15 of the Best WordPress Magazine Themes for 2020
With any of these magazine WordPress themes, you can start your own successful online mag, gossip column or a news site in niches such as sports, tech, games and movies just to mention a few.
Magazines and news sites are a popular business model making many an internet marketer a whole lot of mulla. It is easy as well to hack since all you need is a platform (hello, WordPress) and an endless stream of interesting content.
Now, building a magazine site using WordPress is easy peasy work. Just pick one magazine theme, a couple of plugins (SEO, security, caching etc.), develop a content strategy and fire up the whole damn thing. Within no time, you will generate enough page views to drive monetization.
Many other bloggers and online entrepreneurs have already won big in the magazine niche using WordPress. We are talking about guys such as TechCrunch, CNN, The Verge, and Reuters among others. You too could join the big league and swim with the big fish.
All you have to do is take your leap of faith. The first step involves picking the best of magazine WordPress themes to ensure you start off on the right track.
Ready? Great. Let’s take the dive in 3, 2, 1…
Best Magazine WordPress Themes
1. Heart & Style
Let’s kick off with Heart and Style, a one of a kind WordPress magazine theme handcrafted by the awesome guys over at Meridian Themes.
Despite being a relatively new theme, it ships with all the sweet features you’d need to hit the bull’s eye as far as your business goals go. You can expect to get features like a 100% responsive grid, over 2500 styling options, multiple layouts, retina-ready design, widget-ready, compatibility with the latest version of WordPress and all major browsers as well as outstanding support.
Theme has a splendid rating of 4.75/5.00 and costs $49 bucks only.
2. The Essence
Another flagship magazine WordPress theme from the same guys who brought us our numero uno theme today, The Essence is like a German car; built to impress. It’s a sweet little thing, this baby, with plenty of options and white space that focuses undivided attention to your content.
Blog about fashion? The Essence is exactly the magazine theme you need. It has an elegant, feminine, rich and responsive design that’s simply graceful to work with across multiple devices.
Theme ships with awesome features such as the Meridian Styler that adds ease to site customization, multiple layouts, seamless social sharing integration, featured post slider, 15+ blog layouts, WPML support and so much more.
The Essence has a great rating of 5.00/5.00, and goes for $49 bucks, which gets you awesome support and future updates as well.
3. NewsPaper by MyThemeShop
Top among the best-selling magazine WordPress themes by MyThemeShop, this appropriately named theme will help you create magazine-style sites in a wide range of areas. I mean, you can create food recipe sites, news magazines, gossip sites, travel blogs, health blogs, animal news, car blogs, and so much more without breaking a sweat.
MyThemeShop is loved by over 350k buyers, Newspaper is best known for an incredible list of features that include responsive design, options panel, parallax scrolling, adsense optimizied, demos, outstanding support, and regular updates.
Newspaper scores amazingly well in the rating department with a shiny rating of 4.76/5.00.
Very few magazine WordPress themes can compete with Divi WordPress the theme. Divi is a super clean, modern, super-flexible, and easy to customize.
It’s fully responsive meaning your online mag or news site will look great and perform well across multiple devices. You can even turn off the responsive mode but it beats me why you’d want to do that. Other than that, Divi WordPress theme brings so much to the table in terms of features.
You get an amazing and power admin panel, a ton of customization options, WPML support because the world is your marketplace, unlimited colors, Google web fonts, custom widgets, shortcodes, bbPress and BuddyPress support, mega menus, one-click demo import (this feature saves you a lot of time), WooCommerce ready, social counters, and much more.
Phew, and to think we are only scratching the surface here.
Nick Roach and Co. don’t need your approval to impress, which is probably why over 350k lovely customers swoon over their generous suite of themes. All these people congregate around 87 elegant themes, Extra being a shining reflection of a “…shared passion for simple, beautiful design.”
Mega menus, the powerful Divi Builder, multiple shortcodes, post carousels, featured post sliders, fully responsive design, ratings and reviews system, WooCommerce support, perpetual updates, and premium support are among the sweet features you get with Extra.
It is one of those simple yet elegant magazine WordPress themes you must try. For as little as $69 bucks a year, you get Extra and 85+ other themes. Sounds like a great deal if you ask me.
Valenti sounds like the name of a restaurant you’d love to dine at, right? Well, dining aside, Valenti the magazine template is “…a cutting-edge, feature-rich WordPress premium HD review magazine theme that is fully responsive.”
But that sounds pretty much like every other WordPress theme in the marketplace. So what sets Valenti apart? Is it the super-awesome Valenti Drag-and-Drop Builder? Or is it the powerful and integrated reviews system? How about the unique mega menu system and parallax effects? Perhaps it’s the seamless WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress integration. No?
Really, it’s hard to tell seeing that this theme packs quite a punch in terms of features. Sticky sidebars, multiple blog styles, different footer layouts, mobile menus, beautiful featured images, detailed documentation and the best of SEO practices are some of the features you get with your copy of Valenti.
A featured item on Themeforest, Valenti is by Codetipi, an elite author, has a splendid rating of 4.82/5.00 and retails at just $59 bucks.
Let’s take a breather with Lightly, a super-awesome and free magazine WordPress theme from FancyThemes.
It features an elegant slanting design that will help you to stand out from the crowd. Lightly is built using clean and validated code, which makes the theme a darling to work with. If you have no idea what goes where as far as coding is concerned, this baby ships with an easy to use theme options panel that let you customize your website to your heart’s content.
Other features include a responsive design, beautiful sliding sidebar menu, multiple blog styles and many more.
