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SmartMag – Newspaper Magazine & News WordPress


Extremely Flexible and Powerful WordPress theme empowering Modern & Successful Magazines, Newspapers, and Blogs.

SmartMag is battle-tested on sites with millions of visitors, powering 25k+ websites since 2014. With user feedback, research and experience during 7 years, we have updated with Ultimate Version 5. It’s easy-to-use as ever, top performance, yet extremely flexible to build the website of your imagination.

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Update v8Best WordPress Magazine, Newspaper, Blog WordPress ThemeNews and Magazine DemosOne-click Premade LayoutsTop Speed & Performance and Google AMPFooter and Archive BuilderUnique Dark ModeAutoload next postPremade Headers and BuilderTypography CustomizationPost StylesGoogle AMPElementorPost Views CountSEO OptimizedSmart ImagesGutenberg OptimizedFeatured Grids & SlidersNewsletter & MailchimpCountless More FeaturesSmartMag Magazine Theme Reviews

Top Features: Dark Mode, SEO optimized, Google AMP, Elementor Page Builder, Mega Menus, bbPress, WooCommerce, Reviews System, Gutenberg, Speed & Optimized Performance, One click Demo Import, RTL.

Highlighted Features

  • 27+ Professionally Designed demos with One-click Demo Import.
  • SEO Optimized: Rich snippets for breadcrumbs, article schema, and reviews are built-in. Further SEO enhancements via full compatibility with WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
  • Supercharged Elementor Page Builder for amazing pages with our unique magic.
  • Smart Studio: One click pre-made blocks, sections and layouts ready to be imported for a powerful homepage.
  • Unique Mega Menus with 3+ styles to choose from.
  • Login / Register Modal via trigger link in header with Social
  • Extremely Flexible Live Customizer. Instant changes, and thousands of options.
  • Fully Responsive: All elements are responsive on all devices.
  • Custom Archive Layouts: For power users, use the archive builder to build custom layouts for your categories, tags, and archives.
  • WooCommerce Fully Integrated: Create an Amazing Shop using the industry standard eCommerce platform for WordPress.
  • bbPress Fully Integrated: Get a beautiful Forum running on your newspaper, blog or magazine site.
  • Unique Dark Mode done right. Add a scheme switcher in header or enable it by default. Customize colors exclusively for dark mode. Works perfectly for sports and gaming news magazines.
  • Multiple Layouts: Posts, Pages, and Categories can be configured to use a full-width layout or have a right sidebar (Custom Sidebars plugins also supported).
  • Flexible Customization: Unlimited colors and typography customizations.
  • 900+ Google Web Fonts, and thousands of Adobe Fonts supported.
  • Retina Ready (HD): All the theme graphics scale beautifully on hi-res screens.
  • RTL (right-to-left) Supported and auto-activated when WordPress is configured to use an RTL language.
  • Translation ready and WPML supported.
  • Advertisements and Custom Codes can be added on many pre-defined locations such as header above/below, footer above/below, single post before/after, after X paragraphs. Or use widgets and pagebuilder for custom locations.
  • 7+ Categories & Archives Listing Layouts. Or use our exclusive Archive Builder for unlimited custom layouts.
  • Multiple Homepage Blocks: Several blocks with countless variations, with the most flexible and powerful blocks system than any WordPress theme.
  • Powerful Header Customizer to build your own header:
    • 9+ Elements to build your header.
    • Smart Sticky Header to show header bar of your choice, with scroll top intent detection.
    • 26+ Premade headers with one-click.
    • Colors, typography, and layout customizations.
    • Build your own mobile header as well.
  • Exclusive Footer Builder for unlimited custom footer layouts.
  • Social Media Integrations:
    • Sticky/Floating Social Share.
    • Social Share above article.
    • Social Share bar below article.
    • Add social icons in header, footer, sidebar.
    • Social Followers with Counters Widget.
    • Official widgets like Facebook Like box supported.
  • Integrated Review System: (GUI criteria/review creator)
  • Multiple Post Formats: Standard, Image, Gallery, Audio, Video.
  • Cross-browser Compatible: Chrome, Safari, Firefox.
  • Newsletter Widgets and Blocks:
    • Integrated with Mailchimp.
    • Custom code for other providers may also be used with their official code.
    • Countless styling options and variations.
    • Available for sidebar and footer widgets and also in pagebuilder.
  • 12+ Premium Custom Widgets with many variations. And default widgets are also well-supported.
  • Google AMP support with fully functional look like main site and off-canvas menu.
  • Advanced Category Features: (in Customizer and per-category)
    • Set a category color that will be used in menu and category labels.
    • Set a background image to be used on a specific category (for boxed layout).
    • Use any of the 7 Listing Styles.
    • Enable featured area grids to highlight posts.
    • Enable the right sidebar or select full-width layout.
    • Infinite Scroll, Load More or numbers pagination.
    • Or build your custom layout using the archive builder.
  • Gutenberg (new WordPress editor) fully supported with our unique styling. Unique style variations for Gutenberg blocks such as quotes, pullquotes, separators.
  • Images Aspect Ratio control over all blocks and listings to show images as you like 4:3 Standard, 16:9 Wide, Ultrawide, Tall, or your own custom ratio.
  • Pagination Types: Infinite Scroll, Load More button, or Numbers. Blocks use AJAX on numbered pagination to show without reload.
  • Customizable Off-canvas Menu for mobile that can also be activated on desktop.
  • Flexible Footer Styles with many layout and style customizations.
  • Beautiful search overlay for frontend with Live Search to show results instantly while typing.
  • Uses latest improvements in Javascript and CSS for performance.
  • Unique Performance Features with free performance guide included.
    • Builtin Lazyload images.
    • Highly optimized code.
    • Our proprietary optimizations such as preload and conditional loads.
  • Multi-page Post Slides is our unique post style that supports AJAX or normal load of next page.
  • Auto-load Next Post on Single post page that’s compatible Google Ads and Google Analytics.
  • 6 Premade Post Layouts with countless variations.
  • Multiple Page Templates included.
  • Built-in trending news ticker for header.
  • Child Themes supported for more advanced customizations.
  • And much more.

