Top 30 Best Newspaper WordPress Themes and Templates for Online News Website

I have listed here the best newspaper WordPress themes if you are considering owning or re-branding an online news website or blog. We are living in a tech and Jet Age and gone are the days that you have to pay thousands of dollars  before you can launch a website of your choice.

After publishing ‘ the successful guide to launching an online newspaper and make money‘ , I made up my mind to publish this helpful resource guide.

In the tutorial, I specifically made mention of the importance of having a mobile responsive website/blog design, as that is the trend and focus at the moment; Google has now included a mobile responsive factor as a ranking signal.

So, if you are looking forward to start your own new york times, rollingstone, theguardian newspaper website and blog, the following are recommended wordpress themes you can rely on ( they are premium templates, and this means they are not free!!)

  • 1#      NewsPaper

NewsPaper is a glossy, sharp and retina ready wordpress theme from MyThemeshop. Being a theme from a brand that is universally recognized and respected for its super fast loading themes and an inbuilt Ad monetization settings, this theme is an ideal bet for an online newspaper website.

A closer look at the theme shows the following important advantages:

  •  It is much more a Magazine /lifestyle focused template
  • It is image centric i.e. its places much emphasis on using large images as featured images on both posts/stories and on the homepage
  • The homepage displays a colorful, yet simple large image with title bylines of the posts on it; a very distinct way of harmonizing and presenting an uncommon type of online newspaper format.
  • It is exceptionally built for content-rich sites; with its fluid responsive attribute ( to be fluid means its slick and glossy in looks)
  • Despite its focus on the use of Images, its loading speed is blazing fast
  • one of the fascinating aspect of it all is the featured section that shows slick, high definition (HD) pictures of your images
  • Excellent Parallax scrolling and an inbuilt Adsense optimization. In this case, you do not need to use any third party plugin or play around with the HTML code to insert your Adsense codes.
  • It has an excellent inbuilt social media integration ( so, you dont need a plugin e.g. FB, twitter plugin for your social media presence on your site again with these theme).

More details about the newspaper wordpress theme can be obtained through the link below:

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 2#      Interactive

Interactive is a super engaging template, ideally built for a much more entertainment and gist news site. As the name portrays, this theme has a large, high definition featured image in a grid like manner with much more importance on the main featured story, followed by two smaller box sizes of accompanying story which call all be modified based on preferred category settings.

Being one of the recent creative templates from MyThemeshop, this theme boasts of maximum loading speed, easy to use and insert Google Adsense code ( and also from third party codes).

Interactive wordpress theme is slick, glossy., catchy and is the modern day template for the modern day online newspaper website.

A quick visit to the site reveals more intricate details:

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 3#      WordX

WordX is much more aligned with a magazine niche. One of the outstanding features of the theme is the presence of carousel.

A carousel enabled template allows you to display large images/pictures at the top of each post / pages; and most of the time, they appear just below the header. A very good example is this present blog you are reading ( do you notice the images at the top?).

Besides this feature, WordX is extremely fast when being loaded on a browser ( its surprising considering its image centric design), but of course, this unusual development is one of the distinguishing hallmark of the developer ( MyThemeShop).

I encourage you to have a look at the demo sample!!.

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 4#      NewsPost

NewPost is one of the most minimal newspaper design out there. It is clean, crisp, uncluttered with essential features expected on a News website / blog.

On a personal perspective, I don’t really like the layout of the theme ( the layout is a boxed layout); I wish the developers can simply make the layout to be full width. Aside this issue, every other features about the template is excellent and highly commendable.

The NewsPost theme is SEO ready, mobile responsive, easy to insert Google Ads and it has a real time headline that shows incoming/latest news as you publishing them. It is recommended for use in News and Media websites, business magazines, political news websites e.t.c.

Check out more features from the template.

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  •  5#      EntertainmentNews

EntertainmentNews WordPress theme is a news theme that is focused on entertainment. Its design, layouts, colour features and background integration is highly befitting for a celebrity, gist and purely entertainment niche.

So if you are thinking of launching and/or probably wants to rebrand your celebrity News websites, Movie gossip, music news; think of EntertainmentNews

Features:

A brief of the features includes:

  • Real time Visual Theme Customizer
  • It is integrated with openGraph and twitter cards
  • Full mobile responsive for smartphones and Android gadgets.
  • It has a valid HTML5 Markup ( highly important for markup advantages and good SERP)
  • It is local language enabled ( meaning it can be translated to any language you desire
  • Easy to use demo content included
  • Built in Magazine3 Widgets
  • Google Adsense and third party Ads enabled

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 6#      LocalEdition

The carousel style layout of the LocalEdition WordPress theme is an unusual, but distinct deviation of what an ordinary newspaper theme looks like.

