20 Best Free Parallax WordPress Themes

WordPress Parallax themes are still the best choice for a business website or personal portfolios though they are not multipurpose. But why do people love parallax? If this question ever bothered you, you should definitely know more about parallax scrolling. This effect adds awesomeness to your website and catches the attention of visitors. Also, most of the parallax themes are one page themes which gives simplicity and extra awesomeness to websites. So, obviously when they like the design, they’ll stay for more time and learn more about you and your website. Isn’t that what you want?

So, today I would like to list out a few parallax WordPress themes which I picked from around the web to help you choose the best one.And the best thing is they are absolutely free. However, you should note that free themes can’t offer better customization and features like the premium themes. So, the following free themes have some limited features but the good thing is they are free.

Note: Parallax effects in free WordPress themes won’t be outstanding or eye-candy. For all free parallax WordPress themes the effect can be observed just in either header or background which look so simple.

One Engine

This is the best parallax theme I came across so far among the free ones. If I were to give rankings, I would definitely place it first. One Engine is from enginethemes who has a great collection of 11 best in class awesome WordPress themes. One Engine is ideal for a business services, freelance and directory websites and with its amazing responsive design it sits well on any kind of screen. Even the blog is given a parallax effect, I can’t explain any more, see its beauty for yourself in the demo.

One Engine WordPress Theme




Radiate is a simple blogging theme from themegrill. Though Radiate is said to be a parallax theme it just features a header parallax effect. Don’t get disappointed, even that single effect is enough to make your blog look awesome. Also, Radiate has an infinite scroll, custom background and WordPress gallery options.



Ample Parallax Theme

Ample is another multipurpose free parallax WordPress theme from the same developer themegrill. Ample is actually a new theme and comes with some great features though it’s a freebie. With Ample you can use custom logo as well as header text and you can choose from both boxed and full width layouts. I shouldn’t forget about the awesome slider you can have on homepage with unlimited slide support. Finally, I can conclude that Ample is surely a best parallax theme for business websites.

Ample WordPress Theme


TA Pluton

A modern one page parallax WordPress theme and has a feature rich portfolio to showcase your work. TA Pluton is developed by themeart who offer absolutely stunning free WordPress themes. Since TA Pluton is designed based on Twitter Bootstrap framework, it is responsive and shows a better performance on all kinds of devices. Also, this parallax theme is Search Optimized and is provided with a theme control panel for customization.

TA Pluton WordPress Theme




Starter though isn’t a pure parallax WordPress theme, it has some features of parallax i.e parallax background and its awesomeness. Themeum, one of the best WordPress responsive theme developers are offering Starter theme for free. Starter is a one page theme ideal for business services, individual developers, freelancers etc. The portfolio and carousel galleries add more goodness to Starter theme.

Starter WordPress Theme


Sydney Parallax Theme

If you need a simple yet feature rich efficient parallax WordPress theme, I suggest you Sydney. It’s designed by athemes where you can find some cool WordPress stuff absolutely for free. Sydney allows you to choose between static or a slider header and customizing blog options etc. The only drawback I found (I feel) is the not so good footer design.

Sydney WordPress Theme


TA Meghna

TA Meghna is the perfect competition to One Engine theme I talked about in the beginning and also to many premium themes. TA Meghna has got all the premium features and it’s given a liquid layout to adjust on mobile screens. Not a word more can come out to describe this awesome theme. I recommend the demo.



Zerif Lite

Zerif Lite is actually a free version of Zerif Pro but has equally worthy features and customization options. Also, Zerif is one of the most popular free WordPress themes. With its responsive design, cool effects and complete parallax scrolling, Zerif is a worthy free theme to consider. The footer and the header navigation is simple yet beautiful. It’s for sure one of the best among Free Themes with parallax effect.

Zerif WordPress Theme



Moesia is a one page business theme from athemes which lets you design your desired layout from 11 different predefined blocks. Each homepage block has its own parallax background and its own color. I am sure that Moesia with its cool effects can impress your visitors and drive more engagement. Don’t believe me, okay see the demo now.

Moesia WordPress Theme


Bootstrap Parallax

This theme uses the Twitter Bootstrap framework to deliver the beauty of parallax effect. Though Bootstrap Parallax was designed by Brag themes, the original credit goes to untame.net who provided the design and source code. The theme can’t impress you on first sight because it isn’t designed to impress. You”ll have to customize it to bring out the real parallax effect with your own backgrounds. Also, this not so impressive Bootstrap Parallax theme is Search Engine Optimized and responsive too.

Bootstrap Parallax WordPress Theme



Rider is a light weight and flexible parallax WordPress theme and a custom made WordPress theme for bikers (as sad by developer). But the truth is, any WordPress theme can be a multipurpose theme literally and that’s the beauty of WordPress. Rider features a header parallax effect, a dark theme and a grid blog. More options are added in the rider Pro which costs you $25 to upgrade.

Rider Free WordPress Theme



A simple and elegant WordPress theme which is mobile ready and responsive. Gateway is a free parallax theme from rescuethemes who has a limited portfolio of  awesome WordPress themes. Gateway has a beautiful i.e. the logo, title and site description overlays the header image and it looks simply great. Gateway can be used for personal blogs and small agencies to bring themselves online.

Gateway WordPress Theme



Modern Themes – Do you know what makes it famous? They have 12 free WordPress themes with premium features in all categories you can download for free. Even mythemeshop’s 14 free themes stand nowhere when compared to modern themes. Coming to Sensible, it’s a multipurpose theme ideal for businesses and agency portfolio websites and comes with many premium features like parallax, Search Optimization and lifetime free updates. Sensible has standard blog layout and will be an ideal parallax theme for your business. You can easily upgrade this parallax theme to Pro for just $15.

Sensible WordPress Theme



Optimizer is an advanced theme with great design and performance for both mobile and tablet screens. It’s from layerthemes and is available with more features as a premium theme for $49. But if you are just starting your online journey, you may try this free parallax theme with basic features like transparent header overlay of title and logo, awesome portfolio and optimized performance for fast loading to build your business website.

Optimizer WordPress Theme


Single Page

Single Page is a perfect example to show the beauty of parallax. You can create visually stunning websites with Single Page theme and the best thing is, it supports even video as header background. Other features including like sticky social icons tab, regular yet different blog layout and responsive design, revolution slider etc will make your website – visually the best.

Single Page WordPress Theme



One Page parallax WordPress theme with a slick design and performance. It feels easy for your visitors to navigate through your website both on bigger screens and mobiles. AccessPress features parallax effect throughout the layout unlike many free parallax themes where it’s limited to just the header part. If you need a damn good theme for your small agency or business portfolio, go check out AccessPress.

AccessPress Parallax Theme


That is all what I got till now. Unfortunately, I have to end this list with just 16 themes, because parallax themes have more demand and they are trending right now, no developer is ready to lose money by giving them for free of cost. But I know there are a few more free parallax WordPress themes somewhere around, I’LL surely find them and update the list. So, keep connected to IOThemes. Also, if I missed any best theme that you know please do let me know because I can’t wait to increase this list further.


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