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.
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.
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.
4. Respo – Demo
Free and fully responsive theme with minimalistic design. It is a WordPress theme with clean, sleek and customizable design.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.