25 Best Magazine WordPress Themes for Editorial Sites in 2017

Posted on January 7, 2017 by in Resources | 21 comments

25 Best Magazine WordPress Themes for Editorial Sites in 2017

Looking for the best magazine WordPress themes available in 2017? Then you’ve come to the right place. We have searched the web and done the research. If you’re looking to swap themes, or you’re just starting out, then one of these 25 magazine themes should meet your needs.

Choosing the ‘best’ themes for a collection is a subjective task. For this article, we’ve followed some guidelines to help with the selection process. All the themes in this article are from trusted developers and marketplaces. They have received positive reviews and ratings and have been kept up to date since their original release.

The design and features of themes have also played a large role in their selection. However, please bear in mind that what you may deem an attractive design or essential features in a theme, isn’t necessarily what the next person considers stylish or important. Hopefully, though, there’s something to suit everyone in this collection.

The Best Magazine WordPress Themes

So now you know how the themes in this collection were chosen, let’s get started!

1) Extra

extra

Extra, one of our own themes, is a magazine theme powered by the Divi Builder. Apart from the Divi Builder’s extensive features, it also contains extra modules making it a perfect fit for creating an online magazine. The new category modules include a post carousel and featured post slider, helping display your content at its best. Extra also lets you monetize your site through its advertisement module. You can also improve ad engagement by placing ads directly into your post feeds.

Key Features:

  • Elegant Design
  • The Divi Builder
  • Ratings and Reviews System
  • eCommerce Ready
  • Premium Support

Price: $69 | More Information

2) Magazine Pro

magazine

Magazine Pro from StudioPress has an up to the minute look and feel. This professional yet sleek design will wow your viewers without detracting from your content. The theme’s versatility will enable you to display articles at their best. Magazine Pro’s ease of use will ensure your website is created and up and running within no time.

Key Features:

  • Custom Page Templates
  • Theme Customizer
  • Customizable Header
  • Homepage Widget Areas
  • Includes the Genesis Framework

Price: $99.95 | More Information

3) SAAB

saab

SAAB from TeslaThemes is a magazine and blog theme for budding writers and publishers. This attractive theme uses bold typography and stylish effects, giving it a visual edge over the competition. SAAB also includes social media integration and the Slider Revolution plugin. Embedding videos into your posts is easy too. These are all important components for a magazine theme.

Key Features:

  • Built on the Tesla Framework
  • Built-in Shortcodes
  • Slider Revolution
  • Video Posts
  • Extensive Documentation

Price: $48 | More Information

4) DailyPost

dailypost

It is easy to see why DailyPost has made it into this collection of best magazine WordPress themes. This cutting edge theme is packed with features, enabling you to create a stunning website with an impressive user experience. Daily Post also has a ‘get published’ feature, allowing your visitors to submit news, documents, and media files.

Key Features:

  • Multiple Featured Post Layouts
  • Visual Composer
  • Lazy Load Effect
  • Infinite Scroll and Reading Progress Indicator
  • Weather Widget and Weather Page

Price: $48 | More Information

5) Tribune

tribune

Tribune is a powerful WordPress magazine theme from WPZoom. It’s magazine features make it a great choice for an online news or another type of editorial site. Tribune can display featured posts in a slider or carousel on the homepage, helping grab the attention of your visitors. It can also embed video from other websites, displaying the news as it happens.

Key Features:

  • Visual Customizer
  • Featured Content Area on the Homepage
  • Breaking News Ticker
  • Infinite Scroll
  • Ad Ready Theme

Price: $69 | More Information

6) MH Edition

edition

 

MH Edition has been created especially for online technology magazines and news sites. It has sophisticated visuals and with a fully responsive layout. This all helps make it a suitable choice for catering to users on a range of devices. Extremely flexible, this theme is packed full of useful features and custom widgets.

Key Features:

  • Flexible Layout Options
  • Theme Customizer
  • Built-in Author Box
  • Widgetized Homepage
  • Custom Widgets

Price: $49 | More Information

7) True Review

truereview

True Review is a stylish online news or magazine theme that enables you to publish professionally formatted reviews. It includes a rating and review tool to let you easily display your thoughts on products, events, and articles. Coupon and advert functionalities are also there to help monetize your website, whether that’s through affiliate links or paid ads.

