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