You can count on FancyThemes to keep super-awesome freebies coming your way. Now, I had my go at Hueman, and boy I was so impressed I now use it on a website I’m building. Created by PressCustomizr, Hueman is an outstanding theme that gives other magazine WordPress themes a run for their money.
It’s packed with amazing features such as a share bar, shortcodes, extensive styling options, an ultra-responsive design, flexible layout options, footer and sidebar widgets, sliders, multiple post formats (i.e. gallery, video, link, quote, image, aside etc.), beautiful Google fonts, and great SEO just to mention a few.
No matter how you use it, Hueman will push your magazine site to a whole new level. I have my hopes high too as I build that site I just mentioned.
9. The Traveler
With multiple homepage layouts and design options than you’ll ever need, Traveler is one of the best magazine WordPress themes out there. That’s right, this bad boy scores a rating of 5/5 even though it is relatively new in the market.
It’s the perfect theme for magazines, news and portfolio-style websites what with features such as HTML5/CSS3, Meridian Styler, theme customizer, multiple menu locations, a responsive grid, flexible headers, plenty of ad space, and reviews among others.
Theme will set you back $49 bucks only at Themeforest.
Pixels and pixels of white space is the name of MyBlog, an incredible magazine WordPress theme that stays true to its name. It’s simple yet elegant and ships with the kind of features that will make you weak in the knees.
Myblog utilizes a mobile-first responsive design that looks amazing across multiple devices. With an easy to use options panel, you can build any type of blogging website.
Other notable features include two homepage variations, clean SEO-friendly code, multilingual ready, unlimited colors, custom widgets, and more.
You wouldn’t believe it if I told you this is a free WordPress theme. Wait, say what? Another freebie? Yep, and you won’t believe the awesome features this theme boasts of.
With this theme you can build an amazing blog, a great magazine, a community around your brand and sell products without breaking a sweat. Mesocolumn is responsive to the core and comes with support that leaves no stone unturned.
That, and you get other awesome features such as multiple page layouts, 600+ Google fonts, unlimited colors, unlimited sidebars, plenty of ad space, customizable headers, backgrounds and menus, custom logo and so much more. It has a superb rating of 5.00/5.00.
12. Good Space
Have you guys heard of GoodLayers? No? You ought to, seeing these guys have sold more than $1 million worth of great products on Envato Market.
Now they bring you Good Space, one among the greatest magazine WordPress themes ever made. This theme is clean to a fault – no bloat, no clutter and no fluff. It’s the kind of magazine theme that will get users focusing on your stories.
Features include an awesome page builder, a feature-rich GoodLayers admin panel, over 450 fonts, Cufon uploader, localization support, unlimited sidebars, the best SEO practices, unlimited colors, shortcodes, social sharing and all the features you need to bring your ideas to life. Theme has a great rating of 4.48/5.00 and will set you back $52 bucks.
If you are to get your stories and news to your audience, you need a magazine WordPress theme that is “…sharp and creative, clever and concise, fast-loading and tech-savvy and readily responsive…” You needn’t look further, WorldPlus gives you all the features and options you need to grab your readers’ attention.
Theme ships with all the essential features you find in most magazine WordPress themes and then some. We are talking about features such as a potent drag-and-drop page builder, unlimited post/page customization options, 7 different layouts, customizable category system and integrated ad blocks among others.
WorldPlus has an awesome rating of 5.00/5.00 and a great price of $52 dollars.
With over 6k sales and an outstanding rating of 4.51/5.00 at the time of writing, Goodnews is indeed curving a nice niche for itself in the magazine WordPress themes sphere. Nonetheless, a great rating and a coupla thousand sales aren’t the only reasons why this monster made the list. We mean, why is Goodnews a darling of so many users – newbie, intermediate or professional?
Built to achieve, this exceptional theme comes with fast page load speeds, SEO optimization, easy monetization, continuous updates, Visual Composer, review system, awesome support, mega menus, responsive design, multiple layouts, LayerSlider and Revolution Slider, Ajax live search, unlimited sidebars, MailChimp integration, unlimited colors and incredible shortcodes among others.
This theme looks simple, but hear ye, hear ye! BigFeature is big in all the right places. Big in the features department, big on the white space, big on typography and big on imagery among other areas.
It’s a great template for bloggers and entrepreneurs who love to keep tings simple. Looking to run a simple content-based mag? You’ll love BigFeature, a magazine WordPress theme that lets you create reader’s digest themed mags.
Features include many page templates, many theme options, lots of shortcodes, Google and Cufon font loaders, logo uploader, sliders, unlimited colors, 11 free child themes, multiple widgets, HTML5, rigid design, custom CSS, video integration and great support among others.
BigFeature has a big rating of 4.57/5.00 and a small price of just $39 bucks.
If magazine WordPress themes were in a competition (and aren’t they?), you’d find this bad boy in the top ranks. Why? This theme shines in all areas including UX, UI and SEO. It’s the ideal theme for video blogs, video portfolio sites as well as magazines.
A suite of video features makes TrueMag a wonderful theme for video blogs (vlogs). We’re talking about things like built-in video ads, video shortcodes, self-hosted video support, front-end video submission and much more.
Theme is 100% responsive and offers powerful theme options that allow you to turn your site whichever way you desire. Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, multiple slider styles, numerous homepage demos, and various layouts are some of the features you get with True Mag. Theme has a rating of 4.66/5.00 and will set you back $59 bucks only.
As we part ways…
We hope you find the best magazine WordPress themes for your next project(s). Getting the best will make running your website not only easier, but also more fun. That said, which is your favorite magazine WordPress theme? Let us know in the comments, and perhaps – just perhaps – we will add it to the list. Ciao!