If you’re running a news or magazine blog but do not require the complex features offered by most magazine themes, the News Leak WordPress theme might be the ideal pick for you. Designed by Vladimir Prelovac of Archy Studio, News Leak is free to download and is the perfect choice for those looking for a light and content-centric WordPress theme.
News Leak comes in a default color combination of blue and white. While the limited choice of colors does leave something to be desired, News Leak surely has some features up its sleeve. The latest version of News Leak supports two-columns, threaded comments, fixed-width and has in-built social networking or Subsciber links for RSS, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. You can also specify a custom logo image URL and instead of just the by-line, News Leak can display custom text specified by you near the blog name or logo. As you’ll see, the feature set is pretty small and there is no native support for fluid-width layout and more (or less) than two columns.
News Leak also comes with special sidebar widgets for Feedburner, Twitter and Sidebar Ads. The sidebar also has a tabbed display for Latest and Popular Posts, though in comparison to most other magazine or news themes, the tabs are severely limited. Lastly, there is support for category and page display in a hierarchical fashion. Nothing new, apparently!
Perhaps the most striking feature of News Leak is the support for ad scripts. The footer has an ad space sized 728×90 and you can also display a text ad above the first post itself, sized 630×15. Further more, the other three leading posts on the main page can have ads sized 200×125 below them. And finally, you can add as many as six box ad scripts sized 125×125. Of course, these are the default sizes which you can tweak if you so desire. So if you intend to monetize your blog, News Leak has got you covered!
And finally, News Leak comes with its own Settings Page, wherein you can specify the Page Header, Subscribe and/or Social Networking links, Sidebar options and ad script settings.
News Leak isn’t the most powerful free theme out there. With no variations even in terms of color choices, it may not appeal to everyone instantly. But whatever it does, it strives to do it well. All in all, it leaves the focus on your content, and that’s exactly what a good theme should do. The layout is non-infringing, nifty and neat. Adding advertisement scripts is a breeze, and so is modifying the sidebar. If you don’t mind the blue and white combination, you should surely give News Leak a spin!