SmartMag - News & Magazine WordPress

SmartMag - News & Magazine WordPress

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Extremely Flexible and Powerful WordPress theme empowering Modern & Successful Magazines, Newspapers, and Blogs.

SmartMag is battle-tested on sites with millions of visitors, powering 25k+ websites since 2014. With user feedback, research and experience during 7 years, we have updated with Ultimate Version 5. It’s easy-to-use as ever, top performance, yet extremely flexible to build the website of your imagination.

Make your best magazine, news, blog or review site. Get SmartMag and launch in minutes!


Top Features: Dark Mode, SEO optimized, Google AMP, Elementor Page Builder, Mega Menus, bbPress, WooCommerce, Reviews System, Gutenberg, Speed & Optimized Performance, One click Demo Import, RTL.

Highlighted Features

  • 12+ Professionally Designed demos with One-click Demo Import.
  • SEO Optimized: Rich snippets for breadcrumbs, article schema, and reviews are built-in. Further SEO enhancements via full compatibility with WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
  • Supercharged Elementor Page Builder for amazing pages with our unique magic.
  • Smart Studio: One click pre-made blocks, sections and layouts ready to be imported for a powerful homepage.
  • Unique Mega Menus with 3+ styles to choose from.
  • Login / Register Modal via trigger link in header with Social
  • Extremely Flexible Live Customizer. Instant changes, and thousands of options.
  • Fully Responsive: All elements are responsive on all devices.
  • WooCommerce Fully Integrated: Create an Amazing Shop using the industry standard eCommerce platform for WordPress.
  • bbPress Fully Integrated: Get a beautiful Forum running on your newspaper, blog or magazine site.
  • Unique Dark Mode done right. Add a scheme switcher in header or enable it by default. Customize colors exclusively for dark mode. Works perfectly for sports and gaming news magazines.
  • Multiple Layouts: Posts, Pages, and Categories can be configured to use a full-width layout or have a right sidebar (Custom Sidebars plugins also supported).
  • Flexible Customization: Unlimited colors and typography customizations.
  • 900+ Google Web Fonts, and thousands of Adobe Fonts supported.
  • Retina Ready (HD): All the theme graphics scale beautifully on hi-res screens.
  • RTL (right-to-left) Supported and auto-activated when WordPress is configured to use an RTL language.
  • Translation ready and WPML supported.
  • Advertisements and Custom Codes can be added on many pre-defined locations such as header above/below, footer above/below, single post before/after, after X paragraphs. Or use widgets and pagebuilder for custom locations.
  • 7+ Categories & Archives Listing Layouts
  • Multiple Homepage Blocks: Several blocks with countless variations, with the most flexible and powerful blocks system than any WordPress theme.
  • Powerful Header Customizer to build your own header:
    • 9+ Elements to build your header.
    • Smart Sticky Header to show header bar of your choice, with scroll top intent detection.
    • 10+ Premade headers with one-click.
    • Colors, typography, and layout customizations.
    • Build your own mobile header as well.
  • Social Media Integrations:
    • Sticky/Floating Social Share.
    • Social Share above article.
    • Social Share bar below article.
    • Add social icons in header, footer, sidebar.
    • Social Followers with Counters Widget.
    • Official widgets like Facebook Like box supported.
  • Integrated Review System: (GUI criteria/review creator)
  • Multiple Post Formats: Standard, Image, Gallery, Audio, Video.
  • Cross-browser Compatible: Chrome, Safari, Firefox.
  • Newsletter Widgets and Blocks:
    • Integrated with Mailchimp.
    • Custom code for other providers may also be used with their official code.
    • Countless styling options and variations.
    • Available for sidebar and footer widgets and also in pagebuilder.
  • 12+ Premium Custom Widgets with many variations. And default widgets are also well-supported.
  • Google AMP support with fully functional look like main site and off-canvas menu.
  • Advanced Category Features: (in Customizer and per-category)
    • Set a category color that will be used in menu and category labels.
    • Set a background image to be used on a specific category (for boxed layout).
    • Use any of the 7 Listing Styles.
    • Enable featured area grids to highlight posts.
    • Enable the right sidebar or select full-width layout.
    • Infinite Scroll, Load More or numbers pagination.
  • Gutenberg (new WordPress editor) fully supported with our unique styling. Unique style variations for Gutenberg blocks such as quotes, pullquotes, separators.
  • Images Aspect Ratio control over all blocks and listings to show images as you like 4:3 Standard, 16:9 Wide, Ultrawide, Tall, or your own custom ratio.
  • Pagination Types: Infinite Scroll, Load More button, or Numbers. Blocks use AJAX on numbered pagination to show without reload.
  • Customizable Off-canvas Menu for mobile that can also be activated on desktop.
  • Flexible Footer Styles with many layout and style customizations.
  • Beautiful search overlay for frontend with Live Search to show results instantly while typing.
  • Uses latest improvements in Javascript and CSS for performance.
  • Unique Performance Features with free performance guide included.
    • Builtin Lazyload images.
    • Highly optimized code.
    • Our proprietary optimizations such as preload and conditional loads.
  • Multi-page Post Slides is our unique post style that supports AJAX or normal load of next page.
  • Auto-load Next Post on Single post page that’s compatible Google Ads and Google Analytics.
  • 6 Premade Post Layouts with countless variations.
  • Multiple Page Templates included.
  • Built-in trending news ticker for header.
  • Child Themes supported for more advanced customizations.
  • And much more.

