10+ Best Free Magazine WordPress Themes for 2017

Magazine websites are very popular these days, and best of all, you can launch them all on your own … you just need to get yourself one of the quality and preferably free magazine WordPress themes.

In order to succeed, an online magazine needs to deliver quality content and adapt to the current social and marketing trends. A good theme will help you make that happen and give you the technical grounds to build your publication’s online presence.

There are lots of paid as well as free magazine WordPress themes that you can test on your site. Today, we’re bringing you some of the best ones. Particularly: 10 best free magazine WordPress themes. Each one is beautiful in its own way, and since they’re all free, you can experiment with a handful of them at zero cost before selecting the one that’s truly perfect.

best free magazine WordPress themes

Some of the best free magazine WordPress themes out there:

 

Free magazine WordPress themes #1: IsleMag

IsleMag

A modern and friendly theme for magazines of any kind. One of the interesting aspects here is that it comes with lots of carousel sliders. Actually, you can use a carousel in every section. The theme has a clean look, with colorful posts, a boxed layout, and a custom background. IsleMag also delivers an easy-to-follow content, plus it's widget and ad ready.

Features:

  • carousel slider,
  • Instagram feed,
  • unlimited colors,
  • ad banners,
  • review system,
  • widgetized footer,
  • responsive design.

Price: $0

 

justwrite

JustWrite

JustWrite is an awesome full-screen theme, with a modern, clean, and professional design that was made to fit big magazine brands. It uses large media elements, carousels, featured sliders, lots of ad spaces and interactive widgets, and a visually imposing appearance. It has big sections that make your stories stand out and tons of modern elements that will invite you to explore more.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • widgetized index,
  • custom sections,
  • ad ready,
  • custom widgets,
  • page preloaders,
  • second navigation menu.

Price: $0

 

flymag

FlyMag

A clean and simple theme for magazines, with a multipurpose design. It has a minimalist yet interactive look, with draggable carousel sliders, image sliders, and a visual-friendly appearance overall. FlyMag is modern and puts your content first.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • lazy loading effect,
  • translation ready,
  • custom colors,
  • custom widgets,
  • various post formats,
  • Google Fonts.

Price: $0

 

silk

Silk Lite

A beautiful and elegant theme for fashion magazines. It has a modern blogging layout, and can be used for both personal and professional purposes. The design is simple yet stylish and provides smooth animations. If you're looking for some classy simplicity, Silk may be the one for you.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • translation ready,
  • minimalist design,
  • magazine-like pages,
  • widget ready,
  • beautiful author box,
  • newsletter box.

Price: $0

 

trendmag

TrendMag

TrendMag is a very modern and classy theme for multiple magazine purposes, with an awesome and complex design that gives you the feeling of broad space. It comes with parallax sections, a handful of interactive widgets, and an online shop. Overall, the content is organized and put into smartly placed sections and boxes, so it can be easily visible to the readers.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • live customizer,
  • unlimited sidebars,
  • translation ready,
  • social links support,
  • widget ready,
  • WooCommerce compatibility.

Price: $0

 

blackwhite

Black & White

If you need some stylish free magazine WordPress themes then this is perhaps the one for you. Everything comes in black and white. However, despite its modern look, it also has a vintage vibe and an elegant typography, plus a nice grid-like homepage. (Even though all about this theme is black and white, every item switches to full color when you hover over it.)

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • translation ready,
  • SEO ready,
  • full-width featured slider,
  • Google fonts selector,
  • unlimited color options.

Price: $0

 

profitmag

Profitmag

Profitmag brings on the classic magazine design, perfect for general publications. It was made to display a high number of posts on the homepage, all grouped by categories and well organized. The theme supports ad spaces of all sizes, media galleries, slideshows, and featured sliders.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • slider settings,
  • three color schemes,
  • four widget sections in footer,
  • latest news ticker,
  • photo gallery and ads section in sidebar,
  • multiple custom widgets.

Price: $0

 

Maggie Lite

A friendly and colorful theme for news and magazines, with a clean and catchy design that comes with nicely organized content boxes and blocks. The theme provides a big full-width featured slider, various posts widgets, and slideshows.

