A premium WordPress magazine theme can be a great solution if you have a website with lots of content, or you want to give your site a more professional and sophisticated design that looks just like the big players.
The two modern trends in magazine WordPress themes this year are 1) responsive design which automatically adapts the layout to display nicely for mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads etc, and 2) flat design with a more functional, minimalistic approach that emphasizes usability and features clean, open spaces, crisp edges and two dimensional / flat elements.
Magazine style themes really kicked off the premium theme market, however good magazine themes seem to be released less frequently these days as most commercial theme developers focus on more specific and niche application designs. Nevertheless we have searched hard and compiled a collection of 40 cool new premium magazine WordPress themes that will give you a slick and professional looking website quickly, easily and cheaply.
2017 Update: Some of the themes below are getting a bit old and dated. Have a look through our regularly updated gallery of the best magazine WordPress themes for fresh new magazine WordPress themes.
New York Theme
The New York WordPress theme is a multipurpose magazine WordPress theme from RichWP. The premium theme has a versatile minimalist design that lends itself to a wide range of topics – travel, fashion and lifestyle, health and fitness, arts and crafts, tech and gadgets or anything else. The homepage lets you display lots of content with featured articles up the top and your latest posts below followed up with articles ordered by tag or category so you content gets maximum exposure. Some of the key features include: widgetized ad spaces, fully responsive design, easy color customization, logo integration, WooCommerce ready, JetPack gallery and form support, multiple widget areas, icon menu, single featured post and featured posts section, translation ready and more. The theme is available in a light or dark color scheme version.
Flavor WordPress Theme
Flavor is a powerful and feature packed magazine WordPress theme allows you to create a professional online magazine and review website just like the big web publishers. The theme is built with Bootstrap and 100% responsive with a wide 1140px layout that is fluid and adapts right down for mobile devices. It has a complete review and rating system built in and includes: user and editor ratings, weighted criteria, like and view counts, detailed review info sections, awards and badges, ajax sorting / filtering and more. Some of the other features in the theme include: powerful theme options, unlimited custom mini site builder (with discrete styles layouts, control panel etc), unlimited colour options, custom shortcodes and widgets, grid and list views, custom typography and much more.
Metro WordPress Theme
Metro is a modern magazine WordPress theme with a mobile optimised responsive layout from StudioPress. The premium theme is a very spacious 1152 pixels wide, and the “flat design” gives it a very modern look. The mobile responsive layout ensures your website will look great on large wide screen monitors right down to tablets and small mobile displays. Metro comes with 5 colour styles, 6 layout options, sleek social features, custom background, header and menu options, featured images, a landing page template and more. Metro is a child theme for the Genesis Framework so includes all the other features and benefits of that excellent theme framework.
Flying News WordPress Theme
FlyingNews is a modern, fashionable and colourful magazine theme with a three column grid like structure. The premium theme is retina ready and fully responsive so it works on iPhones, iPads and all other mobile phones. It has full colour management options so you can set colours for pages and categories. Other features include ads management, a rating system, RTL support, a unique menu system, portfolio pages, WooCommerce compatibility and much more.
Reportage WordPress Theme
Reportage is a versatile theme for online magazine, news and blogs. It has a mobile responsive design, colour coded category colours, unlimited colour schemes, built in review/rating system, drag and drop homepage, custom widdgets, powerful admin options panel and more.
Staggerly WordPress Theme
Staggerly is a unique and versatile responsive WordPress theme with a modern design. It has extensive customisation options, custom backgrounds, 3 slider styles, multiple magazine or blog homepage layout options, shortcode buttons, custom widgets, unlimited colour and more.
PowerMag WordPress Theme
PowerMag is a bold and stylish WordPress theme designed for online magazine and review websites. The theme has a big and bold, masculine design with an ultra flexible layout. It has a fully widgetzied homepage you can customise as you like for a magazine look or a more traditional blog layout. Each category has its own colour and style. A review system is built in so you can assign star ratings, have up to six custom rating criteria and it has scheme.orh compatibility so your ratings will display in the Google search results. The theme is retina ready and fully responsive so your site will look great at any size on any device.
MH Magazine WordPress Theme
MH Magazine is an attractive responsive magazine WordPress theme from new premium WordPress theme shop MH Themes. The theme is built with valid HTML5 and CSS3 and features include: 2 homepage template options, FlexSlider with touch swipe functionality, support for RTL languages, shortcodes, built in author box and related posts box, custom widgets, advanced unbranded theme options and colour pickers with unlimited colour options, a mobile responsive design and more.
