I have seen many people referring Premium WordPress Themes as those which have more quality in terms of design, flexibility, in-house SEO, multiple layouts, easy integration with analytics, adsense etc. which is not the case with majority of the Free themes available. And by default, they refer any Premium theme as a Paid theme. This is not true always. I do agree that most of the paid themes come up with innovative and additional features compared to the majority of Free WordPress themes but it is wrong to generalize it and making it a rule.


There are some Stunning, amazing, cool Premium themes out there which are nicely designed, innovative, SE optimized, flexible and yet being FREE! I am not the first one to write about these FREEMIUM WordPress themes and I won’t be the last as well. But I am restricting myself to those Free & Premium WordPress themes which can be used for Blogs with Magazine or News based content. I have not added them just to make up the numbers, I genuinely believe they are the Best options available currently.

Stunning Free but Premium WordPress News / Magazine Styled Themes

1. Comfy Magazine Style Theme


More Info | Live Demo | Download
Update: Comfy is no more a free theme. That’s really sad.

2. FREEmium wordpress theme


Live Demo | Download

3. Mimbo 3.0


Live Demo | Download

4. Magasin Uno


Live Demo | Download

5. Magasin Dos


Live Demo | Download

6. Magazine Basic 2.0


Live Demo | Download

7. ZinePress WordPress Magazine theme


Live Demo | Download

8. Remedy WordPress Magazine Theme


Live Demo | Download

9. ForexPress Mag Theme


Live Demo | Download

10. Arthemia Free Magazine Theme


Live Demo | Download

11. Monochrome Gallery


Live Demo | Download

12. Shiva WordPress theme


Live Demo | Download

13. Branford Magazine


Live Demo | Download

14. Zoxengen


Live Demo | Download

15. Hybrid News


Live Demo | Download

16. TimeCafe Premium Free v2.0


Live Demo | Download

17. Epsilon


Live Demo | Download

18. Androida


Live Demo | Download

19. The Web News


Live Demo | Download

20. Masagana


Live Demo | Download

21. NewsTheme


Live Demo | Download

22. Zinmag Primus

Zinmag Primus theme

Live Demo | Download

23. SportsPress


Live Demo | Download

24. Skyye News

skyye news

Live Demo | Download

25. Zinmag Tribune


Live Demo | Download

26. Grungezine


Live Demo | Download

27. Miint


Live Demo | Download

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Raju is the founder-editor of Technology Personalized. A proud geek and an Internet freak, who is also a social networking enthusiast. You can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. Mail Raju PP. Follow rajupp


  • http://84productions.blogspot.com/ Gagan

    ultimate themes !! m/

    Gagans last blog post..Compare Google, Yahoo, and MSN With One Search

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks Gagan :)
      Welcome to my blog!

  • Gennice

    This is excellent collection! I am currently redesigning my blog so maybe some of these will give me a sparkle of inspiration. Who knows… Thanks Raju!

    Gennices last blog post..How to Make a Youtube Playlist to Repeat on a Continuous Loop

  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com p@r@noid

    Great list dugg stumbled and shouted :)

    p@r@noids last blog post..Twe2 : Receive Twitter Direct messsages and replies as free SMS

    • http://techpp.com Raju


      Thanks :)

  • http://pcsplace.com PC

    Wow.. Thats a new list .. Loved it..

    Some links are broken.. check them..

    I an pick one of them for my blog. Great list .. Dugg and Stumbled..

    PCs last blog post..How to Set a Screensaver as the Desktop Background

  • http://techpp.com Raju

    Thanks for alerting me, it was due to manual editing of image path (for feedburner).

    am glad you like it :)

  • ebta

    Wow many beautiful themes, really worth to try

  • http://www.kimwoodbridge.com Kim Woodbridge

    Nice list Raju! Thanks for sharing.

  • techhgyan

    nice post nd work.it will be useful for a newbie like me.im also planning to open my own website.these themes will help me a lot.thanx for sharing.

