NewsSetter by Themefuse is a responsive theme for online magazines and news sites, that works very well for blogs too.
A theme with a responsive design will adapt the presentation of the web page to the screen of the device used by the visitor; be it a desktop, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. Hence, such a theme responds to the size and orientation of the screen.
The theme supports natively one WordPress 3 menu – just below the header.
Themefuse NewsSetter installs with nine custom widgets:
- Popular Posts
- Recent Posts
- Recent Reviews
- Twitter Stream
The Contact widget lets you enter your address details – including Google Map coordinates – as well as your Facebook, Twitter and Skype IDs.
By default, this ThemeFuse theme incorporates three widgetized areas:
- General Sidebar
- two Footer areas
By default, since the ThemeFuse Framework allows you to create your own custom sidebars, for example for separate categories or pages – like the frontpage. The custom sidebars are controlled with the Sidebar section within the Widgets page of WordPress.
Upon activation you are offered the opportunity to auto-install the theme. This is not obligatory, but will guide you to accomplish a correct setup and is a convenient way to become familiar with the theme. The auto-install should not be executed on an existing WordPress installation.
The NewsSetter panel includes four pages:
- Fuse Framework
The Fuse Framework page is the core part and includes the theme options, gathered under eight horizontal tabs:
Each of these tabs comprehends one or more toggle boxes
The General tab has sections for General Settings, RSS, Disable Theme Settings, and WordPress Admin Style.
The Disable Theme Settings section gives you the ability to tweak theme features according to your preferences – like an image on single post pages and the theme’s SEO options.
The WordPress Admin Style lets you switch between the ThemeFuse style and the default WordPress style.
For the Homepage, you can choose from three different styles. You can display posts from all categories, or only posts from selected categories, or the contents of a specific page.
In addition, you have several options for settings the Homepage Header, like for instance with or without a slider. At the same tab, you can enable the homepage banners and enter Homepage Shortcodes.
The Blog settings allow you show all categories or select only specific categories. Just like with the homepage, you can enable a slider on the blog page, add banners, and include shortcode. In fact, you have these options for every single post and page.
The Post options, let you choose between the excerpt or the full content, select the position and dimensions for images and videos.
At the Header tab, you can set your preferences for the Header as well as for the Footer. You can upload an image, and select a background color.
The TopBar is the bar just below the Navigation. Here you can enter your IDs for Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The TopFilter settings allow you to display or hide Most Commented, Editor’s Pick, and Most Liked.
In addition to your Footer background preferences set at the Header tab, you can here enable and enter shortcodes for the footer.
The Ads tab lets you enable the 728×90, 125×125, and 468×60 banners as well as upload images, ad URLs or Adsense code.
When you have not disabled the theme’s SEO features at the General tab, you can here set your preferences for the General Meta, Post Type Meta, and Taxonomies META. In addition, you can also enable XML Sitemaps.
The theme extends the WordPress Edit Posts screen with two meta boxes.
Directly below the editor, you will find a section with six horizontal tabs:
- Media – image and/or video
- Header – with or without a slider
- Content Options – shortcodes before and after content
- Editor’s Pick – filters the post as an Editor’s Pick
- Ads – yes or no
- SEO – page title/description
In addition, the NewsSetter Single Post toggle box gives you control over visibility of the image, video, comments, date, author info, and post meta. The last option lets you enter a custom post title.
The NewsSetter theme comes with several custom post types: Reviews, Testimonials, Sliders, Contact Forms, and Reservations. The theme adds a module to the WordPress menu bar for each these post types.
The Reviews post type offers the same possibilities as the regular Blog post type, but adds a Rating tab. Basically, you can enter any value in the Rating field; numbers, letters, percentages. This post type allows you to create your own categories and tags for the Reviews.
The Testimonial post type lets you enter a title, text and custom SEO settings.
With the Contact Forms post type, you can create your own forms as well as messages, and configure the sending options over wp-mail or smtp.
The Reservations module includes four pages: User Reservations, All Reservations Forms, Add New Form, and Generals Settings.
The WordPress Featured Image is not supported. However, by using the theme’s media features, you will achieve a full support; the image or video will be displayed on index pages as well as on single posts pages.
The price stated of $55 is regarding the Standard Pack of ThemeFuse NewsSetter. This includes the theme files, life-time support and updates. And you are allowed to use the theme on an unlimited number of domains. All for a one-time fee.
For $95 you can also obtain the Developer Pack. The Developer pack includes everything the Standard Pack does, plus the Photoshop layered document (PSD) files, and a bonus theme (Standard version) for free. And again, no recurring fees.
So, with the Developer Pack you get two themes. One with the PSD files, and one without. When desired, you can upgrade a Standard version of a theme to the Developer version by paying the difference.
Another option with ThemeFuse is the Club Membership. For a yearly fee of $195, you get access to all themes, the PSD files of these themes, theme updates and support. And you are allowed to use the themes on an unlimited number of websites.