11 of the Best Responsive WordPress Themes | SEJ – Search Engine Journal

WordPress is by far one of the most preferred CMS platforms on the web. Today we are going to take a look at some of the Best WordPress themes available.
WordPress is by far one of the most preferred CMS platforms on the web. And, with that popularity comes a plethora of WordPress specific themes designed to complement sites powered by WordPress. Unfortunately, while there is no limit to the number of ways you can design your website using WordPress themes, the sheer volume of available themes, both free and premium, can become plain overwhelming to even think about.
Before we get started I think it is important to note that it is near impossible to whittle this list down to the best of the best without someone, somewhere, saying that a particular theme was missed. I get it, there are tons of great WordPress themes out there. That’s why, to appease all types of website owners, from bloggers to retailers, creatives to minimalists, I tried to grab some of the top WordPress themes from a variety of categories.
So take it easy on me will you?!
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the highest quality WordPress themes available on the market today that are sure to blow your mind.
Clean, modern, flexible, and popular.  That’s how to describe the number one selling theme of all time. Avada is a fully responsive multipurpose theme suitable for hobby blogging or business. Though it comes with the ability to design anything you can think of, this theme is far from complex since the creators of this feature packed theme boast no coding skills are required. Customize with total freedom every element of your website with the advanced theme options panel – color schemes, sidebars, layout, typography, and more.
PRICE: $59 | Demo
Powered by Elegant Themes’ intelligent page builder, Divi Builder, this drag and drop theme is great for those who like to piece together their website for the ultimate design creation. Complete with predefined layouts, image modules that can pair with animations, and versatile layouts, Divi will support any type of website. Choose your color palette, integrate social media accounts, even enable SEO optimization if you don’t have your own dedicated SEO plugin.
PRICE: $89/Year Membership | Demo
Perfect for those looking to open up shop online, Storefront was designed by the very people who developed WooCommerce, so you know this theme is the real deal. It has a lightweight feel, multiple widget areas, and several layout and color options for personalizing your shop. Don’t let its initial plain feel fool you; this is just the beginning. Compatible with all WooCommerce extensions StoreFront lays the foundation. It’s up to you to build the house.
PRICE: Free | Demo
Whether you are a designer, small business owner, non-profit organization, or entrepreneur, AccessPress Parallax PRO has your website needs covered. Built with simplicity in mind, but maintaining an elegant design, this multipurpose theme provides users with an easy to use theme panel for even easier customization. Choose from multiple header layouts, enable advanced post settings, and add Google Maps with pinning ability so people know exactly where you are located and how to get in touch with you.
PRICE: $55 | Demo
For those with a news, newspaper, magazine, publishing, or review site, Newspaper is the solution for you. Supporting YouTube, a rating system for your readers to participate in, and Google Ads and AdSense, you will be well on your way to getting the breaking news delivered to your readers all while making money. Newspaper has an intuitive interface leaving you free to customize your site as you see fit, requires no coding knowledge, is mobile friendly, and comes packed with premium widgets at no extra cost to you for making your website more attractive than ever.
PRICE: $59 | Demo
Easy to navigate and full of whitespace, Karen is a simple theme for those who just want to write. Designed with bloggers in mind, Karen also offers a large featured image slider to add that pop of visual appeal to your website’s homepage. Use the Theme Customizer to customize every element and see it live as you click away.
PRICE: Free | Demo
This free one page WordPress theme is brought to you as a result of the popular premium theme Zerif. Great for web agencies, corporate businesses, and even personal portfolios, Zerif Lite is built on BootStrap with parallax support. Offering readers an impressive full-screen image upon clicking on your website, you are sure to grab some attention and spark some interest.
PRICE: Free | Demo
Suitable for most website types, Enfold has a clean and simple look and claims to be the most user-friendly theme on the market today. Readers will enjoy sticky navigation, structured layouts, Ajax Instant Search, and sprinkles of imagery. A unique content editor is used to customize columns, sliders, buttons, galleries, tabs, toggles, data tables, and so much more. There are also dozens of demos provided for kick starting your website into its perfect design.
PRICE: $59 | Demo
A unique theme ready for anything, Kleo has demo options for companies, foodie blogs, community websites, member profiles, landing pages, eCommerce shops, portfolios, educational sites, and a whole lot more. Enjoy up to five columns, full-width header, WhatsApp and LinkedIn sharing, and even log in and register shortcode forms. Add unlimited sidebars, customize your color scheme, and change fonts using the Live Theme Customizer that provides a faster preview than ever before.
PRICE: $64 | Demo
Another minimal blogging theme meant to let your content shine, Lightly does not disappoint for those seeking simple, clean, and modern design. Compatible with popular plugins such as Yoast SEO, Gravity Forms, and W3 Total Cache, your website will be full functioning without all of the excess bloat some multipurpose themes provide users.
PRICE: Free | Demo
Designed as a fully customizable theme for creatives, Salient provides users with an impressive icon collection, unlimited color options, advanced typography, and an easy to use theme panel. In addition to being for creatives, Salient can turn into an eCommerce shop for making sales, a portfolio for displaying your best work, a blog for sharing ideas, and even a one-page website for a quick display of what you have to offer visitors.
PRICE: $59 | Demo
The 12 best WordPress themes across a variety of categories. Whether you are seeking a free WordPress theme or are opting for a more robust premium one, this list is bound to have something that will work for you. This just goes to show picking a WordPress theme doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you simply take the advice of the experts – those buying these popular themes and using them in real life!
Have you used any of the above-mentioned themes for your website? Are you considering trying one that was new to you until today? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.
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Featured image: The Typical Female Magazine/
All screenshots by Dev Sharma. Taken May 2016.

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