This is a collection of the best WordPress magazines themes released in 2014. We’ve selected some of the best looking magazine style themes and profiled them below.
When the commercial WordPress theme industry first started magazine WordPress themes were hot items and premium theme shops released a lot of them regularly. However we just don’t see as many good new magazine style themes released anymore as developers increasingly focus on specific niche application type themes.
Nevertheless there have been some nice magazine WordPress themes released in 2014 and we’ve hand picked the best looking ones for you here. So if you’re looking for a new, modern and mobile responsive magazine WordPress theme check out our collection of the best premium magazine WordPress themes released in 2014 below.
A Word of Warning
I want to give a word of warning before you buy a theme and start building your online magazine publishing empire. Many of these magazine WordPress themes (particularly the ones sold on ThemeForest) are absolutely packed full of built-in features and options. Page builders, stacks of homepage and post / page layout options, thousands of shortcodes, review systems, lots of content sliders, massive options panels and anything else the developer can think of.
Now whether you think all these options are a good thing or a bad thing depends on you. However before buying a theme I advise you to inform yourself of all the potential pro and cons of using such feature heavy, ‘bloated’ themes. Consider all the possible lock-in effects and implications for your website if you decide to change themes in the future. Be smart and careful with your theme selection.
2014 WordPress Magazine Themes
Gazette Magazine WordPress Theme
Gazette Magazine is a flexible magazine WordPress theme with a modern and flat design. The theme claims to be an all-in-one magazine template with a massive amount of features, lightweight, highly optimised and SEO-Ready. Some of the other notable features of the theme include: a fully responsive layout, customisable review system, category colours, BuddyPress and bbPress integration, unlimited custom sidebars, 5 homepage layouts, adjustable layout (content, sidebar widths, widgets etc.), full RTL support, advanced typography, admin options panel and more.
WP-Prosperity WordPress Theme
WP-Prosperity is an advanced and beautiful mobile responsive premium WordPress theme for creative entrepreneurs. The flexible and user friendly premium theme is packed full of useful features and has a stack of design and layout options so you can use it for an attractive online magazine, professional blog or anything else. Some of the other key features of the theme include: a fully responsive layout, HTML5 coding, Google authorship support, boxed or unboxed layout, light or dark colour header, 12 homepage designs, 6 page layouts, 600+ Google fonts, numerous page templates, portfolio templates (1-4 columns), content sliders, shortcodes, advertising blocks, theme options panel and more.
Travel News WordPress Theme
Travel News is a professional looking magazine WordPress theme ideal for travel magazine websites and other online magazines. The premium theme from Magazine3 has a clean and smart design with a custom magazine style homepage that will ensure your website really looks professional. Travel News is 100% mobile responsive so will automatically adapt its layout to look great on desktops, tablets and mobile phones. Some of the other notable features of the theme include: colour scheme selector, visual theme customizer, valid HTML5 markup, translation and localization support, 13 advertising spots, custom widgets, featured slider and sections, and easy logo uploader. The theme is coded with WordPress standards and is compatible with all the popular WordPress plugins.
Grimag WordPress Theme
Grimag is an ad optimized magazine WordPress theme. It has been specifically designed for maximum monetization and advertising conversion with plenty of advertising placements that are placed in prominent positions and blended with the content. The theme itself has a clean and professional magazine / blog hybrid style design. Its mobile friendly with a responsive layout, has light and dark colour skins, has unlimited colour and fonts, 100+ icons, custom widgets, unlimited sidebars, post / page customisation options, theme admin options panel, BuddyPress support and more.
Eeny Meeny WordPress Theme
Eeny Meeny is a flexible blog / magazine WordPress theme designed for women. The premium theme has a clean and simple design with a vibrant colour palate ideal for a personal blog or online magazine websites about fashion, home decorating, interior design, food, womenís interests or anything else. It has a responsive design and adapts to display nicely on desktops, tablets and mobile phones. Some of the other key features of the Eeny Meeny theme include: 6 layout options, 31 colour schemes, optional featured slider, header and footer options, 600+ Google fonts, post and page layout shortcodes, translation ready, theme options panel and more.
