February 2, 2016
There is no need to highlight how important it is to have a responsive website nowadays. You probably find yourself using your phone more and more often to browse the Internet because it is more comfortable, less time-consuming and always at hand.
The same goes for websites and themes used for these websites. No matter how beautiful the template looks on a desktop, it’s not very useful if it is not optimized for tablets and phones. People just don’t want to waste time on using a computer when they can get everything from their Smartphones. Having said that, every developer must plan the creation of a new theme with the consideration of the must-have requirement — responsiveness of the theme.
Below are 33 free responsive WordPress themes that we found to be both appealing and functional. Each of these themes has a number of features that make it truly unique. We would use any of these themes for a website ourselves.
Emmet is a free responsive WordPress theme packed with awesome features. It comes with a built-in visual builder — MotoPress Content Editor — which widens the horizons of your possibilities. You can build responsive pages, customize the look of your pages, change colors using the predefined palette or create your own shades. No need to code anything, just drag and drop. From the standpoint of visual design, Emmet is clean and well-structured. The default colors are mild and pleasant. Nice hover effects on buttons and images add vividness to the overall impression. The theme can be used for a personal, corporate website, blog or even shop because it fully supports WooCommerce. The installation of Emmet is more than simple thanks to the six-step setup guide.
Enigma free responsive WordPress theme is based on Bootstrap. It supports Woocommerce and comes with a wide header slider, animated buttons and icons, several page layouts and templates to choose from. It will work well for a blog or personal website.
Clean design and a customizable home page are additional benefits of this WordPress theme.
Pluton is an example of a bright responsive WordPress theme with some interesting functional solutions. The header slider comes with captions, preview text and learn more buttons. The animated portfolio widget is very lively and catches attention at once.
It’s a nice one-page theme with parallax effect and timeline-like blog. Various hover and animation effects help this theme stand out from other WordPress designs.
Auberge is a luxurious, clean-cut coffee-shop/restaurant free responsive theme for WordPress. It has a simple, legible menu and a nice reservation form.
Everything in the theme is elegant: It has sharp fonts, a very neat tag block with a beautiful hover effect, light touches of color outlines on solid light or dark backgrounds and use of space on many page templates that come with the theme.
It’s not only beautiful, but also very functional with its wide choice of post types (gallery, image, audio etc.), a few special post formats, multi-level menu and a few page templates.
Customizr is a free responsive theme for WordPress. Don’t let its seeming simplicity trick you. It’s a versatile theme that has a customizable slider and is fully compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress. It can be used as the foundation for a professional-looking, clean website. This theme can offer quite a few post types and an unobtrusive sidebar, the links and buttons in which have smooth animation effects.
The free WordPress theme, Quidus, is a one-page responsive design with parallax effect, two useful sidebars and even a shop. The Team Member and Portfolio widgets are shaped as big thumbnails with a beautiful animation effect upon hover. The posts on the blog page have big beautiful preview images above the preview text, which makes browsing through these sections relaxing, making you really want to read each article. Quidus is more than worth of checking out if you’re looking for a deep, meditative them for your blog.
The free WordPress theme Fullby has some potential. Not only it is responsive, but also it offers a feature that is in high demand — big grids, full-width sliders and Pinterest-style layout for posts. The grids in this theme, be it blog posts or image thumbnails, can form a fixed height grid or a grid in which the elements are re-positioned according to their width, so that the whole page space is filled and there are no gaps. It’s a really cool feature for a blog theme.
Onetone is a simple nice free WordPress theme with responsive design. Its main feature is a beautiful full-width background video slider for the header section of the website.
The theme can create quite an impression for the person who visits the website for the first time — you just need to pick the right video. Aside from that, the theme will do perfectly well for a clean professional company website with slight touches of color in hover effects and on buttons.
Nictitate is a wonderful free WordPress theme with responsive design. It’s very light in perception, its subtle, soothing colors and thin lines add up to the theme’s elegance.
Nictitate is complemented with lively animation effects that create a feeling of vividness and energy. Some of the theme widgets have a very nice zoom in/out effect for images, which looks very interactive. This free WordPress theme will be a perfect choice for a company site or even a shop — the theme comes with the Shop page.
