10 Best Looking, Fresh and Cheap Blog & Magazine themes for WordPress

This time we decided to showcase the best looking and fresh, yet recently released WordPress Blog and personal magazine themes.

This list is composed of personal blog themes that are making their way onto the marketplace. Most of the themes are still under post-release fixes and enhancements, but they are surely well worthy and promising.

One of the most important criteria for compiling the list was the design above everything else. All themes from this list are well optimized and performing well on mobile devices as well as on the desktop.

The second criteria was the overall theme performance and speed as these factors are becoming crucial for website search engine optimization efforts.

We also considered the overall pricing for themes and the list includes themes with initial release discount, so they are relatively cheap and affordable.

1. Rogan

Rogan is the latest WordPress theme made by Meks, a Power Elite author at ThemeForest. All of their themes are featuring great design and functionality without any bloat.

Rogan blog and podcast WordPress Theme

The Rogan theme is designed with podcasting in mind. The theme can be used to power up the podcast website, personal blog, or small magazine project. Rogan theme comes with lots of pre-designed layouts for blocks of posts, header template layouts, and combo layouts. You can combine the different pre-designed elements, adjust the colors, and have a truly unique looking website.

As the theme being designed for podcasting, it surely supports a lots of sources like Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud, MixCloud, Stitcher, PodBean, Blubrry LibSyn, Spreaker, Cadence, Podomatic, Deezer. If you are running your own podcast on any of these platforms, you will definitely benefit from the Regan theme as it features the great podcast player as well.

Rogan theme customization

One of the cool things when it comes to the Meks themes is that they offer a free (no credit card) test drive for all of their theme. With the theme test drive, you will gain access to a temporary website with a fresh installation of WordPress and a full theme version. You can then evaluate the theme and see if it fits your needs.

2. Newsource

Newsource is yet another great looking modern blog and magazine theme released back in November this year. The theme is fresh and new but it surely can compete with the well knows names among the premium news and magazine themes.

Newsource WordPress theme

The theme comes packed with a decent amount of features and it comes with a couple of demos as it’s still a fresh theme. It includes post layouts, multiple headers, dark mode, popular posts, newsletter, post sorting, post widgets, and many other casual features present in all similar themes.

Newsource comes with full support for Gutenberg and it’s block templates. It’s a modern theme that will surely last in the upcoming years, due to the compatibility with Gutenberg.

Newsource WordPress theme - Faith Demo

The fact is that the theme looks great but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Everything included is already seen, so we guess that the theme authors stuck to the plan of creating yet another news/magazine theme.

If you are looking to substitute your Newspaper, Sahifa, or Newsmag theme for something similar but rather new? This theme should be perfect as it’s still haven’t got time to become bloated, like the mentioned themes.

3. Generik

The Generik is nice looking, modern blog and magazine theme released in December. The theme offers the classic features present in all other similar themes.

Generik Theme

The Generik theme is another fresh WordPress theme that is fully Gutenberg ready. You can build your unique-looking magazine or blog with the blocks available inside the Gutenberg page builder.

Due to strong India or Pakistan design influence, this theme should be sold well among the Indian and Pakistani developers, similar to Sahifa or Sahifa clone themes.

4. Networker

The Networker theme is also another newly released and fresh WordPress news and magazine theme that can also be used for personal blogs.

Networker Theme

Theme includes everything needed for setting up a diverse blog or magazine website with lots of post block elements. One of the cool things is that this theme supports dark mode even inside the page editor.

It’s worth mentioning that the theme is extremely fast and well-performing. The theme also comes with support for adding your own custom fonts, it’s packed with features and fully supports Gutenberg editor.

5. Quemag

Quemag is a creative and modern magazine theme for WordPress. It features nicely laid post blocks, a couple of demos to choose from, and all standard news/magazine features.

Quemag WordPress theme

Theme features an advanced advertising and monetization system that allows smart ad placement. It comes with a solid set of pre-designed elements and blocks of posts.

The theme is made for all those creatives that are looking for a theme with a twist when it comes to the regular WordPress elements styling. Theme features nicely done tag templates, categories, and more.

The comments section is also modified and you can submit images or videos in your comments, as the theme intends to spark up life in the comment section.

6. Ennlil

The Ennlil theme is a fresh WordPress theme featuring brutal colors and modern blog and magazine layouts.

Ennlil WordPress Theme

The Ennlil comes with support for Elementor page builder and Gutenberg. It features a couple of nice-looking demos to choose from. But, bear in mind that this is a new theme and the demos are yet to come.

The theme is also packed with lots of features like breaking news ticket, newsletter, social counter, category and tags layouts, 15+ pre-designed Elementor blocks, and more.

Ennlil theme features a bold design with large typography and icons. It doe look very nice and performs quite well.

7. Westbound

Westbound is a truly great looking and unique styled blog or personal magazine theme for WordPress. It’s new, fresh and very fast.

Westbound theme

As with all other modern and fresh WordPress themes, the Westbound is all fully Gutenberg compatible. It works well with block-based template system.

Westbound also supports WooCommerce and it comes with gentle and details oriented layouts and design.

The theme also comes with nicely designed galleries and attention to typography. All in all, this is a great personal blog theme packed with all features you might need. The other key thing is the overall speed and performance of the theme, which is also great.

8. Belletrist

The Belletrist theme is a new, elegant, and clean WordPress theme made for personal blogs and magazines.

Belletrist WordPress Theme

The theme is made to carefully showcase the story you need to tell. There is support for WooCommerce that will help up with selling your books, swag, or other items.

Like with all other modern themes from this year, the Belletrist also supports Gutenberg and block templates.

The Belletrist theme also has a fully-featured smartphone app for iPhone and Android. You will be able to launch the app along with your newly re-designed website.

9. Aqum

The Aqum theme is a fresh and nicely designed theme for magazines and personal blogs. Theme features a bold design and lots of large elements.

Aqum Theme

This theme is based on WP Bakery page builder, so if you are a fan of this page builder, this theme will be worth checking out.

The Aqum theme is a piece of fully featured news and magazine theme that can power up any kind of magazine, blog, or personal website. The theme comes with a solid number of post layouts and pre-designed elements to choose from.

The theme features dark mode, lots of layouts to choose from, popular posts and sorting, different slider templates, post carousels, and all other news/magazine specific features.

The Aqum theme is well optimized and loading blazingly fast, it’s highly recommended for all of the speed freaks out there.

10. Anymag

If you are looking for a truly unique magazine theme with style, the Anymag theme is definitely a thing.

Anymag theme

This theme comes with an original layout that almost resembles the magazine cover from the printed version of most popular magazines like Vogue or Time.

Theme is also packed with all standard features when it comes to news and magazine websites. It can be used for setting up any kind of personal blog as well. Theme comes with the cover like magazine ability that looks great on tablets and smartphones.

anymag responsive 1

It’s based on Elementor page builder but it also supports Gutenberg. If you need to set up the webshop as well, the theme got you covered as it’s fully WooCommerce ready.

So, the Anymag theme is truly a unique theme that will catch the eyes of your visitors. For all of you who like something different, but still classy and modern, the Anymag theme is the perfect fit for sure.

Conclusion

There are even more new and fresh theme we just simply didn’t have the time to properly check out. However, you can expect more similar theme reviews with focus on new and fresh theme.

If you have any thoughts or impressions with those themes, be free to leave the comments below.

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