10 Examples Of Premium And Free Responsive WordPress Themes

In the previous article I discussed the need for using a responsive theme on your blog in order to keep up with the 21st century and I promised to show you some great examples of premium and free responsive WordPress themes to choose from.

Just to refresh your memory the idea of this series of articles is to make sure that you are using a WordPress responsive theme and that you are not missing out on visitors from mobile devices. You can easily check if your site is responsive (see here…).

I have scoured the internet to find 10 examples of the best and/or popular responsive themes currently available. I also had a budget in mind. There are many beautiful premium themes to be had, but I tried to stay away from ones that charge annual fees. With respect to premium responsive themes I chose the ones that offer at most a one time fee for unlimited personal use.

As far as free responsive WordPress themes are concerned, where possible, I checked the ratings by other bloggers and the responses of the developers to common issues with the theme. If there were any problems, I considered serious, I did not include the theme on my list. For example, for that reason you will not find the popular “Responsive” free WordPress theme on my list.

Free Responsive WordPress Themes

Elmastudio is a German theme design company. They have an English translation of their site as well (just click on the Enlgish Version button). I am most impressed by their theme designs. Elmastudio themes are truly responsive and very beautiful. I have selected two free and one premium responsive theme (see below) from their portfolio. But all the themes on their site are worthwhile to look at. Of the free themes the first one is Yoko and the second is Ari.

1. Yoko – Demo

Yoko is a blog theme that suits magazine style blogs that have a lot of content. The theme offers a lot of space to include widgets in the two right sidebars. Yoko has a responsive web design, so your website will look great on mobile devices and big desktop screens. Yoko is also ready to be translated into a number of other languages.


Yoko Responsive Theme From ElmaStudio

Yoko Responsive Theme

2. Ari – Demo

Ari is a minimal, elegant blog theme with a fixed left sidebar and a right sidebar. Like Yoko, Ari has a responsive web design.

Ari Free WordPress Responsive Theme

Ari Free Responsive Theme


3. iTheme2 – Demo

Themify builds responsive WordPress themes that are simple to use and easy to customize.  Every theme comes with the Themify framework, custom widgets, shortcodes, and documentation to help you easily customize your theme without any coding. This theme is available for free.

iTheme2 Responsive Theme

iTheme2 Responsive theme – Free Version


4. Respo – Demo

Free  and fully responsive theme with minimalistic design. It is a WordPress theme with clean, sleek and customizable design.

Respo Theme

Respo Responsive WordPress Theme


Premium Responsive Themes

1. Pinboard – Demo

This is a beautiful theme from the Themify portfolio that is very suitable for bloggers in niches such as cooking/recipes, home remedies or others that would benefit by showing a gallery of beautiful images linked to the posts. This theme appears to be based on Pinterest. It features an autostacking layout with infinite scroll (new posts are loaded automatically when you hit the bottom of the page).

Price – $39.00 for unlimited personal use.  As well, as a bonus, the purchaser will have a choice of another theme for free from Themify portfolio of themes.

Pinboard Responsive WordPress Theme

Pinboard Responsive WordPress Theme


2. DW Focus – Demo

A premium responsive WordPress theme for online news and magazine sites. Neat and clean layout, fully responsive, fully functional and well-equipped with many features, DW Focus is a perfect fit for your online news site.

Price – $49.00

DW Focus wordpress responsive theme

DW Focus WordPress Responsive Theme


3. Canvas – Demo

Every element of Canvas responsive theme is highly customizable through the options panel, so you can make the design, layout and typography exactly like you want. Due to it’s flexible nature and myriad of styling options and possibilities, Canvas has also become Woo Community’s flagship theme. Blogging Spree uses the Canvas Theme. I have been using it because it is very simple to use and to modify and the support is excellent.

Price – $70.00 for unlimited personal use. The price also includes 2 additional themes of your choice.

