15 Free Parallax WordPress Themes
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dellow is a responsive theme with a large parallax header.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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.