City Desk – All in One WordPress Newspaper Theme

Designing and developing great themes is a fun process but nothing happens exactly as planned. Our initial vision of a theme inevitably evolves into something very different by the time its complete. Luckily, it always looks better than what we had in mind. This is exactly how our newest theme – City Desk – came to fruition.

Wish you had an all-in-one newspaper theme? That’s the thought process behind this extremely powerful. option-filled theme. When we started to design City Desk, we didn’t want to create just another newspaper theme. Instead, we chose to focus on the following:

  • Leverage the power of WordPress to build a truly unique magazine / newspaper theme
  • Implement features typically found only on sites with large budgets and staff
  • Give users options to creatively display their news site

Some of the sleek features incorporated are due to our great community. Many members shared their expectations from a magazine theme and we went to work based on valuable input. The end-result is City Desk – an all-in-one WordPress newspaper theme.

Category Layouts

Blog layouts are boring! The big players in the online news world have different layouts for categories, and now you can too. We have redefined the concept of inner page layouts with City Desk. You don’t have to display all your categories/tags/author pages in the classic blog format anymore. You have the option to use the unique magazine style to give each category a magazine / front page layout.

In addition to that, we have included a 2 columns and a multimedia gallery category templates as well. From the theme control panel, you can define any category to be displayed using any of these layouts.

Smart Navigation

Want more than just basic drop-down navigation menus from a premium theme? Well, we spent a good amount of time discussing this with some of our most active users and even revising it several times during the development phase. Now you can take advantage of Smart Navigation designed not only to provide easy navigation across your site, but also to encourage visitors to stay on your site longer. The Smart Navigation is a two-dimensional panel divided into sub-navigation items and the most recent entries within that topic.

Featured Slider

Some of our users wanted to take advantage of large photos to showcase their articles, whereas others preferred a more conservative use of the featured area. We listened. With one click on the theme control panel, you can swap the large featured slider with an equally effective slider of a smaller size. You decide – no coding required!

Post Templates

If a beautiful front-page isn’t enough, and multiple category layouts haven’t got you convinced, then how about the ability to choose from two different post layouts? City Desk allows you to switch between two types of post layouts by simply adding a tag to the post. You can even decide what tag to use as the trigger to display posts with a Big-Picture layout which has a built-in function that will automatically retrieve all the photos in a post and display them neatly along with their captions. See examples below:


While our demo shows one header type, City Desk actually has five (5) header types. You can choose between the following:

  1. Entry + Logo + Entry (as shown in demo)
  2. Ad – Logo – Ad
  3. Logo – Ad
  4. Full-width Logo
  5. Logo + Entry + Entry + Entry

Simply select the header type you want from the theme’s control panel. Easy – no coding required.

Contribute and Author Badge

Running a news site requires content no matter where it comes from. We have taken into consideration that having your visitors involved in writing or submitting articles is a great way to create more engagement between your site and visitors. To make that easier for both parties, we designed a simple Sign Up and Contribute pop-up window along with a neat Author Badge widget. Both the Contribute and Author Badge widgets are optional and can be turned off with a single click on the theme options panel.


Got writers? The Gabfire community requested that columnists be recognized in a separate area on the front page. After all, credit should be given to your writers for their contributions. In that regard, we implemented a slider which is configurable to display a post of selected author(s) or standard entries.

Media Gallery Module

As a standard Gabfire Themes feature, we have implemented our awesome media gallery module into City Desk too. You can post any media entries under multimedia custom post type and the theme will handle the rest.

Wish you had an all-in-one newspaper theme? City Desk is your answer. Competing with large online publishers privy to large budgets and staff is tough, so let City Desk give you the same website features and advantages. For less than the cost of a round of drinks, you can have a professional news or magazine site in no time.

See City Desk in action or purchase your copy today..

87 Responses to "City Desk – All in One WordPress Newspaper Theme"

  1. ericm   January 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Wow guys….truly fantastic work. You knocked this out of the park!

    Simply outstanding.

  2. daily theme   January 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Look great. The first of new year. Thanks.

  3. Kreativ Theme   January 11, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    This theme looks great for startup newspapers, but also for those that need to change their news websites … Nice one!

  4. Tony   January 11, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Have most of your themes and have been waiting patiently for the next great move by Gabfire.

    You have got another winner here!!

  5. Ljuba   January 11, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Great theme Mehmet, Will be checking it

  6. Tutspress   January 11, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    City Desk is unique. Great job guys.

  7. Kalle   January 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Wow, guys, this looks amazing! Congratulations on a job VERY well done!

  8. Lúcio   January 11, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Do you also will upgrade the other newspaper themes with some features from CityDesk, like Smart Navigation, for instance?
    Just great newspaper theme.

