“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

    Hey Guys, all I can say is wow! I’m using this theme and it’s incredible, I have four quick questions…

    1. Is there a way to keep the 4 square post snippets on the homepage (underneath the 2 main latest posts) consistent in size rather than fitting to content as it looks a bit messy?

    2. Where is the Code to change the colour of the comments counter in the top left of each post snippet.

    3. How do I change my horrendous avatar its on every site I post on?

    4. where can we donate some money for your hard work



  2. 252

    Ignore the gravatar question, i’ve found out where to change it

    • 503

      How did you solve the avatar problem please?

      • 754

        Ok i knew, Do it by Changing file Single post “post.php”
        Remove this code

        <a href="” rel=”bookmark” title=”Permanent Link to “><img src="/timthumb.php?src=ID, “image_value”, true ); ?>&w=225&h=246&zc=1″ alt=”” />

  3. 1005

    Hello, i download the theme which is great, but i dont know how to put the thumbnails in the new post in the header. Can sombody help me ? Thanks

  4. 1256

    Sorry, now i know how to make the thumnails, Great theme…Im going to use it for my blog, Thanks

  5. 1758

    Looks good, and great,
    i’ll download it and use it on my local first yup…

  6. 2009

    I love this theme. I played with it for beyond karma, but the content calls for zen-like simplicity. I did however use some of the ideas from this theme!

  7. 2260

    God, I got soo frustrated with this theme at the start, but I hung in there and have finally worked all the bits and pieces out and have to say it’s one of the most awesome themes I’ve played with. Thanks to everyone in the comments stream for solving everything for me :) If releasing updates, maybe a few simple instructions with it would be great? Or did I miss those.

    AWESOME! Keep it up guys!!

  8. 2511

    Great theme, i use it in my photography blog

  9. 2762

    i checked one of the posted blogs and saw you *can* post video so i’ll figure out how to do that. GREAT theme. so functional. love it.

  10. 3013

    Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m totally lost. I figured I would be downloading code that I could apply in Word Press. However, although I have downloaded and unzipped all the files, I’m not seeing anything I recognize, or any instructions.

    I have looked around your website for guidance, but I don’t see any. Am I missing something majorly important, like certain programs that will open these files?

  11. 3264

    Need help. Article date and comments are always the same. If article is published on April 19, all comments show April 19 regardless of when they were added. (www.uknox.com).


  12. 3515

    i need help with this! i want to use it for our radio blog, and i chose this style because the demo was perfect. if i click a link on the demo (about or another page, search) the sidebar isn’t reloading, what means a radioplayer would continue to play. on my site it won’t work as the demo and will reload with every other page i click :(

    sorry for my bad english
    any help is appreciated!

  13. 3766

    for those experiencing problems with the jquery rollover images and titles not working …. deactivate the Contact forms 7 plugin. This should fix the problem. For some reason, cforms 7 and this theme don’t mesh well.

  14. 4017

    Thats my version of this smashing theme.

  15. 4268

    Hi, I am trying to use this theme along with a lightbox. I already have tried the following plugs and neither work with the theme:


    Any ideas? How can I combine a lightbox plugin with the magazeen theme? Thanks guys.

  16. 4770

    If you are having problems with some of the features try deactivating plugins fixed most things for me.

  17. 5021

    Does anyone know whether you can publish an article without the big image displaying, but for the thumbnail to still generate for the top and side navs? I’d like to do this for selected articles only, for example… if I embed a video, I don’t want a big image and a big video player displaying. But I do want the thumbnail for the article to appear in the Featured News panel. Thanks.

    • 5272

      Does anyone know whether you can publish an article without the big image displaying, but for the thumbnail to still generate for the top and side navs? I’d like to do this for selected articles only, for example… if I embed a video, I don’t want a big image and a big video player displaying. But I do want the thumbnail for the article to appear in the Featured News panel


  18. 5523

    Thanks… anyway… and Great Job.

  19. 5774

    Would like to start off with saying this wordpress theme is beautiful. I would like to put it on my own blog, but i have no idea how to use wordpress. I bought a domain name but i dont know all the css and wordpress coding. Please any help or advice is greatly appreciated. adam1test@yahoo.com i would love to learn as much as i can im on this site constantly. Thanks again.

