A newspaper template with 3 optional widget areas, featured posts and a huge homepage slider there are lots of options for creating interesting, immersive websites.
More Info Getting Started
Documentation for WordPress.com is available here. Homepage Layout
Featured Content The 4 Featured Posts are controlled with Featured Content functionality.
Homepage Slider The slider is controlled via a property set in the Customizer. Blog posts require Featured Images to display here. A maximum of 6 posts at a time will display in the slider.
Small Left Widgets A sidebar that can be edited in the Customizer. Will be hidden on smaller screens.
Blog posts A reverse chronological list of blog posts. Perfect for news items.
Featured Categories The categories used in the third column are controlled with the Customizer. Blog posts require Featured Images to display here. Blog posts will only be shown once in the featured categories column. Some categories may not display. This will be because either there are no posts in the category, the posts in the category do not have featured images, or the posts in the category have been displayed in a different category already.
Sidebar Widgets A large widget sidebar.
Display Date and Social Links in Header - allows you to hide the date from the site header.
Date Format - change the date format/ order used.
Homepage Slider Category Here you can select the category used for the Homepage Slider.
Featured Categories Here you can add and rearrange the categories displayed in the third column on the homepage.
Maximum Featured Category Amount - Maximum number of posts to display in each featured category. Sidebars
Broadsheet has 3 optional sidebars. They will only display if they contain widgets.
The footer sidebar is on all pages. The right-hand sidebar is on all pages except the full-width page template. The left-hand sidebar is displayed on the homepage, blog posts, and regular pages.
Broadsheet has 2
Custom Page Templates. These can be used as different layouts for your websites pages, or as a Custom Front Page.
Full Width - this lets you display your page content full width, with no sidebar.
Contributors - this page displays a list of all the people who have published content on your blog. Image Sizes
All featured Images are generated from the same initial image so make sure to keep the focus of the image in the center as the surrounding content may be cropped.
The recommended header image size is
1140 wide by
The featured category post thumbnails (on the homepage) are
350 pixels wide by
150 pixels high.
The blog post thumbnails are
100 pixels wide by
80 pixels high.
The featured content area uses images sized
The post slider uses images sized
The site logo uses an image sized
Broadsheet has the following translations included:
Arabic, Azerbaijani, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish
1.17.15 - 18th September 2021
Bug fix for theme build error.
1.17.14 - 26th July 2021
Fix error with possible undefined image in featured content.
Fix problem with featured content showing the wrong posts.
1.17.13 - 19th April 2021
Remove override of WordPress global.
Add comments to help translators with localization.
1.17.12 - 2nd April 2021
1.17.11 - 31st January 2021
Clear html widget to prevent floated content from breaking the layout.
1.17.10 - 3rd January 2021
Fix default header date format so it displays correctly. The date format can still be changed in the customizer.
Update date format docs link to point to the latest WP documentation.
1.17.9 - 1st January 2021
Tweak block image margins.
Fix mobile menu colours.
1.17.8 - ?
Oops - think I skipped a version number here :)
1.17.7 - 18th November 2020
Make links readable in paragraphs where the text colour has been changed.
1.17.6 - 27th October 2020
Add 'navigation-widgets' to supported html5 types.
1.17.5 - 5th October 2020
Add support for wp_body_open.
1.17.4 - 11th July 2020
Fix infinite scroll button styles.
Improve RTL styles.
1.17.3 - 9th July 2020
Remove use of deprecated Jetpack function
1.17.2 - 28th June 2020
Tweak comment reply and reply cancel button styles to make them more readable & reliable.
1.17.1 - 26th June 2020
Increase number of posts allowed in featured categories.
Extend category summary cache for 24 hours, and clear the cache when a new post is published.
1.17 - 11th March 2020
Add support for Gutenberg functionality.
Hide footer 'top tags' and 'top categories' using content options.
1.16.3 - 21st February 2020
Tweak heading sizes in post content to add a bit more contrast and improve readability.
1.16.2 - 12th February 2020
Adjust WooCommerce category header image changes to use the page header image rather than the site header image.
Hide right hand sidebar on WooCommerce pages.
Remove bottom margin on figures inside wp-block-image.
add class to comment count separator to make it easier to target with custom css.
1.16.1 - 6th February 2020
Fix problem with WooCommerce change.
1.16 - 5th February 2020
Add support for WooCommerce category images
1.15.6 - 29th December 2019
Tweak size of margins on tables for consistency.
1.15.5 - 9th November 2019
Fix sizing overflow issue with small devices related to infinite scroll.
Fix bug with showcase sizing on small devices.
