1. BresponZive Mag
BresponZive Mag is a multipurpose free WordPress theme for creating magazine or news sites. It is possible to use the theme in multiple styles including the traditional style, the blog style and by combining the magazine and blog styles. Being a fully responsive theme, BresponZive Mag will work perfectly in any device and screen size.
The two-column theme has unlimited widgetized areas in the home page. The theme package includes several popular widgets including the social icons widget. The powerful admin panel will allow you to control various settings of the theme from one place. You can use the free version of the theme in unlimited domains.
There is a Pro version of the theme with some interesting features. If you purchase the Pro version, you will get drag and drop page builder, infinite scroll, news ticker, full localization and RTL support, sample XML data, access to support forum, 10 theme skins, unlimited color and lots of other useful features.
Hueman is a very popular free responsive magazine WordPress theme. The retina ready theme works perfectly in high resolution screens. Its various styling options will let you change the primary and secondary colors, change the header, footer, background color etc. very easily. The flexible layout options will let you choose between placing sidebars on the left, right or on both sides. It is also possible to customize the sidebar placement in posts and pages too.
The theme will allow you to use up to four widgets in the footer. Developed by experienced professionals, it uses only a few images in the layout, thanks to Font Awesome and the magic of CSS. You can also choose the width of your website within the range of 1024px to 1600px. The post navigation and related posts features will keep the readers busy in exploring other contents of your website. Hueman supports all common post formats.
Portal is a free simple magazine WordPress theme with a responsive layout. The flexible grid system of the theme will allow you to show up to nine posts with photos in the home page. The fully responsive theme provides the best viewing experience in smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
The SEO-friendly theme is provided with multiple custom widgets with different sizes. And if your visitors are spread throughout the world, you can translate the theme to other languages too. The very powerful options panel will let you control various aspects of your website. Being provided with unlimited color options, Portal also lets you choose any color you want for your website. The completely free theme package comes with one click installation, lifetime support and update, video tutorials and detailed documentation.
Yegor is a premium bootstrap WordPress theme which comes with all the exciting features of Bootstrap 3. There is a featured post slider and a featured post carousel on the home page. The number and content of those sections could be controlled from the theme options section.
The theme comes with multiple custom widgets for displaying your recent, popular or random posts, categories, sponsors etc. It is possible to put widgets in the footer area too. You can place up to four widgets in the footer.
Yegor is provided with a robust theme options section. The theme options will let you choose your own logo, header image, slogan etc. You can also customize the primary color, link color and hover color. Other useful features of the theme include widgetized sidebar, custom menu, featured images etc.
Gadgetry is an excellent theme with a very attractive design. This free clean WordPress theme comes with a magazine style layout. The easily customizable theme is also very easy to use. It is possible to change the highlight colors from the WordPress interface directly. The theme is especially optimized for delivering the best responsive view to the visitors. The various icons, graphics and text look great in any screen size including the high resolution screens too.
The developers have spent a lot of time on making the backend of the Gadgetry theme as user friendly as possible. Various sections of the admin panel are divided into several categories like General, Homepage, Blog, Posts, Footer etc. An awesome feature of the theme is it comes with all the contents that will exactly reproduce the demo look. You can install the demo content by a single click only.
While the free version of Gadgetry could be used in unlimited domains and comes with editable CSS and PHP files, the Pro version is provided with bonus theme and premium support facility.
6. MH Magazine Lite
As the name suggests, MH Magazine Lite is the basic version of a fully featured theme. This free magazine WordPress theme could be used to develop nice-looking online magazines or news websites. There are 12 different widget locations of MH Magazine Lite which will allow you to place standard or custom widgets anywhere you want. Custom widgets include MH Slider, MH Custom Posts, MH Facebook Likebox etc.
The theme comes with built-in styling for Contact Form 7, one of the most popular contact form plugins for WordPress. The fully translation-ready theme supports RTL layout and works perfectly in al modern web browsers.
MH Magazine is the Pro version of the free theme. The Pro theme is completely responsive and is provided with multiple layouts and a secondary sidebar. Additionally, there are 25 widget locations, 9 custom widgets, 3 custom menu slots, a jQuery news ticker, shortcodes, breadcrumb and lots of other useful features in the Pro version.
Developed on Bootstrap framework, Preus is a powerful theme for creating news and magazine websites. Maximum speed and maximum compatibility with the modern browsers are two of the most prioritized aspects for the theme. The completely free minimalist parallax WordPress theme is retina ready too.
Instead of using images, the layout of the theme was developed by using vector icons. And it works seamlessly in all screen sizes starting from smartphones to large desktop monitors. Along with the two-column layout, the theme lets you use custom background images too. The fully styled comments section supports 5 level nested commenting.