Need Assistance? Get In Touch!

If you ever get stuck with setting up SmartMag with your WordPress installation, you can get in touch with our friendly and dedicated support via our Support Forums.

Support is available between 12:00pm – 11:00pm GMT +0:00 / UTC.

Note: The images used in the demo are for demo purposes only. They are NOT included in the theme or the sample XML data.

New Features, Updates & Changelog

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Version 8.0.6 - May 26, 2022
- Tested and Ready for WordPress 6.0.
- Added: Query ID field in blocks for devs to programmatically filter query.
- Fixed: WordPress 6.0 Notice when WP_DEBUG is enabled.
- Fixed: Elementor error when using unsupported Containers experiment.
- Fixed: Sphere Post Views original post view count combined on WPML posts.

Version 8.0.0 - March 21, 2022
- Footer Builder: Build fully custom footers using Elementor globally or for locations such as home, archives, posts, pages.
- One-click and Auto-Updates: Easily one-click update the theme via WordPress backend, or even auto-update with WP core.
- Post Views Plugin: Our premium most optimized post views counter with vast performance features.
- Added: Native one-click updates for theme, auto-updates also supported.
- Added: 3 new importable Header presets.
- Added: 3 importable homepages in smart studio.
- Added: Options to hide any Elementor area in dark or light mode.
- Added: Native updates for ThemeSphere plugins with auto-updates support.
- Added: Posts Views Premium Plugin with many performance features.
- Added: Overall post views, 7 days and any custom days sort for all blocks.
- Added: Post meta display of post views, with optional ranks for different colors.
- Added: Set custom post views for posts, when plugin is enabled.
- Added: ‘Fixed’ sticky header option alongside the existing ‘Smart’, for mobile.
- Added: List & Links block in Elementor.
- Added: Several new styling options to SmartMag Elementor blocks.
- Added: Dark mode color options for several core Elementor blocks.
- Added: More dynamic tags in Elementor, such as Footer Copyright.
- Added: Several options in Customizer for single post comments.
- Added: SmartMag Social Icons block for Elementor.
- Added: More customization options for header ticker.
- Improved: Added column separator option for grid and list blocks.
- Improved: Autoload next post updated to track for new post views plugin.
- Improved: Dark mode color for native divider widget in Elementor.
- Improved: Header sticky row can be forced full width now.
- Improved: Control post meta icons size.
- Improved: Pause header news ticker on mouse hover.
- Improved: Solid background variation for WP 5.9+ pullquotes.
- Improved: Get rid of icon font text visible warning in PageSpeed Insights.
- Fixed: Social Icon colors for colored icons style for discord, twitch, flickr.
- Fixed: Archive builder changes sometimes not reflecting on first load after save.
- Fixed: Floating social share in tablets devices.
- Fixed: Custom archives pagination affecting blocks with pagination disabled.
- Fixed: Gallery post format slider not working with the new Gutenberg markup.
- Fixed: Bunyad AMP double logo when dark mode logo is set on a dark header.
- Many new customization options in Customizer and Elementor.
- Compatibility testing/updates for plugins such as WooCommerce 6.3.