  • http://www.stratos.me stratosg

    these look very professional… hard to believe they are all free :)

    stratosgs last blog post..When things get extremely wrong

  • $unil jain

    good list , you might have added some more dude,there are many
    anyways keep it up :)

    $unil jains last blog post..Now Heal your Body Pain using Mini Mushroom USB Massager

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      that is exactly what I have mentioned in the post as well. I am not interested in making up the numbers. Good and very good were not enough for me, I was looking for STUNNING ones :)

  • Susan

    These are some great free themes!

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks :)

  • Vivian

    Be careful what you download, especially themes from Padd Solutions. I downloaded the Magasada one from them (in the above, Magasin is created by them), and the footer.php has <? eval(gzinflate(base64_decode. I’m currently working on decoding what it actually is, but it’s NOT a good sign that they have this type of code that’s potentially malicious.

    Please check your PHP files before using them, or you may be compromising the security of your blog.

    Raju – You may want to make a note of this as well to warn your visitors.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks for commenting! Free themes always comes with a default caution and I have already written about how to decode the base64 encoding – http://techpp.com/2008/11/29/how-to-decode-encoded-php-script-in-wordpress-themes/
      Make sure you go through the comments section of the post as well. And regarding Padd solutions, I have been following their themes for a while now, and as far as i know, they are someone who can be trusted (with caution!). But please let us know once you decode their footer.php

  • Vivian

    Oops, I meant “Masagana” theme.

  • Vivian

    This is an update on the decoded footer code for Masagana. There doesn’t seem to be any malicious code in there. Just links to cell phone ringtone websites.

    I used this to decode the php file -http://www.3dmobility.com/decrypt2.php

    You may want to do the same if you’re planning to use this theme.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks Vivian!

  • http://bloggembel.com bloggembel

    thanks friend..:D

  • http://www.readybike.net Kawasaki motorcycles

    Some great templates here. Downloaded one for my new site.

  • Dawn

    That’s a really comprehensive list of great themes. Thanks for compiling them.

    Dawns last blog post..#Blackout New Zealand

  • http://awesome-tech.blogspot.com/ Hariharakumar

    nice collection, stumbled!

    Hariharakumars last blog post..Yahoo adds IM & SMS feature to its mail

  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com p@r@noid

    Magasin umo seems to be good

    p@r@noids last blog post..Gmail gadget for Google desktop

  • Sameer

    Really gr8 themes. I liked Remedy WordPress Magazine one, will use it for my blog. :)
    Thanks for the list.

    Sameers last blog post..Raigad fort pictures

  • Vishal

    Hey thanks alot…..u made my day………..would need to contact you regarding my new project…….

  • http://www.danhbaweb20.com/ Danh ba web 2.0

    Great collection. Thanks you very much !

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thank you all :)

  • techniqueal t.

    im starting a WP blog soon so will certainly keep your WP related posts in mind. awesome post, mate. dugg! ^_^

    techniqueal t.s last blog post..Top and Best Posts of "The Technical Thought Of You" for 2008

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Yes you must. High time you move to a custom domain!

  • Neosix

    Great list man. I’ve already checked all these themes, but it’s nice to see them in one place.

    Neosixs last blog post..BitDefender Total Security 2009 – Review

  • M.Berkichi

    The best is “Magazeen” by Function & Smashing Magazine

    M.Berkichis last blog post..Microsoft , un roman de science fiction

  • bachtiar

    Wow. what a nice theme list. I was new blogger and already hunt for free nice wp theme like this.
    many thanks.

    bachtiars last blog post..NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Finishes Mars Phase

  • achot

    cool…. i have that all..

    achots last blog post..Themes Premium NEWSDAY

  • ebookey

    Really stunning …, and it’s free! I have just downloaded my favourites. Thanks.

  • Bestwish

    Very good resources if you want to start a new blog! Thank you

  • http://www.apacheadvertising.com Matt

    Great list. I see several themes I may have to use.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks all :)

  • http://www.askjamesholmes.com James Holmes

    Thank you for this valuable treasure trove of great free themes. This comes to my attention at the perfect time and I appreciate the work you have done to review and post these themes. I will share your link and pay this forward and I would encourage all of your readers to do the same.

    Have a blessed day!


