The days of waking up to your morning coffee and newspaper are over. Now, news does not come to you only in the morning. (Same goes for coffee, but that’s another story) Today, news streams 24 hours into your living room. And if you want it more personal, it is available at a click of the mouse on your desktop or laptop, or at the tap of a button on your mobile or tablet.
With news moving to online fora, it is accessible 24 x 7 in a very personal way. Many newspapers have a digital version as well, and they have well visited websites. Many of these websites are hosted on WordPress – Reuters, Forbes, BBC America. There are many niche news sites as well – tech news, travel websites, sports websites.
All newspaper or news websites have one thing in common – they are content heavy. To make reading easy a website must,
- Organize the content neatly, or else, it will appear cluttered.
- Navigation must be easy, so menus and pagination are important.
- The layout must be neat, capturing all the news on a single screen from where you can move onto the details.
- Many readers catch up on news and reading while on the move. This means they read on hand held devices. So the website must be responsive and size down correctly to mobiles.
There are many WordPress themes designed for magazines and newspapers that can help you set up a website quickly, customize it and arrange content as you like. These themes can be used by small blogs as well.
I am picking out 23 themes that you can consider making your own. Keep in mind that the themes you choose must be 100% responsive, otherwise you will lose a sizable chunk of the readers who view the news on mobiles.
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Your pages will be totally responsive, so your readers can access your pages even on hand held devices comfortably. Thoughtful layouts make the most of white spaces to present a clutter free, visually appealing screen to readers.
Solopreneur allows you to choose between two free landing pages that support full width images. Other great features include CTA in footer, compatibility with Optin Forms, custom logo and favicons, all topped by wonderful support from Fancy Themes.
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02. The Traveler
The Traveler is a blogging theme designed with the needs of travel bloggers in mind. The developers behind this theme, Meridian Themes, bring you a fully customizable WordPress theme which can be modified with the Meridian Styler without having to code a single line.
This brand new theme has a lot to offer WordPress travel bloggers from its elegant grid-based design to its front-end style customizer. The Traveler is a fully responsive theme which means that it looks great on all devices. This feature makes it easy for your site’s viewers to read your blog posts on the go. Its minimalist menu design and search bar add to the overall modern-esque aura The Traveler emits. The USP of this incredibly powerful theme is its ability to load more posts without having to refresh the page. This infinite scrolling functionality makes it easy for readers to browse through your content and works to improve the user experience.
The Traveler’s user-friendly design, intuitive navigation, and use of big background imagery make it a visually appealing travel blogging theme. One of the major factors contributing to its clean and compact design is the integration of social sharing buttons within the featured posts. This feature not only makes it easy for readers to share your blog posts but it also encourages them to do so without the extra fuss.
Additionally, Meridian Themes offers premium-quality support that guarantees you’ll get a response within 24 hours on weekdays.
03. The Essence
Meridian Themes’ The Essence is a chic blogging theme for WordPress websites that features a fully responsive design that’s bound to captivate your viewer’s attention. The theme’s design is intuitive making it easy to use for all kinds of users regardless of how tech savvy they might be.
The Essence ships with a plethora of customization options that make it easy for webmasters to customize their site’s design and preview the changes live. The theme comes with 17 different layouts including a 3-column and 4-column design. Users can also tinker with The Essence’s social sharing buttons and choose from 4 different styles – you can even add them in the header! One of the best features of this theme is its neat and clean design that leverages white space to give off a professional yet modern look to your website.
This one of a kind theme also offers a slider to help you display your featured blog posts on your site’s homepage. The Essence’s elegant menu design and easy navigation make it a popular choice for personal bloggers who prioritize delivering an optimal user experience to their viewers. The Instagram widget support allows webmasters to import content directly from their Instagram and display it on their personal blogs. Pretty cool, right?
In addition to the incredible range of features, the developers behind The Essence also offer premium-quality support.
04. TrueMag – AdSense Optimized Theme
Truemag is a versatile theme with advanced ad optimization. Monetizing your site is easy with Truemag – there’s plenty of built-in space for ads including responsive AdSense ad units so your ads will display correctly on any device.
Built with clean, semantic, and fully search engine optimized HTML5 and CSS3, there’s nothing holding you back from achieving great results in the search engines.
Truemag allows you to easily highlight your most popular posts. You can select sticky posts to appear in your header area to make sure they get seen. You also have unlimited customization options when it comes to colors, fonts, and styling so you can build your site to match your personal brand.
One unique feature of this theme is the ability to have unlimited sidebars and choose what page these are displayed on. This is perfect for displaying different offers for different content.
