Gossip, tabloids, sound bytes, Twitter breaking news stories, paparazzi – these things seem to make the world go around.Â WordPress is the ultimate tool for publishing of-the-moment stories and making them look sexy at that.Â Why not give yourself a leg up (is that a pun?) with these excellent Magazine styled themes for WordPress.Â Did I mention they’re totally free?
Oh let’s just start off by being unconventional – after all – the stars that catch our interest are the ones doing something different.Â Grid Focus doesn’t look like the typical glossy magazine layout you might have been expecting from our headline, but it has all the bones to become whatever you desire.Â You just have to be ready to roll up your sleeves, open a the can and then paint the town red.Â We appreciated designer Derek Punsalan’s response to those complaining about a lack of ad support within the theme :
“I often receive complaints that Grid Focus â€“ or any of my other themes â€“ are not â€œad friendlyâ€. Official ad support is nowhere near my list of reasons for giving back to the WordPress community. If ad support is necessary, please modify the template(s) to meet your needs.”Â That’s the spirit of innovation I like to encourage.Â Wake up people – the curtain is about to go up and you had better be ready to rock the crowd.
Jello Wala Mellow
A little unusual in its grid-like design, this punchy orange and black theme offers an interesting way to organize a lot of content in an easy to browse layout.
Jello-Wala-Mello is a news / magazine-styled WordPress theme created for multi-media sites. It requires WordPress 2.3+ to work properly.
The Scarlett theme is just plain hot.Â With a sliding large-format thumbnail bar at the top, a built in custom video frame and much more this feels like the place to be when the cameras start flashing.
Like the famous Sky Bar on the Sunset Strip, this swanky media-rich theme is like a fully stocked bar in a clean, well lighted place.Â Pretty sure when this theme crosses your line of site, you will give it a second look.
Skyye News by developer Nomad-One / designer Nathan Rice has an advanced template system that gives you the ability to configure almost everything from the dashboard options menu. Nearly every aspect of the theme is dynamic, from the homepage, single posts, pages, archives, etc.
Just like its namesake – this handsome theme should be popular due to its familiar print magazine feel.Â You may just find yourself wishing you could take it into the bath, or on a plane with you.Â Well, technically, who says you can’t.Â (Don’t forget to register your blogs with the Kindle marketplace at Amazon! wink)
One of the things all the starlettes, all-star quarterbacks, prom queens, screenwriters and future Spielbergs quickly learn when they arrive in the Entertainment Capital of the World is that they are no longer the only one that is special – you have got be innovative, think on your feet, emulate the ones who have been successful and then find a way to do one better.Â The above themes are all great but take them as a point for departure.Â You can’t afford to be just another small fish in a big pond – after all, you are here to make your dreams come true so get out there and make a statement even if it is reporting on the statements someone else is making.
Most of all – have fun – your blog is your own damn publication – revel in that fact.
About the Author:
Keram is a new media consultant, music producer, actor and writer who opines on SEO at blogging-fool.com and society at theculturepin.com