As you see from the title of this article, today we will discuss the Parallax scrolling effect in general, and WordPress websites and themes with the described effect in particular. We hope you like Parallax just as we do. It’s safe to say that Parallax scrolling is a trend nowadays. Have you ever considered why it became so popular?
It’s quite interesting that Parallax scrolling was initially created for early video games. Developers wanted gamers to become immersed in the 2D environments, but, at the same time wanted to create the illusion of depth. They used a special computer graphics technique, where background images moved slower than the foreground ones. This method is still in use, by the way.
As time passed, smart web designers, inspired by the successful experience of game developers, started to adopt Parallax scrolling in their websites and here the magic began. Their projects acquired depth and perspective, thus making them more realistic and impressive.
A good feature about Parallax scrolling is that it can be used for almost all website categories where aesthetic appeal is of utmost importance (Photo portfolios, Cooking websites, CV and many other business projects). It’s not a secret that today designers strive to create not just user interfaces, but a better user experience. From this perspective, Parallax is very helpful as it captures attention, engages the visitor and doesn’t let them abandon your website too soon.
However, words still only stay words unless they are bolstered with solid arguments. For that reason we’ve cooked up something really tasty for you. Below you will see 10 incredible live WordPress Websites, 10 paid and 10 free WordPress Themes with cool Parallax scroll. They are aimed at demonstrating the whole power of Parallax visually and spark your creativity, which is also very important. Designers should look at beautiful things like these in order not to run out of inspiration, or maybe even use them in their work, adding their personal touch to what they have seen.
Are you ready to start? Then, let’s have a look at the most beautiful WordPress websites with Parallax scrolling first of all.
WordPress websites with Parallax scrolling
Big Eye Deers
The Cooking Academy
La pierre qui tourne
Pen and Quill
Are you salivating over the websites you’ve just seen? The good news is that you, yourself, can create web pages that are similar or even better. Developers who appreciate their time and effort know that quite well and skillfully use this life hack. (We mean WordPress themes now). Are you one of them? To tell you the truth, there are 2 options when it comes to using WP themes. You can either buy them or download themes available for free. Sure, both options have their pros and cons, which is why the choice is always up to you. We just want to offer up samples of both options. It goes without saying that all themes were handpicked from websites developed by reputable providers like TemplateMonster,Dessign, ThemeTrust and others. Besides, each premium and free theme comes with a short description, which, hopefully, will help.
Premium WordPress themes with parallax effect:
This theme boasts not only Parallax, but also HTML plus JS animation and Lazy Load effects. Viewing it can hardly be considered boring, especially taking into account that it displays perfectly on any modern gadget screen.
Full screen video looks very impressive, doesn’t it? Please note that the main menu has a lowered position, but it sticks to the top of the page as you start scrolling. CV owner’s skills are presented in the form of diagrams, which is visual and rather creative. The Portfolio section has tabbed navigation and the author’s works respond to visitors’ actions, adding interest to their browsing.
Notwithstanding the fact that this website template has been built for serious business, it is, nevertheless, very attractive. The theme is enhanced with Bootstrap functionality, Cherry framework features and is WPML ready. Audio player and video integration is also possible, which lets you tell more about your company and its services.
Parallax effect is ideal for an architectural bureau presentation. It looks as though you can walk through the premises yourself. The feeling is incredible, try it out!
The theme is great for any design agency or photography site. It has a clean and minimal design, which makes it in line with current trends. The template is mobile-friendly, so you don’t need to worry about its rendering on screens other than desktops.
Live Demo: http://www.dessign.net/parallaxtheme/
Here is a stylish theme for an agency portfolio. It has multiple enjoyable Parallax sections on the home page revealing different photos. The hidden menu slides out when clicked.
Live Demo: http://themetrust.com/demos/port/
Baylie is a multipurpose theme for those who are not afraid to be outstanding. We are sure that its full screen Parallax slideshow, with its big and spectacular images, will make a deep impression on the viewer.
Live Demo: http://themetrust.com/demos/baylie/
I Am One PRO
This is a multipurpose one-page WordPress theme with loads of features and elements. It comes with default Parallax Slider able to hold up to 10 slides. Multiple shortcodes and icons, that are in this theme’s package, make its customization child’s play.
