5 of The Best Free Responsive WordPress Themes 2017

Not that long ago having a responsive WordPress theme was rare and something only developers and companies with huge design budgets had access too.

Luckily, that’s all changed.

With the rise of mobile and a broad mix of devices being used daily to browse the web things have changed. Having a responsive website is no longer a luxury but an essential piece of the online puzzle.

If you are on a budget and looking for a free responsive WordPress theme it can be tricky to find one that delivers in terms of quality. With that in mind, we have put together this guide on some of the best free options available right now. In addition to being free, many of these themes pack some pretty nifty features you would usually only expect to find in a premium theme.

Here are the top 5 for your consideration:

Shapely

A one-page responsive, retina ready theme with all the features you would expect to see with an expensive premium theme. Widgets such as portfolio, parallax section, hero image and more. It also integrates with WooCommerce for eCommerce options and looks stunning right out of the box.

Check it out here

Hestia

Yet another one page based theme showing the popularity of this type of design at the moment. It has a beautiful smooth scroll effect and sharp modern look. It comes with many similar features to Shapely but with a couple of great extras. It integrates with Origin Site builder so you can drag and drop your way to a new design (great for the non-coders out there)and it comes with video tutorials to walk you through the entire process.

Check it out here

ColorMag

If you are looking for a magazine or news style site then ColorMag is a great free option. It comes packed with features including 15 widget areas and plenty of custom options. Everything you need for a publishing style site without breaking the bank.

Check it out here

Socially Viral

Based on a highly successful premium theme from My Theme Shop Socially Viral focuses on increasing social shares and organic traffic. It comes with an extensive demo install option to get your site up and running in minutes. In addition, it is also highly SEO friendly and super fast.

Check it out here

Virtue

Popular as a small business or startup style website the Virtue Theme comes with a beautiful responsive design. A homepage slider is included which can be hard to find with free themes. It also has plenty of customisable widgets and has the option to integrate an online store.

Check it out here

Responsive is the way forward

There are thousands of free options out there but watch out for poorly designed themes. Choosing the wrong option from the start can make it hard to change things later. Plan ahead and if you are not sure, consult someone who has the expertise needed to ensure you future-proof your website.

Seb runs the W3 Cafe blog as well as his web design and digital marketing agency, Imaginaire Digital.

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