This theme shows an enlarged featured story with corresponding alternate snippet of related stories all showing at the frontpage. One key objective behind the creation of the theme is to catch visitors attention and help you reduce your bounce rate.

Its a purely typical online newspaper template that reveals the raw style expected of such template, recommended for political news website, stock and financial focused news e.t.c.

Features:

  • It has inbuilt social sharing buttons at the top post ( and even on the homepage)
  • Its minimal in its style, hence you don’t have or see lots of clustered links on the posts pages
  • Its monetized ( easy for Google Adsense code integration at the header and also on top of each blog posts)
  • SEO ready, responsive and HTML5 compatible

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 7#   FashionForward

FashionForward is one of the best newspaper wordpress themes for fashion news, trends reviews interviews e.t.c. it cannot be used for any other niche except celebrities, beauty and lifestyle niches.

It is a HTML5 mark up template, retina ready, mobile responsive and fully widgetized ( allowing for more creative layout instincts and customization). It is recommended for fashion magazines, beauty & fashion portals, celebrity websites, fashion bloggers

Features:

  • Very minimal with crystal clear white background layouts
  • It has 3 widgetized layout
  • It is Ad monetized

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 8#   TravelNews

Travelnews wordpress theme is a website/blog template for anyone wanting to run and maintain a travel news site, using the power of WordPress.

The developer of TravelNews created it with absolute and finesse style expected of a professional travel portal and travel news website.

Showcasing a large sliding featured image, its a rich blend of a minimal approach, with well integrated/visible presence  of social media icons at the top of the header.

Its a purely mobile responsive design, retina ready ( to accommodate high resolution pictures), and of course its Advert monetized.

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 9#   NewsWorld

Built with HTML5, NewsWorlds from magazine 3 is a total theme recommended for world affairs news, international news portal, sports, politics ; basically its a total full fledged News template design.

The developer built this theme with the following features:

  • Written in HTML5 & CSS3 coding language
  • Its fully compatible on mobile phones and gadgets
  • Integrated with Twitter cards and open graph
  • its search engine optimized
  • Presence of Global Color Scheme Picker ( this makes it easy for you to change the color of any element i.e font, background e.t.c. right from the dashboard)
  • ITs AdSense ready
  • Its 3 wide layered layout design with inbuilt social media icons

NewsWorld WP theme is recommended for all forms of news niches

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 10#   NewsOnline

Newsonline WordPress Theme from Mythemeshop is mentioned on this page because of the money making advantage it offers to any publisher or blogger that makes use of it. A concise and precise look at the theme shows the presence of the leaderboard Google AdSense size code that can be inserted at the top of the header. This position is a killer position to make money for anyone running an online newspaper business.

And please note that this theme is responsive; this means that even the Advert adjusts itself to the size of any screen used to view it.

Features:

  • Forget about the use of social media plugins because it is already inbuilt in it
  • Newsonline is super fast; its one of the fastest themes released from Mythemeshop

Must read: Top 20 Fast loading WordPress themes

  • It is mobile responsive, retina ready and Ad ready

Check out the homepage for more detailed information:

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 11#   GeneralPress

GeneralPress is a colored and beautiful newspaper theme with a trending taste of a magazine flare. GeneralPress can fit any type of news niche and can also be used for a full fledged magazine website.

Built as a mobile responsive template, its both SEO optimized and is light coded. Interesting features includes the following:

  •  Compatible with latest WordPress version
  • Easy drag and drop menu features
  • Adsense ready ( easy integration)
  • Social media link integration e.t.c.

Cost: $59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 12#   Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship wordpress theme is one of the modern, slick form of online newspaper template with the feel of a blogging perspective.

The overall design and layout infuses modern creativity; with the presence of a large featured  image in sliding format, this theme is a good example of a minimalist approach to the modern online news reporting era.

Features:

  • Its super easy to use, and provision has been made if you want to start earning money from Google Adsense because its ready made and optimized for Adsense experience.
  • Even the presence of the large featured image on the homepage does not affect its overall loading speed as its incredibly fast because its light coded.
  • It has an inbuilt, powerful unique rating / review system
  • Retina ready and mobile responsive.
  • SEO ready

Cost: 45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 13#   NewsPaperTimes

NewspaperTimes is your typically HTML5 built template with no flash, no javascript installed. Its the basic form of website design, programmed in the simplest way that is easy for Google and other search engine bot spiders to crawl. A very good look at this theme shows the following:

  • It has an excellent cross browser compatibility
  • It has an easy to use drag and drop menu features ( and also for the page layout design)
  • It can be translated to your local language
  • It is advert ready from both Adsense and third party advertisers
  • It is Mobile responsive and friendly.