Live Demo: http://sktthemesdemo.net/iamonepro/
Café Pro was created for a restaurant business, but can be customized for any other purpose you need. It looks good and captures attention. You can include all the relevant info like contacts, address, hours of operation and so on with the help of simple widgets.
The black and white color scheme makes the visitors believe every word on this site. Actually, this theme tells a story, which is interesting to follow. Content is divided into clearly connected parts. This imparts to the theme a sense of narrative and gently leads visitors to your call-to-action.
And now, the last part of our blog post – Free Parallax scrolling WordPress themes, just as we promised you at the very beginning.
This theme is not only beautiful but really feature-rich. Here is a short list of them: fully responsive, advance theme option panel, featured slider, advance post settings, services/team/blog/portfolio/testimonial layout, Google map integration, custom logo/fav icon, call to action, CSS animation, SEO friendly, translation ready, RTL support, custom CSS/JS and more.
SKT Parallax Me is a beautifully designed WP one-pager. Its nice Parallax slider is able to enclose up to 10 sections on a single page. You may add custom menu navigation as well as drop down menus if you wish. This theme fits corporate, business sites, photo bloggers, portfolio, freelancers and personal sites best.
Live Demo: http://sktthemesdemo.net/skt-parallax-me/
Dellow is a minimal responsive theme possessing plenty of premium features. They include Parallax Header, Numbered page navigation, Responsive Slider, Customizable Header & Footer, 4 Page Layouts, Custom Widgets & User Friendly Time Display. The theme also has a great theme options panel, which lets you modify your site easily.
Live Demo: http://demo.inkhive.com/dellow/
If you are a blogger, this theme can be a perfect starting point. Choose this clean, beautiful, responsive two-column theme and save your money.
Live Demo: http://andersnoren.se/themes/hemingway/
This theme comes with standard page templates as well as some sample content and layouts, so that you will have your site up and running in no time. Every detail can be changed via the native WordPress theme customizer. Custom CSS panel is also included.
Live Demo: http://modernthemes.net/demo/?theme=BLDR
Zerif is a free responsive one page WP theme suitable for creative agencies. If you have enough HTML/PHP knowledge, editing it won’t be a problem. It is cross-browser compatible. Even if you are not an experienced developer, Theme Options Panel lets you update default website settings like logo, social links, colors, and layout. Besides, the theme is localized, so it won’t be an issue to translate your text without any modifications to the source code.
Moesia is a universal theme for any kind of business. You can choose from eleven predefined blocks to build a unique homepage that best suits your company. Please note that each of the homepage blocks can have a Parallax background image and its own set of colors. The theme also features a set of Google Fonts, two types of layouts for the blog page, cool animations and effects, a Parallax header and much more.
Live Demo: http://demo.athemes.com/moesia/
This modern theme is suitable for many types of businesses and individuals who want to establish a strong online presence. The template’s features include a Parallax header, a selection of Google Fonts, custom colors, pre-made widgets for front-page building and more.
Live Demo: http://demo.athemes.com/intro/
Here you see a fully responsive WordPress theme. It can be used for hotel, restaurant, cooking, or café websites. With Foodeez you will be able to amaze your visitors, displaying your recipes, culinary skills and delicious food. It has full screen background image with floating navigation. The Parallax section will give your customers a feeling of immersion, showing off your cuisines or accommodations. The theme has a booking form, which is very convenient.
Pro Version: https://sketchthemes.com/members/aff/go/shilpa
This is a one-page responsive business theme based on HTML5/CSS3. All the required information is displayed on a single page. It is ordered and well-structured, which makes it easy to read. The basic sections have already been built for you. However, you can easily add an unlimited quantity of sections via the extensive admin panel. Want to make more adjustments? Multiple options like changing background, Parallax scrolling background, video background, Font Awesome Icons, uploading logo and favicon, adding custom CSS and so on are available for that purpose.
Live Demo: http://www.mageewp.com/demo/?theme=onetone
Hopefully you found this blog post somewhat inspiring. If so, please let us know, leaving your comments in the comment section below. Do you use Parallax scroll in your designs? Do you agree that it adds life to your projects? Which themes (free or paid) do you prefer to use in your work and why? Did you choose anything from our list?
We wish you the best of luck in everything you do.