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Are you a WordPress blogger and searching for magazine or news related WordPress themes? If yes, this post is exclusively for you where I’ll be sharing 15 great looking WordPress magazine/news related themes that make your blog design stunning.

Website design is what your visitors notice when they land on your blogs. If you have an appealing design, they will be happy to spend more time on your blogs to read further, if not they will go elsewhere. Fortunately if you are a WordPress users there are numerous WordPress themes (including free themes) out there that make your design awesome.

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, few WordPress magazine and news themes that are mentioned in this article 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.)

Top WordPress magazine and News Themes for Bloggers

1. FRESH INK MAGAZINE

Fresh Ink

Are you looking for a great magazine theme to use on your WordPress sites? 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.

2. DIGINEWS

Diginews

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 are looking for a clean and crisp design to use on your WordPress sites to let your readers only focus on your content then Diginews WordPress magazine theme is just for you.

3. MORNING

Morning

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. This theme has a home page video widget to help you show multiple posts with built-in video support. It’s great feature if you want to build your email lists or showcase your services along with the videos on your home page.

By using this theme, you can also show author bio at the end of every post you publish without using any additional plugins. This theme also embedded with several useful features like Flickr Gallery, Social Widget, Twitter, Facebook Like Box and others to make your site awesome.

COST: $69.00

4. zeeMAGAZINE

zeeMagazine

Are you searching for a great looking design for your news related WordPress site? 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

5. OXYGEN

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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.

Here are few notable features of this WordPress magazine theme;

  • Custom front page template
  • 3 Menus style
  • 5 Flexible widget areas (sidebars)
  • Theme settings
  • Light box
  • Breadcrumbs for easy reader navigation
  • Advanced widgets
  • Custom background to make your site design look unique

6. NEWSROOM

Newsroom

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.

Here are few great features of this magazine WordPress theme;

  • 10 blog post formats
  • 6 page layouts
  • 3 single post layouts
  • Great shortcodes
  • Footer widget areas
  • Disable or enable sidebar for mobile layouts
  • 2 full-width widget areas in header and footer (for ads)
  • 4 additional base styles

COST: $48

7. MAGAZINE BASIC

This theme has been downloaded over 430,000 times and it is one of the most popular WordPress magazine theme that is also free. 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.

This magazine WordPress theme also includes features like;

  • Live preview environment
  • Layout and Color selectors
  • Post Display Options

8. ESQUIRE

Esquire

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.

This WordPress magazine theme has some of the cool features like;

  • Custom Menu
  • Featured Images
  • Post Formats
  • Infinite Scroll

If you are looking for a minimalistic design and want to focus more on readability, this theme is only for you. Go and grab this theme as this is a free WordPress magazine theme that mesmerizes your blog readers.

9. NEWS LEAK

Newsleak

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. If you want to show your posts on home page with image thumbnails, this WordPress news related theme is exclusively for you.

10. DAILY EDITION

Daily Edition

Designed by Liam McKay for WooThemes, Daily Edition is an uncluttered, wide open magazine/newspaper WP theme that comes loaded with many unique features including a fully customizable homepage layout, javascript home page video player, javascript home page featured slider and 16 color schemes.

COST:  $79.00

11. DESTRO

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Want a black colored magazine/news related WordPress theme? Destro is just for you, it 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

12. NOTEWORTHY

Noteworthy

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.

13. MAX MAGAZINE

Max Magazine

We all know the importance of having a mobile responsive theme as most people are now using mobiles to skim through online information. If you have been searching for great looking responsive themes suitable for magazine and news related sites, this theme is for you. 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.

14. SPORTEDGE

Sportedge

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.

This theme boasts the following features;

  • HTML 5 animated slider
  • Custom headers
  • Various layouts
  • Responsive and retina ready
  • Powerful admin interface
  • SEO friendly

STANDARD PACKAGE: 55.00 USD              DEVELOPER PACKAGE: $95.00

15. EDITORIAL

Editorial

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.

One of the easiest ways to stand out from the online crowd is to use a unique blog theme. This is the best magazine WordPress theme if you are looking for a easy to customize design that helps you use a custom typography and post layouts to make your design look unique from the crowd.

COST: starts at $79.00

In a nutshell:

Picking the right theme for your magazine or news related WordPress site is really hard especially when you are on a budget. That’s the reason why I’ve also included some of the free magazine WordPress themes in this article to make your decision easy. I strongly suggest anyone to buy a mobile and search engine friendly theme that brings your more traffic to your WordPress websites. In that case, choosing a premium theme over free themes is the perfect choice.

So what are your thoughts on the best WordPress magazine/news themes? Do you have any more suggestions in mind? Please share your views in the comment section below.

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  • Dean Saliba

    You have listed some very nice designs here, my favourite out of the list has to be the one called “Morning” as I believe it looks more professional. But I love the stuff that the guys over at StudioPress produce.

    Would love to see a follow-up James but focusing on free designs. :)

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  • jamesodonnell

    Dean –

    Morning’s a nice theme. And yeah, StudioPress is creating some great themes.

    Thanks for the suggestion – it would make a great follow up article!

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  • Chandan Sanwal

    I am using Fresh life theme. Max is also a nice theme as it looks like Fresh-Life theme.

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  • Abhijit Bangal

    Thanks for the list.
    I am using the Point theme that I installed a couple of weeks back. I think you could have that in this list too as it is not only free, but also increases the SEO rank, as I have read.

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