  9. Brigitte Jaeger-Dabek   January 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Well: What I see is great !! I am a quite happy buyer and user (2 years) of the advanced newspaper theme, and never thought about changing the theme. By today this new theme will be the winner of all your newspaper/magazine themes, congratulations Mehmet! Very well done!
    Regards, Brigtte

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Thank you very much for nice comment Brigitte. I am glad that we were able to change your mind to replace your theme 🙂

  10. Ed Sutherland   January 11, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    City Desk is another winner. I love the ability to scale-down the front page image — I think the two-column graphic looks best inside. I’ll have to check how the design adapts to a tablet. Either way, another Gabfire goes on my to-buy list.

  11. Daniel   January 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Loved. Default post template is beautiful, the post summary option is pretty useful. Category templates rocks.

    I am currently using NewsPro, but think I will change to City Desk. Wonder only if I would be able to easily reduce the home elements (say, ending in the 728×90 banner), since I don’t have a great number of categories constantly updated.

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 12, 2012 at 3:20 AM

      Yes Daniel, you can easily disable the sections below 728 ad spot via theme control panel.

  12. Richard Dennis   January 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM


    City Desk is a solid winner !!! I expect this theme to be the best News Theme by years end.. The features, the function is simply stunning. I am glad to be back in the GABFIRE Family-

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 12, 2012 at 3:19 AM

      We will like to see you using this theme Richard (:

  13. tarik zekraoui   January 16, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Excellente Template. Gabfire est de plus en plus le maitre incontesté des templates wordpress pour les magazines et site d’actualités.
    City Desk est génial.
    Bonne continuation

  14. Fabio Di Giorgi   January 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    MAMMA MIA! I am very impressed with this theme. Watching him gave me new energy to upgrade my newspaper. The reasons for the success of Gabfire are in the capacity of the development team to create new products including all you need to customize without using plug-ins. Great Job Mehmet!…
    I’ll buy it.

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      🙂 Thanks for very nice words Fabio. We really appreciate for your kind message.

  15. paul velasco   January 17, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Have been with Gabfire since I launched my site back in 2008/2009
    Advanced Newspaper was great – City Desk is a brilliant evolution.
    In terms of support no one compares to Mehmet BoyLogik and the crew.
    Thanks for your efforts

  16. Tim Lavallee   January 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I LOVE this theme, but I just adopted Transcript and that suit my needs best right now for the amount of content we are able to produce. However are you able to work the Contribute and Author Badge/pop out and the columnists zone into other themes? Would you release either as a free or paid plugin to users? I would love both. I especially love the widgetized author bio. Thanks!

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 18, 2012 at 7:13 AM

      Hi Tim,

      Widgetized author bio is a part of framework and will be included into update of transcript theme. But contribute is a theme specific function. I doubt if we would ever release that function as a plugin or widget.

      • Tim Lavallee   January 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Thank you for letting me know. City Desk is my first choice for our next theme change! In the meantime I will look forward to the Transcript update 🙂

  17. Vanguard Printing LLC   January 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Great newspaper theme layout! Thanks for sharing. I will take a look at this.

  18. Nancy   January 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Very nice theme. For the nice features, there are no social buttons for users to follow on facebook and twitter etc

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      We have built-in socialize widget. You can add 14 different network links into any section on site including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr…

  19. Sam   January 24, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Can anyone post a link to a live website using citydesk?

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 24, 2012 at 6:38 AM

      You can check

  20. Joe   January 24, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Does City Desk has all the features of Advanced NewsPaper; and
    include “Category Based Ads Module.
    Does users has the option of using three or two column layout.
    Please comment.

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      City Desk and Advanced Newpaper are both built on same framework, they both have all the same functionality and features. The user can not select the layout of category. It is set by site admin on backend.

  21. ariairan   January 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    very nice
    I am very impressed with this theme
    but i am new here and i have some problem can you help me?

    anybody know what is this m : “The theme update script is in BETA state. Please do not use this script to update your theme before Alpha release. We strongly suggest you to update your theme manually”

    i had enter API Key and after i had m : “Key Previously Activated For This Domain”

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Dear Ariairan,

      Please use support forums for theme support, we do not provide support via comments. The key previously activated for this domain means your theme has been registered already, you do not need to re-activate it again.

  22. Moha   January 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    This is nice Theme for news sites Before I buy I Want to know whether it is possible to make the theme more clean by inserting spaces so that it becomes clean?
    I am not good at editing css


    • Mehmet Ozek   January 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Hi Moha,

      Can you please clarify what exactly you meant by inserting spaces?

