Broadsheet is a newspaper theme. With 3 optional widget areas, and a huge homepage slider there are lots of options for creating interesting, immersive websites.


While Broadsheet was designed for newspaper style sites, it’s equally suitable for bloggers – with the widget sidebars that automatically hide when they are empty – you can make your Broadsheet powered site look however you want it to.

Your Design, Everywhere

We designed Broadsheet to look good on all devices – from desktop computers and laptops to Android, to smartphones and tablets.

Infinite Content

Broadsheet supports the all the latest WordPress wizardry, including infinite scroll. Infinite scroll helps to engage your readers by allowing them to see more of your content at once. If you have enabled footer widgets, then users will instead be given the option to load more posts.

Featured Content Slider

The Homepage Image Slider is generated from a category specified in the Customizer options (in the Theme section).

All Languages

Broadsheet was crafted with care to work well in multiple languages, so it has full support for both left-to-right and right-to-left languages and is fully localised. If Broadsheet is not available in your language, you can find out how to translate it here.

Theme Options

Broadsheet has a variety of options to allow you to tweak and adjust the theme so that it works exactly as you want. All options work using the WordPress theme customizer which means you can preview the changes as you make them safe in the knowledge that your users won’t be seeing a broken website.

The Broadsheet options allow you to change the number of featured categories to display on the homepage (the thumbnail image column), whether or not to display the date and social links in the header, and what category to use for the slider.

Custom Headers and Backgrounds

Broadsheet gives you the ability to upload your own header images via Appearance → Header. You can also customize your blog with a background color or image by going to Appearance → Background.

Custom Colors

If you have the Custom Design upgrade then you can freely change the colours on your Broadsheet powered theme.

Widget Areas

Broadsheet uses a series of custom sidebars to allow you to keep things nice and flexible. All widget areas will stay invisible if you don’t add any widgets to them.

  • Left sidebar widgets – are a narrow column shown on the left hand side. This column will display on the homepage, blog posts, and pages. It does not display on the archives.
  • Right sidebar widgets – are wider than the left hand widgets, and will display on all pages.
  • Footer widgets – will display on all pages and are listed under the main blog content.

Custom Templates

Broadsheet includes some custom page templates. These give you some additional functionality that you wouldn’t get with a normal theme.

  • Contributors – A list of all of the contributors to your website (perfect or newspapers and magazines with multiple authors), sorted accorded to how many posts have been published by each author.
  • Full Width Page – A normal WordPress page, only it has the sidebars removed so that you can have content that stretches the full width of the site.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. At full width the main column width is 701 except in the full-width layout where it’s 916.
  2. The sidebar width is 276.
  3. Please keep in mind that this theme is responsive, which means that it changes size as the browser is resized.
  4. The featured post thumbnails (on the homepage) are 345 pixels wide by 210 pixels high.
  5. The smaller post thumbnails are 105 pixels wide by 85 pixels high.
  6. The category archive thumbnail images are 120 pixels square.
  7. All featured Images are generated from the same initial image so make sure to keep the focus of the image in the center as the surrounding content may be cropped.
  8. The site logo uses an image sized 120 x 120

Custom Header

Broadsheet makes use of WordPress custom header functionality.

Custom Menus

Broadsheet has one custom menu area available. If there is no custom menu configured then the menu will display a list of your site’s pages. To find out more about how to set up your menus, see the Custom Menu documentation.

Featured Images

Broadsheet supports thumbnail images on blog posts. These are known as Featured Images. To use featured images, edit the post you want to add the featured image to — and then find the box labelled ‘Featured Image’. Click the link titled ‘Set featured image’ and then either select the image or upload a new one using the options provided. Once selected, press ‘Set featured image’. Then click the ‘update’ button to save changes to your post.

Local Languages

Broadsheet has full support for both left to right and right to left languages. For information on translating Broadsheet you can check out the translation faq here.

Social Links

Broadsheet allows you to display links to your social media profiles, like Twitter and Facebook, with icons. To do this:

  1. Create a new Menu
  2. Add your social links to it
  3. Add it to the ‘Social Menu’ position

Available icons

Linking to any of the following sites will automatically display its icon in your menu:

  • CodePen
  • Digg
  • Dribbble
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Email (mailto: links)
  • Pinterest
  • Pocket
  • Polldaddy
  • Reddit
  • RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube

Featured Content

Broadsheet uses the WordPress integrated featured content. This involves choosing a post tag that signifies that your posts are special. When this tag is used the posts will be displayed at the top of the homepage – separate to the regular blog posts. You can set the featured tag in “Appearance → Customize → Featured Content”.

To setup the Featured Content do the following:

  1. Go to the following meu. Appearance → Customize → Featured Content.
  2. Enter a tag name for the featured posts – make sure it’s unique and isn’t used anywhere else
  3. Edit the posts that you want to display in the featured content space and give them the featured tag you have just selected.

Homepage Category Summaries

The image thumbnails in the third column on the Broadsheet homepage are called Category Summaries. Note that these are not widgets and can not be edited like widgets.

The categories in the category summaries are selected automatically, putting the categories with the most posts at the top of the list. There is an option in the Customizer to allow you to select how many category summaries are displayed. Keep in mind that the category summaries will only show posts that have featured images.

The Homepage Category Summaries can be hidden through the Customizer by setting the Featured Category Amount to 0.

Homepage Image Slider

The Homepage Image Slider is generated from a category specified in the the Customizer options (in the Theme section). The slider will select posts in the order they are published – and will ignore posts that do not have featured images.


Broadsheet has 3 sidebars. There’s information on the administration of sidebars available here.

All sidebars will hide if there are no widgets to display. The remaining content will resize to fill the empty space.

The footer sidebar is on all pages. The right hand sidebar is on all pages except the full width page template. The left hand sidebar is displayed on the homepage, blog posts, and regular pages.