    James Holmess last blog post..Prospecting Using Your Company Replicated Website

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks James, am glad you liked it :)

  • Gautam

    Nice set of themes.. will remember this post whenever I would need one!

  • http://technolizard.blogspot.com Simran

    Ultimate post :) Comfy Magazine Style Theme is awesome

  • house cleaning atlanta

    wow great themes thank you so much !

  • fazreen

    great list themes. Thank you

    fazreens last blog post..Top Things I Do In My Blog

  • Claus D Jensen

    Some great WP Themes!

    And great List Blog Post!

    I’m in the Build a Better Blog Challenge, too!

    C ya!

    Claus D Jensen,

    Claus D Jensens last blog post..Ten Tips On Writing A Blog Post

  • Salman

    Can anyone help me find a good URDU or Arabic News theme?

  • http://drolgerg.wordpress.com/about/music-my-favourite-songs/ Drolgerg

    Some really good themes here – great post. will look at again with a view to using one, Thanks!

    Drolgergs last blog post..Today Made Me Realise That Life Is Precious

  • Dexzone

    Thanks for the wordpress themes.
    It’s an amazing theme collection.

    Dexzones last blog post..Pudukuduirippu falls, 525 LTTE cadres died

  • http://www.webomagazine.com webo magazine admin

    your image or webomagazine is wrong, you have Darren Hoyt’s screen shot.

    webo magazine admins last blog post..Beginners: Creating a website

  • http://bloggingnotes.com Rehuel

    Hey, your screenshot of the webo theme is totally different than what it looks like. Is that an error, or did they change it?

    Do you have the correct link to the theme in the screenshot? Cause that looks like something I’m looking for.

    Rehuels last blog post..Is it really THAT confusing?

  • http://bloggingnotes.com Rehuel

    Found it. The screen shot is for the Mimbo theme http://www.darrenhoyt.com/demo/wordpress/

    Rehuels last blog post..Is it really THAT confusing?

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      My apologies. I will correct it right now. Thanks for pointing it out

  • I am a US Bloogger

    waooo!! all are awesome!!

    I am a US Blooggers last blog post..Free Give Away: Premium Hosting And Domain Name

  • http://pianocritic.com William

    great themes thanks

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Thanks everyone, am glad you found it useful

  • http://builda-blog.com Mandy

    Some really nice themes here I may just use one on my blog!

    Mandys last blog post..Happy New Year!

  • Alex

    the Comfy Magazine Style Theme is not FREE! :-(

  • http://www.monogo.net Joachim

    great listening of awesome themes.

    Joachims last blog post..DSDS Finale

  • william

    You have just saved my day, I had been searching for hours without any availl…thanks for posting this collection, Now i know what theme Im going to use…

    thanks and cheers mate

    williams last blog post..Refurbished Tablet PC – Guide

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      I am glad I could be of some help to you

  • http://www.mysticmadness.com Personal Development

    The collection is Great. I owe the credit of my website to you. I think this page is an excellent resource and I have forwarded to many of my friends. Do vsit my site to see one fo those in action. Thanks again.

  • web tasarım

    very nice theme thank you my friend

  • http://www.searchenginepartner.com SE Partner

    Got anything for Buddypress?

  • http://www.newsplate.com Nouman

    Thanks my friend for sharing these kool themes

  • nariman


    The Comfy Magazine theme isn’t free..I tried to download it but It tok me to http://deluxethemes.com/counter/click.php?id=8 and Comfy is $29 actually with free updates and support for life.

    You may want to make note of this as Comfy is no longer free.


  • Developerholic

    I hope one day, one of my themes would get listed in this 😀

  • http://www.invogueboudoir.co.uk Boudoir Photographer

    Thanks for this list – will add one to my blog today :)

  • http://goospoos.blogspot.com GoosPoos :: Something Interesting

    Thats fantastic list…
    Can you post some more….?

  • Sadhan

    Great post indeed. Themes are good and importantly free but some have problems while implementing. One I can say really awesome is Original news one, used at the site http://www.sadhanbiswas.com/myblog

    Can check out, as I implemented that.