Canvas Wootheme

Canvas Responsive Theme

4. DaVinci – Demo

DaVinci is one of the responsive themes offered by Solostream. I like the clean, sleek look of the themes by this theme design company. They have a lot of options to choose from. The themes, of course, are fully customizable. Have a look at Solostream’s other themes that are also mobile responsive, they are really amazing too.

Price – &59.00

DaVinci Solostream Responsive Theme

Wp DaVinci Responsive Theme


5.  StudioPress

Innov8tive is just one example of many awesome Studio Press responsive themes. The different “child themes” as Studio Press refers to them, are build on the well known Genesis Framework. The choices include magazine, business, portfolio, minimalist and other responsive styles. Studio Press is very versatile and tries to cater to many different types of bloggers. Some of the themes are not only responsive but also offer a third custom menu designed specifically for the blogger to tailor it to the mobile user.

Price – about $79.00 for unlimited use and it includes the Genesis Framework. Once you have the Genesis Framework additional child themes may be purchased at greatly reduced prices of about $39.00.

Studio Press Responsive Theme

Studio Press Responsive Theme


 6. Tatami – Demo

Tatami is a 3-column, responsive theme with a modern off-canvas layout on mobile devices. The theme images are optimized for Retina displays. The theme options page offers you to customize the Tatami theme to your needs without having to change any theme template files.

Price – 12 € (incl 19% VAT) (price is in euros)

Tatami Responsive Theme

Tatami Responsive WordPress Theme


To tell you the truth I had quite a difficulty selecting these responsive WordPress themes. Some that claimed to be responsive did not seem to be responsive as far as the size of some of the mobile devices was concerned. Other themes were very expensive and some just did not seem to have good rating or support. Therefore, I did not include them here.

Have a look at these responsive WordPress themes I selected or research some more online to discover additional themes that are responsive and are the ones that will suit your purpose. Just make sure to change the theme of your blog to a responsive one. Make sure not to lose out on potential readers who are accessing internet from their mobile devices.

If you would like to add some of your finds to this list, please do so in the comments. It will be appreciated by me and the readers as well.  Lastly, please make sure to leave the comment if you found this article helpful.


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26 Responses to 10 Examples Of Premium And Free Responsive WordPress Themes

  1. mayank February 16, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Nice themes collection free and premium i like to prefer mythemeshop as they have good collection of blogging platform themes.But thanks for this great list. 🙂
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  2. Ahmad January 11, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Dita,

    thanks a lot of helping me out. I was looking to get a responsive WP theme for my new blog and you just solved my problem. I loved the DaVinci theme because of its simplicity and its colors.

    Hope it’s simplicity will keep my bounce rate really low. Expecting some more awesome articles from your end. Subscribed, have a good day 🙂


    • Dita January 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Ahmad,

      I am glad you found the post helpful. If you are concerned about bounce rate make sure to read some of the articles I wrote about bounce rate

      Good luck

  3. Tracy December 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    awsome, awsome thanks Dita. I haven’t been aware of the importance of responsive themes
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  4. Lindayati987 December 1, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Oh! its really a great offer. I think this post would be helpful for all. To promote the real estate business this post is much more effective. keep it up.
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  5. Esther Paul October 8, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Great List Dita.

    I am currently using MyThemeshop theme but I am planning to go for Genesis theme and Is there any Genesis Child theme that you would suggest for me?

    Thank you

  6. John Bryan October 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    You might want to take a look at your top logo. It doesn’t scale when I resize my browser window. Mobile users will simply see the word “Spree”.

    • Dita Irvine October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your comment. I am aware of this situation. Even though my site is responsive the header graphic is not. I believe that is the drawback for this theme. I might try to upload the header as a logo to see if that will work, but I doubt it. So unfortunately I have to live with that because at this time I do not wish to change my theme as I am pretty happy with it otherwise.


      • John Bryan October 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

        You could do it with a bit of CSS. Give it a width of 100% and a height of auto. Something like this:

        #header {
        background-size: 100% auto;

        you would have to mess with the margins a bit because when you do it, the navigation bar would end up covering the logo, but over all it wouldn’t be a tough fix.