Prolog is a great clean responsive theme that will satisfy all your blogging needs. This theme gives you an opportunity to create image galleries and to insert your Vimeo, YouTube videos or music. The social aspect is very important for all the bloggers and you will be pleased with the social media links and sharing option. The detailed documentation will help you to create a very attractive blog. From the very beginning, you will be able to choose one of the six color styles for your website, you can check all the color sets in the Demo version.
Enter is a totally responsive one-page theme. It has very unique design, so it will be suitable for many website categories like business, corporate, non-profit and freelancers. There are four variants for you to choose from for your home page. This WordPress theme contains different sections: contact form with map, team members, portfolios and a pricing table, so you won’t need to install many plugins. You can find accurate descriptions and screenshots of usage in the Documentation section.
Fukasawa is a fashionably elegant clean blog theme. It will be suitable for collectors and photographers. Using this theme, you can post images and videos in Pinterest style. The theme also contains support for the image, video and gallery formats. Then you will be able to insert them in the excellent slideshows. To make the theme more personal, you can upload your own logotype and change the accent color. Five widgets are already included in Fukasawa, for sure it will make customizing of the website easily.
Zerif is a single-page WordPress theme. It looks very attractive and its features are really unique and useful. It can be used for your WooCommerce store, the look of your website will increase your sales and will be kept in the minds of your customers. One of the secret elements is Parallax effect. You are also free to use different custom blocks like products, clients, team, about information, testimonials, blog, latest posts from the blog, contact form and many others. Without any doubt, awesome design and included features make this WordPress theme one of the most popular on the Internet.
Receptar is a great theme for blogging about cooking. It is very catchy and interactive, the Parallax effect and beautiful typography only improve your impression about Receptar. Using this theme, you will be able to share your recipes and cooking tips with your audience. There is a great collapsing menu that includes many widgets, social buttons and tags. This is a good combination of beautiful design and useful tools makes Receptar to stand among other recipe sites.
BLDR is a multi-purpose theme that will be suitable for many kinds of websites. It works with the latest Web environments, so you won’t have any troubles using it. One of the most important points of the website is SEO; using BLDR you will be impressed with your SEO results. Another benefit is unlimited color options, you can totally change the look of your website and make it personalized. The theme was created according to all the WordPress practices, so if you are WordPress lover, you will enjoy it a lot.
Maskitto light is a theme with a great modern design, it looks simple, but it is very memorable. It is clean and suitable for everyday usage. Maskitto light includes widgets like portfolio, slider and testimonials. You can easily customize layouts, colors and fonts. Page sections are sorted by drag and drop option. Thanks to the built-in social network support, you will always be in touch with your audience. If you want to be on top, Maskitto light is a good solution for you.
Gridsby is an elegant gallery full-width theme created in Pinterest style. It is a suitable solution for bloggers and photographers. There are many ways to share your masterpieces with visitors; choose one of the many galleries or choose a slider. Gridsby is great for blogging, you will find many blogging tools in it. You can always keep in touch with visitors and share your photos with ease.
The most important part for any blogging website is the content. If you want your content to be the center of attention, you need to take a look at the Radcliffe theme. Custom logotype, retina-ready design, custom accent color, different widget areas, editor style and translation-ready code will make your website not only attractive, but also successful. If you are looking for a perfect blogging layout, you need to choose the Radcliffe WordPress theme.
If you are looking for a nice solution for your business website, you need to pay attention to the Moesia theme. Using this totally responsive theme, you will be able customize layouts, fonts and color schemes as you want. There are no borders and you are free to use your imagination. Beautiful animation and effects, custom widgets, parallax backgrounds and social integration will make your business website successful and popular among your visitors.
A clean-cut Retina Ready responsive WordPress theme combining soft green and white hues, the interface features a wide range of built-in options allowing you to create a stunning and attractive website for your business. It has five default page templates, four layouts for every page and six custom widgets. The theme is already integrated to work with such popular plugins as popular Breadcrumb NavXT, WP-PageNavi and Contact Form 7.
Take advantage of this special free WordPress theme for building your fully functional online store. A full-screen slider with captions and fade transition effect, a custom built products section with animated “Sales” icons to draw visitors’ attention to the best offers in your shop as well as personal account option and many other features let you start a successful eCommerce website.
