Newspaper 9.7 to 9.8 theme activation

I must admit that I did not have any issues by not activating the new version. However, there is this activation step which might bug some people. I suggest that you keep your theme non-activated if it doesn’t nag you to do so.

But if it does, then you should use a workaround through this PHP file: td_ajax.php

So, in order to “activate” Newspaper theme 9.7 and up, your first step is navigate to

Then find if (self::self_check($id, $ec, $ad) === true) {
Change it to: if (self::self_check($id, $ec, $ad) === false) {
Then save the changes.
Next, login to your dashboard, visit the Newspaper > Theme panel > Activate theme
Then, jump to the bottom of the page and click where it says something like “Activate the theme manually”.
After that enter whatever you want as your envato and tagdiv keys and click Activate.


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  1. thanks for it.. i successfully activated the theme… is it safe to activate theme like this and is there will be any problem or not .. please tell me

    • If it is not there then you have some old theme version. Or it could be the case that you have got your theme from a shady source. My solution applies to original theme.
      I would also suggest to check again, carefully.

    • Impossible. You did something wrong, or your theme is downloaded from a shady source. If you can’t figure it out then hire a developer, or buy the original theme.

    • Dear Poong. The activation process worked for me on the latest theme version. However, some things might not work out well if you have downloaded the theme from other than Envato market.
      Also, this “activation” has no real purpose since the theme to work properly doesn’t need to be activated. The only thing which requires activation is the use of tagdiv cloud library, from where you can install some really cool demo content and designs.
      Have a nice day.

  2. Hey Kenobi,
    The activation process is working fine in newspaper latest version 10.3.2 but after activating there is an issue with tagDiv cloud library which is still not activated properly. So, is there any way to bypass this to use it without activate it.
    Please tell me

    • Hi Arman. The cloud library is connected directly to the tagdiv server which checks your connection to it through some kind of key validation. You don’t have access to their side of the code = you need to have valid purchase key to use the library.

  3. Hi Kenobi,

    I bought Newspaper 9 from envato and have a purchase code. When I installed Newspaper 10 I had trouble activating the theme with the purchase code (activation button- pending for a long time). Do I need to another purchase code or is there another way that I can fix this?

    • Hi. Go to themeforest and click on your item (theme), click on support tab and scroll all the way down and there will be your activation code:

      If your activation code doesn’t work, then deactivate the theme, and then activate again with the same code. If that won’t work, then contact tagdiv support team.

  4. Hey Kenobi, What’s up?
    I actually download Newpaper from a site & checked it with virustotal. Virus Total says the theme has no virus at all. Then I install the theme & follow your method and finally activate the theme! (also getting theme update)

    So, my question is: Is there any problem using newpaper this way(I mean without buying) & will it affect my ranking, seo or my site reputation?

    Forhad Rahman

    • Hi. I can’t really say since I don’t use nulled themes in production. It is advised to pay and support the developers so they can continue with theme updates making it better and better.
      The SEO shouldn’t be affected if the theme is clean, but you cannot be sure.
      My advice is to buy the theme. They had SALE not so long ago, maybe it is still on.


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