41 Best Parallax WordPress Themes 2016

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The best websites rely not only on engaging content, but on impressive design and a smooth user experience to excite visitors and convert leads into customers. That’s why you should consider using a parallax theme for your website – there is something particularly jaw dropping about browsing a site that features parallax scrolling.

In case you’re nodding your head but aren’t quite sure what parallax is: it’s a technique in web design where background images move down the screen more slowly than foreground images, which creates a sensation of depth and adds to your user’s immersion and heightens their browsing experience.

Below are 41 highly-rated and incredibly beautiful WordPress parallax themes; all of them fully responsive, featuring premium or custom-created plugin integration, and hundreds of fonts and icons. These WordPress themes are all created by authors with excellent customer service, so you don’t have to worry about going it alone when you set up your website.

Create

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As its name suggests, Create is the kind of theme that dares you to be bold. It’s a great fit for portfolio or corporate websites, with built-in support for e-commerce.

Depending on your focus, you can utilize one or more of Create’s many strong features to suit your business. If you are a creative individual or agency, the portfolio and blog features are both incredibly rich and come with tons of different layout possibilities. There are five main layouts to choose from if you want to set up your portfolio, including an elegant full width display option that gives your work center stage on screen and a masonry grid that goes full width across the page and an elegant animations that slightly obscures each image when you hover over it with your cursor.

If you plan on using Create to build a corporate website, you will love the templates available for writing your company’s “About Us” section, which features parallax scrolling and an option for side-by-side image and display text alteration. Elegant Google Maps integration makes for a nifty header to the “Contact Us” template.

Create is the theme for you if you’re a creative professional who wants a multi-dimensional website that goes beyond showing off a portfolio, or if you’re a company that is looking for an assertive, beautiful theme with plenty of capacity for social media integration.

Price: $59

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Story

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Story is a fashionable WordPress theme that looks great on any portfolio or corporate website.

Story comes with a truly versatile design that fits many different looks — freelancer, corporate, or even a standard blog (with a few customizations). It experiments with a wide range of coloration and the scrolling features multiple animation effects.

The responsive theme comes with a fullscreen slider, an advanced gallery, and styling for WooCommerce. Four different types of demos can be imported with a single click. Story comes with its own little content creator that allows you to easily craft multiple types of content in a post/page with a visual builder.

Price: $59

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Corpus

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Corpus is a clean, lightweight theme that pairs a sleek user interface with cutting edge design – the perfect choice for your corporate website. In all there are close to 300 theme options for you to play with when building your website with Corpus, which makes for a highly customizable experience that prioritizes your users in all sorts of beautiful ways.

Minor details receive a lot of attention in this theme, starting with the header at the top. The anchor menu stays invisible when you are at the very top of the page, but thanks to beautiful layer animation, it slides into place once you start scrolling down, with different tabs slotting in from the side as you move downwards.

There are tons of other great details as well for you to take advantage of. Hidden side navigation rids the theme of an unsightly side scrolling bar. Multiple hover effects perfectly accentuate your image gallery, project portfolio or blog post entries. Full width background sections make for a visually arresting and compelling browsing experience. And of course, smooth parallax scrolling gives your website a slick and glossy design effect that will speak volumes about your company’s stature and leadership in your market.

You will love Corpus for its masterful design, and your visitors will love it for its user-friendliness and bold look. This is a theme worth investing in.

Price: $49

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Rhythm

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Rhythm is a powerful theme that offers broad possibilities as a dynamic portfolio theme, an e-commerce shop, or a bold corporate website.

Thanks to more than 20 fully-loaded demos, this theme comes stocked with great design ideas ready to use with the click of a button. If you want your website focus to be on your portfolio, the integrated Revolution Slider plugin (a combined $68 value) makes creating sensational slide layouts a snap. If you are a creative professional, you will particularly love the gorgeous parallax scrolling feature. You can choose to upload your portfolio directly into the background itself – a jaw-dropping way to impress clientele with your work. If you are not so interested in parallax display of your portfolio though, don’t worry! There are 40 additional ways to feature your work, including masonry grid display, wide screen galleries, and more.

