Top 15 Best Simple and Clean Blog & Magazine WordPress Themes 2016 Edition

Today we will introduce you a set of clean and simple themes that help keeping your website neat, functional and straightforward allows your visitors to concentrate on the content you are offering and value they can get from it.

Yes, this is a collection of the best WordPress simple, clean and minimal themes for blog, portfolio, corporate, magazine and other awesome websites. As you know, WordPress is a great platform for blogs and news sites and thanks to these themes you can create the next big thing. These themes can be used for any blog and magazine niche such as tech, gossip, politics, sports, games, fashion, food and much more. All below listed themes are highly customizable with unlimited color options, dozens of fonts, custom widgets and many of those themes has a built in drag and drop page builder to create unique and professional news portal with ease.

You can also read other collections that we have made that is related to today’s topic. We have collection of best magazine themes, best minimalist themes, and bonus a collection of magazine PSD mockups and templates at your disposal.

Soledad

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It’s no coincidence that Soledad won the title of best selling WordPress Theme for Blag and Magazine of 2016. Soledad is built to be a multiconcept WordPress theme. It is a truly humbling theme to be recognized by your industry for great design, which is exactly what happened with Soledad. Soledad effortlessly fuse timeless typography with modern design trends by the use of full width content sliders, long form homepages, and full screen video backgrounds. The possibilities waiting to be invented are 200+ sliders and layouts combination and 250+ demo homepages.

Soledad WordPress additional advantage is the WooCommerce plugin. This particular plugin will help you build you’re a creative virtual shop and provide your customers with a fun experience.

Soledad is also known for its intensive support provided by the theme’s developer team. The staff will reply your request with great urgency and give you extensive normal support by giving recommendations on how to best optimize your brand’s website.

Built to reach to the customer’s vision, Soledad is tightly populated with the latest and greatest web development technologies and advances, then exhibit them through a veritable navigation and pagination polyglot, and specialized in bringing out aesthetic and creativity.

Norway

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Norway is an experientially designed and very feature-rich as well as responsive WordPress blogging theme with a focus on readability that combines clean design and excellent user experience. The theme was designed to stay out of readers view and let your content do the main work. With generous spaces and large, legible fonts, theme will encourage visitors to keep on reading. This theme can be used from the box or easily customized with native WordPress customizer. Norway turns your website into an interactive powerhouse, with gorgeous, smooth HTML5 and CSS3 transitions and effects available with absolutely no coding skills required, just the simplified drag & drop functionality.

Ink

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Ink is a finely crafted WordPress blogging theme with an emphasis on telling stories with style, Ink is designed with attention to details, and coded with the best possible coding practices. Fully compatible with the latest WordPress version, Ink is so simple to use that it does not come with a theme options panel. Instead it makes use of the built in Theme Customizer, which provides all the options you need, and lets you preview the changes as you customize on the fly.

Ink looks nice on all devices, be it phone or tablets, it will adopt to any screen size and makes things look beautiful on retina displays. Ink is compatible with the Restrict Content Pro plugin which enables you to create a Membership based site. Restrict content from unsubscribed users, and require a membership to allow full access. Restrict Content Pro is a paid plugin and requires a separate purchase.

Vancouver

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Vancouver is a multiple layout WordPress theme for blog and magazine site. It comes with enormous styles and plugins. With Vancouver, all elements are perfect to pixel on any portable devices.  You can choose among more than 250 home demos: home with sliders, numbers kinds of layouts, each of them includes lots of versions for your web page. Live customization is available with nearly 200 options in general, single post and page in particular. Your portfolio will be advanced thanks to 4 header styles, 6 layouts gallery grid and text grid in both 2 and 3 columns.

Besides Google font, Vancouver also supports Typekit and Custom font which is rarely seen on other WordPress theme.  Google ads is ready on every single page and post and also flexible on any size. Vancouver supports header video in background with simple customization, combining with beautiful portfolio and blog design to make new trend of retro style for your site.

