8 Great WordPress Responsive Themes
Did you know that 95% of smartphone users use their devices to access the internet? If your WordPress theme is not mobile friendly, you could be missing out on high volumes of mobile traffic and potential conversions.
Whilst building a mobile theme somewhat helps to solve the problem, it won’t make your site suitable for the digital tablets and smartphone technology yet to be released. The only way you can ensure you are catering for all digital devices is by choosing a responsive WordPress theme.
Here we will provide an explanation of responsive WordPress themes and their benefits, as well as a rundown of eight great WordPress responsive themes to choose for your website.
Responsive WordPress themes respond to the device they are being viewed on, making for a better viewing experience.
What is a responsive WordPress theme?
Responsive WordPress themes have layouts that are designed to automatically adapt to the devices they are being viewed on. A responsive theme is capable of identifying the screen resolution and the type of device so it can optimise itself most appropriately. This means that your WordPress website will look just as good on mobile devices and digital tablets, as it does on laptops and desktop computers.
Benefits of responsive WordPress themes
Now that we have explained what a responsive WordPress theme is, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using one. You will be surprised at just how much they have to offer!
Cost effective & easy to maintain
Using a responsive theme on your WordPress website will prevent you from having to build additional sites to accommodate your mobile and tablet customers. Not only will this save a considerable amount of time and money, but it will also make your job of updating your website a whole lot easier. Instead of having to maintain multiple sites, you will be able to focus all of your attention on your single, responsive WordPress website.
Responsive WordPress themes also have significant SEO benefits. It is much more search engine friendly to have a responsive WordPress website than it is to have multiple sites. The fact you will be running a single site on a single domain will make it much easier for search engines to crawl and index. Google has also dubbed responsive web design as ‘best practice,’ which is definitely food for thought !
Using a responsive WordPress theme will improve your site’s user experience and has the potential to lead to increased conversion rates.
Improved user experience
Using a responsive WordPress theme will allow you to deliver a more consistent user experience to all web users, no matter what device they are using. This means that if they switch from viewing your site on their desktop computer to their smartphone, they will be able to access the same information and enjoy a seamless, high quality user experience.
Since a good user experience is closely linked to high conversion rates, it only seems sensible to invest in a responsive theme for your WordPress website.
Do responsive WordPress themes cost more?
A question that we often get asked is whether responsive WordPress themes cost more than traditional themes. This really depends on who has developed the theme. Some developers will price their responsive WordPress themes more expensively, whereas others will offer them for free, just like their other ‘traditional’ WordPress themes.
When considering the cost of responsive WordPress themes, it is important to factor in the many benefits featured in the section above, as well as the fact that they can help to future-proof your WordPress website. By this we mean that as new devices inevitably get launched to the market in the next few years, your WordPress website will remain compatible with them, providing you continue to use a responsive theme. There will be no panic to change your theme in order to accommodate new screen resolutions and devices. You will simply be able to sit back and watch your traffic rise, whilst your not-so-intuitive competitors try and scrape together a responsive theme to meet the needs of their customers.
Great responsive themes for WordPress
You do not need to be a web developer in order to benefit from a responsive WordPress website. There are plenty of responsive WordPress themes available for you to download and install so you can reap the benefits with minimal effort. Below we have featured eight of our favourite WordPress responsive themes for 2014.
If you are looking for a simple and clean responsive WordPress theme that is also retina ready, then Attitude will make the perfect choice. This theme has a really elegant design that makes it suitable for the majority of businesses. It can also be customised to give it more of a unique look, using the numerous theme options available.
Some of the Attitude theme’s key features include:
2 x site layout (narrow and wide)
5 x layouts for every post or page
5 x page templates
4 x widget areas
11 x social icons
Custom background, header, menu and favicon
Supports popular plugins including Breadcrumb, NavCT and Contact Form 7.
What is even better about this responsive WordPress theme is the fact it is free to download and use at themehorse. The theme is regularly updated, with the last update being recorded on 25th June 2014.
If you are looking to create a WordPress website with personality, then Swipe will make a great choice of theme. This fun and quirky theme by Theme Innwit is fully responsive, meaning it is compatible with all devices from desktop computers to smartphones.
It comes with a Revolution slider, hover effects, parallax sections and a filtered portfolio. It is also well documented and fully supported by the developer.
Vantage is a flexible, multipurpose theme that is great for integrating with powerful plugins like Page Builder and MetaSlider for a fully responsive layout. It also comes with both custom backgrounds and menus.
