How to update the theme

Learn how to upgrade to update Newspaper theme to the newest version easily. Choose which way to update: Automatically, via FTP (file transfer) or via WordPress. Everything is done quickly and easily. Please follow through the tutorial below

A. Update Newspaper theme Automatically

The automatic update system makes the entire update process much simpler. We have introduced the Automatic Theme Update feature in 10.3.1 version. Starting with Newspaper 10.3.2, you can automatically update your theme to the latest version available. Now, every time a theme update is released, you’re at one click away from the new version.

When a new update is found, you’ll get notified in the Update Notification System. When a Newspaper Theme update is available, you’ll see a red notification bullet in the Theme Panel > Updates.

Newspaper theme Documentation: Automatic update Newspaper theme

Important Note: If you have installed a new PRO pre-built website on version 10.3.1 starting on March 29, 2020, it may not appear in the system that a new update is available for you to install automatically. In this situation, we recommend you to manually update the Newspaper Theme to version 10.3.2. If you need technical assistance to update your theme, please send us an email or open a new topic on the forum, and our support team will help you.

All you have to do is click on the Updates tab from the Newspaper Theme Panel and hit the “Install Update” button. The system downloads the latest version from the tagDiv servers and automatically updates the theme files and the native plugins.

Besides the message that notifies you a new update is available, in Newspaper > Updates tab, you can also check out the theme versions’ availability. For example, if you’ve installed the latest theme version – 10.3.2 and you want to go back to 10.3.1, you can now select the theme version from the dropdown list and hit the “Install version” button.

Newspaper Theme Time Machine

B. Update the theme Manually

Important Notes

  • Always check our update notes
  • Always backup the files and the database, in case something goes wrong with the server. You could use the backup to revert to the previous state if you need to. For more information on how to backup check the official documentation.
  • Do not keep older copies of the theme inside the WordPress themes folder
  • Reset the cache after you update
  • Update the plugins!!!. The theme required and recommended plugins are included in the theme package inside the ../Newspaper-tf/plugins folder. Please read the plugin update guide.

Download the files necessary from ThemeForest

Log into your ThemeForest account. From the “Downloads” section, look for the Newspaper Theme. Click the download button next to it and choose to download the Installable WordPress Theme (the WordPress file).

Update the theme via file transfer

You first need to place your website in maintenance mode. Use a plugin to do this, for example, Ultimate Maintenance Mode, WP Maintenance Mode, and many others.

You can use any type of file manager at your disposal: your host cPanel, an FTP client or a file manager plugin. They all provide the same result. Copy, paste and delete files. That is all you need to do.


  • Access the file manager and open the “Themes” folder located in “Your Site’s Name/Wp-Content/Themes” and backup your Newspaper Theme folder by saving it somewhere on your computer or creating a zip archive of the theme (rename it to for example). Do not keep the archive with its original name and do not keep the theme as a folder with a separate name inside the themes section. This is not a good practice.
  • After you make a back-up please delete the theme.
  • Download the newest version of the Newspaper Theme from ThemeForest.
  • Unzip the main “Newspaper-tf” archive if you chose to download the full theme package. You will find the main install-able zip file called inside of the file.
  • Upload the “” file to your “/Wp-Content/Themes” folder.
  • Now Extract the “” file.
  • Important: Update all of your plugins. For more information regarding this step please visit this link.

Update the theme via WordPress

You first need to place your website in maintenance mode. Use a plugin to do this, for example, Ultimate Maintenance Mode, WP Maintenance Mode, and many others.

  • Deactivate the current “Newspaper” theme from the Appearance > Themes section by simply activating a different theme. Once you activate a different theme, delete the Newspaper theme. Don’t worry, your content will not be lost.


  • Get the “” file from your new Themeforest download (Install-able WordPress file only). If you downloaded the “All Files & Documentation” from Themeforest, then you need to unzip the archive file you received, the will be inside it.
  • Go to Appearance > Themes, choose Add New Theme, Upload the “” and click on the “Install Now” button.
  • After your upload is finished choose Activate the theme.
  • Update and activate the required plugins.