Best Aggregator Themes for WordPress

So you want to set up your own content aggregator. WordPress is an ideal platform for this thanks to a number of plugins and themes. Today we're focusing on themes that are ideal for content aggregation.
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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

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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.

Get Aggregate

WP Drudge

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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.

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BaySide

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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.

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News Pro

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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.

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Magazine Pro

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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.

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Brick+Mason

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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.

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Entrance

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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.

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Pinstagram

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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.

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The 411

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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.

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Nexus

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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.

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Divi

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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.

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Newspaper

Newspaper is the best-selling WordPress template for any blog, news, newspaper, magazine, publishing or review website. It is responsive and retina ready, including 40+ pre-built demo designs to start your site with. Newspaper is powered by the tagDiv Composer, an impressive front end drag and drop page builder, with 100 highly customizable elements.
 
From beautiful post styles, rating system, fullwidth big grids, category templates, built-in translation panel, video playlists, to responsive AdSense ads and HTML banners, this theme has everything you can ask for. Newspaper is visually appealing and performs at high speed. Also, it’s using the best SEO practices to help you rank your site in SERP with ease.

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Whitespace Pro

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“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.

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The Newswire

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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.

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Metro Pro

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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.

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Quiescent

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A mobile friendly, photo-blog theme with built-in infinite scrolling, fly-out menu, and fullscreen slideshows.

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Gather

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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.

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DailyMag

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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.

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Conclusion

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.

WP RSS Aggregator
WP RSS Aggregator plugin.

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.

Have you used any other themes for content curation and aggregation websites? Let us know below!

Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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5 Responses

    1. You could use any free theme since WP RSS Aggregator is compatible with any theme really. On the other hand these paid themes have done the extra step that makes them recommendable, and in any case the cost for themes is very low nowadays.

  1. Thanks for sharing an amazing collection of WordPress themes. They look fresh and all of them have a different feel about them. I hate it when I see several themes that I fancy. It’s hard making the choice!

  2. What does the RSS aggregator look like in one of these themes or a similar theme? Does it show up with a picture and as much text as I want in categories, or does it just show up as two lines of text and a text link?

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