News CMS WordPress Theme

theme description

News CMS is – as the name implies – a news-slash-article-slash-cms WordPress Theme. The goal here was to provide a customizable theme that could be turned into any given news site with as little as a graphical face lift. The emphasis with News CMS is on customization rather than aesthetics. It’s one of the very first themes I did with the intent of release (about a year ago), but it still holds up so I figured I’d take some time and package it up as a Thanksgiving freebie.

News CMS uses quite a few plugins, but I’ve included them in the download to make life a little easier for you. This theme still functions without any of them, but I strongly recommend you install them as the site functions much more like a news site with their aid.

What’s Next?
I’m working a premium theme called WP Slider that takes the best aspects of WP CODA and ads all the standard functionality we’ve discussed putting into CODA BLUE but didn’t get the chance to. If I can, I’ll release WP Slider and then release a Christmas theme for it.


by rohaizad

November 27, 2008 at 4:51 am

Now that was a really damn good theme! I will use it for my local language blog.

Good job and great work mate!

by craZed

November 27, 2008 at 4:51 am

WOW , realy amazing premium like theme !

realy thanx a lot !

have a nice day :)


by tingtong

November 27, 2008 at 4:57 am

Wow, I’m really impressed. Great job!!!


by elte

November 27, 2008 at 4:59 am

Nice release! Thanks a lot!

by pingwin

November 27, 2008 at 5:10 am

1024*768, 800*600 – ???
Only for 1280*1024 & more (((

by ebizking

November 27, 2008 at 5:17 am

A truly excellent theme, Greg – whatever you do… don’t stop!


November 27, 2008 at 5:22 am

Great! I like it so much. Thank a lot for your clever works.

by Alex

November 27, 2008 at 5:31 am

The font of the teasers is too small. And increase the line-height a bit.

by Choice Themes

November 27, 2008 at 5:41 am

This theme was built on my Ad Crazy Layout. The underlying structure was meant to accomidate any standard ad size, and because of that the layout is slightly wider than a 1024px wide monitor. Fortunately nothing important gets cut off, but I do share your lack of enthusiasm for the resulting width. Fortunately it is VERY easy to change the width of any one of the 7 resulting columns.

I’m quite happy the font size and line-height, but that’s more a personal taste issue. Changing either of these things is quite easy though.

by mancai

November 27, 2008 at 6:22 am

nice…so nice thanks a lot…

by Matt

November 27, 2008 at 9:26 am

Great new theme! Any chance of that article with how to insert a blog in WP code coming out? Or are you going to just save that for the Slider theme now? Thanks!

by Aber

November 27, 2008 at 10:10 am

Really impressing. I’m think it’s time to move to Worpress over Joomla!

by Kolyati

November 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Охуенная тема!!!

by George

November 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Hi Greg, congratulations for this superb theme! Can you please provide the ‘latest-in-tabs’ PSD?


by Shreedhar

November 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Well thanksamillion Greg,
You are the masterofartz.

by Aman Dhingra

November 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm

great theme.

Aman Dhingra

by amandhingra

November 27, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Nice theme


by Danh ba web 2.0

November 27, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Nice post. Thanks for share !

by Edy Pang

November 28, 2008 at 9:34 am

Nice theme. Can anybody give me a demo?

by Edy Pang

November 28, 2008 at 9:38 am

Ouww.. I have got it. Wonderful

by Giannis

November 28, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Hi! Now thats a great theme! But how do u insert thubnails for the posts?

by Choice Themes

November 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Using WordPress’ built in media manager of course.

by shreedhar

November 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Well Live on my blog,, I personally use it for my development records.
I need to put a proper link to greg’s site since he has not put a link under the footer.

by divageek

November 29, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Love it! Thanx for the post, ;D

by Furious

November 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Fantastic theme! Thanks a ton.

by Piyush

November 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Great theme mate….
already applied on my blog at

but having some problems configuring the theme…
if possible can u just give a brief tutorial to configure the theme….
hoping to hear from you ASAP..

by Choice Themes

December 1, 2008 at 12:29 am

Included in the ReadMe is a link to this Google Doc that should be of help to you.

News CMS Documentation

by andra

December 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm

very nice theme, thanks

by Aleso

December 2, 2008 at 8:45 am

nice theme guys, thanks for sharing.

by flik

December 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Hi Greg,

Thanks for the great themes. Unfortunately the Popularity Contest plugin isnt working on wordpress 2.6.5 :( any work around to get the most popular articles up and running?
Is this news cms your last release or anymore updates on it? wish to have some widget function in it.Thanks alot !

by Choice Themes

December 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Apparently this is a very known issue and is listed as a conflict on the WordPress Plugin compatability sheet. Here is a solution/fix:

by flik

December 2, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Thanks Greg,

I found this thread and fixed the problem right before you reply. Really thanks a lot for the quick respond !
Thanks 😀 hehe

by flik

December 2, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Hi Greg,

I forgot to ask, if there’s any chance we could get a psd file for the Latest in tabs ?

Thanks :)

by tingtong

December 4, 2008 at 7:44 am

Hi Greg, where to place the code (and which code to use) in order to show “Previous Page – Next Page” links at the botom of “recent articles”? i’d like it at the botom of each category page as well. I tried to do it, but the links appears on the footer.

