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Are you looking for a great free news WordPress theme? You found it! ionMag is an amazing free theme for a blog, news, newspaper, magazine, publishing industry and reviews website. This integrated solution will change the way bloggers interact with their sites moving all the creative activities from the backend to the website's frontend, simplifying the user experience.
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Are you looking for a great free news WordPress theme? You found it! ionMag is an amazing free theme for a blog, news, newspaper, magazine, publishing industry and reviews website. This integrated solution will change the way bloggers interact with their sites moving all the creative activities from the backend to the website’s frontend, simplifying the user experience.


What is the ionMag free news WordPress theme?

ionMag is a flexible template designed to make your blog, newspaper or magazine-styled website stand out from the crowd. With an elegant design, clean coding, responsive and retina ready layouts, a spectacular drag and drop page builder, adaptive blocks, countless widgets, multiple headers, footer and post templates, intelligent ads, outstanding support, building a website is now effortless.


What to expect?

With ionMag, you will discover a new way to build pages for your website. You don’t need to keep flipping between backend and frontend anymore! Now all the flexibility of the WordPress CMS is combined with the features expected from a premium theme.


Powered by a strong and innovative drag and drop page builder – tagDiv Composer – this is more than a theme for blogs, news, and magazines, ionMag is a complete, integrated solution for smart website owners, like you!

ionMag – main features

tagDiv Composer – The ionMag free news WordPress theme comes with a handcrafted page builder that takes all the action onto the front page. tagDiv Composer is an open source plugin that allows you to build unique pages using a drag and drop functionality. Over 20 adaptive content blocks were specially introduced to help you design your professional website.

Just drag and drop each element wherever you want – in the content area or sidebar and you’ll see it accommodate in real time to the desired area. You can add a title, customize the elements by adding padding, background or color, and borders from the integrated CSS panel. It’s so easy to use that you’ll fall in love with tagDiv Composer.


Spectacular Big Grids – Three beautiful grids were designed for the above the fold section to help you emphasize your featured posts. For each of them, you can select between the two styles handcrafted to bring diversity and create a unique experience for your visitors. Now, it’s so easy to customize each category page with a different grid & style and make it look the way you’ve always dreamed of.


Intelligent ad system – The ionMag news WordPress theme comes with six predefined ad spots and five custom ones, placed in the most effective sections of your website to help you monetize it. Every ad location has a box where you can put the code.


For Google AdSense ads, the theme will automatically adjust the ad size and make it responsive. This automatic behavior can be modified, as the theme includes options that allow you to manually select ad sizes for each device.


Comprehensive documentation & support – Yes! Extensive documentation and support services are finally available for a free news theme. In its detailed tutorials, you’ll find everything there is to know about ionMag’s settings. The support team is ready to give you a helping hand when you need it the most on the support forum.


ionMag news WordPress theme – List of features

  • Built using the latest technologies, it can power any modern news website: HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2.4+
  • Clean code, optimized and tested for high-performance
  • Responsive and retina ready, it delivers the same experience on any device
  • Beautiful and modern design, users don’t have to build their websites from scratch. ionMag comes with a pre-built demo you can easily install with just one click.
  • Compatible with the most popular plugins like WordPress SEO by Yoast, WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress, and so on
  • Using the best SEO practices
  • No coding skills required – each area can be customized using the theme settings
  • All in one theme panel – all the settings are gathered in one place for you to find and use with ease
  • Integrated translation panel – No more .po .mo files, you just pick the language, and the theme will translate all the strings from the frontend of the website.
  • Youtube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo thumb downloader – just paste the URL and the site will automatically download the largest image available and set it as a featured image. It’s so easy to add videos to articles!
  • Built in review system (stars, percents, points)
  • Sticky navigation menu – with multiple options
  • Unlimited sidebars – each post, page or category can have its own sidebar.
  • Easy Google Analytics support (just paste the code in our admin)
  • News ticker
  • Video playlist
  • IOS Slider
  • Custom widgets
  • Popular category widget – it shows the user’s favorite categories
  • Author box widget – show author’s sorted by number of posts, or by name
  • Social counter widget with ten unique styles – this widget displays numbers of likes followers or subscribers
  • 21 blocks


The ionMag theme comes with many cool features you usually expect from a premium template. You can build almost any kind of news website and that makes this theme one of the most powerful WordPress tools on the market today. Download ionMag free news WordPress theme now and start your website!

Alina Silvasan
Alina Silvasan
With a degree in Social Sciences, Alina is an experienced journalist fascinated by WordPress development. A few years ago she started to combine these passions developing News WordPress Themes with the tagDiv team. You can follow her on Twitter @tagDiv

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38 Responses

  1. Have always liked yoast for all of the technical features but overall the upgraded version includes so much I really do not want! Many apps give any feedback on intent matching. And, the majority of content marketing apps are just a lot of fancy functionality. Would be interested in reading about your opinions on INK for All. Thoughtful accessibility features like the fact that its possible to work offline make sure I’m not distracted, it’s helped make me super productive. INK for All also gives recommendations on how to optimize your content for Google search results.

