When it comes to magazine and news websites, WordPress is top of the bill.
Well-known news sites like The New York Times, TechCrunch, CNN, Reuters, Mozilla’s Blog, and many others use WordPress as their platform of choice, highlighting just how scalable WordPress blogs can be.
Online News Consumption is Rising
Precise digital circulation and consumption of online magazine and news is difficult to gauge. However, according to Pew Research Center’s latest Digital News Fact Sheet, a great number of adults in the United States consume news online, either via a mobile device or desktop/laptop.
The average monthly unique visitors for the primary domains of these outlets in 2018 was a whopping 22.4 million.
20+ Best WordPress Magazine Themes for 2020
Choosing the perfect WordPress theme for your magazine website or news blog can be trickier than you’d think. As a publisher you’ll be looking to showcase a large amount of content on a single screen, whilst at the same time wanting your content to be accessible, perform well, and look attractive to generate user engagement.
To help you out we’ve prepared a list of the best WordPress magazine themes on our pay-as-you-go Envato Market, Themeforest. This list is regularly updated and refreshed so dig in and see what’s new!
First on our list, Saxon is the best WordPress Magazine theme for you if you’re looking to build a dynamic magazine site or blog. Clean, modern, and ideally suited to vibrant, colorful supporting imagery, Saxon will get your magazine or news website off to a great start.
It comes with a wide range of pre-built layouts, and take a look at the difference its light and dark variants can give your content:
Zeen is described as a “next generation” magazine theme and its recent update has seen every aspect of it built anew from the ground up. Super-stylish and very flexible, this is a superb magazine WordPress theme fit for a wide range of purposes.
The screenshot shows one of the magazine layout demos which really needs to be seen in a browser to be fully appreciated; its main story sticks to the top of the page as the reader scrolls down, until the bottom of the white section catches it. Very stylish and the best news website design.
Technically a “multi-purpose” WordPress theme, Avenue comes with a whole host of layout and website options, however its stylish magazine blog is what’s brought it to this list. Well designed, and packed with customizable features, Avenue comes with Google fonts and Typekit support, custom icons, video and parallax backgrounds, plus premium plugin integration such as Visual Composer and Revolution Slider.
Neder touts itself as being “simple and functional”, qualities which are often highly sought after in the world of WordPress themes! It’s ideally suited for any kind of news websites, and comes packaged with various plugins including: Visual Composer, Fast Gallery for Visual Composer, Fast Media Gallery For Visual Composer, and Fast Carousel.
A trending item on Themeforest, Bizi’s rich layout is perfect for the foodies among you. Designed to make the most of high quality imagery, its clear tagging and typography make Bizi perfect for navigating and reading recipes. Perhaps most importantly, this magazine theme is built with performance in mind, serving up some very appealing speed test results. Take a look at the item page for more details.
Jannah is a magazine theme which fills a wide array of niches. Whether you’re looking for a fashion magazine theme, a tech magazine, a stylish newspaper, a sports magazine (like the image below), or any other kind of magazine, Jannah has a variant which will interest you. It comes complete with push notifications, AMP support, and is built with WooCommerce, BBPress, BuddyPress and other extensions in mind. No doubt, one of the best news website designs.
Clean cut and contemporary, Scribbler provides a range of grid-based, modular layouts for the budding magazine editor or blogger. Nine distinct homepage layouts are included, all offering something different whilst sticking to the Scribbler aesthetic. Check out the item page for details on what’s in the box.
Barcelona is a clean-cut magazine theme with sharp edges, bold whitespace, and high contrast (which is excellent for readers with vision impairment). It boasts “eleven different page modules with six different featured post styles”–check out the demos to see them in action.
Billed as the “all-purpose viral magazine theme” BoomBox really is high-octane crammed with features for your pop cult website. Publish news stories, listicles, quizzes, then push them through the usual social sharing culprits–utilize trending, reactions, and voting systems. Phew.
Light and classic, Authentic is suited for lifestyle bloggers and magazines. And one particularly appealing point is their level of support (get a response to your support question within thirty minutes, during working hours).
Redwood is a responsive WordPress theme that features a slider with three promo boxes at the top, perfect for showcasing different categories of your magazine. It also comes with five different blog layouts, including full width version of each layout and five different post formats suitable for video posts, gallery posts, music posts and standard posts.
It also comes with custom widgets for Facebook and Instagram. Plus, profile and social widgets. Easy customization options are included as well, which allow you to change your site’s colors (and branding) with a click of a button.
The Voux touts itself as a stylish, professional magazine WordPress theme that’s simultaneously comprehensive and lightweight. The theme is responsive and retina ready, meaning it will look beautiful no matter what devices your visitors use to view your content.
Some of this theme’s features include striking highlighted images which help draw your readers in, infinite scroll, the ability to share your posts on social media built into the theme, and so much more. To top it all off, The Voux comes with Visual Composer which allows you to completely customize the look and feel of your pages.
NewsTube is a clean and well-organized theme perfect for video oriented sites. It is fully responsive, retina ready, includes flexible theme layouts, extensive theme options, and supports videos from many popular sites including Youtube, Vimeo and Daily Motion.
With this video theme, you can submit a video from the front end, create great video channels and playlists, or import YouTube Videos and Channels to your website.
Flex Mag features a mobile first design which gives your readers the option to browse through the articles sorted by featured or latest posts via secondary navigation. The theme is packed with features which include a custom Fly-Out Navigation, custom scoreboard, auto-load posts, four different preset skins, nine different Featured Posts options, eight different article templates, 700+ Google Fonts, integration with WooCommerce and bbPress, and so much more.
This theme is the perfect combination of power and simplicity in a WordPress news and magazine theme, giving you plenty of options and flexibility to customize your site without being totally overwhelming.
Bimber is the perfect theme if you want to create a site similar to BuzzFeed. Bimber is responsive, SEO optimized, compatible with SEO plugins, optimized for Google PageSpeed and comes with support for microdata and rich snippets as well as several ad widgets.
What’s more, the theme can be easily modified via WordPress customizer and comes with a child theme which allows you to safely modify the theme without worrying about losing your changes with the next theme update. On top of that, it comes with one-click installable demos to get your site up and running as quickly as possible.