Key Features:

  • Drag-and-Drop Page Builder
  • Easy to Customize
  • Powerful Slider
  • Custom Colors and Fonts
  • Personal Support

Price: $39 | More Information

8) MH Newsdesk

newsdesk

Another theme that ranks well in this collection of best magazine WordPress themes is MH Newsdesk. This dynamic news theme has powerful features and is a great option for those wanting to stand out from the crowd. Importantly, its modern flat design allows your content to become the sole focus of your website.

Key Features:

  • Fully Widgetized
  • Custom Header
  • Custom Menus
  • Typography Options
  • Updates and Support

Price: $49 | More Information

9) Domino Magazine

domino-magazine

Domino Magazine is an elegant and responsive WordPress theme from WPZoom. Highly customizable and with custom widgets, Domino is a great option if you’re looking for a stylish and user-friendly magazine theme.

Key Features:

  • Dynamic Homepage Builder
  • Visual Customizer
  • Carousel Widget
  • Theme Options Panel
  • WooCommerce Ready

Price: $69 | More Information

10) Metro Pro

metro

Another StudioPress entry for this collection of best magazine WordPress themes. Metro Pro is a modern and stylish theme with a magazine layout. A combination of attractive layouts and social media features will wow your readers and help quickly grow your audience.

Key Features:

  • Theme Customizer
  • Custom Page Templates
  • Homepage Widget Area
  • Customizable Header
  • Landing Page Template

Price: $99.95 | More Information

11) Compass

compass

Compass is a sophisticated magazine theme, that will enable you to show off your content in style. This customizable theme, with an easily configurable homepage, will let you create a unique website. It also includes a draggable slideshow with touch support.

Key Features:

  • One Click Demo Import
  • Homepage Builder
  • Visual Customizer
  • Touch Slider
  • Logo Input

Price: $69 | More Information

12) Neuton

neuton

Neuton, from CSSIgniter, is a responsive news and magazine theme. This original and sleek design makes Neuton one of the best magazine WordPress themes available. Neuton also boasts powerful features, with page builder support, flexible widgets, and multiple homepage templates.

Key Features:

  • Flexible Layout Options
  • Multiple Homepage Templates
  • Page Builder Support
  • Constant Updates
  • Fantastic Support

Price: $49 | More Information

13) The Voux

voux

The Voux is a comprehensive and stylish lightweight magazine theme. This is a great option if you are looking to create a professional and highly polished online magazine that also loads quickly. With Visual Composer included, pages are easily customizable. The Voux also includes infinite loading, full-screen galleries, and a header with a mega menu, providing the ultimate reader experience.

Key Features:

  • 5 Custom Layouts
  • Visual Composer Page Builder
  • Social Sharing Integration
  • Infinite Loading
  • Full-Screen Galleries

Price: $46 | More Information

14) The Chatter

the-chatter

The Chatter from ThemeFuse is full of advanced features and components. Designed for bloggers, news portals, and online magazines, its fresh look and feel will make a positive impact on your readers. Demo content is quick and easy to import and the visual page builder enables you to drag and drop elements to create unique designs.

Key Features:

  • Numerous Layouts
  • Multiple Sliders
  • Beautiful Headers and Footers
  • Many Fonts and Color Schemes
  • Integrated Backup System

Price: $59 | More Information

15) Femme

femme

Another theme from CSSIgniter, Femme is responsive magazine and eCommerce theme. With WooCommerce support, this theme is perfect for adding a revenue stream to your online magazine. Femme also comes with custom page layouts and custom widgets. This makes it a flexible theme, great for producing a truly original site.

Key Features:

  • WooCommerce Support
  • Flexible Layout Options
  • Custom Widgets
  • Multiple Color Schemes
  • Constant Updates

Price: $49 | More Information

16) Magaziner

magaziner

Magaziner is an eye-catching magazine, news, and blog theme. This high-resolution theme lends itself to an impressive viewing and reading experience as it uses unique slide-toggle sidebars. Magaziner also has extensive styling options and unlimited widget areas, helping your site display stunning articles.