05. Flow – A Fresh Creative Blog Theme
Flow is a new theme from United Themes that was released only in January 2016. It has already generated sales of 350+ and earned a 4.5 star rating.
The theme is interactive and easy to use. 9 homepages and 6 blog templates are included with this theme. 3 layouts are possible for your blog – Original, Creative, and Waterfall. In the Original blog layout, you have an endless blog list and you can open blogs directly on the page without any additional reloading. In the Creative Flow blog layout, you have a vertical menu on one side and a slider for highlighting important posts on the other, with the blogs arranged in masonry format in the center. In the Waterfall blog layout, you have a sticky sidebar to the right and the blog posts arranged in the remaining area.
Blogs can be arranged in many interesting ways – split column, standard, masonry, whole post, post slider, post carousel, and expanding tiles layout. In the last one, the blog opens via Ajax. The USP of the theme is the number of innovative ways in which thee blogs open and load, and there are 6 distinct blog templates to choose from.
About and Contact pages are integrated with the theme, so you just have to fill in the details.
PixelGrade’s Heap is a powerful snappy blogging theme for WordPress that allows webmasters to customize their site and play around with tons of clean layouts.
The theme features a live customizer that makes it infinitely easier to make quick modifications without having to code. Heap is performance optimized and comes with full social media integration from the get-go.
One of the best features about this theme is that it is built with the latest sematic HTML5 markup which makes it SEO friendly. Heap comes with PSD files and over 600 Google Fonts which allows web designers to create unique websites easily. In addition to this, the theme is translation ready enabling webmasters to cater to a multilingual audience with the help of the popular WPML plugin.
With Heap, your website will be able to respond to all of your visitors whether they’re on a desktop computer or a mobile device. The off-canvas menu makes it easy for mobile users to discover your website.
07. Grimag – AdSene Magazine Theme
Grimag is a professional looking magazine theme with plenty of ad space so you can monetize your site from the start. Grimag comes with built-in responsive AdSense units, so your site will look great on any device without issues.
You can easily direct your readers to your best content using the sticky post feature. Your chosen post will appear at the top of your homepage with a large featured image to draw attention.
There’re also custom widgets, unlimited sidebars, and the powerful shortcode inserter so you won’t need to worry about remembering any codes.Speaking of code, Grimag’s is clean, fast, and well-commented.
You’re also given unlimited powers of customization over colors, fonts, and styles with Grimag so you can build the site you want.
08. Soledad – Multi-Concept Blog/Magazine WP Theme
This theme is no longer available for sale.
Soledad was created only on 15th November 2015 and updated on 4th February 2016, but it is already the best selling blog and magazine theme for this year.
It offers over a 100 slider + blog layout combinations and 250 demo pages that you can adopt as your own. You can pick from 6 portfolio styles, 2 mega menus and 5 article layouts. The Live Customizer will help you set up the site visually. You can have a featured video background and Pinterest masonry widget to import Pinterest images to your website without resizing or cropping.
8 custom widgets including widgets for tweets and Instagram are included. Lightbox gallery can be enabled on single posts, so you can display your important favorite posts to advantage. The theme is translation ready with .po files included, search engine friendly, and WooCommerce compatible.
09. 15Zine – Magazine / Newspaper WordPress Theme
15Zine is rich in advanced features, but it is all presented in a manner that an ordinary user can understand. The theme combines great coding with functionality to offer a theme that is versatile.
With the Trending Mega menu option, you can highlight your most popular post. Header area can be turned off to maximize the gallery or the reading area. The theme has a unique image system that adds to the appeal of a post. Regular embedded images can be converted into full screen images. Parallax effects can be added.
The theme is compatible with bbPress so you can keep a conversation going with your readers. It comes with built-in advertising options, a powerful review system, trending icon choices, and choice of logo positions. A number of scroll options are also available so the reader can easily move through the posts.
10. The Voux – A Comprehensive Magazine Theme
The Voux is a comprehensive magazine theme that can be totally customized with Visual Composer, which comes bundled with the theme. Complex layouts are possible with this theme, but even these complex layouts can scale down to mobile devices, as it is totally responsive.
One attractive feature of the theme is that it compiles social data and stores it. This data can be accessed from the backend of your WordPress site. You can use the theme options for specifying the period and the social networks for which data is to be collected.
The megamenu is user friendly and you can arrange your images in full screen galleries. Articles load sequentially as you scroll down, thereby reducing load times and making it easier for the reader. Posts can be displayed on a slider, with the titles of the post sliding over the post images as you browse.
