Expound: A Free Magazine Theme for WordPress

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Meet Expound — a free magazine theme for WordPress. Freshly baked, straight out of the oven, filled with _s goodness, a responsive layout, wicked support for featured posts and more!

Expound Magazine Theme for WordPress

Expound was initially built for WP Magazine, a little blog with a big goal to change the perception of WordPress in Russia. It supports up to five featured posts on the home page, post thumbnails, custom excerpts, threaded comments, a sidebar for your widgets, a related posts section built right in, and an awesome responsive layout to keep your readers reading, wherever they are.

You can get Expound from the WordPress.org repository, and don’t hesitate to give a thumbs up if you like it. Enjoy!

About the author

Konstantin Kovshenin

WordPress Core Contributor, ex-Automattician, public speaker and consultant, enjoying life in Moscow. I blog about tech, WordPress and DevOps.


  • I’m not sure if you got my last comment (JetPack Comments was acting funny), but I wanted to mention that I absolutely love this theme. What I love most about it is all the features that it *doesn’t* have. It’s so hard to find pleasant themes that aren’t also bloated crap, so kudos.

  • Love the theme, can easily be used for building child themes Good work brotha!

  • Замечательная тема. Однако есть пара вопросов\предложений.
    На главной странице, чтобы записи выводились в таком эффектном виде (широкая запись наверху, и 4 записи в строку) нужно их прилеплять. Но допустим хочется чтобы на главной странице в таком формате просто выводились все последние записи? Чтобы пользователь, заходя на главную сразу видел последние представленные статьи в выгодном формате.

    Можно конечно вручную каждый раз прилеплять последние 5 записей, а потом отлеплять, но это неудобно. Т.е. я предлагаю сделать как опцию возможность вывода последних статей из всех (или отмеченных) рубрик в таком формате на главной: 1 широкая наверху, 4 в строку, остальные в столбик как обычно в блоговом формате.

    И второе – рубрика в главном меню имеет синий фон для статей этой рубрики, но для записей, которые опубликованы в подрубриках этой рубрики, рубрика уже не подсвечивается.

  • I have activated the theme but i still cannot see it when i view site. how do i enable the home page to be seen?

    • Hi Benn. To have some posts featured on the home page you have to mark them as sticky. Also, since version 1.4, your latest posts will automatically be used as featured, if no sticky posts were defined. Hope that helps!

  • Hello, I love the updates you have done to your theme. There were a few problems I ran into. For some reason on my website towards the bottom it says ‘ Nothing Found. ready to publish your first post? Get started here’. I have published multiple posts already and even when I create new ones from the link provided that message does not go away… any idea why? Maybe I am doing something wrong?

    If you would like to see the error please go to gamewrecked.com.. it is a new site we are still building but would like to take care of this issue. Also when I choose the Connect to Word Press button under the Jetpack options it always tells me

    ” Your website needs to be publicly accessible to use Jetpack: site_inaccessible Error Details: The Jetpack server was unable to communicate with your site [IXR -32300: transport error: http_request_failed Operation timed out after 15169 milliseconds with 0 out of -1 bytes received] ”

    I was getting the same error with the previous theme but would love to figure out why…

    Any help is greatly appreciated.. Thanks again.


    • Not sure about the Jetpack issue, but the “nothing found” message is indeed a bug. It’ll go away as soon as you have at least 6 posts, but I’ll fix that in the next theme update. Thanks for flagging it!