Find the Right Premium WordPress Theme for Your News or Magazine Site

I’m a big fan of using premium WordPress themes over free ones. The premium ones generally give you some nice options on the backend that makes changing the original look a bit easier, they offer you forums to get your questions answered and they look a lot nicer than most all the ones you will find for free. While it may seem like a pretty big investment to make (it’s actually only @$70), if you do your homework I can’t imagine you being happier with $70 spent in a publications room. I’m pretty fond of Solostream and Woothemes when I need a premium theme. They have lots of great options and good support. If you’d like some other options, I found a great list of premium wordpress themes here.

Your staff should explore as many themes as possible before they choose ‘The One.’ Once they do, make sure they morph and tweak it to make it their own.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 20th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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