11. Pressroom – News and Magazine WordPress Theme
Pressroom is another news and magazine theme that you can modify a lot to suit your needs. It is suitable for magazine, blog, review, or newspaper website.
Drag and drop page building is made easy with the Visual Composer plugin that comes with the theme. Light, dark or high contrast color skins can help change the appearance of the website. You can have a wide or a boxed layout and combine it with a sticky menu and choose from 15 header styles. It is not just the header that is sticky, the sticky setting can be applied to any column.
All sliders and carousels are touch friendly, and with the theme being responsive, it adapts well to touch devices. Over 60 content elements, each of which comes with options will help in attractive page display. To get you started, the installation is easy and so is import of demo content.
12. Magazine Pro Theme
For a stylish magazine theme that gives your website a glossy appearance, take a look at Magazine Pro Theme. A bundle of pre-made templates that comes with the theme will help you get your website started – default, archives, blog and landing pages.
The templates are just a starting point. 4 color styles, 6 layout options, custom header and more options are available to customize these templates and give them just the look you want. You can upload a logo in the header. Use text in the logo until you have designed a suitable image to replace it.
Three widget areas are available on the homepage to help in brand projection.
You can purchase the theme along with the Genesis framework for $99.95 and be entitled to use on unlimited sites, unlimited updates and support.
13. Extra WordPress Theme
Extra WordPress Theme comes from the Elegant Themes stable. The USP of this theme lies in the Divi Drag and Drop Builder that comes with the theme.
Using the Divi Builder, you can use the drag and drop functionality for customizing categories, pages, and posts. A set of post based modules are available and they are designed specially for bloggers and online magazines. It combines well with Advanced Design settings option to help you to completely customize your website. Code can also be used. With Extra, you have total control over the structure and content of the layout.
A number of column structures and modules can help you with the homepage design. 40 content modules are available and each individual element can be customized to give you pages a distinctive look. 7 different post formats are possible. Header design can be varied, and Megamenu customized. The header is fixed, but if you choose to disable this option, you can always fall back on the Back To Top button for easier scrolling. You can add links to footer and secondary header location.
Extra comes with social media integration and a Social Follow widget will help to keep track of social profiles across the web. Other widgets included are Twitter Feed, Recent Posts Display, Member Login, Recent Reviews, and Recent Videos.
Price: $69 for 87 themes from Elegant Themes. A 30 day money back guarantee is also offered.
Paperback is a magazine theme that you can use to create content using multimedia. A Getting Started dashboard will help you to set up your website easily.
Many homepage templates are available and you can pick premium fonts from Typekit for presenting text beautifully. A number of preset color schemes are also available, which you can use as such or modify. You can build a color scheme dynamically based on your choice of colors. Color picker will help you modify the colors.
Your best content can be featured on a carousel on the homepage. You can navigate with the help of megamenu. Search is also easy with category megamenu and Featured Posts header. The category menu will fetch live content using AJAX. Infinite scroll will allow a reader to glance through the posts that load dynamically on the same page.
Social icon menu is available, so visitors can track you throughout the web. Jetpack is integrated, so you can add share links to your posts and pages.
15. Sahifa – News / Magazine / Newspaper Theme
Sahifa comes to you exclusively from Themeforest. It is a user friendly, fast loading WordPress theme for magazines, news and blogs.
Sahifa is a 5 star rated, feature rich theme that has over 13,000 users. The one click demo importer will help in installation. From the admin panel, you can pick from over 400+ options to optimize colors, fonts and layout. The drag and drop builder will make your task easier.
The homepage can feature a slider that can be adjusted for animation, speed and slide time. You can use dark skin, custom background, unlimited sidebars, custom page templates, 40+ shortcodes, menu icons and over 650 Google Web fonts to make your site visually attractive.
Sahifa is translation ready and bbPress and BuddyPress compatible. It also offers the best RTL support in this class of themes. The theme is fully responsive, with an option to turn off this feature.
A number of plugins come bundled with the theme – Review Plugin, Instagram, Sticky sidebar, Lightbox – and this makes the theme an attractive buy for $59.
16. SmartMag – Responsive & Retina WordPress Magazine
SmartMag is a WordPress Theme for magazines that combines frontend visual appeal with backend functionality and ease of use. It is Themeforest’s most sold magazine theme for 2014 – 15.
The admin panel offers drag and drop features with which you can construct a unique homepage. The theme gives importance to SEO and includes rich snippets and HTML5 to improve SEO. It includes most of the regular features of modern themes and is regularly updated. These updates are free for purchasers of the theme.
The latest version includes a new skin with a tech feel to it. A new grid layout for posts that is quite different from the usual is also included. Multi page posts can be used as content slideshow. A static powerful slider worth $18 is included .
