If you’re not sure what “responsive design” is to begin with, basically it’s a website that is designed to look good on a wide variety of screen widths.
With the popularity of mobile devices these days, such as iPads, iPhones, and other internet-enabled mobile devices, it’s important to make sure your site looks good on them all.
If you’re using WordPress, this where responsive themes come into play. Unfortunately, I don’t have any in my free theme collection, but I can direct you to some great free and commercial ones.
Premium Responsive Themes
These tend to be more refined, design-wise, than their free counterparts. Plus, you get the added benefit of support, should you need it, which premium theme vendors typically offer.
StudioPress is always a good choice for premium WordPress theme purchases. All their themes are built on-top of the Genesis theme framework, and have recently added a few responsive themes to their collection.
Although this is titled “Education” this theme can be used for pretty much any website looking for a clean, professional design.
Features 6 color styles and 6 layout options, as well as the ability to choose a custom background and header.
This is a nice, spacious theme that really puts the focus on your content.
It comes with 4 color styles, six layout options, featured images and footer widgets.
As you might expect, the “Minimum” theme features a minimalistic design. It also features a fat header image you can customize with a custom header feature.
You can also customize the background behind 6 different layout options.
Free Responsive Themes
If you don’t have much of a budget, I’ve listed some quality free responsive WordPress themes below. My favorite place to look is the WordPress.org theme directory. Below are a few good ones I found, click them to find more information.
How To Check if a Design is Responsive
If you don’t have an iPad or iPhone handy, a quick way to check if a web design is responsive or not is to simply shrink the browser window and see what happens. I’ll demonstrate in the video below.
Some key points in the video:
- Responsive design isn’t just for mobile devices.
- Websites don’t have to be responsive.
Any other questions about responsive design? Shoot me an email and I’ll try my best to answer.