Global News: A Free WordPress News Theme

To continue our grateful attitude to our readers and community in general, we are glad to release one more free WordPress theme – “Global News”. It’s our latest high-quality freebies addition.

Global News: A Free WordPress News Theme

“Global News”, as the name implies, is a Newspaper Style WordPress Theme that has all the features of a typical newspaper site. This theme was designed by InstantShift and developed by RapidXHTML as an exclusive gift for our readers.

The idea was to design an universal WordPress News Theme that’s focused on content and images, with an invisible, yet typical newspaper design. News themes are often very hard to customize and difficult to handle for a single person but this time we want to design this theme with various admin options and widgets to make your life simple.

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Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

Inspiration Behind The Design

The basic idea behind this theme first comes in mind when we looked around and saw that there are only very few good news themes available over web for WordPress platform and most of them are premium or paid once. So, we wanted to create something useful and make it available to share with design community for FREE. That is one of few strong reasons which inspired us to design this theme. Therefore, we sit together and draw the rough idea on paper. When the things had finished up with designing part the next question which comes in our mind is the conversion of design. The aim was to design an universal WordPress news theme that’s focused on content and images, with an invisible, yet typical newspaper design.

News themes are often very hard to customize and difficult to handle for a single person but this time we want to design this theme with various admin options and widgets to make your life simple. There really are very few limits to what WordPress can handle, so we’ve decided to built in a lot of custom features and some admin options to give people a little flexibility in handling, and give them a feel that how some small functionality tweaks can make a huge difference to the overall experience of browsing a news theme/blog. This time we’ve decided to not to code this theme by our own so we’ve stumbled upon many designers around and finally contacted RapidxHTML for the conversion part and i must say we’re surprised with their designing skills and we had fulfilled with all our expectations and even more.

After running few successful tests and plugin optimization we’ve finally end up with current theme. Hope you all going to like it.

About Developer

RapidxHTML

RapidxHTML is a small team of designers and developers, with a wide range of skills and experience. Each of them know their strengths and weaknesses and how these fit into the big picture.

They offer professional XHTML / CSS markup services at very affordable price. Their combine expertise in eye-catching graphic layout with modern web design standards built into one of the most powerful systems in the world.

Main Features of The Theme

  • Modern and beautiful web typefaces in use.
  • Tableless design and 100% CSS-based layout.
  • 3 columns of fixed width.
  • Widget Ready.
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional valid.
  • CSS 2.1 valid.
  • Well-commented CSS and theme PHP files for flexible customization.
  • Multi-browser compatibility. Tested under modern w3c compliant browsers. Firefox 3 , Safari 2 and IE7.
  • Instant updated news slider/tracker which displays your latest news from each category.
  • Highlighted gallery for featured news.

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Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

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Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

Comments form

Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

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Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

Agreements

By downloading this theme, under the terms of the GNU General Public License, it is vital that you understood the following terms and conditions :

  • A link back must be included in the footer or simply just don’t remove the credits from footer.
  • You can use them on as many domain names as you wish.
  • You may use them for your clients’ projects / websites. Number of projects is not limited.
  • You may not claim intellectual and exclusive ownership to any of the themes.
  • You may not sub-license the original themes and their individual files to and with anyone else, unless a specific license within the theme states otherwise.
  • You may modify them. However, you may not modify and then resell, unless the modified versions are drastically different from the originals.
  • We reserve the right to refuse, cancel, or suspend service at our sole discretion and the right to change or modify these terms with no prior notice.
  • No support will be provided for any free theme by instantShift.
  • Do not provide the direct download link nor upload “Global News” onto other servers for your own share (Please link to this article instead – we also deserve some traffic!). If you want to spread the words, just link to this article.

Download The Themes for Free!

The theme has a 3-column-based layout and, is based on daily news paper and aimed to showcase your content in a unique package and take your news website to the whole new level. The PSD source file of the logo image has also been included with the package. This theme design can be used for any project and will be useful especially for news-related projects.

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article and also to InstantShift Release Post if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, but if you are planning to release your modification, please ask for permission first.

Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

NOTE: If you getting error saying “MISSING STYLE.CSS” then just install the theme manually, by uploading the globalnews theme folder to your wordpress themes folder using ftp. Else visit this.

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106 Comments

  1. very clean and minimal. Excellent design. And the best part is that it’s for WordPress. Thank you guys!

    Cheers!

