10 Free Minimalist and Responsive WordPress Themes for 2013


Last year, we shared some of the best free responsive WordPress themes that comes in a variety of purposes and styles. Now we selected 10 of the most recent free minimalist and responsive WordPress themes around. We often reiterate the importance of responsive web design that will comply across all devices and accommodate all audiences and user behaviors.  Fixed or rigid web design are a thing of the past, and fluid web layouts have taken over. Responsive web design works on different styles, but it works best on minimal style as this kind of style is the easiest one to make fluid and responsive. But minimal web design doesn’t have to be boring and lifeless. Some of the most popular websites are minimal but has successfully captured our interest and effectively communicated their messages across all audiences. So if you’re on a budget and looking for no-frills, minimalist and responsive WordPress themes that will effectively send your content across all desktop and mobile devices, we gathered 10 of them worth considering.

1. Infoway

InfoWay is a Clean, Simple & Elegant Responsive WordPress Theme. Infoway theme is simple to install and use, you can add and use your own logo, texts and images easily using the in-built themes options panel. InfoWay theme support widgets in sidebar and footer, which gives you a lot of ways to customize your WordPress site. The theme comes with uncomplicated yet elegant color schemes which will look good for different types of websites.

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2. AlbinoMouse

Don’t be fooled by the funny name AlbinoMouse this theme has. This white mouse inspired theme is built consisting of HTML5 semantics and CSS3 styles on board. Icons are cute and typography blended well in an uncluttered and clean design. Works with all modern Internet browsers and very mobile device friendly.

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3. Color Palette

Color Palette comes with five different theme options. The default colour is blue, but once activated, other color options can be selected from the custom options available in the dashboard. The theme also comes with full width template, RTL support and RTL editor stylesheet, aside and quote post formats support, four widget areas and allows you to upload your own custom logo.

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4. Frank

Frank WordPress theme effectively used the minimalistic approach in its design. It is a well-designed open-source WordPress theme built to provide a light, responsive and unobtrusive reading experience. The theme’s default home page makes 9 database queries and consists of 2 requests weighing at roughly only 30KB. A very basic theme with no Javascript dependence and no unnecessary images. Just a simple, no-frills, fast and responsive WordPress theme.

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5. Clean Retina

True to its name, this simple, clean and responsive theme is visually soothing to read. Clean Retina is easy to customize offering numerous theme options. Highlighted features of this theme include 9 home page layouts, 5 layout options for every post, featured home page slider, custom post type to show gallery, 11 social icons, webmaster tools, custom backgrounds and headers plus many more.

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6. Deux Milles Douze

This French sounding theme can be homely in any type of website you’d like to use it. It’s a fully responsive theme that will also look good on any device. Some of its features include a front page having its own widgets, optional display font, styling for post formats on both index and single views, and an optional no-sidebar page template.

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7. Mosaic

Mosaic is a clean, lightweight and fully responsive minimalist theme. The theme option panel include three layout choices, custom logo, backgrounds, colors, typography and more. This theme is also SEO efficient and tested across all browsers and devices.

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8. Swag

Swag is a free minimal responsive WordPress theme that is equipped with all the basic theme goodies you’ll need like various widgets, highly customizable headers, backgrounds, styles plus other useful theme options.

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9. Tethered

Tethered is a free yet premium looking highly responsive minimalist WordPress theme that is built in HTML5 structures and Bootstrap Framework. If offers custom page templates, drop-down menus, threaded comments, author comment styling, custom background and many more.

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10. Renova

WordPress Renova theme is a single-column minimalist and highly responsive theme. The straight-forward no fuss style is perfect for an all text, writer style site that presents a simple and uncluttered layout. Renova offers 2 different background options, 6 different color for links, jquery hover effect and of course compatibility across all browsers, desktop and mobile devices.

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