15 Best Free Responsive WordPress Themes

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With the surging growth of Internet gadgets being sold and used worldwide, web design continues to evolve and adapt. This is where Responsive Web Design comes in. For those not familiar to this new design concept, Responsive Web Design (RWD) is essentially a web design technique that automatically adapts the content and layout of a web page according to the different media display sizes of these gadgets, from tiny smartphones to widescreen desktop displays. Thus, a responsive WordPress theme is a theme built to suit different client browsers across all gadgets and platforms. The main benefit of using responsive web design is making your site future-proof for new and upcoming types of devices without the need for creating another mobile version of your site.

Its been a while now since this concept is introduced and there have been sufficient number of WordPress themes built around this trend but most of us still find it difficult to find the right one, so I have collected a few good ones that are absolutely free responsive WordPress themes. You may suggest new ones if you know other responsive WordPress themes that should included in the list. Enjoy!

1.  Eclipse WordPress Theme

Eclipse offers the same advanced functionality as CyberChimps’ other WordPress Themes including a Responsive Design that responds automatically to mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Eclipse also includes Drag and Drop Elements such as the Portfolio Element, Responsive Feature Slider, Post or Page Content, and Twitter bar. All of which can be used on a per-page basis using Drag and Drop Page Options that also include sidebar and layout options giving you the power to control the look and feel of every page of your website.

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2. Yoko WordPress Theme

Yoko is a modern three-column blog theme. A responsive layout optimizes the theme for mobile devices like tablet pcs and modern smartphones (the layout switches to a two- or one-column layout depending on the screen size the theme is viewed on).

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3. AccentBox

Accentbox is a free theme with features and design that can put any premium theme to shame. With its elegant design and powerful features, Accentbox will top the downloading charts. This HTML5 theme is made fully responsive to make sure your blog look awesome in any case.

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4. Designfolio

Designfolio is a free responsive portfolio theme for creatives that includes a responsive slider and portfolio, and it scales perfectly to fit any size screen on a computer or mobile device.

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5. Oxygen

A professional magazine theme with responsive layout for enhanced mobile browsing experience. Oxygen is a parent theme – a great base for creating child themes, built on the industry-recognized Hybrid Core framework.

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6. Ascetica

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

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7. Adapt

Adapt is a free responsive WordPres theme from WPExplorer.com. It features a very clean and elegant business/portfolio style design that is very minimal and easy to setup.

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8. iTheme 2

iTheme2 is a revamp of the original iTheme 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.

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9. Unique Theme Responsive

Unique Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile and tablet responsive design. Great grid like theme for portfolio showcase and for creative blogging . Inspired by the works of El-Studio creative graphic design studio.

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10. Photo Theme Responsive

Photo Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile and tablet responsive design. Free Photo Theme from Dessign.net is perfect solution for any professional photographer. Kenny Allan Professional Photographer.

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11. Live Wire

Live Wire is a WordPress theme which is build on Hybrid Core. It’s totally free and open source, so use it anyway you like. It was designed with Mobile first attitude and theme supports (CSS included) Gravity Forms and Hybrid Tabs plugins.

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12. Yasmin

Yasmin is a free responsive wordpress theme. Not only that the site layout is responsive, even the media elements like images, slideshows and videos are responsive in this theme. This theme is also powered with features like custom post type, taxonomies, custom menu, featured thumbnails etc. Portfolio post types are used to display your portfolio items. This theme supports 2 portfolio items.

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13. 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.

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14. Grid Theme Responsive

Grid Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile responsive design, featuring infinite scroll. Grid Theme is perfect for any creative to showcase their portfolio.

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15. 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. HTML 5, CSS 3, and responsive technology.

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4 comments

  1. responsive wordpress themes 15 August, 2012 at 02:30

    This is a great list of free themes for responsive design. There are so many out there nowadays, I highly recommend everyone to check out the theme on their mobile device before purchasing (surprisingly for some reason, not everyone does this). You really want to see what you’re getting – a modified version of the same theme or the same theme just resized to smaller screen. As I think many people have different ideas of how the optimized responsive design should appear.

  2. Charlie 8 April, 2013 at 00:52

    Nice list! I would also suggest Lensa, which is a free responsive theme made specially for photographers. It’s got a full screen background slider which is just awesome.

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