WordPress is undoubtedly the largest content management platform. I’ve built plenty of websites for all sorts of clients and purposes and sometimes a particular platform standout as the ultimate best for achieving a specific purpose; perhaps Magento for a scaled online business, Joomla for a portal website, or Weebly for a simple and neat brochure site. However, WordPress is easily the most popular CMS that’s equally loved by users as well as web designers and developers.
There are plenty of things that make WordPress popular, such as ease of use, flexibility, cost effectiveness, a huge worldwide support base, a smooth learning curve, and SEO friendliness, among others.
Endless Theme Selection
One important way that the huge WordPress support base is contributing to the popularity of the platform is through the creation of free and commercial themes. We’re talking thousands of themes and still counting. Free themes are easy to find and are a great way to start a simple blog when you don’t have the money to invest in a custom-built site or a premium theme.
Some free themes may require you to credit the designer by putting a link back to their website or through any other method of their choice, but the majority of free themes will cost you nothing.
That being said, it’s at the premium end of the market that things get a little more exciting. Some premium themes work like Web design kits of their own and they make it easy for you to build professional websites without doing any coding.
Still, free themes are handy when you’re just beginning with WordPress and want to test out a few things.
In this post, I’ve selected some of the best Magazine WordPress themes you can get free of charge. Not only will you save money but also learn something new as you setup your first WordPress site.
Appliance features a clean and minimalist design with a series of panels across the page for your posts rather than a list. It is perfect for a magazine-style blog where each post will feature a prominent image.
Yegor is a completely free WordPress theme ideal for magazine blogs. Built on the Bootstrap 3 framework, Yegor comes with a featured post slider as well as a featured image carousal on the homepage, among other features.
With Magazine Style, you can create a personal blog or a full-fledged magazine website. It offers countless customization options and is completely free.
With countless style settings, yo can customize Xerxes anyway you want such as the color scheme, link, and hover colors. Make your magazine blog look just the way you want.
Highlight your best stories using Vangard’s large featured image slide. It’s all free to download and use.
Django gives you lots of premium quality features free of charge. Use it for a magazine, business or personal blog.
Zenith is an elegant magazine style theme with unlimited options to customize your site. Get it for free from its official download site.
PolarMedia is ideal for busy magazines or blogs that heavily rely on pictures. Note that only the starter edition is free.
This clean and elegant theme is what your new online magazine needs, and it’s completely free.
Although Grid is a totally free theme, it’s design shows that a lot of thought went into its creation and this makes it premium quality. The responsive version, however, is not free.
GoMag is a simple magazine theme with a clean unfussy layout for a truly modern magazine blog. The free version offers limited features though.
From the same creators of GoMag comes DoMag, a magazine theme that is also available as a free or paid version. Predictably, the free version only offers basic features to setup a working blog.
Alexander features a modern style and a modular design that allows for easy creation of powerful websites. However, the free version can only offer so much in terms of features.
Preus oozes class and simplicity. It has gorgeous icons and a clean interface that’s easy on the eye especially since visitors are going to spend a while reading news and magazine entries there.
iMag Mag offers generous spaces to use as you please. You can prominently display social icons or category layout on the side bar area or anywhere on the page as you wish.
The free version of NetPress offers just enough features to get your magazine blog off the ground. The premium version offers flexibility and unlimited features.
Malawak is a blog theme that can also work as a magazine site. It is simple, elegant, and straight to the point.
Finale is a multipurpose WordPress theme that you can use for just about anything, be it a personal blog, portfolio website, or magazine.
Surfarama is a bold magazine theme that features the mason layout style to highlight your best stories with prominent pictures.
Ribbon is a classic wide display post theme ideal for news or magazine sites. It has a dual color scheme for food contrast and is perfect for both niche or general topics.
Apollo keeps things simple and classy but that doesn’t mean it lacks the sophistication to make your magazine blog a powerful content hub.
Fashionista is a simple and elegant magazine-style theme available for free.
Hephaestus is an elegant magazine and news portal theme that’s also lightweight. It offers plenty of customization options to create a truly unique magazine blog.
InkZine features a lean and modern layout perfect for a high quality magazine blog. It’s packed with a ton of features to help you style your blog just the way you want.
Hiero is a basic magazine theme with just enough features to get you started with a simple magazine website. It features stunning fonts and a neat layout.
Ubergrid is a fully responsive and SEO friendly WordPress magazine theme that offers a lot more features than you need for a magazine blog. It’s a multipurpose theme that can be used for a business website, a personal blog, or any other type of site.
Pinboard borrows its layout from Pinterest’s style. It offers unlimited color schemes and backgrounds.
Diary is a 100% free pixel perfect magazine theme designed to be easy to customize and update so that you keep your readers interested.
Gadgetry features a neat and modern layout and is best suited to a stylish tech magazine or gadget blog.