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10+ New, Free and Fully Responsive WordPress Themes

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As you probably all have read, seen and/or heard, Responsive Web Design (RWD) changed the view most (front-end) designers have about the internet nowadays. The ability to make one website that can adapt itself to the resolution of different devices, without loss of information or features, is a pure UX orgasm.

Although I have designed 3 customized responsive WordPress Themes so far (and this blog is one of them), there’s still a lot to learn about how to code responsive themes for WordPress. You could read some of the articles that are available on the internet, like in this huge RWD collection I’m curating, or – what definitely is my favorite way – you could download some of the free responsive WordPress Themes to check the codes and different ways how to handle your responsive navigation for instance.

For a website to call itself fully responsive there are 3 features needed, these 3  key technical features are the heart of every responsive Web design:

  1. Media queries and media query listeners
  2. A flexible grid-based layout that uses relative sizing
  3. Flexible images and media, through dynamic resizing or CSS

There are a lot of responsive ‘impostor’ themes out there that claim to be responsive, but if one of the above points is missing in a website, that theme is adaptive or mobile-friendly at the most. These Themes probably use some kinda Javascript/jQuery solution like Masonry or have fixed widths in different media queries instead of a flexible grid, images and content. I’ve listed some of these ‘wannabe responsive’ themes in the bonus-section, way down below in this article ..

A while ago I already published some Responsive/Adaptive WordPress Themes, so you could check those if you can’t find a nice theme in this showcase. But, .. enough chit-chat for now, let’s enjoy the ride .. yay!

New Fully Responsive WordPress Themes

Touchfolio

“Touchfolio” is simple theme created with focus on content and providing great user experience on majority of desktop and mobile devices. Super fast native-style touch navigation for supported devices. Swipe left and right to view project images. Swipe up and down to browse projects. Alternatively, use keyboard or mouse wheel on desktop.

Touchfolio free responsive wordpress theme

Demo | Download

Lugada

Simple minimalist responsive two column theme with built in slider. Suitable for a blog-based website with custom menu, custom header, custom widget, social share button (facebook like, twitter share, google +1) to make your blog more dazzling. Lugada comes with amazing image attachment gallery, featured image, theme option, sticky post support, styles for print and for the admin editor.

Lugada free responsive wordpress theme

Demo | Download

Align

Align is a minimal and responsive wordpress theme designed for the content and thus the typography itself. Align is based on ZURB’s Foundation css thus making it fully responsive to mobile phone, tablet or just simply a smaller size of screen resolution. Align is just as easy as other theme to used.

Align, minimal and responsive wordpress

Demo | Download

Sundance

A free video theme brought to you by the folks at Automattic. Despite its minimalist design, Sundance has been crafted with clean, elegant typography and close attention to detail. The home page offers a featured video carousel. It supports the video post format, widgets, custom background, custom header, custom menus, and a custom link feature for your social media pages.

sundance responsive WP Theme

Demo | Download

Meeta

Meeta is a simple blogging theme, but packed with many premium features, like: unique widgets, custom templates. The theme is absolutely free and gorgeous!

Meeta free RWD WordPress Theme

Demo | Download

Newzeo

Clean dynamic 3 & 2 column theme with light and dark theme color scheme. Delivered with some great feature like multi-column category custom widget, attachment image gallery, related posts in single, recent posts custom widget, random posts custom widget, Facebook – twitter – Google+ button, custom menu, custom header, theme option, sticky post support, styles for print and post editor. HTML 5, CSS 3, and responsive technology.

Newzeo responsive theme

Demo | Download

iFeature

iFeature Pro 4.5 is a Free Responsive Drag & Drop Premium WordPress Theme by CyberChimps.com. It includes a Responsive Apple-like design (which magically adjusts to mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad).

iFeature Pro 4 responsive WP Theme

Demo | Download

Neuro

A professional responsive HTML5 blog WordPress theme with drag and drop theme options by CyberChimps WordPress Themes.

Neuro responsive HTML5 theme

Demo | Download

Bunker

Bunker is based on ZURB Foundation css thus making it fully responsive to mobile phone, tablet or just simply a smaller size of screen resolution. Bunker is just as easy as other theme to used. Just create a post and publish.

Bunker fully responsive WP Theme

Demo | Download

Responsive

Free Responsive WordPress Theme for your business or personal site, the choice is yours.

Free Responsive WordPress Theme

Demo | Download

Balloons

Balloons is a minimal designed responsive single-column parallax scrolling theme. It comes with a color switcher and a three-column widgetized footer. I haven’t been able to test if images and vids in this theme are fluid too (cause there are none included in the demo site).

