The order of those themes isn’t related to their quality. Take the time to browse the page.
SmartMag is a boxed and full-width wordpress theme for news, magazine and blogs. The homepage can be . This theme is fully compatible with Woocommerce. So, it is perfect for those who want to sell products or services from their blog. It is also compatible with YARPP to display related posts so that the related posts are well integrated into the theme. Its page builder looking like SiteOrigin is impressive because it also features post list blocks to display the post lists on the homepage. Look at the screenshot below taking into account that one column is equal to one block. There are several block types. Consequently, you can fully customize your homepage without buying a site builder like Elementor, Beaver Builder or WPbakery.
- The native page builder
- Almost ready out of the box
- Boxed option
- Integrated Review system
- Annoying CSS animations which can be deactivated by CSS code customization because they slow down the navigation.
- The full width is not a full screen mode but a wide mode with large white margins looking like a wide boxed theme. It does not fill up the screen.
MH magazine theme
This wordpress theme suits news and magazine themes for people who are looking for a boxed classic theme. It uses the widget panel of wordpress to setup the homepage. Thus, building a homepage for MH magazine has some limitations. If you don’t like one of homepage layouts be aware that it is hard to build another layout with different number of columns. For sure, you can use a page builder start from a blank screen for the homepage. On the other hand, the layout for articles (Title and text size, font, position) and the sidebar elements are really perfect.
- Nice boxed theme that is ready out of the box
- Perfect layout for articles and sidebar
- Homepage that could be difficult to customize when the default layouts don’t fit the needs.
- Original colors may look unsuitable
Magazine pro theme
Magazine pro is a child theme from the Genesis parent theme. It means that when you buy the Magazine pro child theme, you first install Genesis and then magazine pro. The magazine pro. theme is really classy because it comes with black & white color. Starting with a “neutral” layout is a good thing. The layout can be customized thanks to the widget panel of WordPress. Consequently, if you like the default layout it is good news because your homepage blocks should look like on the demo homepage. An alternative approach would be to use a page builder like WPbakery, Beaver builder or Elementor and create the homepage from scratch. The titles and the texts are easy to read. I think that Magazine pro theme is the best in terms of visibility.
- Great to start with black color
- Look good on tablets and mobile (really responsive)
- It looks classy and modern
- Compatible with Woocommerce
- Homepage blocks are customized through widgets panel (limited)