Need Assistance? Get In Touch!

If you ever get stuck with setting up SmartMag with your WordPress installation, you can get in touch with our friendly and dedicated support via our Support Forums.

Support is available between 12:00pm – 11:00pm GMT +0:00 / UTC.

Note: The images used in the demo are for demo purposes only. They are NOT included in the theme or the sample XML data.

New Features, Updates & Changelog

Read before updating: Update Instructions

Version 5.2.0 - May 6, 2021
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- Improved: Blocking time on mobile.
- Improved: CLS and blocking on desktops.
- Improved: Autoload next post load Google Adsense ads.
- Improved: Site Width header styling.
- Improved: Redundant date links removed in post meta.
- Improved: Title tags on image links for accessibility.
- Improved: Added many new dev hooks such as for meta.
- Added: Custom width option for hamburger icon.
- Added: Exclude post by IDs in blocks.
- Fixed: Custom Date format option on header.
- Fixed: Text element on mobile header.
- Fixed: Hamburger icon stretch in "site-width" header rows.
- Fixed: Vimeo in social follow widget.
- Fixed: Pagination in authors page template.

Version 5.1.2 - April 2, 2021
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- Improved: PHP8 compatibility.
- Improved: Navigation touch actions on laptops with touchscreen.
- Improved: Adsense responsive auto units dimensions adapt better.
- Improved: Changed heading tag in auth modal.
- Fixed: Unnecessary mobile logo tag.
- Fixed: Settings only import in Demo Importer.

Version 5.1.0 - March 22, 2021
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- New Designs: GeeksEmpire / Entertainment and Informed News.
- Added: 2 new importable homepages in Smart Studio.
- Added: 5 new importable sections in Smart Studio.
- Added: Load More styling customization options.
- Added: New light style E for Sticky Social Share.
- Added: Design customization options for sticky social share.
- Added: Top center and Bot center align for category overlay labels.
- Added: Option to center content in global and Elementor.
- Added: Blocks/listings content padding options.
- Added: 2 new Load More button styles.
- Added: Simple hamburger icon option.
- Added: More options to customize hamburger icon height, width etc.
- Added: System font stack options.
- Added: Reddit in social sharing buttons.
- Added: Option to disable single featured image lightbox/link.
- Added: Reddit option in social links such as header, footer etc.
- Added: Elementor column separator option.
- Added: Responsive columns order in Elementor.
- Added: Heading html tag option for SEO for blocks.
- Improved: Hamburger icon rendering on Chrome on Windows.
- Improved: Elementor performance with thousands of tags or categories.
- Improved: Widgets performance with too many categories.
- Improved: Some header options migration from v3.
- Improved: SEO: Title Tag option now available on featured grid block.
- Improved: Pagination of blocks with section query.
- Improved: Image selection on devices for featured grids B, C, and EQ1.
- Fixed: Heading filters with limit by tag.
- Fixed: Related posts YARPP option and numbers.
- Fixed: Featured grids inclusion in no duplicates on home feature.
- Fixed: Custom added font names become invisible in Customizer.
- Fixed: New Ads/Code widget HTML and AMP code sanitization.
- Several other smaller fixes and improvements.

