News Theme Documentation

General Setup


To install the News theme you must first have a working WordPress(.org) installation. For information on installing WordPress, please see Installing WordPress, from the WordPress Codex. Once WordPress has been setup in your hosting environment, you can install your theme one of two ways:

FTP upload: download and un-zip your theme folder, and using the FTP program of your choice upload the theme folder to the ‘../wp-content/themes/’ folder on your server.

WordPress dashboard: download your theme and sign into your WordPress dashboard (e.g., Navigate to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload, and select your zipped theme folder, click “Install Now”. Once the theme is uploaded you will need to activate it, either with the provided link or under Appearance > Themes.

Note: If you use Safari as your primary browser you may find that your theme folder is not zipped after downloading it. You will need to re-compress your theme folder before initiating the second installation process.


The news Theme does not require any plugins, but please note that the contact form is powered by Gravity Forms, an excellent premium WordPress contact form plugin. Free alternatives include ‘Contact Form 7’ and ‘Jetpack Forms’.

The ‘Options Framework’ plugin is bundled with, and powers the news Theme options panel (Appearance > Theme Options).

Demo Content (Optional)

You can install your theme’s demo content with the .xml file download in your account page. Please refer to the following tutorial for instructions on installing your demo content: Installing Demo Content

Reading Settings

Using the ‘you latest posts’ reading setting (Settings > Reading) is required to setup the homepage as seen in the demo. See our ‘Reading Settings‘ tutorial.

Image Dimensions

Theme defined image dimensions are as follows (these can be found in the ‘Theme Setup’ function at the top of your functions.php file):

Logo: 980x120px

Slider Featured Image: 480x270px
Page Featured Image: 960x420px
Post Featured Image: 610x420px
Homepage Teaser Featured Image: 158x100px
Hompage Category Featured Image: 48x44px
Hompage Featured Thumbnail: 220x160px
Hompage Sidebar Featured Image: 90x70px
Category Featured Image: 460x360px

Twitter Feed

You can enter your Twitter user name under Appearance > Theme Options > Header (a timeline widget must be created in your Twitter profile before tweets will display, as per Twitter’s API requirements). The Twitter feed can be displayed or hidden under the same area.

Custom Header

You can upload an image of your choosing under within the Appearance > Header, in your WordPress dashboard. Note that the site title you set under Settings > General will be displayed to the right of your header imager; you have the option to hide the site title text under Appearance > Theme Options > Layout > ‘Display Site Title?’.

Header Menu

You can setup and manage your menu under Appearance > Menus, in your WordPress dashboard. See the Codex for an explanation of the custom menu system (Note: this tutorial is for, but the process is the same).

Homepage and Footer Setup

Scrolling News Ticker

The scrolling news ticker displays posts titles from a category of your choosing, set under Appearance > Theme Options > Header. The ticker can be displayed or hidden in the same area.

Widgets can be added to this section under Appearance > Wdigets > Top Banner Widget. This section is recommended for displaying advertisements. If no widgets are added to the top banner, the section will not be displayed.

Homepage Featured Posts

The featured post sections display the most recent posts of a category selected under Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage.┬áThe images that display on the homepage are the featured images which have been attached to your posts. This section can optionally be displayed under Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage > ‘Display Featured News?’, and an optional background pattern can be uploaded under Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage > News Background pattern.

Home Top Sidebar

Widgets can be added to the right sidebar under Appearance > Widgets, in your WordPress dashboard.

Homepage Sidebar Featured Posts

The homepage sidebar section displays posts of a category selected under Appearance > Theme Options > Homepage. The images that you see are the featured images assigned to these posts. This section can optionally be hidden or displayed within the Appearance > Theme Options > Display Settings.

Home Bottom Sidebar

Widgets can be added to the right sidebar under Appearance > Widgets, in your WordPress dashboard.

Footer Widgets

Footer widgets can be added to the footer under Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard. If no widgets are added to the footer, this section will not be displayed.

Page Template Setup

Page Templates

Please see our ‘Quick Start Guide’ for setting up the News Theme’s various page templates.

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