10 of the Best Free Mobile Responsive WordPress Themes

Your WordPress Site Will Look Amazing, and It Won't Cost You a Dime!

WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world, and because it's open source, developers and users have the limitless freedom to make their self-hosted sites look and function any way they want. And it's just as easy as finding an amazing theme, downloading it and installing it.

All of the most recently developed and updated WordPress themes are optimized to be viewed on a mobile device, many of which make use of mobile responsive design — meaning that their layouts flexibly expand and retract to look great on any screen from almost any device. Whether you're looking at a responsive WordPress website from a smartphone, a laptop, a desktop monitor or a tablet computer, its design is guaranteed to always look good.

If you think that only the best mobile responsive WordPress themes have to be bought for a premium price, the following list will prove you wrong. While you may decide to invest a bit of money to get something more powerful and specific to your needs, there are lots of incredible themes that you can download and set up on your own site for free.

Here are just 10 of the best to consider checking out. (Please note that these themes are for self-hosted WordPress.org websites, not free ones hosted on WordPress.com.)

1
Zerif Lite

Zerif Lite WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Zerif Lite WordPress Theme

Zerif Lite is used by over 100,000 WordPress users, but that doesn't mean you can't make it your own. It's the perfect one-page theme for a business website and includes beautifully smooth, eye-catching animations as you scroll down.

When viewed from a mobile device, the menu at the top is replaced by a menu bottom where the items are compressed into a collapsable menu.

2
Sydney

Sydney WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Sydney WordPress Theme

Didn't think you could get such amazing parallax scrolling effects with a free theme, did you? Well, think again! The Sydney theme is perfect for businesses and freelancers looking to create a professional website, blog or portfolio of work.

You can upload your logo, customize the layout colors, take advantage of Google Fonts, use a full-screen slider, use sticky navigation and so much more. And it all responds to whichever type of device it's being viewed on.

3
Sparkling

Sparkling WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Sparkling WordPress Theme

If you're looking for something with less of a web agency look and more of a tradition blog look with a sidebar and everything, then Sparkling may be a good choice.

It's a clean and minimal theme that comes with a wide range of customizable features including a full-screen slider, social icons, colors, fonts, a popular post widget, an author bio box and more. It's completely responsive too, so you can bet that it will look great on tablets and smartphone devices.

4
ColorMag

ColorMag WordPress Theme
Screenshot of ColorMag WordPress Theme

It's not always easy to pick a theme for a news site or blog that doesn't look overly cluttered and messy, but ColorMag is one of those rare, free themes with a magazine-style layout that's actually very pleasant to look at. There's a lot of emphasis on images, and you still have spots to put advertising banners without totally overwhelming visitors.

You have a lot of customization options with this theme, and every section retracts nicely for smaller screens in a way that flows nicely and still easy to browse.

5
Spacious

Spacious WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Spacious WordPress Theme

For those who are looking for a powerful theme that they can really make their own, Spacious may just be the multipurpose theme worth trying out.

This incredible theme has four different page type layouts, two-page templates, four blog display types, 13 different areas to put widgets, 5 custom business widgets, a beautiful slider feature, dark and light skin choices, color customization and so much more. It's hard to believe that this one is free.

6
Customizr

Customizr WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Customizr WordPress Theme

Do you want customizable features? You got it! Customizr has been built to be as easy to use as possible without taking anything away from versatility.

As one of the most used free WordPress themes with a perfect five-star rating from hundreds of users, this theme won't let you down — especially when you look at it from a mobile device. It's also ideal to use alongside WooCommerce (an extremely popular e-commerce solution), making it a perfect theme choice for business owners selling their own products and services.

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Virtue

Virtue WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Virtue WordPress Theme

A lot of the themes mentioned in this list really emphasize visuals, but none of them do it like the Virtue theme. It's another highly versatile theme that can be used along with WooCommerce to sell products, to show off portfolio work such as photography, to write blog posts and so much more.

The theme comes with its own features panel you can access the WordPress dashboard where you can customize and tweak the look of your layout and all the available features to make it look exactly how you want.

8
GeneratePress

GeneratePress WordPress Theme
Screenshot of GeneratePress WordPress Theme

So you want your WordPress website to look amazing, but you also want it to be lightning fast and easy to use from a visitor's perspective. The GeneratePress theme delivers in all these areas and more.

It's a complete business theme that works great with powerful plugins like WooCommerce, BuddyPress, and others — plus it's also designed to be search engine friendly so you rank well in Google. And just like every other free theme on this list, it looks amazing on mobile.

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Responsive

Responsive WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Responsive WordPress Theme

How about a theme name like Responsive to consider for your mobile responsive WordPress theme? Don't be fooled by its simple layout — this theme packs nine-page templates, 11 widgetized areas, six template layouts and four menu positions into its customization options.

It's versatile enough to be used for a business site and simple enough for a personal site. Also compatible with WooCommerce, the entire layout is fluid and instantly adapts to the screen from which it's being viewed. 

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Evolve

Evolve WordPress Theme
Screenshot of Evolve WordPress Theme

Lastly, Evolve is another extremely versatile, multipurpose free WordPress theme with a clean and modern layout that comes with over a hundred customizable theme options. It even comes with a built-in contact form and three different blog layouts.

If you really want to impress your visitors, be sure to take advantage of the amazing parallax slider and other animated effects that move captions and images around the page in a slick and engaging way. You'll have to download and install this one just to get a glimpse at all the ways you can customize it. And of course, it's always ready to view and be used from any device.