One evolution of the “blog” model has been the rise of New Media outlets. Content Management Systems have placed the power to publish on the internet in the hands of a broader and broader segment of the online community. One manifestation of this is the rise of virtual newspapers and magazines specializing in just about any topic, area or niche you can imagine. Not to be outdone, many traditional, physical publications have created online versions to keep existing readers and attract new ones.
WordPress can facilitate this model with magazine and newspaper style themes which takes some of the tried and proven techniques of print and coupling them with the advantages of Content Management such as nearly infinite back articles, powerful search, syndication, collaboration and instant editing.
The theme we are looking at today is Magazine Basic. It’s a clean theme with plenty of white space and room for customization. The front page features news blocks that are reminiscent of a newspaper. These allow several lead articles in a relatively small space, each with its own featured image if you like. This approach really helps to “de-blog” the look usually found on some WordPress sites.
Two side columns can host navigational, informational and organizational elements or they can be enhanced with advertising in the case of sponsored publications. An additional, high-visibility space for advertising also exists in the header next to the site title and slogan.
Enterprising WordPress users can enhance this very basic theme. Some thoughts that come to mind include:
This is not to say the theme is lacking for missing these built-in features, but rather it allows users to adopt their preferred solution for capability and features from among the vast market of WordPress extensions.
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