Features:

  • multiple ads sections,
  • dark and light theme skins,
  • boxed and full-width layouts,
  • 5 block layouts on the homepage,
  • colorful category backgrounds,
  • news ticker,
  • tabbed category widgets + 7 in-built widgets.

Price: $0

 

pencil

Pencil

A simple and clean blogging theme, with a magazine-like layout and a multipurpose design. The theme is minimalist, modern, and uses the classic grid layout. The neat aspect puts your content in the spotlight. Pencil also offers a classy newsletter and contact form, along with ad spaces.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • minimalist templates,
  • three homepage layouts,
  • four post formats (standard, gallery, audio, video),
  • two page layouts (with and without sidebar),
  • widget ready.

Price: $0

 

edition

Edition

Another classic example among these free magazine WordPress themes, but still able to look modern and be very friendly. It comes with colorful buttons and bands, a boxed layout on a static custom background, nicely organized sections, news ticker and ad spaces, carousels, and featured slideshows. Edition is multipurpose and fits all kinds of topics.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • translation ready,
  • Contact Form 7 support,
  • SEO optimized,
  • news ticker,
  • advertisement ready,
  • custom widgets.

Price: $0

 

Newsmag Lite

Newsmag is a theme designed for professional magazines, likely to approach complex topics such as politics or economics. It provides a nice draggable full-width slider and a neatly organized content. Newsmag's design and layout will emphasize your content thanks to the clean and simple appearance of the theme.

Features:

  • responsive design,
  • translation ready,
  • custom logo upload,
  • ad friendly,
  • widgetized footer,
  • parallax featured images.

Price: $0

 

vmag

VMag Lite

A clean and very elegant theme for news agencies and magazines. All the content on the homepage displays with lazy loading effect in a neat, beautiful way. VMag is not only multipurpose but also simple, providing intuitive blocks.

Features:

  • mobile friendly,
  • AdSense ready,
  • translation ready,
  • news ticker,
  • carousel news widget,
  • 13 in-built widgets,
  • beautiful slider section,
  • modern and elegant design.

Price: $0

 

mh_magazine_lite

MH Magazine Lite

MH Magazine Lite is a free magazine WordPress theme which is perfectly suitable to create editorial websites of any type. This dynamic WordPress template comes with several custom widgets to create unique front page layouts and present your content nicely. MH Magazine Lite is fully responsive, translation ready and supports RTL as well as custom logo and custom background upload.

Features:

  • fully widgetized front page,
  • unique custom widgets,
  • several widget areas,
  • SEO optimization,
  • translation ready and RTL support,
  • fully responsive layout.

Price: $0

 

AccessPress Mag

AccessPress Mag is a modern and clean theme for professional purposes. Its layouts fits any magazine or media/press sites, providing a simple and smart structure of the content. This theme can be used for anything - from economics and politics to fashion, lifestyle, or sports.

Features:

  • post views and comments counter,
  • beautiful and easy to ready article page,
  • Google AdSense ready,
  • built-in review system,
  • CSS3 animations,
  • fully responsive layout.

Price: $0

 

newspaper x

Newspaper X

Features:

  • advertisement banner management,
  • Bootstrap framework,
  • grid post layout,
  • 4 news categories,
  • clean and minimalist layout,
  • WordPress customizer.

Price: $0

 

newsmix

News Mix

Features:

  • customizable layout,
  • unlimited sidebar,
  • localization support,
  • responsive layout,
  • custom widgets,
  • HTML5 and CSS3 tableless design.

Price: $0

 

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Adelina Tuca

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  • Ron Roy

    Hi adelina,

    Here I am Ron, I wanna use the theme justwrite for my website but I cant customize the front page so can you please help me? or suggest me any other theme like just write.
    My mail is – ronisbest8@gmail.com

    • Hi Ron,

      You should try to contact the theme’s developers and tell them the issues you have.

  • Peter Klein

    What about these as mobile-enabled? How to we check what they look like on a phone or tablet?