20 Of The Best Free Magazine WordPress Themes

Eris (Premium) | Demo and Download

Eris is another quality theme available on Themeforest. It is responsive, has a heap of customization options, page template options, short codes, and comes with a custom jquery contact page with Captcha out of the box. It’s very clean and elegant.

  • Unlimited Color Schemes:
  • Responsive Layout
  • 50+ Background patterns
  • 17 Custom Widgets
  • 7 Page Templates
  • Shortcodes


Video Zone (Free) | Demo and Download

A crisp dark and free magazine theme. Comes loaded with a content slider, social media icons, tabbed sidebar and an ad widget.

Afterburner (Free) | Get it | Demo

A free theme by the classy people over at Rocket themes. It has 8 different styles and is very light on images, so fast to load. A fantastic free theme.

  • A fast loading theme
  • Advanced Colour Selection
  • Suckerfish Dropdown Menu
  • 8 Preset Styles – Light / Dark Variations
  • 14 Widget Positions


The Original Premium News (Free) | Demo and Download

Ironically, this Premium news theme is free. It’s a very good news/magazine theme that I have used on a project of my own. A fantastic free magazine theme.

  • Featured jQuery slider
  • Layout supports 468×60, 300×250 and 125×125;
  • 7 styles


Global Press (Premium) | Get It | Demo

Global Press is the first of our Themeforest themes. It’s has a simple magazine design with a simple jQuery slider at the top. It comes with 10 Layered PSD Files, Automatic Thumnail support, supports video streaming, and has an Extensive, jQueryfied Custom Admin Panel. Features:

  • Content Slider
  • Videos Streaming Support
  • TweetMeme Support


Meta-Morphosis (Free) | Demo and Download

Another free theme hosted by Woo Themes. I’m not a huge fan of the theme with it’s default background, but when you replace that with something a little more business-like, the theme looks outstanding, and professional. It’s an all round versatile theme, that has a premium feel about it, for that free price tag.

  • Two column homepage with featured and normal posts
  • jQuery  slider
  • Cufon font replacement
  • 8 different colour schemes


CNEWS (Premium) | Demo and Download

CNews is another of the classy Themeforest responsive themes that we have featured in this write up. It has huge list of customization such as custom widgets, and custom page templates.

  • Custom Post Options
  • Localization
  • Responsive slider
  • Integrated reviews system
  • Responsive design ( Twitter Bootstrap )


Quantitive (Premium) | Get it | Demo

A very versatile theme, with a range of built in styles, and a huge potential for customization. Rocket themes come loaded on Gantry framework, which makes keeping the theme updated breeze, even after you have customized it. We considered using this theme on Pingable at one point, obviously not with the fiery background.

  • 10 Preset Styles
  • Custom Typography
  • Javascript Form Styling
  • 13 Widget Variations
  • 68 Widget Positions


Kinetic (Premium) | Get it | Demo

This minty theme looks great, and comes loaded with great features.

  • 8 Style Variations
  • 5 Showcase Variations
  • Custom Typography
  • Javascript Form Styling
  • 20 Widget Variations
  • Over 60 Widget Positions

The Clam Shell (Free) | Demo | Download

There’s a lot to love about Clam, the free, and image heavy magazine theme. Load up the demo, it has a crisp and clean feel about it.

Laverde (Premium) | Demo and Download

Laverde is a responsive magazine theme available on theme forest. It has a heap of great features, and has key screen space optimized for advertisement spots. Other features include:

  • Featured slider
  • Great styling options
  • Social share buttons
  • Custom built widgets
  • Advertisement manager
  • Custom shortcodes
  • Custom page templates
  • Localized for translations.



Magazeen (Free) | Demo and Download

An awesome free magazine theme sponsored and brought to you about everyone’s favorite online design magazine: Smashing magazine. Smashing magazine know how to drive traffic and build links, so they are giving you this classy theme for free, and it’s a great way of garnering attention….because it’s a fantastic theme.


The Professional (Premium) | Demo or Buy


Minimal (Premium WordPress Theme) | Demo or Buy


eNews (Premium) | Demo or Buy


109 thoughts on “20 Of The Best Free Magazine WordPress Themes”

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  3. Mimbo and Branford are two of the top choices in my opinion. Several of these are new to me, but they look good.

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  6. I fell in love with the f8 lite theme but its NOT FREE!!!! :((( what a kick in the kintama.

    But thanks for the post. Very nice indeed.

  7. Hi Akira – Yes f8 lite is free – there are premium versions of the f8 theme that cost, but the lite version is free – follow the text link above rather than using the preview and trying to find the download link…the text link goes right to the download page.

  8. Polaroid is supposed to be the best theme in all themes and I have downloaded that for my oracle blog. Thanks for sharing all the themes though.

  9. Excellent List! It’s been tough for me, finding a good magazine theme that actually functions properly, this list is going to be very useful!

  10. A few months ago I really wanted a “Magazine” Style Theme…but after winning a free license of one from a blog contest (and the theme I won was beautiful!) I’ve decided I like the traditional blog format better. The ones you have listed here are all very beautiful – but I’m sticking to the more traditional themes these days 🙂 I may check out that deadwood one – it is similar enough to regular blog style 🙂

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  25. All these themes have great design and appear to be very functional to the user. These are important things to include in the design of your wordpress blog.

  26. Thanks i book marked this post. I never seen so many free magizine themes in one post. I liked chared best not sure why i just like the look of it.