  • http://www.uniquestudy.com uniquestudy

    hello, now i am using Comfy Magazine theme for my website and i got some problem . the Windows internet explorer do not supporting it very well. on the other hand Mozilla Firefox can open it very well…
    do i need some plugins for open my website in internet explorer ? please help me ..!!!

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      I am not the right person to help you, but I guess you are having problems opening your website on Internet explorer 6. If that is the case, there is nothing you can do but upgrade your browser to IE 7 or IE 8.

  • youtube

    that is exactly what I have mentioned in the post as well. I am not interested in making up the numbers. Good and very good were not enough for me, I was looking for STUNNING ones

  • http://buyitnowfurniture.com wrought iron furniture

    Great article, thanks for sharing it!

  • Vignesh

    I short listed 3 themes and downloaded one. Thanks a lot!!!

  • Jaydip Parikh

    Wonderful collection. I was looking for magazine theme for my blog and landup at your site. Thx for sharing

  • http://startwebsite.org How to start a website

    that’s an awesome list of themes. though thanks for it, i was looking for New Yorker2 theme, which is a look alike of the new york times site. can you post it here??

  • Japanese Idol

    Themes are good.Great post indeed.

  • al vig

    Hey thanks a ton for all the templates im going to use one on my educational news blog thanks again!

  • ravi

    This is excellent collection! I am currently redesigning my blog so maybe some of these will give me a sparkle of inspiration. Who knows… Thanks Raju!

  • weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    The best themes,
    keep it up

  • kiRlinsan

    Thanks for share (:

  • http://www.ableblogger.com Amar

    Hey thanks for the great list, I have downloaded some themes. Would try them soon. Thanks

  • zams


    I am newbie wordpress, but still learn about this, thank you for great themes here…

  • Russell

    Cool collection of themes. One will probably end up used on my site!!

  • http://www.webdesigners-hub.com Vijendra

    Nice post … thanks guys for making such efforts to deliver free themes.

  • Google Starter Kit

    Excellent theme. Thanks again for such great themes.

  • http://www.fourpx.com FourPx Rathnaraj

    Awesome collection of themes. My appreciation towards your wonderful effort.

  • technosurvivor

    nice wp themes gallery, .
    .thanks. .

  • technohunter

    thanks. .
    nice themes,download now. . 😀

  • http://vijayakumar.org/ Vijaya Kumar S

    Really amazing themes. I am very much interested. Thanks for sharing.

  • stancafe

    I did a magazine style wordpress theme by my self. I did it for my custome needs and i think it came up vew well. You can prewier it at http://www.spiun.com and for download you can check out http://hotfixes.edibra.com/internet/wordpress-theme/
    I hope the admin reads my comment and includes my theme in this post :) Oh yes and the theme is FREE

  • http://topgadgetzone.com Joan

    Im torn between having the comfy theme for my website or the heatmaptheme for wordpress. Could you advise me on what to choose. Appreciate it my site is http://topgadgetzone.com and http://healthwiseonline.net Im also having problem getting the second site indexed by search engines could you tell me whats wrong with it? thanks

  • http://www.marita.net Marita

    The link for Arthemia download is broken.. the link should be http://michaelhutagalung.com/downloads/ArthemiaFree

  • http://binterest.com/ binterest.com

    Nice Post., Dear., along side superb Giveaway

  • fabricio

    Great themes , keep the good work

  • http://topgadgetzone.com Joan

    I finally chose the heatmap theme for wordpress because it’s neat and is optimized for adsense. child themes are great

  • PLR Articles

    Thanks for the AWESOME list! I found some great themes here…

  • abouttechnology

    thanks for sharing. . .:D

  • brino

    Nice THemes.

  • http://just-online-bachelor-degree.blogspot.com/ Jojo

    What a great collection.. Thanks for sharing Raju.


  • http://www.itrustgodonly.com John Park

    Beautiful themes. Tank you so much for sharing these with us. God Bless You

  • http://madnessfortech.blogspot.com Rahul

    Thanks for the Share

  • Phil

    I hate to tell you this but none of these magazine themes run on 2.9.1. I’ve downloaded several and all have given me a blank page.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Sad to know, but are you sure NONE of them work on 2.9.1?