Version 5.0.3 - March 4, 2021
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- Improved: Sticky Social behavior with some cache plugins.
- Added: Simple Dark 2 (News) Header Preset.
- Added: News Spotlight in Smart Studio.
- Added: News Homepage in Smart Studio.
- Fixed: Errors on a few Smart Studio imports.
- Fixed: Disable BG images.
- Fixed: Re-added compatibility for old WP galleries.
- Fixed: Comments hidden on AMP too when setting enabled.
- Fixed: Users with non-admin capabilities login issue.
- Fixed: PHP Notice on some block configs with WP_DEBUG.

Version 5.0.0 - February 24, 2021
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IMPORTANT: This a major update, please read before updating: http://theme-sphere.com/forums/topic/version-5-0-migrating-from-v3/

- Our biggest update yet. Massive number of features, and full rewrite with backward compatibility.
- 5+ New Demos.
- New Supercharged Elementor Pagebuilder with our unique magic.
- 60+ importable blocks/sections via Smart Studio.
- Live Customizer with thousands of settings. Instantly preview customizations.
- Unique Dark Mode with header switcher and color customization options for dark mode.
- Re-designed/polished most elements to be modern.
- Much of legacy JS rewritten for performance.
- Added: 3 new single post styles with countless variations.
- Added: Beautiful Newsletter Subscribe widgets and blocks.
- Added: 9 Smart Flexible base blocks with ability to create countless variations.
- Added: Full Gutenberg / new WordPress Editor integration.
- Added: 7 new Block Heading styles with infinite customization options.
- Added: Autoload Next Post for single page with Google Ads and Analytics support.
- Added: One-click demo import for all demos.
- Added: Smart Studio - Premade homes, sections, and blocks for page builder.
- Added: Unique variations for Gutenberg blocks such as quotes, pullquotes, separator.
- Added: Sticky/Floating social share with 4 design styles.
- Added: Smart Image System that relies on only 3 additional image sizes now.
- Added: Heading styles for sidebar, footer widgets, and single post sections.
- Added: Estimate post read time for post meta - usable in all blocks and listings.
- Added: "Updated Date" in post meta of single posts for SEO benefits.
- Added: Social sharing buttons above the post and new social networks options.
- Added: Login / Register Modal with WordPress Social Login plugin support.
- Added: Flexible Post Meta. Move and enable / disable items as you like.
- Added: Smart Headers - 10 Presets and 9+ elements to build your own main and mobile header.
- Added: 2 new Mega Menu styles.
- Added: Bunyad AMP Plugin. Makes your amp version look the same as non-amp.
- Added: New page layouts and settings.
- Added: Off-canvas menu for desktops and mobiles with widgets support.
- Added: Load more pagination type and updated pagination designs.
- Added: Built-in Lazyload feature for images and iframes.
- Added: 9 Featured Area grids that are customizable and also be used as Slider.
- Added: Image Aspect Ratio selection (or custom) for all blocks and listings.
- Added: A migrator and converter for conversion from older versions.
- Added: New Ads widget with AMP code and devices support.
- Added: Modern Lightbox for galleries and linked images in single posts.
- Added: Full-page overlay modern search with customization options.
- Added: Responsiveness and mobile layout has been redone for modern devices.
- Added: New Bold Footer style.
- Added: Option to enable/disable FontAwesome (not needed anymore).
- Added: Enable/disable legacy theme features.
- Added: Add subtitles to Single Posts.
- Added: Options to customize Single Post
- Added: Option to have a Comments show/hide button toggle. Works great with Autoload next post.
- Added: Customization options for all header elements.
- Added: Mobile header can be customized separately.
- Added: More options for Related Post sources.
