MH Magazine Lite Review

MH Magazine Lite is among the most popular free WordPress themes. It’s a basic news magazine-style theme ideal for editorial sites, featuring a widgetized homepage and several custom widgets. See everything this theme can do in our MH Magazine Lite review.

MH Magazine Lite WordPress theme review

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About MH Magazine Lite

MH Magazine Lite is a very popular and highly-rated free WordPress theme with over 30,000 active installs. MH Magazine Lite is designed for news sites, digital magazines, blogs, and editorial websites.

The theme is developed by MH Themes, a WordPress theme development company founded in 2012 and based in Germany. MH Magazine is their most popular theme.

Features of MH Magazine Lite

MH Magazine Lite is a free theme with some customization options and a nice widgetized homepage, plus several custom widgets included. Here are its key features.

Blog Layout Options

If you navigate to Appearance » Customize » Theme Options » Layout, you can choose whether you want the sidebar on the left or right side. You can also enable or disable the author box, and enable or disable the “next/previous” post links at the bottom of each post.

MH Magazine Lite review - layout options

Design Options

Under Appearance » Customize » Theme Options » Colors, you can select the header text color, and the background color. The background color will display only if no background image is selected.

MH Magazine Lite review - color options

Other colors, such as the button and link colors, can’t be changed from the Customize menu without the premium version of the theme. See more about the premium theme options below.

You can also select a header image and background image.

13 Widget Areas

MH Magazine Lite includes 13 different widget areas you can use to customize your site’s content.

MH Magazine Lite review - widget areas

They include:

  • 1 sidebar: displays on every page to the left or right of the content (customizable in the Theme Options menu)
  • 6 homepage widget areas: more on these below
  • 2 ad widget areas: these display below and above the content on single posts
  • 4 footer widget areas: displayed in 4 columns in the footer

The homepage widgets are displayed using the “Homepage” page template, in the following layout:

MH Magazine Lite review - homepage widget areas

To use this as your homepage, create a new page and select the Homepage template under Page Attributes.

MH Magazine Lite review - template

Then go to Settings » Reading and select that page as your static front page.

MH Magazine Lite review - static front page

6 Custom Widgets

MH Magazine Lite includes several custom widgets that are ideal for your homepage widget areas:

  • Custom Posts Widget: displays posts by category or tag
  • MH Posts Focus widget: displays 5 posts with focus on large post in the middle (if placed in full-width widget area)
  • MH Posts Large widget: displays posts with large thumbnail images
  • MH Posts Stacked widget: displays 5 stacked posts with thumbnail, title and meta data
  • Slider widget for use on homepage template
  • MH Tabbed widget showing your latest posts, tags and comments

MH Magazine Lite review - custom widgets

Here are the Slider widget options:

MH Magazine Lite review - slider options

Get More Features With MH Magazine Pro

There is a premium version of the MH Magazine Pro that unlocks more features.

Some of the features included in the premium theme are:

  • Options to modify color scheme
  • Typography options
  • Several additional widget areas
  • Additional custom widgets
  • Extended layout options
  • Additional custom menu slots
  • Advanced advertising options
  • Social buttons
  • Related posts feature
  • News ticker

Documentation and Support

There is no separate documentation for the free version, but there is good documentation available for MH Magazine Pro. It will walk you through all the steps to setting up your site and using the features of the theme, will all premium features marked as such.

For users of MH Magazine Lite, you can post in the support forums if you need help. The developer doesn’t guarantee support for users of the free theme, but they are active and helpful in the forums.

Users of MH Magazine Pro get access to support during business hours from Mon-Fri, 8am to 8pm CET/CEST. Customers can contact the support desk via email through their user account, and questions are usually answered within a few minutes, or up to 24 hours at the most.

Our Score

MH Magazine Lite is a nice, professional-looking theme with a good amount of customization options. The widgetized homepage and custom widgets are a useful feature that set this theme apart from other free themes. You can also check out the Pro version for more options.

We give MH Magazine Lite 4 out of 5 stars. Here is the breakdown of our review scores:

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