1. Dumitru Brinzan

    Couldn’t these publications have achieved the same result with a decent magazine theme and proper hosting?

    What exactly are the benefits of going this route instead of the traditional one?


  2. Steve Beatty

    Hi Dumitru,

    Newspack is a lot more than a theme. We’ve identified the best plugins to serve news publishers, saving them the time and uncertainty of building something from scratch. It offers built-in features to easily:
    * raise reader revenue with donations or subscriptions through audience segmentation;
    * make and target overlay and inline calls to action;
    * integrate and place ads;
    * author newsletters in a flash with major services (Mailchimp, Constant Contact, etc) without leaving Newspack; and
    * create a variety of listings, which can be monetized.

    And that doesn’t even get into the incredible flexibility for creating pages and posts, or the speed that comes with Newspack’s AMP-first development.

    We’ve also created rich community of like-minded community publishers, all helping to solve their common problems and bringing a variety of perspectives that help guide Newspack’s continuing development. They benefit from each other’s insights, our continued R&D of news-publishing best practices, and our regular training sessions featuring subject-matter experts.

    I’d be happy to show you around Newspack at your convenience.

    Steve Beatty, Newspack


    • Lukasz

      I’m not in the news business, but this theme is very nice and clean. I have been looking through it, excellent documentation and tips on how to make your website standout and be the best it can.

      There is a genuine organized effort here to really help out the news outlets. WP taverns next redesign can even use this service haha!

      I’m also looking into how I can use this theme for my own purposes.


  3. Linus Rees

    Dimitru. You can also use a version of Newspack on your desktop server, or your paid-for hosted site – using the Newspack Theme [https://github.com/Automattic/newspack-theme] and Newspack plugin [https://github.com/Automattic/newspack-plugin]. Give it a try. It won’t cost you anything but time.

    Our news site – which covers just one small neighbourhood in London – uses Newspack hosted on a WordPress.com business plan. I only started using it a month ago, so I’m still getting used to it having upgraded from a basic wp.com plan. We have no plans at the moment to monetize it (doubt we ever will as we are too small).


  4. Miroslav Glavic

    With the Newspaper theme or Sahifa theme………even some of the newspaper themes in the wordpress.org/themes area…..and some plugins. You can do what newspack does. Mostly for free.

    This coming from a person that manages 91 news/media related sites in a few continents, in 7 languages. (Me by the way)


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