- Added: Footer colors and fonts customization options.
- Added: New breadcrumbs style and customization features.
- Added: Ability to show/hide breadcrumbs on archives, pages etc.
- Added: Advertisements and Custom Codes system. Insert ads before/after header, before/after single post content, footer etc.
- Added: Many more Featured Area styles for categories.
- Added: Full-width header options and styles.
- Added: Customizations for main layout such as Site Width.
- Added: Unique Core performance options such as preload.
- Added: 4 New Social Follow & Counters Widget Styles. And customization options.
- Added: Performance & Speed guide in documentation.
- Added: Unique Section Query feature to use same query for all blocks in a section.
- Added: Column options for footer widgets and improved custom layout.
- Added: Category labels customization and position options.
- Added: Full PHP 7.4+ compatibility.
- Added: New Powerful Latest Posts widget.
- Added: Grid, Highlights and Overlay block as widget.
- Added: Features to select layouts for other archives like author, search.
- Added: Option to add gradients to header background.
- Added: Fully tested compatibility with cache plugins.
- Added: Lightbox compatibility for mobile devices.
- Added: Customization options for all listing styles.
- Added: Enable/disable layout element such as read more on listings.
- Added: Customize text for 404 Pages.
- Added: New Post Format overlay styles in listings with size customization.
- Added: 2 columns support for social followers widget.
- Added: Contrast scheme support for blocks, when using on dark bg.
- Added: Reviews style in listings radial overlay, bars, or stars in meta.
- Added: Over 1000 theme settings options.
- Updated: Reviews schema updated with latest Google specs.
- Updated: CSS generation system with cache for better performance.
- Updated: Options system updated for less memory usage.
- Updated: Infinite scroll rewritten for performance.
- Updated: Google fonts to include many new fonts.
- Updated: New social services added and outdated removed in all areas.
- Updated: Footer copyright is now in Customizer with current year display support.
- Updated: Easy social settings in Customizer now, previously in header widget areas.
- Updated: Sticky header updated with smart scroll intent detection and option to select the row to make sticky.
- Updated: WooCommerce integration and styles for the latest version.
- Updated: bbPress design polished and improved compatibility.
- Countless bugs fixes and design tweaks. Tested and improved for modern browsers.
- Over 2000 hours of work done, and thousands of improvements on this release. This isn't a full list.

Version 3.4.0 - December 10, 2020
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- Fixes for compatibility with WordPress v5.6.
- Updated: Bunyad Page Builder to fix styling.
- Fixed: Theme Options typography errors.

Version 3.3.1 - August 12, 2020
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- Updated Bunyad Page Builder for WordPress v5.5.
- Added extra fields for review product schema.
- Fixed: Javascript errors in v5.5.

Version 3.3.0 - April 2, 2020
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- Added: Feature to enter Schema info for Reviews.
- Fixed: data-vocabulary.org breadcrumb deprecated by Google.
- Fixed: Review schema for the latest Schema requirement.
- Fixed: create_function and other error on PHP 7.2+
- Fixed: Removed Google+ share link.
- Fixed: Twitter social share links.
- Updated: WooCommerce template overrides.
- Updated: RevSlider (now included in "All Files" zip file in "Extra Plugins")

Version 3.2.0
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- Added: GDPR Privacy page support.
- Added: Comment consent checkbox for WP v4.9.6+
- Added: Self-Hosted Google Fonts plugin support for GDPR.
- Added: WooCommerce 3.4 compatibility.
- Improved: IP no longer logged for Review Ratings due to GDPR.
- Updated RevSlider to latest version.

