5 Best Premium Like Free Magazine Style WordPress Themes

Magazine style WordPress themes are very popular as it shows good number of posts on homepage. Specially for tech and news blog, magazine style theme is a requisite. With the growth of WordPress as a platform, now we have plenty of theme options. I have been searching a lot to make this collection up-to date and despite of I made this list of free WordPress theme, I had a hard time picking the best one. One of the major problem which I have found with free version of theme is lack of support. There are plenty of theme club out there and only few of them offers free once.

If you are looking a theme for a blog where you also make money from AdSense, I recommend you to prefer Premium themes over Free themes, as they are well-coded, and you will get premium support. That is one thing, which free themes always lacks.

So, lets get on with our updated list of premium like free WordPress themes.

Free Magazine Style WordPress Themes:

Hueman free WordPress theme:

Hueman wordpress theme

This is one of the most popular free WordPress theme in WordPrss theme repo and here I have linked to the official author page which have more features than the one listed on WordPress repo. This is a fully responsive theme and is widgetized. It comes with 10 post formats and is boxed layout. This is ultra popular theme and you would love to get this for your blog.

Download and demo link

DualShock by MyThemeShop:

DualShock magazine theme

Harsh has already reviewed MythemeShop marketplace here and one of the reason we like them is because they care about the community. They have tons of free and premium theme. DualShock is another responsive modern magazine style WordPress theme. This comes with option panel which makes your work easier when it comes to customisation. With HTML5 and CSS3, your blog is going to be SEO friendly.

Check out DualShock

Thrilling Theme

Thrilling WordPress theme

Thrilling is a popular free magazine style premium WordPress theme and is being used by many successful bloggers.

Top Features of Thrilling Theme

  • Magazine style WordPress theme
  • SEO optimized WordPress theme
  • Easily customizable with theme control panel
  • Custom widget areas

Theme Demo and More Info

Arras WordPress Theme

Arras WordPress theme

Arras is a wonderful free magazine style and blogging theme. The main thing anyone can observe that its control panel is as powerful as the control panel of paid WordPress themes.

Top Features of Arras

  • Amazing control panel and you can change the whole layout using panel
  • More than 5 color scheme
  • Tabbed widget in sidebar
  • Homepage custom widgets
  • You can change layout grid
  • You can change number of columns in footer
  • Auto thumbnail resizing

Theme Demo and More Info

Swift WordPress Theme

Swift Theme

Swift is another magazine style free WordPress theme and it is known for its super SEO. Swift theme control panel is more powerful than Arras. But the current version of this theme has some bugs which may be fixed possibly in next release.  Read out complete review of Swift theme.

Top Features of Swift

  • SEO optimized WordPress theme
  • Change layout type according to your requirement from Magazine style to blogging style
  • Complete customization using theme panel
  • Three custom menu areas
  • Special author bio and social bookmarking widget
  • Tabbed widget in sidebar

Theme Demo and More Info

The Original Premium News


This theme is fully decorated with advanced Woo themes features. I think it is a great free magazine style WordPress theme.

Top Features of The Original Premium News

  • Attractive magazine style homepage
  • Changeable color schemes
  • In-built SEO options
  • Tabbed widget in sidebar
  • Dropdown menus
  • Advertisement ready

Theme Demo and More Info

Do let us know which one is your favorite premium magazine style WordPress theme and which WordPress theme you would recommend to others?

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COMMENTs ( 22 )

  1. Vin DiCarlo says

    Currently I am Using eleven40 themes by Studiopress. I have Modified my Theme CSS and Now My blog Look Like a Magazine Blog. I am Satisfied With This. Have Anyone Tried This?

  2. rakesh kumar says

    swift is better free theme but it needs a lots of customization and it also does not support IE 6 plus it does not pass CSS validation checks, When Installed on shared server it prepare a custom css file which is un-writable thus leads us a lots of problem. So before installing on a live site if any body wants to make changes then it does not support. especially color changes.

  3. Jarret says

    Don’t forget Justin Tadlock’s free magazine theme from DevPress. It’s just called “news” and is available from the WordPress theme repository or from devpress dot com.

  4. Swamykant says

    Satish is excellent designer and his Swift theme is awesome. The control panel is too good. It was a great suprise when I found such a good wordpress theme for free.

  5. elytz says

    i love Swift WordPress Theme very very much. thanks for the article, please introduce more and more free themes.

  6. Den Hung Travel says

    I used 4 of 5 template. That is the theme is good SEO optimized and highly customizable. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Burhanuddin Tezabwala says

    These themes are quite elegant, simple and user-friendly.

    But this ‘Thrilling Theme’ just looks like other 2 or 3 column theme. I mean it is not giving a Magazine type feel; I may be wrong as I am new in all this. Still a good collection!

  8. shariq@shoutmeloud says

    You are right according to look it is really awesome but due to absence of control panel I have not included it in this list.

  9. Devesh @ Technshare says

    Great List.

    Some of my favorite magazine style free themes are
    Epione, Apparatus, Traction etc.

    Anyways, Thanks for sharing.

  10. Glitz @ Glitzyblog says

    I have tested the Swift WordPress Theme and The Original Premium News theme and among these two i like Swift Theme the features are great.