WPMU DEV's Blog - Everything WordPressWordPress Themes - WPMU.org http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog The WPMU DEV WordPress blog provides tutorials, tips, resources and reviews to help out any WP user Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 20 Beautiful WordPress Themes For Charities, Churches and Non-Profits http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-beautiful-wordpress-themes-for-charities-churches-and-non-profits/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-beautiful-wordpress-themes-for-charities-churches-and-non-profits/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=131265 As more and more developers move into creating websites for niche industries, charities, churches and non-profits are reaping the benefits.

While these loosely connected groups could use any old theme to establish and maintain their online presence, they have special needs most themes don’t provide. Developers who are catering to this group have realized this and have begun offering a common set of features: custom post types for events and sermons, support for fundraising, widgets for donations and video support for sermons, among other things.

These features don’t come cheap or free. The themes in this collection all range in price from $45 to $63. I chose not to feature any free themes because of their lack of features.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the best premium themes designed for charities, churches and non-profit organizations.

Do you have a favorite charity, church or non-profit theme not included in this list? Let us know in the comments below.

Church and Events


Church and Events is an easy to set up church theme that’s packed with features. It includes a set up guide, admin options panel, video tutorials and a drag and drop page builder.

There are four homepage layouts – event counter in header, event counter in content, parallax and one page and background video. This theme supports The Event Calendar Pro, Filter Bar, WooTickets and Community Events add-ons.

Other features include a sermon post type, 1200+ premium icon set, and Layered Slider Responsive WordPress plugin.



Charity is a responsive theme for charities – hence the name!

Features include custom donation or multiple pledge options, integrated donation features, unlimited colors, video tutorials, and a premium slider.

4 Children With Love


4 Children With Love is a lovely theme designed especially for children’s charities. It’s responsive and includes eCommerce features designed to work with WooCommerce. Instead of theme options, this theme can be configured using the WordPress Theme Customizer.

It’s a fairly basic theme with support for post formats and the Soliloquy Slider plugin.

Aid Reform


Aid Reform has been designed to support charities and NGOs. This theme features a page builder, cause management, event management, unlimited sidebars and sliders, and its translation-ready.

This theme has been design for integration with WooCommerce and include custom shortcodes for selling products online.



GiveAHand is a colorful Africa-inspired parallax theme. It focuses on raising funds for your charity and informing visitors to important issues happening in other parts of the world.

It features a page builder, jQuery and CSS3 animations, parallax sliders, support for WooCommerce and PayPal donations, and support YouTube video backgrounds for each section and the homepage slider.

Be Human


Be Human features a responsive design and support for crowd funding using IgnitionDeck, as well as eCommerce with WooCommerce.

There is also support for event management, unlimited colors, layer sliders, and TypeKit, Adobe Edge and Google fonts.

If you like the dummy content, the theme admin options includes one-click dummy data import.



Designed for NGOs and businesses, HELP is an easy to customize theme that features event, news and blog page management.

Some other nice features include a donation widget, and the ability to change colors.



LovePray is a feature-packed theme that comes with a drag and drop builder, unlimited colors and backgrounds, and a responsive design.

Features include an extensive admin options panel, one-click demo import, full color customizations, 10+ beautifully designed homepage layout options, custom options and shortcode, portfolio and galleries, and different header options.



Mission is a solid church theme that comes with great features like podcasting, calendars, eCommerce and fundraising.

It features support for IgnitionDesk and WooCommerce, as well as many custom widgets and Google Maps integration.



iChurch is a simple and responsive church theme with a clean design and retina support. It’s easy to brand the theme with your organization’s colors.

This theme is built on Bootstrap 3. Unfortunately, the packaged download doesn’t include stock images.



Forgiven is a popular and powerful church theme that includes some fantastic features including sermons and staff support, a blur slider, and more than $200 worth of premium plugins (sliders, gallery, Visual Composer etc).

This theme also supports WooCommerce and The Event Calendar.



WeStand is a multipurpose theme with three different homepage styles tailored for churches, non-profits and political groups.

A built-in color picker lets you customize your color scheme. Other features include cause and events management, page builder, translation ready, and backup options.



Troika offers a clean and minimalist parallax design with three different homepage options for political groups, charities and churches.

This multipurpose theme includes nine post formats, a customizable sidebar for posts, and a customizable gallery.



Deeds is a clean and simple multipurpose theme deigned for churches and charities. It includes five different homepage options.

There are some great features, including Revolution Slider, multi-color options, Visual Composer, a recurring donation system, eight header styles, and sermon, event, news, ministry, priest and team management.



Benevolence features a stunning minimalist design aimed at churches and non-profits.

This theme support PayPay so you can easily accept donations and track payments with a progress bar. It also supports an events calendar, and unlimited colors schemes, as well as cause, event, staff, document, gallery, sermon, ministry, projects and donation custom post types.



Donation offers a gorgeous minimalist and responsive design ideal for charities.

It features a powerful admin user interface where you can change skins, colors, fonts and page templates.



Trinity is a stunning fullwidth parallax theme designed for churches. This theme allows you to inform members of upcoming events and share sermons via text, MP3 or YouTube video.

Features include the Aqua Page builder, sermon management, events calendar, photo gallery, Revolution Slider, and translation support. You can also accept PayPal donations.

Community Center


Community Centre is a stunning charity-focused theme with a minimalist design and beautiful typography.

There’s a stack of features, including unlimited color skins, WooCommerce support, bbPress forums, an events calendar, and support for donations.



Graceland is an impressive church and charity theme with a beautiful fullwidth design and support for donations, events, sermons, galleries, and an online store. It comes with LiveComposer for page building.

Other features include CSS3 animation, beautiful typography, Revolution Slider, shortcodes, parallax scrolling, dummy content, and 430 icons by Font Awesome.



CharityPlus is a modern and minimalist theme from the folks at Themes Kingdom.

Features include support for events, causes, galleries, and news. It also comes with a page builder so you can drag and drop elements into place. There’s also support for banner advertising.

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10 Of The Best Of The Best WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-of-the-best-of-the-best-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-of-the-best-of-the-best-wordpress-themes/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=130999 Not a week goes by without another swag of theme posts that list 10,20,50,250 themes for you to sift through.

But not this post because that wheat has been sorted from the chaff, the cream has risen to the top and, apparently, even the sheep have been sorted from the goats.

Here’s 10 themes covering 10 categories. This is the best of the best of WordPress themes. Or is it?

Composite image showing character on podium with trophy.
10 themes. 10 categories. All winners.

Theme list posts are incredibly popular which explains why there are so many of them. But I always find that in any given list there are only 1 or 2 suggestions that really pique your interest but that it takes plenty of opening-demos-in-new-tabs to find them.

So, I’ve gone back through our more recent theme list posts:

  • Fastest WordPress Theme
  • Best Free Masonry WordPress Theme
  • Best Magazine WordPress Theme (That Works On Tablets)
  • Best Free Video WordPress Theme
  • Best Fullscreen WordPress Theme
  • Best Slider WordPress Theme
  • Best Coming Soon WordPress Theme (Or Plugin)
  • Best Free Responsive WordPress Theme
  • Best Free Blog WordPress Theme
  • Best Beautiful And Responsive WordPress Theme For 2014

From each post I’ve picked a winner, said why, and included links to the theme’s essential pages and to the original article.

The Fastest WordPress Theme


If you are obsessed with how quick your site loads or perhaps you just want the simplicity of a no-nonsense theme then Rae put 10 such themes to the test.

The winner, with a highly-impressive PageSpeed Insights score of 96, was Frank, a collaboration between P.J Onori and Jon Christopher.

This simple, responsive, theme is certainly content focussed, is lean on images and script (there are no javascript frameworks). The entire focus is on delivering a “simple, no-frills, screaming fast blog”.