NewsPlus

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NewsPlus is an excellent choice for e magazine, online newspaper, editorial site or review site. If you are an existing enterprise, an entrepreneur, or have just launched a new startup, NewsPlus is the right choice for setting up your online presence. This news paper template comes with built in style support for plugins like Buddy Press, bbPress forum, WooCommerce, Table Press, WPML and many more. The theme encompasses clean and modern design, backed with best SEO practices and well optimized code. The theme supports advertisement spots in best locations of page and posts which helps you make good revenue from Google AdSense and similar services. With fast loading time, ease of use, powerful theme features and great support; the theme envisioned to provide you a long term stable website for your existing or upcoming digital publishing project.

HEAP

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HEAP is a personal blogging theme for WordPress and an effortlessly tool for publishers of all kind, cherished for its flexibility, clean layouts and speed. You can rest assured that every pixel will respond as it should no matter if your visitors are on a desktop, tablet or down to the phone in your pocket. HEAP features an off-canvas menu to make it easy for your mobile users to discover you site.

Whether you’re looking to share your own thoughts, write about your latest findings or just have a scrapbook of photos, videos, quotes or other stuff, HEAP is designed to fulfill these and a lot more. A new and exciting feature that combines style options with the ability to live preview those changes before saving them. You can easily change the fonts, colors or layout sizes and everything will be reflected back to you. Streamline your pages across more than 300 social networks thank to the premium support of AddThis. Now you can easily spread the word around with powerful social media systems including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

HEAP has been built using the latest, semantic HTML5 markup, making easy for Search Engines to discover your content through Schema.org markup, meta tags and much more. Support for WordPress Custom Post Formats is built right into the theme with unique styling and options to handle your content.

Amory

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Amory is a modern and simple WordPress theme. Amory features not only a modern and minimalist design, it is also a standout WordPress theme for one reason that is focus your content first and foremost. Don’t let design overtake your content, with Amory the sleek design truly highlights what your users want the most, great content. Photographers can create beautiful galleries to show their best work simply, with no coding required at your end. Creatives and artisans can show off their talents without being overcrowded by flashy design tricks.

With elegant and intuitive Headers and unique Footers, you can easily create a website that will put your best work first. Everything has been designed and developed from the ground up with your content as top priority. Utilizing today’s best coding practises including HTML5 and CSS3 for WordPress, Amory animations are subtle yet purposeful, never cluttered and over bearing. Headers have been designed to include what you need most, including animations that can Trigger on Scroll, a unique Footer that can display Instagram feeds, and close attention has been paid to the Typography to create a truly unique user experience.

Naturally Amory is fully Responsive, this means that no matter what device your users are viewing your content on, Amory will scale seamlessly as if designed for them personally. No messy coding required, our Ad Blocks are simple widget based snippets that can be added directly from your WordPress dashboard, and of course they are optimised for today’s standard ad sizes; banner ads, blocks, 125×125px squares and more. This means you can easily manage affiliate marketing and advertising programs from your WordPress dashboard. No messy fiddling around with text files, and absolutely no coding required.

Tempest

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Tempest is a aesthetically beautiful WordPress premium magazine theme, crafted with care and attention to detail. It includes a minimalist design, coupled with clean and retina graphics. It is really simple to use and manage, includes excellent features that let you build your own blog or magazine website or website in minutes! It has tons of options, unlimited color options, it is responsive and optimized to work fast and easy. It features 4 custom post: videos, galleries, portfolio, slideshow. It also comes with 3 view types with different options.

Herald

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First and foremost Herald is a potent simple magazine WordPress theme. Herald comes with simple ads system that offers several predefined AdSense slots to display your ads and monetize your website very easily. What is most important is that it is possible to load all JS and CSS files combined into a single compressed file for the best possible performance speed.

Herald offers a highly flexible yet easy to setup module system where you can display your articles in various ways. The theme has a beautiful newspaper style homepage layout that you can edit with drag and drop page editor. There are multiple different types of homepage content blocks that can be used and combined in different setups to achieve the perfect layout. There are 3 header areas where you can display any of the elements as you wish.

The Print

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The Print is a simple, clean WordPress theme, and designed for online magazine, newspaper websites, but it can also be used for simple personal blogs. The Print was designed with a modern and minimal style, gorgeous typography for better reading experience, it is a perfect match for any content.

The theme allows you to show the most important posts to your visitors. All posts can be controlled using post options while adding new posts! The theme comes with a newsletter form at sidebar, single posts to help you grow your mailing list faster than ever. It’s the best. Sticky Sidebar is used for sidebars on long pages, so they can be visible all the time user scrolls down the page, instead of a empty space visitors usually see.

