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Responsive websites are hot right now, and they will be a requirement for every website in the coming months as the shift from browsing the internet through desktop computers to mobile devices increases but keep in mind that responsive websites required a lot of effort to design, implement and that maintenance may be quite a job as well. For today’s WordPress Wednesday post you’ll find 10 responsive wordpress themes I’ve chosen 5 free and 5 premium (paid) themes

5 Free WordPress Responsive Themes

1. Gridly

A free minimal & responsive portfolio theme ideal for graphic designers or photographers.


  • Minimal Design
  • Responsive for iPhone
  • Simple Options Panel
  • Featured Images
  • Logo upload option
  • 2 Colour Schemes
  • Widgetized Footer
  • jQuery Masonry
  • WordPress 3.0 Menus

Gridly Demo

2. BonPress

BonPress is the perfect personal blog theme. Packed with Post Formats (audio, video) feature and multiple Custom Widgets, like Twitter, Flickr, will offer you a unique experience from blogging.

BonPress Demo

3. iTheme 2

iTheme2 is a revamp of iTheme that was originally released by Nick La. Now with the Themify framework, it is even better and have more options. It is the perfect theme for technology & Mac related blogs. It uses media queries to target different displays such as desktop, notebook, iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices


  • Fluid & Responsive layout (works on desktop and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, etc.)
  • Auto adjust layout using media queries
  • Customizable feature slider
  • Social media widget
  • 2 theme skins
  • Choose up to 4 footer widget columns
  • Threaded comments
  • Header menu
  • Footer menu
  • Multiple-level dropdown menus
  • Custom footer text
  • Child theme support

iTheme 2 Demo

4. Skeleton

Responsive web design is a popular topic these days, and is proving to be a great avenue for promoting usability, simplicity, and overall compatibility. We’ve decided to build our latest simple WordPress theme around a very popular responsive boilerplate, coupled with the popular Options Framework for full customization. Skeleton includes a free bbPress(2) theme and it’s absolutely free!

  • Bundled with Formalize for consistent cross-browser form elements.
  • Uses the popular Skeleton Boilerplate grid framework for fluid columns and adaptive media queries.
  • Uses the Options Framework for customizable theme options.
  • Inlcudes a bbPress forum skin.
  • Well-balanced typography scale
  • Multi-level menus with mobile fallback support
  • Child-themeable
  • Intuitive Theme options panel with color pickers, font, and background image settings.
  • Bundled with highly useful WordPress snippets (shortcodes) allowing you to easily generate:
    • Tabbed Content
    • Accordion Toggles
    • Variety of Cross-browser CSS3 Buttons
    • Insert any of your latest/related posts with thumbnails in any static Page.
    • Simple freeform layout colums
    • Callouts
    • and several others…

Skeleton Demo

5. Responsive

Responsive WordPress Theme that features 9 page Templates such as Blog, Blog Summary and Template based layout designs: sidebar/content, sidebar/content half, content/sidebar and content/sidebar half. There is also full width page, sitemap Template as well as landing page for your PPC or any other purposes.


  • Responsive Web Design
  • Fluid Stackable Grid System
  • Widgetized (9 Widget areas)
  • Custom Templates (9 Templates, different layouts)
  • Custom Background
  • Custom Header (used for logo upload)
  • Custom Menus (4 Menus)
  • Threaded Comments
  • Theme Options

Responsive Demo

5 Premium WordPress Responsive Themes

1. Merchant

Merchant is a responsive portfolio, personal or business theme with a homepage that is truly flexible thanks to the Woo Component widgets. With JS Masonry, some advanced layout controls to set the site width and a header that can be fixed or floated next to the site you can really have some fun customising it.

  • Fully Responsive Design
  • Custom Homepage
  • Multiple Sliders
  • Advanced Layout Controls
  • Powerful portfolio management
  • JS Masonry
  • Custom Typography
  • Custom Widgets
  • Home Page Feature Slider
  • Styling Options

Merchant Demo


WowWay is an incredibly unique and highly interactive WordPress theme for creative portfolios. Based on a responsive grid, packed up with lots of cool features and built on a powerful admin panel, this can become the perfect theme for you!  The concept and design of this theme belongs to ChargedPixels.


