GoodNews – as the name suggests is certainly good news for WordPress users. Among all its features the customizable layout design via Drag & Drop readymade widgets shines the most. It is fully equipped with all the features a modern WordPress developer dreams for. Perfect for the blog, newspaper, magazine or review websites. It is available in four basic demos other than customizable option i.e. News Flash, Good News, Tech Flash and Fashion & Style.

Good News Blog Theme

Good News is a good theme itself and seller is successfully selling it but as there is always a room for improvement, we would like to do a critical analysis of the theme in terms of Design and usability, functionality, SEO, updates and support so the users will have a clearer idea of what they are going to purchase.

 Design and Usability: (9.5/10)

The landing page and news section of the theme are very beautiful in terms of layout and have been designed according to the modern aesthetics, but shop section of the theme is not up to the mark. No sliders, no filters and no category listings as main focus of the team is on news section. If the team wants this theme to be ever green, they will have to work on the shop section as well.

The landing page of the theme is a beautiful design for some news website. However, as it comes with too many small photos and news right on the landing page, those people are habitual of seeing wide screen landing pages might dislike it for a while. They may also face difficulty reading all the stuff. This can be fixed by making two columns on landing page instead of three.

Endless Articles

The endless articles feature is made to increase user engagements because when a user scroll the article doesn’t end, the next article will be reloaded automatically.

endless-article

Smart Stick Sidebar

We called the sidebar as a smart because it determines what should appear in there and stick on it.

Smart Stick Bar

Grid Layout Options

You can quickly set grid user interface layouts as 1,2,3,4 and 5 columns. You can also customize the grid views and CSS options with Good News admin panel.

Grid Layout

 

Importing Good News 4 Demo Layouts

4 Demo Layout

To get used to the theme and it’s features, it’s recommended that you import our live demo by using our Import Demos tool with the theme panel.

import_demos

This will clone the exact copy of our demo. Some themes might have more that one demo that you can choose from the dropdown. After getting used to the theme you can delete these contents or replace them with your own.

One Click Demo

Note: Importing our demo will REMOVE all your current content, pages and images. It will completely replace your actual website by our demo’s content!

Note: Depending your server speed, this can take up to 3 minutes. If you are unable to import our default data using our tool due to server errors or timeout, you can partially import our demo using wordpress default import tool under Tools / Import / WordPress. You will need to upload the xml file located within the theme import folder: /import/default-data.xml. Unfortunately, this will not include revolution sliders and all style options that usually comes with the demo

Assigning a Home Page for the Theme

  1. Navigate to the “WP-admin > Settings > Reading” interface (see image below).
  2. In the “Front page displays” section choose “static page” radio-button.
  3. In the “Front page:” selector choose the page that you have created to be the Homepage.
  4. Optional. Also you can choose which page will display your blog posts in the “Posts page:” selector.

Reading Settings ‹ Iron Test — WordPress

 

Functionality: (9/10)

Good news theme is pretty good in terms of functionality. It comes with a lot of support features like it provides e-commerce support with full integration of Woo Commerce in addition to the efficient e-Marketing support with Mail Chimp Newsletter. It comes with friendly and clean SEO support and child theme so further customization is handy and changes will remain even if the parent theme is updated. A built in Ads Manager gives access to advertisement and management at admin end. It provides Advertisement Rotation System, Responsive Ads Support, visual Composition of advertisement.

The theme also provides language support for all languages without restriction of Right to left or left to right. In addition to that, it also provides social media support in form of:

  • Facebook Connect
  • Facebook Open Graph
  • Twitter Cards
  • BuddyPress Support
  • Various combinations of social network icons

In addition to that, the theme also provides handy news and videos support with Infinite bidirectional support, Categories filter, Multi-layout, Multi-query types i.e. most recent, most viewed and most like posts.

However, the theme is not fully adapted to the bbpress. Rather it is almost 80% adapted with it. This should also be improved and theme should be fully adapted to bbpress so more and more people will be able to use it efficiently.

Requirements & Compatibility

Our themes are compatible with the WordPress versions 3.6 and later (PHP v.5.2.4 or greater; MySQL v.5.0.15 or greater).

