4 Best Premium Like Free Magazine Style WordPress Themes

With the growth of WordPress as a platform, now we have plenty of theme options.

Magazine style WordPress themes are very popular as it shows a good number of posts on the homepage. Especially for tech and news blog, magazine style theme is a requisite.

Since this list consists of free WordPress theme, I had a hard time picking the best one. One of the major problems which I found with the free version of the theme is the lack of support.

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.

So, let’s get started with our updated list of premium like free WordPress themes.

Note: This is a well-researched and up to date collection of themes.

Free Magazine Style WordPress Themes:

1. Astra Theme:

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Astra is a very popular free theme with over 2,00,000+ downloads. This theme works perfectly with most of the popular page builder such as Elementor, Beaver Builder. This is designed with SEO and speed as a priority which is something not so common among free WordPress themes.

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If you are using Woo-commerce on your website, Astra is compatible with it. This is a perfect base theme for any kind of WordPress website. You can download the free version of Astra theme by going to the pricing page and clicking on download free Astra theme.


  • 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
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2. Hueman Free WordPress Theme:

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

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3. OceanWP

A light-weight free theme packed with premium features – this is what OceanWP is. With over 300,000+ downloads and over 1900 5 star rating, this is an idle candidate for your hunt of free magazine style WordPress Themes.

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OceanWP makes money by selling extensions that you can use to extend the functionalities of the free version of the theme.

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4. DualShock by MyThemeShop

DualShock magazine theme
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Harsh, CEO of ShoutMeLoud has already reviewed MythemeShop marketplace here and one of the reasons 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 options panel which makes your work easier when it comes to customization. With HTML5 and CSS3, your blog is going to be SEO friendly.

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

Here are a few hand-picked WordPress themes that you should check out next:

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Editorial Staff at ShoutMeLoud is a team of writers led by Harsh Agrawal.

26 thoughts on “4 Best Premium Like Free Magazine Style WordPress Themes”

  1. Vin DiCarlo

    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. mosarrof

    great post, SWIFT theme is one of the best 🙂

  3. rakesh kumar

    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.

  4. Sonu

    I’m looking to buy Who’s Who Elegant Theme. Is it worthy to buy???

  5. anuj@webtricksblog

    Me also using Swift Theme It Provide lot’s of feature’s which i am looking for 🙂

  6. Siddharth

    Wonderful themes.. thanks for the share 🙂

  7. Nihar

    Great List. Thank you very much for sharing these free premium themes!

  8. Jarret

    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.

  9. Swamykant

    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.

  10. elytz

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

  11. Anish KS

    Arthemia is also great, this list ai also cool.

  12. sumanth

    nice themes ..arras theme is looking gud… is it seo friendly??

  13. Den Hung Travel

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

  14. Burhanuddin Tezabwala

    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!

  15. shyam jos

    i used Swift theme its really great theme, lots of options and customizations available

  16. raj@GoTricky

    hey thanks shariq nice share i liked Arras WordPress Theme

  17. shariq@shoutmeloud

    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.

  18. Devesh @ Technshare

    Great List.

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

    Anyways, Thanks for sharing.

  19. Sujith

    I was also using Swift theme, It’s a very flexible theme with awesome features.

  20. Glitz @ Glitzyblog

    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.

    1. shariq@shoutmeloud

      If we consider SEO then Swift is really better than Premium News theme.

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