Parallax as a design trend seems to be here to stay. It began to appear in WordPress theme designs in 2012 and has only gotten more popular as the years have passed. Sure, in some instances it can feel gimmicky, but many designers are learning how to use the effect in minimal, elegant ways that add a lot of pleasing depth to the average page. This small collection of parallax WordPress themes represents some of the best and most popular of their kind in the whole WordPress marketplace. Enjoy!
The only free theme on this list is Hemingway by solo theme author Anders Noren. I’ve included it here because of its beautiful design and regular updates. While I have nothing against free themes, I typically don’t endorse them because it’s likely that at some point in the future the author may decide to stop updating it, seeing as there are no customers they “owe” anything to. Which is fair, but it means those who are using it are stuck with a theme that must be switched out before bugs begin to develop and their site becomes exposed to incompatibilities and hacks. But in the case of Hemingway, I found it to be incredibly well designed and the author has a track record of other great work. Highly recommended for the simple blogger who wants a simple parallax theme.
Hypnos is a great looking one-page parallax theme with more than 15+ pre-built home page layouts. It comes with premium plugins bundled well over $100 and considering that this theme costs $49 I think it makes it a bargain. For starters, it provides easy 1 click demo import wizard. Hypnos also provides options for color and font customizations so you can easily match your brand with the website.
I can’t stress how important nowadays is SEO. Without it, your potential clients will not find you considering the huge competition online. But Hypnos theme gives you an advantage over your competitors in search engine rankings due to its SEO friendly design.
Plus their support is amazing, Hypnos author claims to respond within 2 business hours which is amazing. Take a look yourself, maybe you will like it as much as I do.
This theme is clean and stylish parallax theme. It is a multi-purpose theme with more than 200 theme options available which means it can be used for almost anything as the features to do it are there. It can be used starting from a personal blog to large corporations. You can change every color and choose from more than 600+ Google fonts in Corpus theme so it won’t be hard to match your brand colors. It can be hard to manage some WordPress themes, especially multi-purpose ones because they don’t offer compatibility with page builders, it’s not the case with Corpus. It’s not only compatible with Visual Composer page builder but bundled, so you will save $34 on it.
Corpus is well coded and valid so you can be sure your website will rank good as Google and other search engines will appreciate it.
If you ever get stuck with this theme you can get premium support from Corpus theme developers.
Tower developers claim to have developed world’s most advanced theme. It truly is powerful WordPress multipurpose Parallax theme, you might not believe, but it has more than 2000 theme options. It is well coded and lightweight, everything is optional, you don’t have to use all the modules it offers. Tower comes with various skins and you can take advantage of WooCommerce and build an online store. If you are just starting, you will be happy about its SEO friendly code. Nowadays it is especially crucial, competition is constantly rising. You will appreciate its parallax and video background along the eye-catching animations of all the elements on you website. I think this is one of the best WordPress parallax solutions you can probably find.
Tower comes packed with Visual Composer (value $34), Slider Revolution (value $19) and Layerslider (value $18).
EPIC is fully responsive WordPress theme. You can use it for almost any type of creative or business website. I think you will agree that its design is refreshing and your visitors will love it too. You will catch your potential customer eye with its video backgrounds. Its modular design will ensure that you have full control over the layout. Moreover, it’s bundled with Visual Composer which makes adding and managing your content especially easy. Your brand logo and top menu will always be visible due to its sticky menu. SEO optimized code also is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.
An excellent multipurpose WordPress parallax theme. You will love its multifunctional headers which you can assign not only to the top of the page but also to the sides or footer. Blade doesn’t just support WooCommerce plugin, it takes it to the next level. You can build your own online store in minutes thanks to its 1 click demo data import tool which makes it especially pleasing. Portfolio layouts will impress you and they make your work look professional. Bundled with more than 650 Google Fonts allows you to adjust you content as you wish. Its excellent responsive design allows you to fully customize the font sizes for any mobile device.
Visual Composer (value $34) and Slider Revolution (value $19) is included with the purchase of Blade theme.