An in-depth admin panel enables you to switch easily from a minimalist creative portfolio theme to something a bit more multipurpose. You can utilize Rhythm’s deeply customizable blog mode to create immersive and enriching blog posts in styles ranging from classic infinite scrolling to multiple columns to masonry. Creating an online shop with multiple columns is a matter of ticking a few boxes and then adding content one the backend. And if you want the focus of your website to be about converting leads, creating a landing page with dynamic text, gorgeous image sliders, and stylish call to action buttons is simple to do.

Rhythm will impress you with its deep customization possibilities and minimalist elegance as much as it impresses visitors to your website.

Price: $59

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Zerif Pro

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Zerif Pro markets itself as a “stunning, responsive One Page WordPress theme excellent for Creative Agencies.” But does that claim stand up to scrutiny?

First impressions would suggest that Zerif Pro’s boasts are not entirely unfounded. While I might not go so far as to call it “stunning”, this theme is certainly attractive; characterized by flat styling, bold colors and unassuming fonts. Each section of the homepage has clearly been carefully thought out, and they all blend together nicely. One could certainly see a creative agency making this theme part of their home on the web.

Aesthetics aside, this theme benefits from a number of functional features, including an excellent theme options panel, WooCommerce compatibility, contact form integration and a number of custom widgets. Zerif Pro is definitely a shortlist contender.

Price: $67

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The Moon

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The Moon is a beautiful theme best suited for creative professionals that want a stylish yet business-like theme to house their portfolio, blog, and online store.

With four completely downloadable demo versions to get you started, this theme comes with plenty of inspiration to build your website. Each layout shows off very different portfolio styles, which is clearly the main focus of this theme. With “Earth,” a gorgeous blog/portfolio section enables you to feature collapsible horizontal image bars that enlarge when you click on them. With “Mars,” a side-by side showcase feature creates dynamic and aesthetically pleasing juxtapositions of your different projects, further complemented by bold color contrasts and minimalist button design. “Venus” gives you brighter primary hues and a very creative portfolio grid with your different projects curated together in different sizes and shapes. “Christmas” is, as the name suggests, holiday-themed; while it’s clearly perfect for a business that caters specifically to holiday shoppers, it feels a bit superfluous and probably won’t be the reason you choose to go with this theme.

While the highlight of this theme is definitely the toggle blog/portfolio section, The Moon has other key features that your visitors will certainly benefit from. Three different header styles with lots of customization potential mean that your menus will look great and offer a simple site navigation experience. Straightforward header or Parallax scrolling support is available for enhanced browsing, plus dynamic text and some very clever image and hover animations make this a very pleasing theme to use.

The Moon is a great theme choice if you want to keep things simple and show off your portfolio in an innovative and elegant manner.

Price: $59

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Nietzsche

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Nietzsche is a minimalist theme choice that is best utilized by creative professionals or agencies that want to let their work speak for itself.

Two demo versions, “Edge” and “Minimal,” give you a great idea of the sort of elegant look and simplified user experience you can expect if you purchase this theme. Edge cuts right to the chase, with one big full screen header image followed immediately by the portfolio section (which is the only section if you discount the company contact information at the bottom of the screen).

Within the portfolio section there is plenty of opportunity to curate your work in a manner that best suits your style and preferences. The standard portfolio display offers two types of grid styles – uniform and creative (in other words, varied shapes and sizes) – with each piece of clickable content opening a new page that features either embedded video or a slideshow using the integrated image slider plugin.

Meanwhile, the minimal version of Nietzsche features a darker background, boxed portfolio content, and a menu that, when clicked, turns into a sidebar that pushes outwards and slides the portfolio partially off screen (the menu in Edge darkens the screen and navigation options appear over the semi-obscured background). A blog section is also available for you to add to the site as well.