22. DW Timeline
This popular WordPress theme will catch one’s eye at once. A smart and delicate design, easy-to-use navigation, good arrangement of the content blocks on the page, various types of blog page formats will help you to create an exquisite online portfolio or a personal page effortlessly.
Hemingway is a delicate responsive theme for bloggers. It is a retina-ready one that guarantees your clients’ satisfaction. Theme includes a full-width header image with parallax effect, several custom widgets, i.e video, Flickr and Dribbble, ready-to-use page templates. Simple and at the same time stylish theme will make your web project outstanding.
This theme is a perfect ground for creating a portfolio website — it decently presents your works for the online community. A photo-album layout lets you showcase the best photos with high resolution right on the front page.
A nice WordPress theme for a blog or corporate website, it features flex and elastic slider widgets for enhancing your customers’ experience, seven ready-to-use templates for a portfolio page and three layouts for a blog. One may also choose among more than 500 Google fonts that are included into the theme as well. Flaton is a responsive and retina-ready Web theme for your online business.
A free up-to-date WordPress theme incorporates a stunning portfolio section with zoom in and out effect for images and text captions, team block with scroll option for easy view of the information, four page layouts, social media integration and full screen header slider. Make use of this neat and bright design for starting your professional site.
27. Parallax One
Parallax One grabs your attention by its full-width header slider with the 3D effect achieved by the use of two images (back- and foreground). The images move slightly as you move the cursor when hovering over the header, which changes the view perspective and creates a feeling of dimension. The theme has not so many items on the home page, but they are evenly distributed on the light background, which gives you the feeling of airiness and even makes you take a deep relaxing breath. Parallax One is a free responsive WordPress theme with a really beautiful Blog page. It even comes with a Shop page, so you can turn your site into an online store.
Storefront will turn your WordPress site into a fully functional online store. It’s a free responsive WordPress theme that guarantees seamless integration of WooCommerce, one of the most powerful eCommerce solutions. The theme allows easy customization and is very flexible. You can change the look and feel of your store in just a few clicks. You can also choose from several ready-made homepage templates like product categories, featured products, recent products etc.
Modern is a free WordPress theme with responsive design. It is also retina-ready and will be a perfect theme for a blog, personal or small business portfolio. The theme features a full-screen background image for the header section that fades into the solid background color of the content below. The elements on the page, be it blog posts or portfolio works, can be put in a beautiful spacious grid that allows you to see each piece clearly. The Modern theme also allows to create up to seven regular blog post types and four special posts.
Harmonic is a very inspirational free responsive WordPress theme. Its biggest plus is the smooth parallax scrolling effect and a separate image for each block of content. You will be delighted to see how well this theme works for big background images, and how this allows you to achieve a fantastic effect of immersion. A perfect blog theme for a person who likes to share his or her deepest thoughts in a friendly way.
31. Free Multi Web Design WordPress Theme
This is a free responsive WordPress theme that has a very lightweight design. It is a perfect choice for a simple blog or a personal website. It offers a very neat portfolio widget with preview images and nice hover effects which is why you can install this theme for your business company website. The theme doesn’t possess any fancy options, it’s just a good, solid theme for a serious website.
32. TA Daily Blog
TA Daily Blog is what you need to add some life to your blog. It’s a free responsive WordPress theme that may look simple, but it has many features to offer. You can use a tiled gallery, text, image, video and audio post formats, and there are quite a few shortcodes for progress bars, buttons, popovers, dropdown and toolbars that will give you a good portion of versatility.
Tracks is a great WordPress theme for a blog. It’s free and already includes responsive coding, which is a great plus for a freebie. This theme is a cool way to organize your blog posts in a very attractive way. Tracks offers you a placeholder for a big post preview image and beautifully laid out preview text. The theme colors make it pleasant to read the post and help concentrate on the story rather than on the website appearance. If you’re into telling stories in text form — take a closer look at this theme.
Paul Bennett is a freelance writer who likes reviewing WordPress templates, plugins and add-ons. Currently he is working with MotoPress — provider of WordPress plugins and themes.