Balloons responsive single-column parallax theme

Demo | Download

Esplanade

A stylish, modern and flexible theme with responsive layout. Includes several custom templates, layouts and color schemes to choose from, 5 widget-ready areas and a user friendly options page to keep everything in control.

Esplanade Free WordPress Theme

Demo | Download

Live Wire

Live Wire is about rocking your blogging. It was designed with Mobile first attitude, it supports post formats, Gravity Forms and Hybrid Tabs plugins (CSS included), it’s translation-ready and what else. Altho this theme isn’t fully responsive (2 media queries have a fixed width width>768px), from max-width 600px, this theme is fully responsive where images, vids and grid are fluid too.

Live Wire Mobile First Theme

Demo | Download

Bonus: Some Adaptive / Mobile Friendly WordPress Themes (not 100% RWD)

 

The following WordPress Themes are not responsive according to the 3  key technical features each responsive web design needs to have, as described in the intro. Some of these Themes don’t have fluid images or a fluid grid (different fixed width’s), most of these adaptive themes do use Media Queries.

Best

Built from the ground up with valid HTML5 and utilizing the latest CSS3 techniques, Best is a forward-thinking template that is designed to last.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and the images aren’t fluid.

Demo | Download

Adapt

Overall the theme is very minimal and super easy to setup. It comes with built-in post types for your portfolio, homepage highlights and homepage slider, so adding your content is a breeze.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and theimages/videos aren’t fluid too.

Demo | Download

Yasmin

Yasmin is a adaptive wordpress theme.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie. Some of the media elements like images, slideshows and videos are responsive in this theme though.

Demo | Download

Hatch

Hatch is a simple and adaptive photography and portfolio theme. It has been built to utilize the core WordPress functions for image and gallery management. With the exception of the in-built Fancybox script, no additional/custom functionality or third-party plugins are used to store, organize, or present the content.

Note: And again this Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and the images/videos aren’t fluid.

Demo | Download

Oxygen

A premium-quality, adaptive magazine theme for WordPress. Oxygen is a highly extensible parent theme, built on the industry – recognized Hybrid Core framework – a great base for creating your own child themes.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and the images/videos aren’t fluid.

Demo | Download

TumblePress

Here comes TumblePress. All the stuff you do online will now be perfectly packaged with its pre-enabled Post Format feature. It’s now easier than ever to create a Tumblr-like experience in WordPress.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and the images/videos aren’t fluid.

Demo | Download

Ascetica

A spacious and elegant portfolio/blog theme with adaptive layout. Best suited for bloggers who want to showcase their work alongside their posts, photobloggers, designers, and photographers.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and the images/videos aren’t fluid.

Demo | Download

Designfolio

Designfolio scales perfectly to fit any size screen on a computer or mobile device. This includes the slider, portfolio, and all other elements.

Note: This Theme is not fully responsive because it misses a fluid grid, the theme has fixed widths for every media querie, and the images/videos aren’t fluid.

Demo | Download

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If you like free WordPress Themes you should follow me on Twitter where I keep my followers up to date with some of the latest releases of free WordPress Themes. And please make sure to check  my collection of free WordPress Themes I’ve covered so far here on the gonzoblog.nl

 

Author: Jan Rajtoral

Jan Rajtoral AKA Gonzo the Great is the Founder of and Designer at gonzodesign, providing design services across the full spectrum of Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Print and Advertising Design & Website Design.

6 comments

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  1. Balloons looks kind of cool. Don’t really have a use for it right now but looks like it would be fun to mess around with.

    There needs to be more WP themes like that without all the clutter.

  2. Thank you!!! I am not fond of themes per se, as I do custom design, but they are lifesavers from time to time.. cheers!!

    Marco

    • Hi Marco,

      exact the same here .. I customize my (responsive) WordPress Themes too, but sometimes it’s handy to know same parts are already coded with the same needs you have, than free or paid themes can come to the rescue.

      But must admit, I love working from one of my (own) naked themes and buidling the themes and desired functions from scratch into that naked theme. Having full control of the codes .. but only when I’ve time in the planning to do so!

      Thanks for taking your time to comment, appreciated! Have a great weekend, Cheers & Ciao!

  3. Hi there! I really like all those responsive themes, thanks for the sharing! I think I will choose the Lugada theme for my next website :)

    • Hi Maximilien,

      Sorry for my late reply, but it was a little madhouse here .., hehe ;-P

      But an excellent choice, if I may say so! Also had the change already to check the source codes and stylesheet, and this theme is coded quite nicely and logical. So if you wanna hack the living sh*t out of this one and customizing it to your needs, you won’t have too much probs .. I hope ;-P

      Thanks for your comment and good luck with designing your next website! Cheers & Ciao ..