WordPress Theme — By Letmeknow on December 21, 2012 at 7:35 am
A great looking and feature rich WordPress news theme can be excellent for building a news website or magazine. As we have covered in several articles lately, WordPress is really rocking the web design and development boat right now. It is to some extent a disruptive technology not only dominating the blogging space, but also taking ground in nearly any other niche, changing how most web sites are built.
WordPress is very popular for many non-blogging websites, and in particular many photographers use a WordPress photography theme to showcase their shots. WordPress is also picking up popularity for building websites that offer news updates and for a reason. Setting up a new site using WordPress is a fast and cheap process and using a great WordPress news theme is the first important step to make your site look just as cool and professional as the big sites. In this article, we are going to do a quick but extensive rundown of the best WordPress newspaper style themes for building Professional news websites. Just a word of note, these templates are not only good for online news and magazine sites, but also for any other website with a lot to say. That is, any website with lots of content, which are rapidly updated and categorized. Let’s take a look at the extensive WordPress news theme roundup I have prepared for you below.
Deadline – Responsive Premium WordPress News / Magazine Theme More detail… / View Demo
Deadline is a Powerful, Professional, Premium WordPress magazine theme. It comes packed with an impressive array of custom options and widgets allowing you to control the look and feel.
UrbanNews – WP Magazine and News Theme More detail… / View Demo
UrbanNews is a premium news WordPress theme. Unlimited color schemes, unlimited galleries, 11 page templates, 2 premium widgets included, and fully customizable – UrbanNews is built on a responsive modern grid layout that offers a unique way to display lots of cool content and imagery. No custom post types, the option to turn on/off responsive layouts, easy to add galleries and video, 125 fully customizable icons available – the options are plentiful, easy to manage, awesome to work with. Check out some of the features?
Forester More detail… / View Demo
Forrester has a non-classic magazine layout with good navigation options and lots of space for content on the front page.
WP-Cclear More detail… / View Demo
Solostream recently released version 2.0 of their popular simple WordPress theme, WP-Clear. This updated version includes numerous new features and layout options with magazine, business and blog layout styles. Other features include 2 content sliders, multiple post and page layout options, integrated banner ad spots, options panel for easy customization and more. This simple WordPress theme is a “must see”.
Lucid WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
Lucid is a sleek and modern magazine theme that does a great job displaying tons of content while at the same time avoiding the feeling of clutter. Clean design elements and a strict grid give the theme an organized layout that is a pleasure to read. Lucid is also fully responsive, meaning that the design will adapt to mobile phones and tablets for a more intuitive browsing experience.
Explosion – Responsive WordPress News Theme More detail… / View Demo
Explosion is a Responsive WordPress Theme, best suited for News Magazines and Blogs. It comes with 13 awesome widgets, 10 post formats, awesome Page Builder and tons of theme options. Explosion developed on the Bootstrap — beautifull boilerplate for responsive development so it look beautiful at any size, be it a 17” laptop screen or an iPad, iPhone.
Aggregate More detail… / View Demo
Aggregates comes packed with tons of content and widget-ready areas, and manages to display everything in a clear and readable manner. We have also added some handy new widgets, as well as many new advertisement areas. If you have been searching for a feature-rich Magazine-style theme for your blog, then look no further! Further the ElegantThemes club is one of the most affortable and it is packed with good themes you can use on as many sites as you like.
Zenko Magazine More detail… / View Demo
Zenko Magazine is a stylish & colorful theme intended for those who want to launch a magazine or blog! The flexible layout allows you to easily adapt your content to the theme.
DelicateNews WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
DelicateNews is a content-heavy wordpress news theme wrapped in an elegant and “delicate” shell. Featuring a 3-column grid and many homepage content outlets, this theme gives you the opportunity to feature tons of content without making your website feel cramped or messy.
SimplePress – Simple WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
Tribune More detail… / View Demo
This is another great WPZoom creation and among my favorite picks in this large collection of simple WordPress themes.
Gazette Edition – WordPress News Theme
Gazette Edition is arguably our most sophisticated-looking theme to date, whilst the trendy featured scroller makes it very unique. The clean, white layout with professionally designed content areas are perfect for users that’d like to run a community newspaper website or a product showcase.
Magnovus – Responsive News WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
Magnovus is premium quality WordPress theme for magazines and news sites with rating features. It’s fully responsive theme (it works great on iPad) with extensive Theme Options panel. You can easily change colors scheme and backgrounds.
Daily Theme More detail… / View Demo
This theme offers a clean and simple design but still allows for a lot of content to be presented in a magazine style.
WP-Aire More detail… / View Demo
Bright, light and flexible is what you get with WP-Aire. Whether you want a business website, a simple blog layout or a full-fledged magazine-style site, WP-Aire will have you and your WordPress site flyin high in no time at all.
Avada | Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme More detail… / View Demo
The Avada theme is so clean, super flexible and has a fully responsive design (try resizing your browser). Built with HTML5 and CSS3 . A lot of thought and care were put into Avada making it a pleasure to use. Avada is loaded with options, and has powerful customization options. The clean, modern design can be used for any type of website; business, corporate, portfolio, products, etc.