1.15.4 - 4th October 2019
Add styles for figcaptions to differentiate content from paragraphs.
Add more consistent margins for image and gallery blocks.
1.15.3 - 12th September 2019
Tweak the homepage layout so that the small left sidebar never gets hidden, even on small screens.
1.15.2 - 25th June 2019
Tweak button styles so they match input[type=submit] styles.
1.15.1 - 15th May 2019
Add font display swap to Google Font loading, to increase font display speed.
Make paragraph, list, and blockquote margins consistent in blog posts.
1.15 - 2nd February 2019
Add support for featured images on pages.
1.14.1 - 9th January 2019
Tweak slider font size on small screens so it doesn't take up so much space.
1.14 - 9th November 2018
Improve coding standards.
Escape more things.
Update browser prefixes.
1.13 - 26th June 2018
Increase size of featured image so that it can fill the entire width of the featured content space. Uses the same ratio (and size is fixed with css) so existing layouts will not change.
Add filter to the slider parameters so that we can edit the number of posts in the slider (and other params) in a plugin.
Add option to enable featured images on single blog posts.
1.12 - 25th May 2018
Fix display of the cookie consent checkbox in the comments form.
1.11 - 1st April 2018
Make credits editable in the customizer (.org only)
1.10.2 - 30th November 2017
Improve display of full blog posts on archive pages when using Jetpack content options.
1.10.1 - 6th November 2017
Improve styles for responsive menus.
1.10 - 2nd November 2017
Add support for localized dates in the site header. Supports previously saved settings.
1.9 - 1st November 2017
Add setting to allow featured content to be displayed on the homepage only/ on all pages as happens currently.
1.8.1 - 1st October 2017
Add footer credits filter to allow footer credits to be edited through custom plugin.
1.8 - 20th July 2017
Add support for Jetpack content options to allow altering of some website content.
Includes support for adding the Author Bio on single blog posts.
1.7 - 13th July 2017
Remove include for inc/wpcom.php, since it's automatically included by WordPress.com sites
Minor tweaks to css styles to improve readability
1.6 - 5th July 2017
General style tweaks to improve spacing and consistency across the theme.
Fix issues with social widgets being too wide.
1.5.1 - 19th January 2017
Remove console.log from customizer code
Add body class when featured categories change to ensure the layout flows properly
Display a message in the customizer if the fallback posts are used in the featured categories to make it clearer why they are being used.
Delete theme-customizer.js which has been superseded.
1.5 - 13th January 2017
Add transient caching to featured categories to improve site speed
Make customizer previews work in real time
Make widgets easier to edit in the customizer
Tidy customizer code
Improve footer widget masonry loading
1.4.6 - 20th December 2016
Add a filter so that users can enable the featured content header on more post formats (and not just pages which is the default)
tidy codes and sanitize some translations
1.4.5 - 31st October 2016
Make attachment pages display in the loop so that content and excerpts display correctly
Tweak attachment page display to be more attractive (improve whitespace)
1.4.4 - 15th September 2016
tweak wordwrap css
fix attachment page layout
increase size of image on image.php page so that it shows the image off better
remove css box-shadow prefixes
1.4.3 - 2nd August 2016
Add support for auto updates (self hosted version only)
1.4.2 - 1st August 2016
tweak css styles for site logo and featured category column
1.4.1 - 16th July 2016
Some code formatting and tidying up
1.4 - 26 May 2016
Tweak responsive styles so that they start earlier, which means they work on an ipad. This improves the menu usage on tablets.
Improve responsive menu behavior on touch devices
Improve jetpack subscription form styles so that they display out more nicely
Add support for pages and projects to featured content
Add a new customizer option that lets users select how many posts appear in the featured categories
increase size of logo so that it can be adjusted with css
Fix issue with image attachments
Fix issue with responsive sizes
Add additional classes to footer links to allow easier targeting with css
Add next and previous arrows to postnav
Make the slider work better on small screens
Remove duplicate title tag in head
Improve coding standards
Tweaks and improvements to CSS
Fix bug that only happens on older versions of PHP
Fix undefined variable errors related to Testimonials
Fix some css issues with image alignment
make comments show the short_ping format again - it was changed in core so that a different layout is used by default
add wrapper around the date in the header so that the date can be hidden with css
some more css tweaks to improve reading in widgets
tweak size of paragraph margins to make things read a bit more nicely
make padding consistent on sidebars when there are no featured posts or primary content displayed
Fix bug that has happened because of a change to the featured categories
Please note: Unfortunately we are unable to offer support or help with theme customizations. For more info on Customization services please go to our Theme Customization page.