If that’s your thing then Frank is for you.

It is also, according to Onori, “never finished”; staying true to that maxim, the theme is only available from GitHub.

Best Free Masonry WordPress Theme


You might think that masonry style themes are only for Pinterest clones but they’ve actually got legs for a number of scenarios.

Not least would be those sites that publish very frequently and want to expose plenty of content and find that a slider just doesn’t cut it.

Baskerville, out of the hugely impressive Anders Norén’s theme stable, meets the bold claim of being a “beautiful, responsive and retina-ready masonry theme”.

It works brilliantly across all platforms and exhibits incredible attention to detail from the pointers on the headings, to the feature image hover bounce effect, highly stylized post metadata and the innovative display of the search form.

Definitely one to bookmark.

Best Magazine WordPress Theme That Works On Tablets

Screenshot of the Bushwick theme on a tablet in landscape and portrait mode

There are possibly hundreds of themes in the WordPress Theme repository that claim to be “perfect for magazine sites”.

Once you start testing them, though, you find that precious few work across all platforms – a requirement you’d have thought fairly critical given the seemingly unstoppable rise of content consumption on tablets.

And let’s not even get started as to what actually is a magazine theme.

Bushwick, built by James Dinsdale for Automattic, is my idea of how a magazine theme should look and feel.

Whilst clearly a lot of thought has gone into creating the optimal layout for each platform, Bushwick looks and feels best on a tablet with its gorgeous full-screen featured images, amazingly clear typography and the simple to use navigation.

A prime example where less-is-more excels in providing a great user experience away from the desktop.

Bushwick is also available to WordPress.com users.

Note: If you use Bushwick, be sure to read the original article (Contenders button) for a small fix and tweak to improve Bushwick even further.

Best Free Video WordPress Theme


You create videos on a regular basis; you want a quick and easy way to make them available on a site that you can brand as your own.

You need Stumblr from Eleven Themes.

Not surprisingly, given the derivative of its name, this a Tumblr-style theme, designed to make the most of the content, hence the minimal design.

No frills here, just an effective theme for delivering video and images.

Best Fullscreen WordPress Theme


Full-screen themes are themes that, at the homepage at least, occupy just one screen – be it desktop or tablet. No vertical scrolling.

And whilst many do this job really well, providing support for full-screen video, photo sliders, with or without audio, they feel like two completely separate websites that have been cut and shut.

Not so Muse from Grand Pixels, available via ThemeForest at $48 for a regular licence.

Muse feels integrated and, importantly, provides some clue to the casual visitor as to what the site is actually about.

The theme responds flawlessly on a tablet (the front page slider is swipeable) and has engaging post and video layouts.

Clearly tailored to the music industry (with presumably industry-specific custom post types) it’s actually not difficult to see Muse being useful to not just music sites.

Best Slider WordPress Theme

Fuse WordPress theme

Okay, so if you want to go for a slider theme (and there’s quite a lot commentary out there on why this might not be optimal), my feeling is that you should go the whole hog and only have a slider on that home page.

Otherwise it’s not a slider theme just a theme with a slider.

Once you make that distinction, the list of contenders becomes pretty small but the pick from the short-short-list is Fuse, from pixelgrade via ThemeForest ($48 for a standard licence).

It confidently goes full-screen for the slider but with the captions it’s relatively easy to ensure that the visitor knows what’s going on.

Responding well to smaller devices (it actually looks better on a tablet), the slides are swipeable and the various site components feel nicely integrated.

Best Coming Soon WordPress Theme (Or Plugin)


A little bit of cheating here, as the best Coming Soon theme is actually a plugin.

And it was pretty easy to pick the winner in this category as all the other contenders were fundamentally flawed. Let me explain.

If you put up a Coming Soon (and that’s a pretty big if to start with) then there are only a couple of specific circumstances where you’d want a countdown. Otherwise you are shooting yourself in the foot.

Firstly, you are fixing a deadline and we all know that deadlines move. Secondly, a deadline too far in the future, no matter how accurate, is going to send visitors packing. Thirdly, why would anyone care? Unless your site is something unbelievably interesting, no-one’s going to come back and check on progress (the progress bars are even worse).

What you need is for the Coming Soon to look half-decent, provide enough space to briefly describe the project, and the capability of collecting an email address should the visitor wish to be notified when you are up and running.

The Ultimate Coming Soon Page plugin does all this as well as letting those signed into the site see the real theme.

Comes in free and premium versions.

Best Free Responsive WordPress Theme


Rae’s original post continues to draw in the crowds with over 120,000 views since it was published in March.

So, clearly there is something wrong with me that I struggled to find a theme in a list of 30 that really appealed to me.

I was hoping for some originality, something that would make me nod my head and go “nice”, anything that I hadn’t seen before.

In the end, I picked Gridster because although not entirely original, it’s a really nice implementation of a grid layout which is a fantastic method to surface plenty of content.

Best Free Blog WordPress Theme


Remember when we used to use WordPress for the simple pure art that is blogging?

Spend enough time trawling through WordPress themes (or even worse, writing about them!) and it’s easy to forget. I must be getting old, because it all seemed so simple back then.

If you are going all retro and you are confident in the value of your content then you need look no further than Graphy.

A simple, true single-column theme with great typography, a 3 widget footer, that uses excerpts by default for post listings (yay!), Graphy really does put the focus on the content.

My only small gripe is that the inline images that hang so prettily on Chrome (and probably Firefox), don’t on Safari (including iOS), which is a shame.

Best Beautiful And Responsive WordPress Theme For 2014


OK, so that headline should probably be suffixed with “so far” but crikey, Ink is a beautiful theme.

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you’ll know that I have a bit of a thing about content and publishing and as soon as I opened up this theme it immediately started pushing those buttons.

The most engaging post listing I’ve seen, those featured images become full-screen on the single post display both on the desktop and on a tablet. There’s even a helpful little down arrow that not only helps the reader to get to the content but also acts as a visual cue that there is more to read.

Typography is clean and easy to read, there’s separate treatment for an intro (possibly the extract) and image based post-navigation.

Add that my personal fave of a slideout sidebar and this is definitely a theme that I wouldn’t mind paying the $43 for.

If you are looking for a theme for a publication with decent images then you might want to also.

You Cannot Be Serious!

Now, I know that you are not going to agree with these selections, even though there are some stunning themes in there.

And, I hope you don’t because really a theme is such a personal selection and it would be an appalling situation if we all liked the same thing.

So, if you have a favorite theme, leave a comment that includes:

  • The name and link to your favorite theme
  • The category you think it dominates (it can be a new category)
  • What makes it so special

Who knows? We might come up with a definitive list of The Best of the Best WordPress Themes.

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How to Upgrade WordPress Themes – Even If They Are Customized http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/upgrade-wordpress-themes-even-if-they-are-customized/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/upgrade-wordpress-themes-even-if-they-are-customized/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=131084 Upgrading your website’s theme to the latest version is highly recommended, not only because it ensures you have all the latest features, but you’ll also be up-to-date with any security patches.

There are many ways to upgrade a WordPress theme. In this post we’ll look at a few different methods, from automatically upgrading to ensuring a customized theme isn’t unintentionally over-written.

Upgrading WordPress
Follow the steps below to easily upgrade your WordPress theme.

Back Up Your Theme Files

First thing’s first – before we get started you need to back up your database and your current theme. Since we’re replacing and updating theme files, there’s a chance something could go wrong so it’s best to play it safe and have a backup.

Use whatever method you feel most comfortable with. You may want to simply copy your entire WordPress directory to your computer using FTP and backup your database with a plugin. You may have a VaultPress account or a membership with some other third-party backup site that does all the hard work for you.

