In this 4th part of the series on “How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes”, we’re going to take a closer look at media queries, and see how they work their magic in responsive WordPress themes. And don’t worry; it’s really not as complicated as you might think. On the contrary, as powerful and flexible as media queries may be, they’re actually very simple.
Who doesn’t love free WordPress themes? Site5 has just released TWO free WordPress themes at once. The folks at Site5 hosting have a special place in their hearts for WordPress and have created a growing collection of beautiful free themes.
Shortnotes: A Free Tumblog Style WordPerss Theme
Shortnotes is a simple and free responsive WordPress theme built for microblogging. The theme features support for post formats and built-in pagination. It’s also localization ready.
Check out a live demo of the theme and read more about Shortnotes on its project page at Site5.
Veecard: A Responsive vCard Website Theme
Need a theme to highlight your business? We’ve got thirty free ones here for you.
A WordPress business theme is a theme that generally doesn’t put a blog front and center. It might certainly have a blog element to it, but you won’t see the “latest posts” taking up much (if any) of the screen space on the front page of a business theme — at least not above the fold (i.e. the top part of the site you can see without scrolling down).
With more web traffic happening on tablets and phones these days, it’s invaluable for an online business portfolio to be responsive, minimal and effectively eye catching. If you are looking for a WordPress portfolio theme that accomplishes this and much more, right out of the box, you should take a look at Agency. It’s a beautiful free theme offered by EGrappler. Agency was built using Twitter Bootstrap and was designed to be the perfect theme for businesses or creative agencies.
Thesis 2, the premium WordPress framework, was launched with much anticipation, and even some controversy. But overall, Thesis users have become accustomed to its new features and have started to make skins available for download.
One such entry to the market is a responsive skin called Thesis Eleven40, from ICustomizeThesis.com.
1140 Responsive Grid
The folks at WPExplorer have just launched a redesign of their website and a brand new logo. To celebrate the new branding and redesign, they have also decided to release three free WordPress themes, all of which include responsive design and built-in theme options for easy customization.
Here’s a quick overview of all the new freebies:
Tetris: A Free Masonry Tumblog WordPress Theme
The Tetris theme employs a masonry-style layout to display tumblog-style posts. It makes use of the excellent Soliloquy plugin for the featured slider on the home page.
I am a huge fan of WooThemes.
When I was just getting into WordPress they were the first premium theme developers I came across. And when I decided to launch my own blog in June 2011, my theme decision was a shootout between Thesis, StudioPress and Canvas — Woothemes’ “flagship” theme.
In reality, it’s been adapted by many (myself included) as more of a framework than a plug-and-play theme. Whilst my blog’s original design was somewhat vanilla, I was able (with the help of a tame coder) to mould it into something a little more unique over time.
If you’re looking for a minimalist WordPress theme that is 100% focused on typography and content, you’re going to be a big fan of the free Glider theme. This is by no means your average WordPress blog design. Glider is a simple, one-template-file responsive theme.
Tom Creighton designed and developed the Glider theme to provide a seamless reading experience with no page loads and no interruptions while accessing content.
Check out a live demo and click the arrow to see the post menu. The theme also supports arrow key navigation, so you can use your keyboard to get back to the menu.
The easiest way to get found and recognized for your work is to have your portfolio posted online. Since mobile devices are now the main way that people access the internet, it makes sense to have a portfolio that is responsive to smaller screen resolutions. The WordPress platform plus some of the best free responsive WordPress themes is an excellent, easy-to-use option, even if you’re on a budget.
Workality is a new free WordPress portfolio theme that was designed for creative people and agencies. The layout responds well to desktops, phones and tablets alike.
How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes is a new series of articles I’ll be posting at the rate of one every few days. This article is an introduction to the series, which I’ll be updating with links and additional info as subsequent articles go live.
Responsive WordPress themes have taken the design community by storm since their first appearance. For good reason too. With all the awesome advances in mobile communications, and the proliferation of mobile devices, folks are now accessing the web a whole lot more often from their phones than from their computers.