Tabloid is a WordPress magazine theme that is easy to install and use. It offers many color schemes that come in both the light and dark versions.
Multiple formats for layout of articles is possible. These layouts can pack in a great amount of content without appearing cluttered. Advertising space is provided in many places. Many custom widgets are included such as content widget, Twitter and Flickr. The theme is supported by Jetpack which enhances the performance of the theme.
17. News Setter
News Setter comes from Themefuse and is particularly well suited for tech reviews, blogs and magazines. You can try out this theme for free by creating an account in the Test Labs area of Themefuse. A 30 day money back guarantee offer can persuade you to make a purchase.
You get to choose from 4 pre-made styles whose color you can switch from black to blue, to green, to red. A one click installer is available, which automatically installs demo content. You can have a full width header or a narrow one and also a slider to which you can add animation effects using HTML5.
A number of built-in page templates are available such as Review, About Us, Blog and Contact. A number of modules are also included, so building a page from the backend is easy. A powerful Contact Form, shortcodes, being responsive, retina ready, built-in advanced SEO options are all included in the features.
The Megamenu can be highly customized. The drop down menu and the categories menu makes the search for content easy. You can have any number of sidebars and they can be structured differently for different pages.
MagXP packs flexibility and functionality packed into one great theme. As with most themes, you can use drag and drop to build your homepage. Many interesting layouts are possible and any number of sidebars can be configured. Color options are plenty and you can choose from 630+ Google Fonts and 350+ Font Icons.
Blogs come in grid and traditional format and 4 pagination styles are available. The categories can be color coded for easy identification and inclusion of AJAX means images load faster.
The review system is integrated into the theme and shows in search results. Translation panel is also integrated. 15 widgets, including Related Posts widget, are included. The theme is SEO friendly, HTML5, CSS3 and WooCommerce ready.
19. Marroco – WordPress Magazine Theme
Marroco is a magazine theme that helps you to build your website using content builder. It is flexible and comes with a great number of combinations to choose from. It affords a number of theme options and has built-in shortcodes. It offers Child Theme support, so you can try out modifications confidently. 3 header layouts are possible and they can be customized.
The megamenu supports a slider and a latest post option. This combines with the sticky menu navigation and built-in Related Posts to help locate content easily.
Parallax background, masonry post layout, boxed page layout, flexible page columns, installable Google Fonts and styled typography can help you get just the look you want for your homepage, posts and pages. You can have a full screen image in the background and set different background or colors for different categories.
Social media profiles, lazy load, smooth scroll and image hover effects are all supported.
20. Flex Mag – Responsive WordPress News Theme
Flex Mag is a well designed magazine theme that allows you to get on with your content, without having to deal with design issues. You can put together a news site making use of the 4 pre-set skins or pick the custom skin if you want to start out with your own. Custom widgets will help you to display content the way you want it placed.
The posts load automatically as you near the end. 9 featured posts layouts allow you to display selected content on the homepage or category page. Added to this, are 8 article templates for you to choose from to to enhance the reader’s experience. Auto loading can be disabled. The homepage can be in the blog format.
A custom flyout menu that works on all devices will help you find content easily. A number of ad spaces are provided. Ad widgets can be placed in the homepage and sidebar. Google Adsense can be implemented easily. The Theia sticky sidebar will help keep the content that you want visible always.
Flex gives space for photo credit or caption below the featured images. It is WooCommerce and bbPress compatible and Child theme and translation ready. And the footer text or custom copyright text is included to protect your content.
21. Daily Post – A News / Magazine WP Theme
If you want to get really proactive and accept content and allow submissions from readers, you can check out Daily Post. It offers a Get Published Feature that readers can use to submit articles. A breaking news ticker allows for the latest news to be featured with high visibility. Layout can be wide or boxed.
Visual Composer is bundled with the theme, which helps in drag and drop customization. Finding content is no big deal with this theme, as lazy loading, infinite scroll and many other content discovery features can help you out here. Load speed is optimized and a reading progress indicator will help a readers know how far they have progressed.
You can include a dedicated page for weather, and a weather widget is included. Popular posts can be placed in the sticky sidebar. Articles are of print ready quality, so readers can look at printed paper instead of a screen. Plenty of theme options and demo data are included.
Purchase Price: $48, which includes one hour of free customization.
Magazine comes to you from Themify and is designed to work with the Themify framework and uses the Themify Builder. All the themes from Themify are customizable using drag and drop. They are WPML ready, WooCommerce ready, SEO optimized, incorporate Google fonts and social icons and allow you to insert your own logo.
