Paladin – A Newspaper Theme Package for YOOtheme Pro

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We have some breaking news for you! Here is Paladin – our new YOOtheme Pro theme package for WordPress and Joomla. It's a modern newspaper website perfect for regional daily news publications. We started working on Paladin over a year ago, and while it took us a while, we are very proud that as of today, YOOtheme Pro is able to create such a complex, dynamic newspaper website. It's by far the biggest and most complex YOOtheme Pro theme package we've ever built. It comes with 14 content-rich page layouts, great looking styles and a well-thought-out content structure that show the full potential of YOOtheme Pro. Intrigued? Then grab a coffee, and let's get going.

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Page Layouts

Paladin comes with 14 (!!) complex and content-rich layouts which are all based on a typical newspaper five-column layout. They can easily be loaded from the layout library with just a click. Here is a walk-through of all the highlights.

Home Layout

Home

Politics Layout

Politics

Sports Layout

Sports

Technology Layout

Technology

Science Layout

Science

Entertainment Layout

Entertainment

Post Category Layout

Post Category

Post Index Layout

Post Index

Post Layout

Post

Post Daily Brief Layout

Post Daily Brief

Post Opinion Layout

Post Opinion

Post Video Layout

Post Video

Post Slideshow Layout

Post Slideshow

Post Gallery Layout

Post Gallery

Page Type Description
Home Page The Home page starts with the breaking news alert followed by headlines which are in the news. Featured news are presented with their related posts that offer more coverage on the topic. Most popular news can be found in the sidebar. Next is a prominent featured news section from a trending category with further coverage. It's followed by all main categories and their latest posts with the opinion and video sections in the middle.
Politics Page The Politics page starts with headlines which are in the news followed by featured posts and their related news. There are latest opinions as well as a prominent video section. Next comes an overview of all subcategories in the slider followed by handpicked subcategories with their latest news. The page ends with 10 most popular posts and a link to the Politics archive.
Sports Page The Sports page starts by featuring one news in a prominent hero section with related posts for more coverage. It's followed by news headlines. Further featured posts are presented underneath with opinion posts shown in the sidebar. There are also a prominent video section, an overview of all subcategories in a slider, latest posts from selected categories as well as most popular news.
Technology Page Just like the previous page, Technology starts with one featured news followed by the news headlines and other featured news. Popular reviews are shown in the sidebar. Next comes the prominent video section, the subcategory slider and latest news from selected categories.
Science Page The Science page starts by featuring one news in a full-screen hero section with its related news. There are also other featured news with popular posts in the sidebar followed by a video section, the subcategory slider and several subcategories with their latest posts.
Entertainment Page Entertainment also starts with a full-screen hero section. It is followed by featured news, a video section, the subcategory slider and latest news from selected categories. The page ends with a list of popular news.
Post Category Template Used for Business and Travel pages, the Post Category template starts with a featured news section followed by a list of all posts from the category.
Archive Template The Archive page shows a list of all news. There is a subnav to filter news by category and a link back to the parent category.
Post Template The Post page starts with the title, excerpt, meta information and the image followed by the post content that uses a page break navigation. There are also related news und latest posts from the category at the bottom.
Post Video Template The Post Video page shows a video instead of the post image. It plays automatically while the post itself usually has no further content. Latest videos are presented in a slider below.
Post Slideshow Template The Post Slideshow page is a usual post, but it shows a slideshow with a thumbnail navigation instead of the post image. Latest posts only show slideshow and gallery posts.
Post Gallery Template The Post Gallery shows a prominent gallery section instead of the post image. Images and their description text appear side by side. Additionally, images can be opened in a lightbox slideshow. The page ends with latest slideshow and gallery posts.
Post Opinion Template The Post Opinion page is a post which shows more information about the author. It shows the author avatar, biography and links to social media profiles. The page ends with a list of related news and latest opinion posts.
Post Daily Brief Custom Post The Daily Brief post has an individual layout. It shows a list of manually curated daily news in a chronological order followed by latest news.

Functional Tags

Newspapers usually have a complex content organization, and Paladin is not different. We use functional tags to display posts in specific page sections, for example the Breaking News and In the News sections shown at the top of the page. Additionally, they are used to assign templates to specific posts, for example Gallery or Video posts use a slightly different template than the default Post. This is a great example of what is possible with just WordPress or Joomla and YOOtheme Pro core features.

Here is a list of all functional tags along with their description and usage.

Tag Template Description
Opinion Used for editorial opinions
In the News - Used for today's news headlines which appear above the fold
Breaking News - Used for the breaking news which appears as an alert on the home page
Video Used for video reports, interviews, documentations or movie reviews
Slideshow Used for posts which have an image slideshow
Gallery Used for image galleries.
Review - Used for reviews
Daily Brief Used for a daily curated news ticker.
Daily Brief [DATE] - Used to show a post in the daily news ticker.

