Five Hot Free Magazine-Style Themes for WordPress

Gossip, tabloids, sound bytes, Twitter breaking news stories, paparazzi – these things seem to make the world go around.  WordPress is the ultimate tool for publishing of-the-moment stories and making them look sexy at that.  Why not give yourself a leg up (is that a pun?) with these excellent Magazine styled themes for WordPress.  Did I mention they’re totally free?

Grid Focus

Oh let’s just start off by being unconventional – after all – the stars that catch our interest are the ones doing something different.  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.  You just have to be ready to roll up your sleeves, open a the can and then paint the town red.  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 – or any of my other themes – are not “ad friendly”. 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.”  That’s the spirit of innovation I like to encourage.  Wake up people – the curtain is about to go up and you had better be ready to rock the crowd.

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A three-column theme. Convenient navigation bars can be found at the top and bottom of pages. Category archives are presented via a JavaScript shelf which can be found at the top of the page.

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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.

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Jello-Wala-Mello is a news / magazine-styled WordPress theme created for multi-media sites. It requires WordPress 2.3+ to work properly.

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The Scarlett theme is just plain hot.  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.

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Skyye News

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.  Pretty sure when this theme crosses your line of site, you will give it a second look.

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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.

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Small Magazine

Just like its namesake – this handsome theme should be popular due to its familiar print magazine feel.  You may just find yourself wishing you could take it into the bath, or on a plane with you.  Well, technically, who says you can’t.  (Don’t forget to register your blogs with the Kindle marketplace at Amazon! wink)

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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.  The above themes are all great but take them as a point for departure.  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.

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Keram is a new media consultant, music producer, actor and writer who opines on SEO at and society at

. Keram recently released a solo acoustic CD titled “Box”.

Top 10 Photoblog WordPress Themes

While there are many decent content management systems out there to run a photoblog, many cost money or are hard to customize to fit your needs. This is where WordPress comes in to help. It makes a great platform to run a photoblog because it has everything necessary to run one built right in. If it doesn’t have something, one of the thousands of plugins available will help you add the features you need.

The hardest part of using WordPress as a photoblog is finding a theme that works with photos. Most of the themes available are geared more towards blogging using text. Luckily, there are many fantastic photoblog themes out there, even free ones!

Here is our roundup of the 10 best free photoblog themes to showcase your photography.



Nishita is a simple, minimalist photoblog theme. What I like about it is that the design is broken up into blocks. Best of all, if you don’t like the color scheme you can easily change it by altering the CSS file. This makes it east to customize to your own standards.

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A lot of photoblogs shrink your images to make them fit into the design, Nautilus is great because it doesn’t do that. It makes the image the most prominent object on the page. The theme stays out of the way so that you can show off your art in the best way possible. I really enjoy this theme and have come across a few sites that are utilizing it.

Download Nautilus here.



Many Photoblog themes are white or gray, this one is black. I think the dark colors help bring out the shadows in your pictures and make them POP. Very cool theme. It also makes it easy to add more details about your photos as you can see in the screenshot above.

Download PhotoWP

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Another simple, white theme. What separates this one from the rest is the way it displays older pictures at the bottom. You can also display videos using the theme, which I think it really useful if you maybe want to have a videoblog that features just videos. This theme is perfect for multiple uses.

Download Zack 390


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Monotone is by far my favorite photoblog theme. It looks like many other photoblog themes out there, but what sets it apart is that the theme color scheme will change based on the color content of the current picture. This means that your blog theme will always match the picture you have up. It’s actually one of the coolest features I have seen built in to a free WordPress theme.

Very very slick.

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AutoFocus isn’t really a straight photoblog theme. It’s more of way to create a whole site around your photography. It displays your pictures in a really unique way. Very much worth exploring if you need to create a portfolio site. It looks proffessional enough that you could use it to advertise your work, as well as services and other offerings.

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This theme makes your photos look like they’re on an old fashioned slide. I love the black background. It makes pictures POP out at you. I also like the fact that it is really simple and does not distract your viers from your images. Very cool theme, especially if you do black and white photography.

Download Dolichocephale


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Another black and gray based photoblog theme. It’s sharp and well laid out. I would definitely give this one a try.

Download Grain

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Linquist is a pretty basic photoblog theme with great styling. The posts and comments are displayed along with the images. What I like is that all the descriptions and stuff are displayed next to the images. This makes it easy to add in text about the photo, location, etc. It also makes it easy for readers because they can click on the comments link to leave some feedback.

Download Linquist



This is an awesome photoblog theme for WordPress. It’s light, airy and displays images beautifully and large. There is no clutter or sidebars, just your art.

Download PhotoPress

So there you have it, a good list of photoblog themes you can use to showcase your photgraphy on your WordPress blog (or site). Have you used a different photoblog theme? If so, feel free to let us know what your favorite WordPress Photoblog Theme is.

10 Unconventional WordPress Themes

For some reason, I love blogs that break the rules. Whether it’s a different design or functionality, I love playing around with WordPress themes that can only be described as unconventional. In other words, themes that don’t follow the typical style and layout of WordPress themes. Themes that use a unique layout and awesome graphics that push the limits of web design.

Below are my picks for the Top 10 Unconventional WordPress Themes.

Japan Style


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This is a perfect blog theme for all you Japanophiles out there. This theme will turn your blog in a Japanese themed wonderland. Features include slick Japanese Watercolor header, pretty background, clipart and a design that can be described as functional and elegant.

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Feed Me, Seymour


Feed Me, Seymour is a fun theme designed around displaying different feeds in an interesting and fun way. It’s got a unique yellow color scheme, 5 column layout and the ability to display content in any way that you wish within the theme parameters.

Download Feed Me, Seymour



This theme is perfect if you’re planning on starting a green living or gardening blog. It’s green, it’s got the colors of the Earth and it’s brilliantly laid out. It’s uniqueness translates to lots of images that have to load, but it’s worth the wait and your readers will love it.

Download Outdoorsy

WP Coda Orange


WP Code Orange is an offshoot of the popular WP Coda purple theme. It features the slick scrolling navigation that makes this theme different than any other theme out there. The orange color scheme is bold, bright and lovable.

Download WP Coda Orange

Infinity From Smashing Magazine


Smashing Magazine has taken WordPress to somewhere it has never been before with its Infinity theme. The layout is image heavy, bold and elegant. It’s may not be for everyone, but it works for me.

Download Infinity



Typebased is the most conventional of the unconventional themes. It’s got a familiar layout, but what set it’s apart is it’s color scheme, 4 column layout and powerful Woothemes backend.

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What sets this theme apart is the way that it breaks up content. It takes a three column layout and turns it on its head. It’s clean, elegant and very yellow. It also features something that I’ve never seen before, a drop down sidebar. Now, that’s innovation.

Download Clearpess

Rainbow Feather


I’ve never seen a layout like this and I probably never will again. Who knew that yellow, blue and pink would go so well together? Despite the jarring combination of color, it’s unique layout will definitely make your blog stand out.

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This theme is deceiving in it’s simplicity. The front page features one post and the sidebar allows quick access to your content. Other more traditional sidebar content it laid out at the bottom of the page. Very clean and well put together.

Download Squible

Going Global


I’m a bit of a map geek, so I especially love any theme that manages to include a map of the world in it’s background. The color scheme is very pleasing, the layout sharp. This is a great theme for a travel blog or travel information site.

Download Going Global

Give these themes a try if you want to make your blog stick out from the pack. If you know of any other unconventional WordPress themes, feel free to leave a comment.