Nietzsche isn’t loaded with tons of bells and whistles like some other themes, but if you want the focus to be on your portfolio or blog without the distraction of any other sort of content, this is the perfect theme for you.

Price: $49

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Patti

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Patti is a potent one page theme that is an ideal fit for creative professionals, agencies, and bloggers who want to keep things simple.

A smooth parallax scrolling display makes up the bedrock of this elegant theme. A minimalist black and white color palette keeps the focus on your work. Starting with the header, full screen menu navigation is possible thanks to a modern burger icon that minimizes the menu when you are not using it. When you create your portfolio using this theme, full color saturation is restored to each portfolio image you hover your cursor over (otherwise the images are black and white). This dramatic aesthetic also extends to the minimal, flat-designed icons which you can choose from to convey your services on offer, while a simple masonry grid design for the blog section separates your content into multiple columns and offers minimal distraction.

Patti is the sort of no-frills theme that creative people love: its beautiful parallax scrolling, simplified color palette, one-page focus and stripped-down aesthetic make it a great choice if you want a beautiful portfolio showcase or landing page for your company.

Price: $44

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Parallax

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Parallax is a stunning single page theme with a beautiful design, lovely animations and a whole lot of features.

The theme comes with an elegant scrolling effect, multiple custom post types, a custom header for each page you create and more. Layouts are easy to customize with the custom columns shortcode. You can also create dividers, quotes, Google Maps, sliders, boxes and buttons with the shortcodes. An infinite scroll option allows you to load an infinite number of posts in your blog feed. Parallax features an expandable portfolio, and you can even showcase multiple images per portfolio item.

Themify’s drag ‘n’ drop builder makes building your home page a breeze with Parallax. 6 custom widgets are available to display your Twitter feed, Flickr photo stream, featured posts, recent comments, list pages and categories. Over 600 Google Fonts and custom social icons are integrated with the theme. Like ThemeTrust, Themify is also running a buy-1-get-1-free promotion for all their themes, so snag Parallax now!

Price: $49 (buy 1 get 1 free)

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Zoo

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Zoo is an incredible parallax theme with a handsome, unique look.

Zoo comes in two different versions — standard and minimal, both of which can be viewed in the demo. The standard demo’s home page header is a thing of beauty and the parallax effect is mind-numbingly cool. Within each home page section, you can use tabs to display different post types. Don’t think that parallax is the only animation Zoo comes with, because the theme has a built-in animation generator that lets you use virtually any animation you can think of for each section.

Progress bars, a full-screen expandable & filterable portfolio, an unbranded theme options panel and much more feature in the responsive, retina-ready theme. Zoo really goes overboard with typography as well, with over 1,000 Google Fonts integrated. The developers consistently update it with new features as well.

Price: $44

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Jkreativ

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Jkreativ is a nifty parallax theme with a creative design and superb animation effects.

Jkreativ’s parallax scrolling is really something else — the scrolling is fluid and smooth as the images and background slowly slide by. The theme takes advantage of a minimalistic layout that relies on a solid amount of white space.

The theme has a good amount of functionality as well. It boasts several portfolio layout options, WooCommerce stylization, Slider Revolution, and the 360 degree image slider. 3 types of page loaders also help to keep your visitors engaged.

Price: $59

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Scalia

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One of the top-rated multipurpose themes released this year, Scalia is easily adaptable for a variety of purposes.

This stellar theme includes a plethora of features that you will love for their utility as well as the beautiful look they give your website. Five different built-in designs are included in Scalia to make the setup process easy. You can build a multipurpose website that features information about your company, blog posts, an online shop, and more. If e-commerce is your focus then integrating the fully compatible WooCommerce plugin with an elegant and eye-catching design makes building an online shop easy. Additional theme designs include a minimalist one-page portfolio, a stunning parallax scrolling landing page, and a stylish blog. With over 100 unique page templates, eight trendy blog styles, numerous portfolio layouts, multiple gallery options, attractive shop pages, and creative quickfinders, you can build your website in a snap.

