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 theme directory.

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23 thoughts on “Newsworthy Theme

  1. Mobilisti says:

    Great theme, look awsome

  2. Karl says:

    Ok, let me start by explaining what i had was the following: a normal page where with a plugin i could put posts using a shortcode. Because this was a regular page i could use Access Control to only allow access users entered by me, i.e. they would have to log in to view the posts as well as add posts. This is what i liked. Apparently once can also use the visibility section at the top right when editing a post, using public, password protection or private. That’s the old situation.
    Then i switched to the Newsworthy post-page, which looks much much nicer. Now the problem is this: no matter whether i use access control or visibility password protection, none work. The post-page of Newsworthy is ALWAYS freely accessible. The reason seems to be that WP regards it as an archive and not a proper page. This is of course problematic as i want to keep those posts private, well within the family (and sorry because of that i cannot share a link).
    So as i really like Newsworthy i do not want to switch to something else. So i’m just wondering what the best way forward would be in order to arrive at some sort of password protection for the Newsworthy post-page (set in Settings>reading) ?

    I hope this is a bit clearer…

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Karl, thanks for explaing, I understand what’s happening. You are correct that the Posts-Page set under Settings > Reading is an archive page. It is a list of recent posts, not an individual post or page as such. For this reason neither the Access Control plugin nor the core WP password protection features will work on this page.

      There is no easy way around this I’m afraid. If you are determined to stick with the current set up (rather than roll back to what you were doing) then the only thing I can think to suggest is look at one of these free membership plugins, they might provide additional controls over access to different types of pages including archives.

  3. Karl says:

    Hi Charles,

    i’ve been using your template for years now, and love it so much i don’t want to change it. However… i’ve changed a few things and love the way the post page looks. But now everything is freely accessible on that page the password protection i had on my posts (family only) does not work anymore, no matter what WP settings one uses (and do work on other pages). I’ve read up on this and apparently WP looks at it like an archive and hence looses all possibilities to protect it. I used to have to log in to see and add to the posts. Can this be fixed or else could you point me in the right direction so i can try and fix the code myself (i have found some snippets of code where people have run into something very similar here: ) ?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Karl, happy to try and help, but it isn’t clear to me what you’ve changed and how that might be affecting the way WP functions. I gather you have a page (not a post) on which you have set password protection, but this has stopped working. Is that right? What changes did you make to this page exactly? Is this a custom page template you have created? Can you share a link to your site to check it out?

  4. David says:

    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?


    1. charles Charles says:

      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.

  5. Jeff says:

    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.

    1. charles Charles says:

      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.

  6. Jeff says:

    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 The Newsworthy Theme”? Any assistance is much appreciated.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Jeff, I gather you are using to host your site, rather than having your own hosting account and your own install of WordPress? I have never used 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 that you do not have that level of access.

  7. Lynda says:

    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.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Lynda, you are 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 (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.

  8. Justina says:

    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!!

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Justina, to do this you need to create a user account for the staffer to post under their own name.

      1. Justina says:

        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…

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Justina, I’m not a 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

          1. Justina says:

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

  9. azreenraub says:

    hi, tq for the beautiful template. But how to increase the blogs’ post width? Can you help me?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Azreenraub, I think you will need to post this question to the 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

  10. Wayne says:

    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.

  11. Patricia says:

    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 🙂

    1. charles Charles says:

      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 for people self hosting their own sites. (who host your site) took our theme, customized it a little to suit their purposes and maintain it for people using We are very happy for them to do this, but we don’t have any control over the code or maintenance of the theme.

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