Gazette: A Free WordPress Magazine Theme from Automattic

Gazette is a new WordPress magazine theme from the folks at Automattic, designed by Thomas Guillot. Since the majority of themes produced for WordPress.com are well-suited to single author blogs, Gazette’s fine-tuned focus on digital publications is a welcome addition to the collection.

Magazine themes are generally few and far between, because they have to be designed for a constant flow of content with a homepage that allows the reader to quickly scan multiple featured stories. Gazette takes a minimalist approach to the magazine style in that it isn’t cluttered with skinny columns of varying widths, obtrusive advertising slots, etc. It could easily be used for a personal blog or photography site.

gazette-homepage

As you scroll down the page, the sticky navigation/search bar pins the menu to the top for easy access. Gazette makes a strong impression with fullscreen featured images that display above post and page titles. The content area has been decluttered for readability with post meta pulled out into a separate column.

Gazette supports image, gallery, video, and link post formats. The theme includes two optional widget areas (the right sidebar and footer), and two custom menus. With Jetpack active, Gazette adds an option to upload your site logo. The plugin also manages the featured content display, along with the related posts functionality seen in the live demo.

gazette-author-bioGazette includes a handful of layout and content options in the customizer:

  • Display header image on blog index only
  • Show author bio on the sidebar of single posts
  • Display content in the footer, i.e. basic HTML, links, et.

Gazette is responsive and maintains its striking visual appeal and readability on mobile devices. The design is similar to popular mobile news apps that display posts with titles overlayed on featured images.

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Check out the live demo on WordPress.com to see Gazette in action. The theme is not yet available on WordPress.org but should be soon. In the meantime, the zip file for self-hosted sites can be downloaded from the sidebar of the Gazette theme page on WordPress.com.

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11 Comments


    1. I was just gonna ask for that in wordpress.org. Thank you! :)

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    1. Where it has GAZETTE to the right of the menu is where your logo would display they are just displaying text right now. Which apart from the front page is at the top like normal.

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    2. With the Jetpack plugin active, you’ll find an option to upload a logo in the Cusotmizer, in the Site Title, Tagline & Logo panel.

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  1. I’m new to this .. sorry if my question is stupid. The tile layout with the 6 images … How do I go about using that feature? I have no clue

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    1. You’ll find setup details in the theme’s readme.txt file: Jetpack gives you access to the Featured Content module. You can then choose a featured-content tag in the Customizer’s Featured Content section, and up to six posts with that tag will appear in the Featured Content area. Gazette isn’t yet in the WordPress.org repo but you’ll find more basic setup info here: https://theme.wordpress.com/themes/gazette/

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      1. Hello, I’m using the customizer in wordpress.com have chosen the tags I want in the Customizer Featured Content, but no tile images appeared above my menu. What am I doing wrong?

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  2. Hello! I’m creating a new blog with theme Gazette and I’m finding some problems with my posts appearance on the home page. You can see 2 kinds of posts appearance on the first picture of the article above: on the first one the picture takes all de post; on the second and third ones the picture is just above the post (we have the picture and the text just below). Anybody knows how can I choose between these 2 kind of appearance? Thank you very much!! Angélica

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