50+ Responsive WordPress Themes
- 22 March 2012 by Dean 0 Comments
You want the dream website… an SEO friendly WordPress theme that loads quickly, makes your site’s content look amazing, is easy to work with – and looks great on any device and any size screen. A few years ago, I’d tell anyone who wanted this that they were dreaming (or needed to make a larger investment on a mobile specific website).
Responsive WordPress themes make all this possible, for any budget. Take a look at the 50+ premium and free WordPress themes below and make your website wet-dreams come true!
Responsive WordPress Themes (Premium)
For years I only used free WordPress themes – I’d find one that is a close fit to my needs and then customise it for days… weeks… After working with some clients using premium WordPress themes, I quickly realised that these themes have a huge amount of functionality already built in and the $20 – $40 spent on theme is well worth the time saved.
So let’s start the collection of responsive WordPress themes with the premium ones.
5 star rated responsive WordPress theme packed full of features like HTML5 music player, unique/unlimited galleries, unbranded admin interface and more.
New theme with a clean design and simple options allowing for easy customisation.
A popular 5 star rated theme with a great admin panel including a dynamic Google Web Font loader with access to 400+ fonts. Very feature rich… take a look, too much to mention here!
News and editorial style theme that is well coded for SEO and allows almost unlimited customisation through a colour picker, 6 footer loayouts, 10+ blog styles, a drag and drop page builder and loads more.
Minimal BuddyPress ready theme to create your own online community. Touting great support and a fully widgetized homepage, this is a great looking theme.
Unique theme with interesting options like text/images/video gallery and a music player.
5 star blog/portfolio theme with sliders, unlimited colour options as well as theme updates and support.
A theme for foodies and one of the first with Google Recipe Views to stand out on the search results page. Includes a recipe creator and advanced search by ingredients.
Multi-purpose theme with clean design that comes with video documentation and great blog options.
Photography theme with social integration and full screen images. Includes Google Web Font support, unlimited slideshows and a nice Tumblog style blog.
Very popular 5 star theme suited to business/agency websites with plenty of customisation to make a unique site. Great support and ongoing theme updates make this an easy choice.
Another 5 star rated theme – the first responsive BuddyPress theme on Themeforest. Create your own online community, viewable on devices as small as a smartphone and as big as a 27″ screen!
New HTML5 & CSS3 responsive WordPress theme by an elite-author. This is a minimalist theme suited to many different types of sites.
A highly rated theme with touch gesture support. Looks great, has loads of skins and colour options.
Another multi-purpose theme with lots of blog and portfolio options. Lots of other features including good support makes this a good theme.
5 star rated multi-purpose (best for business) responsive WordPress theme with a custom “Order Request” system. It is also WooCommerce ready.
A highly rated unique and responsive magazine WordPress theme. Unlimited colour schemes with a colour picker and plenty of widgets.
Portfolio style theme with 3 colour schemes with lots of social link options.
Unique portfolio theme with a clean layout and custom backgrounds per page to really show off your work.
Well suited to business sites, this clean responsive WordPress theme is full of features. Includes unlimited colour customisation, SEO optimised and forum ready.
5 star rated responsive portfolio WordPress theme that displays your work brilliantly on any sized screen. Supports image and video portfolios and built on standards compliant HTML5 & CSS3.
Multi-purpose theme that is very clean and has good SEO. Supports Google Fonts and is forum ready.
5 star rated minimal portfolio responsive WordPress theme.
Highly rated responsive WordPress theme by an elite author. This blog and portfolio theme has 15 pre-defined skins with plenty of font and colour options to make your site unique. Good use of SEO and a big support forum.
Blog/portfolio style site with an easy-to-use admin including slider manager, contact form manager, Google Web Fonts integration and unlimited options for colours and backgrounds.
5 star theme by an elite author with mobile swipe support, scalable galleries and plenty more theme options.
Another great 5 star theme by an elite author built on valid HTML5 with too many options to mention here!
Responsive eCommerce WordPress theme that works perfectly with a wide range of plugins and services like WP e-Commerce, BuddyPress and more. Comes with great support from a full-time team.
Multi-purpose theme from an elite author with built in SEO plugin and site speed optimised code. Lots of options, shortcodes, templates and more.
5 star rated theme with a light and dark theme and unlimited colour variations. Responsive (and unlimited) sliders, range of post formats, social media integration and more make this a feature packed theme.
5 star rated theme with unlimited colour schemes, a smart announement bar, video capable portfolio and lots more!
WP Pro Real Estate 3
The 3rd version of this real estate theme is the only responsive real estate theme on Themeforest. A handy child theme creator is a great feature and many happy buyers have sent in some great reviews.
Responsive WordPress Themes (Free)
Good solution for a basic personal blog or website, although less feature packed (and with no support) when compared to the premium themes, there are a few good free responsive WordPress themes around.
I’m currently using BonPress on my personal blog – it’s easy to setup, has a nice simple layout and is a good choice for personal blogs.
Do You Need A Responsive Theme?
It seems that over the last year or two, “responsive” has become a bit of a buzzword – and rightly so, tablets and smartphones are well entrenched and internet speeds on these devices are often the same as a normal broadband connection.
A common trend though, is that websites are actually getting fatter – their filesize is getting bigger. The code and calls needed to make a responsive theme can also decrease the page load speed of your website.
Before jumping in and buying/downloading a responsive theme, do a bit of research. If you have an existing website, look at your website analytics and see what the stats are for users viewing your site on mobile devices and small screen sizes.
Before buying/downloading a WordPress theme, make sure to check that it meets your needs. This 11 point comprehensive WordPress theme selection checklist will help to ensure you find the right theme.
Have I Missed Something?
If you know of a responsive WordPress theme that isn’t listed here, leave a comment and let me know. If it’s of good enough standards, I’ll add it to this post.