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  30. I’m really looking for a good looking magazine theme, much prefer the free ones. I’m a bit confuse because of these… omg

  31. Great collection of themes. I use a theme from Elegant Themes for one of my blogs, and I’ve recommended to them to everyone. Their themes are really clean and simple, and they can make your blog look a lot more professional. Highly recommend them!

  32. You listed some of the best magazine themes for wordpress i have seen. Everyone is good and has alot of features. Some are great for products others for ads thanks i saved this post.

  33. Most are nice themes, except deadwood…that one just looks dead boring. =P I wonder how it made it to the list.

  34. Wow, some of these are very impressive. I was just starting a new blog about a month ago and I was looking around for a theme.

    Really wish I had seen some of these beforehand.

  35. Those are some great themes. like some of the simplier designs with less on each page. they are eaiser to navigate and look good. massive press is one i like alot.

  36. Some very nice magazine themes! I like a little more graphic appeal, but they are simplistic. Simplistic is the new thing now xD

  37. Thanks i will have to look over some more of the themes. The site has so many it is tough to pick one i like best. I did see some are free and some you pay for but the cost is pretty good for how good they are.

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  41. Those themes are beautiful. Are you allowed to customize theme and do you have to give credit back to the designer in order to use them?

  42. I’m looking for a professional slick looking theme that has Suckerfish type drop down menus enabled. Most of the ones I have looked at are pretty lousy – Do you have any?

  43. Dude, my search for quality and professional wordpress themes ends here. I am so fortunate and glad that I got your blog post through google search when I was desperately searching for innovative wordpress themes. They are impressive and obviously elegant 😀 Thanks a ton. I am gonna use their services.

  44. Polaroid is supposed to be the best theme in all themes and I have downloaded that for my oracle blog. Thanks for sharing all the themes though.

  45. Wow! Their business templates are highly professional and slick. I have been searching on and on for a long time to identify the best resources which offers nice wordpress themes. I am glad that I found your blog post which put an end to my search.

  46. I love Elegant Themes. I have been using them on many of my blogs for about six months now and have had the best luck with them.

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  49. I’ve been looking for some good magazine themes.

    I find it interesting that wordpress is getting used more and more for normal “non-blog” type sites too lately. WordPress is gaining traction as more of a content management system instead of just a pure blogging platform.

    The more great themes people make, the merrier!

  50. Hey, A couple of questions: I was just wondering if you know if the header images are included in the themes shown above? Secondly, are you using “Elegant Themes” for this website?
    On a different note – I started using WP about 1 year ago and am so happy with it. It makes launching websites easier than ever!

  51. they are very beautiful. I recently took and updated my blog with a theme but after some time i will change it to a new one and definitely take from here. Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  53. Elegant themes are nice, they have a hug collection of themes, very powerful and just $20, it’s like $0.5 a theme, an amazing deal i would say.

  54. Yeah, I’m going to have to agree with a lot of the comments here that Elegant themes is a good option. I absolutely love WordPress and all the themes that are available. WordPress has definitely changed the game in terms of who can create a website. No longer do you have to be a programmer.

  55. These are all some very beautiful themes that could easily be tailored to suit just about any site. My favorite that’s become outdated since is the Brightness theme. Has some very cool features although its become somewhat buggy. If you have some CSS and PHP skills, I don’t see why any of these themes wouldn’t be a good fit for your site.

  56. I like the structure theme. Simple and clean so people can find what they wnat fast. Page should load faster also.

  57. One thing I like is the comments area. The space for the name, email address and URL are much longer than on other blogs which makes it so much easier. I also like how the comments are shown in a box which almost resembles a “speech bubble”. Cool theme 🙂

  58. All the themes are really cool. I’m having a hard time choosing the right one for my site. Mixxmag is on the top of my list, it’s cool!

  59. I like the GlobalPress theme myself a lot! Very refreshing to look at. Great choices by the way. Keep those themes coming for more inspiration!

  60. Beautiful free themes… or are the beautiful because they are free? I didn’t realize there were so many good-looking free themes out there. Most of the ones within the WordPress data base aren’t that great other than Arras but I didn’t want to overuse it.

  61. Simon, this is a great list of themes you’ve compiled here but you should think about updating it. Alot of the themes including the one i wanted (Yamidoo) is not free anymore.

  62. Elegant themes have so many wordpress themes wherein the user will have a wide variety of selection and excellent benefits.

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  64. I’m amazed at the number of new styish magazine themes available these days – and many of them for free. WordPress clearly is leading the way for others to follow where blog templates are concerned. I’ve been using Thesis for a while but I’m always on the lookout for something new.

  65. Its nice to hear that WordPress release a free themes. I like “Minimag” coz it has black background its cool to my eyes.

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  68. DesignMagz is the best theme for my next project. I develop a website especially thought for Kindle users. Do you think it will offer the feeling of a “realish” newspaper if you’d read the news on a Kindle (or iPad ) ?

  69. i’m ever using arthemia theme. But little bit difficult to manage the theme. somethime, the thumbnail didn’t wanna shown.

  70. hi, many thanks for the templates. i have worked extensively with joomla! However i have just began a project that requires wordpress.

  71. Nice collection. now i got the what i was looking from last few days.. my site in new design coming soon.. thanks dear.

  72. Thanks for your post Simon! These are some of the best themes out there. I have been using Elegant Themes for roughly a year now and am very satisfied! Their support is crazy good and top notch. No I do not work for them, if you seen my sites you will no doubt know that…haha
    ~ Cheers ~

  73. Actually Arras is a nightmare right now. It doesn’t work properly with the latest version of WordPress and the developer isn’t updating it. I’m getting ready to ditch it from all my sites as it’s causing too many problems. A shame as before this it was excellent.

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