  • unique design details
  • highly responsive
  • SEO optimized
  • grid based & ajax powered portfolios
  • filterable projects
  • fullscreen galleries
  • quality sliders for all projects/pages/posts
  • 3 sidebar skins
  • custom backgrounds for each page/post
  • two-levels menu
  • blog & post pages
  • fancy jQuery effects
  • cool shortcodes for typography, buttons, lists, quotes and more..
  • ajax powered contact form
  • valid html5 code
  • and much more..


Spark is a fully responsive one-page HTML5 WordPress theme featuring exceptional page-load performance.


  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Hardware-acceleration
  • Responsive 960 Grid-System (via Skeleton)
  • FlexSlider (flexible, hardware-accelerated)
  • Dynamic Menu (updated via scroll position)
  • Browser History Support
  • Bookmarkable URL
  • CDN with local fallback
  • Google Fonts
  • Natural SEO enhancements (appropriate content tags and HTML structure)
  • Ajax Forms with HTML5 fields validation
  • Working contact form with newest security features (PHP Filters)
  • Page-load speed performance: Grade-A
  • Dynamic JS and CSS minifying and merging engine
  • Gzip compression for JS and CSS files
  • Gzip compression for HTML pages and ajax content
  • Smart server cache and client cache rules management
  • Easy to use CSS image sprites
  • Easy to customize colors
  • and more…


Eclipse is a fully Responsive WordPress Theme for creative agency, freelancer and personal portfolio/blog to improve the visibility of your works and posts.


  • Full WordPress 3.3.2 Compatibility
  • 100% Responsive and Mobile-ready
  • Internationalized and Translation Ready (.mo/.po files included)
  • Powerful Administration Panel (Completely un-branded)
  • SEO -optimized, HTML5 code, CSS3
  • Stretched or Boxed Design
  • 70+ Shortcodes
  • ALL Google Fonts
  • Unlimited color
  • FlexSlider
  • Nivo Slider
  • Nivo Slider Fullwidth
  • 7 Sidebars
  • 36 Preset Backgrounds
  • 4 Portfolio Templates + 1 Filterable layout
  • 11 Custom Widgets
  • 7 Sidebars
  • AJAX Contact Form (with captcha)
  • PSD Include
  • Unique Background on each page !
  • XML Demo content for blazing fast setup
  • Installation in 2 minutes !
  • and so much more…


Immersion is the wordpress theme you need: elegant, simple, feature rich. All the latest HTML5 , CSS3, jQuery, wordpress are present. It’s developed on the css skeleton boilerplate so it resizes beautifully on smaller screens like tablets and iphones, plus it comes with a layout manager that allows you to add columns with ease.

Then comes the post formats (images, vimeo, youtube, html5 video and audio, gallery, quotes), the 6 custom widgets, tons of shortcodes (with shortcode generator), unlimited fullscreen slideshows, portfolios, custom sidebars and footers.


  • WordPress 3.3.2 ready
  • Easy to use Admin Panel
  • Responsive layout with layout manager
  • post formats: images, gallery, quotes, vimeo youtube and html5 video and audio – can be added to posts, pages and portfolio projects pages
  • 2 custom post type:portfolio projects, galleries
  • unlimited fullscreen slideshows (custom backgrounds for every post/page/portfolio item)
  • 6 custom wordpress widgets: popular posts, recent posts, related posts, flickr images, twitter feeds, portfolio projects
  • Numerous shortcodes with shortcodes manager: blog posts, buttons, contact form, gallery, google map, images, latest portfolio projects, portfolio, pricing tables, slideshows, slogans, blockquotes, highlights, dropcaps, tabs, toggles, youtube and vimeo videos.
  • Social Icons included
  • custom sidebars and custom footers (different footer layouts)
  • Filterable portfolio
  • Custom CSS textfield
  • lightbox integration
  • autmocatic image resizing using built in wordpress funtions
  • Very easy to use with documentation + videos

WordPress Wednesday – 10 Responsive WordPress Themes


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