Automatic Upgrades

Automatically upgrading your theme is easy and straightforward. There are a couple of ways to take advantage of automatic upgrades:

  • In your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes. Any themes that have updates available will display an alert banner. Click on the theme you want to upgrade and click on “update now.”
New version available
Automatically upgrade your WordPress theme.
  • In your WordPress dashboard, go to Dashboard > Updates. The themes that have updates available will be listed. Select the theme you want to update and click “Update Themes.” This is also a quick way to update multiple themes.

WordPress 3.7 introduced automatic background updates for themes and plugins, which is disabled by default. To turn this feature on for themes, add the following snippet to your theme’s functions.php file:

add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_true' );

This feature will only work for themes downloaded from the WordPress Theme Repository. It you are using a premium theme, it will not automatically update. Premium theme providers usually offer their own instructions for upgrading themes.

Uploading and Replacing an Existing Theme

Most theme providers require that you manually upload a new version of a theme and replace an older version in order to upgrade it.

However, if you go to Appearance > Themes > Add New and try to upload a new version of a theme that is already in your site’s themes directory, it will fail and you’ll get an error message telling you the destination folder already exists.

Replacing Twenty Fourteen
Avoid this error by renaming the old version of your theme.

The reason for this error is due to the fact you can’t have two folders in your themes directory with identical names (obviously!).

There are a couple of simple solutions:

  1. Login to your site via FTP or cPanel and delete the old theme and then upload the new version. Make sure you make a backup of the old version of your theme just in case something goes wrong.
  2. If deleting your old theme makes you nervous, another option is to rename the old version of the theme. This will allow you to successfully upload the new version of the theme.
    • Login to your site via FTP or cPanel and navigate to wp-content/themes/ and find your old theme.
    • Rename your old theme something like “theme-old” (replacing “theme” with the name of your theme).
    • Upload your new theme.

The old and new versions of the theme will both appear in the themes interface, but you will be able to distinguish them by their folder names and version numbers.

Old and new themes
The old and new versions of your theme will sit side-by-side.

Upgrading a Customized Theme

Have you ever spent countless hours customizing your site, only to lose all of your hard work after updating the theme?

You probably discovered afterwards that you should have created a child theme.

A child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes allow you to modify or add to the functionality of the parent theme.

Most importantly, creating a child theme lets you make changes to your site without touching your original theme’s code, allowing you to update your site without the threat of lost all the customizations you’ve made.

You can find out more about how to create a child theme in our article How to Create a WordPress Child Theme.

If you want to upgrade your theme but made customizations without using a child theme, read on.

Uploading Only Changed Files

If you’ve made changes to your theme’s code, you may want to see if the updates in the new version of your theme are extensive.

If your theme’s developer has published a list of changes in the new version in a changelog or a readme file and only a file or two have been changed, you may opt to just upload and overwrite the files in the older version via FTP or your cPanel.

If any of the updated files happen to be ones you’ve customized and you remember which lines of code you’ve changed, you can make the customizations again via Appearance > Editor.

Re-customizing Your New Theme

If you remember all the customizations you made to your theme or you’ve saved them somewhere, the easiest way to re-customize it to automatically upgrade it as per the methods above and then make the customizations to your site again.

Yes, it’s annoying to have to make all the customizations a second time, but at least this time you can implement a child theme so you don’t have to worry about doing this again.

Make sure you make a backup of your site before doing this so you can revert to your old theme if something goes wrong.

What If I Can’t Remember My Customizations?

If you haven’t saved your customizations somewhere or you can’t remember what changes you made, don’t stress! It makes it harder to upgrade your theme, but it’s still possible.

There are programs that can help you compare two version of your themes, i.e. your old version versus your old customized version, or your old customized version versus the new version.

If you use OS X, Kaleidoscope is a great premium program that lets you compare text in two different files. WinMerge is a popular free and open source alternative for Windows users.

Let’s take a look at how to compare two versions of a theme using Kaleidoscope. Since this program isn’t free, you may want to search for free or cheaper alternatives, though Kaleidoscope does have a 15-day trial period if you want to try it out.

1. Copy your old theme and the updated version to your desktop so you can easily access your files. Open Kaleidoscope and drag and drop in the files you want to compare.

Drag and drop your files into Kaleidoscope.

2. The program will display the text in both files side-by-side so you can compare changes.

In this example, I discovered a code snippet I had added to the bottom of my old functions.php file.

Kaleidoscope compare changes
Compare the differences between the new and old versions of your theme.

3. You can change copy any code in the old file into the new file. Click on a block (the section in pink) and at the bottom of the window click on “Copy to right.” The text from your old file on the left will automatically copy over to your new file on the right.

Kaleidoscope copy left to right
Easily copy code from your old version on the left to your new version on the right.

4. Repeat these steps until you have copied over all customizations. When you’re done, zip up the old theme and upload it to your site via Appearances > Themes > Add New.

Summing Up

Upgrading themes to the latest version ensures you have not only the most feature-rich version, but all the most secure.

Whenever you do update your themes, always make a backup of everything – your old theme, database and new theme. If something does go wrong while you’re editing you’re file, you will have a backup available so you can start the process again without losing any important files.

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20+ Stunning WordPress Portfolio Themes to Inspire You http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-stunning-wordpress-portfolio-themes-to-inspire-you/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-stunning-wordpress-portfolio-themes-to-inspire-you/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=131004 Finding the perfect portfolio theme to show off your work can be time consuming.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of theme available, all with different features like Masonry grids, video, custom post types and parallax, to name a few.

The key to finding a great theme for your portfolio is to first work out what you need to support your content. If you’re a photographer you may want a full-width slider homepage. If you’re an artist or an illustrator a grid layout may be the best way to display your work.

To help you get started on the path to finding a great theme – and also to inspire you along the way – I’ve put together a collection of stunning portfolio themes with a wide range of features to suit any portfolio.

Do you have a favorite portfolio theme? Share it in the comments below.



Cubo is a versatile portfolio theme that comes with six homepage layouts and a stack of portfolio options.

The great thing about this theme is the customizable layouts for your portfolio content. You can choose the width and column layout and evening the spacing between each item. There’s also a lovely bunch of masonry options.

The home page options allow you to play video, which is ideal for videographers looking for a theme to make an impact.



Lobo is a truly gorgeous portfolio theme with a responsive and unique modular layout.

This theme feature a custom module builder, allowing you to customize your layouts and create the look you want. It also comes with a sticky header and two menu options.

There is also a fun blog layout makes the most of large images while placing the focus squarely on your words.

It’s hard trying to describe this theme and do it justice. Check it out for yourself and enjoy exploring the features.



With an impressive 20 homepage layouts, SignUp is a feature-packed and responsive portfolio theme with extended photography support.

Other features include Masonry, Metro and grid layouts, an availability calendar, responsive sliders, easy settings backup, AJAX-powered blog and portfolio with load more and infinite scroll options, and 640+ Google fonts.



Delight is a powerful theme featuring jQuery effects (cycle, tabs, accordions, drop down menu, tooltips, colorbox, auto alignment and more), unlimited skins, Google fonts, custom page templates and widgets, sliders and shortcodes.

There are video tutorials to help you set up this theme, which was originally created in 2011 and is regularly updated.



Crush is a no frills portfolio theme with simple grid layout. It is super customizable and features a responsive design, online documentation for easy set up, and four homepage layouts (including two with sidebars).

If you’re after a straightforward grid portfolio, the fullscreen homepage layout will easily meet your needs.

Other features include unlimited portfolio pages and filterable portfolio pages, a gallery post format with slider and stacked options, audio and video post formats, as well as link and quote custom post types.



Nostalgia is a bold and minimalist theme with a contrasting style and a retro feel.

Features include fullscreen slideshow, background music player, unlimited pages, six predefined page icons, 10custom page header icons, 10 custom social icons, blog template, and built-in portfolio, about and services page templates with Lightbox.



