Global News: A Free WordPress News Theme – Updated!

Many of you may know that last week we released a multi-functional free wordpress news theme named “Global News” and due to some technical reasons we had to remove it from our servers. And now, after scanning all files as we promised, we are again making it available to our readers exclusively.

Global News: A Free WordPress News Theme – Updated!

“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.

News flash

Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

Comments style

Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

Comments form

Global News - A Free WordPress News Theme

Post options

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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60 Comments

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for a great free theme. Really like the look of this…and good news themes are so hard to find.

    I posted this up on my free resource site @ http://resourcehive.com/2010/08/20/global-news-a-free-wordpress-news-theme-instantshift/

  2. Thanks Daniel

  3. Thanks for the update. Now the demo link works fine.

    Overall, the news theme looks really nice. Thanks for the free theme.

    Rafi,
    GraphicsFuel.com

  4. Great so happy to see it live again. Just saw Demo and so impressed with theme design and concept.
    Thank you very much!!

  5. Couple of tips:

    Make sure you are running PHP5 for some of the functions (Weather plugin especially)

    If you need you weather location here is how to get it : http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=book/export/html/93

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

    Cheers!

  7. Hey, just wanted to thank you folks for the lovely theme. You guys always come up with something good. Keep it up!

  8. Nice Theme..Thanks. Just make sure you are on PHP5 to use this theme.

  9. Thanks daniel for this lovely theme. It’s true that finding good news theme for free is very hard. i my self just bought a news theme a while ago which was not worth the money. Keep coming with cool freebies.

    Neha

  10. Nice post good work on this site
    and I work on it daily Designer & Blogger

  11. Neat themes!

    Thanks Daniel.

  12. Is this theme menu-compatible with WP3?

  13. This theme is amazing. I canТt believe itТs free! Thaaaaanks!

  14. mind blowing work!! two thumbs up!

  15. this theme doesn’t work on the latest wordpress..

  16. Thanks for u r information

    its very useful

  17. Amazing Theme, thanks! I will use it on my site.

    Since I have lots of posts I just changed the code: &tag=newsflash1 etc by &cat=25 etc so the theme now displays posts by categories.

    I’d like to change the background color: header footer etc and also add a menu with the pages. Any advices about?

  18. This theme is not working. please tell me what i need to do ??

  19. News Flash works sporadically and the Today’s Highlights doesn’t work at all. I love the look, but it doesn’t work. I’ve spent hours on this and it just flat out doesn’t work.

  20. I left a comment last night, but it appears that it has been deleted because it was negative. The scroll doesn’t work — either the newsflash or the pics under the feature article. And it won’t put my text in the header. Definitely got what I paid for — nothing. I really like the look of the layout and was excited to use it, so good marks for that, but to use it? Ain’t working.

  21. the theme works fine on wordpress 3.0,the theme is not the problem, its your servers, I had to enable PHP curl for it to work.. Its a great theme, Ive used it on a client’s site. the only problem is that the images fail to load sometimes, but I think thats a problem with TimThumb..
    **PS: read the manual carefully.

  22. hi
    I am having problem with the theme, I am not able add images with the post. Please check my blog.. its not showing any images with the post.

    Please let me know what should I do?

  23. this theme is so beautiful ,i’ve download it .thank you~

  24. when i uploaded it to my cpanel and preview it all the text and images doesn’t appear. any reason for this?

  25. You guys are too awesome to give away a theme like this for free! Definitely a huge improvement over most of the other free wordpress themes. Nice work!

  26. kurang mantap :(

  27. errors,

    Warning: fopen(/home/breaki16/public_html/wp-

    content/themes/globalnews_1.0-2/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/breaki16/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4284

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/breaki16/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4287

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/breaki16/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4290

    and WP is telling me that the theme doesn’t include its stylesheet.

  28. Despite older comments, it seem to works okay. You should just replace some depreceated function (get_setting for get_options) and maybe one or another trick you are attached to.
    Great theme for developers.

  29. no me muestra contenidos en las páginas ni en el home
    ¿Qué debo hacer?
    [Translation: do not show me on the pages or the home
    What should I do?]

  30. It’s not working! how is possible?? It’s a fantastic theme! Can you fix it please?

  31. Thank you very much! this is one of the beautiful themes that I ever seen

  32. Not working :(

  33. Why the hell it is not working????
    Please somebody help.

    //Installing Theme from uploaded file: original_globalnews_1.0.zip

    Unpacking the package…

    Installing the theme…

    Theme installed successfully.

    Warning: fopen(C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress/wp-content/themes/original_globalnews_1.0/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress\wp-includes\functions.php on line 4339

    Warning: fread() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress\wp-includes\functions.php on line 4342

    Warning: fclose() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress\wp-includes\functions.php on line 4345//

  34. Thanks , i was looking for this type of theme from so many days , glad that i found it on your site . thanks a millions.

  35. Very nice them when we see demo but in practical very complicated. Please tell how we can publish post on page as u said ad the tag where should we have to add tags . i have added featured tag so many place but didnt get post on home.

    Regards

  36. Thanks for this great theme.
    I’ve installed it but post thumbnails are not working.
    Can you help please………..?

  37. Blog Newspaper Theme

  38. Is there any way to have it guess the zip code of the reader by IP address or location?

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

    • Thanks so much for the update! Happy! Will donate soon
      I really like this template, and it ticks the boxes for my client
      A good match to his slightly steampunk, with retro and tactile textured features
      Esp like the full background image and that you have put the logo psd back in the pack

      I hope to use if for other projects going forward and will donate when that happens also

      regards
      Loren

  40. stylesheet.css is missing… pls help me out.. i need this theme… :(

    • This might help.

  41. good job master, this is so nice theme …

  42. This theme is not working… I have tried in wordpress v3.4.1 and manually installing like your advice, but theme is not still working. please help me… your theme is very very beautifullllll…. thanks

  43. Does the documentation file still exist? The User Guide and Documentation link above points to http://www.instantshift.com/demo/globalnews/readme.html which is 404.

    Thanks.

    • Link fixed!

  44. Hi there,

    First of all great job by Rapid, straight to the point, clean concept all lined up perfectly, really nice work.

    Second:

    You may use them for your clients’ projects / websites. Number of projects is not limited.

    - but -

    A link back must be included in the footer or simply just don’t remove the credits from footer.

    .. now this is kinda funny for “free” theme. What kind of client would want to have your link or any other link in footer?

    I support all idea about giveaways and freebies but this is blackmail, like.. here you can take this chocolate it’s free I’m giving it to you but you may not eat it lol.

    Keep up good work and have a nice day!

    • … just wanted to add, end of story is that you want us to promote your work for free, because that is only free thing here as I see it.

  45. Does anybody knows hoy can I translate the theme to spanish? Regards

  46. This is a good theme. I downloaded it but I found the frontpage 120×600 Advertisement is on homepage at top left. How can I put the frontpage 120×600 Advertisement on top right?

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