With Scalia’s deep flexibility there are practically limitless possibilities to this theme. It is equipped with the highly touted Visual Composer plugin to make building your website from scratch easy. Smartly-designed sliders, headers, footers, widgets and sidebars can all be tailored to deliver the perfect user experience for your visitors. Over 50 shortcodes are at your disposal to insert useful elements on your site, and plenty of awesome animations to choose from for a richer browsing experience.

One of the more useful custom-designed features of Scalia is the homepage constructor, which enables you to build your homepage by dragging and dropping different elements you already use on different pages. This will save you a lot of time and is especially useful if you constantly update your homepage to feature new content.

Scalia’s scalability and rich option features make it the perfect choice for just about any website – we highly recommend it!

Price: $59

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Ronneby

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Ronneby is a powerful, bold theme that is equally impressive as a portfolio as it is as an e-commerce or business website.

This theme comes with a bounty of features meant to give your website the best in functionality and design. The bundled Visual Composer and Revolution Slider plugins (a combined $68 value) make constructing beautiful, streamlined webpages easy. Thanks to over 40 unique layouts plus more than a dozen demo websites with one-click installation, you can set up your website in minutes, and an in-depth admin panel enables customization of everything from your header style – there are eight pre-made headers to get you started – to selecting from a rich number of mega menu options. Extended parallax scrolling effects and special features such as one-page design and a multitude of thematic layouts make Ronneby suitable for a variety of different purposes.

Regardless of what you plan on using Ronneby for, there are certain standout features that you will especially appreciate. 42 different portfolio templates and 13 blog page templates give you a deeply customizable display medium. Using the custom-made side by side scrolling layout feature you can add a sharp and trendy aesthetic to your site. There are also 23 different hover variants for you to take advantage of when you set up the theme. 48 separately styled widgets give your users browse your site as conveniently as possible.

If you want your website to make a strong statement about the power of your work then Ronneby is an ideal choice.

Price: $59

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Willow

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Willow is a stylish fullscreen parallax theme that comes with a full suite of animations and very capable functionality.

The parallax effect in the fluid scrolling motions is impeccable, as is the complementing typography. Over 60 different built-in animations give the theme a great variety of ways for content to slide into view as you scroll down the page.

An impressive set of shortcodes and other extended features govern the advanced theme options panel. You can save $25 as Visual Composer is included in the purchase package, and 3 preset portfolio templates help you to showcase your work with style. Over 450+ icons, 5 custom widgets, and XML demo content are available for use.

Price: $49

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Port

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Port is a sleek and stylish parallax-enabled theme with a beautiful minimal look.

Port has quirky navigation — the menu only displays when you click the menu icon on the top right corner of the screen. When you do that, the menu slides out from the right. Besides an unlimited number of menu items, you can also include any number of widgets just beneath the menu items.

ThemeTrust packages Port with several custom widgets, a filterable portfolio and an advanced theme options panel. Buttons, testimonials and columns are just a few functions produced by Port’s many shortcodes. Hundreds of Google Fonts come integrated with the theme.

Port also flaunts 3 pre-made page templates, video support, and more. With the buy-1-get-1-free deal thrown in by ThemeTrust, you can’t go wrong with Port.

Price: $59 (buy 1 get 1 free)

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Parallax Pro

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Parallax Pro is the very first Genesis child theme that supports parallax scrolling. Just like most StudioPress releases, Parallax Pro is a true work of art.

Built on the rock-solid Genesis framework, any website that runs Parallax Pro is in good hands with optimized code that gets better search engine rankings and lightning-fast page load speeds. The theme comes in five different pre-made color styles — blue, green, orange, pink and red (view each in the preview) — all of which have the trademark StudioPress emphasis on big and bold typography.

