20 Best Free Magazine WordPress Themes

Why will you need a Magazine Theme?

You are going to create content which falls into more than two categories and you don’t want your readers get confused about what you’re writing. So, you will look for a theme that can categorize your content or articles and make navigation easy for your audience. If this is why you need a magazine theme, you’re lucky to have the following collection of free magazine themes.

In my previous collection I listed the best free WordPress business themes and now we are going to see the top 20 magazine WordPress themes. There is more demand for magazine theme just because they can be used as multipurpose themes which cuts down the expenses.

That’s the case with every multipurpose theme. Now, we’ll just talk about the freebies which are almost equal to premium ones but with some limitations in customization. But if you are capable and willing to spend a few bucks, I suggest you to consider the best premium magazine themes.

The following six free magazine themes are designed and developed by Kopa Theme on their own framework. They are the best of free themes and I really thank them for being so helpful to WordPress community.

Fast News

Built on the kopatheme framework (I guess it’s Redux,) Flat News is almost a premium magazine theme with no great after sale support. I don’t mean that you’ll get no support, you can contact them if you face any issues (no premium support). Flat News is built on HTML 5 and CSS 3, as usual it’s responsive and multi-layout magazine WordPress theme.

 Fast News WordPress Theme



Musica being a magazine Wordress theme, looks very comfortable on the all screens even with four columns. Musica showcases every category of your news without creating any sort of confusion. I am sure that this magazine theme has a well designed layout and dual homepage sliders seduces you to use it.

 Musica WordPress Theme



Resolution is not so good as Musica but it’s responsive, well designed and looks like a perfectly built block structure. Still it is a free magazine WordPress theme with no drawbacks, with a giant footer to place your custom widgets and drop down sidebars. Also, Resolution is WooCommerce supported, got a shop – online store to sell your stuff.

Resolution WordPress Theme


News Mix

News mix is beautiful and a professional magazine WordPress theme you can download for free. You don’t believe it’s a free theme and it’s no comparison to most of the good premium magazine themes. News Mix’s gallery layout should definitely be admired because no free theme had it.

News Mix WordPress Theme



Though Forceful is a magazine WordPress theme, it suits the reviewers better. I mean if you write more about products and rate them, you should definitely get this theme. Forceful has unique layout especially the right sidebar and it adds extra good look to the entire theme.

Forceful WordPress Theme


New Lotus

New Lotus is something different from what you are expecting. It looks highly modern on the first look and continues the same style through out. The special attraction is definitely the homepage slider and the footer shop carousel. If you’re not comfortable or don’t like the style, you can choose simpler versions from two other options. I don’t know if you’d like New Lotus magazine theme, but he who loves to make a difference, surely would.

New Lotus WordPress Theme



Instead of just being a traditional magazine WordPress theme, Xmax features a completely different layout and design which feels completely satisfying. Also, being a responsive magazine theme, Xmax fits into mobile devices effectively but performance on mobile screens is just not bad. For video posts and galleries, Xmax got separate layouts you’ll love. Wanna see theme live?

Xmax WordPress Theme



I described the details of Circle in one of my previous articles on free WordPress responsive themes. Since Circle is a multipurpose theme, we’ll again talk about it now. As said above, Circle is built on Kopatheme framework and supports multiple layouts. Unlike the rest, Circle has traditional magazine layout with no great features to mention. Still Circle is worthy and free.





A beautifully crafted free magazine WordPress theme from athemes and has 5 custom widgets including a flicker widget. Fashionista is not a perfect magazine theme, but carries the essence and can serve bloggers who work with multiple niches better. With the look of a blog theme, Fashionista is simple and elegant.




WP Herald Lite

Herald is the exact replica of a perfect magazine theme. The layout, design will surely remind you either telegraph or Financial Times. Yes, it got the similar design and if you are looking for a perfect free magazine WordPress theme, WP Herald is the best choice waiting for you. Take a look at its demo.




Are you a tech geek who writes about the latest gadgets? Then I bet you can’t find a free magazine theme better than Gadgetry. This theme from themefuse is the perfect example for magazine WordPress theme, it’s completely responsive and retina ready. You are allowed to customize to whatever extent you like right from the admin panel. Gadgetry is a boxed layout theme with header slider and allows two displays for recent posts i.e. grid and column. It has a number of short codes to help you right from buttons to light boxes for videos and image galleries. Most of all, it’s one of the few free themes to performs better on mobile screens.





Have you ever seen Listverse’s design? If yes, Hueman is inspired from the same and it almost looks identical to Listverse. Hueman is ultra responsive and flexible, nothing (no free theme) does better than Hueman on mobile screens . It has a unique style of smooth and flexible navigation to move from current post to the next. You’ll definitely love it’s magazine style.

Hueman WordPress Theme



Any grid layout lovers out there? Surfarama is a grid style free magazine WordPress theme suitable for individual bloggers. Surfarama is simple and lightweight free theme with an attractive look especially for that masonry layout. So, check it once and see if it fits your magazine blog.

Surfarama WordPress Theme



Smartline is a traditional magazine WordPress theme with a convincing design and layout from themezee. The design is responsive and has an awesome slider on the homepage and a giant footer with widget support. Also, smartline performs good on mobile screens particularly mobiles. Though it’s not a must have magazine theme, it’s still good enough to consider for your blog.

Smartline WordPress Theme



Anderson is another free magazine WordPress theme from the same developer themezee but with a different and unique design. However, I didn’t notice any cool features in Anderson but it’ll be sure for a beginner as a test theme i.e. you may use it if you are not sure what to use. You may later shift to a better one in the list. Anderson has a good feature i.e. it concentrates more on content visibility. So, finally choice is up to you.





Though Play Book isn’t a complete solution for a magazine WordPress theme, it deserves to be listed here. It’s just like a multipurpose theme that can be used for any kind of blogs. Play Book is from mythemeshop, one of the best WordPress theme developers. It’s responsive, got a clean design except the header navigation bar and better ad placement and it’s simply a good theme among the list of best.

Play Book WordPress Theme



Another freebie from themezee. Courage is a full width free magazine WordPress theme with a cool three column layout. The header slider on the homepage adds extra good look to the theme. It got the same features just like Anderson but is more beautiful and professional than it. The responsive social share icons, flexible mobile friendly design are bonus.

Courage WordPress Blog Theme




Portal is an SEO optimized free magazine WordPress theme from mythemeshop. It has custom widgets and unlimited background support and a neat grid layout. Being a responsive theme it provides best user experience to readers. Most of all, it is ad optimized theme. Wanna give it a try?

 Portal WordPress Theme


TA Magazine

TA Magazine is from themeart who has a beautiful portfolio of the best free themes. TA Magazine is a unique style and focuses mainly on displaying your content no matter what format it is. From the homepage sliders to single post formats, everything is perfectly designed. TA Magazine is professional magazine WordPress theme and looks great in its 3 column layout. It supports 8 custom widgets including the mailchimp support. So, I think you can bet on this magazine theme.




MH Magazine

Finally, here is MH Magazine which is a theme that went viral for a long time. Though all the features come with the pro version, lite version is more than enough to make your magazine blog stand out. Both versions are boxed layout and don’t feel that it makes your website look compact, the real beauty lies in boxed layouts. Don’t believe me? See the demo now.

MH Magazine WordPress Theme


Here ends our list of top 20 free magazine WordPress themes. I am happy to share you the list and I’m pretty sure that you would find your favorite theme. Good luck for your up coming blog and I’ll see you soon with another collection of best WordPress themes soon. If I missed any of your favorite theme, please let me know, I’ll add it.