Most JavaScript enabled Browsers will make them work with no issues.

Search Engine Optimization, Speed and code infrastructure: (8/10)

The Good News theme is SEO optimized and inserts basic SEO automatically (canonical, title, description) itself but this alone is not enough and developers need to use SEO plugin as well. The theme is compatible with all SEO plugins. The theme contains rich snippets according to the Google rich snippet tool as shown in the below photo. However, the theme code files are not minified and developers need to use W3 Total cache plugin for it which reduces page speed.

Google PageSpeed Test Results Pingdom Page Speed Test Results for Good News

There are other problems with the speed of the theme as there is render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content which increases load time. Also, browser caching is not enabled properly which increases server response time. The theme works a bit slow on mobile devices according to the Google page speed insights.

Installation of Good News WordPress Theme

Download and Install WordPress 3.8 or later.

If you need more info on how to install WordPress please follow the instructions at: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

Theme Download

On ThemeForest, you can either download the full theme package or just the installable wordpress theme zip file.

Download Theme From ThemeForest

The full package includes the PSDs, documentation & child theme.

If you are installing the theme via WordPress, make sure you are uploading the zip file located within the Theme folder.

  • goodnews.zip (This is the main theme  that you need to upload)
  • goodnews-child.zip (This would be the child theme that you can upload and activate if you need to override the main theme styles & functionalities)

Theme Installation

Via WordPress

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
  2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  3. Select Add New.
  4. Use the Upload link in the top links row to upload the zipped copy of the theme that you have previously downloaded.

Via FTP

  1. Extract the zipped theme file that you have previously downloaded.
  2. Using an FTP client (Filezilla, WinSCP, Cyberduck) to access your host web server.
  3. Upload the theme folder to the wp-content/themes directory provided by WordPress.


Theme Activation

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
  2. Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  3. Select the uploaded theme and click the Activate button.

Install Plugins

Note: Make sure the folder “wp-content/uploads” exists. If not, please create it and set write permissions (CHMOD 777).

After theme activation you will see a “recommended plugins” notice. Click the “Begin installing plugins” link in order to install required / optional theme plugins.  Make sure you activate them after installation.

Installing Required Plugins

Adding MailChimp Newsletter

    1. First, setup a free account on MailChimp.com
    2. Create a new List
    3. Create a new API key from the MailChimp Dashboard.

  1. Paste this key into the MailChimp WordPress Plugin Settings.

wp-mailchimp

 

Updates & Support and Documentation: (9.5/10)

Good News Theme is very good in terms of updates and support. Its last update was made on September 8, 2016 (one week before writing of this review). In addition to that, the development team is very supportive and they reply to all the queries being made on the seller website. The theme is also well documented and easy to read.

You can access all documentation for Good News theme with this link.

Conclusion

In short, Good News is a must have full-fledged powerhouse theme which has a lot to offer and is flexible for the needs of any type of website. It focuses on ease of use with good security and effective design aesthetics. Although it lacks regarding speed and design a bit but the development team is motivated to fix these issues in the next releases. Also, it is not necessary for the user to have the know-how to the development and they can easily use it without any problem.

Good News - Multi-Niche Blog / Magazine WordPress Theme

64$
Good News - Multi-Niche Blog / Magazine WordPress Theme
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Design & Usability

10/10

    Functionality

    9/10

      SEO

      8/10

        Updates & Support

        10/10

          Pros

          • Endless Article
          • Grid and Well UI Design
          • Rich and Easy Demo Options
          • Highly Customizable
          • Supports SEO Plugins

          Cons

          • Slow Mobile Speed Performance

          Comments

          1. Dennis E. Garcia

            Design & Usability

            8.00

            Functionality

            8.50

            SEO

            7.50

            Updates & Support

            8.00

            Good news is really a good news for theme users and it has been developed with unique features like endless articles options, highly customizable designs and good SEO options. However, the theme is a bit slow on mobile and small devices but I think this will also be fixed in the next releases.
            You can also integrate mail chimp newsletter into this theme which again is a good news. Thank you blog themes for this review and guide to add mail chimp.