Key Features:

  • Custom Page Templates
  • Custom Built Widgets
  • Toggle Fixed-Width Sidebars
  • Custom Logo Upload
  • Social Links

Price: $49 | More Information

17) Insight

insight

Insight is a beautiful theme that definitely deserves a place in this collection of best magazine WordPress themes. Minimal and distraction free, this is an ideal theme for an online magazine where viewers can concentrate solely on the content. Create a stunning homepage, with the built-in tools to attract visitors and grow your audience.

Key Features:

  • Theme Options Panel
  • Visual Customizer
  • Homepage Builder
  • Slideshow
  • Numerous Color Schemes

Price: $69 | More Information

18) Novelty

novelty

Another magazine theme from TeslaThemes, Novelty will help you showcase your content in a professional way. With a bold, modern, and responsive design, this theme will help wow your audience. Throw into the mix advanced features like a slider, custom posts, and built-in shortcodes and you have one of the best magazine WordPress themes currently available.

Key Features:

  • Page Templates
  • Google Maps Integration
  • Social Media Support
  • Image Slider
  • Extensive Documentation

Price: $48 | More Information

19) Tabloid

tabloid

Tabloid is an attractive and user-friendly theme, designed for magazine and editorial WordPress websites. It offers multiple category layouts, custom widgets, and a variety of color schemes. Advertising space is also incorporated into numerous areas of the theme, helping you turn your site into a healthy revenue stream.

Key Features:

  • Theme Options Control Panel
  • Flexible Homepage Widgets
  • Multiple Category Layouts
  • Advertising Space
  • Translation Ready

Price: $49 | More Information

20) Shoutbox Magazine

shoutbox-magazine

Shoutbox has a minimal and sleek design that’s ideal for online magazines and bloggers. An elegant feature slider on the homepage enables you to display recent articles or breaking news. This theme also includes a dynamic template builder helping you to create original page layouts, even if you possess no coding knowledge.

Key Features:

  • Featured Posts Slider
  • Mega Menus
  • Visual Shortcode Editor
  • Template Builder
  • Unique Sidebars

Price: $54 | More Information

21) News Pro

news-pro

If you’ve plans to become a publishing powerhouse, then News Pro could be the theme for you. An ideal theme for a content heavy websites, News Pro will help you publish stylish articles, videos, and audio. With a professional design and simple navigation, readers will hopefully be happy to return to your site.

Key Features:

  • 6 Layout Options
  • Theme Customizer
  • Widget Areas
  • 5 Color Styles
  • Unlimited Updates and Support

Price: $99.95 | More Information

22) Hickory

hickory

Hickory is an incredibly customizable magazine and blog theme that will keep you ahead of the game. With three different homepage widgets, Hickory lets you create your own homepage to suit your editorial style. A custom review system also allows readers to leave feedback at the touch of a button.

Key Features:

  • Google Review Rich Snippet
  • Google Headshot Support
  • Custom Widgets
  • Four Post Types
  • Paginated Posts

Price: $49 | More Information

23) Noozbeat

noozbeat

Noozbeat is a fully responsive, beautiful theme that has been designed for news and magazine websites. Easy to use, this theme provides unique layout options, helping you publish articles that will stand out from the crowd. Multiple category layouts, custom widgets, and unlimited color variations are just some of the other features offered with this theme.

Key Features:

  • Theme Options Control Panel
  • Advertising Space
  • Numerous Layouts
  • Flexible Widgets
  • Unlimited Color Options

Price: $49 | More Information

24) Backstreet

backstreet

Backstreet is a smart and stylish WordPress theme. Perfect for magazine, portfolio, and content-rich blog websites, this theme can be easily customized via the theme options panel. Backstreet offers three post formats for video, audio, and image galleries. It also includes a built-in reviews and ratings system.

Key Features:

  • Featured Slider
  • 3 Post Formats
  • Flexible Homepage Layout
  • 15 Custom Widgets
  • 10 Custom Pages

Price: $49 | More Information

25) Chirps

Chirps

Chirps has numerous magazine-related features, helping make it a popular WordPress theme. Included is a drag-and-drop gallery builder. There are also various title overlay effects that enable you to display images and posts in a way that will catch the attention of your viewers. Add to this beautiful templates and useful shortcodes, and you have a theme that really shouts ‘wow’.