Venus WordPress Theme
Venus is a modern and stylish magazine WordPress theme for any type of online magazine, editorial, blog or newspaper website. It’s retina ready, mobile friendly with a responsive design and comes with a lot of other useful features. Some of the notable features in the theme include: a drag and drop content builder, instant search functionality, off-canvas mobile navigation menu, review plugin support for reviews, WooCommerce support, video background option, AJAX filterable post category, 300+ Google webfonts, mega menu, customisable colour elements, and more.
Sharp Magazine WordPress Theme
Sharp Magazine is a sophisticated and fantastic looking magazine WordPress theme with a mobile responsive design. The premium theme from Gabfire Themes has a clean and sharp design with some vibrant highlight colours and ample amounts of white space to allow you content to stand out. The sleek homepage design allows you to display featured content, your latest posts for various categories and other content in widget areas. The theme is built on the popular Twitter Bootstrap framework and could be used for any type of online magazine or news website big or small. It has a heap of great layout options behind the homepage to keep your site interesting and looking really professional. It includes 9 different category layouts, 5 post layout templates and 4 custom page templates. The theme also supports shortcodes which allow you to apply additional styling inside posts and pages. Some of the other features in the theme include: fully controllable sliders, category based ads module, Font Awesome with 369 font icons, media module (video and pictures), multiple colour schemes, advanced control panel and more. The theme also has a responsive design so it automatically adapts to look great on all computers, tablets and mobile devices.
Bold WordPress Theme
WP Bold is a clean and feature rich magazine WordPress theme with a mobile responsive design. The premium theme has a powerful homepage layout builder, 5 different post layout options, trending posts section, rich snippet support, author review system, clickable background ad option, unlimited widget areas, WooCommerce support, boxed or full width layouts, custom Google fonts, translation ready with WPML support, lifetime support and more.
Lynette WordPress Theme
Lynette Theme is a modern and chic blog / magazine WordPress theme ideal for female bloggers and others wanting a clean and minimalist black and white design. The premium theme from BluChic has an optional featured slider and four homepage layout variations including the magazine style (shown below) and various blog and full width variations. The Lynette theme has a mobile responsive design which will automatically fit on every screen and device from desktops, tablets and mobiles. Some of the other key features of the theme include: a colour wheel picker for convenient colour changes, custom logo uploader, one click auto updates, theme options panel, localisation support, custom shortcodes and more.
Osage WordPress Theme
Osage is a feature rich and versatile magazine WordPress theme with a modern and mobile friendly design that could be used for any genre of magazine or news website. The theme is ideal for sport magazines or sport league websites as it comes with an optional custom built scoreboard. Some of the other notable features of the premium theme include: three different ad units including a custom wallpaper ad, over 600 Google Fonts, a Featured Slider on each category page, Infinite Scrolling, a “sticky” menu bar and sidebar, post/page slideshows, compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress, video and audio post support, dynamic sharing buttons, unlimited colours, Google Authorship, rich snippet and more.
Daily Magazine WordPress Theme
The Daily Magazine is a clean a flat magazine WordPress theme with a professional and complex homepage design that allows you to display a lot of articles. The theme is coded with the latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards and is suitable for magazines, blogs, as well as review sites. Some of the key features include: light or dark headers, a responsive design, mega menu system, review and ratings system, automatic thumbnails, WooCommerce shop support, weather forecast section, bbPress and Buddy press compatibility, filterable gallery, banner ad spaces and more.
Marroco WordPress Theme
The Marroco magazine WordPress theme has a responsive, modern, flexible and clean design that’s suitable for magazines, newspaper, blog and article websites. The premium theme lets you showcase your content in a clean, minimal, and fashionable space. Marroco includes a custom Drag and Drop Page Builder that does not use shortcodes or need any type of code to be inputted and allows you to quickly create or change complicated homepage layouts within a few clicks. Other features include: 3 header styles, review system, 300+ Google fonts, mega menu, sticky main menu, masonry post layouts, parallax background, customisable colour elements and more.
Resolute WordPress Theme
Resolute is an elegant magazine WordPress theme that features a drag and drop page builder, a mobile responsive layout, multiple sidebars, unlimited colours, post formats, options panel, reviews system, infinite scroll, and more. The theme has a responsive design that adapts for tablets and all mobile devices.
Renad WordPress Theme
Renad is a 100% responsive and retina ready magazine WordPress theme. It has a clean and modern design that allows you to showcase a lot of content on the homepage. Some of the key features of the theme include: a powerful admin options panel, shortcodes, social sharing buttons and counter, bbPress compatibility, review system, unlimited colours and sidebars, post format support, typography options, background image or patterns, featured slider and more.
