What is Responsive WordPress Theme

Responsive WordPress themes and responsive design in general has emerged as a hot topic in the digital world. At Themify, we made the decision to create responsive WordPress themes rather early on, and it has become one of our strongest features and selling points. Because of our extensive knowledge in this domain, we wanted to clear up exactly what you get with a “responsive WordPress theme” and what it means when you buy an awesome WordPress theme from Themify.

What is a “responsive WordPress theme”?

When answering this question, we can also answer the question “What is a responsive design?” A responsive design and responsive WordPress theme utilize CSS and JavaScript to adapt a website’s layout to the user’s “viewport.” For those who don’t know, a “viewport” is essentially the visible portion of the canvas inside a web browser.

We use responsive design to create a consistent user experience for browsers of all shapes and sizes because the digital world doesn’t run on just 4:3 resolutions anymore. We adapt content to viewports of different sizes, including everything from mobile phone browsers all the way up to large television screens.

Many people confuse “responsive design” with “mobile design,” but mobile design targets mobile devices specifically, whereas responsive design includes support for mobile devices and many more.

What does “responsive design” look like?

To get an idea of what responsive design, especially in WordPress, can achieve, take a look at our Elemin theme.


Elemin displays nicely on your standard browser size, but you can change the size of your browser to get an idea of how the layout changes and adapts along with the width of your browser window. The layout never breaks, and the content simply flows to fit with the browser’s viewport.

A viewer can enjoy a website using the Elemin theme on their desktop, their laptop, their notebook, their tablet, their mobile device, and even their television. The layout and experience of the website remains consistent throughout.

Here are some more hand picked responsive WordPress themes from Themify

As shown in the examples below, responsive design is not limited to just blog theme. It can be complex grid layout like Pinboard, Ajax shop theme Minshop, 3-column Responz, and corporate theme with responsive slider like Suco. Check our responsive themes collection for more.

pinboard minshop responz suco


  1. munir-dynamicFreethemes
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 03:45

    thanks for sharing the knowledge of responsive.


  2. Robert
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 08:47

    Themify themes are always elegant and beautiful :) Now, they are even better with responsive design


  3. Vipin
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 11:10

    Thanks for descriptive post about Responsive themes, I used elemen one of my blog, It looks great :)


  4. Respondo
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 21:03

    I just noticed that “fullscreen” is not in the list when I click “responsive” yet the theme that came out after it is.


    • Nick La
      Oct 25, 2012 @ 01:47

      Thanks. It is fixed now.


  5. James
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 03:04

    Great article, Responsive is definitely the way forward! I try not to make a website without it now.


  6. Neil Walrath
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 04:34

    thank you for sharing this article it is of so much help.


  7. Saifuddin
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 03:28

    Nice theme. Definitely worth installing it for ease of use and convenience.


  8. Blogging WordPress
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 04:43

    Responsive design will be required for all WordPress themes later.I think so


  9. Lemuel
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 08:12

    I like the responsive themes more after reading this article. Good job.


  10. Isaac
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 19:21

    Thanks for the explanation, responsive design is definitely the future of websites.


  11. Jens
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 13:18

    How to include image from other servers (like flickr)? Can they be used in a responsive layout as well?


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    Dec 19, 2012 @ 05:57

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    Jan 17, 2013 @ 04:51

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  14. raovat
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 06:49

    oh, all the great themes !


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    Feb 19, 2013 @ 00:29

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  16. juliana jones
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 17:57

    Everyone want to get a responsive design for their website. and you demonstrated awesome wordpress themes. It’s good for wordpress designers.


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    Feb 13, 2015 @ 16:37

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    • Kurt Uy
      Feb 14, 2015 @ 21:47

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  18. Noman
    May 11, 2015 @ 13:10

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