30 Top Rated News & Magazine Style WordPress Themes for 2013

Last year was an excellent year for premium WordPress themes. I’ve been working with WordPress since 2009 and in that time 2012 was probably the strongest year yet for premium WordPress themes of all kinds. I enjoyed three categories the most: personal blogging, creative portfolios/business, and news/magazine style WordPress themes. Of course those are my own subjective favorites but I hope as you browse my collection below you’ll find something that you enjoy too. In this post I focused solely on the news/magazine WordPress themes of 2012. Let me know what you think!


UrbanNews is a premium WordPress magazine 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.

UrbanNews WordPress Theme


A clean and sharp theme for news sites, magazines or blogs. Newsroom gives you many ways to show your posts. With a good structure and ultra responsive layout, the viewing and reading experience is superb on all types of devices. A ton of options gives you the ability to get the theme just as you want it with a few simple clicks.

Newsroom WordPress Theme


MagazinePress is an advanced WordPress theme with news / magazine-style layout. The theme comes bundled with a built-in review system where you can assign different & unlimited rating criteria for each post. Guess what, your blog readers can also give their votes! Visitors votes will be placed seperately under “User Ratings”.

MagazinePress WordPress Theme


HotNews is a premium WordPress theme for review, blog, magazine and news websites with fresh, clean and responsive design. This theme is extremely flexible, you can customize almost any elements in a theme such as changing the color scheme, the main background, header background, navigation bar and footer with integrated color picker and background uploader. HotNews come with two layout type (boxed and streched) and three content layout style (content in the center, left or right) and responsive of course.

HotNews WordPress Theme


Unicorn is a fresh, clean, and modern magazine theme. Built with responsive design and you can change this theme be boxed one, boxed two or stretched. With the 4 post formats (standard, video, audio & galleries), unicorn can be used for almost any niche. Unicorn also built-in review system (with up to 5 rating criteria).

Unicorn WordPress Theme


A feature-rich, professional media and magazine theme. Max Mag is fully-responsive and includes unlimited color schemes, a “sticky” menu bar, a slider on each category page, 5 different ad units, including a wallpaper ad, a drag-and-drop homepage, 14 custom widgets, secondary feature headlines, SEO friendly and so much more!

Max-Mag WordPress Theme


Hades is The Bold Magazine, News and Blog Template built with latest WordPress features.

Hades WordPress Theme


MagMan is a WordPress theme for blog, magazine & news editorial. It’s very clean, minimal with modern responsive design.

MagMan WordPress Theme

Local News

Local News is a premium WordPress theme for news websites. Theme is ideal for city news website or any other online news page.

Local-News WordPress Theme


Sahifa is a Clean Responsive Magazine, News and Blog Template.

Sahifa WordPress Theme


Welcome to Blogga – a team blogging theme that highlights the authors and the content they create. Blogging is what this template is all about. No fancy stuff – just a plain, feature rich blogging theme for WordPress. You can follow authors, shown by their faces next to each post, by subscribing to their mailing list. Find posts by authors, attach galleries to posts and much much more…

Blogga WordPress Theme


Newsroll is flexible, customizable and fully responsive magazine WordPress theme with clean and sleek design. Theme includes lots of advanced features and functions and is based on solid backend framework.

Newsroll WordPress Theme


Ratius is a premium WordPress Review and Magazine theme with some awesome backend functionality. It’s built upon OOP for a super duper fast back and front end experience.

Ratius WordPress Theme


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.

Magnovus WordPress Theme

The Daily Press

The Daily Press is a super simple publication theme for WordPress. This site was designed and built for businesses wanting a similar presence on the web as the New York Times and other prestigious news organizations.

The-Daily-Press WordPress Theme


INVISI theme design was created with a goal to promote your content in an organized and visually enjoyable manner. Theme is suitable for personal bloggers, newspapers, online magazines… With great look and very useful features you’ll leave a lasting impression upon your public.

