11+ Best WordPress Viral Themes for 2017

In today’s infectious roundup, we share the best WordPress viral themes for 2017.  We have a feeling that readers (who’ve landed here from Google) might be self-starting entrepreneurs looking to launch a website along the lines of Buzzfeed, 9gag, Upworthy or boredpanda using the WordPress CMS as a platform. Well, let me tell ya, these themes are good place to start.

Most viral websites share a particular aesthetic–big, bold typography, and bright colors, with a focus on content.  Unlike many of the current web design trends, which embrace a kind of minimalist, monotone elegance, you could almost describe the average viral site as gaudy. Lots of vibrant, eye catching buttons, badges, and imagery.  Some might find ’em ugly, but, hey–if it works, it works. Read More

10 Best WP Gaming Magazine Themes (like IGN & PC Gamer) for 2017

For this WordPress roundup, we loaded up the best gaming magazine themes available for 2017.  Aspiring publishers, writers, reviewers and game bloggers looking to build the next IGN, PC Gamer, or Game Informer can pull a cost-effective, quick, and easy starting point from this list.

We tried to keep our selections as recent as possible, and limit the picks to game magazine themes released within the last year (with a couple of exceptions). Industry-appropriate design was our top priority–gaming magazine themes ought to tap into a fairly specific, familiar aesthetic–and the features set was our secondary consideration. Features like WooCommerce shopping cart functionality, and support for popular third-party community/forum building plugins (like bbPress) are nice to have.  Many of these themes offer Visual Composer, or a comparable drag & drop page builder. Read More

11+ Best WordPress Newspaper Themes (Like NYT & Washington Post) for 2017

Extra, extra! Have we got a scoop for you: the best WordPress newspaper themes for 2017. Maybe you’re a web developer putting together a website for your local newspaper. Maybe you’re an independent journalist looking to become a publisher. Maybe you’ve got something else in mind entirely. I’m not a mind reader. Whatever your motives, one of these excellent news themes should have you covered.

Initially, we wanted to put together an article showcasing only WordPress themes inspired by traditional print journalism. We really love the design of major online rags like The New York Times and Washington Post, which nicely capture a timeless newspaper design aesthetic. But it turned out there just weren’t enough of to fill out a list. We turned up a few good picks that hit the mark, but we also opened up our criteria a bit. Some of the themes we ended up selecting more closely resemble other popular news websites, like USA Today and The Guardian. But, hey, maybe that’s what you’re looking for anyway! Read More

10+ Best Science & Tech Magazine Themes (Like Wired or PC Mag) for 2017

Today we put the best WordPress science and tech magazine themes for 2017 under the microscope. Aspiring publishers looking to build the next Wired or Gizmodo using the WordPress platform will get an inexpensive head start by taking advantage of one of these superb themes.

For this article, we selected only themes that invoke a magazine aesthetic and layout. There’s plenty of simpler, minimalist blog themes out there for science & tech blogging, but that’s another list for another day. Read More

11+ Best Food & Cooking Magazine Themes (ala Bon Appétit) for WordPress in 2017

In this delectable roundup, we serve you the best WordPress food & cooking magazine themes for 2017.  Chances are, if you landed here from Google, you’re a cooking and cuisine enthusiast looking to channel that passion into your own WordPress website. These themes provide a great–not to mention cheap–way to get started quickly and easily.

To keep things fresh, so to speak, we tried to limit our selections to themes no more than a year old at publication. There are a couple of exceptions: themes too strong to omit. But you won’t find any obsolete technology or out of style designs on this list. Read More

8+ Best WP Sports Magazine Themes (like ESPN, SI & Deadspin) 2017

In this invigorating round-up, we kick around the best sports magazine themes for 2017. If you’re planning to launch a new ESPN-like or Sports Illustrated style website using the WordPress platform, you’ll save yourself time, money, and even some potential headaches by taking a short cut with one of these excellent, almost turn-key themes.

We picked only the best looking, latest themes we could find that emphasized usability when putting this list together. The majority were released during the past year. (With a couple of exceptions we felt we couldn’t rightly omit.) Read More

8+ Best WordPress Celebrity & Gossip Magazine Themes (like TMZ) for 2017

In this scandalous round-up, we expose the best celebrity and gossip magazine themes for WordPress in 2017. Those of you looking to start you own TMZ-like celebrity & entertainment news website can get a great-looking, inexpensive head start by installing one of the themes on this list.

For the most part, we set our sites on bright, fun themes with strong viral and sharing features. None of these themes are blatant clones of other popular entertainment and gossip websites like TMZ or E! Online, but each embrace a familiar aesthetic and occupy a similar space, both visually and on the user-experience (UX) level. Content may be king, but the success and profitability of a gossip website depends on traffic, traffic, traffic. Social engagement and a top spot in Google are paramount.  Half-assed, under-optimized code isn’t going to cut it. Read More

18+ Best Free & Responsive WordPress Blog Themes for Aspiring Writers in 2016

In this Siteturner roundup we take a look at the best free responsive WordPress blog themes for writers.  If you’re a blogger looking for a simple, great-looking WordPress blogging theme, there’s plenty of great options out there that can get you started without having to reach for your wallet.

Obviously, there are a lot of free WordPress themes out there.  How could we possible narrow it down, you ask? Though the selections on this list were partly influenced by personal taste, we did have some specific must-haves in mind when putting it together. Read More

21+ Best WordPress Magazine and News Themes for 2017

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In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best WordPress magazine themes and WordPress news themes currently available.

These themes were selected by hand, based on aesthetic and quality of features.  All are responsive, unless otherwise noted.  The list is numbered for readability, but is not intended to imply any sort of ‘best to worst’ ranking. Read More