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When publishing online, you need a design that supports a rich and diverse body of content. Without an appropriate layout, great content is quickly lost to the depths of the site.
Well-designed WordPress magazine themes let you handpick featured content and promote dozens of posts without creating clutter. They make your best writing easy to find, capture the buzz of a well-written headline, and put a spotlight on attention-grabbing images.
If you want a theme that will help your online presence grow, check out these eight best WordPress themes for online magazines.
WordPress magazine themes
Every theme listed here is fully responsive and up-to-date with the newest version of WordPress. That means they’ll perform wonderfully on desktop and mobile devices now and into the future.
There’s a diverse set of designs below, so you’ll find magazine themes for sports, music, entertainment, fashion and more.
1. Sahifa by TieLabs (Themeforest)
Sahifa is one of Themeforest’s top selling magazine themes of all time, and for good reason; it’s both beautiful and functional.
This news magazine theme manages to pack in a ton of content in little space while still maintaining a clean look. There’s room for multiple menus, ad space, breaking news, and a gallery of featured posts. Filled with content units, you can customize exactly which posts and news you want to display on the homepage. With complete post format support, any post can include a video or slider in place of its image.
Sahifa comes with a page builder, mega menus, and multiple pre-made layouts. As a theme that’s been actively developed for years, it also boasts many integrations. Sahifa is compatible with bbPress, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce.
2. SocialNow by MyThemeShop
SocialNow is an easy to browse magazine theme that can work well for entertainment, music, or sports sites.
The SocialNow theme follows a simpler, blog-like layout that makes reading comfortable and easy. There are fewer content components than some other themes on this list. If you’re publishing once per day or less, SocialNow might be a better fit for your editorial calendar.
Regarding features, SocialNow comes with custom colors, two different post layouts, and eleven custom widgets. And, as you might expect, this responsive magazine theme has built-in social sharing buttons.
3. Newspaper by tagDiv (Themeforest)
Newspaper is a top-selling Themeforest theme for news magazine sites. It’s been around for years and has only gotten better.
The magazine-style layout in Newspaper has a smart design. There are a ton of ways to promote content and advertisements. You’ll find that bold images and enticing headlines will both work well to increase pageviews thanks to the balanced layout.
Newspaper comes with every feature you could want for building an online magazine. For starters, it loads fast and looks wonderful on desktop and mobile devices. It integrates with WooCommerce, bbPress, and BuddyPress. And, Newspaper has a massive amount of layout and ad space options. If you like the way this theme looks, you can’t go wrong with it.
4. MagXP by MyThemeShop
If you’re looking for a more visual design, MagXP is a great choice.
MagXP features a full-width post slider for promoting your most promising articles. Thumbnail navigation is a nice touch that makes the slider easy to use and navigate. Below this, MagXP uses a “card” layout for each post with an emphasis on Featured Images. There isn’t a ton of space for attention-getting headlines, but for a site with compelling images, this layout will perform great.
MagXP comes with a drag-and-drop homepage builder, multiple post layouts, and in integrated product review system. Overall, it’s a well-designed magazine theme that will work especially well for visual entertainment magazine sites.
5. SimpleMag by ThemesIndep (Themeforest)
Magazine themes can often feel cluttered. If you want a more spacious look for your site, check out SimpleMag.
The SimpleMag theme has a lot of interesting layouts. It can display large amounts of posts easily, and yet it retains a clean, minimalist aesthetic. Depending on the designs you use, images and/or headlines can both be prioritized on the site.
Regarding features, you’ll need to visit a few of the demo sites to get an idea of all the layouts in SimpleMag. There are eleven custom widgets and multiple mega menus available for including additional content. SimpleMag would work great for a video, fashion, or music magazine site.
6. Feminine by MyThemeShop
Feminine is a WordPress theme perfectly tailored for fashion magazines. While the aesthetic and brand of the theme are obviously feminine, a few color changes (and different images) would make it fit for any niche.
Feminine has a simple design that would work well for a blog as well as an online magazine. This is due to its simple sidebar layout. That said, Feminine is capable of more complex designs which you can see in the other demo sites.
This magazine theme comes with unlimited colors, advanced typography options, and full WooCommerce support for selling digital and physical goods. With the addition of three slider types and three post layouts, Feminine is a highly adaptable WP magazine theme.
7. Magazine by MyThemeShop
The appropriately named Magazine theme has a clean and modern look. Posts are featured in a slider and outlined in a modular blog layout.
The Magazine theme allows you to use images or sliders for every post. With a special “recent posts” widget that includes thumbnails, the theme has a consistent media-rich display.
Magazine is optimized for speed, SEO, and mobile devices. It comes with four homepage layouts, two slider types, and a related posts feature. It’s a solid choice for building a magazine website.
8. Interactive by MyThemeShop
Interactive is a professional WP magazine theme that can feature dozens of posts. Use this theme if you have a team of writers or will be publishing multiple times per day.
The Interactive theme features a double sidebar layout with difference content sections, image sliders, and secondary menu for category navigation. With all of its various content areas, Interactive would also suit a site based on curation very well.
When it comes to features, Interactive doesn’t disappoint. This premium magazine theme comes with multiple homepages, over 600+ fonts sourced from Google Fonts and social media integration. It’s an excellent choice for modern entertainment, tech, and news magazine websites.
Which magazine theme is right for you?
Every theme listed here has an extensive set of features. Sahifa and Newspaper stand out as being extremely customizable, but the others likely have everything you’ll need to.
Make sure to visit all the demos since the layouts and niches can change drastically from one variation to another.
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