  2. I really love your theme. It is awesome. But I have had a slight problem. I recently had to update the theme on my new WordPress website and when I clicked on the update theme button, it took me to the theme’s official download page

  3. I really love your theme. It is awesome. But I have had a slight problem. I recently had to update the theme on my new WordPress website and when I clicked on the update theme button, it took me to the theme’s official download page.

  4. I have just installed the free IonMag theme with all demo content. I want to use the content to customize the theme and create a lovely website. Many thanks for your comments, I am learning a great deal.

    I shall be updating on how things go along.

  5. iONMAG theme was on the best free themes…. But unfortunately it is discontinued by Tagdiv. So no one will get ANY UPDATES. This theme was actually clone of newspaper theme. Free version of IonMag theme was very powerful version ….some websites even don’t needed the premium version…. Maybe Ionmag hit negatively on Newspaper themes’ sales… Thats why they discounted it.

  6. Looks like ionMag is dead. It hasn’t been updated since 2017. wpion’s site is no longer featuring it. It features tagdiv’s Newspaper and Newsmag themes.

  7. Not sure whether it is ok to use a theme which was updated 2 years back. Though its still great theme, but wordpress has gone through some big changes in these 2 years and some of the functions this theme uses might get deprecated in future, hope someone updates the theme.

  8. This theme is good for blogging . But i have faced many problems in shwoing google ads from theme panel. but now its woring like charm .
    Thankx for this article.

  9. Hi! IonMag is great theme WP !
    But i have little trouble. Please, can you help me to create 4 columns on category page with full width and with out sidebar for module Block 1, 2 !?

  10. Hi Allna,

    Currently my website using free version of ionMag theme. It’s easy to customize. Recommended theme.


    1. Hi, Verincia!

      Well, this is sort of tricky question because is not about a single feature you can check if it is present or not. SEO friendly concept is more like a series of capabilities that makes your site more “friendly” for the search engines. Not all of them are related to the theme you are using, as an important aspect is about the relevance of your content for the keywords you want to be found in search results. If a theme is built using the best SEO practices, your website should be fast on loading pages (performance is tied to code and server). The theme also should integrate seamlessly with an SEO tool like Yoast SEO, give you all the capabilities you need to easily use tags like to and meta descriptions. The theme should help you create friendly URLs and add social sharing buttons into your posts. The ionMag development team integrated all the tools in the theme so that users can optimize for SEO easily.

      I hope you’ll find this useful. If you have more questions, please send us an email at contact [at] wpion [dot] com, and we’ll be happy to answer!

  11. I have currently installed the IONMAG theme, its too good performance is best and it is also SEO Friendly, I recommend this theme to beginners.

    1. Hi, Sam!

      Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoyed building your website with ionMag Theme. 🙂 Have a great day!

  12. how can I replace Instagram account name with mine? and all the Follow us links in the smart slide bar? please help me.

    1. Hi, Rukhsar!

      You can find more details about Instagram and Social Counter widget on ionMag theme documentation.
      If you need assistance from our support team, please open a new topic on our Support Center .

      The support team is ready to help.
      Have a great day!

    2. Hi, Rukhsar!

      Sorry! The message lost the hidden links.

      You can find more details about using iInstagram above the footer- – and Social Counter widget – on ionMag theme documentation
      If you need assistance from our support team, please open a new topic on our Support Center –

      The support team is ready to help.
      Have a great day!

  13. How to make top 3 featured post like in Demo website. There no option in Theme Panel or I am missing it.

    1. Hi, Sagar!

      I’m not sure which posts are you referring to. If the question is about these – [link removed] – Well, this is a Big Grid block, and you’ll find it in the Element list in tagDiv Composer. You can find more information about how to use the page builder in this guide –

      If you are referring to something else, please open a new thread on our official support forum at and provide all the relevant details. Our support team is ready to assist you!

      Thank you!

  14. Hi! I love this theme so much, it’s so customizable and looks really nice. I have one issue though, I keep getting the following errors:

    Warning: Illegal string offset ‘test_time’ in /wp-content/themes/ionMag/includes/wp_booster/td_remote_http.php on line 93
    Warning: Illegal string offset ‘test_status’ in /wp-content/themes/ionMag/includes/wp_booster/td_remote_http.php on line 95

    and so on after the head part of my site. Qould you know how to fix this? I tried changing my php versions but error still occurs. It only shows on the first page load though.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Hi, Charmaine!

      I’m glad you like the theme. Can you please send us an email at [email protected] and provide us all the relevant details and your website URL? Out support team will provide you with a solution as soon as possible! Thank you!