A daily brief post is a curated news ticker which is continuously updated during the day. To achieve this we use a combination of Daily Brief tags. The general Daily Brief tag is used for the daily brief post itself which has an individual layout. Here the post author loads a list of posts with a specific Daily Brief [DATE] tag created every day, for example Daily Brief 2020-09-20. Whenever a new post is added, the author can give it the current Daily Brief [DATE] tag and it will automatically appear on the Daily Brief page. The same process is repeated every day, creating a daily curated news ticker.

Style

Paladin is all about reading articles which is why we went for a minimal, flat style. Its heading font is both elegant and modern – a classic print newspaper font. The combination of thin typography, clear Sarif fonts, outlined buttons as well as saturated colors allow your visitors to focus on the content, which is the most important thing for a newspaper website.

Default Style

In addition to the default style Paladin comes with 5 other style variations, each with a different beautiful color scheme. There two light styles with a grungy background, and three white styles. You can switch the whole look and feel of your website with just a click. Simply choose what fits your website best!

Light Green Style

Light Green

White Orange Style

Light Orange

Light Blue Style

Light Blue

Light Red Style

Light Red

Light Darkblue Style

Light Darkblue

Paladin uses the new Stacked Center C header introduced in YOOtheme Pro 2.2 where the logo is in the center, sign up und subscribe menu items are on the left and search and date modules are on the right and the navbar is below. The navbar also uses the Rail mode that adds a border above and under the navbar. Instead of the Home menu item, we used a home icon that automatically changes its color depending on the style.

Now let's go over a more technical aspect of the theme package.

Content Types and Custom Fields

Paladin comes with a fully functional demo website which has the most complex content structure we've built so far.

Post

Posts are grouped into different categories and further divided by their topics. Post categories have 4 custom fields used to show them on other pages.

Category Field Type (J) Type (WP) Description
Image image Hero image for the category page
Intro Image media image Intro image used to tease the category
Intro Image Alt Text text - Intro image alt text
Intro Image BG Text Color list select Text color depending on the intro image color

The default Post has 16 custom fields. This includes fields for a subtitle, excerpt, images to show the post on other pages as well as optional video and gallery fields and related posts.

post Field Type (J) Type (WP) Description
Intro Image - image Intro image used to tease the post
Excerpt textarea - Post excerpt
Subtitle text text Alternative post title
Teaser Image BG Hero media image Alternative image to tease the post
Teaser Image BG Hero Alt Text text - Teaser image alt text
Teaser Image BG Center media image Alternative image to tease the post
Teaser Image BG Center Alt Text text - Teaser image alt text
Teaser Image BG Top media image Alternative image to tease the post
Teaser Image BG Top Alt Text text - Teaser image alt text
Teaser Image BG Left media image Alternative image to tease the post
Teaser Image BG Left Alt Text text - Teaser image alt text
Teaser Image BG Right media image Alternative image to tease the post
Teaser Image BG Right Alt Text text - Teaser image alt text
Teaser Image BG Text Color list select Alternative teaser image used in the home page slider
Teaser Image Portrait media image Alternative teaser image used in the home page slider
Teaser Image Portrait Alt Text text - Teaser image alt text
Video media URL Video URL
Video Poster media image Video poster image
Video Poster Alt Text text - Video poster alt text
Video Length text text Video length
Images repeatable repeater A list of post images with image and image alt text fields
Related Posts articles relationship A list of related posts

Author

In Joomla the User has 4 custom fields to display the avatar, biography and social media links while in WordPress these fields are available by default.

User Field Type (J) Description
Image media User image
Image Alt Text text User image alt text
Description textarea User biography
Socials repeatable Links to users social profiles

Free Quality Stock Images

Paladin comes with more than 440+ lovingly curated and free-to-use images. They can be found in the Paladin collection in the Unsplash library.

More than 440+ lovingly curated and free-to-use images

3rd Party Integrations

The Joomla and WordPress demo websites make use of several 3rd party plugins. We support Advanced Custom Fields, Toolset, Custom Post Type UI, WordPress Popular Posts, the Regular Labs Articles Field and more. For more information on all pre-installed and activated plugins, take a look at the installation documentation for Joomla and WordPress.

So these are the features of our new Paladin theme package for Joomla and WordPress. Now go ahead and explore it yourself. As always, let us know what you think in the comments below.

  • Newspaper website with 280+ demo posts
  • 14 page builder layouts
  • 6 beautiful styles
  • 1 content type and 28 custom fields
  • 440+ lovingly curated and free-to-use images
  • Powered by the YOOtheme Pro page builder
  • Available as WordPress theme and Joomla template

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