Aug 22 2012

High Quality Responsive and Retina Display Ready WordPress Themes

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Mobile web traffic is growing at a rapid rate. According to The Next Web, mobile web traffic has risen as much as 35% since July 2011. What will that mean for 2013 and 2014? We’re sure you can guess. The web is propelling forward at warp speed, such that the weight sitting upon the shoulders of web designers and developers has never been greater. Mobile web consumers expect to view web content on the device of their choosing without straining their eyes — and rightfully so.

Whether you’re an online store, real estate firm, antique shop, restaurant or university it’s time to start thinking about how you can revamp your site to be as user-friendly as possible. We’ll stress the word “revamp” as it’s not about jamming your current content structure into a responsive design but rather thinking outside the box to determine how you can best serve information to consumers in a way that makes sense in a responsive environment. That may mean focus groups, market research and a lot of trial and error, but in the end it will be worth it.

Also keep in mind that smartphones have become quite accessible to those with hearing and/or vision impairments, and guess what? They’re your web consumers, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to give them a site they could easily navigate without having to zoom-in over and over, possibly getting lost in the process?

As if that wasn’t enough to think about, there’s one more thing to keep in mind — the Retina display. Just as HD televisions became the norm over time, the Retina display is following in its footsteps. The better of an image we see on our desktops and laptops the better of an image we’ll want to see on our smartphones. Ask yourself this: What happens when the current Retina display on an iOS device gets two times better? Five times better? Your slightly-blurred image will really be in rough shape then.

So let’s get to it! After viewing hundreds of responsive and Retina display ready WordPress themes on our MacBook Pro’s, iPad’s and iPhone’s we’ve compiled a list of 50 for you to check out. The majority are business and portfolio themes with a few e-commerce mixed in, but with a little tweaking these could suit just about any industry or profession.

Responsive Retina Display Ready WordPress Themes

Appster ($40) | Business and Portfolio Theme by Prothemeus

Appster

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Camp ($55) | eCommerce Theme by Prothemeus

Camp

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Entity ($40) | Portfolio Theme by SwiftPSD

Entity

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Fresco ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Contempo

Fresco

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Kingdom ($40) | Portfolio Theme by SwiftPSD

Kingdom

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Lattice ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Contempo

Lattice

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OrganicWeb ($40) | Environmental Theme by Colibri Interactive

OrganicWeb

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Outreach ($40) | Charity/Nonprofit Theme by Design Crumbs

Outreach

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SneakPeek ($40) | Portfolio Theme by Add Two More

SneakPeek

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Stacker ($30) | Portfolio Theme by xRicrdx

Stacker

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Responsive WordPress Themes

Agenci ($40) | Creative Agency Theme by Purty Pixels

Agenci

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AREA53 ($50) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by AREA53

AREA53

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Aware ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Andre Gagnon

Aware

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Bruan ($40) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by Jonathan Atkinson

Bruan

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CleanR ($35) | Creative Agency Theme by Zen Themes

CleanR

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Contrast ($40) | Creative Agency Theme by First Base Design

Contrast

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Cotton Candy ($40)| Portfolio Theme by Pixelous

Cotton-Candy

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Cubano ($40) | Portfolio Theme by MushinDesign

Cubano

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Desat ($40) | Portfolio Theme by Themnific

Desat

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Float ($35) | Blog Theme by myTheme

Float

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Fluid ($59) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by Theme Fit

Fluid

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Gigawatt eCommerce ($55) | eCommerce Theme by Obox Themes

Gigawatt eCommerce

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Hero ($49) | Portfolio Theme by Theme Trust

Hero

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Jigsaw ($45) | Creative Agency Theme by Adaptive Themes

Jigsaw

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Magic Space ($40) | Business Theme by HawkTheme

Magic Space

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Kinetico ($55) | eCommerce Theme by XThemes

Kinetico

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Knead ($35) | Portfolio Theme by Obox Themes

Knead

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KnowHow ($45) | Knowledge Base/Wiki Theme by Chris Mooney

KnowHow

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Mindful ($49) | Creative Agency Theme by Theme Trust

