27 Stunning WordPress Magazine Themes 2016

Newspaper best theme for creating online news website
Welcome to our collection of the top WordPress magazine and news website themes for all kinds of online magazine websites, large blogs, online news websites and portals.

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WordPress is a great solution for building these sites and you may already know that many of the top online magazines and news sites like The Verge, CNN, NYtimes, Huffington post and hundreds of others are created using WP.

Online magazines and news websites tend to publish lots of contents on various topics each day. Users often want to browse though different articles and want to see what's interesting. For that reason, these sites need a special kind of design to show a large number of contents by making the best use of the website's space. It has to be very efficient so that a reader can easily notice what she is looking for but at the same time not being frustrated by seeing lots of contents on the same page. If you are looking for more simple themes then our collection of wordpress themes for blogs will be great for you.

WordPress Magazine Themes Collection

Newspaper - WordPress News Magazine Theme

Newspaper best theme for creating online news website

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Our top excellent choice for building a news, online magazine, premium publishing and online entertainment blog is the Newspaper wordpress theme. It is created by the amazingly talented WP theme developer TagDiv. Newspaper theme got thousands of users within a short time and many of them is still using the theme for their blog and magazine website. This theme has many versions and you will get all of that when you purchase the theme. It has ready to use styles for news site, fashion magazine, gadgets and tech site, lifestyle blogs, video sharing site and many others. If you take a look at the demo you will see many of the different homepage versions that are very well-organized and has very user friendly clean designs.

Currently this theme is updated to the 6th version and it works like a charm. It is now more fast, performance optimized and more flexible than ever before. And developers has not finished yet. You can expect to see more in near future. The installation of this theme is as simple as a few clicks with one click demo import functionality. As I said earlier, Newspaper theme is packed with the very important plugin called the visual composer that lets you build any layout you want by using many different elements and more than 20 custom blocks. From the dedicated section on the theme options panel, you could have different custom layouts for each of the categories which is really cool as the different category pages will appear like a different site to the user.

SmartMag - Responsive & Retina WordPress Magazine

Smartmag responsive retina ready

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Another outstanding theme on our magazine theme collection is SmartMag. SmartMag is fully responsive and retina ready so it looks outstanding on any large high resolution displays as well as tiny mobile screens. It is a very clean and highly professional quality magazine style theme that could be used for developing a nice looking online entertainment magazine and even a news website. Though a few modifications might be necessary if you want to build a more professional news website but it's really easy to customize this theme. It is one of the most sold magazine themes of 2014-15. With more than 850 improvements and more than 15 major updates it is now standing at it's best. The UI of the theme is fully compatible with the modern web and it is also optimized for search engines that drives more traffic to your site.

On the new tech skin of the theme, there are latest blocks and listing styles available with three homepage blocks. On version 2.6 there comes a great improvement and lots of new features which are enough to wow you as soon as you start using those. For creating a modern review website, smartmag is among one of the best choices in the market. The most notable improvements on the newest version include option to add a header style for mobile browsers, smart sticky navigation at the top and site search options has been added to the navigation menu that saves space and makes it nicer. The pre-made skins are very helpful specially when you are in a hurry but want to get the job done perfectly. For entertainment magazines, it has multi-page content slideshow that you can use when you publish a list post and have images. This works fine on many giant publishing sites and also increases page view. With free sample content importing option, you can have a fully designed site just waiting for you to edit the pages and add your articles. It has a very beautiful mega-menu that could have links as well as featured images to build interest among users.

Master - Premium Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme

Master premium tech gadgets news website theme

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Master is one of the best designed ad well developed themes I have ever seen. We included it in many of our best themes list and also added it here on magazine themes. It is a very aesthetically designed WordPress news and magazine theme with a great sense of modern web design and caring for best user experience possible. Great content along with users are the breath and soul to any website. And the developers and Master WordPress theme surely well-aware of that. Ordinary magazine themes were not focused on user experience at all and looked messy all the time no matter whatever you do to make the design clean and appealing. But this doesn't happen anymore. Thankfully designers and developers tried their best to make magazine themes more appealing and attractive to the end user.