Quantum is a beautiful portfolio and agency theme with a clean and stylish design.

There are four stunning homepage layouts (portfolio, agency, photograph, full slider) and three custom post types (classic, case study and fullscreen photo gallery). Dummy content is available so you can preload your site with the text and images you see in the demo.

This theme is also responsive, highly customizable and comes with lovely CSS3 animations.



Angular is a clean and responsive portfolio theme built on the Avia Framework.

It comes with a stack of options so you can modify the layout, styling, colors and fonts. There are 28 predefined skins, which are easy to modify, as well as dynamic template builder.



Phototastic is a responsive portfolio theme designed for photographers. It features two homepage options (slider or grid), comes with a slider on every page, and comes with various page templates for photography and business.

Many post types are supported, including standard, aside, images, video, quote, link, gallery, status and audio.



Bourne is a clean and simple portfolio theme with custom page templates (Masonry portfolio, sitemap, blog archive, full-width page).

There are also custom blog forms (standard, image, quote and video), along with four custom widgets (Twitter, Dribbble, Flickr, Facebook).

Translation is support, with .mo and .po files included.



Garnet is a lightweight and responsive minimalist theme tailored to artists and illustrators with its image-heavy design.

Page templates are included (portfolio, team, services, sidebars, full-width), as well as in finish scroll or page portfolio options.

Other features include custom homepage drag and drop, a filterable portfolio, custom social media widgets, unlimited colors, retina-ready and translation-ready.



Me is a simple monotone theme with a filterable portfolio powered by the Quicksand plugin. It allows you to edit categories and item pages are loaded quickly using AJAX.

Easily add a slider, YouTube and Vimeo clips to portfolio item pages. Me also comes with 70+ fonts and has been localized for easy translation.



HalfCreative is a simple and stunning one pager designed for creatives, but with a business edge.

Features includes expanding project previews, a sticky header, touch-enabled hardware accelerated slider, inline video support for YouTube and Vimeo, and an AJAX contact form.



Bigbang is a simple portfolio theme that offers more than meets the eye. It comes with several page templates, including two layouts (boxed and stretched), six portfolio post formats (2 column, 3 column, 4 column, hexagon, triangle and circle), six blog layouts, and six single post layouts. There are also About, Client, Sidebar and Full-width custom post types.

Shortcodes are included to help you add customizations such as grids, social media, buttons, Google maps and columns.



Fineliner is an elegant and responsive theme featuring custom post types, a style customizer, Visual Composer page builder, and WPML compatibility.

Six accent colors are supported and XML dummy data is included so you can emulate the demo site.



Almera is an elegant and responsive portfolio theme that features a layout constructor for assembling your pages, and extensive theme options.

There are five homepage layout options available, four different portfolio layouts, and three gallery layouts, along with custom widgets (contact form, Facebook Like box, Flickr feed, Google Map, latest tweets, recent posts, recent projects, social links, testimonials).



SquareGrid is a grid-based portfolio theme that comes with five different layouts and supports images, audio and video.

There are custom post types for videos, about and contact pages, images, and image sliders.

Other features include dark and lights style, custom background color option on posts related featured image, gorgeous background patterns and a custom background image uploader.



Visia is a stunning parallax portfolio theme with a responsive design.

It features two homepage layout options, fullwidth Ajax portfolio grid with in-place full project previews, and cool parallax effect section backgrounds.

One of my favorite features is the one-click dummy content import, which allows you to set up your site like the demo site.



Red:Folio is a gorgeous responsive theme with a clean and minimalist design.

You can create unlimited portfolio sections and portfolio pages, each displaying different items from multiple categories.

The portfolio items are filterable and can be displayed in different sizes, depending on your needs. You can also show YouTube and Vimeo videos and play them in a lightbox.



Folo is an infinite loading portfolio with a masonry layout, neat lightbox portfolio post, and a clean and minimalist design.

It comes with extensive options, allowing you to easily modify colors, logos and effects. Six free plugins are also available with this theme, adding extra functionality for social media, shortcodes, portfolios, and pricing tables.



GridStack is a cute and colorful portfolio theme featuring a Masonry grid layout.

This responsive design support full-width galleries, along with video, audio and images. It is also touch/swipe enabled for mobile devices.

Extensive theme options are available so you can customize the look and feel to suit your content.

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7 Free Masonry WordPress Themes – No Bricks Here! http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/7-free-masonry-wordpress-themes-no-bricks-here/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/7-free-masonry-wordpress-themes-no-bricks-here/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:58 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=130671 Despite being popularized by Pinterest, the laying out posts using a “masonry grid” can be effective for numerous types of sites, not just photographic.

There’s only a handful of masonry-specific themes in the free WordPress theme repository, so I took them for a spin to see if any are worth considering.

And found an absolute gem.

Composite image of the screenshots of the 7 shortlisted themes
The free masonry WordPress themes are pretty good but one stands head and shoulders above the rest

The masonry grid approach has plenty of appeal especially for sites that post frequently, want to expose as many posts as possible, often use featured images and don’t want to worry about always having featured images of the same dimensions.

I recently wrote a tutorial on how to lay out your post listings in a masonry grid with just CSS but this, of course, relies heavily on the underlying theme and will only work on modern browsers. So I was interested to see what the purpose-built masonry themes in the WordPress theme repository were like.

Having tested the themes on both desktop, tablet and mobile, the range in quality of what are free themes was quite wide. One theme, though, stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Before we get to the overall verdict, here’s 7 themes from the free WordPress theme repository that made the shortlist.

The Free Masonry WordPress Themes Shortlist



Last Updated: 2013-12-04
Downloads: 34,144
Ratings: 4.8/5.0
Unresolved Support: None

Celebrate is a responsive theme built on top of Hybrid Core, featuring a full range of post formats, masonry layout, custom header and background.

Verdict: Celebrate won’t get your heart racing but it’s a solid theme albeit with limited customization options.

All post listings are displayed in a masonry style but the only layout customizations are whether to have a sidebar (two-column) or not (one-column).

You cannot control how many columns the masonry uses.

Further customizations allow setting the header text color, the background color, the header image and custom footer content (HTML allowed).

The theme does respond pretty well – the sidebar, if active, becomes a footer – and looks good across tablets and mobiles.

Jkreativ Lite


Last Updated: 2014-06-15
Downloads: 4,601
Ratings: 4.8/5.0
Unresolved Support: 9 of 10

Jkreativ Lite is 100% Responsive also featured masonry blog layout. This themes is retina ready so your themes will seems perfect on every modern device and cross browser compatibility.

Verdict: Jkreative Lite is a great looking theme that makes a few odd choices.

This theme makes a great first impression: the layout is clean, the number of columns responds to the screen size and the type is crisp.

But there are a few oddities such as the title only being displayed on tablets and mobiles; the single post content width not being full-width even with no widgets in the sidebar (you wouldn’t want a sidebar anyway); the permanent sidebar (the left margin) not being widget-ready; and, tablets only have 2 columns even in landscape orientation when 3 would fit quite easily.

The page loading animation is a gimmick that becomes annoying pretty quickly.

It does have some nice touches though such as a mobile-specific menu and a slide-out menu for non-desktops (although the styling would need some tweaking).

It also looks great on a tablet.

Worth a look if you don’t mind doing a little post-installation tweaking.



Last Updated: 2014-03-27
Downloads: 4,038
Ratings: 4/5
Unresolved Support: 4 of 5

Pinterest like personal blogging theme powered by jQuery Masonry. Beautiful retina-ready and responsive theme with flexible layout. Tons of options to customize the theme according to your needs.

Verdict: An attractive and well thought-out theme that does almost exactly what it says on the tin without any fuss or fanfare.