Mindful

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Plug ($40)| Creative Agency/Business Theme by jdsans

Plug

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Radius | Creative Agency Theme by Okay Themes

Radius

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Reach ($40) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by EugeneO

Reach

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Reason ($45) | Portfolio Theme by MDNW

Reason

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Responser ($45) | Portfolio Theme by 70kilo

Responser

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Reveal ($49) | Portfolio Theme by Theme Trust

Reveal

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Rime ($50)| Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by imaginem

Rime

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Ruskin ($40) | Creative Agency Theme by United Themes

Ruskin

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Shelflife ($70) | eCommerce Theme by Woo Themes

Shelflife

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Shiny ($45) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by MC Studios

Shiny

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Simflex ($40) | Blog/Portfolio Theme by Pablo Fierro

Simflex

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Size Mttrs ($40) | Portfolio Theme by HappyCom

SizeMttrs

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Slick ($45) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by Mattia Viviani

Slick

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SmartStart ($45) | Creative Agency Theme by Samuli Saarinen

SmartStart

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Spacing ($45) | Creative Agency/Portfolio Theme by Tauris

Spacing

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Stilo ($40) | Portfolio Theme by Purty Pixels

Stilo

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Submarine ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Pressly Themes

Submarine

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Travel ($40) | Fullscreen Travel Theme by UIUXUX Studio

Travel

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Uber ($49) | Creative Agency Theme by Theme Trust

Uber

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Viewport ($50) | Blog Theme by ThemeZilla

Viewport

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William ($40)| Portfolio Theme by nistic

William

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Wrapping Up

Change is never easy. We’re with you on that. But this is one change you should consider making for your website and the sites of your clients. Granted, there will be some exceptions — if you’re working in IT with complex networking software maybe you don’t need a responsive site — but the rest of us likely fall within the consumer web market and would be more than fine on a responsive platform. It will mean rethinking your content strategy, including marketing and adspace, but as the saying goes — “content is king” — and it should be your top priority to focus on delivering it well to as wide an audience as you can.

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About the Author

Alana Riley is the Associate Director of Web Design, Content & Social Media at Providence College and a freelance designer. When she's not tweeting about design-oriented things or snapping shots for Instagram she's researching + testing Responsive WordPress themes that display multimedia in beautiful ways. Connect with Alana: Dribbble | Portfolio | Zerply

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Comments and Discussions
  • Nahid, 22 August 2012

    I would recommend mashable to come up with some cool concept redesign and make it addictive on mobile devices.
    How about pop up relevant article?
    Pop up like, share, save, email!
    Your facebook friends also read

    an idea can change your life!

  • Danny Montes, 23 August 2012

    I must say, I am very impressed with these themes. Ha, I remember back when WordPress first came out, the themes were horrible.

  • K.C. Hunter, 24 August 2012

    Great web design creates great themes. And I agree with the article, we are hurdling towards the mobile movement, time to get prepared.

  • Muminul Haque, 24 August 2012

    Thanks for the magic theme list. All this are looks pretty. I ma gonna try this themes one by one.

  • Theo, 24 August 2012

    Really nice list, will take me some time to go through the demos, thanks!

  • Deepanker, 25 August 2012

    nice collection of themes.. thanks for this post

  • Andy Chandler, 07 September 2012

    Great collection. I enjoyed looking them over..gave me some ideas. Thanks

  • Le Man Nguyen, 15 September 2012

    Like this theme: Reveal ($49) | Portfolio Theme by Theme Trust
    It must be the best choice of my new photo website

  • Mac, 23 March 2013

    I just love the fresco theme.Thanks for sharing this!

  • Jerry, 07 April 2013

    Hi,
    Does these themes good for SEO and search engine friendly?

  • Alana Riley, 22 August 2012

    We’re so glad you enjoy the list! CleanR and Travel do look great on mobile devices- and most of the Responsive themes will have text that looks crisp- but the images appear a bit blurry hence their being on the responsive and not retina/responsive list. But the responsive themes do look quite nice regardless.

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