“Magazeen”: Free Magazine-Look WordPress Theme


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Today we are glad to release Magazeen — a free advanced WordPress-theme in a magazine-llok created by the talented WeFunction Design Agency2. This bold magazine 2-col-theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, grids and magazine-look. It was created especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

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Inspiration behind the design

As usual, here are some insights from the designers themselves:

“We’ve created the Magazeen theme to try and pump as much style and functionality into a WordPress theme to give people something they might not expect from their standard WordPress theme. There really is very few limits to what WordPress handle, so we’ve built in a lot of custom features and options to give people a little taste of what is possible, and how some small functionality tweaks can make a huge difference to the overall experience of browsing a blog. On top of that we’ve wrapped all that functionality up in a really cool and modern theme, with nice big title fonts, and a stylish colour scheme.

The Magazeen theme is packed full of cool features to really encourage your readers to explore new posts and similar items. The first thing you might notice is the jQuery image showcase at the top, which is fully automated and will display the image from the latest post, and the title above it without you having to do anything other than define the image URL in the custom field we have created which will appear on in your admin post area.

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Drop-Down Menu

The other cool and fully automated feature is the related posts drop down effect. It’s a simple idea, if you click the category of the full posts a drop down will appear with some related posts from that category. And if you don’t see a post you like you can always view the full category by clicking view more.

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The sidebar area’s have been created to give you a lot of control over the featured posts, and recent posts. Once you’ve installed the theme, you need to go to your Widgets area, and simply activate the “Magazeen Latest Posts”, and “Magazeen Featured Posts” widgets. You can easily control how many posts each feature displays, and using this widget will ensure the area is styled correctly with the post image showing correctly.”

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Thank you, guys. We appreciate your great work, your attention to details and the brilliance of the execution.

Related posts

You may be interested in the following free WordPress-themes as well:


  1. 1 http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
  2. 2 http://www.wefunction.com
  3. 3 http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
  4. 4 http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/magazeen-wordpress-theme/large-preview.jpg
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/magazeen-wordpress-theme/magazeen-wordpress-theme.zip
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/images/magazeen-wordpress-theme/magazeen-psd-sources.zip
  8. 8 http://wefunction.com/2009/02/free-theme-magazeen/
  9. 9 http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
  10. 10 http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
  11. 11 http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
  12. 12 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/08/agregado-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/16/wordpress-fun-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/05/fervens-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/12/21/dilectio-a-smashing-wordpress-theme/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/09/07/smashing-freefont-and-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    I had a couple problems with this theme:

    Mac created file naming conventions made opening the file on a PC a bit of a chore, not sure why but unknown files named the same as a folder (IE: the Zero KB file “cache” and the cache folder) would not copy over.

    When I did get it transferred, the jQwerty gallery didn’t work and I’m getting a smaller permanent post link just under the Comments box. Not sure if this is because of some file transfer I missed…?

  2. 52

    magazine-“llok” misspelled? just fyi :-)

    love the article! thanks once again.

  3. 103

    Stunning! Love everything about it. (especially the sidebar + post)

  4. 154

    Are there threaden comments?

  5. 205

    Wow, I am really astonished! I am so impressed of that you sharing this great theme with the community! Thank you, I really appreciate this! <3

  6. 256

    Congratulation again for another terrific theme. This greatly contribute to help the cause of the blogosphere; to give a voice to passionate artists, despite of the medium they chose.

    From all of us, Thank you!

  7. 307

    Woah this is one awesome theme!! :D

  8. 358

    This is beautiful, thanks so much!

  9. 409

    Simply beautiful.

  10. 460

    Nice!!! This theme is the nicest free WP Theme I’ve seen yet!

  11. 511

    Glad everybody loves our theme, and although not activated on the demo it does support threaded comments.

    @Martinique, read above. Thanks :)

  12. 562

    GREAT theme. Im getting this error when clicking to make a comment … anyone else?

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: get_previous_comments_link() in /home/content/s/e/a/seanbaugh/html/wp-content/themes/Magazeene/comments.php on line 53

    UPDATE: Fixed. Needed to upgrade.

  13. 613

    Awesome theme, very beautiful.