  20. 6025

    I have to say that this is the best WordPress theme yet. Well to me at least. The one problem I kept on having was the thumbnail image issue that a lot of people seem to be having. I think that the majority of the people that continue to have this issue might be doing what I kept on doing. I now feel dumb for doing it, but being new to WordPress, I didn’t know better. Here is the wrong way I added the image. I would add the image to the body of the blog. As that turns out, that is not what you do. What you need to do instead is upload the photo to your site, using wordpress. Then get the URL for and then put that URL in the Magzeen Post Options. That took me hours to figure out. Sometimes we just try to make things more difficult than they have to be.

  21. 6527

    Great theme!

    Just one question though:

    How can I change the height of the images in the “post-image” class?
    Because once I add an image then it cuts off parts of the image.

    Any help appreciated :)


  22. 6778

    hello !

    i did rtl to this theme and i get this problem (cheket with firebeg):

    createVmlStyleSheet()()pngfix.js (line 45)
    pngfix.js()()pngfix.js (line 303)
    [Break on this error] styleSheet.addRule(this.ns + ‘:shape’, ‘{behavior:url(#default#VML)}’);
    pngfix.js (line 45)
    $(“.category”) is null
    (?)()()functions.js (line 2)
    (?)()()jquery-latest.js (line 2912)
    each()([function(), function()], function(), undefined)jquery-latest.js (line 686)
    ready()()jquery-latest.js (line 2911)
    (?)()()jquery-latest.js (line 2936)
    [Break on this error] $( ‘.category’ ).click( function() {
    functions.js (line 2)

    whats rong ?

    thank u

  23. 7029

    Thanks for a great WP theme!

    I have put it to use with some slight modifications here: http://www.blitzedmag.com

  24. 7280

    I noticed that there were several people who had issues with the dock thumbnail rollovers not working properly. I had the exact same issue but only after I installed the WP-Slimbox2 plugin for viewing images within a post.

    I think it had something to do with both plugins using jquery and defining their own versions of the same js function. Check your rendered blog page source to see what other js code is referenced just prior to the code used for the Magazeen template. Either way, I was able to get the dock rollovers working again with a slight mod to the header.php file.

    Basically, I just put the Magazeen js references *after* the wp_head and it fixed the problem for me. I tried to paste the before and after code snippets in this comment, but that didn’t seem to work, so if you’re interested in the fix, just email me at dale[at]blitzedmag[dot]com and I’ll give it to you via email.

    I’ve tested the functionality of the WP-Slimbox2 and it still works fine after my slight mod. If you’re using other plugins or js code that are competing with the Magazeen js code, then your results may vary.

    Good luck. And thanks again to Smashing and Function for the great theme!


    • 7531

      That fix worked perfectly, makes sense to – the theme .js should be loaded after the WordPress head code.

      Awesome, and thanks for posting your fix here – sure beats the “disable plugins until it works” mentality :)

  25. 7782

    Hi All,

    Having a super frustrating problem with my mod of this theme. I fixed it once but was silly and didn’t make a note of WHERE. D’oh!

    What I want to do is move the post content (the entire post) over to the left a little bit and maybe move the sidebar to the right. Problem is, I can’t find WHERE in the CSS allows me to do this. I’ve tried just about everything.

    If anyone can help, that would be GREAT.


  26. 8033

    it’s one of the most perfect templates I’ve seen! thanks a lot for sharing!

  27. 8284

    The theme is gorgeous! I finally got it to work on my blog. One thing: I can’t seem to use my Link/Blogroll widget.

  28. 8535

    Hello, I need help and maybe someone can help me.
    First of all thank you for this theme.

    I need to change the adresse feed ont he RSS button.
    Can you help me?

    Thank you

  29. 8786

    Hi there,

    How do you add pages? The navigation through the blog is a big difficult without pages i.e 1,2,3,4 etc

    Thanks! Great work!

  30. 9037

    Great theme, thank you for making this available.

    To those who have noticed the issue where hovering over the Latest Articles thumbnails sometimes causes the text to overlap with the article names, there is an easy fix: Open the functions.js within the js directory and change the fadeIn value on line 19 from “1000” to “100”. All this does is speed up the fadeIn animation of the text and solves the overlapping text issue.