Version 3.1.1
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- Improved: Packaged plugins can be updated without TGMPA.
- Improved: AMP menus focus effect.
- Fixed: Automatic amp-ad conversion for Adsense.
- Fixed: Long AMP menus background cut-off.
- Fixed: Author page pagination.
- Fixed: Header social icons missing in importer on v4.8+.
- Fixed: WooCommerce latest deprecated functions.
- Fixed: TGMPA update/install warning.
- Updated Revolution Slider to latest.
- Updated FontAwesome to latest version.

Version 3.1.0
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- Added: Google AMP Posts support with custom styles.
- Added: Ads support in AMP.
- Added: AMP Navigation Menu for AMP posts.
- Added: WooCommerce 3.0 support.
- Added: WooCommerce Image Zoom Feature.
- Added: New Lightbox for Product Images.
- Updated Revolution Slider.

Version 3.0.2
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 - Fixed: Typography settings not applying for some installs.
 - Fixed: Nav full width not applying on some headers.
 - Fixed: Few colors on Dark Skin.

Version 3.0.0
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 - New Skin & Demo for Lifestyle magazines - Trendy.
 - New Demo: TheZine for sleek magazines.
 - Upto 200% Faster Retina Images. Great for Mobile and MacBook users.
 - Feature: New Header Styles: Trendy and Dark
 - Feature: New "Highlights B" block.
 - Feature: New Nav Styles: Dark Alt, Light Alt
 - Feature: New Featured Area Grid B.
 - Feature: 2 New Post Styles - Modern and Modern Simple.
 - Feature: Alternate heading styles for home blocks.
 - Feature: Filters for all home blocks (no more on just new focus).
 - Feature: More blocks added to sidebar widget Post Listing Blocks.
 - Feature: Social Widget with social counters.
 - Feature: Support for "WP Instagram Widget".
 - Feature: Bottom Pagination for Multipage Content.
 - Feature: Social Icons in footer about widget.
 - Feature: Easily update Bunyad Plugins - no more delete/reinstall.
 - Feature: Limit by tag for latest posts widget.
 - Feature: JSON+LD Article Schemas with option to disable.
 - Added: New Skins to Importer and "Settings Only" option.
 - Added: Option to disable on-scroll effects for images.
 - Added: Auto-add organization schema with social info from widget.
 - Added: Compatibility with WP User Avatar plugin.
 - Added: Skin post styling to post editor in backend.
 - Improved: On-scroll image effects trigger more smoothly.
 - Improved: RTL and responsive support in all skins.
 - Improved: Use primary category for breadcrumbs.
 - Improved: Article schemas with latest Google guidelines.
 - Improved: Smart Sticky Navigation is more snappy now.
 - Improved: Review schema updated to use JSON-LD.
 - Improved: Editor styling for advanced skins.
 - Improved: Pagination for custom query variables in CPTs.
 - Improved: Breadcrumbs for full-width header layouts.
 - Improved: "Responsive Images" for Retina - deprecated Retina.js. (old users switch)
 - Improved: Featured video custom code markup support.
 - Improved: Color picker in theme settings.
 - Improved: Latest Google Fonts available.
 - Improved: Added sub-menu arrows for dark nav.
 - Fixed: Menu Import on PHP 7.
 - Fixed: WPML using front-page on second language search.
 - Fixed: WooCommerce 2.6+ add to cart.
 - Fixed: Focus grid collapse on varied title lengths.
 - Fixed: Sticky sidebar ads. 
 - Fixed: Ad widgets sometimes blocked by AdBlock.
 - Fixed: Custom CSS blocked by AdBlock in some cases.
 - Fixed: WPML search second language result listing.
 - Updated FontAwesome, Revolution Slider, JS libs, TGMPA.
 - Several backend UI improvements such as review box, options.
 - Code refactoring and 50+ minor styling improvements.
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