Parallax Pro features multiple page layouts and 5 pre-made page types, plus plenty of under-the-hood functionality. With a price tag just shy of three figures, though, the responsive theme is a sizeable investment, but you certainly get what you pay for.

Price: $99.95 (price includes framework)

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Eight Degree

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Eight Degree is a stunning parallax theme with beautiful typography and a memorable design.

Big, bold header typography and slim, complementary paragraph typography come together in a symphony of white space. The parallax slider is quite unique — the background image of each slide does not move, but the slide text does. Also built-in are a testimonial slider, a clients slider, and Flex Slider. A ton of animations keep the scrolling interesting.

3 navigation styles, 9 page heading styles, 48 font icons, and 99 Google Fonts are four notable numbers of this theme. The portfolio included is both filterable and expandable, making Eight Degree a perfect fit for photographers, freelancers, and corporate businesses alike.

Price: $44

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Make

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Make is the perfect corporate theme with a full, responsive design built on the Bootstrap framework.

Over 20 shortcodes are included in Make’s shortcode generator that do everything from call-out boxes to diagrams to slogans to pricing tables. The theme comes with two sliders: Revolution Slider (normally $15) and Layer Slider (also normally $15). You get 400+ Font Awesome icons free and a choice of over 700 Google Fonts.

An Ajax-powered filterable and expandable portfolio and a stylized contact form are included. Easily customized, Make is a parallax theme definitely worth a second look.

Price: $44

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Relevance

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Relevance is a beautiful, contemporary theme designed to be multi-purpose. If you have a product or service that you’re rolling out and want to focus on, this theme would make for an excellent landing page or microsite. It’s also fantastic for agencies – startups in particular – in the creative design, web development, public relations or fashion industries.

Relevance uses parallax scrolling intelligently – most of the content blocks in the demo have it, but it isn’t too overwhelming. Its design is bright and trendy, but makes great use of white space and a small enough color palette to look professional. For easy customization, the included Visual Page Builder plugin gives you access to a plethora of color options, dozens of shortcodes and a variety of page layouts.

This theme doesn’t have a lot of extra trappings, but that is perfect when all you need is something simple. The features it does have are pretty standard; cross-browser compatibility, responsiveness, and translation readiness, along with included demo content to make it easy to get up and running right away while being accessible to any user.

Simple, fashionable, professional – that is how Relevance treats your content.

Price: $44

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Vertex

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Vertex is a sleek, minimal theme from Elegant Themes.

Through several pre-made skins and Elegant Themes’ own intuitive ePanel, Vertex is easily customized. You also get 8 page templates: default, blog, contact, full width, gallery, login, search, and sitemap. Images and portfolio items are lazy load, allowing any Vertex-manned website to score high with a speed page load time. The portfolio, however, is neither expandable nor filterable.

Elegant Themes has a unique slider: the image, text, and call-to-action button load one after the other, resulting in an intriguing experience for front end users. Another cool feature: the testimonials section. Users can hover over a client’s photo to see an elegantly formatted testimonial in a blockquote. Numerous shortcodes take care of content boxes, different types of buttons, toggles, tabs, social sharing icons and more.

With Elegant Themes, you pay $69 for access to their entire library of 87 themes, which works out to less than a dollar per theme! If you’re a parallax designer on a budget, you definitely want to check Vertex out.

Price: $69

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Baylie

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Baylie is another sleek parallax-enabled WordPress theme from ThemeTrust, with much the same features as Port.

You get a responsive layout, numerous shortcodes, several custom widgets, easy translations through WPML, and more. Integrated Google Fonts, lifetime support, and a filterable portfolio also feature.

With surprisingly beautiful typography, Baylie creates beautiful imagery established through big and bold pictures that take up most of the full width theme’s pixels. The buy-1-get-1-fee promotion also applies to this theme.

Price: $58 (buy 1 get 1 free)

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Morpheus

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Morpheus is a smooth parallax theme with lightweight functionality.