Key Features:

  • Customizable Design
  • Unlimited Colors
  • Custom Drag-and-Drop Gallery Builder
  • One-Click Demo Install
  • Outstanding Support

Price: $49 | More Information

Final Thoughts

In my humble opinion, these are the best magazine WordPress themes currently available. However, as mentioned at the beginning of this post, selecting the best themes is very subjective. Please feel free to share your favorite magazine themes in the comments below, and the reasons behind your choice. It is always interesting to know what people look for when browsing for a new theme.

And don’t forget to check out our multi-purpose Divi theme. Although Divi wasn’t created specifically as a magazine theme, its flexible and powerful features make it a great fit for an online news or editoral website.

What is your favorite magazine theme? Please share, with reasons for the selection, in the comments below.

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21 Comments

  1. Hi Joe,
    Thanks for this post, the timing (for me) couldn’t be better as I’m in the midst of trying to select this kind of theme for a new project. I wondering if I can get your input on the Sahifa theme from themeforest.net. You begin your post by mentioning that all your picks are from trusted developers and marketplaces. I’ve also read about the underlying framework being an element to consider when choosing a theme… so many things to consider. This theme looks like it has everything a publisher could want, so I guess I’m mainly looking for warnings and cautions of potential drawbacks or known issues, and the opinion of anybody that might have evaluated the Sahifa theme.

    • Sahifa is a solid option. I’m not sure why it’s not included in the list 🙂

    • Hi Brian, Sahifa wasn’t left out for any specific reason apart from a lack of space!

      It certainly looks like a popular option.

      Thanks,
      Joe

  2. Wow… I just thought i know it all. Let me just explore the new names i haven’t seen before. Thanks Joe

    • Thanks ZIK, glad you like them.

  3. I think Extra is miles ahead of the other magazine themes, in terms of customisation..features. I’ve been using it on my website for a few months now and it’s helped to increase subscribers and also engagement ?

    • Yes, Extra is a very flexible magazine theme.

      Thanks!

  4. Magazine Pro, the second one of this list has attracted me a lot. I may buy this theme for my lifestyle magazine. The great part of buying this one is having the Genesis Framework for free.

    • StudioPress themes are great for their solid designs and simplicity. The Genesis framework is included in the price.

      Thanks,
      Joe

  5. Hi Joe, thank you so much for including our themes MH Edition and MH Newsdesk in your collection of best magazine WordPress themes. That’s very much appreciated and keep up the good work! We’ve also shared your article through several of our Twitter channels to spread the word. 😉

    • No problem Michael, they are great themes. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, those are all very nice, but I can’t believe you completely left out ThemeZee’s 19 magazine themes (my favorite is Smartline, but Worldstar, Gambit, Merlin, Glades and Leeway are also great contenders). they are well supported, translation-ready and full of features. They’re all at themezee.com

    You also left out one very major contender to “best magazine theme”: Mesocolumn (now with a dark version: MesoDark), by Dezzain. Free but better than many premium themes, and well supported.

    • Thanks Marie, I will take a look at those for future articles. I can only include so many themes in one round up!

  7. PS: What I love about MesoColumn is the great flexibility and the Category Color Customization option. I used it for a huge municipal site (in French) and it performed outstandingly.

  8. I’m thinking of going for the Meso Column but it has been a while since when the theme was updated, I once use it for a technology blog

  9. I believe that Newspaper (tagdiv) is a significant missing reference on your list. It’s one of the best Newspaper / Magazine style theme, and one of the longest and steadiest evolution in the industry, with Sahifa.

    There is also a new one called Publisher, is a close specs and element as Newspaper. It even does some features way better than Newspaper.

    For me, and it remains a personal ranking: Newspaper, Sahifa, and Publisher put to shame any of these options you listed 🙂

    • Thanks Adame, I will take a look at the themes you recommend.

  10. Thank’s a lot for your post with great content on it. Actually i’m looking for best theme for my wordpress website, luckily i found these themes. These themes are very interesting.

    • Thanks Rasool. Let us know which theme you decide to use!

  11. Hi, does anyone of these themes (or perhaps if you know another theme) provide possibilities for adding multiple blogs on the site? I mean several co-authors? Not just one blog but maybe 4-5 blogs?

    • Yeah you can probably do that with most of these themes depending on how you choose to organize your categories/sub-categories. I know for certain you can do this with Extra.

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