Ciola Responsive Magazine WordPress Theme
Ciola is a clean and classy magazine WordPress theme with a mobile ready responsive design. The premium theme is featured packed and has a number of unique features to make your online magazine really stand out. It has a unique modular homepage with multiple module layout options which can be mixed and matched to create your own custom layout. It has 5 different style options for featured images in posts (standard, full width, full background, screen wide, full background slideshow) for a very unique and professional look. It also has various layout options for categories, an integrated review system to easily add review boxes, post formats and much more.
Grand News Magazine WordPress Theme
Grand News is a responsive magazine WordPress theme with a flexible modular homepage and built-in review rating system. The theme is designed for content heavy websites but is also suitable for bloggers. It includes a number of nice features such as sliders and carousel widgets, unlimited colours, shortcodes, post formats, advanced theme admin panel and more.
Patterns WordPress Theme
The Patterns theme is a beautiful, modern looking and responsive WordPress theme perfect for newspaper and magazine style websites. Features include featured collage section, news ticker, 5 different category layout options, 4 post layout options, smart navigation menu, responsive design, numerous shortcodes, media module, automatic thumbnail images, advanced control panel and more more.
Effective News WordPress Theme
Effective News is a customisable magazine theme with a responsive layout. It has lots of features including: a built in star review system, powerful admin options panel, 3 different sliders, 12 different ways to display posts, 6 pre-made colour skins and unlimited colours, drag and drop homepage builder, right to left language support, mobile ready responsive layout and more.
Madidus WordPress Theme
Madidus is a responsive WordPress theme that could be used for any type of magazine or blog website. It has a mobile ready responsive layout that adapts to work on all mobile devices. Features include 5 homepage layouts, wide or boxed layouts, 3 different blog layouts, unlimited colour options, rating stars, left and right sidebars, banner ad system, custom control panel and more.
Avanti WordPress Theme
Avanti is a multipurpose magazine and news theme with a wide 1200px design. It has a Bootstrap responsive layout that adapts to display nicely on any device. It has an advanced admin panel with lots of widgets and options, unlimited colour variations with 7 pre-made colour skins, Google fonts, shortcodes, fluid or boxed layouts and more.
Prologue WordPress Theme
Prologue is a beautifully modern blog / magazine WordPress theme with a touch enabled responsive design. The premium theme from WPZOOM has a very clean, flat, minimalist design with a great use of white space and larger typography for a modern design ideal for 2013 and into the future.
Hot Topix WordPress Theme
Hot Topix has an ultra modern magazine design with lots of features. The theme has a mobile responsive layout and is retina ready so will look great on large monitors and small high resolution displays like the iPhone and other mobile phones. It comes with a drag and drop homepage, featured posts on category pages, sticky navigation bar, unlimited colour schemes, 5 different ad units including a wallpaper ad and mobile ad unit, post/page slideshows and more.
Voxis WordPress Theme
Voxis is a premium theme for news and magazine websites. The theme comes with homepage layouts for news, magazine and blogs. It has a homepage block builder so you can structure the homepage to your needs with as many or little categories displayed as you need. Other features include: unlimited colours, places for ads, options panel, typography controls, localisation controls and more.
Reganto WordPress Theme
Reganto is a massive magazine theme for sites that really want to show a lot of content on the homepage. It has a mobile responsive design and is retina ready. The theme comes with a visual page builder that allows you to create complex layouts easily with a drag and drop interface. It has a unique homepage with lots of options to arrange how you display posts, lots of shortcodes, a weather widget, post text control for readers, unlimited sidebars, category colours, theme options and more.
Scoreme WordPress Theme
Scoreme is a clean and minimalist magazine theme with a fully responsive layout and an inbuilt rating system. The theme is suitable for general online magazine sites as well as review magazine websites. The theme has a modular drag and drop homepage, countless colour scheme options, a built in rating and review system, 7 post formats, video ready, theme admin options, custom widgets and shortcodes, homepage slider and more.
Grinder WordPress Theme
Grinder is a unique, retina ready, responsive grid magazine WordPress theme. It has an exclusive review system built in allowing you to add a review to any post. Some of the other features include: drag and drop page builder, 38 possible layout combinations, 5 post formats including video, custom colours for categories, unlimited sidebars and style variations, and heaps of other customisable options.