The theme carries a very appropriate name. Indeed, thanks to the neat parallax scrolling effects, different sections of the home page seem to morph into each other as you go down the page. The design relies on big, dark typography and isn’t afraid of using bold images.

On the features side, Morpheus is quite slim. It has a few shortcodes and 5 content demos built in, along with Flex Slider and Layer Slider. A contact form, Font Awesome, and social media integration are also included.

Price: $49

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Bridge

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Bridge is one of the top-rated multipurpose themes currently on the market; it offers an especially dynamic platform for creative businesses and individuals to thrive on.

This theme comes loaded with over 100 demos, so there are plenty of options for you to get started without having to build up an entire website from scratch. That said, if you want to create something truly unique, the integrated Visual Composer plugin comes packaged. A superlative list of features includes parallax scrolling for a heightened visual experience, a sticky header with logo that shrinks down once you navigate past the top of the screen, blog layouts that range from classical to masonry, and online shopping cart and course integration.

One of many features of this theme that you will love no matter what you use Bridge for is the custom-designed slider, with fade in/out elements animations and slide/fade transitions which can be specified for each graphic, display text, and overlay pattern.

Because Bridge features such a massive number of creative possibilities and downloadable content, it’s a great choice for you no matter what your website is for. There’s a reason why this theme has been purchased almost 35,000 times in the last year, so you should probably check it out.

Price: $59

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Avoc

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Avoc is a minimalist, highly customizable theme that is perfect for creative professionals or agencies who want to show off their work on a website that looks as beautiful as the content they create.

This theme is worthy of the creative work and innovation you do on a daily basis. Using a custom-designed page builder function, you can easily construct a fully-functional website that makes a compelling case for why clients should work with you. The elegant demo version of this website is completely downloadable so you have the option of creating your own site on a perfectly optimized template. Multiple header options, including transparent and hidden menus, enables site visitors to browse your site in the most efficient manner possible. And you can develop a loyal following by keeping clients up to date with the integrated blog creator – a great way to establish your reputation and improve your website’s standing in Google and other search engines.

Certain features of Avoc were created particularly with creative businesses in mind. A unique parallax portfolio feature makes your work truly stand out, thanks to dynamic text and sliding images. The single pagination option for your portfolio display is slightly offset to complement your work. You can also toggle background features to include a parallax video or background image for an especially sleek look. And a rich gallery feature ensures that every single item in your portfolio is displayed elegantly at high resolution.

When it comes to showing off your work, Avoc is a no-frills yet beautiful theme that gets the job done.

Price: $49

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Ego

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Ego is a sleek parallax single pager that has a lot to be proud of.

Featuring an easily customizable slider (Flex Slider is also included), an expandable portfolio with a nifty animation effect and numerous (to the tune of 200) styling options, Ego is a great theme. 5 predefined skins are included: dark, light, minimal, variated and variated 2. It also has its very own Ajax-powered contact form with auto-validation. You get lightboxes, custom social icons, custom widgets and tons more with Ego.

Price: $39

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Altitude Pro

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Altitude Pro is a highly polished parallax theme that produces stunning websites straight out of the box. All you have to do is supply the background images, or simply use the demo offering.

The theme is offered at the higher end of the scale, costing $99.95 for the theme and framework. However, the cost is justifiable when you note the finer details. These include elegant typography, subtle animations and dimming background images, which help to guide the eye to the next section.

Altitude Pro is a Modern Genesis 2.0 child theme, which means it comes with HTML5 markup, mobile responsiveness, a high security specification and support from StudioPress. This is alongside the usual personalization options you’d expect from a premium theme, such as color styles, custom backgrounds, theme customizer functionality and theme options.

While it may be a pricier option, Altitude Pro is perfect if you are looking for a theme that will really “wow” visitors with very little effort required.

Price: $99.95 (includes Genesis framework)

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Scroller

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Scroller is an advanced single page theme with a minimal design and loads of features.