HermesPress - Magazine / Newspaper WordPress Theme

HermesPress fashion magazine wordpress

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HermesPress is a very clean and modern magazine theme that is very uniquely designed and stand out of ordinary magazine website designs. Like other themes on this list,HermesPress theme also has multiple layouts for the homepage in order to make your site look different from other sites. It is really easy to customize this theme and add more creativity and uniqueness to your site. On the default homepage layout, you can see a large featured post area combined with images of different sizes and post headlines. At the middle of the page you can see easy to read masonry layout and then also with a right sidebar. On the other layout, you can set a large slider with just one post on focus. Then you can use a masonry layout with lazy loading of the contents.

15Zine - HD Magazine / Newspaper WordPress Theme

15zine newspaper theme

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15Zine is a great solution for individuals who are looking for a magazine theme but with more cleaner and modern design. This is an excellent theme with great flexibility in terms of customization and other features. Developed by an elite author on themeforest, it gained enormous popularity within a short period of time. It has a very bold design with crystal clear typography and well controlled yet versatile set of layouts. By using its integrated drag and drop page builder, it's easier than ever for anyone build new stunning homepages. It's really easy for anyone who even never built a WordPress site before. Having the maximum exposure of your best contents is practically limitless because it has got so many great places built-in to display different topics. The advanced mega-menu with images and article title, featured contents area, and other above the fold blocks are really nailed it.

Sense - Blog Magazine & News Theme

Sense blog theme

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Sense is a very boldly designed, modern and fast loading responsive theme for online magazine and news websites. It is integrated with many modern features and cutting-edge customization options. Like a good premium theme, a drag & drop page builder is added with this theme so that anyone especially non-coders can create new unique page designs. On the customization panel, it offers unlimited colors and layouts to choose from so that you can create a unique looking design. The design is very effective in terms of attracting more user interaction and better reading experience.

Ruxen - Responsive Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme

ruxen high quality theme

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Ruxen is a newly developed blog, magazine and news theme for WordPress. It is a very modern, colorful theme with WooCommerce integration. Ruxen has a responsive design that makes it perfect and ready to be viewed from any kind of tablet computers and smartphones. For different kinds of magazine, news websites and online portals, Ruxen has multiple layouts ready to use without any hassle. You don't need any experience to install and use this theme perfectly on your website. You can even customize the theme using the many powerful customization options available even you have not built any website previously. Many page templates, different elements and color options makes it very much flexible which is very essential for a creating a better magazine website. The default layout includes a full-width slider with large image option. The page content consists of images and this layout is very much perfect for a photography or fashion magazine website. This theme is different from other traditional magazine website designs and built to be simple as possible.

Noticia - Responsive WordPress Magazine Theme

Noticia responsive design for wordpress

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Noticia is a responsive retina-ready colorful theme for news website and online magazines. It is also suitable for any kind of editorial, review website or any large blogs. The customization possibilities on this theme is very high and could be accessed from the theme options panel. You can use unlimited color variations on any page and build the homepage using the integrated drag and drop layout builder. Review with rating system is available on this theme so that you can easily use rich data snippets and you review will be visible on search results with schema markups. For monetizing your website, many suitable banner ad spaces and management system is available on this theme. The design of noticia theme instantly gives a positive impression to any visitor with clean clutter-free and extraordinary design. Google web fonts are added on the theme panel so that you can effortlessly experience and test different fonts on your site and also see the site appearance with different fonts instantly. The design of this theme can fit any type of contents and doesn't need much customizations.

Trend Mag Magazine WordPress theme

TrendMag Wp theme for online publishers

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TrendMag is an ideal theme for any fashion blog, style and other personal development online magazines. You can either use it to build a site about latest fashion trends or create a very stylish modern blog to share you daily clothing ideas and your own photos everyday. It is very professionally designed only for these types of sites and converts really good in terms of user friendliness and website performance. Its core features include many must have things like responsive layout to work on any device and adopt the screen size to be visible properly. The retina ready technology makes it very easy for you to publish and display very high-quality high resolution images and colors that perfect and same on any screen size. Multiple readymade sidebar widgets are provided with the theme and you can edit, remove and add as many as you want.

