15+ highly responsive mobile WordPress themes

With the ever increasing accessibility of smart phones, coupled with the rapid advancement of mobile internet technology, more and more people are reaching for their phones and tablets to carry out their everyday internet browsing. According to research carried out by International Data Corporation, mobile internet users are set to surpass wired internet users by 2015, growing at an average annual rate of 16.6%. 

As such, adapting your website to cater to this ever growing market should be of high priority, especially from a commercial perspective. Trying to find the address or contact details of a company when they don’t have a responsive mobile design can result in an extremely frustrating experience, as well as losing out on a potential customer. 

If you are one of the 56,000,000+ people that have adopted the WordPress CMS, there are a range of ways to inject mobile friendly capabilities into your website, the primary one being responsive themes. This allows you to serve a simpler version of your website if someone is visiting from their smartphone or tablet, stripping back unnecessary functions and assets to reduce load times and display important information. This article is a collation of the best mobile themes available.

 

Breathe ($30)

Oozing with fluid transition animations, Breathe is a simplistic yet aesthetically pleasing mobile theme with an emphasis on ease of use. Boasting a widegtised footer area and support for almost every mobile browser, it’s a great platform for establishing your mobile presence.

Breathe

 

Touch Mobile ($30)

Touch Mobile by 22lines is built upon the powerful HTML5 and CSS3 frameworks, featuring touch screen support with swipe galleries, multiple colour schemes, Analytics integration and much more.

Touch Mobile

 

mymobile ($25)

mymobile is an aesthetically pleasing theme that has clearly drawn upon mobile apps for design inspiration. Mobile detection code is fully implemented, making the process of serving mobile friendly versions of your site incredibly easy.

mymobile

 

Mobile Pro ($25)

Although Mobile Pro is predominantly geared toward iPads and other tablets, due to its high responsiveness it also displays perfectly on smaller mobile devices. It automatically detects the device you are using and reacts accordingly, resizing and reorganising its components.

Mobile Pro

 

Simple Mobile ($25)

Simple Mobile is a clean and intuitive mobile theme, with collapsible multi-level menus and widgetised areas.

Simple Mobile

 

Side ($25)

Side is a visually stunning theme, bursting with retina elements such as graphics, icons, and buttons. Although best suited to the iPhone, it also looks great on Android and other smart phone devices.

Side

 

Tiger ($30)

Featuring an impressive and customisable admin backend, Tiger is packed full of features that cater to both tablets and phones. Touch Screen support with a collapsible side menu helps display core information in a clear and digestible manner.

Tiger

 

iKon ($25)

The iKon theme was created exclusively for iPhone and Android devices, boasting portrait and landscape support, multiple colour themes and a built in ajax powered contact form.

iKon

 

WPAppTouch (Free)

WPAppTouch is a theme that is designed to look like a native mobile app. Due to its basic appearance it’s fast loading with fluid animations when navigating between pages. It’s also one of the few free mobile themes available.

WPAppTouch

 

mobiTheme ($25)

If you’re looking for a simplistic, bright and powerful mobile solution for your website then mobiTheme is a great choice. Featuring unlimited colours, widetised areas and fluid animations, it’s perfect for personal blogs.

mobiTheme

 

Leon ($8)

Leon boasts a ‘honey comb’ style menu that is activated with a central button, resulting in a unique and enjoyable browsing experience that wows you with its clever animation. As the picture suggests, each honey comb ‘cell’ navigates you to the appropriate page, with touch and swipe support.

Leon

 

SOFA iBloggr ($25)

iBloggr was built from the ground up to work flawlessly with iPhone and iPod touch devices. It fits perfectly into a 320px screen while also looking acceptable on a desktop, and is highly customisable through its intuitive admin panel.

SOFA iBloggr

 

On Demand ($49.99)

Although On Demand is rather high priced, it’s packed full of great features that more than make up for it. Its ‘click-to-call’ feature makes it easy for potential customers to instantly get in touch, with advanced video embedding options which are functional on select Android and iPhone devices.

On Demand

 

WordPress Mobile Theme (Free)

Like its name suggests, WordPress Mobile Theme is a no nonsense approach to converting your website into a mobile friendly, simplistic design.

WordPress Mobile Theme

 

1stGiantLeap ($25)

1stGiantLeap is a highly responsive theme that automatically detects when the device is rotated, and switches to landscape or portrait accordingly. Featuring 4 colour schemes preinstalled and a large (for mobiles!) image slider, it’s a great choice for visually driven websites.

1stGiantLeap

 

H8.Mobile ($9)

Despite its rather unfriendly name, H8.Mobile is a fully featured, well-rounded mobile site design. This self-described ‘elegant and cool template’ is a clean cut theme with HTML driven swipe functionality, and is 100% iPhone and Android ready.

H8.Mobile

 

Handheld ($89 — Package)

Although Handheld appears to be the most expensive theme in this compilation, it’s actually included in Elegant Theme’s premium package. It’s a Plugin that runs alongside your usual desktop theme, and is visible to users on a mobile device, making the process simple and stress free.

Handheld

Does your website feature an impressive mobile design? Do you use a WordPress template we didn’t cover here? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/internetbuff Internet Buff

    Surely mobile themes are not responsive… they are designed specifically for mobile devices.

  • http://www.htmlcut.com/ htmlcut

    WDD is one of the most interesting my web discoveries in 2012. After an extremely successful redesign WDD has appeared in an absolutely new light. I like it :) Happy holidays and 2013!

  • http://www.absolutewebdesign.co.uk/ Ian Harte

    very inspiring themes, I think that having a mobile version of your ecommerce site is so important, but what’s even more important is having a well designed mobile site. so buyers and browsers find the experience enjoyable and want to return.

  • Bryan Gruhlke

    I agree with Internet Buff – these aren’t responsive designs. They are designed specifically for mobile devices. And they look that way in a larger device.

  • jain tech

    Smartphones are the integral part of business, wordpress themes coupled with smartphones will be very beneficial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044318713 Javi Alcázar

    Thanks for the post. However, and in my unexperienced opinion, when are we going to move ahead to the next level?. I am dying for a responsive design that make the most of the screen. Im not talking about text in 50pt, but mobile sites where unnecessary items are completely deleted, and where the content has an important aesthetic presence. Please, do you know any examples?. Can u share them?. Thanks and merry christmas.

  • MarkupBox

    Nice research Matt,
    Responsive mobile WordPress themes is the need of this ever changing digital World and it would be the website development trend of 2013.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.etatvasoft.com/php-web-services/wordpress-development.php AliBarker

    great Publish Sensitive cell WordPress styles is the need of this ever modifying electronic Globe and it would be the web design pattern of 2013.

  • WPCanvas

    Nice research Matt, I want to add that responsive web designs popularity has increased from leaps and bounds because of Increasing use of smartphones and tablets around the globe. Therefore, responsive web designing is the safest bet for web designers in the upcoming year.

  • http://superdit.com aditia

    Great design came with a price