Installation From WordPress Theme Section [Recommended & Easy]
1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
3. Select Install Themes
4. Use the Upload link in the top sub-menu to upload a zipped copy of theme that you have previously downloaded.
Installation via FTP – Download the Theme and extract the files it contains. You may need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files. Use FTP client to access your host web server, then upload the theme folder in wp-content/themes directory. Then activate your theme from WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Themes.
2. Overview of NewspaperTimes Options
1. Global Settings
Logo Url – Just paste the url of your custom logo. Make sure the logo dimension should be 362 x 54 [362px width and 54px height]
Logo Alt Text – Logo alt text.
Favicon image Url – Paste the url of favicon image icon. Make sure the favicon dimension should be 16 x 16 [16px width and 16px height]
Header Scripts – If you are using some website stats service or using some advertisement site like buysellads that requires to add code before </head> then paste that code in header scripts
Footer Scripts – If you are using services like Google Adsense or Infolinks, then their code goes in footer scripts
Show Edition? – On the top left side of theme. If selected Yes, Add your text to show the edition. If No, then the edition will be hidden.
‘Right Side Of Header’ Settings
Choose Format This area is situated on the right side of logo, IF selected ‘Advanced Header’, then it will show Breaking news area, Search bar & Trending Topics. If selected ‘Advertisement Banner’, Then you can add ad banner here of 468×60 dimension
Navigation Menu Settings
Show Black Navigation? If selected yes, then the Black navigation will show. If selected No, then it will be hidden.
Show White Navigation? If selected yes, then the White navigation will show. If selected No, then it will be hidden.
Thumbnails should be processed by? If selected ‘Native Thumbnail’, then you have to use ‘Featured image’ for thumbnails. If selected ‘Timthumb Script’, then theme will use Timthumb script, which will automatically grab the first image from the article.
Contact Form Details
E-mail To: E-mail To: Enter your email.
Your Name: Enter your Name.
Copyright Text: your copyright info
2. Social Profiles Settings
These are the bookmarking sites that displays on right side of Headlines.
3. Homepage Settings
Featured Block #1 – See the below image
Featured Block #2 – See the below image
4. Single Page Settings
Display Author Box Below the Article? – This option will allow you to show ‘Author Box’ below the article.
How many Related Posts to show? – These are the related posts below the posts [4 is default and recommended]. But you can change them to any number if you know what you are doing.
Show ShareThis Box? – Situated in the right side of post. If selected Yes, it will show the ‘ShareThis’ box. If No, then the ‘Share This’ box will be hidden.
5. SEO Settings
Site Title – The META description for your homepage.
Tagline – In a few words, explain what this site is about.
Meta Description? – The META description for your homepage.
Meta Keywords? – A comma separated list of your most important keywords for your site that will be written as META keywords on your homepage.
6. Advertisment Settings
The advertisement placement description is already in theme options panel.
7. Video Widget
If you use video widget in sidebar, then add the video code here. Make sure its width is 285px and height is 185px
Overview of Color Options
3. Using Menus (Navigation)
WordPress Menus allows you to add menus simply by drag and drop interference. You can find Menus on Appearance > Menus
NewspaperTimes theme has 4 Menus. Main Menu, Secondary Menu, Footer Menu and Top Menu. For more info on WordPress menus checkout this video.
5. Adding Widgets
WordPress Widgets are designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as “widgets”) without having to change any code.
We have 5 Widget areas on theme. Homepage sidebar, Post Sidebar, Archive sidebar, Left Sidebar and Right Sidebar.
Homepage sidebar – The primary widget area on Homepage
Post Sidebar – This sidebar will appear on article posts and pages
Archive sidebar – This sidebar will appear on categories, tags & archive pages
Left Sidebar – The Left half of sidebar
Right Sidebar – The Right half of sidebar
6. Page Templates
WordPress can be configured to use different Page Templates for different Pages. Toward the bottom of the Write > Page administration panel (or on the sidebar, depending on which version of WordPress you are using) is a drop-down labeled “Page Template.” From there you can select which Template will be used when displaying this particular Page.
NewspaperTimes theme has 3 page templates, Full Width Page, Contact page and Archive Sitemap.
Full Width Page – This allows you to have wordpress page without any sidebar.
Contact page – This page template allows you to have jquery contact form on your WordPress site. Contact form is one of those things that are widely used in WordPress and people use wordpress plugins for that. So we thought that we should have contact form per-added in our theme because using so many plugins can slow your site, The less plugins you use, the response time of your site will increase.
Archive Sitemap – This page template allows you to get Archives which also works as sitemap. Some visitors really to browse articles in list view and archives really helps them.
You must be thinking why it says sitemap then? Well, archives is type of sitemap which helps crawlers to get most out of your website. You can use this page template which will really help you to get index fast in Google search results.
7. NewspaperTimes is Seo Optimized!
NewspaperTimestheme has options like Meta Description, Meta Keywords, canonicalize url and other good SEO stuff that are require to run big websites. Webmasters often get confused if the theme is optimized or i have to install plugins for that. Well, when using Magazine3 themes you don’t have to worry about that, Because guess what? NewspaperTimes Theme is already SEO Optimized.