Are you looking for the right WordPress theme for your news portal or magazine website?
You certainly have lots of expectations in design and feature perspective in the magazine theme. Why shouldn’t you have? Magazine theme certainly should look really attractive and user-friendly. Besides, viewers should be able to get the news and articles from different categories easily from the homepage.
We know that finding the right theme for new portal or magazine website is thus tough. And, when it comes to Free Theme, they lack several features that you genuinely need.
Here, I’m presenting Maggie Lite, which is genuinely great free WordPress magazine theme. I know it’s hard to trust, one it comes to Free theme. Check out these reviews at WordPress Themes repository from the user of Maggie Lite.
Yes, Maggie Lite is the Free Magazine theme with Premium features. News ticker, two theme color scheme, 3 featured posts layouts, multiple ad sections, CSS3 animations and what not. Let me go through each major features for your ease.
Maggie Lite comes with 2 theme color scheme: dark and light. In the dark color scheme, header and footer will be dark in color whereas, in the light scheme, they are light in color. You can switch the color scheme easily from the Theme Settings of the customizer.
Fully Customizer based
Maggie Lite is fully customizer based WordPress magazine theme. So, it’s very easy to setup and customize it. You can have the live preview of every change you make and then click save changes only when you’re satisfied with the customizations you’ve done. This way you don’t need to keep your website in maintenance mode even if you’re customizing the theme.
Isn’t it really great if latest news titles appear on the top of the page? This way, viewers can see the latest news heading directly after loading the page. In Maggie Lite, you can have News Ticker without having to install any plugin. Yes, News Ticker is the theme feature in Maggie Lite.
5 block layouts on homepage
Besides Slider, you have 5 powerful blocks on homepage. Featured block is the first one. You can feature top news (maybe breaking news) on the featured block. All you have to do is create dedicated post category for featured news, setting that category for the featured block from customizer and then adding news to that category.
Below featured block, there are 4 other blocks where you can display news from different categories. All of them have unique layout making them very attractive. You can show latest news from several categories to these blocks.
You can have a slider with News titles and excerpt. You display prime news in the slider to get maximum hits in them. Besides, Maggie Lite allows you customize the position of the slider on your homepage. You can keep slider either above featured news or below it or replace it with featured new. You’ve multiple choices in slider which lets you have full control over it.
- Choose the post category for slider
- Show or hide controls
- Turn on or off auto-transition
- Show or hide title
- Control the slider transition duration and pause time duration
- Choose among two types of slider: single post slider and multiple (3) post slider
7 inbuilt widgets
Default widgets of WordPress cannot meet the requirement magazine theme. So, Maggie Lite provides you 7 widgets specially crafted for news magazine websites. Widgets you get are: Maggie article contributors, Maggie categories tabbed, Maggie category posts, Maggie latest posts, Maggie post slider, Maggie random posts, and custom menu widget. These widgets help you to make your sidebar and footer extremely powerful.
Author section in single post
It may be necessary to put author section to highlight the author of the news or article of your website. It’s almost compulsory to show author section in articles. And again, Maggie lite has author section as the theme feature. So, you needn’t install any other plugin to have author section in single post page of your website.
Related Posts in single post
You generally have to install special plugin to display related posts in single post page of WordPress. But, Maggie Lite has related posts section as the theme feature. You have choice to show related posts according to tag or category. And, since it’s the theme feature, you’ll have very attractive layout in related posts.
WooCommerce and bbPress compatible
What if you need to sell some product of service from your website. Or most probably, you may need to sell ad space and special subscription from your website. Maggie Lite is WooCommerce compatible because of which you can immediately start selling products or services from your website itself.
Besides, you can create the very powerful forum in your magazine website using the bbPress plugin. Yes, Maggie Lite is compatible with bbPress as well.
Other major important features of Maggie Lite
The list of features of Maggie Lite doesn’t end here. It has other several important features like:
- Boxed and Fullwidth layout
- Colorful category background
- Highly configuration homepage
- Tabbed category widget
- Multiple column page/post
- Custom tools
- CSS3 animations
- Cross browser compatible
- SEO Friendly
- Translation ready
Ah Ah… I forgot to mention about the highly appreciated online support feature of Maggie lite. You can get premium online support for this free theme. You can chat with customer service representative of 8degreethemes from the website itself. Besides, it has dedicated forum support and email support. So, if you get any trouble with the theme, you can get premium support from the experts at 8degreethemes.
Maggie lite is truly best WordPress magazine theme available in WordPress theme repository. It is the free theme with Premium features. If you don’t want to spend much to start your news portal or magazine website, you can certainly start it with Maggie Lite. You can later purchase it’s premium version when you’re ready for it.