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Important: This theme was retired in October 2015 and is not for sale. Documentation is no longer being updated.

Installing your Theme ↑ Back to top

To learn how to install your theme please reference our documentation here: Installing a Theme

Fresh News Theme Demo: demo.woothemes.com/freshnews

Checking your theme version ↑ Back to top

You can confirm your theme and WooFramework version by going to: Fresh News > Framework

Activate your Theme Key ↑ Back to top

After you install your theme, be sure to activate your theme key by downloading and installing the WooCommerce Helper plugin. This will verify your site when contacting support and will enable 2-click updates for quick theme upgrades down the road.

Updating your theme

It is important to ensure you have the latest version of your theme at all times. This is the best way to proactively troubleshoot issues on your site.

Please reference the WooCommerce Helper Documentation to learn more.

Setting up the featured slider ↑ Back to top

The homepage featured slider can be used to display noteworthy blog posts – this is because it is tag based. Once you have specified the tag to use, make sure you add that tag to the blog posts you want to feature. It will display the title of the post, the excerpt, and the optional, but important, custom image which is the focal point of the panel.

You can configure the featured slider settings by going to: Fresh News > Settings > Homepage Slider:

Homepage Slider

Adding the tag to the post is important, as is specifying the image to use in the slide.  You can specify the image in the Fresh News Settings panel under the Post Editor:

Fresh News Post Settings

Setting up the header space ↑ Back to top

First, to add your logo or configure your text-based Site Title, go to: Fresh News > Settings > General Settings:

General Settings

Next, with Fresh News 3.0+, you can add a Header Background Color or Background Image that will display behind your logo.  To do this, go to: Fresh News > Settings > Header:

Header Settings

Setting up the Subscribe & Connect feature on Posts ↑ Back to top

In single posts you have the option to display a area where the site visitor can subscribe to your site, view your social profiles or click on related posts.

To enable this area, go to: Fresh News > Settings > Subscribe & Connect, and select the Enable Subscribe & Connect – Single Post box.

To setup go to:

  • Subscribe & Connect > Connect Settings to link the icons to each social media page.
  • Subscribe & Connect > Setup to enable the related posts in the Subscribe & Connect box (see below).
  • Subscribe & Connect > Subscribe Settings to setup the email subscription form.
  • Superstore > Settings > General Settings > Subscription Settings to enter your preferred RSS feed URL.

Subscrib & Connect

Here is an example of the Subscribe & Connect Panel on a single post page with related posts enabled:

Adding images to posts / Using the Image Resizer: ↑ Back to top

Background Information

Many of the different template pages within this theme uses an embedded image within a post when displaying the post to the user. This means that you need to add a custom image to a post should you wish to display the image with the post. If you decline to add an image to a post, it will not be displayed and won’t disrupt the theme in any way.

Our themes use a custom image resizing script (thumb.php) which will dynamically resize, crop & create an image in the appropriate size needed for the template.


  1. Go to: Post > Add New, and add your new post.
  2. Now scroll down to the Fresh News Settings panel below the Post Editor, and add your image
  3. Select the image crop alignment if you so desire – that will determine where it should crop the image from if it is bigger than the space provided for it in the template.
  4. Save your post and voila!

Fresh News Post Settings

Adding videos to posts ↑ Back to top

To add a video to your post, copy the embed code from your favorite video site (like YouTube or Vimeo) into the Embed Code field in the Fresh News Settings panel below the Post Editor:

Fresh News Post Settings Video

Widgets ↑ Back to top

Custom Fresh News Widgets ↑ Back to top

Fresh News includes 3 sidebar and 4 footer widgetized areas. You can then place any of the 9 Fresh News-specific widgets to allow you even more customisation options. Here’s a brief run-down of the custom widgets:

  • Woo – Adspace Widget
  • Woo – Ad 125×125
  • Woo – Embed/Video
  • Woo – Flickr
  • Woo – Tabs
  • Woo – Subscribe/Connect
  • Woo – Search
  • Woo – Twitter Stream
  • Woo – Blog Author Info

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