  2. Nice theme…. Thanks for sharing it for free.

    Jen :)

  3. WOW! Cool theme…
    Thanks a ton.

  4. Hey, just wanted to thank you folks for the lovely template. Used it as a base for my latest collage news portal.

  5. Hello. First of all thank you for this great theme and making it free for us.
    I don’t know if its asking to much but can you help me out with the slicing of the .psd file or if possible give the sliced one?

  6. Thanks you so much guys! I’m gonna create a wordpress website with this!

  7. It looks like the link to Live Demo is broken

  8. Looks like Live Demo link is broken for me…

  9. I get an 404 error when I try to download the files or see the demo. Any idea?

  10. Great Theme! Congrats! But … the downloadlink does not work? Cheers Chris

  11. Hi,

    I’m unable to download this wordpress theme. It is showing me 404 page. Please can you tell how i can download this link.

  12. Hey, guys! The whole bunch of your awesome goodies is stolen! =)))
    Any link (DL, demo, userguide) – they are broken, huh?

  13. Not only demo, user guide and download links are all broken.

  14. 404 errors on alle the links… :(

  15. Now thats called a perfect theme. Really loved the design and color combination. Thanks a ton for creating this wonderful theme. :)
    Demo link is not working please update it.

  16. Great Bravo !

    But the demo and download links are not working …

    Can you help please ? !

    MERCI !

  17. Great theme but demo link is not working please update.

  18. The demo link is not working. Can you pls link it properly so we can see the demo before downloading. That’d be really helpful.

    Thanks,
    Rafi
    GraphicsFuel.com

  19. Hi, thanks for theme and nice screen but Demo is not working :(

  20. Thanks for the them. It’s looks great. Unfortunately I get a 404 error when I click the download link. Also the Demo link isn’t working.

  21. Demo and download is not working

  22. Guys, We had found some serious bugs in the theme which was caused by one of iShift’s servers which was under the malicious attack. Therefore we had to remove all the related files from main server.

    We will make it available to you within a week with fresh post. Till then you can suggest us any new theme feature or any related comment about existing feature you like to improve.

    Don’t forget to Subscribe to our RSS-feed subscribe to our RSS-feed and Follow us on Twitter follow us on Twitter — for recent updates about this news theme.

  23. sir…
    that link Nothing Found….

    can sending to my email that nice theme? hehe

    thanks

  24. This theme design can be used for any project and will be useful especially for news-related projects.

  25. Great looking theme! I hope to use it for a project soon. Thanks guys!

  26. I love it. But I need help to install it on my http://www.247nigeria.com WordPress news site I am developing for free for all citizen journalism.

    Can you help?

  27. bbuenas tardes, la presente es para ver si me envían, como configurar y diseñar la pagina de Global News, ya que quiero diseñar una pagina de noticias, gracias de caracas venezuela saludos.

    (TRANSLATED: good afternoon, this is to see if you send me how to configure and design the website of Global News, because I want to design a news page, thanks greetings Caracas Venezuela.)

  28. very nice themes

  29. it’s not working! what’s the problem? i instaled the theme and it’s nothing happend. I can’t see the post or pages. What’s the problem? My wordpress version or something else?

  30. Looks like a great theme and exactly what I was looking for. I wish there was a forum here so users of this theme could compare notes because when I installed the theme and checked it with IE8 it looked perfect, but when I viewed it in Firefox the advertisements had moved from the right column over to the left side overlaying the article area. Anyway, I completely understand Instantshift’s position on support for freebies but alas, a user forum would have been nice.

    Thanks for the theme. I’ll try to figure out why it is different in Firefox.

  31. You might want to update your themes docs as i spent a good 30 mins trying to figure out the blasted weather zip code thing.

    You dont mention that you have to go to the RSS url after browsing to the city. and then get the code there

  32. nyoba dulu themesnya :)
    nanti koment lg :)

  33. yang ini gak cocok dgn wp 3

  34. great theme.
    But I have a little problem. No matter what I do I can’ t show the featured content on the home page. I add “featured” tag for the post but nothing show up. Please help if you can.

    Thank you very much.

  35. please disregard my last comment. the tag slag was automatically saved to feature-2. I changed this to feature and now it is working great.

  36. Thanks for this amazing template.. I just use this to my new blog about Bali beach, sure with your links too.. :)

  37. i dont believe it. is it for free. really nice. installing on my mobile site.

