Newspaper 8.5 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.

(I’m sorry TagDiv, but, even though I bought the theme, I still need few staging areas and this “activation” nag is just not right.)


Oh.. almost forgot:


Go to admin dashboard > Newspaper > Activate theme > click Activate the theme manually (which is located all the way down in the footer)
Envato purchase code: (or any)
TagDiv activation key: (or any)

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


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