7 Best WordPress Themes for Magazine and News Websites

Great content deserves eye catchy design, because as Deadpool says, looks ARE everything. But design goes beyond simple stylistic presentation.

WordPress designers know this fact, and what’s more, they create themes with built in functionalities specifically for different niches/ website types. So if you have a WordPress blog or a magazine/ news portal raring to go and dazzle your readers (and earn you some profit in the process), you need a great theme to help you attract readers and keep them engaged to your content. With clean navigation, easy post and ad placement features, and of course, responsive design and SEO capacity built in, here is the pick of the herd: 7 of the best WordPress themes for Magazine and News websites. Take a look:

1.     SimpleMag

For a highly diverse, multi-author contributed content, Simplemag is a brilliant, splendid solution for a theme.

It is packed with some commonplace as well as some rather unique features, including a Visual Composer page builder, a highly customizable mega menu, hamburger navigation (part of responsive design, works for small device/ screen sizes only), multiple built in layouts and templates for homepage and various categories, auto scaling footer with widget support, RTL and translation ready, WPML and WooCommerce compatibility, Schema.org rich snippet support, and bbPress compatibility. There are also, of course, custom widgets, shortcodes, endless colors / fonts/ icons/ and built in performance optimization for better search ranks and good user experience. It thinks of everything.

Price: $59
Available at: Themeforest.net

2.     Metro Pro

Well, if you are familiar with Genesis, you know this is one blazing fast, SEO optimized beast of a theme.

Metro Pro is one of the most popular StudioPress creations till date: a modern, ultra lightweight theme that packs the standard (for StudioPress, that is) highly responsive design complete with multiple built in color presets, layout options, homepage widgets, custom page templates, and WordPress Customizer support for more configuration controls over design and aesthetics.

The theme is noteworthy for its performance because it loads really, stunningly fast. It also has Author pages and templates for multi-author blogs/ magazines and works well with almost every major WordPress plugin you can think of.

For those who value simplicity of design with powerful performance and SEO features, Metro Pro is highly recommended.

Price: $99.95 (Genesis Framework included (necessary for first time StudioPress Theme buyers))

Available at: Studiopress.com

3.     Newspaper

Newspaper is practically made of pure code and sheer awesome design with intelligent features and SEO capabilities.

It has: Multiple homepage layouts, an SEO optimized search template along with 6 other custom ones with breadcrumbs, comment counts, easy widgetized navigation (on Author, Category, Tag, 404 Error, etc.), custom auto-scaling content blocks (grid layout with AJAX and subcategories with slide support), Visual Composer, WooCommerce, bbPress compatible (with a custom login system), Responsive Google AdSense and ad support (inline, custom placement, and more), extensive video support (with 3rd party video hosts support), custom Review system, Schema.org rich snippets,  translation files, bundled qTranslate plugin, hundreds of fonts, post and page templates, colors, sidebars, sticky navigation, dozens of custom widgets and footer layouts, and easy integration with Google Analytics (gotta love Content Experiements).

Price: $59

Available at: Themeforest.net

4.     ExtraNews

ExtraNews is sleek and chic: Perfect for Magazine sites and pop culture blogs.

The theme looks simply outstanding (mobile-first, highly responsive and retina ready design) and comes packing some lovely features in the form of a custom review system, multiple blog and homepage layouts, dynamic headlines and Schema.org rich snippet support, hundreds upon hundreds of Google Fonts, custom widgets (related posts, contact form, social share, etc.) and so much more.

It’s a clean, efficient theme: It looks and feels that way too.

Price: $59

Available at: Themeforest.net

5.     Chirps

The cutesie name is highly misleading at a glance. Chirps is, quite frankly, an armada of features wrapped in stunning design.

The theme packs quite a punch with a highly customizable review and rating system, advanced SEO support (highlight important content, Schema.org rich snippet and microdata, inline linking, and more), alternative titles and headlines, multi-page articles, brilliant post and page templates (with AJAX optional), built in speed optimization features, countless design configuration options with hundreds of fonts, colors, icons, header and footer layouts, sidebars, shortcodes, and so much more.

It’s powerful to the last byte and pixel.

Price: $49

Available at: Themeforest.net

6.     Multinews

Multinews is sophisticated, and it knows how to play.

This theme, like many others, comes with a page builder, customizable drop down mega menu, slider plugins, unlimited design configurations with hundreds of colors, icons, fonts, sidebars, etc., multiple layouts and templates for page sections, et al.

And then you get to the advanced stuff: The powerful review system and a superb ad system, advanced categories and slider support, animated shortcodes (of all things!), advanced live search forms with AJAX and special API powered widgets for social share, weather report, recent comments/ views/ posts, soundcloud, and so much more.

The theme is highly comprehensive and recommended for those who love control.

Price: $59
Available at: Themeforest.net

7.     Quadrum

Quadrum is an elegant, stylish theme that just works for everyone.

The theme is built on Orange Themes’ popular block-style page builder (which is easy to use and play with). You get premium sliders and the Vidual Composer drag and drop page builder plugins, hundreds of variations (because you can build them yourself) of homepage templates and layouts, a built in user ratings system, advertisement and banners interface and display settings, multilevel mega menus, custom templates for special pages, endless colors, hundreds of shortcodes, fonts and responsive icons, unlimited sidebars, brilliant custom widgets and so much more.

Quadrum is multi-author ready, WooCommerce and translation ready theme. ‘Nuff said.

Price: $64
Available at: Themeforest.net


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