Bolid WordPress Theme
Bolid is a responsive WordPress theme ideal for content heavy online magazine websites. The theme comes with many cool features such as sliders and carousels widgets, modular featured sections and flexible layout and possibility to manage colour schemes, responsive settings. It has unlimited colour schemes, modular homepage, post formats, news ticker, sticky nav menu, theme admin panel and more.
The Chronicle WordPress Theme
The Chronicle is a responsive magazine WordPress theme from WPZOOM. The premium theme has a clean and simple design with great readability so you content really is the focus. It also has a responsive layout making it mobile ready and accessible on any device from desktops to mobile phones. The theme has a modern blog / magazine styled homepage layout which is uncluttered and easy to read.
Jarida WordPress Theme
Jarida is a responsive WordPress theme for content heavy magazine and news sites. The premium theme has a complex homepage layout that packs a lot of articles. It features a drag and drop homepage builder, inbuilt review and ratings system with multiple styles, unlimited colours and sidebars, 7 page templates, 2 or 3 column layouts, RTL languages support, ecommerce support, custom design, sidebars and slider for categories, scheme search microdata and more.
News Plus WordPress Theme
The News Plus theme is designed for online magazine, technology blog, news and editorial websites. The multipurpose WordPress theme is fully responsive and retina display ready. Some of the other key features include: 8 homepage layout variations, custom Google fonts, WordPress theme customizer support, custom post formats, shortcodes and Multi-tool post short code, WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress compatibility, theme options and more.
Sportimo WordPress Theme
Sportimo is a magazine theme designed for sports magazines and tournament websites. The theme has an event countdown timer for upcoming events or milestones, photo gallery with lightbox effects, a drag and drop visual page builder, custom events page and results page templates, custom shortcodes, unlimited sidebars, theme options panel, a mobile responsive design and more.
Magazon WordPress Theme
Magazon is an advanced responsive WordPress magazine theme with a nice modern flat design. The theme has a smart drag and drop homepage builder, ads manager, custom design, sidebar, slider and carousels for each category, advanced theme options panel, inbuilt review and rating system with multiple styles, multimedia post templates, unlimited colours, custom widgets, shortcodes and much more.
Compasso WordPress Theme
Compasso is a premium Magazine/Blog WordPress theme built with HTML5/CSS3. It’s well suited for magazine, blog, or any websites with lots of contents. It has a responsive design (mobile ready), 12 colour schemes, masonry layout with 5 other layout options, ratings system, options panel, sidebar manager, custom widgets, flex slider, and more.
Supreme Magazine WordPress Theme
Supreme is a clean and modern magazine theme that features a Swift Page Builder that allows you to create and manage content the way you want. It has a custom posts slider, colour coded categories, rich meta options, unlimited colour options you can change on the fly, full typography options, theme options panel, a mobile ready responsive design and more.
Metro Magazine WordPress Theme
Metro Magazine is a windows 8 / metro inspired magazine WordPress theme with clean and colourful design. The theme also has a powerful feature set including a mobile responsive layout, unlimited colour schemes, dynamic post tile styles, fully customisable homepage design, 21 custom widgets, extensive theme options panel, shortcodes and more.
Style Mag WordPress Theme
Style Mag is a super clean and professional magazine theme with a minimalist white design. It’s fully compatible and ready for use with the WooCommerce ecommerce plugin so you can also use the theme for an online shop if you wish. Other features include a fully customisable homepage, unlimited colour schemes, fully responsive layout, Google fonts, handy options panel and more.
The Gossip Magazine WordPress Theme
The Gossip is a funky WordPress theme ideal for fashion, celebrity, parenting, tech, gadget or any other type of online magazine website. The premium theme has an ultra wide, modern and fully responsive design so it’s looks great on today’s large monitors right down to small mobile devices. It comes with an easy to use review system built-in, unlimited layout possibilities for the homepage, mega menus, lots of style settings, shortcodes, custom post / page / category options and more.
Yamidoo Magazine 2.0 WordPress Theme
Yamidoo is a beautiful responsive magazine WordPress theme from WPZOOM. The premium theme has a clean design with a nicely structured layout ideal for a personal blog, magazine website or news portal site. It has a mobile responsive layout so it automatically adapts to any screen resolution on desktop and mobile devices (iPhone, iPad etc). Some of the other features include a featured slider with video integration, advanced WPZOOM framework and options panel, custom widgets, custom fonts, custom page templates and more.
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