  • http://pkphotoshop.blogspot.com/ shahid

    thanks for sharing your word press themes

  • http://www.clicknepal.com clicknepal

    Really Cool theme collections. Thank you so much.

  • http://celeb-newz.com weeeeeeeeeeeeeee


  • http://piyushshekhar.com Piyush Shekhar

    Nice collection there !

  • http://netsuccessblog.com Net Success

    Cool magazine templates! I am working on creating one of these myself.

  • Rahul

    nice collection

  • abhishek

    Hi, I created a new blog and I am trying to install a full functional magazine style templates. Please help me.

  • http://www.didimtoday.com didim

    nice selection of themes, some interesting ones here

  • Blogger Hive

    Great collection!

  • http://www.jeromesouth.com Jerome

    Good variety of themes. like your site design also.

  • topsy

    i love theme no 25…… its so cool n classic……. thanks admin… muachhhhhhhh

  • http://www.technicstoday.com/ Anish K.S

    Cool its, i wish to use the first one Comfy Mag Theme.

  • Ahmed

    Thanks for featuring Comfy. I really understand the frustration for some, that we changed it from a free to a premium theme. This is not an advertisement, I just want to express that there was so much work in the theme with constant updates and support service. It was impossible to keep it as a free theme. Thanks for understanding! :)

  • cheapwiigames

    i love every theme

  • http://www.headlines24x7.com/ Aram

    I had been using a woo theme, but there seems to be some issues customizing it. I would love to try the Comfy magazine one as it fits my requirements. Is it compatible with the latest WP version Raju? I will be using it for http://www.headlines24x7.com and won’t you think it will be great for a site like mine?

    I appreciate all your efforts, and will love to spread the good word about this!

    Warmest Regards,

  • Rahul Malik

    Nice themes.
    Do you have some news and magazine themes collection.

  • Jake

    Thanks a lot for this excellent collection of magazine themes. I was looking for these and trust me I have downloaded all :p

  • weeeeeeeeeeeee

    Really stunning themes !
    Thanks :)

  • http://wpnewsmagazinethemes.com/ Bjorn

    Nice collection of magazine themes. It is a lot of inspiration for a wordpress designer here. It was asked for a news magazine theme further up in this comment list.I have created a newsmagazine theme for avilable for free download at my website.

  • http://www.downthewicket.com Suiol

    Thanks a lot for these excellent collection. I have added them all as a bookmark sir.

    Will use for my new upcoming blog.

  • Katie

    These themes are excellent but the collection is old. Can you add more magazine themes here? I have noticed that the magazine themes call custom wordpress loops and query database many times just to match the layout. Is it true? will it effect the load time and performance of the site?

  • http://dogal-saglik.net/ David

    Thanks a lot for this excellent collection of magazine themes.

  • http://www.die-newsblogger.de Ronny

    Hey nice Themes,

    thank you for this Post :)


  • http://www.tatilyeriara.com tatil yeri

    ver nice themas . thank you

  • http://www.smsrozana.com ashley sarah

    hello admin, these themes are so so nice and 100% seo friendly. thanks for making these themes for us. take care

  • wawan

    nice theme. thank’s for share

  • Hridoy

    wow ! Great collection of nice magazine style themes.

  • isogashii

    Branford Magazine is no longer free, so sad!

  • eechond

    Thanks for sharing….. I’ve been looking for such this theme, and happy to find it here…good collection anyway…

    again Thank you..

  • Lady Buzzer

    Great Collections of premium themes which are very useful in sites. Great collection of nice magazine style themes.

  • fajarfaqih

    Thanks Raju ! I love monochrome !

  • http://www.shoutbux.com Felix Gomez

    hi there, does anybody knows a theme that is fit to be used for my press release site? It would be perfect if its free :)

    • SEO

      what about all of the themes above???

  • mike

    Great place to get all theme at one place. I like the post and will tweet it on twitter

  • Criss Calls Free

    Wow, thanks. Nowadays seems harder and harder for one to find really good and -free- WordPress themes. Thank you again!