Invisi WordPress Theme

  • Full Details | Price: $39

The League

The TheLeague – Responsive Magazine WordPress 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 AiwazMag making it a pleasure to use. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous bbPressplugin. Packed with options, custom widgets and shortcodes, this theme will not disappoint! I carefully handcrafted this template with a strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience. It’s very quick to setup and easy to customize.

The-League WordPress Theme

  • Full Details | Price: $39


Squarely combines a responsive design with a focus on content consumption. Allow your readers to easily digest your content with Squarely’s simple and elegant interface that puts the focus on the content through capitative imagery. Squarely features a 960 grid with custom shortcodes and widgets including a new recent posts widget.

Squarely WordPress Theme

  • Full Details | Price: $39


Mediapress is a News/Magazine theme. The 3 collumn on the homepage are completely widgetized and we created 8 custom widget for you to display your content. There is 90+ shortcodes wich are in the visual editor of WordPress and 35 options to change the CSS in the theme options (Font size, color, background colors etc etc) Mediapress is also fully localized so you can translate the theme really easily.

MediaPress WordPress Theme

My Journal

My Journal is flexible, customizable and fully responsive magazine WordPress theme with clean and sleek design. Theme includes lots of advanced features and functions and is based on solid backend framework.

My-Journal WordPress Theme


Clearly is a news/magazine theme for WordPress. The theme is fully responsive and good looking on any screen size with a really compact theme options.

Clearly WordPress Theme

  • Full Details | Price: $39


Primed for blogging and magazines, Digi offers an interactive experience for your readers. With sliders, home page tabbed video support, featured categories and WordPress Post Format support the theme offers many options to showcase various content.

Digi WordPress Theme


Editor is a premium responsive WordPress theme created for news and magazine websites. Its clean and professional design allows your images, video and writing to stand out.

Editor WordPress Theme


ZinePress is a Premium Magazine, Community or Personal Blog theme. Its comes with multiple color schemes and tons of features. When you’ve got lots of content and you need a magazine style format to show it off, ZinePress is the theme for you. It is sleek, up-to-date, and always cutting-edge… just like your content.

ZinePress WordPress Theme

  • Full Details | Price: $37


Mirage WordPress Theme is a top notch Magazine, Community & Blog Theme full of custom options, custom widgets and smashing design. Mirage is suitable for content producers at all levels – small and large online magazines, bloggers or professional communities. Mirage is a beautiful and pixel-perfect blog and magazine Theme from Pixiel.

Mirage WordPress Theme

  • Full Details | Price: $37


Maggie is a clean and simple magazine WordPress theme, created specially for anyone who wants to create a news editorial sites, magazine sites or personal blog. Maggie came up with the MT Framework that contains a theme options and drag and drop sidebar manager, which allows you to control the content and style of your site without having to have expertise in coding.

Maggie WordPress Theme


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.

Volt WordPress Theme


Maverick is a fixed layout wordpress theme. It is suitable for almost any type of blogs including media, reviews, portfolio and even business. The Theme is extremely simple to get up and running, and includes a lot of options allowing for complete customization.

Maverick WordPress Theme


KERNEL , has 3 news blocks on homepage (7 post, 5 post and 9 posts news blocks), gallery page with two different styles (Default gallery and Fancybox Gallery), Blog page with 2 styles (“News and posts with big images” and “News and posts with small images”) and 3 sliders (Blog, Homepage and Breaking News slider). Redesigning KERNEL is extremely easy (no more hardcoded design). KERNEL with newest Orange Themes Control Panel makes editing/adding/changing all settings extremely easy, that’s why KERNEL is your best choice for Magazine or News Portals.

Kernel WordPress Theme


Ares is The Clean Magazine, News and Blog Template built with latest WordPress features.

Ares WordPress Theme

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Nathan B Weller

Nathan B Weller

Hi! I'm Nathan B Weller: writer, book lover, and digital publisher. I use WordPress to launch blogs, products, businesses and portfolios for myself and my clients. If you'd like to see what I'm up to on a regular basis stop by my website at www.nathanbweller.com.

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