If you want to create online magazines, dynamic news websites or other professional editorial websites, you usually won’t be happy with just a simple WordPress theme for blogs. Most of all, magazine or news websites will need advanced functionality and a professional, well-organized layout and design. Therefore, we have collected for you some of the best free magazine WordPress themes that can be used to create amazing online magazines and news sites.

Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes

MH Magazine lite

Free WordPress Magazine Theme
MH Magazine lite WordPress theme is one of the best and most popular free magazine themes in the WordPress Themes Directory. The highlights of this free magazine theme are the fully widgetized front page, several flexible custom widgets and a clean and very structured layout.

MH Purity lite

Free Clean WordPress Theme
While you are looking for a minimalistic and well designed WordPress magazine theme, you could have a closer look at the MH Purity lite theme. This clean and minimalistic WordPress magazine template is very suitable for modern and stylish online magazines, news sites or blogs.

Madd Magazine

Free WordPress Magazine Theme
Madd Magazine is a fully responsive, SEO-optimized free WordPress theme for magazines, newspapers, and bloggers looking for a simple and unique theme. Madd Magazine theme has a built-in fully responsive slider to show your featured posts or news feed. This magazine theme is grid-based with 3 column layout, compatible with Google ads and widgets advertisements. Easy to set up and easy to customize with images or video layout, color options, and Google fonts compatible.

Xin Magazine

Free Magazine Template
XIN Magazine theme is a colorful and responsive magazine theme for WordPress with an easy to use theme options panel and built-in Google Fonts support. XIN Magazine is a mobile first theme based on the Foundation 4 Framework with a 5-star rating at the WordPress Themes Directory.


Free WordPress Template
Semicolon by Konstantin Kovshenin is probably one of the cleanest magazine themes for WordPress. This magazine theme has a clean and easy to read typography and is fully responsive to support mobile devices. One highlight is also the unique grid layout with featured posts support.

Magazine Basic

Free WordPress Magazine Theme
Magazine Basic is a simple but unique magazine WordPress theme. This theme is fully responsive and based on the Gridiculous boilerplate. Although the design looks a bit outdated (this theme has been launched back in 2008), it is with over 538,000 downloads in the WordPress Themes Directory still one of the most popular free WordPress magazine themes.

Have You Tried Premium WordPress Themes?

The WordPress themes in this collection are great examples that you can have very nice WordPress magazine themes for free. But keep in mind that free magazine WordPress themes usually don’t have support from the theme developers included. Therefore, you also have no guarantee that free WordPress themes will be updated on a regular basis. In case you are running large magazine websites and if you are facing issues with your free theme, the missing support can be a problem.

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Luckily, often it is possible to upgrade your free WordPress theme to a premium theme (pro version). As an alternative, you could also launch your website with a premium magazine WordPress theme from the start. While using a premium theme, you usually have theme support from the developers included. Therefore, you can get help in case you’re facing an issue or if you have any questions.

Premium WordPress magazine themes usually also have more features and options included in comparison to free magazine themes. If you’re looking for premium magazine WordPress themes, you’ll find suitable themes in our WordPress themes directory: Magazine WordPress Themes.

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