  • James

    great collection here, really nice sharing….

  • Carol

    Thank you very much for yet another first-rate article. I am always searching for original WordPress Theme to suggest to my readers. Thanks for creating this article. It’s exactly what I was searching for. Truly great post.

  • Beats

    Wow, thank you for the wonderful resources. I feel overwhelmed by this wealth of WP themes.

  • Vastgoed

    Thank you very much for this post, very usefull an great collection!! Regards, Jasper

  • prom dresses

    I’ve also noticed the same result by using generic headlines.. thanks for contributing!

  • http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/ jehzlau

    Great stuff here, but some of the live demos are dead links already, like the live demo of Magazine Basic. I hope you can find time updating them. :)

  • http://www.stylosoft.com stylo

    Before some days i used 1 theme on my blog. but then i deleted i’m haven’t find that theme.. shiiiiit

  • Fotography

    zinmag is nice!! alot of these themes are missing important features that i look for though, like 3 column footer placement + slider + 3 columns.

  • niaz

    very nice themes

  • Om

    Wow amazing collection — but perhaps you should consider adding few with Fashion & Lifestyle Mag kinda’ looks… You know what I’m talking about — some bells & whistles with jQuery galleries, and some more featured sections like the ones are you see on sites like periscope-the-magazine.com or in.com (just some random examples i ran through)

  • WPNull

    Excellent templates for the news blogs.

  • Trade

    Nice templates to use for my new website. Keep it up/

  • sports24x

    can’t believe some of the above are free.

  • irvan

    i choose this one the theme premium.nice look.thanks

  • wordpress skins

    I like arthimia theme allot excellent theme for a news or magazine website. thanks for this good list..

  • Nikmaya John

    Great themes….. I love them.

  • http://www.leosigh.com Leo Sigh

    Thanks, just installed thewebnews template on my site – looks amazing!!

  • Paku

    Thank you for your informative article about good WP premium themes. You have actually helped us a lot.

  • rimon

    WOW!! such nice themes.. thanks for sharing

  • bizz

    Wow amazing collection — but perhaps you should consider adding few with Fashion & Lifestyle Mag kinda’ looks… You know what I’m talking about — some bells & whistles with jQuery galleries, and some more featured sections like the ones are you see on sites like periscope-the-magazine.com or in.com (just some random examples i ran through)

  • gokturk

    Thank you bro.
    Amazing collection of nice magazine themes

  • carlos

    cant believe its free.. THnx

  • Salesn

    very nice templates, functional, flexible and modern design. thanks for post

  • rooy

    nice themes like it thanks.

  • Ricardo

    great themes! don’t know what to choose.

  • LuckyBhumkar

    you are awesome! great collection!

  • http://www.scientiaweb.com Faisal

    All these themes are good but the issue with them is the lack of space for putting adverts !

  • http://blogs-design.com Pope

    Hi ,
    Thanks immensely for providing this theme. I’ve been looking
    around for another theme, and I hope this can prove to be ideal.
    Much appreciated,

  • SantosSantorini

    This is a great collection to have in one’s bag. It seems to me that a number of these themes are not exactly free (ex. no.2, no. 13).

  • http://www.wordpress-magazine-themes.com J @ WP Magazine Themes

    Nice list of themes, although it’s starting to show that it’s from 2009. That’s not long ago, but WordPress designs have come a long way in the last two years. How about an update?

  • http://cheapunder.com Jack

    Download link for Comfy Magazine Style Theme is broken.
    Would you fixed it?


  • Lita Xein

    I download one of your colection. Awasome. Thanks…

  • Arjuna

    i download one of your recemend theme. Thanks a lot, bro…

  • Grunner

    don’t especially like to see something labelled as free “Branford” for example and then to not be able to download it because it comes in a paid package. Talk about false advertising to lure in the unsuspecting.

  • http://twitter.com/social__media_2 socialmediaman

    The theme I like 9. ForexPress Mag Theme does not have a demo. Could you kindly re-up please?

  • khurshid

    I have tried to install 2 themes magasin_uno and masagana but install failed because style sheet is missing