By James O’Donnell
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system used by millions of websites around the world. Users can easily customize their websites using a wide variety of tools including widgets, plugins and themes.
WordPress themes let users change the look and functionality of their WordPress website without altering the site’s information content or structure. There are so many WordPress theme templates available for download that users are sure to find just the right design for their website.
One of the more popular themes is the magazine/news type theme. As the name implies, these themes are patterned after the look and design of the world’s classic newspapers and magazines. Magazine and News themes give a site an uncluttered, professional look, presenting the content in an appealing and eye-catching way that’s sure to catch the reader’s attention.
If you’re looking for just the right look for your WordPress site, you might want to start by checking out some Magazine and Newspaper type themes. They’re great for news sites, online magazines, personal blogs and journals. Here’s fifteen to get you started:
(Unless noted, all these themes are available for free download and use. Carefully read the license of the theme for any restrictions in usage before using them on a site.)
Fresh Ink Magazine is a highly customizable WP theme designed to give a site a polished look reminiscent of the high-quality magazines seen on newsstands around the globe. Its two-column design keeps things neatly organized while the variable background and customizable header ensures that the design of the site captures the personality and the feel of your blog.
Diginews is a newspaper inspired WP theme that incorporates those beautiful old school news fonts into a fresh, modern design theme. Like its inspiration, Diginews’ uncluttered, straightforward design focuses the reader’s attention on the site’s content.
If you’re looking to create a striking visual presence for your content, then Morning is the WordPress theme for you. Loaded with three color styles and lots of handy built in features, it’s a theme designed to go liven up any page, no matter what the subject.
zeeMagazine is a two column magazine styled theme that comes loaded with lots of useful features including HTML5, custom logo, predefined color schemes, content slider, banner and social media widgets, drop down navigation bar and more. zeeMagazine is available in Lite and Pro versions; the pro comes with additional features like pro widgets, custom fonts along with extra layout and color options
LITE: Free PRO: $29.00
Oxygen is a professional, mobile-optimized magazine WordPress theme. With a fluid, responsive layout and features that include content sliders, custom front page templates, breadcrumbs, 5 widget areas and 3 menus to choose from, Oxygen will provide your audience a superior browsing experience. Plus, Oxygen is a parent theme, providing a great base for creating child themes.
With its lean, sharp design, Newsroom is the perfect theme for news sites, magazines or blogs. Newsroom provides users with many ways to display their content, supporting 10 post formats including video, audio, and gallery. Newsroom comes with a ton of options giving users the tools to tweak the theme to their personal tastes with a few simple clicks. Well structured with an ultra responsive layout, Newsroom provides an appealing viewing and reading experience on all types of devices.
Tested in Firefox, IE, Safari and Chrome, Magazine Basic comes with a fully customizable layout designed for WordPress 3.4. Header logo, custom navigation menus, drop down menus, sidebar widgets, Google Analytics and pagination are just some of this theme’s many design options. And it’s fully optimized for SEO.
Esquire, the WordPress theme, lets users apply the same kind of elegance of design to their websites that’s made Esquire, the magazine, one of America’s most popular periodicals for nearly a century. Designed by Matthew Buchanan and inspired by the art direction of Esquire magazine, the Esquire theme enables users to post their content in a stylish and visually distinct manner. Users can select from many formats; besides the standard, default format there are also formats for image galleries, videos, audio files, quotes and links. Used by over 25,000 blogs, Esquire is one of WP’s most popular themes.
The designers at ArchyStudio wanted to create the perfect theme that would make any blog, journal or news type website really stand out from the crowd. They’ve succeeded with News Leak. Besides the gorgeous design, News Leak is a custom coded WordPress theme that comes with plenty of easy to use features. Some of these features include beautiful contemporary web typefaces, a 100% CSS-based layout, 2 columns with fixed width, and multi-browser compatibility – all optimized for speed and fast loading times.
Destro is a highly responsive WP magazine theme that’s available in lite and pro versions. With several exciting color schemes/skins to choose from, Destro allows users to create eye catching designs and layouts that will give their content great visual appeal. In addition to the vibrant color schemes, this WP theme comes with many useful features like multiple sliders, full and double page layout options, feed burner, and social share buttons; users can easily to insert 300×250 and 125×125 ads into their pages.
LITE: Free PRO: $25.00
Inspired by the look of USAToday.com, Noteworthy is the ideal theme for news and magazine style blogs and websites. This magazine style WordPress theme places an emphasis on featured images, with plenty of useful WP features like custom menus, widgets, search boxes and easy to set up social media buttons.
Max Magazine’s easy to use options panel and responsive layout makes this WP theme well suited for newspaper or magazine websites. Max comes packed with lots of features, such as custom menu and featured image support; a multi-level jQuery slide down menu, custom backgrounds and carousel posts. There are also five widgets: social counter widget, Facebook “like” widget, Twitter widget, 125×125 Advertisement widget and a Social links widget that displays a site’s social profile links in a sidebar or footer.
As you can probably guess from the name, Sportedge is a WP magazine type theme designed for sites that specialize in sports coverage. It’s a great tool for users looking to start their own sport magazine portal with features that include custom designed headers (for every major sport) and an a dynamic homepage slider and integrated live scores for all the major sports from the popular scores provider ScoresPro.
STANDARD PACKAGE: 59.00 USD DEVELOPER PACKAGE: $89.00
If content is the core focus of your website, then Editorial is theme for you. This WP magazine theme which gives you complete control over the look and layout of your posts. A list of some of Editorial’s useful features includes a customizable homepage, featured post slider, an AJAX powered recent news module for the homepage, custom post layouts, custom typography (with full support for Google Fonts), custom widgets (4 widgetized areas in the footer and 1 in the sidebar) and 9 alternative color styles.
COST: starts at $70.00
James O’Donnell lives in Houston, TX and works in the Internet Marketing Department at ScreenTek Inc a company that specializes in providing OEM replacement laptop, smartphone and iPad screens to its customers.