The Breaking News

The Breaking News is clean and minimal theme specially created for magazines, newspapers or personal blogs. The theme provides uncluttered and straight-forward theme options combined with a simple design focused on readability to help you easily share your unique and interesting stories with the visitors of your site.


Activating Your License

Our premium products come with a license key, which is needed in case you want to receive automatic updates and support for as long as your license is valid. While premium products are fully functional without entering a license key, you won’t get notifications about updates in your WordPress dashboard.

So, it’s better to keep it active to gain access to security updates, bug fixes and new features. Learn how to locate your license key and activate it.


Recommended Plugins

We recommend to install several additional plugins to extend functionality of your site.
These plugins might offer paid features or plans but it is not required to purchase it in order to mimic a functionality shown on a demo site. You can use a free version of the plugin to do so.

Jetpack

Jetpack plugin provides powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Jetpack is developed by Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com.

After the plugin was installed and activated, you will be asked to connect to WordPress.com. If you don’t have a WordPress.com account, you can create one. It’s totally free and easy. Note, it does not force you to build a site on WordPress.com.

The reason you should connect to WordPress.com is because many of Jetpack modules are integrated with specific robust functionality of that platform.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO plugin helps to improve SEO of your site to make it as search engine-friendly as possible.


Blog (archive view) overview

If the sidebar widget area is empty, your blog will have a full width layout. The theme also provides an option to select a layout for your blog — you can either have a one column layout or a two columns layout.

One column layout with an active sidebar

By default, the theme displays a one column layout in archive views (which also includes the blog page). If the widgets are added to the sidebar widget area then it will make the sidebar active and it will be shown on one side, while the posts will be shown on the other side.

The Breaking News: One column layout
One column layout with an active sidebar and a vertical image orientation.
One column layout with an active sidebar and horizontal image orientation.
One column layout with an active sidebar and a horizontal image orientation.

Two columns layout with an active sidebar

It is also possible to change the layout of your blog and to display posts in two columns along with a sidebar.

There is a case when the sidebar will be hidden in archive view even if there are widgets in the sidebar widget area. It will happen when the Featured Image orientation is set to Portrait (vertical). The sidebar is hidden in this case because of the limited space in the content area.

Two columns layout with an active sidebar and a horizontal image orientation.
Two columns layout with an active sidebar and horizontal image orientation.
Two columns layout with a vertical image orientation.
Two columns layout with a vertical image orientation. Note, this is a case when sidebar will not be shown even if it’s active.

One column layout with an inactive sidebar

If the sidebar widget area does not contain any widgets then the sidebar will be not shown on your site. In this case, the blog (and other pages) will have a full width layout.

One column layout with an inactive sidebar and a vertical image orientation.
One column layout with an inactive sidebar and a vertical image orientation.

Two columns layout with an inactive sidebar

If a two columns layout is selected and the sidebar is inactive then your blog page will display only posts in a two columns layout.

Two columns layout with an inactive sidebar and a horizontal image orientation.
Two columns layout with an inactive sidebar and a horizontal image orientation.

Setting up a layout for posts in archive views

As it was mentioned above, the theme provides an option to choose a layout for your blog page. There are two layout options: one column and two columns. By default, the posts are shown in one column in archive views. The layout can be changed in the Theme Options:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  2. In the Theme Options, go to Archive View Options.
  3. Under the Layout label, select a layout you want to have on your blog page.
  4. Click Publish to save the settings.
Archive view: layout option
Archive view: layout option

Setting up an orientation of the Featured Image in archive views

It is possible to change the way your featured images are shown in archive views. They can have either vertical or horizontal aspect. By default, the Featured Image comes with a Portrait (vertical) orientation in archive view. You can change it in the Theme Options:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  2. In the Theme Options, go to Archive View Options.
  3. Under the Featured Image label, select an orientation of your image.
  4. Click Publish to save the settings.
Archive view: featured image orientation
Archive view: featured image orientation.

Showing an excerpt instead of a full post in archive views

By default, the theme displays a full blog post if the More tag is not used in archive views. It is possible to display automatic excerpts as well. The Breaking News comes with an option to choose between a full post or an excerpt for the blog and archive pages:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  2. In the Theme Options, go to Archive View Options.
  3. Under the Content label, select your option.
  4. Click Publish to save the settings.
Archive view: post content
Archive view: post content.

Setting up the sidebar position

If the sidebar is active, it will be displayed on the right by default. You can also choose to move it to the left.

By default, the sidebar is displayed on the right hand side
By default, the sidebar is displayed on the right hand side.
Sidebar is located on the left hand side
You can move your site to the left using the Theme Options.
  1. In the Customizer, go to Theme Options → General Options.
  2. Select the desired alignment from the Sidebar Position drop-down menu.
  3. Click Publish.
Theme Options: sidebar position
Theme Options: sidebar position.

Setting up the Featured Content section

The Breaking News allows you to display selected posts in a featured area above the blog. These posts are selected by assigning them a specific tag of your choosing.

Featured Content section
Featured Content section.

