Understanding our Drupal Magazine theme: NewsCenter

NewsCenter is a fully responsive Drupal 7 theme for creating blogs, online magazines, post or articles communities, newspapers websites, editorials and many more articles publishing sites.

NewsCenter responsive feature targets a special layout for iPhone/Android(in both Portrait & Landscape mode, one for each one), iPad/tablet and desktop screen layouts via CSS3 and special features for each one, allowing everyone to access to your site and have a special layout for their device. It also includes a lot of social media sharing features, a SEO optimized layout and a wide set of blocks, views, docs, modules and features included on a easy 5 steps installation via the "Next, next ..." way.

This theme was built containing a lot of SEO best practices. It uses, in every View & Content Page, semantically valid HTML code and CSS so search engines can index them easily. Headlines are where they should be (h1, h2, h3, h4, etc.) depending on the View hierarchy. It helps Search Engines like Google & Yahoo, to “understand” the ranking of your content inside your pages, even when the boots that ranks pages, are just computers. Resuming, NewsCenter provides an internal SEO feature that will allow you to place your content online and get it on high ranking probabilities. Full list of Details in NewsCenter.

Fully Responsive Layout

The most important feature of NewsCenter is the completely responsive 4 level layout for Smartphones, tablets, iPhones, iPads and desktop computers. You can test it resizing your browser.

iPhone/Android devices in Portrait mode layout

iPhone/Android devices in Landscape mode layout

iPad/Tablet PC devices in Portrait mode layout

Desktop Screen such Mac or PC layout and iPad Lanscape

Understanding NewsCenter


NewsCenter is a theme with only 3 level navigation steps. Do you know what does it means? Very simple, take a look at this picture:

A 3 level navigation steps means that user will only need, at most, on an ideal case, 3 steps to get to an important article, in case they didn't find it at the Home Page. It's a principle applied all around the Web and NewsCenter holds it as a simplicity value.

In Drupal language, those 3 steps can also be named as follows:

So, as you can see, NewsCenter inherits most of Drupal's core architecture. Instead of creating tons of Views for step 2, NewsCenter focuses the categorization level(2nd) on one of the Drupal's most powerfull features: Taxonomy. Once you arrive to the point Setting up your own Taxonomy, you'll learn more on how to customize NewsCenter to fit your categories needs.

There's only one point left to take into account: The Home View and it's Blocks.

As you will see in the following image, NewsCenter has 3 main types of Block to show Articles & Advertisement:

Administrator controled blocks

Creators of content can define what will be shown on these blocks. The Post time is the secondary criteria of order. These Blocks requires an administrator management.

Post Time (creation) controled blocks

Time will define what will be seen on each block. These Blocks behaves automatically.

Visitors and Access controlled blocks

Visitors actions will result on the content shown on these block. We can say that these Blocks behaves automatically.These Blocks behaves automatically.

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