Scroller comes in two unique layouts, both equally stunning. It has a smooth scroll with a neat parallax effect combined with numerous rollover effects for each page type. Besides that, you get 57 fonts built-in, color pickers to build custom skins, a responsive layout, 7 custom post types and many pre-defined templates for your portfolio and home page. You get custom widgets that do things like 300px and 125px ads, recent comments, Twitter feeds and more.

Price: $44

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Swag

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Swag has swag. There’s just no other way to put it.

8 different header styles (preview them in the  demo), 4 sliders (Revolution 3.0, Camera, Background, and BxSlider) and custom widgets for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds feature in Swag. You also get 3 blog layouts, retina-ready Font-Face icons and even custom layouts for WooCommerce if you plan to integrate it.

Besides that, Swag comes with rotating testimonials, pricing tables, a filterable portfolio and an array of functions courtesy the shortcode editor. The theme also has over 200 background patterns, Google Fonts, a stylized contact form and (of course) tons of swag.

Price: $59

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Surreal

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Surreal truly is a unique theme “with a surreal twist.”

This one page parallax theme has beautiful scrolling, rollover, and slider transition effects. The bold imagery, the straightforward typography and the complementary colors all contribute to the stunning design.

It’s got looks and speed too (the standard for all PixelEntity themes),with lazy loaded images and minified CSS. You get a filterable & expandable portfolio with lightbox previews, an Ajax contact form, a brandable theme options panel and more.

Price: $44

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Montreal

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Montreal is a modern WordPress theme with creative effects, stunning typography, and abundant white space.

Featured on CSS Awards, Montreal has a number of neat rollover animations; the “team” section, for example. When a user hovers his mouse over the the team member’s picture, the image grays out to reveal hyperlinks to the member’s social profiles.

You also get filterable portfolios (6 different predefined layouts included), self-hosted video, diverse shortcodes, PrettyPhoto integration and Flex Slider.

Price: $44

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Mercurial

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Mercurial is a beautiful parallax-enabled theme with great typography.

The demo has a unique effect that displays a counter that shows you what percentage of the theme has loaded — while it loads, the background is solid white.

Mercurial’s scrolling is incredibly fluid — the backgrounds just float by. On your “team” page each team member gets custom social icons. Back end users get lots of theme options, 17 shortcodes, a filterable & expandable portfolio and a stylized contact form.

It’s a great theme with an eye-catching design.

Price: $44

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TRINITY

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TRINITY is an elegant parallax theme with nifty capabilities built on Bootstrap 3.

When you view the demo, the first thing you notice is that there are 10 different previews for you to examine, which just goes to show how much time has been invested into the theme. The second thing you see is the page loader, which is a lot like the new YouTube loading bar that appears on the top of the page. The design is just about flawless with ample white space, slim typography, and 50+ scrolling animations.

7 home page layouts are built into TRINITY. Visual Composer and multiple fullscreen image sliders are available for use. The filterable, expandable portfolio is ably supported by solid code. Multiple videos and in-depth documentation help you to kick-off configuration of the theme.

Price: $49

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Ness

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Ness is a wonderfully minimal retina-ready parallax theme with a very distinctive design.

Unlike traditional single page themes, Ness has many unique things about it. One of them is the fact that the navigation only displays once you click on the sticky menu icon, and that too only on the side of the theme, off-canvas. The images are quite large, and very little text is incorporated into the demo.

Even so, if you’re looking for a memorable appearance, Ness is the way to go. It also comes with advertising options, 5 post types, author boxes, custom social media icons, and more.

Price: $49

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Passage

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Passage is a multi-purpose parallax theme that’s almost too good for words.

It’s hard to describe all the animation effects you get. Unique progress bars, portfolio and gallery images that slide into view as a user scrolls (a feature that can be toggled on and off), interactive charts, animated service sections, etc. all figure in the theme options. The advanced admin panel is simple to navigate. Plus, you get the $19 Revolution Slider free of charge. Two different navigational menu styles, modular shortcodes, search engine optimized code and even a dummy child theme are all included.

