15 Free Responsive WordPress Themes

The most popular topic of discussion at the moment, amongst web designers anyway, is undoubtedly responsive web design. This is in response to the popularity, over the past couple of years, of visitors opting to use a mobile device of some sort (Android, iPhone, iPad..) to access their favorite web sites.

Just to give you a quick overview, responsive web design allows you to offer a specific and optimised screen size layout that is based on whatever device (mobile, tablet…) the visitor uses.

With responsive layouts in mind, with this post we have taken a look at what responsive WordPress themes are currently freely offers.
You will be surprised at the quality of the themes we have found. And remember, all of these themes are free to download.

If you’re looking for the latest free WordPress themes, you should check out this article: 50 Beautiful and Free WordPress Themes.


YokoYoko is a modern and flexible WordPress theme. With a responsive layout based on CSS3 media queries, the theme adjusts to different screen sizes. It makes use of the new WP post formats (gallery, aside or quote) and comes with Google Web font integration (Droid Sans and Droid Serif).
Yoko Download PageView the Demo →

Ari WordPress Theme

Ari WordPress ThemeAri is a minimalistic, flexible three-column blog theme. The theme uses CSS3 media queries for its responsive layout and is therefore optimized for tablet PCs and smart phones (the theme switches to a two-column layout when viewed on a horizontal iPad screen, and to a one-column layout on iPhones). You can also choose a dark color scheme.
Ari WordPress Theme Download PageView the Demo →


BonPressBonPress is a personal blog theme that is packed with Post Formats (audio, video) features and multiple Custom Widgets. The layout of this theme automatically adapts to fit on any screen resolution on desktop and mobile devices (iPhone, iPad).
BonPress Download PageView the Demo →


iTheme2iTheme2 is the perfect theme for technology and Mac related blogs. It uses media queries to target different displays such as desktop, notebook, iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices (no plugin is necessary).
iTheme2 Download PageView the Demo →


SkeletonSkeleton is a simple, responsive WordPress theme based on the Skeleton Boilerplate. It has several useful shortcodes, such as tabs, toggles, cross-browser CSS3 buttons, and layout columns. Skeleton also includes a free bbPress theme.
Skeleton Download PageView the Demo →


FlexibleFlexible, with its Facebook-like style, uses responsive and fluid standards to rearrange its layout to display your content according to different screen sizes.
Flexible Download PageView the Demo →

The Scherzo

The ScherzoScherzo is a clean, readable theme that boasts a responsive layout. It requires version 3 or higher of WordPress and makes use of HTML5 structural tags, the hatom microformat and ARIA landmark roles.
The Scherzo Download PageView the Demo →

Constellation Theme

Constellation ThemeThe Constellation theme is the perfect starting point for any WordPress project. It gives you the flexibility to provide bespoke styles for different devices (media queries for several devices / screen resolutions with default styles included), totally up-to-date HTML5 code, a flexible grid system on top of all the other goodness bundled in to the HTML5 Boilerplate.
Constellation Theme Download PageView the Demo →


RenovaRenova offers two optional backgrounds (full white or paper), six colors for stylinging links and hover effects and does come with mobile device support.
Renova Download PageView the Demo →


WhiteboardThe Whiteboard framework has been developed to help speed up the process of developing a WP theme. It does so by eliminating the time spent on code common to all WordPress themes and includes non-intrusive code that improves the overall WordPress theme in many ways – including SEO, speed, usability, and mobile support (built with Less Framework for an instant mobile website).
Whiteboard Download PageView the Demo →


SimpleMarketSimpleMarket, favoring a much easier and speedier setup, does not come with any theme options (I wish more themes would come packaged like this). it does pack a fair few features though: Responsive design that easily adapts to a variety of screen sizes and devices, full support for Post Formats, sleek fonts with full Google Font integration and all expertly coded with HTML5.
SimpleMarket Download PageView the Demo →


BlaskanBlaskan is a responsive and accessible theme that's been built with mobile devices and tablets in mind. Accessibility is highly prioritized, following the WAI-ARIA specfication as much as possible.
Blaskan Download PageView the Demo →

1140 Fluid Starkers WordPress Theme

1140 Fluid Starkers WordPress ThemeThis theme has been created by mashing-up Elliot Jay Stocks’ Starkers Theme (bare-bones WordPress theme) and the 1140 CSS Grid (the fluid down to mobile grid framework).
1140 Fluid Starkers Download Page

Thematic 320 and Up (WordPress Child Theme)

Thematic 320 and Up (WordPress Child Theme)
Thematic 320 and Up Download PageView the Demo →

Responsive Twenty Ten

Responsive Twenty TenResponsive Twenty Ten is a child theme of the default WordPress theme. This theme has been based on Todd Halfpenny’s Responsive Twenty Ten, but with the addition of some special touches such as flexible images, nice margins, and some mobile image rules.
Responsive Twenty Ten Download PageView the Demo →

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter.


  • Wonderful collection, thank you so much for this great resource!

  • itheme2 and white board is cool…..

  • leonpaternoster

    You can have as many h1s on a page as you like. If you’re writing HTML and using sectioning elements to structure the content then you’re likely to have more h1s than anything else.

  • Michael

    Great resource.  Thank you for compiling these!

  • crking

    Great resource! Anyone know what grid system Constellation is built on?

  • nice collection. itheme2 looks great

  • Its great to see some developers still releasing quality free themes.

  • Altwebemdia

    Great collection.

  • amazing templates shared here :)

  • Great Resource and thanks for sharing. RIght now am using Yoko Theme, its a great theme.. the only drawback i face with my site is it loads slowly. I will try to rectify.Wishes

  • Prodyot

    Great WP theme collection.
    And, you have authored a whopping 800+ articles!! That is great too.
    You must be sleeping on your keyboard to keep your readers updated!
    Great job.

  • 15 cool ones!Thanks.