Thanks in advance

by Choice Themes

December 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I’m not entirely sure. I’d have to take a look at the theme (I did develop it a year ago) again, and I’m not sure when I’ll have time. Although, it should be a fairly straight forward solution.

by ET

December 5, 2008 at 12:36 am

Hi Greg, nice theme there.
But a little confusion over the function.php file.
What should we put for these two ?
$BustATheme[‘recent’] = ???;
$BustATheme[‘popularArticles’] = ???;


by Flik

December 6, 2008 at 10:24 pm

hi greg,
any clue how the recent articles work ? cant seem to get it working. are we suppose to create a category for recent articles too ?

by dreamfreeblog

December 7, 2008 at 3:20 am

so nice the theme, great job.

by Choice Themes

December 7, 2008 at 4:11 am

@ET, @Flick
Please see the News CMS Documentation for the answer(s) to your questions.

by Flik

December 7, 2008 at 4:15 am

Thanks Greg :)

by PhiL0sQph3R

January 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

nice theme (thank you)

by Rio

January 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Man… Thank you… This is totally what i need. I’ll Download now. Thanks

by online making money

February 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

Great design …

nice work done..

by maolana

February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Do you have PayPal account? I wanna give you a ‘cup’ of cappucino… :) thanks. Very great theme!

by Choice Themes

February 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm


Thank you for the offer. It’s much appreciated.

Right now though, I just want to give these themes away. It’s my goal to provide everyone with wonderful quality free themes and then offer paid themes down the road. So save your money because you never know, you just might want a future theme!

by thegooser123

March 25, 2009 at 7:20 am

Hi Greg,

This theme is fantastic and would be PERFECT for what we need for our local darts league (very random I know).
However, I can’t set the categories up to show the right ones on the “latest in” header.

I change:
$BustATheme[‘tab1’] = 25;
$BustATheme[‘THE NAME OF MY CATEGORY’] = 25;

is this correct? Because I can’t get the header to work.
And do I need to set the numbers for something or leave them alone?

I have read the updated help file here: but after a few hours of messing about I just can’t get this to work.

Any help from you or from another reader who has got this theme working would be massively appreciated.

by vuongot

April 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm

This theme’s Amazing, very Excellent!

Greg Johnson say:
Right now though, I just want to give these themes away. It’s my goal to provide everyone with wonderful quality free themes and then offer paid themes down the road. So save your money because you never know, you just might want a future theme!

You are my Idol, man!


April 27, 2009 at 7:32 am

thx alot

by myorbit

May 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Hi Greg, this is a very good quality theme.

by Peter McMillan

May 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm

You may have just saved my marketing and monetization life with this wonderful and complete template package! I can’t begin to list all of the ‘hidden’ virtues and possibilities that keep manifesting themselves as I progress through the editing of it for my own domain.

I am extremely fussy about every detail and thus far I have found easy ways to adjust the editable part of the code to suit different browsers and my own needs. Whatever glitches are encountered, I have found a workaround.

Let me tell you, I’ve been around the WordPress theme block, the website coding process and the Internet marketing juggernaut and this single design outperforms and outdelivers anything and everything out there to date!

My goal is to bring people to my site and demographically feed them not only with news and editorial content but PPC advertising, affiliate product text and banners, and sundry other monetization streams without them ever being aware that I’m trying to sell them anything.


By the way, this is for thegooser123 or anyone else with the same problem:

– Make your category page;
– Note the id number of that page when you click on it (look for the “?page_id=” part of the address for that page)
– Change the default value of “25” in the line “$BustATheme[‘tab1’] = 25;” line to read whatever the “page_id number” is for that category page you just created. Don’t replace “[tab1]” or whatever with anything else.
– Make sure you edit the “latest-in-tabs.png” image to reflect the associated category(ies).

Here is mine as an example:

$BustATheme[‘tab1’] = 24;
$BustATheme[‘tab2’] = 4;
$BustATheme[‘tab3’] = 23;
$BustATheme[‘tab4’] = 14;
$BustATheme[‘tab5’] = 7;

by jav

May 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm

wow! is a great design

by tvoops

May 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I absolutely love it. I will get it for my new blog…thanks for your great post!!


May 27, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Maybe it would be an idea to mix this theme up with the new WP Slider theme. A little more graphical version of this one.

Grtz from the Netherlands,

by hibeta

June 13, 2009 at 3:18 am

good,i love you,very Beautiful themes

by zhengjikun

June 23, 2009 at 1:03 am

good theme !!! so nice ….i will use it .. thanks.. if i got some questions with this free theme . how can i get help ?

by hafid

August 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Unbelievable great theme!

by richiebmthimmaiah

August 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

This is just what i needed.. thanx a zillion, greg

by chuangye

October 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

Nice release! Thanks a lot!

by Wristband Man

October 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Can you tell me if the themes will work with wordpress 2.85?


by Choice Themes

October 31, 2009 at 4:17 pm

@Wristband Man
Because this theme in particular requires several plugins to function (This was one of the first themes I ever made), the functionality depends on the compatibility of the functions required to run the theme.

by awarraic

June 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Thank you sooooo much for amazing theme… You rock… :)

by wordpresstema

June 16, 2010 at 12:57 am

fantastik theme !

by kharank

July 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

Thank for your template, i will tell about this theme my friend blogger to use its

by rjsocial

August 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

Got it thank you :)

by T-Sinema

November 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

oh its thats amazing theme


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