A Responsive WordPress Theme is a theme that has been designed in a way so that the design adapts to different screen sizes. The idea is that if a person views the theme on a large monitor and then on a small mobile device, like a Phone, that it will adjust accordingly providing the user with a much better experience. By default if your site isn’t responsive and you look at it on a small screen size it will render the full site, which in most cases makes it very hard to navigate because it was not created with such small dimensions in mind. A responsive layout in most cases delivers a layout that is quite different to it’s full-sized partner but optimized for your smaller device. This includes things such as providing a drop-down alternative for the menu, touch enabled image sliders and carousels, smaller grids so content is nested better, less “clutter, and of course optimizations based on specific devices (such as iPad enhancements).
I personally have started creating some responsive websites and themes and while it can be a lot of extra work to add the responsiveness, the payouts are usually worth it. Below is a list of free and premium WordPress themes that feature responsive layouts, which I think are pretty cool. Of course there are tons more out there, but I wanted to share with you some of the ones I created/found. Of course the premium ones include my affiliate link so I’ll make some commission if you purchase them (thanks) – but they have been chosen based on my personal preferences in terms of design/layout and also based on feedback from current buyers. For the free themes, I haven’t tried them all and the ones I haven’t actually tested and I included was because I really liked how it looked and they seemed legit.
Total is our top selling WordPress theme at WPExplorer. It’s a multipurpose theme with full support for the drag and drop Visual Composer plugin and it includes tons of built-in Customizer and Theme Panel settings to create pretty much any site you need/want! The theme also fully supports WooCommerce so you can create your online store. Also it is fully responsive to look good on all browsers.
Noir is a premium blogging and eCommerce WordPress theme that is perfect for any blog. It has a very clean and modern design that is also fully responsive. Plus if you want to setup a shop along with your blog either to sell your own products or affiliate products, you can via the WooCommerce integration!
3. Today (Free)
The Today WordPress Theme is a free theme by WPExplorer perfect for any sort of blog and is fully responsive. The theme features a homepage with a featured post along with a 2 column grid of your latest posts below. The design is very slick and minimal and perfect for any sort of blog. It also includes options in the Customizer for your header social links, image sizes, columns, layouts and more.
4. Twenty 11 (Free)
Of course I would start things off with the default Twenty 11 Theme. The WordPress.org team have done a superb job with this theme in both keeping it really simple but also powerful and easy to use. It’s of course the perfect theme for beginners and it is fully responsive so it looks great at all times.
5. Adapt (Free)
Adapt is my first free responsive WordPress theme. It was created ideally for business and portfolio websites, but it also comes with a full blog template as well as it could be easily adapted for any type of site you want. It includes the awesome FlexSlider, quicksand filterable portfolio, some great shortcodes, amongst many other features and of course it is 100% Free GPL.
6. BonPress (Free)
BonPress is a free responsive WordPress theme created by WPZoom. The theme is best for bloggers and it has a very clean and elegant design with built-in post format support.
Evolution is the first premium Responsive WordPress theme created by the awesome folk over at Elegant Themes. The theme has a very very minimal design that is perfect for creating a clutter-free website such as a photography portfolio and of course its part of their membership which also includes tons and tons of other great templates.
8. Respo (Free)
Respo is a free responsive WordPress theme I ran into the other day and was quite impressed. It has a very clean and minimal design perfect for all sorts of bloggers, it’s fully responsive and its free.
9. Smart Start
Smart Start is a giant top seller over on Themeforest. This theme has been extremely popular since the day it came out and there is no question as to why. It has a very clean and minimal design, it’s fully responsive and it’s jam packed with all kinds of goodies. There is also an HTML only version available.
10. Oxygen (Free)
Oxygen is a free responsive theme created originally by alienwp but is now owned by devpress. The theme is ultra minimal and perfect not only for blogs but also for sharing photos.
Modernize is another very popular theme at the TF marketplace. It has a very simple design/layout that is fully responsive but what makes it really unique is a built-in content editor which allows you to easily setup pages on your site via a drag-and-drop panel.
12. Responsive (Free)
Responsive is a free theme that is available via WordPress.org. It caught my eye because it is very simple, from a quick glance the code looked good and it could be a good solution for those looking for a free solution for their corporate website.
Uber is a super minimal theme by ThemeTrust. The theme is oriented towards business/portfolio sites and it has the awesome ability to set distinct backgrounds for each page.