Today’s advanced web technologies make it possible to create remarkable effects in the browser. While these effects can be gimmicky, when employed in the right way they can result in a distinctive and memorable website.
One fairly recent web design trend is parallax scrolling, which involves the background moving at a slower rate to the foreground, creating a 3D effect as you scroll down the page. It can sometimes be overwhelming, but when used sparingly it can provide a nice, subtle element of depth.
But to show how it should be done, we’ve collected together 10 Parallax WordPress themes that employ the technique to good effect. In some cases the parallax scrolling is the star of the show; in others it simply adds a touch of depth that makes the foreground seem to pop out a little. We hope you find this a useful source of inspiration for your next project, and if you come across any creative examples that we’ve not listed, we’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Coral Parallax is a free responsive theme with one-column or two-column layout, and full page header. The theme is optimized for SEO, and suitable e.g. for a small business site, portfolio gallery site or a blog.
A hand-crafted WordPress theme for corporate and business websites, Parallax Frame uses Parallax scrolling effects to enhance the user experience and increase your clientele. Simple, clean and fully responsive; the HTML5 and CSS3 codes used in building the theme make it a breeze to work with. Parallax Frame helps you create a website as unique as yourself, making you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
A simple & elegant, responsive One Page WordPress theme excellent for creatives, agencies and businesses!
HashOne – a powerful multipurpose WordPress Theme by HashThemes is packed with lots of features for creating a full packaged website that can be used by a business, restaurant, freelancers, photographers, bloggers, education firms, non-profit organization and creative agencies. The theme is fully responsive and mobile friendly and has lots of customization possibilities with various home page sections to showcase varieties of content. The theme can be used to set up a single page website with animated content that adds charm to the website with additional parallax effect. The theme is SEO friendly, Translation ready, Woo Commerce compatible and integrates seamlessly with almost all popular WordPress Plugins.
ShopIsle is the perfect free theme designed for your WooCommerce shop based on bootstrap. Due to its flexibility ShopIsle can also be used for a one page business site, it has a fullscreen image, parallax effect, it provides a responsive blog section, is eCommerce ready, WPML, Photo Gallery Grid,Contact Form 7,Meta Slider, SiteOrigin Page Builder, JetPack compatible and SEO friendly. It features a simple, minimal and elegant style which will work perfectly for a clothing, electronics and almost any kind of store.
Cannyon is an white, clean, elegant, modern, beautiful and creative freemium WordPress theme built with HTML5 and CSS3. The clean, modern design can be used for any type of website: business, corporate, portfolio, products, creative, arts, design, construction, transport, manufacturing, ecology, cosmetics, beauty, hygiene, sports, culture, presentations, food business, restaurants, drink, bar, pub, club, radio, tv, television, music, movies, live style, garden, cuisine, chemical, pharmaceutical, medicine, travel, sample blog, agriculture, science, politics and more others. Theme comes with nice flat design concept and responsive layout. This theme is suitable for all type of devices: desktop, notebook, iPhone, tablete and others. Responsive design and grid system is based on twitter bootstrap framework. Theme is developed by myThem.es and it comes with nice header parallax effect.
Incart Lite is a clean, responsive and multi-purpose woocommerce theme that suits best to any shopping, corporate, portfolio or business site. The parallax effect is beautifully captured to provoke your visitors to shop till they drop. Incart simply caters to all the modern needs of visitors as it features responsive bootstrap framework that enhances your site appearance across various devices. Featured Boxes allows you to highlight your key service or categories. This Translation and WooCommerce Plugin Ready theme also include persistent header and threaded comments.
Preus Is a High Quality Magazine theme for your WordPress Blog. It comes with Parallax Header, Responsive Layout, Custom Widget, Theme Options, Full Width Pages, 2 Navigation Menus. And the Best part, its built on top of Twitter Bootstrap 3.0, one of the best frameworks. Preus is fully translation ready, .pot file has been provided for you. It has been already Translated into Spanish, French, Italian & Portuguese.
Flexible header options with contrast color scheme, Metrolo is a flexible, responsive, clean, bold, modern and professional theme with parallax and one page design option. It is perfect for any kind of business, creative, corporate, photography, landing page, construction, travel, hotel, real estate, job board and portal, jewelry, local business, creative agency, ecommerce, architecture, event, gallery, restaurant, blog, wedding, university, school or portfolio websites and is really simple to configure yourself. The theme is SEO friendly, Cross browser compatible, fully translation ready and is compatible with WooCommerce, Jetpack, Contact Form 7 and all other major plugins.
Oblique is a creative masonry theme that works great for fashion or general bloggers. Amongst the features you will find a a parallax header image, full color control with unlimited color variations, easy access to all Google Fonts, responsive design etc.