While WordPress may have started out as a blogging platform it quickly became the CMS (it stands for ‘content management system’) of choice for business websites too. With the overwhelming popularity of WordPress, one of the greatest perks is the sheer amount of themes that are available to build your sites. No matter the niche you’re in, there are hundreds (or even thousands) of choices for themes. Styles vary from minimalist to creative to magazine style themes…you also have a wide variety of both paid and free themes.
Now, the debate between free and paid themes is an endless one that we can’t quite get into just here. There are thousands of quality free themes available in the WordPress repository. Unfortunately, you need to rely on that theme developer keeping that theme up to date. Otherwise, your website’s theme may break your website, or will stop working on your server (even the fastest hosting providers can’t help with that!). Professional themes usually cost anywhere from $30-$150, and that comes with support so that it always works.
Not all themes are created equal some are far easier to customize than others so let’s have a look at 3 of the best magazine-style themes for WordPress.
Genesis is the baby of StudioPress. It is a lightweight, flexible and secure WP theme. There a tons of features and plugins built just for Genesis to make your website look exactly the way you want it to. Genesis uses custom widgets, a variety of layout options, the framework updates automatically, making sure your site always works with the latest version of WordPress. The back end code is clean and you will have no technical issues when it comes to search engines being able to access your site and getting good rankings. You can grab Genesis and any of the child themes that go with it over at StudioPress.
This a well-designed minimal theme created by RichWP, you can easily use it for your personal blog or a bigger professional blog. It has bold images, large typography and a clean modern design. There are lots of options that you can play with like featured posts, sticky menus, custom templates, and fading navigation buttons. There are lots of widget areas and you can use your own custom logo. The theme is priced at $69.95, and you won’t regret using it.
If you’re looking for an elegant and sophisticated design for your magazine style website then Dolce is perfect for you. There are 6 different homepage layouts that incorporate sliders and featured articles. There is the post format option so you can have galleries, videos or the normal post option that you’re used to. Dolce includes custom widget areas, advanced short codes, a settings panel and it is completely responsive. Your site will look beautiful no matter the device is used to access it. The theme is affordably priced at only $39.
There are tons of themes to choose from when it comes to building your site, but stick with these 3 and you will have a well coded beautiful site that you can customize to exactly the way you want it.