Review of WordPress themes for 2013

There are many things to consider when selecting a WordPress theme. Some of them are obvious, such as if the look and feel of the design matches your industry. Others are not so obvious, such as the quality of the front end code that the theme generates. This review focuses strictly on the latter.

These are the factors we considered in the review which are relevant in 2013:

  • Responsive/mobile friendly
  • Load time performance for mobile and desktop
  • Valid HTML5 and CSS3

It is likely that you are considering other themes besides the ones reviewed here. If so, take the time to “look under the hook” as we did. If it’s a premium WordPress theme, you don’t even have to purchase it before reviewing it; you just need the demo. The only thing that is crucial is that you remove the frame that the demo is loaded in. Sometimes this is as easy as clicking the “x” to close the frame. Other times you might have to look in the source code for the URL of the pure demo.

WordPress theme review 2013

 


Pixel Press Theme:

PixelPress

Theme name:Pixel PressResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:86HTML5 errors:11
Mobile score:72CSS3 errors:199

White Light Theme:

Whitelight-Just-another-WooThemes-Demo-site

Theme name:White LightResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:59HTML5 errors:4
Mobile score:41CSS3 errors:95

Olya Theme:

Olya-Just-another-WooThemes-Demo-site

Theme name:OlyaResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:85HTML5 errors:60
Mobile score:68CSS3 errors:33

Scrollider Theme:

Scrollider-Just-another-WooThemes-Demo-site

Theme name:ScrolliderResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:80HTML5 errors:16
Mobile score:64CSS3 errors:61

Ellipsis Theme:

Ellipsis-Dynamic-development

Theme name:EllipsisResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:91HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:80CSS3 errors:45

Sintia Theme:

Sintia-Vamtam-theme

Theme name:SintiaResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:90HTML5 errors:1
Mobile score:85CSS3 errors:280

Super Skeleton Theme:

Super-Skeleton-Responsive-WordPress-Theme

Theme name:Super SkeletonResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:89HTML5 errors:Cannot recover after error
Mobile score:86CSS3 errors:64

Responsives Theme:

Responsives

Theme name:ResponsivesResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:89HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:77CSS3 errors:542

Smart Theme:

Smart-inspiring-innovations

Theme name:SmartResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:88HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:81CSS3 errors:62

Traject Theme:

Traject

Theme name:TrajectResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:85HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:80CSS3 errors:5

MyApp Theme:

MyApp-Wordpress-Theme-Just-another-WordPress-site

Theme name:MyAppResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:85HTML5 errors:3
Mobile score:75CSS3 errors:180

Gonzo Theme:

Gonzo-All-in-one-seo-pack-test-title

Theme name:GonzoResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:84HTML5 errors:12
Mobile score:74CSS3 errors:56

Smartio Theme:

Home

Theme name:SmartioResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:81HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:52CSS3 errors:2

Infringe Theme:

Infringe-Responsive-All-in-One-Business-Theme

Theme name:InfringeResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:79HTML5 errors:6
Mobile score:67CSS3 errors:82

Daisho Theme:

Daisho-WordPress-Theme-Home

Theme name:DaishoResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:78HTML5 errors:4
Mobile score:75CSS3 errors:46

 U-Design Theme:

U-Design

Theme name:U-DesignResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:77HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:76CSS3 errors:8

 Konzept Theme:

Konzept-Home

Theme name:KonzeptResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:76HTML5 errors:0
Mobile score:74CSS3 errors:43

 Avada Theme:

Avada

Theme name:AvadaResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:71HTML5 errors:16
Mobile score:68CSS3 errors:402

SmartStart Theme:

SmartStart

Theme name:SmartStartResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:64HTML5 errors:Document cannot be checked
Mobile score:56CSS3 errors:43

Pinword Theme:

Pinword-premium-WordPress-theme

Theme name:PinwordResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:62HTML5 errors:28
Mobile score:61CSS3 errors:4

Avenue Theme:

Avenue-WordPress-Magazine-Theme

Theme name:AvenueResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:59HTML5 errors:24
Mobile score:50CSS3 errors:9

The Agency Theme:

The-Agency-WordPress-Theme-Home

Theme name:The AgencyResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:59HTML5 errors:2
Mobile score:90CSS3 errors:17

City Desk Theme:

City-Desk-Just-another-Gabfire-Themes-Demos-site

Theme name:City DeskResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:83HTML5 errors:3
Mobile score:77CSS3 errors:1

WP-Clear Theme:

WP-Clear-Premium-Responsive-WordPress-Magazine-Theme

Theme name:WP-ClearResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:63HTML5 errors:6
Mobile score:21CSS3 errors:14

Opinions Theme:

Opinions-BuddyPress-Compatible-WordPress-Magazine-Theme

Theme name:OpinionsResponsive:Yes
Desktop score:71HTML5 errors:6
Mobile score:63CSS3 errors:63