To set the tag to use in the Featured Content section, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  2. In the Theme Options, go to Featured Content Options.
  3. In the Tag name field, add the tag you’ll use on posts to be displayed as Featured Content. For example, you could use the tag featured.
  4. Click Publish.
  5. Add the same tag to the posts you want to display in the Featured Content area.
Theme Options: Featured Content section
Theme Options: Featured Content section.

Setting up the Trending section

The Breaking News allows you to display selected posts in a trending area at the top of your site. These posts are selected by assigning them a specific tag of your choosing. The section will only display the titles of selected posts.

Trending Content section.
Trending Content section.

To set the tag to use in the Trending section, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  2. In the Theme Options, go to Trending Content Options.
  3. In the Tag name field, add the tag you’ll use on posts to be displayed as Trending Content. For example, you could use the tag trending.
  4. Click Publish.
  5. Add the same tag to the posts you want to display in the Trending area.
Theme Options: Trending Content section
Theme Options: Trending Content section.

Setting up a Custom Menu

The header custom menu can be configured via Appearance → Menus or in the Customizer, under the Menus panel.

The Custom Menu located in the header section
The Custom Menu located in the header section.

Setting up a Social Menu

The Breaking News allows to display links to your social media profiles in a Social Links Menu. Each social media service is displayed as a custom icon, and the menu appears at the top of your site.

Social links Menu
Social links Menu.

Setting up Widget areas

The Breaking News features two areas to place Widgets — a sidebar area and a footer area.

  • Sidebar widget area: displayed on the right or left side.
  • Footer widget area: displayed at the bottom of your site.
The sidebar and footer widget areas
The sidebar and footer widget areas.

Setting up the Full Width template

This template is designed to display a normal page, but with the sidebar removed so that you can have content that stretches the full width of the site. To set up the Full Width template, create or edit a page, assign it the Full Width Page template and click Publish or Update.

The Full-Width Page template
The Full-Width Page template.

Changing an accent color

The theme includes a built-in option that allows you to quickly change the “accent” color through the theme. By default, the theme displays a red color as an accent color. It’s possible to change it in the Customizer.

Custom accent color
Custom accent color.
  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Colors.
  2. Under the Accent Color label, select a color via the color picker.
  3. Click Publish to save the settings.
Theme Options: accent color
Theme Options: accent color.

Adding a custom background

You can set a custom background color on your site, as a result, the layout of the site container will be changed from a full-screen to a boxed layout.

Custom background color
Custom background color.
  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Colors.
  2. Under the Background Color label, select a color via the color picker.
  3. Click Publish to save the settings.
Theme Options: custom background color
Theme Options: custom background color.

Alternatively, you can set a background image. Once a custom background image is selected, you will be able to configure in detail how the image is displayed.

Custom background image
Custom background image.
  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Background Image.
  2. Under the Background Image label, select and upload your image.
  3. Click Publish to save the settings.
Theme Options: custom background image
Theme Options: custom background image.

Changing credits in the footer area

Footer credits refers to the text shown at the bottom of your site. The theme comes with an option to replace this text with your own custom credits.

Custom footer credits
Custom footer credits.
  1. Navigate to Appearance → Customize → Theme Options.
  2. In the Theme Options, go to General Options.
  3. Under the Footer Credits label, add your custom text. This option also accepts HTML tags, so you can add links if needed.
  4. Click Publish to save the settings.
Theme Options: custom footer credits
Theme Options: custom footer credits.

Additional functionalities from plugins

The Breaking News comes with a support for some plugins described in the beginning of this documentation. These plugins extend the functionality of the theme by providing additional features.

Breadcrumbs (Yoast SEO)

A breadcrumb is a small text path which is located at the top of a page. Yoast SEO plugin comes with an option to display this SEO friendly navigation on your site.

Note, you do not need to add any code or to modify the theme files in order to display Yoast BreadCrumbs. The theme supports it by default. You just need to enable it the Yoast SEO settings.

Twitter link in the post header section (Yoast SEO)

By default, WordPress does not provide an option to save your a Twitter username. This problem can be solved by using Yoast SEO. Once the plugin is activated on your site, you can navigate to Users → Your Profile in a dashboard, and add your Twitter username in the Contact Info section.

Share buttons (Jetpack)

If you need to have share buttons on your site, then you can use a special module from Jetpack. There is no need to add any code to display these buttons. Simply activate and configure the share module.

Related Posts (Jetpack)

The theme comes with a special support for the Related Posts section that comes from Jetpack. This section is shown below the post content in single post views. To start using Related Posts, navigate to Jetpack → Settings → Traffic page and activate “Show related content after posts” option in the Related posts section.

Widget Visibility (Jetpack)

This module allows you to control the visibility of your widgets on particular posts or pages. For example, you can hide all the widgets located in the sidebar, so they are not shown on the blog page. As a result, the sidebar will be hidden on your blog page but other pages will display the sidebar.

Please see Widget Visibility documentation page for further information about this module and its options.

Infinite Scroll (Jetpack)

By default, WordPress does not provide Infinite Scroll functionality but you can have it on your site by using Jetpack. The Breaking News comes with a support for this module. Go to Jetpack → Settings → Writing in your site’s Dashboard and look under the “Theme enhancements” section to enable Infinite Scroll.