Gridz’s effectiveness is due to its simplicity. Whilst the “tons of options to customize” is a slight exaggeration there are enough to make this theme your own.

You can choose the the number of content columns, colors, fonts (type and size) and the location and appearance of the sidebar.

The scroll-to-top is a nice touch as is the addition of 3 footer widget areas is a nice touch and is preferable to using a sidebar when thinking about the implications of smaller devices.

Responsiveness is not bad, the selected number of grid columns is respected on a landscape-orientated tablet but the design becomes single column for all devices in portrait and mobiles in landscape mode.

If I was to be picky then I would prefer 2 columns on a tablet (portrait) and I’d also want to lose the RSS icon on a mobile to reduce the amount of space being taken up by the header.



Last Updated: 2013-12-11
Downloads: 38,122
Ratings: 4.4/5
Unresolved Support: 7 of 7

A responsive theme with neat masonry layout similar to pinterest with infinite scroll. If you need a perfect mobile theme, then pinpress might be the right option.

Verdict: If the thought of masonry and infinite scroll gets you all in a lather then this is the theme for you.

Pinpress is a no-frills themes that implements a truly responsive masonry grid across all platforms. The customization options are limited to the standard list (there’s 1 menu location) so there’s little chance to get creative.

The infinite scroll works although the rearranging of the bricks can be distracting as they jump around.

Definitely one for the purists or to use as the basis for a more sophisticated solution.

Alpha Trinity


Last Updated: 2014-01-04
Downloads: 7,659
Ratings: 5/5
Unresolved Support: None

Alpha Trinity is a responsive theme with a clean multi column layout. Homepage uses the masonry javascript library so all posts tile nicely. Theme features left and right column widget areas and a custom primary menu. Link rollover color can be customized via the theme options.

Verdict: Minimalist theme that lets itself down on mobile devices.

Alpha Trinity, the barebones theme with the ironically long-winded name, is another responsive masonry theme where the number of columns, rather than the column width, changes with the screen size.

The scheme is monochrome (except for an unexpected mouseover effect on the featured images) and with little scope to change this through the basic customizations, this theme is best viewed as a foundation to a more elaborate theme.

One area that definitely requires attention is how it responds to being viewed on a mobile phone: putting the content after the left sidebar can mean plenty of scrolling before hitting anything that a visitor will be interested in.



Last Updated: 2014-06-25
Downloads: 770
Ratings: Not Rated
Unresolved Support: 1 of 5

Baskerville is a beautiful, responsive and retina-ready masonry theme for hoarders. It’s the perfect way to showcase your posts, videos, images and galleries, and share your favorite quotes and links. Features responsive design, retina-ready assets, full-width header image, support for all post formats, custom logo upload, custom widgets (video, Flickr and Dribbble), four page templates (including a contributors template), editor styling, like functionality via the ZillaLikes plugin and translation-ready code.

Verdict: A high-impact theme with impressive attention to detail.

I’m not sure what the “hoarders” reference is about but Baskerville is a theme that could and should be of interest to any WordPress site that publishes frequently.

A polished theme with some great attention to detail such as the sticky icons, the pointers on the headings, the mouseover bounce effect on the featured images, even the somewhat revealing of the search form doesn’t detract from the overall impression that this is a very solid theme indeed.

Working well across all the platforms, the use of footer widgets rather than a sidebar allows for an easy and consistent transition from desktop to tablet and mobile; my only gripe would be a preference for 3, rather than 2, columns on a landscape-orientated tablet.



Last Updated: 2014-02-02
Downloads: 22,708
Ratings: 4.8/5
Unresolved Support: 4 of 5

Create a truly unique design with Carton, a lightweight and fully responsive HTML5 theme built using jQuery Masonry.

Verdict: A theme that holds plenty of promise but has too many issues, in the free version at least, for serious consideration.

Carton looks like a great theme and I was particularly interested in its handling of the featured post (either sticky or the most recent post) which is unique amongst the masonry themes.

However, the theme has some problems, particularly with the handling of featured images which on the home page don’t fill the brick’s width (because of a max height?) which results in text from the excerpt trying to fill the gap, and on the post pages don’t seem to be displayed at all. The theme also has a distinctly plain single-column look when displaying on a portrait-orientated tablet when 2 columns would have been better.

Of course, these could be fixed by changing the column width in the customization options or diving into the CSS (it allows custom CSS to be added) but none of the other themes have these issues so it’s a little frustrating to say the least..

There is a premium version of the theme ($69) which add more features (such as infinite scroll) and customization options.

The Final Verdict

So, which theme stands head and shoulders above the rest?

Baskerville, from Anders Norén, truly lives up to its description as a “beautiful, responsive and retina-ready masonry theme” which is perhaps not surprising when you realize that Anders is also responsible for other notable themes such as Hemingway and Wilson.

Apart from looking fantastic across all the platforms, what really sets this theme apart from the others in the category is the attention to detail: the pointers on the headings, the mouseover bounce effect on the feature images, the great looking post metadata, the unusual way the search form is revealed.

Being free does not guarantee that a product is a bargain. For Baskerville, though, it’s an absolute steal.

What do you think of Baskerville or any of the other themes listed here? Do you have a favorite masonry theme that’s not listed?

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15 Free Parallax WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-parallax-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-parallax-wordpress-themes/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=130326 While there are plenty of parallax themes out there in the WordPress theme world, there aren’t that many free ones.

Below we have collected 15 of the best free parallax themes we could find.

If you know of any other good free ones, let us know in the comments.

1. Hemingway


The Hemingway theme is a clean and attractive theme with a full-width parallax header.

In addition to the parallax header, the Hemingway theme is responsive with retina-ready assets. It comes with custom accent colors and custom widgets for video, Flickr, and Dribble.

2. Pilot Fish


The Pilot Fish theme puts a large (but not full width) parallax image area on the homepage of the site. As you scroll, you’ll see you title and other text overlaid on the image take on the parallax effect.

Under the parallax image are three sections set up in a business theme fashion.

This theme is responsive and also comes with a portfolio section.

3. Inkzine


Inkzine is a clean and colorful theme with a full-width parallax area at the top.

The theme overall takes a magazine style look with multiple post lists sections on the front page for things such as “What’s Hot,” “Latest Trends,” and “Coming Soon,” as demonstrated on the demo site. (Of course you can make your own.)

4. Sixteen


The Sixteen theme gives you a large parallax image header area.

At the top of the page is a large slider sitting below the top navigation area. And below that is a grid style area with images from recent posts.

Brown and beige in color, the theme is clean, but has a somewhat heavier look due to its colors.

5. Invert Lite


Invert Lite is a clean, business style theme.

It comes with a large, full-width parallax area at the top. Under that is a standard three-section area seen in many business themes.

Actual blog pages are clean with plenty of white space.

6. Aldehyde


The Aldehyde theme gives you a large parallax header and a responsive frame.

In addition, Aldehyde provides you with a responsive slider, four page layouts, and custom widgets.

7. Radiate


The Radiate theme comes with a full-width parallax header and a transparent top menu.

Below the header you get three content boxes with a featured image and an excerpt, giving the theme the overall look of being somewhat magazine like.

Below the three content boxes you get a stream of the latest posts, each within their own box. This gives the theme a clean and ordered look.

8. Tashan


The Tashan theme gives you a large, full-width parallax header area.

While the overall design looks relatively simple, the theme does give you a recent posts widget, a custom recent comments widget, and a flexible showcase widget the front page.

9. Dellow


Dellow is a responsive theme with a large parallax header.

In addition to the parallax area, this theme is different in that even on a desktop, the top transparent bar at the top of the page has what looks like a mobile menu icon. Clicking on that opens a menu on the side of the page like a fixed sidebar.

10. Itek


Itek gives you a full-width parallax header area with an overlapping content area. This theme bills itself as an business and ecommerce theme, and you can see products being displayed in the demo.

