Responsive Themes: Oxygen and Confit
Yesterday, we highlighted two themes, Ever After and Sight. Today, we continue with our responsive theme showcase with two more beautiful themes designed to make sites look their best on any screen, from a desktop computer to devices like an iPad and iPhone.
BeatRoute Magazine, an arts and entertainment monthly in Calgary, Alberta, focuses on local and independent music. From features to album and show reviews, the site is chock-full of content, which is displayed effectively using Oxygen’s Showcase Page template. Musicians and bands are featured in sticky posts on a front page slider, as well as in smaller thumbnails. (You can also display posts in a traditional blog format, too.)
You can personalize Oxygen further with a custom background, header, and menus, as well as fonts and a custom link color. Even with all of these customized features, a site using Oxygen will look fantastic on screens of different sizes.
To see Oxygen in action on another site, visit the art and travel blog Satsumabug: Art & Life. Lisa Hsia brightens up her site with a colorful, whimsical custom header and a watercolor-inspired background to match.
At Scita > Scienda, Cathi-Lyn — a writer, music composer, and visual artist — muses on morality, spirituality, knowledge, and imagination in relation to everyday life, but also shares travel and photography. She uses the Confit theme, which was recently launched especially for restaurants and cafes.
But if you fancy Confit’s design, the theme works for a personal blog as well, as you can see with Cathi-Lyn’s site above. In addition to providing a responsive layout and looking fabulous on any device, Confit can be dressed up with a custom header, menu, and a gorgeous full-page background image (up to 1600px). We like the dreamy vintage map Cathi-Lyn uses, symbolic of wanderlust and big ideas. (We also like how Todd at Todd Pack’s Messy Desk takes advantage of the full-page background with a vintage typewriter image.)
If you like Confit, check out another blog, Studio Eats. From a “pocket-sized” kitchen in New York City, Jamie mixes recipes with posts on healthy living and workouts. Not only does Confit’s default background image look fresh and fitting on her pages, but Jamie’s custom font choices (Chunk and Ronnia Condensed) further personalize her site. (For more information on using custom fonts, check out our Custom Design upgrade.)
We’ve just highlighted themes that look their best on all screen sizes, including mobile devices. You can enable a mobile theme on your own site in your dashboard by going to Appearance » Mobile. Check “yes” next to “Enable mobile theme” and click “Update.”
And if you haven’t browsed WordPress on your mobile device, learn more about our apps:
Tomorrow, we’ll finish off our responsive theme showcase with two premium themes with responsive layouts.