Newsworthy Theme

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Newsworthy is a colorful and light blog style theme, perfect for a personal blog or local news site. It supports all the usual features including widgets and custom menus, and has a handy full width template for static page content. Download at the link above from the WordPress.org theme directory.

UPDATE: As of May 2nd, Newsworthy is also available for WordPress.com users here. We’re also recommending what we thing is the best WordPress hosting.

18 comments on “Newsworthy Theme
  1. Hello! I’ve been using Newsworthy for about a year now and I’m wondering if I could do more to ‘pep it up’? I like Newsworthy because I’ve gotten compliments and it’s easy for me to understand. Could you give me an honest/critical opinion about what I’ve done? Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Hi Patricia, glad to hear you have had some good comments on the theme. I’m not sure what else you can do to be honest, the site looks great. To be clear we don’t control the version of the theme you are using. We released and manage the version on WordPress.org for people self hosting their own sites. WordPress.com (who host your site) took our theme, customized it a little to suit their purposes and maintain it for people using WordPress.com. We are very happy for them to do this, but we don’t have any control over the code or maintenance of the theme.

  2. Hi Charles, great theme – it’s working really well on my site (hosted on WordPress).

    Interesting to know that you aren’t in control of that version, I may look into moving away from hosting on WP and move to my own hosting to get your updates to the theme and take advantage of customising the theme.

    • Hi Azreenraub, I think you will need to post this question to the WordPress.com support forum. WordPress are using our theme, but they made some changes to it and I’m not even sure if you can apply custom CSS to free hosted sites on WordPress.com?

  3. Hey! I’m the EIC of my high school newspaper and, as part of our journalism program, we’re starting a weekly behind the scenes blog. I love this template but want to know if there’s a way to change the author’s name in the side speech bubble to allow the staffers name to appear. I’m hoping there’s a quick fix to this that I’ve just missed in my scrolling through WordPress help pages. Thanks!!

      • Thanks for getting back to me! Okay so I did that but I was just hoping there was a way to actually control what name shows up. Since there are thousands of usernames already taken, it’s going to be difficult to get names that are close to my staffers’, I’m looking for a way to manually enter in this field if possible…

        • Hi Justina, I’m not a WordPress.com user but I know with self hosted WordPress each user can easily control how their name appears under their profile settings. You can set your display name to be anything you like. Is that not also the case on WordPress.com?

          • Oh my goodness yes!! Thank you so much, you totally saved me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  4. Hi,
    Do you have any suggestion as to how to add copyright information where it now reads blog at wordpress. Newsworthy Theme?
    Any assistance is much appreciated.

    • Hi Lynda, you are WordPress.com to host your site which is a little different to the self hosted version of the theme. I’m also not sure how much control you have over the theme template files on WordPress.com (which I don’t use myself). Try going to Appearance > Editor and look for the footer.php file. If you can edit this then this is where you need to go to control that text. Hope that helps.

  5. Hi Charles, It is great theme and i found that very suitable for my website’s blog. However, do you have suggestion on how to edit the footer “Blog at WordPress.com. The Newsworthy Theme”? Any assistance is much appreciated.

    • Hi Jeff, I gather you are using WordPress.com to host your site, rather than having your own hosting account and your own install of WordPress? I have never used WordPress.com so I am not sure what level of access you have to edit themes. If you can go to Appearance > Edit then you can edit the footer.php template file. I think it is likely though on WordPress.com that you do not have that level of access.

  6. Hi Charles, thanks for your quick response. I have my own hosting account and i can go to Appearance > Editor and look for the footer.php file. I’m wondering if i’m allowed to edit the footer even remove the footer? Many thanks.

    • Hi Jeff, you are free to edit the footer as you see fit. Keep in mind that you can break the layout if you are unfamiliar with template coding, but otherwise you can do as you like. I’d also recommend setting the theme up as a child theme first if you plan to make such changes so that future updates don’t overwrite your local changes.

  7. Hello Charles,

    I have a website client who is very happy with the NEWSWORTHY theme, except he is distressed that it is not mobile-friendly.

    Do you have a mobile-friendly version of this theme, or can you recommend an alternative theme that is as nice as NEWSWORTHY but is mobile friendly?

    Thanks.

    • Hi David, no I don’t have a mobile responsive version of the theme. It is one of our very oldest themes and it just wasn’t designed responsive at the time. If you want to keep that theme you could make use of a plugin like WP Touch which can present a mobile friendly version of the page for mobile users. They also have a Pro version of the plugin which provides more flexibility and features.

      Other than that I can only recommend you look around for a new theme that is mobile responsive. All our recent themes are, and of course there are many more in the WP theme directory which are too.

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