The overlapping content area, which seems to rise up over the parallax area as you scroll, gives you three content areas at the top with unique effect when you hover over the images: they slowly morph from circles into rectangles.

11. Bootstrap Parallax


Based on Twitter Bootstrap, the Bootstrap Parallax theme gives the effect of all three main areas (header, content, and footer) being parallax in nature.

In addition, the theme gives you a colorbox lightbox, a sitemap page template, all Twitter Bootstrap features, and more.

12. Parallax


The Parallax theme from Cyberchimps gives you three parallax areas that sit on top of what would look like an otherwise regular blog.

While its demo doesn’t exactly put its best foot forward in terms of design, the theme comes with a number of nice features, including touch responsiveness, drag and drop elements, sliders and boxes and portfolios.

13. Foodeez Lite


Created for restaurants and hotels, the Foodeez Lite theme gives you a parallax section that’s especially good for featuring special dishes or dishes of the day.

This theme is clean and elegant (if adorned with the right images, of course). It is responsive and comes with a slider.

(Note: the demo link goes to a premium version of the theme that may have features not available in the free version. You can follow the demo link on wordpress.org for the free version, but as those demos are often unattended to, they often don’t give you an accurate picture of the theme.)

14. Advertica Lite


The Advertica theme gives you a top parallax area, a responsive framework, featured boxes, and a number of admin options that let you control things such as general settings, featured areas, logos, and footers.

(Note: As with the previous theme by Sketchthemes, the link for the demo here goes to a premium version of this theme, and some of the functions you see there may not be available in the free version.)

15. Evolve


The Evolve theme comes with a parallax slider that will allow you layer in different objects in the slider area and then pull them back out as well.

This theme comes packed with the FontAwesome icon pack, the Animate.css plugin, over 500 Google webfonts, several layout options, 12 widget areas, tabs, a slider, and more.

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20 Best Free WordPress Themes for Blogs http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-best-free-wordpress-themes-for-blogs/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-best-free-wordpress-themes-for-blogs/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=129554 Despite the fact there are hundreds upon thousands of themes available for WordPress, it’s still hard to find “the one.” You know, the perfect theme that will fulfil all of your hopes and dreams for your blog and put you in the mood to write.

Finding a great free theme can be difficult. Searching through the WordPress Theme Repository can be time consuming and often free themes lack beautiful design.

Below is a collection of free blogging themes that are all ideal for personal sites when you want the focus on your words.

What theme do you use on your blog? What is the ideal layout for a blog? Tell us in the comments below.



Wilson is a clean and minimalist theme designed for blogs. It features a responsive design, custom accent color, custom widgets for video, Flickr and Dribble, and page templates.

It comes retina and translation-ready, with Swedish included in the theme’s files.



Syntax has been designed with a distraction-free reading experience in mind. It features large, easy-to-read type and a fixed navigation menu.

This theme also comes with a beautiful responsive design that’s perfect for writers who wants to put the focus on their words.



Flato is a simple blogging theme without bells and whistles. It features a large fullwidth header and navigation bar and a two-colomn layout.

This theme comes with a responsive design.



Opus offers a clean, flat design ideal for blogs. It features a large, fullwidth header images and navigation at the top of the page is the form of a hamburger button. When pressed, it displays a fullscreen menu.

This is a great simple theme for a basic blog as it doesn’t come with sidebars or other features.



typefocus is a beautiful minimalist theme with a fixed sidebar and a focus on typography.

This is a great blogging theme, especially if you’re starting out and don’t require greater functionality.



Stanley is a cute, colorful and responsive bootstrap theme perfect for bloggers and anyone wanting to showcase their portfolio of work.

It comes with some great features – a theme options panel, drag and drop homepage builder, portfolio post types, three page templates, and Font Awesome.



Bushwick is Medium-esque (the old Medium design) and features a fixed vertical header.

This is a lovely theme for blogging, with a focus on your writing and beautiful imagery.



Kirumo is a simple and responsive blogging theme. It support custom background colors and images, as well as a custom accent color.

It comes with a fullwidth page templates with a horizontal row of three widgets underneath.



Blogly is a minimalist and responsive blogging theme with a striking design.

You can use the WordPress theme customizer to change the colors, and upload a logo and background image.



Writr is a minimalist tumblog theme ideal for blogging. It features a striking left sidebar and crisp typography.

It comes with six different color schemes: turquoise (default), blue, green, grey, purple, and red.



Ignite is an elegant blogging theme with a responsive design. You can easily customize it using a built-in social media icons and a logo uploader.



tdPersona features a clean and responsive design offering a distraction-free reading experience for your readers.

This theme is pretty basic, so look elsewhere if you’re seeking greater functionality.



Drop is a bold and responsive blogging theme with a minimalist design and a focus on your posts.

This is a pretty simple theme with few features. The sidebar offers a clear place for navigation and other information, like social media.



Graphy is a blogging theme that focuses on beautiful typography (if you didn’t already figure out from the feature image!).

It features a responsive design so your words look great on difference devices. It comes with five widgetized areas, including a sidebar and four footers. The sidebar allows you to create a two-column design.



Fastr is a simple and minimalist single-column theme ideal for blogging.

This theme uses absolutely no Javascript and has very minimal CSS for its layout and responsiveness, making it extremely fast and lightweight.



This simple and clean theme has been designed with writers in mind. Thoughts doesn’t have any widgetized areas (no sidebar or footer), but it does support various post formats. It’s also responsive and looks great on any device.



Balloons is a cute and whimsical responsive theme with a parallax design. This theme is perfect for bloggers and offers a fun reading experience.



Glider is a bare bones text-focused theme ideal for occasional bloggers. All posts are listed in the archive section and it’s easy to add a category restriction to the archive query.



BonPress features various post formats (including audio and video), making it ideal for bloggers. This theme also features custom widgets for social media.

This premium theme also comes with WPZOOM’s options panel, and options for a custom menu.



Hexa is a colorful blogging theme that support post formats. This theme offers a clean, minimalist and responsive design, but comes with few features.

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Top 10 Fastest WordPress Themes for Incredible Page Speed http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/top-10-fastest-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/top-10-fastest-wordpress-themes/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128995 A fast and lightweight theme can do wonders for improving your page speed – and ensuring your visitors will hang around long enough to read your content.

Last week we looked at ways to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score. One of the recommended measures was choosing a quick theme that makes few HTTP requests.

Finding a fast theme, however, is no mean feat. Most themes available today are packed with features, such as parallax, social media and ginormous images, ensuring your site will struggle to get a score above 50 out of 100 on PageSpeed Insights.

But fast themes do exist. Below, I’ve ranked the 10 fastest themes I could find in order from slowest to fastest.

Is your theme fast? Tell us your theme’s PageSpeed Insights score in the comments below.



PageSpeed Insights score: 86
Cost: $59

Sparks is a flat and minimalist theme designed for agencies, business and portfolios.

It has a responsive design and, according to its developer, ThemeZilla, is “a nimble little theme which focuses on the task at hand” thanks to its bloat-free codebase.



PageSpeed Insights score: 86
Cost: $59

Another ThemeZilla theme. This colorful, flat and responsive theme is aimed at designers who want to showcase their talent. Each of your projects sits in its own “block.”

Blox is also advertised as a “nimble theme” with a bloat-free codebase.



PageSpeed Insights score: 87
Cost: $49

Trail is a multipurpose port olio theme that focuses on big images and lovely typography. It features a stunning parallax scrolling effect.

Despite the demo’s big images, Trail loads quickly and looks great on any device thanks to its responsive layout.



PageSpeed Insights score: 89
Cost: $45

Skadi is a beautiful and responsive multipurpose parallax theme. It’s been built on the Twitter Bootstrap framework and includes a page builder.