TrendyBlog - Multipurpose Magazine Theme

trendyblog multipurpose online publication theme

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TrendyBlog is a super fast, classy and elegant WP magazine theme powered by modern HTML5, CSS3 and a great fraework. It is a very fast loading, cross-browser compatible, responsive WordPress theme designed to serve the needs of any modern news or magazine website. With plenty of editing and customization features, it is one of the best magazine themes. TrendyBlog offers many different layouts focusing on different aspects of a well-organized charming website. Some layouts are designed to be more visual with spaces for showing images and some are specialized to display more text contents and links. As I've already told, it is a feature rich theme equipped with modern website features like fixed header and menu, mega menu with images, featured post slider to gain attention of the user, social widget, different content area layouts, posts timeline feature to show recent posts and many others. There is also integrated post like option that lets a user vote on a post. However, this like is embedded into your own site and not a facebook like. It doesn't bring more traffic from facebook but helps to see what users would like to see on the site.

The Fox - Contemporary Magazine Theme for Creators

The Fox WordPress theme for news and media

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The Fox is a very unique piece of WP theme that has an outstanding design you have never seen before. It stands out from other magazine website designs and have a very bold attractive minimalist design. This theme mainly focuses on contents and using as less colors as possible to make reading easy. It uses only black and white mostly but not any less gorgeous than other wordpress themes. There are many different homepage designs available including, pinterest style masonry design with and without sidebar, density news layout for news websites, large posts style, well-organized grid design, plain listing of news or post headlines and several other beautiful designs that looks absolutely nice for any authentic website.

Forman - Responsive News, Magazine and Blog Theme

forman responsive news blog theme

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Forman is a powerful, stylish and elegant magazine theme for WordPress news and online magazine websites. This is a very high quality premium theme built for best performance and to provide amazing user experience. It is a fully responsive theme that could be nicely viewed regardless of any browser and device. Though it is primarily designed for online magazines in the topic of men's, tech, gadgets, science, sports, DIY and others; it is still useable for many other types of online news and other publications. Online publishers always need a clean and user friendly design to get the best results from their websites. This theme's design is highly motivated by the best user experience possible as well as looking great as a beautiful premium design.

SimpleMag - Magazine theme for creative stuff

simplemag - creative design for magazine website

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SimpleMag is an elegant, versatile and minimal desgined theme for news and magazine websites. It is built on a solid framework with a gorgeous design and excellent bold focus on typography. All the news and posts are nicely placed on the design with a great care for user satisfaction. The design of the theme makes it very friendly to any reader and helps a lot to easily navigate between different pages thus increasing page views. You get six homepage alternatives and test all of those to see what works best for your readers. The default layout is pretty basic with beautiful mega menu with support for adding images, nice featured post slider and a eye catching masonry magazine layout.

Sahifa - Responsive WordPress News, Magazine, Blog Theme

sahifa ultimate powerful magazine theme

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Sahifa is a hugely popular and very effective theme for any large magazine websites, online newspapers and even personal blogs. Since its a magazine theme and specially targeted for users who will browse the site mostly from mobile devices, it has been created responsive and retina ready from the ground up. It is currently No. 1 selling blog and news website theme on the ThemeForest marketplace. The latest version alone comes with a huge 200+ new features and improvements. The amazingly powerful admin panel has options to configure and customize the theme and totally change the appearance of your website. It is translation ready so that it could be used with your local language as well. It is also WPML compatible so that you could also make your site multilingual. The bbPress and BuddyPress integration can make your site a social hub instantly and Sahifa theme is fully ready for that.

