Newspaper Theme Review: A 5-star WordPress Theme

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Newspaper Theme Review: A 5-star WordPress Theme

It takes less than 5 minutes to install WordPress, but it takes you hours to choose what is the best-suited theme for your new website. If you are looking for a WordPress theme for your new website or want to change the currently active theme on your website, Newspaper is the theme you can’t miss.

Newspaper is a WordPress theme developed by a dedicated team called tagDiv. With over 80,000 sales, Newspaper is one of the most selling items on Themeforest. This theme also earned a 5-star rating by the vast majority of users. Despite its name, Newspaper is a great theme for all website types, including static websites like portfolio websites and company profile websites as it comes with a page builder plugin (tagDiv Composer).

As you can figure out in the footer section, this website is also powered by Newspaper. We have been using this theme for a quite while and here is the breakdown of our review scores.

  • Features: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
  • Performance: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
  • Technical Support: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
  • Ease of use: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
  • Pricing: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
  • Overall score: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

There are at least two crucial things you need to know before you buy Newspaper theme. One of which, you need to familiarize yourself with the page builder plugin. You will use this plugin — tagDiv Composer in this case — to design the homepage of your website. Don’t worry if you haven’t used any page builder plugin before since Newspaper also comes with demos. A demo is a ready-to-use Newspaper template. With a demo, you can effortlessly have a beautiful website interface powered by Newspaper theme.

Notable features of Newspaper theme

  • Theme panel

After installing and activating Newspaper theme, you will have a new menu item on your WordPress dashboard called “Newspaper”. You will find the Newspaper theme panel on this menu. Theme panel hosts all of the Newspaper settings. From header, footer, theme colors, theme fonts, templates, single post templates, category page and so on. Newspaper theme also comes with a built-in ad manager, allowing you to manage your ad units without installing an ad manager plugin anymore. The option to manage your ads also lies in the theme panel.

Theme panel also hosts general settings for your website attributes like favicon and logo. The idea of the theme panel is great because you have a centered settings.

  • Cloud Templates

As mentioned earlier above, Newspaper theme comes with a page builder plugin called tagDiv Composer. This plugin is required. Mastering tagDiv Composer is a key to get the most out of Newspaper theme. You will use it to design the layout of your website homepage, create a page (such as about page, contact page or even landing page) that stands out. Just like other page builder plugins, tagDiv Composer also comes with a drag and drop visual editor, allowing you to create a beautiful page without coding.

While you can create a page from scratch, the tagDiv team (the team behind Newspaper theme) provides a bunch of premade templates to save you time in creating a page. You need to install tagDiv Cloud Library plugin in order to load the templates. Once installed, you will have a new menu item on your WordPress dashboard called “Cloud Templates”.

Note: All Newspaper theme supporting plugins get installed as you were installing Newspaper theme, but some are not activated yet.

All templates are very well-arranged by category, allowing you to find the template you need effortlessly. Here are the template categories you can find on Newspaper theme’s Cloud Templates.

  • 404
  • Attachment
  • Author
  • Category
  • Date
  • Headers
  • Blocks

  • Footers
  • Homepages
  • Pages
  • Sections
  • Search
  • Single
  • Tag

If you have no Newspaper theme installed yet, you can take a look at the templates offered by the tagDiv on this page.

Since version 9.5, Newspaper has a new feature called “Header Manager”, a feature that allows you to create and manage headers on your website. Header templates are also available on the Cloud Templates.

  • Smart sidebar and integrated newsletter

If you have ever noticed, today’s modern websites mostly have a sticky header. This is a good practice since it allows your visitors to easily navigate to the pages within your website once they have scrolled too deep on a page.

Newspaper comes with this sort of setting so you don’t need to install a plugin anymore only to make your header sticky. Newspaper theme also comes with a smart sidebar option that allows you to have sticky content on the sidebar (such as ad units).

Newspaper theme also allows you to integrate your website with newsletter services (MailChimp and MailerLite). You can place a beautiful email subscription from anywhere on your website. Whether on the single posts, sidebar or a landing page.

You need to activate the tagDiv Newsletter plugin in order to able to use the email subscription form.

  • Demo

Again, mastering tagDiv Composer is a key if you want to get the most out of Newspaper theme. You will use this page builder to design the layout of your website homepage. The problem is, it might take you some time to learn how to use tagDiv Composer especially if you haven’t used any page builder plugin before. This is how a demo comes into play.

As briefly mentioned earlier, a demo is a premade Newspaper template. With a demo, you can instantly get a beautiful website powered by Newspaper theme. There are tens of demos you can install. You can always preview each demo before you install it.

  • Smart List

If you often write listing articles, Newspaper also has a feature for you. Smart List will turn your boring long listing article into a more interesting format. Visit this page to see the example and compare it with this page. You can find the option to turn your long list into a shorter, more interesting format beneath the WordPress editor. There are 8 Smart List templates you can choose from.

Newspaper uses the Heading tag to generate the list. You can choose any Heading level you want. From Heading 1 to Heading 6

The power of tagDiv Composer

One of the interesting things of Newspaper theme is that it allows you to have multiple templates on your website. From single post, category, author page, and so on. This is great because you can use a different template for a specific purpose.

For example. At Better Tech Tips, we use a different single post template for specific posts that contain a marketing campaign, while for regular posts we use the default post template (the global post template). A custom single post template can be used on certain posts only by manually selecting it on the Post template section beneath the WordPress editor. Or, if you want to set it as a default post template (for all existing articles), you can set it via the theme panel.

Thanks to tagDiv Composer, you can also create a more interesting landing page on your website, which is great if you want to sell something.

You can also use tagDiv Composer to create a more interesting contact page, about page, team member page to pricing page on your website.

Technical support

Newspaper is developed by a dedicated team. There are team members dedicated specifically for handling technical support. The tagDiv team uses forum-based technical support. If you experience a problem, you can search for the problem similar to yours on the technical forum provided by tagDiv. If you can’t find the same problem previously faced by other Newspaper users, you can create a new topic on the forum and the technical support team of tagDiv will help you fix the problem. They answer all threads by date, from the oldest to the newest.

If you want to buy Newspaper theme but still have some questions in mind, you can even send an email to get the answers. You can visit this page to learn more about the support mechanism. Overall, the technical support of Newspaper theme is good enough.

Pricing and update

Newspaper theme is marketed via Themeforest. This theme is sold by $59 for a single license. This license includes lifetime access to theme updates. This means that if a new Newspaper theme version is available, you can update your theme to the latest version without spending an additional fee. However, the update can only be done manually. Visit this page on how to update Newspaper theme.

The verdict

Newspaper is a great theme for a dynamic website (you can also use it for a static site of course). We have been using this theme for quite enough time and get satisfied with its performance so far. We particularly love this theme because it allows us to create a custom single post template for specific needs.

Overall score:

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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