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15 Best & Free Magazine WordPress Themes


The internet is a dynamic place where things are always rapidly changing and adapting and the same thing also counts for the blogosphere which seems to be particularly exposed to trends. Blogging has turned into a huge trend and everyone seems to want to get involved

While there are thousands of WordPress themes available I have noticed that News/Magazine Style themes are quite popular on the large authority blogs, some of which I visit on a daily basis. I believe the reason is that themes of this type typically are excellent for providing a lot of information in a structured and easy to digest way.

In this article I would like to share a little compilation of my personal favorites of WordPress News/Magazine Themes, all these great themes are widget ready themes, and easy to use. I hope you will enjoy my selection ..?

Magzine Style Free WordPress Theme

MagZine is a magazine styled wordpress theme that so easy to use and configure.


IsoTherm News Magazine WordPress Theme

IsoTherm is magazine styled and professional theme with everything you need to start publishing your own web journal with all the features you will need to attract new visitors. You have option to display your latest posts in professional looking featured box that grabs users attention much more than a regular blog looking news structure.


Arthemia Free v2.0 WordPress Theme

The new Arthemia can list pages in your blog automatically. Unlike the old one, you do not have to hard-code the PHP file if you update your page title and structures. Drop-down lists will show sub-pages so do not forget to assign the page parent in the page editing panel.

There is also a great Premium Version of this WordPress Theme, the most significant difference between the two versions is the theme administration panel, which is included in the premium version.


Branford Magazine WordPress Theme

BranfordMagazine is an amazing and feature rich magazine style theme. It’s maybe my favorite of them all. Although this version is now available as a premium version by the owner(Michael Oeser from Der Prinz), the midsummer 2008 free version of Branford Magazine theme still is available (click on the downloadlink and read the article).


Morning After WordPress Theme

The Morning After was the original magazine theme in the WordPress community with more than a 100 000 downloads. Two different featured / latest post areas on the homepage, which gives you – the editor – some much-needed flexibility. The TMA home page is completely widget based with loads of great custom widgets for placement.


Mimbo Magazine Wordpress Theme

MIMBO is a clean, customizable magazine-style theme for WordPress. It’s also a simple framework which can be modified with child themes.


Structure WordPress Theme

A theme for news/magazine sites with a blog-friendly option too. It includes built-in video and image features that easily allow you to customize your site. There are content blocks that you can place virtually anywhere on the page.


Magasin Dos WordPress Theme

Magasin Dos is a Magazine styled WordPress theme with Featured Post, Feedburner Email Subscription, Twitter Account integration, Flickr Thumbnails, Automatic Thumbnail Resizer, Adsense-ready with advertising blocks easily customize via an Option Page.


Hybrid News WordPress Theme

It was developed to be a purely news theme. Nope, it’s not a blog theme. Not a photoblog theme. It’s not for your company brochure. It is about news. If you have a news site that needs a new look, layout, or change in functionality, this might just be the theme for you.


Hamasaki WordPress Theme

This theme has mixed columns and some latest posts feature. Automatically get an image from post and display nothing when no image is available. Blogger doesn’t need to tweak on the post. Just make a new post and everything will be handled by Hamasaki.

Demo | Download

Arras WordPress Theme

A sophisticated, yet simple and clean WordPress theme for magazine/news blogs. Homepage comes with a featured slideshow and 3 featured post areas with 4 different customisable layouts. Comes with in one, two and three column layouts and 7 different alternate styles. WordPress 3.0-ready with two menu locations, custom post types and custom taxonomies support.

Demo | Download

Scarlett WordPress Theme

his is an elegant theme designed for bloggers who like light colored or bright colored themes. This theme is suitable for any niche.The theme layout is stylish and dynamic contents elements are built into it.

Demo | Download

The Original Premium News

The Original Premium News Theme, was the very first premium theme that Woothemes ever released, but is now for free. Featured Posts panel on the homepage using jQuery technology to display / hide the posts, Animated horizontal drop-down menu’s for category navigation and 7 colour styles to choose from are just a couple of the features of this theme.

Demo | Download

eTech WordPress Theme

eTech Theme is a simple yet elegant Magazine Style Design Theme. It has a management console, is widget ready, advertisement ready and is an easily customizable theme to use. The featured image area on the homepage is run off the JQuery image rotator. Works in IE7, IE8, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera and is compliant with the latest version of WordPress 3.0 and above.

Demo | Download


This bold magazine 2-col-theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, grids and magazine-look. It was created especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Demo | Download

Didn’t had enough yet?

If you still haven’t had enough of seeing nice and free WordPress Themes, I know you will find the following 2 Articles quite interesting: 10 Best Minimal WordPress Themes [For Free] and 15 Best & Free WordPress Portfolio Themes. Enjoy the free WP themes ..


Author: Jan Rajtoral

Jan Rajtoral AKA Gonzo the Great is the Founder of and Designer at gonzodesign, providing design services across the full spectrum of Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Print and Advertising Design & Website Design.


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  1. pretty magazine themes,thanks

  2. Thx Mate for sharing!

    • Hey Dan-the-Man,

      Thanks for your comment, appreciated, hope you liked them? But now for something completely different: drinking beer? When? Where?

      Let me know, Cheers & Ciao ..