One of the qualities that sets WordPress far in front of their competition is the amount of high quality templates for all kinds of websites, from small blogs and portfolios, communities to global news portals and magazines.
While there are literally hundreds of thousands free themes out there, it often pays off to invest 30-50$ for a higher quality theme such as the ones below. This is just a small handpicked selection of professionally built WordPress themes for News Portals and Magazines that are available at ThemeForest.
All these themes are responsive and compatible with WP version 3.9
The Spirit theme offers a very well organized layout with plenty of space for everything a news/magazine website would need. It comes with many custom widgets, unlimited sidebars, built in review system and more.
2. Hot Topix
Hot Topix is a modern magazine theme compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress, is retina-ready, fully-responsive and comes with five different ad units, including a wallpaper ad. Hot Topix also comes with a drag-and-drop homepage, featured posts on each category page, a “sticky” menu bar, post/page slideshows and so much more!
Out of the box, this theme is perfect for a lifestyle magazine. However, With a little tweaking and changing the style, it would be perfectly suitable for a news website. Max Mag is fully-responsive, retina-ready and Compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress. It also includes unlimited color schemes, a “sticky” menu bar, custom widgets and more. One of the things that makes it cool is the narrow central widget area.
While this theme is professional and highly customizable, developers looking to extend it might have a hard time with the CSS, so I wouldn’t really recommend it as a framework. However, if you’re looking for an out of the box media website, Nadia might be a great choice. Among it’s key features are the Featured Slider with a section of more featured articles just beside, colors for categories, social buttons and a multi-level dropdown menu. It was built on Bootstrap.
iMagPress is a theme perfectly suitable for a smaller lifestyle or entertainment magazine, with a clean homepage and category widgets.
It features a rating system, videos, filtrable AJAX/jQuery gallery, share buttons in posts and colored categories.
Lineza is a very clean WordPress theme with a bold innovative layout that lets users scan easily through the website. Lineza features, built in reviews, rich snipppets support, all Google fonts, unlimited colors, advertisement widgets, 6 featured post styles and many more features.
7. Cape Town
Cape Town is another great theme that packs plenty of information without looking overloaded. It’s colorful style makes it a perfect choice for an entertainment news/magazine website. It features multiple color pickers for different sections of the theme, custom CSS box, featured video widget, recent and popular posts widget and much more.
NewsCore is a powerful versatile theme for the modern news websites, with several available home page layouts that will put your featured content above the fold. Beside the multiple home layouts, NewsCore features a drag-and-drop page builder, integrated reviews, and is WooCommerce ready.
With it’s elegant and serious colors, this theme is ideal for a news company. World Wide features 7 blog styles, a page builder, advanced admin panel and is retina ready.
Zoombi has a fresh layout and bold colors that make it perfect for modern magazines and editorials. It was built on Bootstrap and is retina ready. You can customize the colors and fonts easily to make it yours.
I hope this little guide will help you choose the best theme according to your site’s needs and style. If you know of other great WordPress themes for news and magazine websites, please suggest them in the comments.