Cost: 59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 14#   InternationalPost

Magazine3 came up with this theme, and a vivid look at this template shows a core and traditional newspaper website format. It is recommended for use in all forms of news niches, most especially for a typical local news with international appeal.

In terms of technical details, a brief of its features are explained below:

  • Light coded and mobile friendly
  • Its coding and programming falls in the standard WordPress benchmark,, hence its SEO compact
  • You don’t have to install third party plugins for social media icons e.g, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest e.t.c; its already inbuilt.
  • Inbuilt custom widgets that allows you to extend your creative instinct on the use of your website sidebars
  • Much  more details can be seen on the homepage

Cost: 59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 15#   TheBusinessNews

As the name portends, BusinessNews theme is designed, configured and SEO optimized for business trends, news, stories and latest developments.

This theme features a large featured image which covers 75% of the entire width size and length. It is a major and highly beautiful template that is meant to capture and retain your visitors attention once they land on the page.

It is a premium theme, less than 60USD; and it can be used for online business newspaper, financial and stock related sites e.t.c.

Cost: 59USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 16#   SociallyViral

The inbuilt functionality of sociallyviral website template sets it apart from the rest. If you are looking for a news design with a penchant for food related niches, catering trends/stories, then this design might be the exact answer you need.

It boasts of an inbuilt review rating system, a mega menu features that sits atop the header area, and an excellent / incredible fast loading speed ( though that’s the distinguishing feature and hallmark of the developer, MyThemeShop).

Features:

  • An already inbuilt newsletter form at the top right sidebar
  • Widget form ( compatible with multiple platforms.
  • Inbuilt social media sharing icons

As the name suggests, the overall objective of building this template is to offer to any website/blog built on it the viral experience. This means it has the latent ability to help spread the reach of your content/stories and news with its easy to use and share social sharing buttons.

  • Must Read:Sociallyviral WordPress Theme review 2015

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 17#   Best newsPaper Website Template

This template does not need much more introduction; Best answers true to its name, you want a simple fast loading theme for your online newspaper business with minimal approach, then go for it.

Best offers the following distinct advantages:

  • Its optimized to load with an incredible fast loading times; this in turn will benefit you because with a fast loading site, your bounce rate is reduce, leading to increased Google SERP; On a second note, it gives your users a pleasant browsing experience because every click answers incredibly fast.
  • Its  Google Adsense optimized; the location of the Ad code ( e.g. for Adsense 728 by 90 big leaderboard size) will help give you high CTR, leading to making more money. Furthermore, the Ad slot can be used for any other Advertising party.
  • Its mobile responsive

The above listed points are just briefs of what the template offers ( remember its search engine optimized and focusing on user feedback, the developer built in excellent review and rating systems.

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 18#   NewsTimes

Newstimes gives you a pleasant, unique experience. Its one of the most customized newspaper templates listed on this page. its a multi coloured, video and image centric designed built on the fast loading MyThemeshop framework.

The basic truth is if you are looking for professional, beautifully crafted template that will connote a sense of seriousness, responsibility with the utmost purpose of instilling confidence and retaining your landing visitors, then NewsTimes is the right option.

Features:

  • A parallax enabled template ( though its optional, you can disable it from the dashboard)
  • A well designed. knitted homepage, featuring a Video with interlocking featured images
  • Despite the focus on images and videos, it’s interesting to discover that its extremely fast
  • Its mobile responsive

Not forgetting the availability of shortcodes to make your job easier and also the presence of Ad ready slot spaces ( at the header – as seen above) and also below the title of each post and at the end. NewsTimes, from my experience gives you lots of features, you can configure and customize the font sizes, colors, backgrounds e.t.c. all from the dashboard.

Cost: $45USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 19#   NewsPaper

In terms of glossy feel, HD resolution; no other news template beats this theme. Rated as one of the best newspaper theme, it has been bought by over 11,000 satisfied customers, with an average user satisfaction ratings of 4.82 out of 5.