  38. Amazing, truly beautiful!

    You can’t imagine how helpful it had been to me.

    Thanks, God bless us all!

  39. The theme and WP Photo Album are not dancing together. The WPPA developer blames the jquery coding in the header.

    wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wp-photo-album-plus-page-drops-when-activated-on-page?replies=26#post-2225886

  40. Beautiful magazine theme! Thanks sharing!

  41. I’m getting errors related to YARPP with latest WordPress. Most pages load fine but occasionally getting stack overflow, e.g. on search page. Hope I don’t have to change themes as I like this one.

  42. Does it have search engine friendly url?

  43. Great.. just great! THis theme is perfect for my news blog.

  44. Hi. I love this theme but it just became crazy when I inserted an ordinary worpdress gallery in a post. I thinks it’s because a css problem, but I really apreciate any sugestion of how can I solve this problem. Thanks!

  45. When installing the zip, wordpress says that the file style.css
    can help me with this problem?
    thanks

  46. This is the CSS error that people are talking about for WordPress:

    Unpacking the package…
    Installing the theme…
    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.
    Theme install failed.

    I’ve tried it zipped and unzipped. Doesn’t work.

  47. HOW TO FIX:

    1. MISSING STYLE.CSS
    I had the same problem
    So I opened the globalnews.zip file into a local folder and had a look in the CSS folder,
    Style.css was in there – not missing after all.

    So just deleted the first intall I did of WordPress onto my hosting account
    Reinstalled wordpress
    Then installed the BlobalNews theme zip file again the usual way – thru Dashboard – upload option
    Then used FTP to upload the missing style.css directly into the folder that contains the globalnews theme – into its css folder.
    I used the free FileFTP program for windows

    That sorted the “missing style.css” problem

    2. MISSING POSTS ON FIRST PAGE
    Next problem – no posts showing on front page
    Re-read notes that come with this theme
    2 THINGS NEED DOING

    1. GET THE PLUGINS MENTIONED IN THE NOTES THAT COME WITH THIS THEME
    Hadn’t added the plugins – YARPP and the other 2
    Login to your WordPress install on your hosting account
    Go to the plugins link on the lhs menu
    Search for the plugins suggested or find them online
    I found them already in the system so just had to click install once they turned up.
    I have skipped the email one in my case so only loaded the other one.
    Seems to working ok now

    2. ADD THE FEATURE TAG WHEN YOU MAKE A POST FOR IT TO SHOW IN THE ALLOTTED SPACE ON THAT FIRST PAGE
    See the notes that come with this great theme
    * * * * * * *
    Questions from me
    1. MISSING PSD FILE for logo.
    If you have it can you please post a link to it?

    2. POSITIONING OF IMAGES IN POST
    how to get the image to sit in the right place rhs of posts?
    Above the “add comments” etc

    3. The popup effect on the image is not working for me
    Image opens up in a lightbox at larger size when you click on it
    If I ciickthe image it just goes to a new page showing just the image on a dark background

    I really LOVE this theme so want to get it working for my client asap
    It ticks the boxes I was looking for and has taken me quite a while to find.
    Can we get it updated, good to go with latest WordPress version?
    These guys did a great job here, sorry to see it languishing

    If there is no forum I might start one
    churrr bro
    Loren

    • Hi Loren,

      Did you figure out the problem with the Pop-Up image ? I’m trying my best to find a solution but cannot see any issues other than that they guys from the Template used an Old one which is working on their website but the one they have shipped is an new one and I believe there could be a issue on this …

      Any idea for a solution ?

      Fawaz

      • Hi, the reason for the pop-up image is the following:

        1. On the Homepage it works fine, but on the single post it does not work fine.

        2. The home page has a carousel that rotates the images, and it is carried out by a stand alone jQuerry file.

        3. On the single post page, there is no carousel and the image would not load in on the image popup.

        4. The primary reason for this is the footer.php file has all the files required for the Fancy-box script, and along with the loading of the Carousel JavaScript, it also runs the Fancy-box JavaScript call. Now they both work on a single JavaScript call. First to run is the Carousel script functions, and then the fancy-box script functions. So when the Carousel function is run, it cannot find the “jcarousellite.js” file and there fore the function breaks down and stops the script from further execution and rending the fancy-box script not working.

        5. The problem is there is no “jcarousellite.js” loading on the single page. It gets loaded only on the home page, therefore the home page the script works fine and not on the single page.

