30+ Grid-Style WordPress Themes – Show Off Your Creative Stuff!

August 15, 2013 · 17 comments

by Lars

Using grids in web design to layout elements have become a very popular design approch. Grid layouts can be used more or less everywhere, however, they are  in particular powerful to support certain magazine and portfolio style designs.

While grids can be coded from ground up many use CSS grid frameworks or simply pick a grid style WordPress theme. The grid layouts offered by these themes are typically available as page templates. Recently the responsive design trend has turned everything in the web design industry around. Everyone taking the rapidly growing number of mobile surfers serious should consider making their websites responsive. This however calls for responsive grids and tools to support the design process.

I believe WordPress is one of the best platforms to build websites right now due to its endless supply of awesome themes and plugins. To help you create a great looking and grid supported website I have collected some of the best grid-style WordPress themes I have been able to find. Please note that I come back to this article quite often and refresh it with new themes.


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Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.

Rule – Retina Responsive WordPress Theme – DETAILS

rule-theme

Rule is a responsive grid style magazine theme for WordPress with an elegant dark transparent design. The theme is quite flexible and you will find 8 custom widgets, 8 widgetized areas, 5 post formats (image, audio, video, gallery, standard) and 6 Home page layouts in the package. Rule makes use of the popular Bootstrap framework and it means the responsive capabilities are great.

Uber WordPress Theme – DETAILS

uber-theme

Uber is a clean and minimal portfolio grid template that will be suitable for freelance designers, photographers and creative agancies. The theme is responsive and provides a professional presentation for mobile visitors. Uber includes useful shortcodes, page templates, a portfolio section with animated filtering.

Surreal – One Page Parallax WordPress Theme – DETAILS

surreal

Surreal is a dark and elegant portfolio style theme with a one page design. The theme is suitable for creative use and online portfolios. Surreal features optional one page structure with cool parallax effect on background images. The portfolio design is made up of a great looking masonry grid style.

Origin Grid Layout WordPress Theme – DETAILS

origin is a unique wordpress theme that uses images to tell you a story

Origin from ElegantThemes is a classic image grid theme. The layout makes use of a fixed sidebar to the right where the navigation is found. It is also possible to use this sidebar for any WordPress widget you may have. The Origin theme is responsive and looks great on mobile devices. The image grid makes use of cool mouse over effects. On the blog pages and there is a unique design with a large image in the header. It looks great and makes the site stand out. With Origin you get plenty of page templates and shortcodes to make your site unique and to your needs!

BlogFolio – DETIALS

blogfolio

BlogFolio is a WordPress theme with a clean grid or list view layout option for home, blog, and portfolio page. The theme includes a page builder, welcome message on the home page, feature box on home page to display either featured posts or custom images, footer widgets, 4 skins and much more.

Delice – Clean Responsive WordPress Theme – DETAILS

delice

Delice is a light and creative masonry grid WordPress theme with a responsive layout. The homepage have 3 styles to choose from and the theme comes with useful shortcodes, custom widgets, post formats, page templates, a contact form, and more.

Black Photographer Portfolio – DETAILS

Black-Photographer-Portfolio

Black Photographer Portfolio is a dark and elegant grid WordPress theme with a design that fits well for photographers and other creative professionals. The the can be used to set up an online showroom and offers a professional presentation of visual content. The theme is responsive and make use of the Cherry framework.

Quickly – Handcrafted WordPress Theme – DETAILS

quickly

Quickly is a grid based theme for WordPress with focus on user-experience, usability, and beautiful typography. The theme includes with four color schemes, an optional homepage sidebar, custom post formats, two predefined grid modes, custom widgets and more.

Gazette – WordPress Magazine Theme – DETAILS

gazette-wordpress-magazine-theme

Gazette is a magazine theme for WordPress that make of grid listings of posts in a really cool way. The theme is fully responsive and adapt well to all kinds of devices. The custom made post slider seen at the top of the preview is really cool and innovative. Gazette includes 5 custom widgets and a clean and elegant design.

Zenith – DETAILS

zenith-ultimate-portfolio-theme

Zenith is a portfolio theme with great options for grid creating grid listings of your work and projects. The theme includes a plethora of features such as the responsive revolution Slider, management of multiple contact forms, unlimited colors, 530+ icons, support for creating galleries, custom widgets etc.