WP-Prosper More detail… / View Demo
WP-Prosper is a clean, professional WordPress theme suitable for a business website, blog or online magazine.
AWARE (Responsive theme) More detail… / View Demo
Aware is a clean and simple interactive, responsive portfolio theme perfect for freelancers, web designers, photographers and videographers alike. Its user interactive interface delightfully enhances your most loved portfolio pieces. Now, you can take your portfolio with you, in your pocket.
Evertis More detail… / View Demo
The perfect theme for your magazine or blog with tons of features like featured articles, social bookmarks and a very flexible layout which is easy to customize.
Lifestyle Child Theme More detail…
Lifestyle’s a great choice for sites that have a lot to say. Choose from ten content-friendly soft color schemes, and widgets that support everything from video to in-depth articles to great photography.
Passion Reloaded Responsive WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
This is a really cool business WordPress theme with great responsive layout and page builder to take complete control of the individual pages.
WP Smooth Theme More detail… / View Demo
WP-Smooth is a dark but stylish premium WordPress magazine theme with multiple color options and layouts. It has a built-in control panel that makes it flexible and easy to use.
Confidence – Responsive Blog / News Theme More detail… / View Demo
The Confidence WordPress theme is great for personal blogs and magazine sites, it also can be used as a personal portfolio. Responsive layout makes it easier for your visitors to open your site from any various devices. Confidence is very easy to be customized for beginners or experts, with more than 80 theme options allow you to do it all from just one page.
Premium News More detail… / View Demo
The Original Premium News Theme, was the very first premium theme that we ever released. This theme may be a bit rough around the edges (in terms of its looks), but we’ve used the same solid base for all our subsequent themes. Enjoy this themes’ minimalistic beauty and make it your own today!
deTube – Professional Video WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
deTube is a cool video news WordPress theme designed for professional video News/magazine websites, video blog or vVideo portal. This theme will help you get a professional video site up and running quickly, it is inspired by the popular websites: YouTube, Vimeo and Dribbble. No modest to say that it is the most powerful video WordPress theme so far.
Basement More detail… / View Demo
Basement is content rich magazine WordPress theme with clean, sleek and customizable design. It is not a traditional WordPress news theme but a the way it is structured with images in a magazine style makes it qute interesting. Theme includes lots of advanced features and functions and is based on solid backend framework.
The Journal More detail… / View Demo
A neat online WordPress newspaper theme perfect for web publishers. The Journal places special emphasis on its neat typography and clean grid structure, and not template imagery, making customizing this theme a breeze and showcasing post content and its imagery top priority. With a neat tag based “Highlights” section and a recent posts carousel the home page is completely adaptable to your content.
VOLT – Editorial WordPress News Theme More detail… / View Demo
Volt theme for WordPress is designed for magazine, news and editorial ventures. With content and readability being the primary goal, the theme is designed with flexible layout pattern and decent space for advertisements. The theme introduces a layout swapping option that will let you move the content in desirable location, and is helpful when you are experimenting with visual hierarchy and user eye pattern. Backed with custom widgets, visual short codes, exclusive widget areas and custom page templates, the theme is envisioned to provide you more flexibility and ease-of-customization for your next editorial project.
Sahifa – Responsive WordPress News,Magazine,Blog More detail… / View Demo
Sahifa is a clean Responsive Magazine, News and Blog Template with a really cool set of options pages.
Loook – Responsive Magazine More detail… / View Demo
The Loook theme is a fresh take on a WordPress magazine. With the innovative ‘tile system’ it mainly focuses on photo-centric content, and therefore serves the current trend defined by Pinterest and Polyvore. The theme offers abeautifuly polished and clean appearence with responsive layout.
Serpent – Responsive Social Network Theme More detail… / View Demo
Serpent is a responsive social network WordPress theme build to power sites with multiple users and provide community content sharing. Used as a news theme it helps promoting the content and building a tribe around a specific topic.
Modernizm More detail… / View Demo
Modernizm is a modern-looking premium WordPress theme suited for online magazine, news portal or even personal web site. Its simple and clean layout make reading content easy and comfortable. Modernizm is designed to have responsive layout. That means your website will look great no matter the device or screen size on which it’s being viewed. Modernizm also has a special author page template, which lists all your site authors. Modernizm comes with two widget positions: sidebar and footer.
Voyage – More detail… / View Demo
Voyage is a versatile WordPress theme that can be used for a wide variety of websites, like a travel agency, portfolio, small business, etc. Packed with many built-in amazing features, this theme is a real keeper.
Construct, a Responsive WordPress News Theme More detail… / View Demo
CadabraPress More detail… / View Demo
CadabraPress is a revolutionary WPZOOM theme, offering users a professional and elegant display of articles and full control over theme features.
TypeMagz More detail… / View Demo
TypeMagz gives your blog a nice magazine look with a good color contrast that makes your posts stand out and easier to read. It comes with theme administration panel and is tailored for journalists and online magazines.
Splendid More detail… / View Demo
Splendid is an elegant magazine-style WordPress theme packed with additional color styles and lots of great built-in features, such as video support, custom page templates and custom widgets.
