Whether you’re posting news or content on a particular niche or if you’re publishing a professional blog you would need a strong and powerful premium quality WordPress theme for your website or blog. However, there are various magazine themes for WordPress that are high quality yet free.
Let’s have a look.
Canard is a free WordPress theme for magazines and news websites. This theme allows you to feature your important posts in nice display format on the front page, full-screen featured images on single posts and supports post formats links, image and gallery. You can also upload a site logo and show author bio on single posts.
Receptar is fully-customization modern theme with split screen design and beautiful typography with large images. Theme comes with support for various plugins including Jetpack and features like front-page slideshow. Download.
Dyad is a fork of Receptar theme. It has one widget area in footer and split screen design. The theme is fully responsive and adapts to the screen size beautifully balancing image and text. The homepage flexible grid layout and slideshow for featured tag are other cool features. Download or Demo.
This fully responsive and translation-ready theme has a fixed navbar and masonry style homepage. You can also customize this BuddyPress-ready theme by changing accent color and uploading a logo. Download Social Magazine or View Demo.
An old theme by Automattic, yet updated in 2015 after 3 years, Sunspot is a theme for those who prefer a dark accent. Sunspot has a 3-column layout with masonry style post listing. This responsive theme offers two layouts for posts on front page. Download free or View Demo.
One of the popular WordPress.com themes, now released for WordPress.org by Automattic, Publication theme is a perfect for online publications with lot of space for your widgets also. Publication features full-screen featured images on single posts, supports custom logo and a sliding navigation. Download or View Demo.
Ridizain is based on Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme. It’s great theme for online magazine websites and comes with three widget areas. Theme includes a custom recent posts widget, featured posts slider and theme options to change colors and layout. Download theme or View Demo.
ProfitMag is a free WordPress theme with magazine styled homepage suitable for content focused websites. Download.
MesoColumn is an elegant WordPress theme, beautifully designed for Magazines with support for BuddyPress Social Networking Plugin, bbPress Forums and WooCommerce. Theme comes with multiple theme options to customize theme however you want. Download or Demo.
Gazette is a magazine theme designed by Automattic team. Gazette displays a grid with six posts at on the homepage querying from featured tag. The theme supports link, image, video and gallery post formats beautifully. It comes with two widget areas, a right sidebar and a footer widget area. Other features of Gazette include author bio on single posts, fixed or unfixed header option, site logo and footer text.