The past 12 months have seen a a huge number of designers embracing a flat design for their apps and wordpress theme designs. It is debatable how much Apple (ios7) and Microsoft (Windows 8) started this trend or merely followed it. Apple were getting an increasing amount of flak from designers for their outdated skeuomorphism with its semi realistic textures, shadow effects, reflections and bevelled edges.
Many theme designers have produced some stunning flat wordpress designs in the last few months and if you are designing for clients or just want something for your own site, moving to a flat responsive design will be sure to impress. For now at least, the designs below look fresh, attractive and intuitive to navigate. The user experience has been prioritised in all the designs below and we will showcase designs across a range of categories that will be suitable for corporate, blog, creative and eCommerce wordpress sites. So lets gets started – below are the best wordpress themes of 2013 with a flat design.
Flathe clean contemporary wp template by Mojo Themes which is flexible enough to suit corporate, blog, portflio or product focused websites. It has several page templates including 3 portfolio layouts and a range of shortcodes come bundled with it.
Cuber is a slick and professional flat theme that would be great for a portfolio or business sites. It looks great on tablets and cell phones and the multiple layout options provide plenty of flexibility in the design (it has 5 blog layouts, 5 portfolio layouts and 3 home page layouts). There are also cool CSS3 animations that will be sure to impress. It was released in October 2013.
This flat responsive news theme with tiled block homepage was designed and coded by 2WinFactor and would suit a variety of online publishers. The integrated review feature with multiple styles is something many themes don’t have and will be a major factor why many may chose it. It also comes with load of great inbuilt functions and layouts for displaying videos, slides and images.
Asobar is a one page wordpress theme for creative, blog related or business sites. It can also changed from a one page site to multi pages. It has its own page builder, or Drag n Drop Content manager as they like to call it, making editing the layout very easy. It has light weight parallax for each page, post and portfolio. The navigation bar is centralized which will make it relatively unique but may put some people off it.
Dimple wordpress theme is a fantastic template for small to medium size creative businesses and freelancers who want to showcase images on a flexible, retina ready responsive theme. It has 8 visualkicks plugins integrated and a ton of options to change the layout, colours, typography and icons of the theme. The home page panels feature makes is really simple to amend the layout of your homescreen and the responsive grid they have used means it looks amazing on an ipad. This theme is definitely recommended if you have high quality images to show off.
Kumaon is a flat retina ready template create by Templatestock. It was developed using Twitter’s Bootstrap framework (version 2.3.2). It has 15 page layouts available, integration with google maps api, over 300 hi res icons, google fonts and clean code. It is also enabled for quick language translation and has thought about SEO factors when designing on page elements.
A responsive design (480px & 1070px breakpoints) with retina ready graphic elements, this theme is very easy on the eye. It has 2 home page layouts, ajax pagination to speed up load time and google maps integration. Shortcodes are also available. It is not jam packed with as many features as many of the other themes we list are but it does offer all that it needed for a design focused website that will look great on mobile devices.
The main selling points of this wordpress template are its flat responsive design and drag and drop page builder. It includes 14 powerful widgets, good shortcodes, an integrated slider (Revolution), a filtered portfolio with Istobue and many theme options to change the look and layout of your website (i.e. colour, typography, sidebars, portfolio layout etc). A demo xml file is included if you want to get the same look as the demo site.
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