Thanks for Buying

First of all, thank you for buying this theme. To make your experience pleasant, we've added as much info as needed in this documentation. If you're stuck with anything, please refer to support forums.

There are two methods to install the theme. If the normal installation method (a) is not supported by your web host, you will have to use the alternate option (b).

a. Normal Installation

  1. Log into your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance » Themes
  2. Click the Add New button at the top.
  3. Click the Upload Theme button at the top.
  4. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the location of the theme zip file.
  5. Click Install Now to begin the installation.
  6. Wait for the success message, then click Activate.

b. FTP Installation (alternate method)

  1. Unzip the theme zip file.
  2. Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/ and place the theme folder inside it.
  3. Log in to your WordPress admin panel and go to Appearance » Themes
  4. Locate the theme thumbnail and click the Activate link.

When the first time you activated the theme, you will see the notice above about recommended plugins. If you feel the plugins is not needed, then you can click the Dismiss this notice to hide the notice.

If someday you need to install those plugins, you can go to Appearance » Install Plugins . Choose which plugin you want to install.

Important Please note, those plugins is Recommended not required.

WordPress child theme allows you change the functionality of the theme without having to edit the original/parent theme template files. If you plan to making any customization, we recommend to create a child theme instead of editing the theme template files. Since the child theme is stored separately, you don't need to redo the changes next time you upgrade the theme.

Creating a Child Theme

There's a plugin you can use that will create a child theme from within the WordPress dashboard: you can download TrueNews blank child theme here.

More About Child Theme

You can read more about Child theme on WordPress Codex.

Before you setup another things please do a site setup below.

1. Regenerate Thumbnail

If you use this theme for existing website, we recommended you to install Regenerate Thumbnails plugin to fix the image sizes. Every theme has different image dimensions, so this is important step to do.

How To Use It?

  1. After you install it, go to Tools > Regen. Thumbnails
  2. Click the Regenerate All Thumbnails button
  3. The process depends on how many images on your website. If you only have 10-30 images then process only take a few minues.
  4. After the process done, you can deactivate and delete the plugin.

2. Create Home and Blog Page

You should create these pages to get your site working properly, by default the theme home/index is only showing a list of latest posts which is should be used as Blog page.

Creating Home Page

  1. Considering you're at new page screen (Pages > Add New)
  2. Add the title with Home
  3. Under Page Attributes switch the Template to Home Template
  4. Click publish button

Creating Blog Page

  1. Considering you're at new page screen (Pages > Add New)
  2. Add the title with Blog
  3. Click publish button

Displaying the Pages

  1. Please go to Settings > Reading
  2. Check the A static page option
  3. Select Home as Front page
  4. Select Blog as Posts page
  5. Save Changes.

3. Create 3 New Tags

These tags will be used to initialize our custom content (Featured, Breaking and Editor's Picks) .

  1. Please go to Posts > Tags
  2. Create featured , breaking and editor picks tag.

There are a few things you need to know to setting up the home page, just to remind you before setting the home page you have to done the Site Setup above.

Featured Posts

  1. Go to Appearance » Theme Settings .
  2. Open the Posts tab.
  3. Under the Display Featured Posts , check it if you want to display it.
  4. Under the Featured Posts Tag , you can choose featured tag you already created before or you choose another tag.
  5. Save Options

Posts Content

The posts content on home page is a widget based. It's mean, you have to drag n drop some widgets to Home Sidebar . Then the content will appear on home page.

Important Please note, please only use Home prefix and Advertisement widget.

You can setup the post or page layout when add or edit the post or page. There are 3 types layout you can choose:

  1. Full Width layout : Display the content in a full width mode or without sidebar.
  2. Left Sidebar layout : Display the content with sidebar on the left.
  3. Right Sidebar layout : Display the content with sidebar on the right.

Setup the Layouts

  1. Assuming you're at the new post or page screen (Posts > Add New) or (Pages > Add New)
  2. After you create the post or page, scroll down and find Layout meta box.
  3. Choose the layout.

TrueNews comes with optional Team member page to display you website editor or author. Please check the demo to see it in action.

Page Setup

  1. To display the team data, first you need to install our Team content plugin.
  2. Please download on
  3. Or you can go to Appearance » Install Plugins. Click install under Theme Junkie Team Content.
  4. You will see a new Teams menu on the left.
  5. To add new member data, just go to Teams » Add New.

Displaying The Page

  1. Assuming you're at new page screen (Pages > Add New)
  2. Add the title with Teams or About Us or anything.
  3. Add the description in the Editor.
  4. Under Page Attributes switch the Template to Teams Template
  5. Click publish button.

Background Setting

TrueNews also support WordPress core features Custom Background to help you customizing the background color or image.

  1. Go to Appearance » Background .
  2. You can choose the color using the pallete setting or upload an image.
  3. Save changes.

Change Default Feed URL

If you want to change the default url with your feedburner url, then follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Appearance » Theme Settings .
  2. Open the General tab.
  3. Under the FeedBurner URL , paste your Feedburner url.
  4. Save Options.

Display Social Links

The social links will appear beside the Secondary menu and below the Footer sidebar.

  1. Go to Appearance » Theme Settings .
  2. Open the Social Links tab.
  3. Fill in the input boxes with your social profile url.
  4. Save Options.

Custom Code

In some case you will need to add custom script to your website, for example google webmaster meta script or google analytics code. With TrueNews you can easily to add it to your website.

  1. Go to Appearance » Theme Settings .
  2. Open the Custom Code tab.
  3. You can use both of these textarea to put your custom code.
  4. Save Options.

TrueNews provides 3 spots for you to display advertisement withouth editing the theme.

Header Advertisement

This ads will appear at the top of your site, if you visit TrueNews demo you will see the big ads at the top.

  1. Go to Appearance » Theme Settings .
  2. Open the Advertisement tab.
  3. Put your ad code in the textbox.
  4. Save Options.

Single Post Advertisement

In this page you can display your ads in two areas, before content and/or after content.

  1. Go to Appearance » Theme Settings .
  2. Open the Single Post tab.
  3. Scroll down, you should see two advertisement settings, Before Content Advertisement and After Content Advertisement
  4. Put your ad code in the textbox.
  5. Save Options.

NoteYou can also display your ads via widget.

You can use these shortcodes by installing our Shortcodes plugin which available for free! You can see the shortcodes in action here.

  1. Please download on
  2. Or you can go to Appearance » Install Plugins. Click install under Theme Junkie Shortcodes.
  3. Then go to the post or page editing screen.
  4. You should see Add Shortcode button(see image below) beside the Add Media button.
  5. Click on it, then you will see a selectbox to choose the shortcodes you wish to use.
  6. Finally, click the Insert Shortcode button.

All of our themes include a language file to make translating to a different language easy. Inside the theme folder /wp-content/themes/themename/languages, you'll find a language file named themename.pot. Or in this theme file named truenews.pot

Configure WordPress

Before translating the theme, you'll need to make sure WordPress is setup correctly with your locale. Open wp-config.php and modify the line below.

* WordPress Localized Language, defaults to English.
* Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the chosen
* language must be installed to wp-content/languages. For example, install
* to wp-content/languages and set WPLANG to "de_DE" to enable German
* language support.
define("WPLANG", "");

Translating the Theme

  1. Download and install Poedit.
  2. Open theworld.pot in Poedit. Translate as needed.
  3. Save the file with the locale. For example, if you translate the theme to German language then you would save your files as de_DE.po.
  4. Copy both these files(de_DE.po and under the languages folder of truenews.