  23. Moha   January 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    mehmet I mean on the frontpage of the theme I want it to be more clean so that all posts on the frontpage to have spaces between them like this site and the title text to be bigger.


  24. Moha   January 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    any how I have purchased and joined gabfire themes users so I will let you know any assistance I need.


  25. Joe   February 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Any plans to make City Desk a mobile responsive layout?

    • Mehmet Ozek   February 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      It works just fine on my mobile Joe. If you would like to have a different theme for mobile browsers which loads faster with a simple theme, there are some WP plugins such as WpTouch and WordPress Mobile Pack.

  26. abdurabb   February 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Very good design.. I love it

  27. Niels   February 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Hi Mehmet – City Desk looks awesome! And got most of what a local media needs.

    I have some questions:

    * Will there be an event/calender function in the future?
    * If not – or untill – can you reccomend a event/calender function/plugin that will work with the theme?

    * How about the possibility of having a forum on the site?

    * It looks like there will a need for a better ad-module – one that documents every single ad. Do you have any advice on this?

    All the best

    • Mehmet Ozek   February 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Hi Niels,

      We are not going to get into Event and Forum areas. Event Espresso and Mingle Forums will work just fine for you. As for ad module, you can use AdRotate plugin.

  28. Tawanda Kanhema   February 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    This came just in time for our next upgrade. Thanks guys for incorporating premium features into this theme. When is the next update?

  29. Times of Assam   February 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Mehmet, we are using Adv Newspaper theme, and thinking to upgrade with City Desk.

    Just want to confirm the price and the core issue. My concern is, whether I can opt for Photo gallery to view in the wide view gallery of the homepage or it is default to be taken from the news? If it takes the photos from Photo category, then its fine and we will buy it soon.

    • Mehmet Ozek   February 22, 2012 at 4:03 AM

      Using theme control panel, you can set any of your category to be displayed in format of media gallery. So, as to answer your question, there is no problem to set your photo gallery category to display in this format.

  30. Tricia   February 25, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    When using the “Columnist” module, can individual writers upload their pictures directly from their computer, or can this only be done by using an avatar?

  31. Lúcio G.   March 19, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    With City Desk purchase, I have received an API key to activate this GF theme. City Desk is the only theme, till now, having an API key?

    • Mehmet Ozek   March 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      No, we have key for all themes. The other keys are emailed Lucio

  32. eleftherios   March 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Just awesome !!! Great theme, maybe the best you have designed till now. And probably, the next theme which i purchase, after the Transcript theme. Great job guys. Conratulations again.

  33. Dani   April 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Hi. Great theme. I would like to know if menu bar in City desk theme can have the look of menu bar in Advanced Newspaper theme, which I like somehow more as it has big black/red letters on white background while City desk has smaller white letters on color background. Thanks for answer.

    • Mehmet Ozek   April 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Hi Dani,

      Using built-in typography options, you can change the navigation font and color of City Desk into anything else.

      • Dani   June 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Thank you for the answer but can you please explain where exactly I can change this? 🙂

        • Mehmet Ozek   June 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

          You may submit that question to our support forums Dani. We will provide you an answer there (:

  34. JD Moirez   June 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Hi ,

    I am currently a user of the Advanced Newspaper template (great work!). If I replace the Advanced Newspaper with this template, will I lose the existing articles / their categorization?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Mehmet Ozek   June 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      No, you will not use any of your current content JD 🙂

  35. Heather   June 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    This is an amazing theme! I’m doing a little research to see if it will work for my needs.

    How easy is it to customize the bar above the header image? I need to be able to insert a button to listen to a live radio stream and text that displays what program is playing and what comes next.

    How complicated is it to put a video player in place of the featured slider?

    Again, great looking theme.

  36. Charlie Patel   June 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Thanks Heather.

    You can customize to your heart’s content. I imagine you have the code for your radio stream, and it can simply be inserted where you wish to place it.

    The featured slider can accept videos from youtube, vimeo, etc.

    You can test-drive the theme on the Playground prior to purchase.

  37. Heather   June 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Thanks Charlie! I appreciate the quick response.

  38. Heather   June 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Oops, thought of another question. Can the sliders be taken out all together and what’s under them just be moved up?

    • Mehmet Ozek   June 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      Yes Heather, sliders can easily be removed. There is an option within theme control panel to disable sliders. You don’t need to mess with code to get rid of them (:

  39. Heather   July 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I have one more question. I’m looking at theme options for my company’s website, however the demo for this theme doesn’t have previews of the different types of posts.

    I really like this theme and have been happy with other themes I’ve used from Gabfire.

    However, the post template links above send me to an error page. I really need to be able to show my boss what the post templates can look like. Is there anyway you can fix your demo so the links work?