Arras Theme More detail… / View Demo
Great looking free WordPRess News Themes with 7 color styles.
Continuum – News WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
Structure More detail…
The Structure Theme is a set of premium WordPress themes masterfully created with a modern and minimalist design aesthetic.
Glow Theme More detail… / View Demo
With its bright colors, bold text and flashy design, Glow is a great theme for anyone looking to make an impact. This theme comes with four color variations, and is equipped with the latest ePanel Theme Options page which gives you complete control over your blog.
Broadcast – News/Magazine WordPress Theme More detail… / View Demo
Broadcast is perfect for anyone looking for a clean magazine style for their website. Giving you lots of options to create your website the way you want it to look.
Felici – WordPress News Theme More detail… / View Demo
Felici is a new breed of magazine theme, it has been build for all of those who are tired of messing around with there homepage posts. This theme can make any homepage structure you need without having duplicate categories inside. With 3 types of columns, default, small accordion and full width accordion, all managed through a nifty and user friendly drag and drop system.
SWAGGER – Responsive theme More detail… / View Demo
Swagger is built on top of the all-new version 2 of the Theme Blvd framework. Use the layout builder to accomplish just about anything you could ever think of. Use the slider manager to create as many sliders as you want. Use the widget area manager to create as many widget areas and sidebars as you want. With just the right amount of theme options and flexibility, the power is all in your hands. And with a sleek, responsive HTML5 design, you’ll be sure no one will miss out on your new website built with Swagger.
Delicious Magazine More detail… / View Demo
Delicious Magazine is versatile enough to be used for a variety of purposes, like a food website as we’ve demonstrated on our preview. It includes a big featured area that captivates the user with large images, and also a sub featured spotlight area that makes your homepage look like more than a blog.
Le News – WordPress News Theme More detail… / View Demo
Le News magazine is a modern, clean premium WordPress News Theme available in 4 different colors. Easy to use theme panel option with more than 30 settings available to make your theme unique.
Periodic More detail… / View Demo
Periodic is a custom built, premium WordPress theme suited for online magazines, news portals and large blogs.
Supreme More detail…
Neatly coded WordPress news theme designed for use as a news, magazine, personal journal, or community theme. We put all our experience in this theme and create excellent functionality. Supreme is here to meet your needs whether you are looking to start a tutorial site, magazine, or industry news type site.
WP- Sublime More detail… / View Demo
WP-Sublime is a bright, professional-looking WordPress theme suitable for a business website, a blog or a full-fledged magazine-style site. Its extensive built-in control panel makes it easy to use and modify.
WordPress Newspaper More detail… / View View Demo
WP Newspaper, as the name implies, is a newspaper style WordPress theme that has all the features of a newspaper site. This WordPress theme has a unique newspaper layout and is ad and search engine optimized. If you are looking to showcase your content in a unique package and take your website into the next step, WP Newspaper is the template that you have been looking for.
Transcript WordPress News Theme More detail… / View Demo
Transcript is a multi-purpose and stylish news / magazine theme which includes an eye-catching slider and a built-in advertisement management module. With Transcript you will realize newspaper blogging can also be lots of fun. It incorporates some of the best features tailor made for newspaper sites, plus a user friendly and appealing design, with different color combinations.
CelebrityPress WordPress Theme More detail…
CelebrityPress is the ultimate WordPress Magazine Celebrity Theme. A flexible and easy to setup sexy WordPress theme ideal for those wanting to run a magazine website related to celebrity/gossip, music, movies and lifestyle in general. The theme is packed full of features and compatible with the latest version of WordPress. The theme feature 2 dynamic menus and multiple sidebars customizable within the admin with dropdowns categories and custom links, 6 color styles and a layout selector to use the theme in traditional Blog style or the popular Magazine style.
Magazine Child More detail…
When you’ve got lots of content and you need a magazine-style format to show it off, Magazine is the theme for you. Magazine is sleek, up-to-date, and always cutting-edge… just like your content.
WP-MediaMag More detail… / View Demo
WP-MediaMag is modern WordPress news theme designed for publishers who like to upload media, such as videos and photos. Its expansive control panel makes it easy to use and tweak the many available options and layouts.
Newscope More detail… / View Demo
NewsScope is a free news WordPress theme with featured content option and options page. Supports post thumbnails. Suitable for any niche, especially for news or magazine sites.
The Local More detail…
A hyperlocal news site for WordPress. This add-on for Elemental includes custom widgets for Google Adsense, Maps, YouTube, local Twitter updates, weather and more.
Today’s News More detail… / View Demo
Todays News is a free premium WordPress theme with featured content option and options page. Supports post thumbnails. Suitable for any niche, especially for news or magazine sites.
NewsReport More detail… / View Demo
NewsReport is a free news WordPress theme with featured content option and options page. Supports post thumbnails. Suitable for any niche, especially for news or magazine sites.
If we missed a few great WordPress news themes you think should be added to this post, or if you have any comments or suggestions, as to how to improve this list, please feel free to write them below. We will have that covered in a future post or an update.