        Thanks for the links to the responsive themes btw. It was a helpful article!

        • Dita Irvine October 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

          Hi John,

          I did not respond here because we corresponded. Thanks so much for your tip. I did that and subsequently I contacted my theme developer and they also gave me the code to fix the problem with nav bar.

          Thanks a million for your suggestion

          Take care,

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  7. Erin October 4, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    This is a great list – I’m loving all the Studiopress themes at the moment especially now that Genesis 2.0 has been released and some of them are HTML5!!
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  8. Michael May 25, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I’ll go for Studiopress. It looks awesome! It suits to what I need.
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  9. Harry May 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Some theme prices are really high, but after a click on the demo button, i think they’re worth it. Thanks for the cool list.
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    • Dita Irvine May 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

      Hi Harry,

      I know some of the prices are high, but I also included some free excellent responsive WordPress themes, from very good companies.


  10. SandyHalliday May 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    Funny you should come up with the post just now as I have been considering not only changing my theme for a responsive one but to the Genesis framework.

    I love the clean lines of your blog. It’s good to know that it’s simple to modify. I had quite a lot of problems trying to modify my IM blog.

    Currently, I have WPTouch free plugin installed to make my blog mobile friendly but I see the pro version claims that pages load 3 times faster with it than a responsive theme. Worth considering I think.

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    • Dita Irvine May 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      Genesis is really a great theme so is Thesis but I know that Thesis is quite technically challenging to set up. Genesis is not as bad. My theme is Canvas by Woothemes. I am pretty pleased with it, but if you are thinking of changing, make sure to give a great deal of thought. But definitely, go for a responsive theme.

      Someone commented once here and said he was reading my site on mobile. So I think that people do it and we need to accommodate them to be competitive.

      Good luck,


  11. Glenn Shepherd May 16, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Hey Dita,

    Well done on yet another awesome, informative post! It’s not necessarily the end of the world if you don’t have a responsive theme, but there are so many good ones about, many of which are free or reasonably-priced, then it doesn’t really make sense not to have one. That way you’re catering for many more of your visitors.

    I remember when I first got mine (iRibbon) and took a look at my site using my phone – it certainly made a huge difference! But responsive themes are not only good for mobile devices, they’re also handy if someone is only using small screen, say on a laptop, and for some reason wants to view your site in a restored-down browser window.

    Great stuff, Dita, I’m sure many people will benefit from this info 🙂

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    • Dita Irvine May 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      Hey Glen,

      Good to see you here. Yeah, a responsive theme is going to be perfect on any device including small screens as many people do these days.

      You are absolutely right there is no reason not to have a responsive theme. In this article the 4 free themes are very nice, Just today I saw a Respo theme site made last night by someone I know. It is just beautiful with all the bells and whistles.



  12. Joy Healey March 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Thanks Dita

    Saved a lot of time – considering a couple of hours ago I didn’t even know what responsive theme meant LOL.

    Spoiled for choice now!

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  13. Kabie March 25, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    To be honest with you, those themes are really lovely.
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  14. Sherryl Perry March 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    This is a great collection of responsive themes Dita. I’m sure you’ve saved a lot of people hours of work. I’ll share and bookmark this for sure!
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    • Dita Irvine March 21, 2013 at 6:30 am #

      Hi Sherryl,

      I am glad you liked the themes. Thanks for sharing the post.


  15. Jerry Handy March 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Dita, You definitely taught me something about responsive themes. Haven’t heard of such, but with this thorough and simple breakdown of them, it makes it much, much easier. I actually like your theme as it is clean and pristine. Makes your visitors welcome right off the bat.
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  16. Dave E Wilkes March 18, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Thank you Dita, there is a great choice here and it is very useful to have them listed as they are here.

    You have saved me a lot of legwork.

    I’m going the check them out now..
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