Familiarity with WordPress ecosystem

Please take the time to read through the instructions and take notice of the instructions listed here, as many support-related questions can be answered simply by re-reading these instructions.

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If you are new to WordPress, please read the WordPress documentation first:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Posts (WordPress Posts)
http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages (WordPress Pages)
http://codex.wordpress.org/Administration_Panels (Administration Panels)

Theme Installation

From WordPress Dashboard

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels.
  2. Go to the Appearance panel, then Themes.
  3. Click Add New.
  4. Search theme name covernews
  5. After Installing the theme Click Activate button

Via AF themes Site

  1. Download Covernews via, https://afthemes.com/products/covernews
  2. Go to your WordPress website dashboard
  3. Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload and select the Zip file you recently downloaded.
  4. Click on Install and Activate it.

FTP Installation

  1. Use your FTP software to browse to the wp-content/themes folder.
  2. Extract covernews.zip and upload the folder.
  3. Once it’s uploaded, go to your WordPress Admin, and browse to Appearance > Themes.
  4. Click the Activate link.

You can always use the support forum in case you faced any problems while installing the theme.

Covernews Recommended Plugins

All the above-listed plugins are recommended on the WordPress dashboard after activating the theme. You can simply install them from there.

Covernews Archive Page

Note: If you are not familiar with the new WordPress editor Gutenberg, you can easily disable it and enable the classic editor.

1. Install Theme Covernews

  • Go to Admin Panel > Appearance > Themes > Add New and search theme Covernews
  • Click on Install and then Activate

We already mentioned the possible methods to install the theme above.

2. Create a Page for Home and Blog( Static Front Page )
At first, you need to create two pages, one for Home Page and another for the Blog page.

  • Go to admin panel > Pages > Add New
  • Give the title of the page (Example: Home Page)
  • Click on Publish to publish the page.
  • Create another page (for the Blog).

3. Set Homepage and Blog page

  • Go to admin panel > Settings > Reading
  • Click on “A static page (select below)”
  • Set Front page: (Home Page recently created above)
  • Posts page:(Blog you recently created)

A Trip to Customizer

Main Banner Setup

Single Page Overview

CoverNews Widgets Overview

Upgrading to CoverNews Pro

Hybridnews Child Theme

The Hybridnews Theme is using the Template page of Blockspare as the Homepage. To set the page you need to follow the steps below:

Install and Active blockspare plugin first


create a page > Edit it > Click on the + sign > Click on the pattern > You can find covernews > You can find a full page layout > Click to import >  Set the page template as blockspare full width > then set the page as homepage

Or, you could import the Demo from the AF Companion Plugin.

Covernews Pro

CoverNews Pro is a new theme so you install it by uploading the theme zip to WordPress (Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme). You won’t lose any of your content (posts, pages, etc) when you activate it.

Step 1: Collect the Pro .zip file & license key

After completing the purchase, Log in to your AF themes Account
Click on View from there you can download it and also collect the Licence key

Step 2: Installing CoverNews Pro

Go to Appearance -> Themes -> Add New
From the top, click on Upload Theme

File Upload Size:
Be sure to check PHP upload_max_filesize and post_max_size is 32M or higher. If you are running shared web hosting you should contact your web hosting service provider to find more information about that. If you are running an unmanaged dedicated server or VPS you should check your php.ini file. Alternatively, you can edit the .htaccess file at the root of your website and add the following values:

php_value post_max_size 32M
php_value upload_max_filesize 32M

Setting these values will ensure you won’t get an error reporting that your upload and post memory limit is too low.
Alternatively, you can also upload theme files using FTP/SFTP file server tool or directly from the cPanel or file manager dashboard provided by your file hosting provider.

Choose the ZIP file you’ve downloaded & Click Install Now
Click on Activate to activate the theme

Step 3: Activating your license

Go to your website & log in
Go to Appearance -> Theme License
Paste your theme license key into the License Key field
Click on Save Changes

Info: Without activating your license, you will not receive any updates on CoverNews Pro