Content aggregation and content curation are two phrases that have been gaining popularity, and for good reason. They are not only great ways of setting up your own site, but they can also prove very useful to your readers, no matter what topic they are focused on.
If you want to set up your own content aggregator or curator, this post will guide you towards some of the best themes available (together with another great tool at the end).a
Aggregate comes packed with tons of content and widget-ready areas, and manages to display everything in a clear and readable manner.
It also includes some handy new widgets, as well as many new advertisement areas. If you have been searching for a feature-rich Magazine-style theme for your blog, then look no further.
WP-Drudge is a Drudge Report style (no affiliation) WordPress website template that makes it easy to post external articles, your own blog posts, and links to other sites.
Add images, display featured content, and insert ads easily. With many different configuration options, you can make your website look just how you want. Add colors, change fonts, and choose the layout that works for your project.
Show off your work with this easy to customize, fully featured, and responsive WordPress theme; BaySide.
When purchasing this theme, you will receive a detailed help file along with additional features such as unlimited colour schemes, an infinite scrolling portfolio as well as retina support.
When you have readers and customers who are always hungry for more, deliver it in style with the publishing powerhouse News theme.
News Pro supports all of the great articles, audio and video of your content-heavy site, with eye-popping design and simple navigation. This theme keeps you on the front lines.
Put yourself on the front lines of online publishing with the up-to-the-minute, high-gloss look and feel of the Magazine theme.
Your online features will never look better than with the versatile layouts and media-ready design of the Magazine theme. A stylish frame speaks volumes about the publisher.
Brick+Mason is ideal for photographers and/or design studios.
It utilizes infinite scrolling so users don’t have to leave the page to experience all your talent. This theme also uses the jQuery masonry plugin so the content will fit any browser size.
Entrance is a clean and minimalistic WordPress theme for magazine, news, editorial, blog, photography or review site.
This theme has a responsive layout and is also retina display ready.
Pinstagram is a Pinterest-inspired WordPress theme that features the trademark grid layout with multiple post sizes and long list of posts.
Capture the magic of Pinterest and maximize your page views with a layout users are familiar with as well as the MyThemeShop powerful functionality and optimizations.
The 411 Pro Theme is designed to get your information to your audience in the most visually appealing and navigationally efficient way possible.
Choose your most compelling image and watch the responsive 411 theme resize it appropriately. Write long posts or little quick hits, and welcome your audience with a warm message. It’s all built right into the theme.
Nexus is a versatile magazine theme packed full of custom widgets and content modules that give you control over your page.
The challenge of any magazine theme is to take massive amounts of content and present it to the reader in a clear and structured manner. Nexus achieves this through a strict grid, typographical hierarchy and a clean layout that gives each element just enough room to breath.
Divi is the smartest, most flexible theme in the Elegant Themes collection.
The main advantage of this theme is that you are allowed maximum creativity by being able to modify so many aspects of it. There’s also a number of pre-fabricated layouts for you to use.
“Minimal” isn’t really the right word, because there is plenty here. It includes a beautiful header image, gorgeous organization of blog posts, social buttons, and more.
What you may notice next is the typography, chosen to be the perfect fit for the form and function of the theme.
The Newswire is designed with local news sites and newsy blogs in mind. Taking a lead from news sites like the Huffington Post, it incorporates a big ‘ol slider on the home page.
By default, this slides the latest posts, but you can also use the core WordPress ‘sticky posts’ feature to flag those particular posts you want to feature in the slider with bold headlines and large format images.
Curated is a clean and minimalist magazine with a modern design and plenty of features.
It even has a powerful Drag & Drop Page Builder with which users can have fun creating a unique homepage and easily make modifications to it any time they wish.
Braxton is a premier magazine theme that combines both form and function into one comprehensive WordPress theme. This sleek, modern theme is retina-ready, fully-responsive and comes with four different ad units, including a custom wallpaper ad.
Braxton is also compatible with WooCommerce and BBPress, is translation-ready, fully-responsive, comes with over 600 Google fonts, a featured slider on each category page, infinite scrolling, lazy load, a “sticky” menu bar and sidebar, post/page slideshows, super quick demo install and so much more.
Metro is a modern magazine-style layout built on an optimized mobile responsive platform.
The spacious 1152 pixel-wide frame highlights your online publishing for a wide-screen world, and the sleek social features will help to build your audience fast.
A mobile friendly, photo-blog theme with built-in infinite scrolling, fly-out menu, and fullscreen slideshows.
Gather is a highly adaptable theme for displaying products, art, and content. Choose your own fonts, update colors, or upload a logo using the theme customizer. Multiple menu locations, social icons, and widget areas are available. Integrates well with popular plugins like JetPack and Easy Digital Downloads. Gather is responsive and looks great on all devices.
DailyMag is a magazine-style theme with a beautiful reading experience and mobile-first approach. It uses beautiful headlines to draw readers in and readable body copy to keep them hanging on every word.
It also includes 7 layouts to choose from, article recommendations when the user finishes reading a post, and many more great features.
Paperback is a magazine-style theme that empowers you to quickly and easily create beautiful, immersive content with images, galleries, video, audio and more.
With multiple homepage templates, several slick content discovery features, and premium Typekit typography, you can offer your visitors a truly elegant browsing experience.
Turn your site into a beautiful masonry-style magazine with photos, videos, audio and more with Publisher. Featuring a robust, responsive layout, Publisher looks great on mobile phones, laptops and every screen in between.
Publisher is super simple to setup and use. No confusing templates to setup or layouts to configure. You simply add your content, and Publisher takes care of the rest.
There are plenty of aggregator themes out there, each varying in style. You can put the focus on images with a pinterest-style theme, or focus more on the content with a magazine or news styled one. It all depends on the main purpose of your site.
If you’re looking to create a news website of any sort, you might also be looking for a way of aggregating the content itself from various sources. Well, we have you covered there too.
Introducing you to the WP RSS Aggregator plugin. It’s a content aggregation and curation tool that works brilliantly to help you set up any such site. You can browse more ideas of how to implement this combination of plugin and theme via the use-cases page, and look at an example of what you can do with this combination on WP News Desk.
Should you wish to try out some combinations yourselves, the WP RSS Aggregator Advanced demo also includes some themes that you can play around with before committing to their purchase.
Have you used any other themes for content curation and aggregation websites? Let us know below!