“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.

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

    Ethan said, almost 1 year ago:


    For all those having problems with the thumbails (or any pictures at all displaying), you need to CHMOD the ‘cache’ directory in the Magazeen theme dirctory to make it writable, otherwise timthumb can’t create thumbnails.


    It works for me!

    • 502

      thanks this is good i am i can only work on wordpress but i can ses full Magazeen Options and body help me


  2. 1003

    It would be awesome if this theme had full-width template.

  3. 1504

    Hi, I love the theme but I want to change the background colour. I’ve managed to do it for the bottom half of the theme but I can’t find the code area for the space under the header or the scrolling dock. Could you please let me know? It looks like there is an over riding top coat of colour & any changes I make are underneath.


  4. 2005


    I’ve just installed your theme and I find it’s awesome. My only “complaint”, so to speak, is that I’ve set the Widget “Magazeen Sponsored Ad” first in the sidebar, I’ve added the adsense code in it and when displayed, there’s an extra space after this widget and before the following one.

    Does anyone know how can I get rid of that extra space?

    Thanks in advance.

    • 2506

      Sorry. you can see it in action here: http://www.ricoypositivo.com

      And another question: How can I change the black header area and make it slimmer? (less height).

      • 3007

        Hola Luis, me gustaría saber como cambiaste el header para que no ocupara tanto espacio. Veo que traduciste todo el theme también. Quedó muy bien.

      • 3508

        Somehow you were able to make this theme work. Can you share
        1.how you got the thumbnails to work
        2. how did you reduced the size of the header

    • 4009

      I’ve managed to solve both problems. Just in case someone is interested:

      – To reduce the vertical size of the black header I’ve changed in the Section 03 of the CSS the following:
      * In #header : I’ve change height:auto to height:98px (being 98 my desired new height).
      * In #searchform-header: I’ve changed the first value of margin to 38px (to keep the search box vertically centered)

      – To solve the problem with the extra space after the advert widget, I’ve removed the widget and put the adsense code directly in the sidebar.php file (I know, I know… but I’m in a hurry!!). :)

      That’s all, hope it helps. :)

      • 4510

        thanks for posting.
        did you mean the magazeen-style.css?
        i cannot find this option nor can i see sections in DW.
        how did you write it in?

  5. 5011

    Guys, I’ve tried everything. This same issue with Thumbs happen on Arthemia magazine theme, so I figured out it would be a problem with timthumb (the system that runs this thumb thing).

    If you have done everything:

    1) Set the cache directory on FTP to “777” to allow writing inside it.
    2) Set an URL on custom fields.

    Try this one… Worked FINE for me:

    Use .PNG or .GIF format for your file instead of .JPG or .JPEG. Dunno why, but it worked beautifully!

  6. 5512

    How can I delete that pink comment above left?

  7. 6013

    I love this template, so easy to customise,i just have two questions that it’d be great if anyone can help me with.

    1. How do i dictate the width of the image at the top of a new post?I want it to fill my left hand column.

    2. How do I make the padding less ABOVE the post content on a SINGLE POST page (not main page)? I’ve managed to make the padding 5px on the left/right of the post, but there’s a bigger gap at the top.

    Thanks everyone!

  8. 6514

    One of the best themes I’ve seen – but after viewing comments notice others like me having problems getting thumbs to display in the right hand bar and top of the site.
    Can someone offer a non techy answer. I have read the briefest of answers about CHMOD the ‘cache’ directory in the comments – but to those versed only in modest wordpressing – this isnt explained clearly and the comments assume other users have this knowledge – obviously they dont, as like me, they wouldnt be searching these comments if they knew. Google searching is very tech in the replies I’ve read too and WordPress’ site as confusing in the answer. Anyone feeling up for offering a clear, simple solution to solve the problem of thumbnails not showing?

    I thought 777 permissions had risks for hacking etc and were to be done with caution – perhaps I may be wrong?

    I’m sure, like a good few others on here, that someone out there could walk us through a simple solution to the missing thumbnails…

    Thanks in advance to all readers and those at Smashing Magazine for your help

    • 7015

      Once you have selected an image on your machine and uploaded this to the media library, you then insert this in your new post. THEN you need tohit the File URL button (still working within the new post window) and copy the file URL that has popped up and populated this field.

      Once copied, paste this URL in the “Magazeen post options image” field which is situated on the same page but slightly below the current new post window you are working on .

      If you copy this file URL and paste the address in the Magazeen post options image field you will get thumbs each and every time – nothing any more technical than this needs doing.

      Hope this helps

  9. 7516

    Hi everybody,

    I am the happy owner of a blog with the Magazeen-theme, and I love the widgets to “recommended” and “newest” articles. Does anybody know the code for a widget which shows “most popular” articles?

    Best regards,

  10. 8017

    I’ve used this theme for my college magazine, but I’m a complete noob and would like to know how to make changes to the header

  11. 8518

    Hey, I have just started using the Magazeen theme and I love it. I am pretty new to this stuff and I am also wondering how I can shorten the header so it doesn’t take up so much space. I have played around in the styles.css but no luck yet.