        Finally the Solution …

        6. Go to the funtion.php and on the “// JavaScript Functions” section, remove the “jquery-jcarousel” out of the “if(is_front_page())” condition. Now the jCarousel will load on all the pages, and the problem should be solved. Reason being the footer.php’s JavaScipt will be able to find the “jcarousellite.js” file and not break the script during run-time.

  48. Theme updated. Now ‘Global News’ is fully functional with WordPress version 3.4.1. Logo file also included in archive.

    • Thanks for the update. However, when I tried to install the theme using the upload option in the administration panel, it’s showing the error: “The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet. Theme install failed.”

      Could you please help?

      Anyway, many many thanks for such a great free theme…

      • Check the comment by “Loren B” just above.

    • Hi Any solution for the Pop-Up image not wkring on the post single page ?

      Pls advice …

      Regards,

  49. Hi friends,

    I’m facing a problem regarding the theme. My posts are showing up in the homepage, but when I click on the title of the posts or the read more link, a blank space is shown where the blog post is expected to be shown. The link is ok, and I tested with other themes — they haven’t such a problem. When I click the links to categories also, the same error occurs.

    Also I’m getting the following error on the post pages under the related news column:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function related_posts() in /home/www/helpbuyonline.com/wp-content/themes/globalnews/sidebar.php on line 47

    I tried reinstalling the theme, but in vain. Hope anyone will come up with a solution.

  50. Hi,

    Great Template, but needs a bit of fine tuning, and there is not much of a guide in how to get certain things done. Out of the guys who have tried it can soome one perhaps explain how to achive the following:

    1. On the Home Page, “Featured”, how can you get the “Read More” link to get to the rest of the article. When I add the text it just brings the whole of the text on the front page …

    2. How to use the “thumb” value, I have tried it, but does not do nothing. Finally I’m using “Use as Featured Image” option to overcome this, so if this is the case, then the “thumb” issue is not required at all … correct me if I’m wrong.

    3. The text does not place paragraph’s from what I see the text is more or less jumbled up is it something to do with the CSS ?

    This is to start with, pls let me know …

    The site I’m testing is at the following link : http://majalla.eu/aawsat/

    Regards,

    Fawaz Taj

    • To add one more point to my list above …

      4. Do we have to add text in to the ‘excerpt’ area, and if so is there any charachter limitations for this. I have noticed when u add some text on this palce, it either displays or removes the ‘read more’ option on the ‘categories’ page.

    • 5. What are the email settings. What I noticed is when you get inside a article, you want to send the article as an email. When you click the email icon, it brings up a broken image and the form open on the same page. But seems rather it should be a pop up email box. To set this go to the Email Plugin that you setup and check the “pop-up” option.

    • 6. The home page’s text ‘featured’ item text goes as long as it is. The only way you can stop it flowing and get it to truncate and automatically add the “Read More” is to add a “” tag exactly were you want it to be broken at. Hope this clarifies my point # 1 above.

    • 7. How to get the Email to Pop-Out?

      On the Email Plugin Page get under the setup and you will see some options. One of them is how to setup the Pop-Up option. There is a default code on that, but replace that with the one for the popup window, which is:

      %EMAIL_TEXT%

      The above will be under “E-Mail Styles” under the “Email Options” which is part of the Email Plugin that you setup for the theme.

      • how can add drop down menu like your preview demo,site
        according to catagory?

    • 8. YARPP, the problem of Yet Another Related post can be solved easily. The first thing to do is, some of the options for this plugin is not displayed by default, you can enable them by activating them on the YARPP page on your WP admin under “Screen Options”. Then you can give it a weight of say between 1-5, by default it is 5 for test sake you can try playing with the various options available, and it should ultimately work fine for you. Just one option is that by default the ‘Side Bar’ the text “Related Posts” text is displayed, you can either remove it or use some CS to remove it if you are planing to use it under your post content.

      Check the following link to understand what I’m speaking about …

      URL: http://majalla.eu/aawsat/?p=146

      • Ehi can you help me to set up my site like yours? :)

      • I don’t believe he is using global news after all, notice that all of the posts have same date from last year…. I think he gave up like me. I really love the design of GN but alas, I couldn’t get it fully “operational”. If you go into the address bar and remove the following letters: /aawsat/ from the domain name, I believe you will see the wp site/theme he is using. Still looks amazing.

