More and more WordPress themes are going responsive with fluid page layouts that work across a range of devices. Here are some of the best free ones currently available:
This is one of my favourite free options at present with some nice basic customisations and the option to go full screen. From CPO Themes.
‘Panoramica is built with the intent of adapting to as many window sizes as possible. It has a fully fluid layout that gives it tremendous flexibility, allowing you to cater to both large and small screens alike. Its polished portfolio heavily emphasizes the use of images, displaying a clean slideshow in every portfolio item. And of course, you can customize its appearance through its extensive options panel’.
Pytheas is another good free option with enough basic customisations available to help create a decent site. From WP Explorer, who have a number of good free themes available on their site.
Classica, from DX Themes, is another clean and elegant solution for portfolio based sites.
‘Classica is powerful and professional WordPress theme based on TurboFrameworks 3 page composer’.
Suffusion, by Sanyontan Sinha, describes itself as the best, most versatile and totally free WordPress Theme’ and has been a popular free choice for a while. It is now responsive. Packed with a remarkable range of options and features, it’s a solid theme that is almost too good to be free, but free it is! There is not a good theme preview available so I’ve used one of my own sites instead..
‘An elegant, responsive and versatile theme with a power-packed set of options and semantic HTML5-based markup. It supports Mega-Menus, custom layout templates, advanced support for custom post types, customizable drop-down menus, featured sliders, tabbed sidebars, a magazine layout and lots of enhanced widgets for Twitter, Flickr, Google etc. It has 19 widget areas, one-column, two-column and three-column responsive, fixed-width and flexible-width layouts, 9 pre-defined templates and 19 pre-defined color schemes. Responsive capabilities are switched on by a single click’.
Photo is another of WP Explorer’s free themes and another good free option.
‘Photo is a responsive gallery and photography WordPress theme. This is a simple theme perfect for photography, web designs, graphic art, or any other collection of projects that you’d like to share with the world. The sleek and clean layout brings visitor’s attention to your work, and the bold header emphasizes your logo or brand. All in all, this theme is a great option for a personal or professional portfolio’.
Skeleton is a very simple theme form Simple Themes, and none the worse for that!
‘Skeleton is a WordPress theme aimed at helping you build simple, uncluttered, useable, and mobile-friendly WordPress sites’.
Tetris is another good WP Explorer free theme but with a Tumblr feel below the home page slider.
‘Tetris is a responsive Tumblog style WordPress theme created by AJ Clarke from WPExplorer.com. The theme features a masonry style homepage and archive pages to showcase your posts in a modern fashion and makes use of WordPress post formats so sharing different media types is extremely easy. Included are standard, gallery, audio, video, link and image post formats so whether you are a photographer or a video producer the theme will cater to your needs’.
8. Simple Grid
Simple Grid by Dessign offers a grid like design.
‘Simple Grid Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile and tablet responsive design. Grid like design Theme is perfect for any creative agency to showcase their portfolio. Inspired by the works of El-Studio creative graphic design studio’.
iMag Mag is a clean magazine type theme from Theme Pacific.
‘iMag Mag is a Premium WordPress News Magazine Theme for free.It is Fully Responsive WordPress Theme. It Includes much more options and highly customizable. It is Magazine Style Responsive layout with unlimited sections. You can create many sections by adding magazine homepage widget’.
Mixfolio, by Graph Paper Press, is another portfolio theme but grid based
‘Mixfolio is a responsive HTML5 portfolio theme … Use it to build your portfolio or your online brand. Create image, gallery, video or standard posts using Mixfolio’s post format feature’
Zenith is an attractive theme by DevPress.
‘A responsive theme designed for blogs and magazines that aren’t about fluff. Zenith has multiple layout options, custom menus, integrated Gravity Form styles, and custom page templates’.
12. Clean Retina
Clean Retina by Theme Horse is another clean theme, also available with more features in a paid-for Pro version.
‘Clean Retina is a Simple, Clean and Beautiful Free Responsive Retina Ready WordPress Theme’.
13. Auto Focus
Auto Focus is a clean grid based portfolio theme with good portfolio pages by Vandelay Design.
‘Auto Focus is a free WordPress theme created with photographers in mind. It uses a responsive layout and includes a variety of features that make it a great choice for photographers who need an attractive and effective web presence’.
A lovely full screen responsive theme for photographers from Themeshaker.
‘Lensa is a free WordPress theme for photographer websites, model resumes, designers and other creatives who wish to present their photographs in the most effective manner. It gives you all the tools you need to build an impressive online photo gallery. There are 5 gallery templates to choose from, specially made for different photo sources, such as Instagram, Flickr, uploads, Pinterest or Picasa’.
Appollo is a free responsive theme from the just launched Authentic Themes for good options for custom designed blogs.
‘Apollo is a minimal Free WordPress Theme created with bloggers in mind. The 2 column grid layout for your archives is great for showcasing all sorts of content’.
16. Book Lite
Inspired by old classic novels, Book Lite is a one column theme from WPshoppe.
‘One column classic book style blog theme. Fully responsive, large fonts and very easy to read. Clean and Minimalist design with focus entirely on content — Content First’.