  12. 9019

    OK, Ive tried uploading the magazeen theme but there are a couple of major problems and I’d really, really appreciate some help here,
    1> it says that this theme does not natively support menus, but all the demos i’ve seen have running menus, is there a problem here??
    2> i have just one widget area available, sidebar1, I thought there were more

    Please i need help, Have a major deadline

  13. 9520

    How do I add my Twitter , Newsletter and Facebook images and links? Is there an easy way to do this? I understand the RSS is a class, but dont know where it is defined. Thanks, and sorry if dumb question, newbie here.

  14. 10021

    Great theme! I love how clean and pro it looks! Just a few questions for a complete noob (please put it in “Idiot’s Guide” terms, as I am very new to all this):

    – How can I change the color of the comment box in the corners of my posts? The neon magenta just isn’t my thing.

    – Why do some of my widgets spill over the edges of the sidebar? Can I change the sidebar width to compensate for them?

    – Why do the large pictures I add to my post show up just fine in the header slideshow gallery, but look incorrect in my actual post. It seems to center the photo at it’s maximum size. Can I make it smaller or change the image box in the post to a square instead of a long rectangle?

    You can see my problem here: http://www.sidneyreed.com


  15. 10522

    im trying to add other social network icons beside the RSS feed icon in the header – i can’t seem to get it to work properly.

    if anyone can help, that would be amazing!!!


  16. 11023

    also, im trying to get rid of the SMALL ”archived” posts at the bottom of the index page. i just want to have my full posts showing. i can figure how to change how many full posts to show but i can get rid of the ”archived” / smaller postings at the bottom.


  17. 11524

    Has anyone noticed that when leaving comments, you can’t enter the ‘ or ” characters?? Anyone have a fix for this? Please reply!! Thank you

  18. 12025

    Images seem to break when I upgraded to PHP 5.3 which was required for WordPress 3.1.1. Getting errors in timthumb.php

  19. 12526

    thanks for theme
    very beautiful theme for me

  20. 13027


    Great theme :)

    Could anyone tell me how I can customise the archive pages to show a similar layout the homepage, that is to make the archive and search results pages show the images and custom field data.

    Any help will be gratefully received.

    Kind Regards,

  21. 13528

    All those still having problems with thumbs not showing up…you need to download the latest version of timthumb.php. Download from Google code here..
    Once replaced it should work just fine.

    • 14029

      I downloaded the latest timthumb.php and updated the file on my server. Same issue no thubnails.

  22. 14530

    Great looking theme guys.

    Thanks heaps!

  23. 15031

    Tank’s for your template wp
    like for all your website

  24. 15532

    This theme is sooo cute and I’ve gotten it to work for the most part. I have 3 issues though and any help would be appreciated!
    1. How do I change the order of the headings/menu? This theme does not allow for the WordPress menu but the custom menu only shows up on sidebar. How do I edit the menu that goes across the top of the site
    2. How do I get the posts to show up when you click on the headings?
    3. Is there a way to make the menu drop down?
    4. How do I make the sidebar wider? The contents on my text widget is cut off.
    5. How do i adjust the spacing between images and text in the body of my posts.

    The issues are all obvious on http://www.letmethink4u.com.

  25. 16033

    Thanks so much Smashing for providing a mirror to download this theme – now that the original theme site is down this was the only place I could find to download it and it’s perfect for a new blog I am building!


  26. 16534

    love the theme but the live demo link is not working: http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
    please let me know how I can see a demo of the theme. thanks a lot :)

  27. 17035

    How to apply pagination to this theme….please someone help me!!!

  28. 17536


    Hi, I really like this theme, but also have the problem that the latest post images don’t show in the dock. I tried the fixes that area mentioned here, but none of them worked for me. I have it installed local on the latest xampp. Everything works fine, except the dock images. in Chrome I also get a white background for each image with a grey frame inside and in FF it shows me the alt-text…..
    Appreciate every help or suggestion.
    Thanks in advance! :-)

  29. 18037

    goods template

  30. 18538

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  31. 19039

    Has this theme been updated since version 2.9.6?

    Thanks and love the theme!

  32. 19540

    does anybody fixed the pagination issue?
    i’d really appreciate your help
    tnx !

  33. 20041

    I’ve been working with this theme for our news site, but can’t get the Tag Cloud to indent along with the rest of the sidebar. Has anyone else seen this? Is there a fix?


  34. 20542

    Does anyone know if I can add a custom header in this theme?

  35. 21043

    I notice that the pagenation still doesn’t work.

    I’ve tried a few fixes from around the web here and there but I can’t seem to get page 2, 3, 4, 5 to display anything different than what’s on page 1. If anyone’s figured out how to get that working, please let me know.

  36. 21544

    Greeat templates, thanks for sharing :)

  37. 22045

    Still having problems with the thumbnails at the header. Can someone help me out?

  38. 22546

    yeahh, this is very good , thanks

  39. 23047

    Tank’s for your template wp
    like for all your website

  40. 23548

    I have installed the theme several years ago. Now the thumbnails stopped working.
    Can you help?


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