      • LOL go to my site and see GlobalNews:)
        http://spazioquote.altervista.org/blog/

  51. 9. Hi, the reason for the pop-up image is the following:

    a. On the Homepage it works fine, but on the single post it does not work fine.

    b. The home page has a carousel that rotates the images, and it is carried out by a stand alone jQuerry file.

    c. On the single post page, there is no carousel and the image would not load in on the image popup.

    d. The primary reason for this is the footer.php file has all the files required for the Fancy-box script, and along with the loading of the Carousel JavaScript, it also runs the Fancy-box JavaScript call. Now they both work on a single JavaScript call. First to run is the Carousel script functions, and then the fancy-box script functions. So when the Carousel function is run, it cannot find the “jcarousellite.js” file and there fore the function breaks down and stops the script from further execution and rending the fancy-box script not working.

    e. The problem is there is no “jcarousellite.js” loading on the single page. It gets loaded only on the home page, therefore the home page the script works fine and not on the single page.

    Finally the Solution …

    f. Go to the funtion.php and on the “// JavaScript Functions” section, remove the “jquery-jcarousel” out of the “if(is_front_page())” condition. Now the jCarousel will load on all the pages, and the problem should be solved. Reason being the footer.php’s JavaScipt will be able to find the “jcarousellite.js” file and not break the script during run-time.

  52. Hi, when I upload the theme I get an error that says “no style.css file” Can u help?

    • Just install the theme manually, by uploading the zip file to your themes folder using ftp. There will be no css missing issue. It’s as simple as that..

  53. I’ve installed this great theme and written a few ‘dummy’ posts to see how they look, but only the one tagged with ‘featured’ displays on the home page. The posts are pretty much exactly the same, but those tagged with ‘headlines’ don’t appear at all; instead, the right-hand advert column comes across to sit next to the ‘featured’ story. I’ve experimented with and without pictures, but nothing I do results in a ‘headlines’ story appearing where it should…

    Is there something obvious I might have missed?

  54. Nice theme. I’ve installed it on my website, but got a few problems header/top and footer menu are not showing. Can u help?

  55. Is there any chance we can get the template etc with the install sample data? I would like to install this theme so that after it looks exactly like the demo. Please?

  56. A great theme. Thanks.

  57. Thanks for this amazing template..
    I will try it first …

  58. I dragged some widgets to the so-called “Primary Widget Area,” which is referenced in the sidebar.php, but they did not show up there. How to make widgets appear in the sidebar, or generally on the webpage?
    Also, how to make the sidebars displayed on other pages different from each other?

  59. Having the same problem as George and since he hasn’t been answered in two months I doubt I will… hate getting a supposed good theme only to be left in the dark. It makes the theme just another piece of junk that I wish I hadn’t wasted my time with.

  60. how can add drop down menu like your preview demo,site
    according to catagory

  61. Hi,

    Why the slideshow dont work for me. I put slideshow on tag, but it doesnt work
    Can you help me please

    Thanks

    • open function.php, on line 381 delete an copy this code

      wp_enqueue_script( get_template_directory_uri().’/js/jcarousellite.js’, ‘jquery’, ‘1.7.2’, true);

      • I made the changes in functions.php (as suggested above on line 381). 6 Posts appear in the “Today’s Highlight” section but the carousel is not moving when I click on the left/ right arrow buttons.

        Please guide on how to make the carousel work.

        Thanks.

  62. The “featured” tag does not work for me. I put “featured” in the tag section of the dummy post and on the home page I get nothing. Matter of fact, the only tag that actually works is “headlines”… any help out there??

  63. Thanks for the awesome magazine style theme for wordpress.

  64. hi,
    why news flash don’t work for me?
    Can you help me please

    Thanks

  65. this is really confusing, I tried it a few times the error continues -,-“

  66. Probably the best news theme I’ve come across in a while. Thanks for that! I have a few questions, though:

    How can I remove the search, Breaking News Alerts by E-Mail, Related News, and Recently Commented Articles widgets?

    Also, how can I remove the “Post”, “Email This”, “Add Comments”, “Print”, “Add to Favorites” when the article is displayed?

  67. Can’t find the latest version of the theme. It has only link to version 1.1, but no link to the latest version (I guess it’s 4.3.1).

  68. The weather forecast is showing error can some one please guide me quickly why its not working

  69. how to put the sidebar into the right?

    please advice.

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