Fast News WordPress Theme Review

January 5, 2014 WordPress 0

So, I bought two themes recently, i.e. Sentinel and Fast News. I’m a bit disappointed at the Sentinel theme. Even though it is being listed as one of the popular files, there are still bugs here and there. Hopefully, a new update will be available soon.

On the other hand, I’m pretty happy with the Fast News theme, it’s working right out of the box. Fast News is a magazine / news sort of theme which consists of 17 sidebars. As you can insert all kinds of widgets into the sidebars, you can imagine your layout could be quite flexible. I spent a few hours populating the site, and things seem to be in working order. Frankly speaking, I believe Fast News theme deserves more sales.

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How to set up Fast News WordPress Theme? The author has provided a 23 min video detailing how a site could be set up exactly like the demo. A lengthy documentation is also provided in the zip package. Here are a few things you might want to consider.

1. If you want to use AdSense in the sidebar, the regular text widget won’t work, your ad will get cut off for some reason. You need to use the Kopa Text widget to input your ad code.

2. If you select a “Featured Image” in your post, a thumbnail of your featured image will also appear right next to your post title, a little weird eh. You can easily turn it off in Fast News > Theme Options > Single Post setting.

3. In Layout Manager, you will notice that there are two items called “Home” and Front Page”. They have different layouts. When will they be used? In WordPress Settings > Reading, if you select “Your latest posts” for “Front page displays”, “Home” layout will be used, if you select “A static page” for “Front page displays”, “Front Page” layout will be used. For the latter case, you need to select a static page in the drop-down list. Just create an empty page, name it, e.g. “Home”, then select “Home” in “Front page displays”, and that will work.

06 14 15 This theme is no longer available on ThemeForest. If you want to buy it, visit the author’s website kopatheme.com. If you already bought this theme and look for the latest update, follow the instruction on kopatheme.com/faq.