Alana Riley August 22nd, 2012

High Quality Responsive and Retina Display Ready WordPress Themes

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


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Camp ($55) | eCommerce Theme by Prothemeus


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Entity ($40) | Portfolio Theme by SwiftPSD


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Fresco ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Contempo


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Kingdom ($40) | Portfolio Theme by SwiftPSD


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Lattice ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Contempo


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OrganicWeb ($40) | Environmental Theme by Colibri Interactive


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


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


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Stacker ($30) | Portfolio Theme by xRicrdx


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Responsive WordPress Themes

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


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


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Aware ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Andre Gagnon


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


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


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


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Cotton Candy ($40)| Portfolio Theme by Pixelous


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Cubano ($40) | Portfolio Theme by MushinDesign


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Desat ($40) | Portfolio Theme by Themnific


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Float ($35) | Blog Theme by myTheme


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


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

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Hero ($49) | Portfolio Theme by Theme Trust


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


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Magic Space ($40) | Business Theme by HawkTheme

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Kinetico ($55) | eCommerce Theme by XThemes


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Knead ($35) | Portfolio Theme by Obox Themes


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


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


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


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Radius | Creative Agency Theme by Okay Themes


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


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Reason ($45) | Portfolio Theme by MDNW


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Responser ($45) | Portfolio Theme by 70kilo


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Reveal ($49) | Portfolio Theme by Theme Trust


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


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


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Shelflife ($70) | eCommerce Theme by Woo Themes


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


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


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Size Mttrs ($40) | Portfolio Theme by HappyCom


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


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


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


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Stilo ($40) | Portfolio Theme by Purty Pixels


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Submarine ($45) | Portfolio Theme by Pressly Themes


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


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


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Viewport ($50) | Blog Theme by ThemeZilla


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William ($40)| Portfolio Theme by nistic


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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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Alana Riley

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 | Store | Zerply


  1. 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!

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

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

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

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