The Health WordPress Theme
The Health is a responsive blog WordPress theme from Magazine3. The premium theme has a clean and light design with a featured slider and traditional blog layout making it suitable for a wide range of blogs. The theme could be used for health and fitness blogs, food blogs, fashion and lifestyle blogs, celebrity and entertainment blogs or anything else you like. Some of the key features of the theme include: a featured content slider, mobile responsive design, 8 different advertising placement areas, admin options control panel, custom widgets, social media profile integration, custom page templates, easy logo uploader, shortcodes for buttons, tabs, alerts, columns and more.
Ya’aburnee WordPress Theme
Ya’aburnee is a premium responsive newspaper and magazine WordPress theme with a ‘minimalist’ design that lets you display a lot of content. The theme is featured packed with a lot of options. It has coloured elements for all the categories, 7 homepage layouts (and options to build your own), 2 types of headers, multiple blog layouts, WooCommerce support for a shop section, CSS3 transition effects, BuddyPress and bbPress plugin support, star ratings system, banner ad system, category templates, Google fonts, unlimited colours and more.
Novelty WordPress Theme
Novelty is a magazine theme for WordPress with a bold, modern and mobile responsive design. The premium theme from Tesla Themes could be used for blogs, news websites, online magazines, a content sharing website or anything else. Novelty is powered by Tesla Framework, a powerful framework and administration tool that allows you to easily customize the look and functionality of your theme without needing to be a coder. Some of the other key features of the theme include: a slider, custom posts (Services, Testimonials, Team Members, Calendar, etc.), built in shortcodes, social media integration, WPML support and more.
Smart Mag WordPress Theme
Smart Mag is a clean and modern magazine WordPress theme suitable for magazines, newspapers, review magazine websites and blogs. The theme is retina ready and mobile responsive. It’s a customisable and feature rich theme and is one of the most popular magazine themes on ThemeForest. Some of the key features of the Smart Mag theme include: a drag and drop homepage builder, multiple pre-made skins and options to create your own, boxed or full width layouts, mega navigation menus, integrated review system, mobile menu options, WooCommerce shop support, bbPress forums, built-in rich snippets schema, multiple post formats, Google webfonts, ads support, and more.
Games Zone WordPress Theme
Games Zone is a new premium gaming WordPress theme from ThemeFuse. The mobile responsive theme has a fresh and professional design that is ideal for gaming magazine, gaming blogs and gaming review websites. The theme offers some great features for gaming websites and has a handy admin panel to easily customise and control the site. Game Zone allows you to add and filter game reviews, games, ratings and comes with a bunch of specific pages like reviews, games, walkthroughs, guides and more. Some of the other interesting features of the theme include: built in advertising options, shortcodes, events calendar, a mobile responsive design, infinite colour options, textures and background images, one click auto install, Google fonts, custom widgets and more.
Entrance WordPress Theme
Entrance is a clean and minimalist WordPress theme for magazine, news, editorial, blog, photography or review websites. Its responsive layout ensures its mobile friendly and is also retina ready. Some of the other key features include: a drag and drop page builder, theme customizer, multiple blog layouts, a number of predefined colour schemes plus a colour picker, review system, custom widgets, boxed or wide layouts, flex sider for featured posts, custom backgrounds and more.
News Times WordPress Theme
News Times is an attractive and unique magazine WordPress theme with a mobile friendly responsive design. The premium theme from My Theme Shop has a built in review system for reviews. It has a homepage layout manager with various layout options, a control panel that lets you customise all the major elements of the theme, and unlimited sidebars and colours. Other features include: an off canvas mobile menu, Google fonts, infinite scrolling option, rich snippets support, shortcodes generator, one click install, ad management and more.
Bzine WordPress Theme
Bzine is a responsive magazine WordPress theme with a professional and attractive albeit unoriginal design. It could be used for all sorts of magazine website – review sites, news websites, online magazine and blogs. Some of the key features include: multiple homepage layouts, Schema.org microdata, support for responsive Google ads, support for WooCommerce and bbPress, a review and ratings system, custom news display categories, breaking news ticker, unlimited colour options and skins, advanced typography options, theme options panel and more.
