Best WordPress themes for news portal

Are you looking for a WordPress theme for a news portal? Here, we’ve shared six great magazine templates you can use

Magazine websites have a different layout than business and eCommerce sites. The website will look odd if you use a WooCommerce or a matrimonial template on a tech site.

You will find many magazine templates in the WordPress repository and theme marketplaces. The following news themes are the best among the lot.


Astra news

Astra’s starter site “tech news”, which is built using Elementor/Beaver builder, proves that the theme is an excellent choice for users looking for WordPress magazine templates. Astra supports several layouts and can show a featured image below or above the post title.

Finding tech articles can be difficult on sites with hundreds of pages. Astra can show the search box inside the header. It can make the header sticky. As the search option would always be in front of the user on the sticky header, finding articles would be easy.

A magazine website may have more categories than a business site or a simple blog. The Astra lets users display the maximum number of categories on the page by letting users create mega menus and allowing users to create multi-column footers. With this template, you can create beautiful headers and footers from scratch for your magazine portal. You can also enable the grid/masonry layout for the homepage and archive pages and activate infinite scrolling for your news website.


Ultra Gadgets

Ultra, like Astra, is a multipurpose template that adds 40+ options to the WP live customizer tool and has a dedicated theme options page. Ultra users get access to three pre-designed templates – magazine, gadgets, and games. Its beautiful header style makes Ultra perfect for news portals. There are 15 header presets you can apply. The header can have six backgrounds. In addition to multiple header styles, the footer of Themify Ultra can be of 5 different styles. You will find five single post styles and six archive layouts on the Ultra theme’s options page.


GeneratePress Magazine

If you’re looking for a simple theme for your established or new magazine website, GeneratePress is an excellent option. GP’s USP is its container options. You can adjust the container’s width as per your requirements. GP developers have built two magazine starter sites for its users – Rumor and Dispatch. You can either use one of these two starter sites as a foundation for your new magazine website or use GeneratePress options and page builders such as Elementor for creating your news portal with GP. GP lets users build a custom page hero, header, etc. It supports background images and parallax effects.

TagDiv NewsPaper

tagDiv Newspaper news

Newspaper by tagDiv is the most popular magazine niche template on ThemeForest. It includes around a dozen header styles and multiple single post styles. Newspaper has a product review system and AdSense ad management system built-in. It supports mega menus and has an AMP system built-in.

This WordPress magazine template features a demo library where you’ll find pre-made news sites of various types. There’s an option to import the design and use the same on a live site. Newspaper ships with the tagDiv composer plugin for building/designing pages from scratch. Its search box is powered by Ajax technology.

Elementor Hello

Elementor Hello tech

Hello is fully compatible with the Elementor Theme Builder tool, which is a part of the Elementor page builder. With this tool, you can customize the footer, header, single post page, search result page, archive page, etc of the Hello WP template. The page builder can also import pre-built designs and load them into its interface so that you can customize them.

Elementor features a library section called Kit. The kit has pre-designed sites in over ten categories. Each site has been built using Elementor page builder. You can take inspiration from these designs and create pages for your magazine portal from ground zero.

Also see: Astra vs Hello

ElegantThemes Extra

ElegantThemes Extra news

Extra, which is a part of the two ElegantThemes subscription plans, is a good-looking magazine theme. Extra supports the Divi builder. The Divi Builder has modules for magazine sites. Extra has a product rating system built in. Thus, you don’t have to install a schema plugin if you publish product reviews on your news portal.

Some of the templates we’ve covered above have a basic sharing system. The ElegantThemes subscription plan features the Monarch and Bloom opt-in plugin. Bloom supports integration with Mailchimp or Moosend, or similar software, and Monarch is one of the top social sharing buttons plugins for WP. Extra’s homepage is modular. The homepage comprises rows and columns. Columns are in the rows, and they can have modules present in the Divi library. You can modify this layout or import pre-built layouts and use them.

Reasons to use one of the above themes on magazine websites:

SEO friendly: As news websites may have thousands of pages, each page must be search engine friendly. The above templates have schema code, a breadcrumb system, and work with all search engine optimization plugins.

Fast: The above WordPress news templates are fast. You can test their demos with the Google Pagespeed Insights tool. Page builders will increase the HTML size and number of HTTP requests. If you are using a page builder tool, you can use WP Rocket or Autoptimize to improve the site’s performance.

Attractive: The pre-built demos of each template we’ve shared above are built using the theme options or a compatible page builder. If you’re good at designing websites, you can make a better-looking site than the demo sites.

Hooks: Some magazine themes we’ve shared above have a powerful hook system. You can place banners or insert ad code at various positions on the news website without installing AdSense plugins.

Social sharing: The above templates can display social sharing buttons on the pages/posts of your site. Thus, you don’t have to find and use a social sharing plugin.

So, these are the best WordPress news templates you can use.


Pramod is the founder of wptls. He has been using WordPress for more than nine years. He builds web applications, and writes about his experiences with various WP products on this site.

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