NewsCore is a premium WordPress theme that has been created for anyone intending to build a new or magazine style website. The theme is packed with useful features and page layouts that give you plenty of options for how your content will look when it’s published online.
If you are building a content heavy website, such as a news or magazine site, or even a blog that will be updated regularly, NewsCore could be the perfect theme for your project.
To find out how NewsCore shapes up, what features it contains, and how easy it is to use, read on for our full review.
While NewsCore can be classified as a true multipurpose WordPress theme, it is really well suited to websites that will, or do already, feature a lot of content. Due to the great homepage layouts included, presenting lots of different posts, stories, or articles in one easy to navigate place makes it a good choice for those creating a magazine style website.
The full list of features of the NewsCore theme includes:
- Four distinct homepage layouts
- Drag and drop page builder tool
- Shortcode library
- Megamenu Navigation
- Responsive and mobile ready layout
- Integrated review system
- Demo content
- Support for many third party plugins
As you can see NewsCore includes a good selection of practical features that help make it a great choice for creating a magazine-style website with WordPress.
The Radium Themes NewsCore package includes a selection of required plugins as well as a child theme for safely adding your customisations to, demo data, and user documentation. The required plugins included in the package include:
- Envato WordPress toolkit
- Radium galleries lite
- Radium html5 media
- Radium NewsCore shortcodes
- Radium tweets
As well as the required plugins, the developers of the theme also recommend some additional plugins, including WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress, and WordPress SEO, which are all free to use.
Once the theme has been activated on your site you are then prompted to install the required plugins, which can be done simply by clicking on the links on the dashboard. This is great as it saves you having to locate and upload each plugin individually.
After installing the plugins you can also install the demo content which can be used to populate your site with dummy content and help you get your website up and running and looking like the demo version that is used to advertise the theme.
You can also install the recommended plugins this way too, saving you even more time and effort.
Theme Options Panel
NewsCore gives you lots of options for customising how your website will look to your visitors. Through the theme options panel you can:
- Upload a logo, set its dimensions, and position
- Upload a header banner and set a link
- Choose the wide or narrow page layout
- Enable a sticky header
- Display trending articles in the header
- Display a latest news ticker in the header
- Choose a theme skin and background style
- Set the fonts and typefaces
- Add social profile links
- Import, export, and reset the theme settings
As you can see, with NewsCore you get a good set of options for personalising your website, all through an easy to use interface. This is all done without the need to edit any code directly as can be the case with some other WordPress themes.
Creating a Layout with the Builder
As this theme includes a basic page builder tool, you can create custom layouts without the installation of any other plugins or the need to write any code.
Once the theme is active on your site it adds a new menu item to the WordPress admin sidebar titled Builder and it’s from there were you can use it to build your layouts.
If you choose to install the demo content that comes with this theme a selection of sample layouts will be added to your site, otherwise you can start using Builder on a blank canvas.
To use the builder it’s simply a case of selecting from the available modules and then inserting them into the layout area. The list of modules you can choose from include:
- WooCommerce Shop
- Content: individual posts, grid, slider, or carousel
- Video central
- Widget area
If you click on a module once it has been added to your layout, you then get some options for how it works, such as selecting which content or widgets to display, and how that content should be organised.
While the list of modules isn’t going to rival a dedicated page builder plugin like Visual Composer, it is still a handy tool to have access to when setting up your website.
NewsCore also comes with a shortcode plugin which adds a library of page elements to your website which can then be inserted into your posts and pages with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Once you select a shortcode type from the menu, you then get the option of costuming the particular page element that you want to insert.
As these shortcodes are added to your site via one of the recommended plugins, should you ever decide to change themes in the future, they will still work on your website provided you keep the plugin active.
The NewsCore theme is available from the ThemeForest marketplace and can be purchased for $58 for use on one website.
The NewsCore theme from Radium Themes makes it very easy to create a content heavy website, such as a magazine or news site, where your visitors will be able to find your best articles without being overwhelmed.
The theme options panel gives you a straightforward way to quickly customise your website and setup its appearance to match your own personal preferences. Thanks to the page builder tool, you can create varied layouts for the different pages on your website, including the homepage, without having to edit any code. While the builder won’t outperform the dedicated premium WordPress builder plugins available, for an integrated tool it works well and is powerful enough to put to good use.
If you are looking for a responsive and mobile friendly news theme that integrates with a lot of great third party WordPress plugins such as WooCommerce, bbPress, and BuddyPress then NewsCore is well worth taking a closer look at.