In the wake of massive use of various devices to access the internet, responsive design is becoming a concept that many website owners have to put into consideration. In a nutshell, this concept has to do with ensuring that your website can be accessed across all screen sizes from desktops, PCs, tablets and even smartphones.
Is it a wonder then that Google’s latest mission is identifying websites that are not responsive and lowering their ranking on search engine result pages (SERPS)? Well, if you are aware of this fact, you must have begun the quest to get a website with responsive design. One of the best places to look is always WordPress. With 63.6 % of Americans accessing the internet via handheld devices, and 78.5% owning desktops or laptops, according to an American Community Survey Report in 2013, joining the bandwagon is undoubtedly a smart move. Here, we delve into the 12 most stunning responsive themes available on WordPress that can fit various niches:
This theme uses CSS media queries which trigger different layouts for the various sizes of screens available. This ensures that it is clear no matter what device you use to access it. The theme options panel is very user friendly, allowing for control without getting to the code. This is a premium theme and subscription starts at $39 to $249, depending on whether you opt for an annual personal plan or pay the one-time fee which allows unlimited access to the 80+ themes.
This theme can suit basically any niche, ranging from photography, design and even personal blogging. It has a custom typography, custom short codes and liquid scrolling. It has a parallax effect, which makes it stand out. You will need $40 to access a regular license or $2000 for an extended one.
This is suitable for online publishers. It supports galleries, audio and even video. It has 3 home page templates, as well as custom widgets. A regular license goes for $50.
This theme is sleek and bold, finding a balance between professionalism and fun. The responsive design is enabled by CSS media queries. It is W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) compliant, and one its best features is the theme customizer, which allows for a myriad layout and designs. An annual personal plan goes for $39, while there is also a one-time fee of $259. The subscriptions allow access to over 80 themes.
5. DW Focus
It has a beautiful typography, and a structure and layout that is grid-based. It is ideal for publishers. It uses space very neatly, a feature that makes it noticeable among a sea of websites. A standard theme goes for $49.
The most superb features of Infinity are infinite scrolling, project filtering, and very smooth animations. It is very neat and minimalist. It is meant to showcase you or your brand’s work, and integrates social media. It also features a custom options panel, as well as custom post types and menus. You can get a single theme for $49.
This is a premium theme. It has very beautiful styles, and allows for flexibility when it comes to content. It is ideal for blogging videos. It has extremely fast loading times, and works from when it is activated. There are a myriad layouts available, as the drag and drop widget system controls allow you to alter the homepage.
It also features a WordPress image resizer, oEmbed functionality, allowing you to display videos from Vimeo and YouTube as well as other sites. You can also upload self-hosted videos. It goes for $60 when paying for a single pack, and $ 120 for the developer option. Alternatively, you can become a member via paying $140, which allows access to the entire collection of themes.
This minimalistic portfolio theme is ideal for showcasing one’s work. It has a Google Web Font integration, custom menus, and a customs options. It goes for $49 for each theme.
This theme was inspired by Pinterest. It has an auto-stacking layout, and multisite integration. The latter allows users to become guest authors, and post content. The theme also has an infinite scroll. A single theme goes for $39, and a developer theme $59. Alternatively, you can become a member of the standard club by paying $69 or the developer club by paying $89. Membership allows for access to all themes for an entire year.
10. One Pager
This best suits bands and musicians. It has very relevant features for them like song previews, photo galleries, a merchandise store, and an events calendar. The style is big and bold, with large background images. You can customize the images to suit your style and brand, or even just to stand out. The CSS media queries supports the responsive design. An annual personal plan goes for $39 and there is also a one-time fee of $249, allowing access to 80+ themes.
This theme is ideal for designers, photographers, and artists. It is also ideal if your brand or product is a magazine. It has 2 color schemes and a footer with widgets, as well as an attractive homepage. It has minimal styles and the layout uses jQuery Masonry. It is absolutely free, and a demo is also available.
As you can see, the 12 most astounding WordPress themes with responsive design cut across the niches. Some are designed for very specific niches and their features are geared to achieving one goal, while some are more general. In our discussion above, there is only one free theme, which means that you need to invest some money for you to reap maximum benefits from WordPress themes. All in all, your audience should come first. Choose a theme that will most easily communicate to them, and portray your brand. That way, you can seldom go wrong.