Magazine allows for a lot of space for advertising, and advertising areas can be added using a text widget. It can fit into the scheme of banner ads quite well. The ads can be static, text link or code. 7 post layouts and 6 sidebar options means that you are not stuck figuring out the layout for your posts.
Magazine can be customized from the Styling Panel. 6 color skins are bundled with the theme. The footer can be packed with 4 widgetized columns and can include an animated Back to the Top button, social share buttons, footer menu and footer text. You get to pick from over 360 Awesome Font icons.
Megamenu can be used and a sliding menu for use on mobiles is available.
To show off your content to advantage on the homepage, you should look at feature rich Compass magazine theme from WP Zoom. It supports a slideshow on the homepage, that can be dragged by touch.
The theme is highly customizable and completely responsive, scaling down perfectly to mobile devices. You can change almost everything – colors, fonts, images, background, logo, menu and more – and view all the changes in preview mode before you save it. This is possible with the Live Customizer.
Compass is compatible with WordPress menu, but you can customize it by simple drag and drop. Built-in logo editor will help you create your own logo. The code used is SEO friendly and you can use many languages with Compass as it is translation ready. Compass uses the Zoom framework, that is used by all the themes from WP Zoom. As and when the framework is updated, you can update your theme with just one click.
The theme options panel is completely user friendly and you can configure layouts and install widgets easily. Jetpack is included and this means that you can add Tiled Galleries, Related Posts, Social Share Buttons, extra sidebar widgets, and more easily.
Newspaper claims to be the fastest newspaper theme available. The theme panel in Newspaper contains all the options you will need to set up and customize your site. You need not search for code or options any where else.
If you do not want to be bothered with customization, you can simply choose from the demo templates. The demo templates can be imported and used just as they are, or you can customize each aspect of the template.
Display posts in any of the 11 post templates that come with the theme. Featured images and videos, a customs article editor and a bunch of options will help you present your story is an interesting way. Attractive and well laid out pages can be created using Revolution Slider, Visual Composer, Social Counter, multiple menus, sidebars, and grids.
21 content blocks and 16 modules that can automatically adjust to one, two or three column layouts will help you in arriving at just the layout you want for your posts and pages.
Newspaper can also detect articles, images and titles to create smart lists that can quickly catch the reader’s attention. The sidebar is adjustable and can be moved to hold widgets or to adjust to different screen sizes. The sidebar supports AJAX and viewport resizing.
5 new adspots that are responsive and adjust intelligently to the structure will be of great value when you consider advertising options.The editing on your posts is a WYSISWYG format, and this makes writing a post easier. Stylish fonts from Typekit, Google Fonts, Font Stack, and WOFF font files give a neat look to text.
Mallow is an adaptable theme that is well suited for blogs. You can design it to be minimalistic or content heavy. You can get creative in designing your layouts and use it as a canvas to express yourself vividly. You can change any and all elements on the screen from header to footer and also insert your own custom logo to give the website a distinctive feel in keeping with you brand.
The themes is SEO friendly and fast loading. It is bundled only with features that are necessary and stripped of any unnecessary features to keep it light. Impressive sliders to carry your latest content and bold background imagery makes your website visually attractive.
The theme is freely available on Fancy Themes.
Lightly is another free magazine WordPress theme from Fancy Themes. It is a minimal content oriented theme that you can use to share news and your blog posts. The theme is extremely fast and easily customizable with a live preview option, so you can make changes till you achieve just the look and feel you want.
The homepage can carry many widgets. It also caries a slider that can display posts and categories. A lot of white space is available for text content and navigation on the website is easy. The theme is translation ready, retina ready and fully responsive. Regular updates are done in tandem with WordPress updates.
27. NewsTube – Magazine Blog & Video
NewsTube is a theme designed for a three-in-one website – magazine, blog, and video. It has a flexible layout and the many options make it easy to customize the theme using the page builder.
It supports videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and Daily Motion. Videos can be uploaded from the frontend. The theme also gives you the option of creating your own video playlist or video channels. Alternatively, you can import YouTube videos and channels into your website.
16 demos are available and they are categorized into different types of uses, so you can pick one closest to your requirement. 7 blog layouts, 4 navigation layouts, 9 header sliders, neat article and video layouts, easy input of videos into WordPress makes it popular. It offers advertising solutions and social networks connection.
Featured content or images can be displayed in the header, slider, or blog. The theme is well suited for websites that allow user generated content.
That’s a good number of themes discussed above. All the themes are suited for magazines, blogs and newspapers and have most of the features essential for these themes. If you are using any of these themes or any other magazine themes, do share your experience.