Newspaper 8.5 to 8.7 theme activation

In this post you will learn how to activate the Newspaper theme version 8.5 and up.

newspaper 8.5

Hands down to the TagDiv team. Theme is great, support is even better. But then again, it happened.
One lovely rainy day, I decided to make another staging area on my Google compute instance. So I installed Ubuntu, edited files to make it ready connecting to Server Pilot, installed it, and finally added WordPress app. I decided to start the staging area with the latest version of my Newspaper theme. I logged in to Envato and downloaded the theme.
I tweaked the files according to my previous article on version 8 activation.
I uploaded and applied the theme.
The surprise I got for this Christmas was just what I needed: The theme activation did not work!
Oh, man… but after thorough investigation through the td_ajax.php I found a couple solutions. The easiest one is to:

  1. navigate to /wp-content/themes/Newspaper/includes/wp_booster/td_ajax.php
  2. find this: if (self::self_check($id, $ec, $ad) === true) {
    (which should be located on line 926)
  3. And change it to: if (self::self_check($id, $ec, $ad) === false) {

Save the file and that’s it.



To activate the theme use MANUAL activation link:

Go to admin dashboard > Newspaper > Activate theme > click Activate the theme manually (which is located all the way down in the footer)
You can put anything you like. Here’s mine:
Envato purchase code:
TagDiv activation key:

Click Button ACTIVATE => Done

Theme activation
Theme successfully activated using manual activation. Thanks for buying our product.

Here, the theme won’t bother you anymore.


  1. You saved me a lot of money. Bought this theme today, downloaded, got my code in mail and.. didn’t work. Wanted to check it twice, tried to log into my account – “you got locked out of your acc”. I still wonder why, bought it with site credit which was there for 2 months, or even longer 🙂 Too bad you can’t buy straight from tagDiv.

    • Great. I had similar problem long time ago but with other theme, but I was not locked out from my account, so it was easy to get the new code.
      I’m glad this got it solved for you.
      I would also recommend you to fix that “account” problem, if you can, just to be safe.

  2. Oh Thanks Mr Ken Obi,, I’ve been working all nite to get this never thought it would be this easy…. Their harassment is just too much

  3. Using v8.7 , the tricks is not working. anything else bro?
    Let me explain what happens, I put the envato purchase code: (or any)
    TagDiv activation key: (or any)

    And clicked Activate
    It’s just loading …loading…loading…& nothing for 10 minutes

    • Hi.
      Make sure to save the changes to td-ajax.php file. Sometimes it happenes to me to forget to save changes.

      The license keys can be anything, but without space.
      For example :

      If it doesn’t work, try to use older theme version, activate it and then just update to new version. This will work.

      I am currently in Cambodia on a short vacation and if I get the chance I will inspect and see what might be the problem.

    • Hey Stanely,

      I just checked this method with the latest version (8.7.2). It works fine.
      I will update my post, maybe it is not clear enough on what to do. Therefore I’ll include a picture or two more.

  4. Thanx A lot.. It works 100%… Spent the whole night trying to figure out the solution but couldn’t find it till i landed on this article..

    • Hello Mei,
      Please tell me which theme version are you using?
      Maybe you missed something…
      Did you use manual activation link from the bottom of the page ?
      Did check if the file changes are saved?

    • This got nothing to do with updates, nor the theme has a built-in update system.
      This trick turns off the “activation nag” by allowing you to activate the theme manually using a license key of your choice..
      If you like the theme please buy it to support the authors and to acquire author’s support.

  5. Plz help me out in this ..i am using newspaper 8.5 theme i did ur trick and many tricks but my problem is different .. my activation button is not working whenever i type something there , the activation button below the code is just loading .. it is loading for hours but didn’t showing any reason or anything . It is just loading , does not showing activated or nt activate just loading . Plz help me

    • Hi, sorry for late reply.
      Your issue might be related to the wrong activation step. You should use manual activation, as described in my post. Also it is a good idea to double-check on the file you made changes to.
      If nothing works then the problem is not with the “trick”, it is with the theme you are using, or the hosting maybe.


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