Massive News Theme Documentation

Documentation Overview

Sample Data and Child Theme Download

Use the links below to download the sample data file and child theme for this theme.

Note: WordPress does not provide import functionality for theme options, custom fields, required plugins, or other settings. This means that you will need to configure your theme options after importing the demo content.

Download Theme Sample Data File
Download Child Theme

Logo and Banner Advertisement

To add a logo to the top left area of your site header, navigate to Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > Logo, and using the media uploader, upload or select the image you want to use as your logo. For best results ensure that the image you are using is 250px wide and 100px tall.

There are two ways of adding a banner advertisement: the first is with an embed code and the latter with an image.

To add a banner advertisement with an embed code navigate to Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > Banner Ad > ‘Banner Ad code’ and paste your advert code into the provided textarea. Please be aware that this area is sanitized to allow embed codes, so be careful with the advert code you paste here (that is, don’t use code from disreputable sources).

You can also add a banner advertisement with an image, and can do this through the ‘Optional Banner Ad Image’, ‘Optional banner Ad Alt’, and ‘Optional Banner Ad link’ options. As with the logo area the ideal height for your image advert will be 100px tall. If you provide both banner advert code and an optional banner image, the advert code will take precedence and show instead of the image (so upload one or the other, not both).

Top Stories, Secondary Post Area, and Featured Posts

The large grid section at the top of the homepage will display posts from a selected category, which can be set under Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > General Options > ‘Top Stories Category’. For best results make sure that the posts in the category you choose have featured images attached. The actual formatting of this area is handled by the theme so there’s no need to pre-size images unless you wanted to.

The secondary posts section displays between the ‘Featured Articles’ and sidebar area on the home page. You can select a category to display in this area under Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > General Options > ‘Secondary Posts Area Category’. You can also hide the secondary posts area completely by unchecking the ‘Show Secondary Posts Column’ checkbox that is immediately beneath the option above.

Social Media

Massive News comes with existing support for display social media links in the theme’s footer area. The following social media services are support (if you use a service that isn’t listed then let us know and we should be able to add support for that service):

– Facebook 

– Twitter 

– Google Plus 

– LinkedIn 

– Vimeo 

– Instagram 


It’s important that you provide the full http:// or https:// protocol when entering the link to your social media profile, otherwise you will end up with a broken link structure that would look something like ‘’.

The Press75 attribution image that displays to the right of the footer can be enabled or disabled by navigating to Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > Footer > ‘Footer Attribution Links’.

By default the Massive News Theme comes with Press75 branded copyright text, but this can be easily changed by navigating to Appearance > Customize > Massive news Options > Footer > ‘Copyright’. Any text you enter into the ‘Copyright’ textarea will replace the default footer text.

ShareThis Social Sharing

Massive News comes with ShareThis integration, disabled by default. To enable this option you will need to navigate to Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > Social Sharing. You will first want to select the ‘Enabled’ radio button, then provide your ShareThis publisher ID in the text field below.

Portfolio Template

The process for setting up the Portfolio template is as follows:

Within your WordPress admin, navigate to Pages > Add New and create a new page. Add your page title (e.g. ‘Portfolio’), and then select the ‘Portfolio’ page template from the page attributes metabox. Publish when ready. Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Massive News Options > Portfolio and select the category you want to feature on the Portfolio template. Save

All done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind:

1. The filters on the Portfolio template are child categories to the category you selected above. If, for example, you selected a category called ‘portfolio’, then this would represent the ‘All’ option you see in the portfolio template. The other options, which could be ‘illustration’, ‘drawing’, ‘videography’, would be the child categories to the ‘portfolio’ category (you can set children categories under Posts > Categories, by editing each category and assigning a ‘Parent’ to them).

2. Your posts will not display if you have no featured image assigned to them, so make sure you have a featured image assigned.