OneUp is a clean theme with a great customization possabilities that allow you to build a website in an instant. What is interesting that this theme is compatible even with WordPress 3.5 which came out in 2012. Not that I suggest you to use such an old WordPress version but in case you have to use it for some reason you can be sure OneUp will work on it.
OneUp is fully responsive which means it adjusts on different screen sizes to ensure best user experience. It also supports retina ready displays which are ultra high resolution screens and requires specially prepared graphics.
OneUp will be great for business and corporate sites as well as e-shops because of its WooCommerce support. With it you can setup online store in minutes, plus the setup process is made extremely easy thanks to its demo content import wizard.
Zephyr theme is inspired by material design, latest Google design trend (you can read more about it here). It has won Envato’s Most Wanted Material Design contest. Its design is fluid and it works perfectly on all modern browsers and mobile devices. Because of its Retina Ready design it will also look great on high resolution screens. With its 1-click demo import tool will make sure you don ‘t have to worry about the set up. Just click on the button and you will receive the same look which can be seen on demo website. It contains language files for easier translation and is compatible with WPML plugin which can turn your website into multilingual one. Zephyr theme is built with SEO in mind to provide the best rankings on search engines.
Other features include: parallax effect backgrounds, advanced font options, special admin area, easy automated updates, custom CSS editor, and much more…
It comes bundled with Slider Revolution ($19 value) and Visual Composer (value $34).
Roadie theme is great looking professional WordPress one-page parallax theme. Anyone who is looking for music theme will appreciate this it. It comes with a music playlist, releases and events modules. Video module will be a great way to show your music videos. Its e-commerce readiness will make it easy for you to set up an online shop. Video background will be the first thing users will see when they will open this theme and the video from its demo website looks spectacular! Image how it will look like with your band in the spotlight.
Acid is a horizontal WordPress parallax theme. It is fully responsive which means it will look great on any kind of mobile device. There isn’t a lot of horizontal WordPress parallax themes out there, so I think this is a must have in this list. With Acid theme, you will have complete control over your one-page layout. Each page comes with its own unique colors and the width of it are controlled from the dashboard. It features two portfolio layouts, unlimited background patterns, over 300 font icons and an awesome post-to-post navigation. As I said, you will not find a lot of these kind of themes, so this one definitely deserves your attention.
This is a truly stunning, professionally designed and responsive WordPress restaurant theme. It is a perfect choice for bakeries, bars or coffee shops. It doesn’t just look like a restaurant theme, it actually has the functionality to live up to that. Built-in product menus, OpenTable reservation system, e-commerce functionality for your cupcakes, live customizer for easier page building, powerful options panel, and translation ready are just a few of the features it comes with. For full control it comes with all the PSD files included.
Impreza is fully customizable and fully responsive WordPress parallax theme. Take the ready made tools and add your imagination to create a great website quickly and easily. With its built-in drag and drop page builder it can be done over the weekend. Visual Composer is used in a lot of themes and that is for a reason, it is the best page builder out there at the moment. WooCommerce support for this theme means you can set up a store in minutes. No need to mess around with the style, Impreza will apply all the required styles automatically based on your layout. SEO optimized code will help you to be found on search engines easily.
Jarvis theme has been around for some time, it was first released in 2013, but it still looks great and its developer regularly releases new updates. It is multipurpose one page parallax WordPress theme. It will be perfect for corporate, agency, nonprofit, freelancer or general business. Jarvis enables you to add parallax section to any part of the page. 12 home page variations with the advanced styling customization features will help you to create a stunning website.
One thing that a lot of themes lacks these days is a good documentation, that is not the case with Jarvis. Plus you can submit your queries at their help desk if you run into any issues.
Aside from having the most jargon heavy theme name I’ve ever come across Parasponsive is a nice and feature rich parallax WordPress theme. Some of its key features include a fully responsive and retina ready design, Bootstrap framework, powerful admin panel, parallax layer slider, 640+ Google fonts, homepage layout builder, tons of shortcodes, and more. With this theme you can easily turn your website into an online store. It also has 3 languages included (German, French and Italian) plus it works great with WPML.