SideWinder for WordPress – Dynamic Grid Portfolio – DETAILS

sidewinder is a cool premium wordpress theme used to create a portfolio/photography site

Another cool, premium, responsive wordpress theme driven by the dynamic vGrid plugin. The theme comes with an elite control panel with skin selector and CSS injection, 8 custom page templates, 10cufon fonts, plugin friendly, widgetized sidebars and many more!

CODANGY – DETAILS

godancy

Godancy is a cool responsive masonry grid style theme for WordPress that is perfect for setting op a creative blog website. The theme includes more then 50 shorcodes, custom widgets, and much more.

Photo Grid Responsive Theme – DETAILS

photogrid

Photo Grid Theme is a responsive grid theme for WordPress. It is mobile and tablet ready and great for pushing your creative work to the web. The theme offers a grid like design that is perfect for any creative agency to showcase their portfolio.

Chancë – Responsive WordPress Theme – DETAILS

chance

Chancë is a ultra simple grid theme suitable for an agency or freelancer. The theme features a very minimal design and it is great for showcasing skills and work.  Chancë comes also with custom post formats, shortcodes and several custom page templates to build up your website.

Lavender – Photography/Wedding Retina Theme – DETAILS

lavender

Lavender Theme offers a flexible grid design that is great for setting up a portfolio, blog or an online magazine website. The theme design us elegant and romantic and will suit well for women’s or wedding oriented websites, however it is possible to change the color scheme and general look, which makes Lavender useful in many other cases! Lavender theme offers plenty of features and comes with 9 post formats (image, audio, video, gallery, link, aside, quote, status, standard), unlimited page designs, 9 gallery styles, a sliding sidebar, 4 hover effects for thumbnails, 10 widget areas, custom widgets and many theme options for applying settings.

Paragrams - DETAILS

paragrams is a very easy to use grid based lightweight designed theme for wordpress

A very easy to use grid based lightweight designed wordpress theme perfect for showcasing your masterpiece online. The theme has a modern layout, custom homepage, drop down multi level menu and so much more!

Simple Photographer Portfolio – DETAILS

simple-photographer-portfolio

This is a Bootstrap and Cherry Framework based theme for photographers with a cool image grid layout for promoting work, skills and services online. Included in this theme you will find 4 slider/gallery scripts and 8 page templates, contact form function and more.

Grid Style Theme - DETAILS

grid style is a clean and elegant free wordpress theme that can be used to create beautiful portfolio website

A clean and elegant  free wordpress theme that has a magazine grid based layout perfect for showing off your works online.

Minimalism Design Studio – DETAILS

Minimalism-Design-Studio

This is a minimalistic WordPress theme with a grid style portfolio listing on the front page. The theme rely on the popular Bootstrap CSS framework for responsive and visual features and also use the Cherry framework to provide solid theme functions. The theme comes with shortcodes, filtered galleries and much more.

Agency – Fullscreen WordPress Grid Style Theme - DETAILS

agency is a unique clutter free fullscreen theme for wordpress

The Agency a grid style photography WordPress theme for showing off creative material online the right way. It offers a clutter-free fullscreen image grid experience and comes with various control options to make it fit your needs. The theme offers extensive customization options with unbranded options panel. There is a powerful typography plugin included and it gives you control of the fonts on the site.

Size Mttrs – Responsive Portfolio - DETAILS

size mttrs is a highly responsive grid based portfolio/photography theme

A fully responsive portfolio/ photography theme for wordpress. It is highly responsive that it adapts to your laptops, tablets and Smartphone.  The theme comes in 4 different skins, a filterable portfolio, thumbnail option and many more

Status – Parallax and modular Theme  – DETAILS 

status is a fully responsive parallaxed wordpress theme

A fully responsive parallaxed theme for WordPress with a masonry style grid front page. It is great for building a beautiful portfolio or business website with a creative touch.  The theme has useful features such as modular layout sections, lots of shortcodes, shortcodes generator, 12 custom widgets, custom post types and many more!

OneShot: Big & Bold Portfolio Theme – DETAILS

oneshot is an interesting grid based theme with a dark and bold design

Another interesting grid based theme for wordpress that has a powerful bold and dark design. The theme is especially designed to photographers, illustrators, designers etc., Some of its awesome features are accent color control, WPML compatibility, Compatible with contact form 7 and ZillaSocial plugin, full localization support and many more!

Zoho – WordPress Grid Portfolio - DETAILS

zoho is a unique grid based wordpress portfolio/photgraphy theme

A unique grid based portfolio/photography theme for wordpress that is packed with awesome features like unlimited color schemes, 16 different pattern backgrounds, 5 unique blog layouts, 11 awesome page templates, 3 single page layouts, isotope filtering with pagination and more!