MH Purity WordPress Theme
MH Purity is a mobile responsive magazine WordPress theme from MH Themes and available on Creative Market. The premium theme has a stylish design that is clean, modern and minimalist. The theme is coded with valid HTML5, CSS3 and PHP following WordPress coding standards making for for a clean, fast and SEO optimized website. Some of the other key features and benefits of the theme include: a responsive slider, widget areas for ads or other content, built in author box, breadcrumb navigation, custom headers / backgrounds / menus, translation ready, a fully responsive layout, theme options, colour options (colour pickers) for custom colour schemes, translation ready, custom templates and more.
Quadrum WordPress Theme
Quadrum is a complex and feature packed magazine WordPress theme. It has a unique and customisable design suitable for any type of online magazine or news website. Some of the key features of the theme include: a visual drag and drop page builder, unique homepage that can be custom built with blocks, a ratings system, lightbox photo gallery, mega menu, custom posts archive, visual shortcodes, unlimited sidebars, a banner system, and more.
Go Media WordPress Theme
Go Media is a blog magazine WordPress theme from Theme Junkie with a clean and minimal design. The theme is mobile responsive and could be used for online magazine websites, news sites, personal or community blogs. The theme is built with Twitter Bootstrap and some of the key features of the theme include: a featured posts slider on the homepage, theme settings panel, 3 menu areas, 7 widget areas, 3 post formats (image, gallery and video), 6 custom widgets, and more.
SevenMag WordPress Theme
SevenMag is a magazine WordPress theme with a modern and flat design that is also quite heavy and complex. The theme would be suitable for gamers, news, magazine, ad, review and blogging websites. The theme has a mobile responsive design. Some of the other key features include: a powerful page builder, theme options, full support for RTL languages, Font Awesome icons, user star review rating system, BuddyPress and bbPress plugin support, unlimited colour schemes, trending news ticker and more.
Rexus WordPress Theme
Rexus is a mobile responsive blog / magazine WordPress theme from Theme Junkie. The commercial theme has a fresh, elegant and modern design with elements remarkably similar to the popular DW Argo WordPress theme. Rexus could be used for online magazines, news websites, and personal blogs for any niche. Some of the key features of the theme include: a unique featured posts section, bbPress integration, theme settings panel, 9 custom widgets, support for 3 post formats (image, gallery and video), 2 menu areas, 5 widget areas, full internationalization support, team page, advertising spaces and more.
Mega News WordPress Theme
The Meganews WordPress theme is a clean and mobile responsive theme for news, magazine and blog sites. The premium theme has a layout builder that lets you easily build post and page layouts to suit your needs. Some of the other key features include: unlimited sections, colours and sidebars, colourful category elements, review system, megamenu columns, 5 different post types, and more.
News 2 WordPress Theme
News 2 is a stylish fully responsive WordPress theme for online news and magazine websites. The premium theme from Gavick Pro has a clean, white design that allows you to display a lot of content in an organized and readable manner ideal for any news site, small or large, local or international. It has a range of layouts and settings and all types of content can be displayed on the homepage – video, weather information, breaking news, news tickers, tabbed content and more. Some of the other key features include: 2 menu types, a mobile optimized menu, advanced typography, support for post formats, 6 page templates, 6 colour styles, auto thumbnails, translation options, advertising placements, theme options and more.
Original Magazine WordPress Theme
Original is a responsive magazine WordPress theme that offers a traditional news style layout to get the most out of your content and advertising areas. The theme would work well for technology, gadget, business and other topics. Some of the notable features of the theme include: a built in page builder, mega menu with 2 different styles, unlimited homepages and colours, 12 custom widgets, WooCommerce support and more.
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ModernMag WordPress Theme
ModernMag is a magazine WordPress theme from ThemeLab with a mobile friendly and minimal design with great typography. Some of the key features include: multiple colour skins and page layouts, widget ready design for easy customisation, visual page customizer, social media support, clean fast code and more.
Truemag WordPress Theme
Truemag is a professional advertising and Adsense optimized magazine WordPress theme. The theme is designed for maximum monetization with plenty of advertising placements in hot spots and blending perfectly with the content. Some of the other notable features of the theme include a mobile responsive layout, boxed or full width layouts, light and dark skins, WooCommerce support, SEO optimized, admin options panel, translation ready, font icons, unlimited sidebars, custom styling options and more.