  31. 9288


    I had the same pagination problem as others who mentioned it here. I found a solution to the problem and the modified index.php file can be downloaded at my site through this blog post.

    Magazine Pagination Fix

    Thanks for the great theme.

  32. 9539

    Hello all

    I´m having a little problem with my little pics on the top. This is the picture right here http://img10.imageshack.us/my.php?image=isoca.jpg

    Can anyone help me?

    I have MSN ( msn@vetora.com.br) and Gtalk (publicidadeba@gmail.com)


  33. 9790

    very nice theme, although it has dozens of XHTML and css bugs plus
    the sidebar is kinda above the footer in the IE. does anybody have the same problem and got a workaround?

    let me know

  34. 10041

    Dawn @ flyingkiwis

    June 4, 2009 2:55 pm

    Can anyone tell me how to fix the bug that has the comment submitted dates showing the same dates as the date the post was created?

    Great theme otherwise.

  35. 10292

    Thanks so much for the theme.

    Also, I’m having a problem with a bunch of the default widgets not showing up. I can’t activate the following widgets: Archives, Links, Recent Posts (which I don’t care about because of Magazeen’s custom widget), and Recent Comments (which I certainly care about). These things are super important, and I hate to have to install some crazy other non-wp standard plugin to manage our simple blogroll. Any thoughts?

  36. 10543

    I am also having an issue with the comment dates – all comments use the date of the post regardless of the actual dates of the comments. I noticed that @Hahn did post a solution but the code he inserted in his comment does not appear. Does anyone have a fix for the comment-date issue?

    Thanks, and great theme!

  37. 10794


    any chance anyone has figured out a way to have a “default” thumbnail image so as to avoid having to place an image url in the special field with every post? thanks.

  38. 11045

    great theme! thank you! what can i do with the psd file? im aware its the template source but…if i want to change the theme color images how do i export it?

  39. 11296

    can u please do an rtl css file … and there is a lot of problem on exsplorer 7 … can u fix theme please … thank u for an amazing theme…

  40. 11547

    Martin Eichhorn

    June 11, 2009 6:56 am

    Great theme! Thanks for this.

    Maybe someone can help me with a little problem? Would be great. It seems that the jQuery Latest Image Showcase won’t work correct with Firefox 2.x.x.xx (checked with different versions) and IE 6.0. The text (post topic) will be showed over the thumbnail and not above.

    You can see this on the screenshot: http://tinyurl.com/magazeen-jquery

    Sorry, I’m a newbie on this stuff.

  41. 11798

    This is a really nice theme. Thank you very much!

  42. 12049

    Can’t download theme- Failed to Connect

  43. 12300

    i love the theme! Is there a setting you need to change to get the thumbnail pictures to show up in the sidebar? Mine just has text…

  44. 12551

    Hey guys, this theme is AMAZING! but 1 problem that I really need help with.
    It doesent allow people to post comments! and under the comment box it gives me this error at the bottom

    “Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_previous_comments_link() in /home2/imbedgfx/public_html/allengfx.com/wp-content/themes/magazeen-wordpress-theme/magazeen/comments.php on line 54″

    does anyone know a fix for this?

  45. 12802

    Yikes! It says that the theme’s broken, although I’m not sure if it’s a problem with my server:

    Warning: file(/home/starlakarr/theluckinitiative.com/wp-content/themes/magazeen-wordpress-theme/style.css) [function.file]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/user/domain.com/wp-includes/theme.php on line 180

    Warning: implode() [function.implode]: Invalid arguments passed in /home/myuser/mydomain.com/wp-includes/theme.php on line 180

  46. 13053

    Федор Малкин

    June 19, 2009 10:42 am

    Вот это да! Благодарю! Теперь на неделю есть работа! :)

  47. 13304

    I need help getting the thumbnails to appear —

    I read the posts above, but need help understanding what to do to solve this in plain english – not programmer speak! Please! Thank you!

  48. 13555

    salaudeen sherifdeen

    June 23, 2009 7:18 am

    pleas send me best seller picture

  49. 13806

    wow Great theme, i cant believe this is free, you guys ROCK!

  50. 14057

    This is a GREAT theme, but for some reason today it screwed up on me ( or — more likely — I screwed something up)! When I look for it in WordPress I can’t find it. Is the theme still available?

    Apologies if this is a dumb question, I’m a n00b.


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