Other features include eight different portfolio layouts and 11 blog layouts.



PageSpeed Insights score: 90
Cost: $35

Spark isn’t a new theme (it was released in May 2012) but it is much quicker than most newer themes available.

This theme comes with a PHP-based delivery system which, the developer promises, will get you a 97 out 100 score on PageSpeed Insights. Maybe so, but the demo site can only reach 90 out of 100.



PageSpeed Insights score: 90
Cost: Free

Did you know a Feijoa is a type of fruit, also known as a pineapple guava?

This unusual theme is super minimalist with an emphasis on text and typography, allowing it to load quickly.



PageSpeed Insights score: 90
Cost: $69

Fable is a full-width blogging theme with a clean, beautiful design built for easy reading.

According to Elegant Themes, they use coding best practices to ensure their themes are fast and secure. Plus, their themes frequently undergo security audits.



PageSpeed Insights score: 90
Cost: $69

Another Elegant Themes design in the top 10. Lucid is a responsive magazine theme with a clean and organized layout.

As mentioned above, Elegant Themes adheres to coding best practices to ensure their themes are fast and secure.



PageSpeed Insights score: 95
Cost: From $57

It’s not the most eye-catching theme out there, but Swift is certainly one of the quickest.

Swift is fast, lightweight with speed its ultimate goal. The developers have created this theme with PageSpeed Insights in mind and it does perform well, also scoring highly on GTmetrix with 96 per cent.



PageSpeed Insights score: 96
Cost: Free

Frank is an open source theme designed specifically for speed. This theme is certainly quick, and offers a light, responsive and unobtrusive reading experience.

The parent theme’s default homepage makes nine database queries and consists of two requests weighing ~29Kb (9.6Kb Gzipped).

Frank is bare bones – no Javascript frameworks or unnecessary images, just a simple, fast blogging theme.

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25 Most Beautiful and Responsive WordPress Themes of 2014 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-most-beautiful-wordpress-themes-2014/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-most-beautiful-wordpress-themes-2014/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128748 There have been some truly gorgeous themes released this year.

Parallax continues as a trend, as does clean, flat and minimalist design. Though designers are becoming bolder and more experimental. Many themes this year have a great focus on typography and beautiful storytelling.

Below, I’ve compiled a collection of beautiful themes, all released this year. This list includes a range of themes suiting business, agencies, portfolios and photographers, as well as themes suiting multiple uses.

Have you come across any stunning themes designed, developed and released this year? Tell us in the comments below.



One is a gorgeous and responsive parallax theme with a clean and modern design.

It comes with a page builder, allowing you to create any number of layout combinations.

Other features include WooCommerce support, blog and portfolio layouts, support for post formats and video support.



Nibiru features a clean, flat and responsive design. This theme comes with a slick slider and unlimited colors, as well as 369 icons.

There are seven built-in custom post types, including galleries, slider title, portfolio, carousel, clients and team. More than 20 shortcodes are available to further customize the this theme.



Velcro is a grid-based theme great for photography, portfolio and blogging sites. It comes with 10 custom widgets, five widgetized areas, five post formats (image, audio, video, gallery, standard) and various home page layouts.

cvCard WP


cvCard WP is a responsive ajax enabled vcard theme with Sliding Horizontal Layout.

It features four predefined skins (minimal, flat, overlay and overlay bold). With is masonry grid and Ajax portfolio layouts, it’s great for showcasing your work.

Greenwich Village


Slick and simple, Greenwich Village is ideal for agencies and freelances.

It features a drag and drop page builder, unlimited color schemes with a one-click theme editor, an extensive options panel where you can customize the logo, favicons and colors, and video and post format support.



Icelock is a Medium-inspired (the old Medium design) theme with light and dark color schemes.

It features a responsive design and an unobtrusive sidebar menu. It comes with portfolio and team post types.



Lilith is a responsive, flat and flexible theme ideal for image-centric sites. It features shortcodes, a page builder, extensive theme options and a Revolution slider.

This theme offers powerful portfolio support, allowing you to choose between masonry, grid, striped or wall effect layouts.



Swipe is a fun business theme with a gorgeous responsive design.

It includes a Revolution slider, parallax sections, filtered portfolio and hover effects.



Orb is a tidy grid-style portfolio and blog theme for creative types. It comes with three easy to configure portfolio templates and a custom post type plugin for easy management of your content.

It also has a subtle parallax scrolling background and and intuitive mobile menu.



Krating is a beautiful blogging theme with a focus on mixed media and typography. More than 600 Google fonts are included.

It support post formats as well as custom CSS and Javascript, and comes with demo content.



Uppermost is a bold and multipurpose theme ideal for agencies, photographers and portfolios.

It comes with a Revolution slider and a magazine blog post interface. Visual Composer for WordPress is included.

There are three header styles – flying, wrap and fullwidth.



Heap is a cute and flexible theme with clean layouts. It comes with a powerful options panel and you can view many changes live using the Theme Customizer.

This theme has been optimized for speed and score 96 per cent on Pingdom Website Speed Test.



Sense is a responsive and multipurpose parallax theme perfect for businesses.

It comes with Visual Composer for drag and drop page building. It’s also translation ready, includes demo content and had advanced typography settings.



Quantum is a simple, minimalist theme with clean typography. It comes in a variety of layouts, including portfolio, agency, photography, full slider and dark skin. It also has three project post types – classic, case study and fullscreen photo gallery.

Other features include sliders, CSS3 animations, and dummy data.



This grid-based theme is perfect for bloggers and creatives. Gridify features four different layouts, built-in sharing, built-in ads, various shortcodes, and four custom widgets.

Unusually, it includes a built-in review system and you can add an infinite number of criteria and ratings using an easy and intuitive interface.



Athletica is a parallax one-page theme with a flat design. It features six stunning homepage layouts, including options for blogs, videos and images.

Other features include gorgeous jQuery and CSS3 animations, and integrated Instagram and Twitter feeds.



Ink is one of the most beautiful blogging themes I’ve come across in a long time. It focuses on beautiful storytelling with an emphasis on stunning images and typography.

It comes with multiple homepage layouts, background cover settings and CSS3 filters for post covers.

Crafty Hands


Crafty Hands has been designed for arts, crafts, music, courses and workshops.

It includes page templates (home, contact, shop, forum, courses, events, teachers, calendar) and four custom post types (teachers, courses, shop, events). It also comes with multiple custom widgets and metaboxes.



Photogenic is a photography theme with a strong focus on beautiful images. It includes Instagram integration, allowing you to display your latest photos.

Other features includes multiple layouts options.



OldPaper is a gorgeous magazine theme with a responsive design and a vintage twist. Built using the Twitter Bootstrap framework, this theme includes CSS animations, seven pre-defined skins, post format support (images, music, videos and quotes) and a robust options panel.



Brmsl is a bold and elegant photography theme with a grid-based design.

This theme looks great on large screens, and still looks fantastic on smaller devices. It comes with nine custom templates and options for typography, colors, labels, CSS and analytics code.



Light-weight and clean, Memento offers a one-page design ideal for online stores.

In includes Revolution Slider, Content Timeline and Front-end Builder. It’s also responsive, retina ready and features drag and drop page building.

Mr Tailor


Mr Tailor is a truly stunning eCommerce theme with a clean and minimalist design. It’s responsive, translation-ready and includes 650+ Google fonts, advanced theme options and easy setup with video tutorials.

This theme features parallax header images, a beautiful product categories grid and an optional wishlist.



Akin offers a minimalist design with a subtle parallax header.

It features a page builder, Ajax portfolio functionality, blog layouts and one-click demo content import.



Bridge is an eye-catching multipurpose theme with a responsive and retina-ready design. It features Visual Composer page builder, Font Awesome icons, unlimited colors and headers and parallax sections.