As Preus is provided with the .pot file, you can easily translate it to other languages. The simple but powerful admin panel will let you control various settings of the theme from one place. And if you are unsure about using the theme, you can always refer to the detailed documentation included in the theme package.
ComboMag could be an interesting choice if you are looking for magazine style, free responsive WordPress themes. It allows you to personalize the colors used in the header, sidebar, footer and the navigation menus. The theme also supports more than 600 Google Fonts, which means you will never run out of options when it comes to typography.
The fully responsive theme looks great in any screen size. It also comes with all the common social sharing buttons and several banner locations. The featured article slider will let you showcase some of your most popular, most recent or most shared articles.
The theme package is provided with all the necessary files for translating the theme into other languages. You can control various aspects of the theme by making use of the robust theme options panel.
Featuring bold fonts and striking colors, zeeDynamic is the perfect choice for creating blog, news or magazine websites. This free fully responsive magazine theme is designed with a mobile-first approach. Therefore, it works perfectly in all smartphones and on any other device.
The dynamic home page is the main attraction of zeeDynamic. The fully customizable home page could be easily designed by using the category post boxes, featured post slider etc. And obviously, the theme offers all regular WordPress features including custom background, featured image, widget-supported sidebars, custom headers, custom menus etc.
The rich theme options panel of the theme will allow you to perform various tasks including changing the color scheme, configuring the front page, uploading custom logos etc. zeeDynamic comes with 8 different color schemes for you to choose from. The translation-ready theme is also approved by the theme review team of WordPress.
WallPress is a free responsive magazine theme with social content aggregation feature. It is very easy to create modern, attractive news, magazine or blog sites with WallPress. Inspired by Pinterest, the theme is provided with a grid layout. The geometrically shaped content blocks will help you in creating a professional look for your website. Additional features like Lazy Load, Infinite Scroll etc. will be very helpful for the visitors too.
By using the social content aggregation features, you will be able to share your latest posts from popular social networks including Facebook and Twitter. The advanced theme admin section will allow you to personalize the appearance of your website. The theme will automatically adapt the layout according the screen size of the visitor’s device.
11. Top Mag
Top Mag is an excellent premium magazine WordPress theme developed on Twitter bootstrap framework. The highly customizable theme lets you change the logo, banners and other general settings easily. The powerful admin panel will let you manage the home page and other settings of your website. The home page uses touch-friendly sliders like jssor and Owl slider.
There is a Pro version of the theme which comes with lots of advanced features. First of all, you will be provided with six different color schemes to choose from. It is also possible to customize the existing color schemes to get the exact look you want. As the Pro version follows all the SEO best practices, it will make your job a lot easier. Additionally, it seamlessly integrates with the popular SEO plugins too. Last but not the least, Top Mag Pro also supports Google Web Fonts.
12. Fast News
Fast News is a modern, clean free magazine WordPress theme. The simple but very professional theme will help you in creating your news or magazine website within a short period of time. As the theme comes with lots of layout options, you won’t have any problem in creating a unique website. Besides the standard post format, Fast News also support other common formats including Video, Audio, Gallery, Soundcloud etc.
Fast News lets you create unlimited sidebars on your website. Creating new sidebars is as simple as dragging and dropping a widget to the target location. You can choose from the available list of social icons to include in your website. The cross-browser compatible theme is absolutely ready for creating child themes too.
The Pro version of the theme comes with advanced features like shortcodes, more custom widgets, Google Fonts support, full localization support, theme update notifier etc.
13. Delivery Lite
Delivery Lite is a simple, free responsive magazine theme for WordPress. The theme is tested with the latest version of WordPress. The advanced control panel of the theme will let you control every element of the theme from one place. The XHTML valid, smart design of the theme will make sure that your website is getting maximum visibility in the search engines.
Being a W3C standard compliant theme, Delivery Lite works perfectly in any modern browser. The theme also comes with .po and .mo files. That means you will be able to translate it to other languages easily.
The Pro version of the theme enjoys some superior features like lifetime support, easy ad management etc. It is also provided with various custom widgets including widgets for displaying Flickr and Twitter posts. The Pro package also includes multiple page templates like full width, archive, standard etc.
If you are looking for a free minimalist magazine WordPress theme, then you can definitely consider Magazine. This theme was created for developing magazine websites. Besides the regular post format, it comes with lots of additional features which have made it an exclusive choice.
An interesting feature of the theme is its inset sidebar for the main menu. This feature lets your visitor enjoy the content without any distraction. It is possible to move the sidebar to left or right or not to use at all. By using the custom widgets, you will be able to display your chosen posts. The Featured News could be used to highlight trending stories.
The theme is provided with social sharing buttons and animated icons for the RSS and search fields. You can set how many posts should be displayed in the home page. The detailed typography options will make sure that that the posts and pages of your website look impressive.