Newsmag - News Magazine Newspaper

newsmag theme for news magazine

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NewsMag is an WordPress theme for online newspaper websites. It is among the top favorite theme of online publishers from many industries. Key features of this theme includes new big grids, colorful featured content area, different layouts for different kinds of sites including tech, video, fashion blog, online newspapers and many others. The different designs has options to set featured post areas of many styles, creating content blocks with the visual page builder, with 9 unique post templates so that you don't have to work with a single post style for all types of posts. One of the best features of this theme is its beautiful theme panel which is also very powerful for customizing everything on the design. This theme is built on the clean WordPress Booster framework that makes it serve better with minimal optimizations and costs. This theme is very time saving for us whenever need to create an online magazine website.

Flex Mag - Responsive WordPress News Theme

Flex mag premium magazine style theme

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FlexMag is a responsive theme for online newspapers. It is a very simple and powerful theme so it will also adjust on any online publication and even a personal blog. This theme consists of a great design and amazing functionalities. Even if you have no coding knowledge or previously created a complex WordPress site, you will find it incredibly easy to work with FlexMag theme. It has a very nice and charming design that doesn't overwhelm the users and gives them a pleasure to read and enjoy the site. For the features, it has a custom fly-out navigation, auto loading of posts as a user scroll the page down and many other productive things that makes the site more time saving for the user.

Matador - Responsive News, Blog, & Magazine Theme

Matador responsive theme for news site

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Matador is a very clean, stylish theme for professional blogs looking for a magazine layout that is free from the clutters. This intelligent magazine theme comes with extensive customization options along with handy feautures for newbies to control the appearance of the site design. Changing colors of every element is also very easy from the control panel. Creating new dnamic professional layouts like masonry and standard is also possible using the provided options and shortcodes.

Fashery - Fashion/Magazine WordPress Theme

Fashery magazine theme for online portals

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Fashery has different ready made styles available which is called skins for creating sites on different topics. One of the skins is suitable for a fashion magazine website while another one is useful for other purpose. There are also skins available for entertainment, political discussion, online shops forums and few others. After a brief testing of Fashery theme, we can say the experience was quite awesome. It was installed quickly with demo contents. With its built in drag and drop page builder it's became really easy to move elements from one place to another. This feature allow us to test and play with different layouts and come with a very unique layout with a very little effort. The top bar on the this theme has a dark variation as well as the light one. The light navigation style seems more modern and stylish for large online magazine sites. Though its your choice to make the top navigation bar stickly or not sticky so that it will not be visible as a user scroll down the page.

Maxi - News & Magazine Theme

Maxi wordpress theme

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Maxi WordPress theme is very carefully crafted with clean and error-free code with great attention to details in terms of usability. It is a very lightweight, great looking theme with robust user panel to edit anything on the design. Several techniques has been applied on the theme like large image replacement with smaller copies on mobile devices to increase speed and to let the user save data on limited connections. This theme is built with online publishers in mind and they must profit from the site. For that it is made ready for monetization in such a way that the user don't be bored with the ads. Different banners like Adsense could be used between posts on the homepage, in the post pages inside the content area and other standard options are already on place.

Chapter - WordPress Magazine Theme

Chapter magazine style theme for Wordpress

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Chapter is one of the top rated theme loved by many professional online publishers. Currently it is used by several successful online news and other publications and performing really well. With modern standard features like widget based homepage, several blocks, countless customization possibilities, user rating of items and many other tools integrated makes it an excellent choice if you are looking for a magazine theme that is very easy to manage.

Vaga - WordPress Magazine and Blog Theme

Vaga clean elegant theme

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Vaga WP theme is the creation of FairPixels; a talented developer from ThemeForest. It has clean design, nice post sliders for featuring great articles with large images. This theme's design is guaranteed to keep your visitors well-engaged and spend more time enjoying site contents. You can see the many homepage demos to use one from those and even build your own using the widgetized homepage system. By using the built-in slider image gallery, you can add image slideshow inside a post. 16 custom widgets are provided with the theme which you can use anywhere on the sidebar and the footer. The coding of the theme is excellent and tested and validated with modern debugging tools to ensure performance and security of your site.