It comes eCommerce-ready and is ideal for agencies and online stores.

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25 Newly Released Parallax Themes That Will Knock Your Socks Off http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-newly-released-parallax-themes-that-will-knock-your-socks-off/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-newly-released-parallax-themes-that-will-knock-your-socks-off/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128503 Parallax scrolling may have lost some of its street cred in the past 12 months, but it’s still hot stuff.

It’s a cool effect that can turn an otherwise dull and boring looking site into a sexy scrolling wonderland. Combined with animated featured, parallax can be used on any type of site, from corporate and business pages to creative and portfolio sites.

This post offers a round-up of parallax themes released in the past couple of months – all 2014 themes – so there may be some you’ve never seen before.

Happy scrolling!

What’s your favorite parallax theme? Share it in the comments below.



There aren’t many horizontal parallax themes around and this one is damn gorgeous.

Horizillax is a single-page, responsive theme perfect for businesses, products and marketing, though it’s really a multi-use theme and could be used as a portfolio theme.

Set up takes just four steps. This theme features three custom page templates (parallax, about and portfolio), unlimited parallax images and options to set the speed, position and stack order, and also comes with various color and font options.



Mowo isn’t your typical one-page scrolling site. It’s clean, minimalist and responsive, with flexible, fullscreen sections. You really have to check out the demo to see how it works.

This theme features custom sections, fullscreen slider/video, a visual page builder and custom shortcodes.

Mowo is a great eCommerce theme and is ideal for online stores.



Voolium is a beautiful responsive theme with a fantastic video header for showing off your business, product or service.

It’s supports both WooCommerce and WPML and is retina-ready.

Other features include a masonry blog and infinite scroll, video gallery, 27 social icons, Instagram gallery, Revolution slider and the ability to build your homepage with custom sections.



Seller is an eCommerce theme with a beautiful modern and responsive design.

It comes with a drag and drop page builder, custom colors, extensive theme options and is translation-ready.

Seller also offers a stunning layout for showcasing product items.



Attractor’s clean and minimalistic one-page responsive design is ideal for corporate, agency and business sites.

Based on the Bootstrap framework, it features multiple header options, Revolution slider, visual composer, extensive theme options and is retina-ready.

Attractor also comes with light and dark skins, unlimited color variations and Google fonts.



Clean, modern and responsive, SouthCentral is a one-page theme perfect for corporate and business sites, but could be also tailored for creative agencies, photographers and videographers.

It features a drag and drop content builder, in-page options, counters and progress bards and a 3D animated portfolio.

SouthCentral also comes with extensive options and the ability to backup your settings.

Family Church


Family Church offers a lot of functionality packaged in a clean and modern design.

Aimed at churches (obviously!), this theme features nine custom post formats, two header options and a customizable gallery.

It’s also translation-ready and includes documentation, support and updates.



Bubbles is a cute multi-color responsive one-page theme with a clean and minimalistic design. It’s ideal for agencies, portfolios, companies and products.

It comes with various homepage styles, such as a video background, slider background and slider revolution.

Based on Bootstrap 3, it includes an Ajax project page and comes retina-ready.



Kadabra offers an impressive feature list, complete with BuddyPress, bbPress and WooCommerce support.

This single-page theme also includes a powerful page builder and five pre-built layouts, as well as unlimited header variants. It’s also responsive and retina-ready and translation-ready.

The full feature list is pretty long so it’s best to check out the Kadabra site for all the details.



This colorful one-page theme offers a gorgeous flat design with smooth animations.

Built on the ThemeLuxe framework, SimpleFlex includes two layout options (one-page and multi-page) and an advanced theme options panel. It also comes with lifetime project support and video documentation to help you set it up.

It’s also loaded with shortcodes, as well as 50 animations and transitions and 50+ social media icons.

The Ken


The Ken is a stunning multipurpose theme with a “trailblazing” fast backend and “graphics that are nothing short of spectacular,” according to the developers.

The Ken follows the principles mentioned in Envato’s official Web Design Predictions In 2014, which include a responsive design and retina support.

It also comes with 28 homepage templates, including seven corporate page, seven landing page, seven creative pages and seven classic pages.

There are too many features to list here. Check out The Ken site for more details.



Focus promises to be 100 per cent fully responsive and “200 per cent awesome on every device.”

This theme features a fullscreen background slider, intuitive options pages, two distinct blog layouts, a details portfolio page, as well as custom sections for “About Me and Resume” and “About Us and Employees.”



Saga has been designed as a portfolio theme and features a clean and flat design with fullscreen background images, background images slider and Ken Burn effect, unlimited parallax layers, responsive touch carousels, animated elements and more.

It comes with 15 homepage variants, a stunning Ajax expanding media portfolio, shortcodes builder and advanced theme options.



This minimal one-pager is ideal for agencies and portfolios. It comes with a responsive and retina-ready design and features a widgetized homepage so you can re-order every section. There are 10 custom widgets for building the homepage.

Meth includes custom page templates (archives, contact page, portfolio etc) and has been built on the StagFramework.



Cabana is a lovely one-page or multi-page theme with beautiful typography. It looks great on retina devices and features subtle CSS3 effects.

While this theme would be perfect for a portfolio or creative agency, it also comes eCommerce ready.

It also comes with documentation and support.



Rise is a stunning theme, especially when paired with fullscreen video. This theme is versatile and ideal for agencies.

It features custom animated GIFs, icons and fonts. it also comes with a slide in Ajax portfolio and Ajax expander on mobile devices.

Other features include animated intro text, beautiful portfolio transition, smooth scroll, isotype filter and light and dark versions.



Mountain is an elegant one-pager with a “flat-metro” design. It’s fully customizable so you can change each section to suit your taste, including background images and colors.

This theme features options for a fullscreen image, slider or video header and comes with a responsive design. There is also post type support for images, video, galleries and quotes.



Super5 is a beautiful and flexible multipurpose with a stack of features.

One of its biggest features is it live builder, which allows you to preview changes before you push them live.

It also comes with portfolio case studies, custom blog styles, HTML5 and CSS3 animations, video slideshows, 600+ Google web fonts with live preview and extensive documentation.



Alpine is a versatile multi-purpose theme designed for creatives, businesses, corporates, portfolios, products – any kind of site, really.

It features advanced layout settings and extensive style options, allowing you to customize the theme to suit your branding.

Four customizable home page options include intro video background, fullscreen slider, fullscreen text slider and fullscreen image slider. There is alter a great filterable portfolio project expander and a handy shortcode generator.



Brizz is a colourful and flat multipurpose theme with beautiful animations and attention to detail.

The header can be changed to play a video preview or showcase images.

This theme comes fully supported.



Clean, flat and fully responsive, Nivan offers a modern design with retina support.

It includes a whopping 28 portfolio and blog layouts and more than 40 unique pages. Other features include horizontal and vertical gallery options, pre-built homepage options, one-page and multi-page options, flexible animations and an off-canvas navigation menu.



Cayse is a basic responsive minimalist theme with demo content included so you can get started right away.

It’s features include different navigation for the homepage and other pages, custom homepage items with scroll fade-in effect, and 12+ layout options for the homepage.



Max offers one-page and multi-page layouts with a minimalistic, modern and multipurpose design.

Built on the ThemeLux framework, it includes three different homepage designs and is responsive and retina-ready.



Fencer is another multipurpose theme with a flat and minimalist design.

It features smooth scrolling and stunning animations as your scroll down the page. There are seven portfolio layouts, unlimited page types and colors and 10 predefined skins.



This multipurpose theme is fully customizable and can be used for everything from online stores to portfolios.

Some of its features include a personalized page header, visual composer page builder, admin panel, customize and live preview, Google fonts and extensive documentation.

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