          2. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            8.00

            Functionality

            8.50

            SEO

            7.00

            Updates & Support

            8.50

            Got a chance to use this theme for one of my website and I really like the theme but it can be improved and make it a perfect theme if the team can work on following few suggestions:
            1. Multiple visual composer elements should be added in next release like some basic page templates for example About us page, our services page and so on.
            2. Speed and SEO optimization for improved Site performance.
            3. More demos and design options.

            By the way a job very well done in terms of theme development and this review. thumbs up.

          3. John B. Lines

            Design & Usability

            9.50

            Functionality

            9.50

            SEO

            9.50

            Updates & Support

            9.50

            I have version 1.0.9 paid version installed I wanted to update to latest version but newest theme returns a php fatal error:

            PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function acf_add_local_field_group() in /goodnews/lib/meta-boxes.php on line 2302

            My support already expired, but the themes updates aren’t working…

            Also after i disable ACF, I get this fatal error:

            PHP Fatal error: Call to a member function set() on null in goodnews/lib/admin/functions.php on line 176

            please help

            1. Gloria D. Guyer

              Design & Usability

              9.50

              Functionality

              9.30

              SEO

              9.20

              Updates & Support

              8.90

              I have version 1.0.9 paid version installed I wanted to update to latest version but newest theme returns a php fatal error:
              PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function acf_add_local_field_group() in /goodnews/lib/meta-boxes.php on line 2302
              My support already expired, but the themes updates aren’t working…
              Also after i disable ACF, I get this fatal error:
              PHP Fatal error: Call to a member function set() on null in goodnews/lib/admin/functions.php on line 176
              please help

          4. Wayne P. Roberts

            Design & Usability

            9.50

            Functionality

            9.50

            SEO

            9.50

            Updates & Support

            9.50

            Also, I have heard a lot of good reviews about this theme. It’s user-friendly, Search Engine Optimized and intuitive. But I want to know do you have plans to make a “flat” or simple and clear design version in Homepage Like this for example: http://themewaves.com/demo/ever/ Thanks!

            1. Robert K. Kinser

              Design & Usability

              8.50

              Functionality

              8.50

              SEO

              8.40

              Updates & Support

              8.30

              Hi,
              Yes, you are right Good News theme really serves the purpose. However, Good News theme is considered to be a Flat and Simple design.

              You might be able to create a similar design by building your pages using the developers News Visual Composer Widget however it will still be a little different design.
              Thanks

          5. Pamela J. Royal

            Design & Usability

            9.00

            Functionality

            9.00

            SEO

            8.80

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            Hi there, I bought this theme of you when you first released it. I am hosting it on a dedicated server, for the past year it keeps going down when any decent traffic hits it. Hostgator tells me this evening it’s an issue with the theme. I’ve been speaking with our admins. They say it’s making a request over and over bypassing the cache – I do not want to publish the domain here – Is there any address you have – I am currently out of support with you guys but it has been a frustrating issue for over a year now.

            1. Cheryl J. Schoonover

              Design & Usability

              8.90

              Functionality

              8.90

              SEO

              8.80

              Updates & Support

              8.90

              Hi there,
              It seems a rare issue with this plugin. The theme has been tested to work fine with W3 Total Cache plugin which should reduce the number of requests correctly. What caching plugin are you using?

              Otherwise, try contacting the theme developers.

          6. Tamara M. Tuten

            Design & Usability

            9.00

            Functionality

            9.00

            SEO

            9.00

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            This is a really great theme. I can assure you that the theme does not have any known bugs and have not received any complaints. Design, Quality, and customization options are awesome!
            If you have bit knowledge, how to do it, you will feel great!
            I have used this theme and I really liked it.
            I want to know if any updates are planned for this theme? I suggest add if possible multiple Visual Composer Elements, some basic page templates like About Us, Our Services, Contact and so on. Also, if possible, some Schema.org implementation and some optimizitation for fast loading.
            In the “Advanced News” widget, I leave as a suggestion the option to disable the display thumbnails of posts, because for news sites, not all of posts them have photos and avoid having to tinker with code.

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