Fresh News


Looking for a clean and sophisticated magazine theme? One that elegantly showcases the best of your blog? With a Featured Post slideshow, multiple color schemes, multiple menus, control over post excerpting, and a clean design, Fresh News might just be it!

Easy to Customize

Fresh News comes with an extensive set of theme options that make it easy to fit Fresh News to your site’s unique personality. From Appearance → Theme Options you can set the color scheme of your site with one click and also take total control of the animated Featured Post slideshow. You can even choose to have your sidebar on the left or right side of your site.

18 Exciting Color Schemes

As noted above, Fresh News has multiple color schemes—18 of them! Just one more feature that can help make Fresh News the perfect fit for your site.

Two Customizable Menus

Fresh News also has two menu areas: a traditional page menu and a second menu that lists your categories. You can take control of these two areas in Appearance → Menus by creating your own custom menus and assigning them to either menu location.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width is 540 except in the full-width layout where it’s 900.
  2. The sidebar width is 300.

Fresh News theme documentation

Adding a logo

You can add an image logo to your Fresh News header space very easily by navigating to your “Appearance > Theme Options” in your WordPress backend and select the “General Settings” tab. Then click on the “Upload” button under the Custom Logo header.

Setting up your navigation menus

By default the Fresh News themes displays two navigation menus below your header space, the top navigation menu is reserved for your WordPress pages, whilst the one directly below is reserved for your blog post categories.

You also can overwrite these two navigation menus with menus that consist of pages, categories and external links all combined in whatever order you like.

Find out more about this on the Custom Menu documentation page.

Setting up your home page featured slider

Navigate to your “Appearance > Theme Options” in your WordPress backend and select the “Homepage Slider” tab. Then tick the “Enable Slider”.

To pull through posts into this featured slider you must tag your blog posts with a specific tag, for example in our demo we’ve used “featured” as the tag. We set the posts to have this tag and then in theme options panel we specified this tag. You can have more than one tag to pull posts from, just make sure the tags are separated by commas.

See this image for an example of how we’ve tagged a post with the “featured” tag in our Fresh News demo site –

You also need to set a Featured Image on your featured post, as the slider only shows posts with images.

See this image for an example of a featured image on the post –

Setting your featured image for your posts

On our demo you will see a thumbnail next to each post, as well as a featured image in each slide of the featured slider on the home page. To set this image, you need to add your images to your blog post and then in the “Featured Image” form, to the right of the WYSIWYG editor, select a particular image to be the one used in the slides and as a thumbnail in the post view.

See this image for an example of how the featured image is assigned to a post –