Daily Dish WordPress Theme
Daily Dish is a premium child theme for Genesis Framework with a very clean and minimalist design. The premium theme from StudioPress is designed to present your content (words, images, videos and more) in a really appetizing way and ensure your visitors focus on what’s important. It Daily Dish theme would be perfect for foodie bloggers, tech and gadget blogs, or any other type of online magazine or blog. Some of the key features of the theme include: a mobile friendly responsive design, crisp typography, a blog or magazine style layout, custom header and background, HTML5 markup, 6 page layouts, landing page template, theme options plus all the other great features and benefits of the Genesis Framework.
unPress Magazine WordPress Theme
The UnPress magazine WordPress theme has a modern and minimalist design ideal for fashion, glamour, pop culture and other types of online magazine websites. The theme allows you to showcase a lot of content in a multiple masonry grid column layout. Some of the main features of the theme include: a mobile responsive design, page composer, 8 different category layouts, customisable drop down menus, mobile side menu, custom post types for galleries, video, interviews etc, unlimited sidebars, admin panel, font icons, full screen images galleries, touch friendly lightbox and more.
AquaMag WordPress Theme
AquaMag is a fully responsive magazine WordPress theme with a modern and unique design from Theme Junkie. It has a detailed magazine style homepage with a featured slider, sections for latest and popular content, and other sections for the categories and other content. Some of the other key features of the theme include: a mega menu system, 10 custom widgets, 5 widget areas, advertising placements, localisation ready, custom page templates, theme options panel and more.
Rigel WordPress Theme
Rigel is an attractive magazine WordPress theme from ThemeGoods at ThemeForest. The premium theme has a responsive design and comes with 15 pre-defined styles with different layouts and colour schemes built in. It also comes with a drag and drop page builder, instant search, powerful admin options panel, review plugin, WooCommerce support for an online store, video background support, post format options, 4 category templates, bbPress forum support, sticky navigation menu, Google webfonts, social media profiles, AJAX filterable posts category and much more.
Plethora WordPress Theme
Plethora is a responsive WordPress theme for news and magazine websites. The premium theme from Rocket Theme has a modern and eye catching design with a homepage that allows you to display vast amounts of content in a coherent and integrated manner. Some of the notable features in the theme include: 6 colour style pre-sets and an extensive colour picker for individual elements, content animations, 89 widget positions, custom typography, 1200px or 960px width options, custom logo, a mobile menu, social buttons, coming soon page, and more.
Sparkle WordPress Theme
The Sparkle WordPress theme is based the Underscores (_s) and Bootstrap Framework with built in flexibility. The magazine theme would be suitable for gamers, news, magazine, review and professional blog sites. Some of the key features of the theme include: 20 pre-made skins, mega menu system, post formats, review system, off-canvas mobile menu, translation ready, WooCommerce support to sell products, bbPress forum plugin compatibility, theme options and more.
Game WordPress Theme
The Game theme from GavickPro is a stunning gaming magazine WordPress theme for next generation gaming websites. The premium theme is pack full of options and lets you publish news, reviews and videos It has a nice homepage with huge background slideshow, latest games, reviews, videos, blog and more. Some of the other key features of the theme include: a fully mobile responsive layout, mobile optimized menu, advanced typography, 6 page templates, support for post formats, custom widgets, 6 built in colour styles and options for you own, video gallery, review and ratings, theme options, WPML plugin support, and more.
Bloom WordPress Theme
Bloom is a sleek looking magazine WordPress theme that avoids the feeling of clutter through the use of clean design elements and a strict grid. It has a nice minimalist, white design that allows your content and images to shine. Some of the key features of the theme include: unlimited colour schemes, ad management, a fully responsive layout, HTML5 and CSS3 code, theme options, custom widgets, page templates and more.
The Favourite WordPress Theme
The Favourite Theme is a multi-purpose WordPress theme with a unique and highly visual design. The premium theme from RichWP could be used for blogs, magazines, fashion, portfolios, video, gallery, affiliate, travel websites and others. It has a flat and minimal design with a fully responsive and adaptive layout that scales to display nicely on all mobile devices. Some of the other key features of the theme include: easy logo integration, widgetized areas for advertising or other content, colour change options, search-optimized HTML5 code architecture, useful set of page templates, multi-site support, support for native WordPress post formats, translation ready, hidden slide out sidebar, lazy load read more post button and more.