  14. 664

    Fixed the issue – – needed to upgrade :)

  15. 715

    @Sean – I too am getting the same problem you were getting

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: get_previous_comments_link() in /home/content/s/e/a/seanbaugh/html/wp-content/themes/Magazeene/comments.php on line 53

    You said that you have fixed the issue — needed to upgrade. I could not understand what you mean to say. Did you upgrade WordPress version or you downloaded the theme again.

    Please help.

  16. 766

    Fixed the issue. I had to update the WordPress Version from 2.7 to 2.7.1

  17. 817

    nice theme

  18. 868

    No, I guess i’m at 2.7 as well. I will update and hopefully it will be fixed! Thanks guys!

  19. 919

    I love these free wordpress themes – keep them coming – I can’t get enough of them.

  20. 970

    This is really nice, I cant wait to see the code! Great work!

  21. 1021

    thanks (:

  22. 1072

    coments are not working

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_previous_comments_link() in wp-contentthemesmagazeencomments.php on line 53

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    Upgrade WordPress to 2.7.1

  24. 1174

    It looks really nice… but good god the comments link is massive.

  25. 1225

    I upload images, add URL but I can’t get them to display on my blog.

  26. 1276

    great theme!!!

  27. 1327

    Hi, I can’t get the “Featured Articles” widget to work correctly: Regardless of what I select in the widgets admin panel, it always defaults to the first category in my category list. Any ideas?

  28. 1378

    @DamirK: You need to enter the uploaded URL into the text field below your post where it says “Enter article image here”. Note that the URL must begin with your domain.

  29. 1429

    very very beautiful~~~

  30. 1480

    On a mac, the jquery gallery images will not load, and neither will the sidebar images…
    Hmm.. any ideas? Everything was installed properly and the links are live and correct.

    Ps – for anyone will to respond, I’ve tried uploading the images to the wp gallery as well as directly linking to my images folder via my site. Neither work. :(

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    @winsmith that is what I am doing, but there is tomething missing or maybe some plugin/setting is stopping it from working. Can’t work it out.

    This is what my URL looks like:
    http://mydomain.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/photoname.jpg (ofcourse mydomain is replaced with the real domain)

    I have checked, the URL is ok, image on its own loads with no problems.

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    Make sure in the theme’s directory, the folder named “cache” is CHMOD to 777.

  33. 1633

    I’m going to sound retarded, but how do i activate that?

  34. 1684

    wow! It’s very stylish theme~
    Thank you sooooooo much!

  35. 1735

    @Spencer, that didn’t work.. I changed those permissions and still nothing.

  36. 1786

    Seems like I have to change my them again!
    Great as always!

  37. 1837

    Can someone go to
    and right click one of the broken images and decrpyt all of that nonsense? There’s something not loading correctly at all. It should have been a painless installation like everyone elses, but this is proving to be a major task.

  38. 1888

    i l o v e i t ! ! ! ! Thx Smashing!

  39. 1939

    Where is the readme.html ?

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    In the “cache” folder, are there any images?

  41. 2041

    The readme.html might come in handy here =) For the people that dont know.

  42. 2092

    Is there a drop down menu of any sort on this theme?

    • 2143

      Hey James, did you figure out the drop down menus issue?
      I’ve been searching for a solution for that also, but nothing so far…

  43. 2194

    @Spencer.. yes there are images in my “cache” folder.

  44. 2245

    For those having problems getting the pics to show:

    I took off the “http://” in the picture URL and it finally worked.

  45. 2296

    This is very nice! Thank you, I plan on using it for a new tutorial website I have been planning.

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    This is most likely an issue with your server. Please make sure you are running the latest version of PHP, GD, etc.

  47. 2398

    Do I need to install the PSD-sources to get the Theme to run? and if so where do I put the PSD sources?

    Thank you

  48. 2449

    Really nice theme! However i’m running the latest version of WordPress and getting

    Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in /mounted-storage/home51b/xxxx/xxxxx/xxxxxxxxx.com/wp-content/themes/magazeen/functions.php on line 107

    Any ideas?

  49. 2500

    Wow, this theme could also be cool for Joomla. I think i will try to convert it, if i may…

  50. 2551

    Yeap… cache folder was a problem!
    Thank you


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