Got lots of magazine-style content and need a stylish frame? The Magazine a great choice for sites that have a lot to say. Choose from many content-friendly soft color schemes, and widgets that support everything from video to in-depth articles to great photography. Magazine is sleek, up-to-date, and always cutting-edge… just like your content.

The Magazine theme has multiple layouts and menus, breadcrumbs, and archive control. You can even add a customized Header image or custom background.

Theme Colors

The Magazine child theme includes the following features: 7 color styles – blue, green, lavender, orange, pink, red and teal.

Featured Images

The Magazine theme is a great fit if you publish magazine or news style content. You can showcase multiple categories on the homepage and use featured images to make your site look stunning.


You can choose from 6 different layout configurations for Magazine. You can have your content on the left with a sidebar on the right, flip that around, have two sidebars or even remove the sidebar altogether.

Plenty of Options

Part of Magazine’s charm is the option for customizing the look of your site. This includes sidebar widget area, two menu areas, and control over what content is displayed in your blog archive pages.

Custom Header Image and Background

You can further customize Magazine thanks to the Custom Header and Background options found in Appearance → Header and Appearance → Background.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. Content and One Sidebar: The main column width is 610 with one sidebar of 300.
  2. Full-width layout: The main column is 910

Magazine theme documentation

Uploading a Custom Header
Inside your dashboard, go to Appearance → Header and upload your header. The default size for the Magazine theme is 960 x 115 pixels.

Using a Custom Background
Inside your dashboard, go to Appearance → Background and either upload the background image you wish to use or include a 6-digit hexcode that will be used for the background color.

Using Menus
This theme relies on Custom Menus for functionality. Inside your dashboard, go to Appearance → Menus and set up your navigation menus. Be sure to select the Primary/Secondary custom menu you wish to display in the Theme Locations option box on the Custom Menus screen. You also have the option to enable/disable the Primary/Secondary menus from displaying by going to the Appearance → Theme Options page in your WordPress dashboard.

The top most navigation bar is labelled as the Primary navigation and in the demo is populated with Pages.

The secondary navigation menu contains categories and subcategories.

You are free to place whatever items you wish, however.

Changing Color Schemes
Inside your dashboard, go to Appearance → Theme Options → Magazine Color Style and select the color scheme you wish to use.

Changing Site Layout
Inside your dashboard, go to Appearance → Theme Options → General Settings and select the site layout you wish to use. Magazine offers these layout options:

  • Content / Sidebar
  • Sidebar / Content
  • Content / Sidebar / Sidebar
  • Sidebar / Sidebar / Content
  • Sidebar / Content / Sidebar
  • Full Width Content

Enabling Breadcrumbs
Inside your dashboard, go to Appearance → Theme Options → Breadcrumbs and select the types of pages you want breadcrumbs to appear on. Magazine offers these types:

  • Front Page
  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Archives
  • 404 Page

Configuring the Homepage
When you activate the Magazine theme, the standard loop will load on the homepage. In order to utilize the Featured Post widget sections that you see on the demo site, you’ll need to go to the Appearance → Widgets screen in your dashboard.

There you will see Home Top, Home Left, Home Right and Home Bottom as available widget areas on the right hand side of your screen. You can use the Featured Tabs widget to display a tabbed section at the top of your homepage or you can populate the content for your homepage via the Genesis – Featured Posts widget. With that widget, you can select how many posts to show, from what categories, whether or not to display a featured image (and the size) as well as some other options.