During 2011, one of the biggest trends in web design was responsive design, and its popularity has continued into 2012. Responsive design means that a website is designed to work on a number of different devices, including tablets and smartphones. With responsive design, the site’s layout will change according to the screen resolution of the device it is being viewed on. For example, a responsive website might have a 3-column layout when viewed on a laptop and a 1-column layout when viewed on an iPhone.
To help you incorporate responsive design into your next WordPress site, I’ve rounded up several of my favourite free and premium responsive WordPress themes. I’ve found themes which will work with a range of different types of websites, including personal blogs, portfolio sites, corporate websites, and even online stores! To see how these themes adjust to different screen screen resolutions, simply view the template demos and resize your browser window.
This responsive HTML5 WordPress theme includes multiple post formats, a minimalist design, and a portfolio layout, making it ideal for photographers. Plus, it’s completely free!
This responsive WordPress theme features an Ajax-powered portfolio homepage, 5 custom widgets, a built-in contact form, over 70 Google fonts, light and dark versions, and loads more.
This responsive CSS3 and HTML5 responsive WordPress theme boasts multiple post formats, reusable portfolio page templates, a colour/background image changer, and a clean design.
This free responsive WordPress theme boasts cross-browser compatibility, Google Web Fonts, and a minimalist design.
This responsive WordPress theme offers 20 predefined skins, custom widgets, a contact form builder, and video support. Plus, Propulsion is built on top of the bbPress Forum and WooCommerce plugins, so this theme can be used for forums and online shops.
This responsive WordPress theme includes a social media widget, multi-level dropdown menus, a customizable feature slider, 2 skins, and loads more, making it a fantastic free template.
This responsive WordPress theme offers Ajax pagination, fullscreen image backgrounds, jQuery effects and animations, easy thumbnail images, and much more.
This free child theme of the default WordPress theme features responsive design, making it ideal for customization.
This responsive WordPress theme includes custom widgets, 4 portfolio page templates, 11 Google Fonts, 3 sliders, and loads more.
This responsive WordPress theme is simple and free, making it perfect for basic blogs and websites.
This responsive WordPress theme is written in HTML5, and it’s simple and free!
This responsive WordPress theme includes localisation support, Google Fonts support, custom widgets, a shortcode generator, and lots more.
This responsive WordPress theme features a minimalist design, 3 starter skins, in-depth documentation, 2 fontstacks, and much more.
This responsive WordPress theme features multiple post formats, a custom social links widget, a clean design, and it’s completely free!