The Arcadian Responsive WordPress Theme - DETAILS

the arcadian is a stylish clean grid based theme built with HTML5 and CSS tableless design

The Arcadian is a stylish grid based theme for wordpress built with HTML5 and CSS table less design. It is highly responsive that it works nicely on tablets and mobile devices.

Wave Grid Style Theme for WordPress - DETAILS

Wave Grid Style Theme for WordPress

With Wave you get a cool responsive WordPress grid style theme. It had been made for artists and creative freelancers, but it can be used by everyone with a desire to share their work online using images and galleries. Wave is designed on a 1180px grid with 16 columns. What makes the theme really interesting is that it is WooCommerce ready and therefore makes it possible for you to sell work online.

Movable - DETAILS 

movable a clean grid based design perfect for showing several items from variuos categories

Movable has a very clean design and is great for showing several elements from various categories at once. The theme has an advanced control panel, custom widgets, custom page templates and works on all major browsers.

Cubus – Fullwidth WP Portfolio Theme – DETAILS 

Cubus - Fullwidth WP Portfolio Theme

Attractive, simple and easy to use – this is Cubus. You are a designer, photographer or Gallery? From now on you can show your ideas, work and everything what pops up in your mind in a modern, stylish way. Cubus brings you endless customizing options that helps you to perfectly present your work. The design is minimalistic and doesn’t block your thoughts. The template with its customization options can achieve perfect visual harmony. The template is compatible with the all modern browser like IE, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera.

Verb WordPress Theme – DETAILS

verb is a minimal retina ready theme for wordpress

Verb is a minimal, retina ready responsive wordpress theme that is used to create stunning portfolio website. you can show off your beautiful images, photos and videos with its amazing grid based layout.This theme is really worth checking out!

William – Grid WordPress Theme - DETAILS 

william is an interesting grid based portfolio wordpress theme used to create beautiful portfolio/photography site

Another interesting grid based portfolio wordpress theme perfect for showcasing your masterpiece online. The theme provides great features like responsive layout, unlimited sidebar management, 5 post formats, simple theme options and much more.

Bookcase – WordPress Portfolio Theme - DETAILS 

bookcase a clean grid based theme used to create stunning portfolio or photography website

Another portfolio grid based wordpress theme used to create stunning portfolio or photography websites. This theme is perfect for freelancers, graphic designers, photographers or anyone who would wish to showcase their works in the web. This theme is jam-packed with awesome features that will suit your very needs! this theme is really worth checking out!

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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yorn socheat August 17, 2013 at 5:36 am

These are really likely… i like them so much and I want to say thank all of you, who try to develop these templates

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Lars August 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

Yearh you are right. They do a great job and makes it easier for all others to get started building websites!

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Troy Wilson July 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

These grid like themes are really attractive. Thanks for sharing.

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Alex July 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi, great collection, thanks for share. I created two free Wordpress themes, what do you think?

http://www.themeinprogress.com

Best regards.

Alex.

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Anders July 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Hi Alex
Thanks for sharing your new creations with us.
Kind regards
Anders

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armeo April 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

thanks for this great collection . all themes are amazing ! you are doing a great job

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Lars August 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

Thanks armeo, appreciate your feedback!

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Ben Nafi March 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Great collections friend..
thanks..

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Lars August 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

Thanks for your feedback Ben

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Moda January 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I think Gridnik theme is the best looking one. Thank you for the list.

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yates en Ibiza August 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Blogger seems to have it in their new version. Some of them do look very attractive if combined with images. Out of all these, the Zoho theme looks very impressive with same size image in all posts.

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Lars August 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

Jes Zoho is an amazing pick for setting up a grid based website. If you built your site using it then please share it here

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jewe July 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

All designs are wonderful. Among these wordpress themes I like Shaken Grid the most. Lovely theme. 9-12 grid with perfect shape. Really lovely.

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Lars August 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

Thansk jewe, and you are right it is a cool and great looking theme

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Stacy Summers July 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi! Thank you for sharing )
These themes are awesome!

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Lars August 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks Stacy, hope you found what you were looking for!

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Shalu Sharma July 17, 2012 at 2:00 am

These grid like themes are becoming popular. Blogger seems to have it in their new version. Some of them do look very attractive if combined with images. Out of all these, the Zoho theme looks very impressive with same size image in all posts.

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