It is ideal for ecommerce store owners using WordPress, as it comes with built-in WooCommerce functionality.
Vantage is also retina ready, which means that those using retina ready Apple devices can benefit from crisp and clear images.
Whether you are looking to build a business site, portfolio or online store, Vantage will make a fantastic choice of theme. It is available to download for free and support is provided via the developer’s support forum. It is available to download directly from the WordPress Themes Directory.
We always recommend checking out the reviews of themes before downloading them and what you will find by viewing the reviews of Vantage, is that the majority are five stars !
Quantum is ideal for ecommerce, portfolio and photography websites.
If you are looking for a simple, minimalist theme that lets your content do the talking, Quantum will fit the bill.
This beautiful layout is fully responsive, automatically adapting to smartphones, tablets, laptops and large desktop computer screens. It also has touch-enabled sliders, ideal for touch screen devices.
Quantum is compatible with WooCommerce, meaning it can be used as an ecommerce theme, however it also suitable for using as a portfolio website, agency website or photography website. The responsive theme comes with three different types of project pages – Classic, Case Study and Full Screen Photo Gallery, allowing you to customise the look of your web pages to meet your needs and requirements.
One of the great things about Quantum is that it has been built with the latest web design and development technologies. It provides a smooth and speedy user experience that is sure to satisfy your site visitors.
Quantum also benefits from having six home or project pages, which can be configured independently, a custom vector map and a wide range of sliders; great for showcasing your portfolio work.
The fully supported theme is available to download from ThemeForest for $43.00.
Another great multipurpose responsive WordPress theme goes by the name of Spacious. This WordPress theme is used by a wide range of businesses, but is also used by individuals for portfolio work and bloggers.
Spacious comes with four page layouts, six page templates, thirteen widget areas and five custom widgets. We have outlined some of its other key features in the bullet points below.
Boxed and wide layout
Light and dark colour skins
For free support, you can head to the developer, Theme Grill’s forums. Spacious is available to download for free from the WordPress Theme Directory and also has a large volume of 5 star reviews.
We also found a pro version of the theme that has additional features.
Photogenic is a fully responsive WordPress theme aimed at photographers, bloggers and those who want to draw attention to their beautiful images.
It is ideal for professional photographers wanting to upload and share their finest work with their friends, family and clients. Each image uploaded will be given an individual link, making sharing images on social media easy.
Speaking of social media, Photogenic is also integrated with Instagram. This makes it really easy for you to illustrate your blog posts with your Instagram snaps.
Photogenic has multiple layouts and design options which can be customised without you having to touch the code. Upload custom headers, change the colours to match your branding and add sliders, sidebars and widgets to enhance the functionality of your WordPress website.
Photogenic is priced at $48 (regular license) and is available from the ThemeForest website. It is fully supported and well documented.
Heap is a responsive WordPress theme aimed at personal bloggers and publishers. It is popular for it’s clean and flexible layouts, as well as its speed, which achieved a score of 96% on Pingdom.
Whether you are looking to start a personal blog where you share your own thoughts or want to share reviews of the products you are passionate about, Heap will make the perfect choice of theme for your website.
Not only it is fully responsive (with an off-canvas menu for mobile users) but also fully integrated with more than three hundred social networks, including the most popular sites, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
One of the great things about Heap is that it comes with a live customiser. This means you can carry out customisations whilst viewing them in the live preview. This is particularly beneficial when it comes to perfecting the fonts, colours and layout sizes featured on your site.
Other great features include:
Powerful options panel
SEO friendly markups
Heap is available to download for the price of $58.00 from ThemeForest. It is well documented and fully supported by a dedicated Help Desk.
Bridge is a responsive and retina-ready WordPress theme aimed at agencies at online stores. It has a clean and fully customisable design and also comes with a powerful layer slider (worth $15) and visual composer (worth $35).
One of the benefits of using the Bridge theme is that it is already optimised for use an ecommerce store. It is fully integrated with WooCommerce, making it easy for merchants to sell their products online.
Other great features include
Animated page transitions (can be turned off for more traditional look)
Font Awesome icons
Unlimited colours and headers
For more information about responsive WordPress themes and their benefits, feel free to give us a call.
Whilst the responsive themes featured above are all great, we understand that they are not for everyone. If for one reason or another you cannot find a responsive theme to suit your WordPress website, get in touch with one of our talented WordPress web designers.
They can build a custom responsive theme for WordPress from scratch, enabling you to benefit from a completely unique layout that makes your business stand out for the right reasons. Call today for a no obligation quote.