Sometimes WordPress gets pigeon-holed as a blog platform – and, of course, it’s an awesome blog platform. But, as you know, it’s also a full-blown content management system. As such it’s ideal to handle all kinds of sites, including magazine style sites.
How you create a magazine style site is up to you. You could pick up a theme specifically designed for that style, whether it’s free or premium. iThemes offers the bSocial theme that offers a slick, social-focused look for a magazine style site.
Another option would be to build your own custom magazine theme. Using iThemes Builder you could set up a magazine site with little to no coding needed, or use an existing child theme, like Scooter, Covert, Covell, Adept, etc. to build your magazine site. And, of course, you can use the magazine extension with any of the Builder child themes.
However you do it, the idea is to change the typical homepage for a WordPress site. On a typical blog, the homepage is simply a running list of the latest posts. Some sites utilize ‘read more’ links to send readers deeper into the site for longer posts, but in general the homepage is just a long, scrolling list of posts.
For a magazine style site you need to redesign that basic approach. You want to highlight several posts more intensely, maybe with an image or a small bit of teaser text. And you don’t want those features to go away as new content is added. Using the Featured Post plugin in DisplayBuddy makes it easy to create an appealing magazine site.
A pre-designed theme will do it for you, while creating one using Builder will give you the flexibility to come up with the exact layout you want.
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