One of the most powerful and versatile themes in the WordPress marketplace right now is Divi. It’s smart, flexible, and oh so well designed. It comes with a seemingly endless amount of useful features: the drag and drop page builder, pre-made layouts for almost any page type imaginable, responsive design, side menu, top menu, unlimited colors, parallax effects, full width video backgrounds, full width image backgrounds and so much more.
Team behind Divi theme takes security seriously, which is why they have partnered with Sucuri.net. They claim that Sucuri found zero issues with the theme.
Built as a child theme of the Genesis framework, Parallax Pro is a solid theme. It’s design is simple, effective, and gorgeous. It has five color options, custom backgrounds, custom header, footer widgets, HTML5 markup, a landing page template, is mobile responsive, parallax scrolling (obviously), and all of the Genesis theme options you’ve come to expect.
Port is a minimally stylish theme by ThemeTrust for use by creative agencies. It comes with a responsive layout, slideshow shortcode, theme options, custom widgets, testimonials, multiple page templates, video support, and more. Port developers have included nice parallax scrolling effect and have it done so well that it works smooth on any browser. Its filterable portfolio will make sure your work is represented nicely. Port comes packed with a great looking slide-out menu.
The Parallax theme by Themify combines two WordPress theme trends–parallax scrolling and sinlge-page design–to appealing results. It works for freelancers and creative teams alike as a representation of their work and business. It delivers portfolios, highlight posts, team members, and more all through custom post types. You can choose between list and grid layouts for blog posts. All of which is experienced in one long infinite scroll.
If you haven’t already noticed, one page design and parallax scrolling go hand in hand. Zoo is another example of a beautiful, single page design that uses parallax scrolling to great effect. Aimed at creative freelancers and/or creative studios, some of its key features include: an animation generator, parallax effect for any element, full screen portfolio, advanced theme options, unique parallax slider, tabbed page sections, shortcode generator, and a lot more.
The Eight Degree, one page, responsive, parallax WordPress theme is both simple and powerful. It’s a good theme for individuals, artists, businesses, and creative agencies. With this theme you can parallax almost any element on the site using its animation generator. This theme is translation and multilingual ready, waiting for you to turn your website into a global success. It comes with included Revolution Slider (value $19).
While it’s a great theme, you have to keep in mind that at the moment its last update was released on 28 October 14.
Make is another single-page, parallax theme that can be used for just about any type of website; whether you’re a non-profit, freelancer, creative agency, or general business. It’s built on the bootstrap framework, comes with premium sliders, fullscreen image/video backgrounds, a shortcode generator, font awesome icons, excellent support and much more. It’s fully responsive so it will look nice on any mobile device. While it might look complex to work with, it really isn’t thanks to its great documentation and help videos.
The Montreal theme is unique and interactive. It’s a great theme option for individuals or creative agencies. It comes with six different portfolio versions, over fifteen page templates, a parallax homepage, custom backgrounds and much more. When I open it the first thing that catches my eye is its slider, it would work great for your product or service.
As you probably noticed, many of these themes are single page parallax themes aimed at creative agencies or freelancers who need a simple but beautiful portfolio site. However, there are a few themes in this list that deviate from that mold and in many ways I find them the most interesting. For one, our first theme Hemingway (which is free) is just for blogging. Something I love to see still developed for WordPress. A simple yet beautiful blogging them! Who would have thought, right? The next is Divi. Divi is an extremely powerful theme that can be used for much more than any one type of WordPress site. With its drag and drop page builder and modular page elements, it literally becomes any type of website you want it to be. Very highly recommended.
But that’s just my take on these themes. We’d like to hear from you. Have you tried any of these? Do you have others along the same lines that you’ve enjoyed? Or perhaps that you’d like to warn the community against? Whatever your story, we want to hear it in the comments below.
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