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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 hand-pick 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 best WordPress themes for online magazines.
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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.
Here are my top picks for best magazine WordPress themes for 2021.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. MagXP by MyThemeShop
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 an integrated product review system. Overall, it’s a well-designed magazine theme that will work especially well for visual entertainment magazine sites.
5. 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 different content sections, image sliders, and a 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.
6. Mystique by Kid Themes (Themeforest)
Mystique is a spacious and clean magazine theme that will serve many niches well. Publish daily posts on fashion, tech, or food with this minimalist template.
The Mystique theme balances media with text well allowing you to leverage both captivating headlines and attention-grabbing photographs. The homepage can display a slider or one of many available layouts for featuring your top posts.
To see everything Mystique is capable, you’ll need to check out the demos – there are a lot! Mystique has quite a few customization settings, and one particularly useful feature is the built-in review system. You can define custom criteria for rating a product and generate an overall score based on these ratings. The reviews make it easier to monetize your website with product reviews in addition to ads.
7. Feminine by MyThemeShop
Feminine is a WordPress theme perfectly tailored for fashion magazines. While the aesthetic and name make it obvious this is a theme for feminine websites, a few color changes (and different images) would make it fit for any subject.
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.
8. Paperback by Array Themes (Themeforest)
If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the Paperback magazine theme. It’s got a soft color palette and content-focused design.
Paperback opens with a full-screen slider. The slider navigation is excellent and allows visitors to preview a thumbnail and title from additional slides. The layout is fairly simple, so if you’re publishing more than once per day, you may not have enough space for all your content. This theme will work for publishers who post once or less per day.
Paperback comes with a lot of easy-to-use customization tools. While other themes can be overwhelming, you’ll have no problem changing the slider content, colors across the site, or adding mega menus. You can import the demo site content to get a quick start and there are plenty of tutorials to help you along the way.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Look by Theme Ruby (Themeforest)
The Look theme isn’t tied down to one industry, but fashion publishers, in particular, should pay special attention. Look has both the aesthetic and layouts to match.
The minimalist Look theme has numerous layouts and mega menus for sharing large amounts of content. The sticky menu in the header is small enough not to distract but still keeps the navigation easily accessible. The additional secondary menu provides even more site navigation and is hidden by default by a toggle button.
If you want a ton of control, Look might be the right for your site. There is a drag-and-drop page builder which allows you to create pages with completely custom layouts. There are also options for dozens of customizations from colors to typography. Additionally, Look has WooCommerce integration and its own product review system.
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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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