  40. Paulo   July 12, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    How can i switch between Default or Big-Picture layout when i create a post? I cant find this option.

    Thank You.

    • Mehmet Ozek   July 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      On post write/edit page, below text editor you’ll see an option to switch between regular and big picture post layouts.

  41. Paulo   July 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Still cannot find it. My version is 3.3.2. Please, Can you post or send me a Print Screen? I need this a lot. May i have to install some plugin to see this feature?

    Thank You again.

  42. Paulo   July 21, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Hi, in the featured slider, theres a post description in the right site of the picture, id like to change the description to the left side. How can i do it?


  43. Paulo   July 21, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Ive changed the slide size with option: On featured section, replace large slide with a smaller one. But theres a empty space in the right side of the featured slide, how do i post something there, like an ad.


  44. Tricia   November 21, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Pls i do have a site listed above, i need to move that site away from wordpress and host it on hostgator.

    Pls advice, beacause i cant use hostgator on
    so i want to buy it, then install ….

    My question is, after i move my site to hostgator, and i buy city desk, hope my archives or old posts will remain + any other advice thanx.

    • Charlie Patel   November 22, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Hi Tricia – If you are self-hosting WordPress, you can use our theme. Just be sure to export your data (Tools > Export) as an xml file. Once you’ve imported it to your new site, and all images/uploads have also been transferred, then you can change the DNS of your domain to point to new hostgator server. That’s how you keep your archives and old posts in the new site. Hope that helps.

  45. Akash   November 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM


    Please let me know how can i can use the slider of a smaller size. I tried to change but its not working here while with the same website as here its working perfectly.

    Please assist me how can get it in too.

    Thank you.

    • Mehmet Ozek   November 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Hi Akash, We unfortuantely do not provide support via comments. Please submit your message to our support forums.

  46. Heather Jaber   December 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM


    I’ve just purchased this theme, and I love it. The only issue is I thought it would work with…please advise me where to go or give me some pointers because i have been researching for the past day and I cannot figure out how to apply this theme. We have our own domain as well, but can’t we put these theme on Please let me know. Thanks!


    • Mehmet Ozek   December 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Hi Heather,

      Unfortunately none of our themes works with You’ll need to purchase a hosting account as well to use any premium themes on your site.

      • Heather Jaber   December 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        We have a hosting account but find the steps to upload (FTP, directory, databases, cpanel) a tad confusing. We are stuck on the part where we upload WordPress to our database? And use the FTP? Could you recommend any kind of support or some easier instructions to follow?

        Appreciate the help!

        • Mehmet Ozek   January 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

          Dear Heather,

          The WP installation is often offered as a one click installation via hosting control panel. The rest is theme installation and configuration only. You can follow our tutorials at and submit your technical support questions to our forums at

  47. son dakika   January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM


    I’ve just purchased this theme, and I love it. The only issue is I thought it would work with…please advise me where to go or give me some pointers because i have been researching for the past day and I cannot figure out how to apply this theme. We have our own domain as well, but can’t we put these theme on Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Mehmet Ozek   January 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Unfortunately it will not work at You’ll need to purchase a new hosting account -> map your domain to that account -> install WordPress and upload your theme over to your own server.

  48. joe Hunt   November 8, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I love the theme, have made modifications but how can I remove the Main sliders?

    • Mehmet Ozek   November 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      Hi Joe,

      Please submit your question to support forums. One of our support assistance will respond you there.

  49. Deb   December 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I have been using gab fire themes for a long time specially CITY DESK theme.

    But is city desk a responsive theme for smart phones.

    As unlike other themes of competitors , city desk theme doesn’t response with a responsive version on a smart phone .

    I did try to raise this concern many times but haven’t got a response.

    • Mehmet Ozek   December 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Hi Deb,
      We are not going to update City Desk to convert it into a responsive mode. But on other hand, you may check our other responsive themes such as Stylebook, Patterns, Connect or Arts & Culture

  50. robert sab   March 1, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    how many columnists can city desk accomodate

    • Mehmet Ozek   March 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Hi Robert,

      Sorry for the delay. We were in between of a server migration thus comments was forgotten 🙂

      City desk will support 15 authors by default but that number can also be increased easily.

  51. Yori   March 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    What should the default image size be for the large slider?

    How do I display the images at the right size inside the post?

    • Mehmet Ozek   March 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Dear Yori,
      Please submit your questions to

  52. Ítalo Duarte   October 5, 2017 at 7:08 AM

    Hello Mehmet,

    Is this theme compatible in PHP 7?

    • Mehmet   October 30, 2017 at 8:18 AM

      Yes, it is compatible Italo.


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