Responsive WordPress Themes
The online world is changing and evolving constantly. It was just a few short years ago that PC’s and laptops were the devices that everyone used to access the internet. Today however, we have a situation where more internet users are using mobile phones and tablets to do their surfing, and PC’s are being used less.
This of course has meant greater challenges for website owners.
Where once upon a time all we had to check was that our pages worked on a few different resolutions and monitor sizes that were commonly used on computers, now we have the tiny screens found on mobile phones to contend with.
Enter the Responsive theme!
What is a responsive theme?
A responsive theme is simply a theme that shrinks intelligently depending on the screen size it is being viewed on. A truly responsive theme makes the website user friendly no matter whether the user is viewing it on a huge computer monitor or a tiny mobile phone.
Some themes shrink, but they’re not responsive. On these types of themes, everything shrinks and when the user zooms in so that they can read, they’re having to scroll back and forth across the website.
I’m sure if you use a mobile phone or other device to access the internet, you’ll have come across many websites that use responsive themes that do a great job of adjusting the entire website, images and content to make it fit the device being used.
Other websites however, are not responsive at all which means that you have to scroll back and forth to be able to read the content which makes navigating the site is difficult.
It also pays to be aware that some themes say that they’re responsive, when in fact they’re only partly responsive and only do a limited job of adjusting the website.
A great way to test potential themes is to use a mobile viewer like Mobiletest.me. As you’ve seen in the video above, it’s a great free tool that allows us to view our websites, and the demo sites of any themes you may be considering, in multiple devices to see how they look.
The best responsive WordPress themes?
I’m certain that there are other well built responsive WordPress themes around but the one that I use for my sites is Highend by HB Themes and you can find it here.
It’s a truly responsive theme as you can see, and very flexible. I’m planning on doing some videos on using it in the very near future, so keep an eye out for those.
The cost for this theme is a one time payment of just $49 (no ongoing costs) and one of the things that really sets this theme apart from most others is the support that comes with it.
Good support is rare and worth its weight in gold!
I can tell you from personal experience that the support provided with this theme is second to none. The support team often manage to respond within 24 hours (sometimes faster – occasionally it’s been up to 48 hours) and the support staff go out of their way to help.
I’ve asked them so many questions and about all sorts of things (some that they really shouldn’t be required to help with) and they’ve helped me to resolve my problem every single time. They’ve even logged into my site a couple of times and done things for me when we’ve not been able to figure it out via the support forum.
I honestly have no hesitation in recommending this theme and the support team that come with it. They’re brilliant!
And what about free responsive themes?
There are a few free responsive themes around, but I’ve not looked too much into any of them. I’ve had a bit of a play with this one recently and it looks like it might be okay. I’d have to do more with it to really know though.
A lot of the time I have found that the better quality free themes that are available, are actually disabled versions of paid themes. What I mean is that they give away the free version with some functionality removed to encourage you to buy the paid version. The problem I’ve found with this in the past, is that the paid version still might not be so good!
Choosing a wordpress theme can be a bit of a gamble unless you know someone (like me) has used a particular theme and loves it. 🙂
Any problems with the Highend theme?
The only problem I found with in using the Highend theme is that there’s a bit of a learning curve to using it. It has so many features and is sooooo flexible that it was a bit overwhelming when I first installed it.
Fortunately the support team were awesome and helped me through while I cut my teeth! (They will actually install and configure it for you for a price).
The theme I’d used prior to Highend was Optimizepress. I used to use it for all my sites and I was very familiar with it after having used it for three or four years. But after after a security issue and then a change to an annual subscription, I decided to have a bit of a change and find a new theme. That’s when I stumbled across Highend.
These days I use Highend for my main sites, but I still use Optimizepress for some smaller niche sites and it does the job brilliantly. They’ve actually made some changes to the theme and it has also become much more responsive of late which is brilliant. Optimizepress support has always been very good and the ability to create seamless sales funnels is something that Highend lacks, so I’m pleased I have it and I’m happy to recommend it to anyone who’s trying to decide whether to give it a go or not.
Let’s wrap this up
I think that Highend is certainly up there with the best responsive WordPress themes. Here’s a quick summary of just some of the features:
- Highend is fully responsive
- It’s affordable at a one off cost of just $49
- There are NO ongoing costs
- It is FLEXIBLE
- Can be used for blogs, portfolios, stores, single page sites and more
- Comes packaged with the Woocommerce plugin for stores
- Comes packaged with Layer slider and Revolution slider plugins
- Comes packaged with Visual Composer for ease of use
- Comes packaged with Essential Grid and more…
What are other users saying about Highend?
See, I’m not the only one who thinks Highend is awesome! 😛
You can read more reviews and check out the full list of features for yourself here.
Thank you for being here
P.S. Just a note about Optimizepress. While it does have an annual fee these days, it’s not expensive and it gives you license to use it on multiple sites which Highend doesn’t ($49 = 1 site). It’s also very suited to internet marketing (it was specifically designed for internet marketers), and even if you want to use another theme, you can incorporate the Optimizepress plugin which allows you many of the features that other themes just don’t have. That’s something to think about… You can check it out here.
P.S.S. It appears now that Highend do allow for multiple uses of a single copy. So buy one copy and use it on multiple sites! I’m not sure when this changed, but that makes it an even better deal. Find it here.