How to update the theme

Before you update, it is best practice to:

  • !!! Important: The theme plugins must be updated after each theme update. Please access the theme welcome screen after the update and press the install/update button.
  • 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. For more information on how to backup check the official documentation.
  • Do not keep older copies of the theme inside 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.

Preparation – How to download the update files from

  • Log into your ThemeForest account, in your Downloads tab look for the Newspaper theme
  • Click the Download button next to it and choose to download the Installable WordPress Theme (the WordPress file)
  • After downloading the files, you must decide if you want to install the update via FTP, via WordPress or update automatically via Envato WordPress Toolkit. For directions on all methods, please continue reading below.

A. Update the theme via WordPress

  • Step 1 – 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.


  • Step 2 – Get the “” file from your new Themeforest download (Installable 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.
  • Step 3 – Go to Appearance > Themes, choose Add New Theme, Upload the “” and click on the “Install Now” button.
  • Step 4 – After your upload is finished choose Activate the theme.
  • Step 5 – Update and activate the required plugins.


B. Update the theme via FTP

If you want to know how to update the Newspaper Theme via FTP, you need to first place your website in maintenance mode. Use a plugin to do this, for example, Ultimate Maintenance Mode, WP Maintenance Mode, and many others.

Step 1 – Open the folder “Themes” located in “Your Site’s Name/Wp-Content/Themes” and backup your Newspaper Theme folder by saving it somewhere on your computer.After you make a back-up please delete the theme. Your content won’t be lost, but please note that if you have any theme code modifications, they will be lost. You have to re-apply them after the update is over.
Step 2 – Connect your FTP account using Filezilla. Navigate to the WordPress theme directory within Filezilla (“Your Site’s Name/Wp-Content/Themes”).
Step 3 – Download the newest version of the Newspaper Theme from ThemeForest.
Step 4 – Unzip the “Newspaper-tf” archive file and the “” file.
Step 5 – Extract “” file.
Step 6 – Drag and drop the new “Newspaper Theme” folder into “Your Site’s Name/Wp-Content/Themes”. Your content will not get removed! Update all of your plugins, for more information regarding this visit this link.

Step 7 – Update and activate the required plugins.

C. Update the theme automatically

As the old Envato Toolkit has become deprecated, it was replaced with a new plugin called Envato Market. Follow these steps to automatically update your theme.

  • Step 1 – Download the Envato WordPress plugin from here:
  • Step 2 – Upload and activate the Envato WordPress plugin (.zip file that you downloaded).
  • Step 3 – Create your personal Token  – To create a token, access the provided link on the plugin settings page and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Step 4 – Insert your Envato token key (not the token name) in the designated field.
  • Step 5 – Add a new item – Add your theme to the list of purchased items. You will need the personal token again and the Envato item ID number. These are 5489609 for Newspaper and 9512331 for Newsmag.

If everything is properly set up to this point and you save your changes, a new tab called themes will appear in the plugin settings.