Examiner Magazine Theme

Examiner news website theme

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Examiner is a really beautiful theme with a charming design for news websites. It is well optimized for great site speed and user satisfied performance. With one click installation with the demo contents, you get all you need to build a nice and solid designed site with no professional help. Everything is manageable through the control panel and there is no need to hire anyone to change the appearance of your site. The live preview of the changes you make can be seen from the control panel and you can easily understand you need. This helps you save a lot of time and bothering of loading the original site over and over again. 24 custom widgets which is packed with the theme helps you add different things to site on any place you want.

NewsTube - Magazine Blog & Video

NewsTube video magazine

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This magazine theme is specially made for video sites and if you are someone want to build a greatly designed online video website using the WordPress software, then NewsTube theme won't disappoint you at all. With the mind-blowing design, it also has powerful features enabled that makes it one of the most efficient and time saving theme for any online video magazine website. This theme could also be used on other general blog and online publications.

Magaziner - Responsive WordPress Magazine Theme

Magaziner responsive magazine style theme

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Magaziner is a premium and classic magazine theme. It has an ultra-responsive design with high resolution rendering of all the elements for viewing perfectly from any size of screens large and small. The default demo is in blue skin but you can use literally any color you want so that the design meets your brand standards. It offers multiple flexible custom widgets so that you can make your site more useable to the visitors. Google fonts is nicely added on the theme options so that you can customize the texts and choose from Google's 600+ fonts collection.

Becks - WordPress News and Magazine Theme

 Becks news website theme

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Becks is a simple minimal news and magazine theme. It is a very sleek and modern designed theme perfect for any kind of online magazines covering any topic. Changing colors so that the sites deign meets the voice of the content is very easy. Apart from that, customization of the layout, fonts, adding or removing widgets and all the other editings could be easily done from one single theme options dash. Four different designs for the homepage, widget based homepage that you can customize according to your needs, user ratings options on each page, secure contact form and other countless handy options makes this theme one of the best in the list.

MaxBlog - Flat News Magazine Blog WP

MaxBlog Wp Theme

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MaxBlog is a decently clean theme for any multi-topic large online publication. It has great user friendly design to read the content and keep it on focus and nice social sharing option with every post. On the homepage, it has nice and attractive slider for showing featured articles and make the site very useful as soon as a reader lands on the page. Developed by Theme Ruby, this absolutely stunning theme is now on version 5.1 with even more powerful features and customization possibilities. By default, it has 6 different homepages and 10 blog styles.

Milk-It - Creative WordPress blog/magazine theme

MilkIt news magazine theme

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Milk-It is a very clean, white and minimalist theme for creating an online magazine for students, tech, science, education and more. With faultless coding and absolutely zero errors, Milk-it is one of the most properly optimized and top performing theme for any WordPress magazine website. It has an intuitive user interface to effortlessly build your site by editing one thing at a time. Ton of different header options, page layouts, footer designs and other editable elements makes it on of the best customizable theme you will ever encounter. All of the customization options on the theme panel has descriptive help texts to help you edit your site on every step. You will definitely enjoy and feel it like an art to build your very own magazine website. To build an excellent looking online magazine, this could be the best choice for any person. With the built in rating system, bbPress, buddypress and WooCommerce integration, it is the most comprehensive magazine theme you can get on this price range.

In order to accommodate different topics on a page, many inexperienced designers make the mistake by making the design looking messy and unorganized. This could be surely a pain for the readers and site users. We looked through and tried out many of the available magazine wordpress themes to determine what performs best for a online magazine or news portal website. For anyone looking for a magazine theme to start building such kind of sites we have listed some of the best premium WP themes. To build a site using any of the themes below, you need no coding or anything. All of theses themes are DIY ready with drag and drop page builder and many powerful theme options.
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  1. That's a really nice list. Each of the themes are very attractive. It is difficult to decide which one to buy. I like the newspaper theme and considering it for my old blog.

    1. Great Stephen ! Glad you liked our collection. And Newspaper theme is absolutely a perfect theme for any online magazine.