And the most important thing, The Print was developed with schema.org rich snippets, HTML5, CSS for SEO friendly and high performance, this means your website will get higher ranking and load faster. Ink is coded by following best SEO practices and it is 100% compatible with industry-leading SEO plugins. Jetpack simplifies managing WordPress sites by giving you visitor stats, security services, speeding up images, and helping you get more traffic.

Barcelona

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Barcelona is clean, simple and easy-to-use news & magazine wordpress theme that is built for you to create your own pages exactly as you want. In Barcelona, with only a few tweaks within theme’s admin panel and Revolution Slider, you can change the design to fit your needs. You can turn Barcelona from a clean and elegant Fashion style, to a dark, manly, hipster design in just a few clicks. Simple and clean page builder interface lets you easily combine 11 different page modules with 6 different featured posts style. Some home page combinations are displayed on the live preview demo. Besides these features, you have plenty of theme options to customize your categories, posts, pages, search results page and so on.

Simple Article

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Simple Article is a minimal WordPress theme designed for blogger. It provides many features that blogger will love it. Sticky post, Social share in each post, many post formats such as Video, Audio, Soundcloud audio, Gallery as grid or slider or column, Quote, Aside. It also provides 4 blog layouts for maximize your design including, Full thumbnail, Medium thumbnail with content on the side, Column and Masonry. It has GoodLayers Importer by which with just few steps, you can turn your site to be like demo site. Then, you can have parallax background in your desired section. You can also set parallax speed or have it fixed as well. The theme has unlimited color as you can turn your site to anything you need with color options. You can change almost every color elements. When using parallax section, you might need to change font color or link color in it. You are allowed to create custom skin via admin panel and assign to parallax section easily.

Flex Mag

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Flex Mag is the perfect combination of power and simplicity in a WordPress news and magazine theme. That’s why there is no stopping you from using it to showcase your technology portal website. Flex Mag does not require any coding knowledge and gives you the options and flexibility to put together the ultimate news site, but in a simple, straightforward way that doesn’t overwhelm you.

Flex Mag comes with a custom Fly-Out Navigation, custom scoreboard, auto-load posts, 4 different pre-set skins, 9 different Featured Posts options, 8 different article templates, 700+ Google Fonts, and more. Flex Mag adjusts its layout based on the device it is being viewed on. This means the theme’s content will be easy to read and easy to navigate whether it is being viewed on a desktop computer, a tablet, or a mobile device. Flex Mag takes full advantage of available ad space to give you a myriad of options to place your ads.

Flex Mag comes with Theia Sticky Sidebar plugin that allows your sidebar content to follow the visitor as they scroll down the page allowing for longer visibility for ads and other important information. Flex Mag gives you the flexibility and ease of use to display your content the way you want it without altering any code with our custom widgets.

GossipBlog

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GossipBlog is a simple and professional WordPress blog theme ideal for sharing stories and news. It’s totally responsive so it adapts to your style as well as the device it’s viewed on.

To help you with customization, the theme is loaded with great features. To list some, there are a custom header styler, 4 built-in header layouts, 9 custom page templates, 10 custom widgets, over 20 custom shortcodes. The theme also has a built in categorized image gallery with 2, 3, 4, 5 columns and integrated lightbox. Blog page features 9 post formats that are standard, aside, gallery slideshow, gallery grid, link, image, quote, audio, and video. The theme has a subscribe page and login page with a full width Instagram widget for better sharing.

Lovely

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Lovely is an easy to use and very simple WordPress blog theme that is carefully designed with a focus on fashion industry. Easy to use Theme Option Panel and Metabox options will save your time and money. Each Homepage Layouts can be easily customized able.

Lovely comes available with 5 different home page, which are very easy to install and customize to suit your needs. This advanced page builder allows you to mix and match the 20 content blocks and the 3 page templates included in this theme to craft a fine page layout for your magazine, blog and business website. Lovely is packed with 4 Themewaves widgets. The custom content widgets display posts in different styles and support custom colors, and Excerpt count option.

I'm a WordPress developer and product designer living in Ukraine. First study to code and design 5 years ago. Love programming front end and learn new technology.

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