Version 7.1.1 - January 28, 2022
- Improved: UX of Sidebar Width option and applying correct when both px and % set.
- Fixed: Sidebar Gap setting not working properly.
- Fixed: WordPress 5.9 Yoast SEO conflict & metaboxes not saving.

Version 7.1.0 - January 26, 2022
- WordPress 5.9 compatibility and improvements.
- Fixed: "By" string for post meta now can be searched in Loco Translate.
- Fixed: Post Editor issues on WordPress 5.9.
- Fixed: Sort Days for Jetpack Views sort.
- Improved: Debloat plugin rules for dark mode if all scripts delayed.
- Improved: Exclude dark switcher from Debloat delay load.
- Improved: Usage of bunyad_meta_boxes filter in SmartMag core & example for CPTs.

Version 7.0.0 - November 22, 2021
- 6 New Designs/Demos:  Health, MagStudio, NewsBulletin, GossipMag, Fitness, GameZone
- Archive Builder/Custom Layout for power users. Build your custom category, tags and archive pages.
- Added: 5 new importable Header presets.
- Added: 6 New importable Homepage in Smart Studio.
- Added: 10 importable sections/blocks in Smart Studio.
- Added: New Post Style: Modern Large Image.
- Added: 2 New Grid Block style variations: Cards, Stylish.
- Added: Native browser sticky sidebar option.
- Added: A sample importable custom archive layout in Smart Studio.
- Added: New number/counter styles for Grid blocks.
- Added: Margins, padding, and more options for Blocks box/content in Elementor.
- Added: Option to add a class to first / featured image for lazyload plugins exclude.
- Added: Option to enable breadcrumbs for pagebuilder templates as well.
- Added: Box border and shadow options in Elementor blocks.
- Added: Category label styling options in Elementor blocks.
- Added: Sticky column option for any Elementor column.
- Added: Option to disable load more pagination links in blocks, for SEO.
- Added: Blocks option to exclude categories.
- Added: New light social sharing buttons style for top social share.
- Added: Several customization options related to excerpts in blocks.
- Added: More post meta customization options in Customizer.
- Improved: More color options like hover color for post titles in Elementor blocks.
- Improved: Grid blocks number counters line limit now supported.
- Improved: Legacy shortcodes plugin update prompt for v3 upgrades.
- Improved: Scheduled posts publish date checks, when forced last updated.
- Improved: Gutenberg button styles with rare very long text.
- Improved: Post meta tap targets for mobile UX.
- Improved: Mobile logo rendering when incorrect size is used on iOS 15.
- Improved: Latest Google fonts added to the typography selection.
- Improved: Author box on smaller mobiles.
- Improved: Newsletter button text can be customized now.
- Improved: Add logo width and height dimensions for no CLS.
- Improved: New button 3 added for headers, with support for mobile.
- Fixed: PHP8 missing columns option in Elementor blocks.
- Fixed: Debloat JS delay breaking post card embeds.
- Fixed: Button 2 not rendering in header in certain cases.
- Fixed: Ads/Custom Codes glitching when using "Hide On" setting.
- Fixed: Review criteria sometimes does not delete.
- Fixed: Skip lazyload images in embeds.
- Fixed: Sup tag rendering support.
- Fixed: Elementor titles color not working in some blocks.
- Many other customization options added to Elementor blocks.
- Compatibility testing/updates for plugins such as WooCommerce 5.9.
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