Notice: You need to Manually Activate the tagDiv Composer Page Builder after Updating to Newspaper Theme v. 9.7. Scroll down for instructions
This is it! The change we’re working on for months is ready. The Newspaper Theme will be updated to meet the new Envato WP Requirements. It’s an exciting moment as we dove into the core of theme and redesign it to open new possibilities for future implementations. Read below to see the tagDiv themes changes and how they affect you.
They say “it’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” Well, the new quality standards of the Envato Market forced us to stop what we were doing and rethink the way Newspaper Theme works.
Why we are updating the core of the themes
In summary, the Envato market required us – the theme and plugin authors – to restructure the products to provide only WordPress basic functionality by May 31, 2019. Just like the other authors that have products created a few years ago, we faced two significant challenges.
First, we had to make the themes compliant and still provide our customers with all the tools they need to build amazing websites. Our products have hundreds of features, blocks, sorting options, custom widgets, and a myriad of custom settings.
Secondly, we have over 90,000 clients that love our products. All the changes had to be implemented without disrupting the customer experience and their websites.
So, what’s going to change?
As the first step to a lighter template, we’ve decided the best course of action for a smooth transition is to move all the functionality previously part of the theme into the tagDiv Composer page builder. What happens when you are updating your Newspaper Theme to version 9.7? The entire code that brings you the features that you love, other than basic WordPress functionality, will be moved in the page builder.
The tagDiv Composer page builder now includes all the functionality. As a result, your website maintains its design and flexibility you are used to. The change will be a different code structure.
! The new code structure may interfere with your child theme customizations. If you’ve made changes only in the functions.php and style.css files, your modifications are safe. In case you’ve altered other files, before updating your theme, please create a test environment and check out the changes there, not on your live website.
If you don’t use a Child Theme, read the update instructions below:
What do you need to do?
To get all the benefits of your theme, you first need to update it. We’ve included a new section in the Welcome screen to facilitate the plugins’ install and/or upgrade.
Step 1. Backup your website
Step 2. Update your theme – How to update the Newspaper Theme
Step 3. Activate the theme
Step 4. We’ve identified three possible situations for you, and below you’ll find instructions for each case:
4.1 Customer previously using the tagDiv Composer Page Builder
[Action required] Manually Activate/Update tagDiv Composer page builder
Did you use the tagDiv Composer page builder plugin to create your website? Up until now, in the Newspaper Theme, the plugins were automatically updated. According to the new Envato WordPress requirements, starting with the version 9.7, you need to activate the tagDiv Composer page builder manually. If you do not enable the page builder, your website will be affected by the missing code (now moved into the plugin).
Update the page builder plugin as seen below:
Go to your WordPress admin area > Newspaper > Welcome. Click the “Install/Activate Plugins” button. All the plugins in the list will be activated, and you are ready to create amazing content.
You can also update the plugins manually from the WordPress admin area > Newspaper > Plugins tab. However, for this update, we highly recommend you use the previously described method.
4.2 Existing customer previously using the WPBakery Page Builder
This update will bring a small change in the way you work with Newspaper Theme as you will need to activate the tagDiv Composer plugin and keep it enabled.
Go to your WordPress admin area > Newspaper> Plugins and click the tagDiv Composer “Install/Activate” button.
4.3 I’m a new client
Install the Newspaper Theme, and go to your WordPress admin area > Newspaper > Welcome. Click the “Install/Activate Plugins” button just as described above. All the plugins in the list will be installed and activated. Once this process is completed, you are ready to use your Newspaper theme.
We’ve tested these changes over and over to make sure everything works smoothly for you when updating. Still, if you are facing issues while updating, don’t worry. We are here to help you. Open a new topic on the Customer Support forum and we’ll be happy to assist you. We’re doing our best to reply with a solution within 24 hours, however, in the period with a high volume of requests, it may take up to 48 hours to address your issue.
The Envato WP Requirements gives us new possibilities to improve the themes with amazing future implementations. The core of the Newsmag theme will be updated in the following days, and we’ll also add some cool features in the process.