  15. Hello Alina,

    I really love your theme. It is awesome. But I have had a slight problem. I recently had to update the theme on my new WordPress website and when I clicked on the update theme button, it took me to the theme’s official download page. That is, the theme did not update within WordPress. I had to download the new version as a zip file, upload it to WordPress, then delete the old version. That gets me kind of worried. What will happen when a new update comes along, and I have a lot of content on my site? It means I will have to keep losing my content every time I update? Could you kindly clarify me on this? That’s the only thing stopping me from embracing this theme.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi, Lynda!

      Sorry for the late response! I was away for a while.

      You don’t have to worry about losing content when you update the theme since the content is saved in the WordPress wp-content database. The theme install and update process doesn’t affect the database.

      Here you can find a link to ionMag theme documentation regarding the best practices and how to update your theme – .

      Thank you!

  16. I want to use this theme which shows free on your website, and my website is for blogging so is there any restriction for using this for blogging and marketing and Is there any copyright issue ,can i use ths for my business, is there any voilation of your copyrights. please let me know.
    And please reply for the same

    1. Hi, Sachin!

      ionMag Free News Theme for WordPress is a free theme with no restriction: you can build your personal, corporate blog or a business website on our theme without conditions. If the template fits you need, you are free to use it!

      The theme is licensed under GPLv3. You can read more about this type of license here .

      Have fun building your website!

  17. Hi team,

    Unfortunately tagDiv Composer is available on given link (404 Error).
    May you provide zip copy of that plugin on my email.

    Also using Theme Panel.. i am not seeing any option to edit block sub title.
    when i trying to make a page then tag div button is appearing but i don’t want for page creation. i have only post. above suggestion looking like for page right?

    My question is simple that how can edit the submenu of every block in home page.


    S K gupta

    1. Hi!

      The support team is ready to help you, but this is not the right place for getting technical assistance. Please send us an email on [email protected] and our team will help you solve this ASAP.
      Thank you for understanding! 🙂

  18. Hi team,
    Please also help me that where i can edit subheading text..such as
    random (Random Articles)
    Trending (Trending Now)
    Latest article (Latest Stories)
    whats new (You may like this)

    this kind of change i want.. but not getting any option..
    Please help me…


    S K gupta

    1. Hi S K Gupta,

      Sorry for the late response!
      1. I think you are trying to make sure your posts are unique on the page.
      🙂 I hope I understand it right. To do this you have to use the blocks offset option, that allows you to skip a number of posts.
      For example: If you have two blocks on your main page – the first block displays 4 posts – the second block displays 10 posts or more Solution 1: – on the second block set the offset parameter to 4 and the posts displayed by the first block will be skipped Solution 2: – you could the “Post ID filter” or the “Multiple Categories filter” to skip one post or an entire category, just add the post id or category id with a minus sign in frot (ex. -13)

      More details about the block settings you can find here – Block settings – WPion Support Forum

      2. To change the block title from “Random Article” to “Read Articles”, you’ll have to go to the specific block settings panel > General tab > and change the block title (the name of the section) as you like it – . You can find more details on the link (section II) – Block settings – WPion Support Forum

      If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to open a new topic on or to send us an email on [email protected]. The support team is ready to help you! 🙂


      1. Thank you Alina..

        I will go through as per your instruction.
        I will let you know if i get any issue.

  19. Hey team

    I am using ionMag theme. Currently i am customizing on my local wamp server.
    How i am facing one problem. i want latest post on top and other post below.
    in one line.. i want control over home page blocks.
    lets pay trending block i want at top then latest article then i want most comment and so on…

    so where i will get this option or which file i have to edit..
    Please help me..


    Sudhir k Gupta

    1. sorry for some typo… did mistake in hurry.. and there is no option to edit the comment.

      how -> however*
      lets pay – lets say *

  20. Hi, Shalina!

    ionMag WordPress Theme was tested and verified and it has not virus or malware. I suspect you may have a security issue on your server. Most of this issues come from file permissions and/or ownership. You can find more details about this here –

    Please send me an email at [email protected] with all the details and the support team will help you identify the problem and solve it.
    Thank you!

  21. Alina,

    I loved the theme but it’s not working well with the new version of wordpress 🙁 Appears the follow error:

    Warning: stripos() expects parameter 1 to be string, array given in /home/meekshee/public_html/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 3774

    You know if this will be fixed?

    1. Hello, Raquel!

      I’m glad you appreciate ionMag! The error you are receiving is not a theme error, it is rather related to the WordPress files. We have tested our theme with the latest WordPress version, and there are no errors in sight. Please make sure your WordPress install was updated properly. You can test a WordPress default theme to see if the WP functionality has not been altered. Also, please check your additional plugins to see if they support the latest version of WordPress.

      Thank you! Best regards, Alina.

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