Let’s take a look at some of the features presented:

  • Clean, easy to use publishing interface
  • Of most importance is the fact that it is built to fully support and accommodate responsive Google Adsense codes, making it easy for you to make money whether your visitor is on desktop computer or browsing from their mobile phones and smartphones.
  • It is compatible and well integrated to use with bbPress Forum, BuddyPress and of course WooCommerce
  • It is search engine friendly for optimal organic rankings
  • It is light coded ( an extremely important factor)

More details can be checked through the link below:

Cost: $58USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 20#   NewsMag

At the moment, Newsmag is the most trending topic/theme on themeforest. Its growing in numbers and ratings and I’m sure that for people to be buying this template, then there are lots of goodies in there.

With a beautiful, image focused design, NewsMag is both mobile responsive, retina ready and its not bloated. As can be seen from the image above, the following features are quite interesting to look at:

  • Its a pure newspaper wordpress theme with a magazine creative layout
  • ‘Trending Now’ caption is shown at the top of the page, and this feature allows for visitors retention, helping you to lower your bounce rate.

More details in the section below:

Cost: 48USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  •  21#   Alpha

 

The Alpha wordpress theme is a multipurpose template extremely recommended for either a magazine or newspaper website or blog design. This is possible because:

  • It is made up of two skins ( the image above is the magazine skin) and the image below is the pure newspaper skin. However, from my assessment, I prefer the one above because of its appealing and professional looking layout/design.
  • its built on the robust WPZoom framework ( this framework gives you unlimited access to customize any feature you desire)
  • Video Widget: All the other mentioned newspaper templates do not have this feature. Basically, with this widget, you can easily display a video on the sidebar
  • Breaking News Ticker: This feature makes it so easy for you to set up breaking news ( which are seen running in horizontal motion at the top of the page)
  • Its fully responsive
  • Presence of featured slideshow

Cost: 75USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  •  22#   Zenko

Cost: 75USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 23#   Tribune

Cost: 75USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 24#   Voux

For those that want to run a full fledged, highly engaging, professionally looking fashion news, Voux is the answer.

Voux wordpress theme is a high resolution, retina ready and mobile responsive premium news theme made especially for a fashion and beauty news website. I highly recommended this theme:

  • Owing to its fluid post carousel that appears at the top of the homepage and post pages
  • Its excellent and creative layouts and widgets arrangement
  • Easy to use page customization with already installed premium virtual composer plugin
  • Excellent social sharing abilities owing to the already inbuilt social sharing buttons

Cost: 48USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 25#   Noticia WordPress Theme

Cost: 48USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

  • 26#   iMagPress

Cost: 58USD

Recommendation: BUY NOW AND DOWNLOAD

Genesis Child Themes for WordPress News Website Design

  •  27#   News from Genesis themes

In need of a specialised Genesis child themes for news website and/blog, then the introduction of this template should come as a great relief.

In the industry of SEO, virtually all webmasters and professional SEO experts agrees that Genesis child themes, of which this News template is among, ranks as the best SEO WP themes out there as of now.

This template has a 5 colour styles and a six (6) layout options, built on a solid framework that is HTML5 enabled ( the latest schema and retina ready technology).

This template has the following features:

  • Its the most minimal Genesis child themes from studiopress I’ve seen so far
  • Its a clean coded template with glossy white layered background
  • Its mobile responsive with custom menu and header
  • Its Google Adsense built ( as seen from the image above, the header has a ready made slot for either the responsive Ad code or the full 728 by 90 Ad sizes from big G).
  • It has an optional theme section and the presence of featured images

Cost: 99USD ( Genesis Framework inclusive)

Recommendation:BUY AND DOWNLOAD NOW

  •  28#   Metro

Metro wordpress theme is a Genesis child themes made for a news site, with creative instinct that allows you to change the default coloured background to an image background.

Basically, its:

  • A 5 color styles with 6 layout options
  • It has optional custom background and custom header
  • It is HTML5, mobile responsive and retina ready
  • Its core advantage lies in the spacious 1152 pixel-wide frame of the overall design layout

Cost: 99USD ( Genesis Framework inclusive)

Recommendation:BUY AND DOWNLOAD NOW

  •  29#   Magazine Pro

I’m currently using this theme for a client and I must say that its very much okay in terms of SEO, speed and making money with Google Adsense ( this is made possible by the header Ad code, as can be seen from the image above).

Magazine pro is a premium Genesis child themes made for news and magazine niches, and once purchase, you get the full documentation and guidelines on how to set it up.

Cost: 99USD ( Genesis Framework inclusive)

Recommendation:BUY AND DOWNLOAD NOW

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