In short, Passage gets you a whole lot of bang for $49 bucks.

Price: $49

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Parasponsive

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Parasponsive is a WordPress theme with a singular look largely due to its slanted page borders.

The one pager comes in four predefined templates: multicolor, one-color, sky and developer. Each looks exquisite. This popular theme features optimized code for faster page load speeds, custom options for WooCommerce integration, an Ajax-powered blog feed and regular updates packaged with new functions.

It comes with the $15 Parallax Layer Slider free of charge. 640+ Google Fonts, Font Awesome icons and an array of shortcodes have been included. The advanced theme options panel is newbie friendly. Parasponsive is definitely worth a second look.

Price: $59

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Jarvis

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This theme has accrued a huge number of positive ratings by happy customers, so one would expect it to be a cut above the rest within this collection. And while taste is ultimately subjective, most people will struggle to say negative things about Jarvis.

In terms of design, Jarvis looks fantastic. It offers more than a dozen homepage design variations, so what you see above does not get close to demonstrating its versatility.

In terms of features, Jarvis has been around long enough to build up an impressive depth of functionality. Beyond all the usual things you would expect, Jarvis is WPML ready and WPMU ready, offers child theme and right-to-left support, and much more. Chances are that you will struggle to find a need that Jarvis can’t address.

In short, your search for the right theme may have ended.

Price: $59

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Alma

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Alma is an attractive WordPress theme with a very spacious design.

Like most of its rivals in the parallax theme niche, Alma’s design comes with a whole lot of empty space in it. The typography complements this perfectly, with alternating sizes and an upright sans serif font.

5 font icon families, Slider Revolution, and Visual Composer are included, saving you a decent sum of money. You also get translation ready files, search engine optimized code, and over 600 typography fonts, thanks to Google.

Price: $44

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907

907 theme

907 Parallax is an interesting parallax theme with lots of options.

You get 7 different header styles (preview them in the demo). Drag ‘n’ drop galleries are filterable and expandable. You can create an unlimited amount of sidebars and easily insert one into any of your one pager’s sections. Cute 3D, Isotype and Revolution Slider are all included free of cost.

With over 6,500 purchases, 907 is quite popular on ThemeForest and well worth further investigation.

Price: $49

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Stardust

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Stardust is a creative WordPress theme with a sweet parallax effect and neat features.

Stardust comes with an impressive array of shortcodes that do counters, progress bars, galleries, grids, and more. The demo itself allows you to preview 11 different home page layouts. 4 fluid Ajax animation effects take care of page transitions and can be toggled on and off. The parallax effect is stunning and smooth scrolling can also be turned off and on. 2 different navigational menu styles are included.

The theme options panel is simple to learn and Stardust is translation-ready.

Price: $49

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Axioma

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Axioma is a neat parallax theme.

The Amazing Layer Slider is included free of charge in the theme package. You also get a comprehensive new layout constructor that’s very visual and easy to use. The advanced admin panel offers unlimited customization ability with over 35 shortcodes. Google Fonts and Font Awesome are built-in along with 1-click demo content import.

Axioma comes with a unique contact form, masonry portfolios, SEO options and five custom post types. 10 custom widgets are included: contact form, contact info, Facebook like box, Flickr feed, Google Maps, Twitter feed, recent posts, recent projects, social profiles and testimonials.

Price: $49

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Nonus

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Nonus is a sleek parallax theme with great customization options.

In the demo, you have the option to preview any of the theme’s 8 pre-defined skins. You get an expandable portfolio and three sliders: Revolution, Nivo, and Flex. Both Google Fonts and Font Awesome have been integrated and you also get a whopping 55 custom shortcodes.

Each of your team members slide into view as the user scrolls, as does each post from the blog feed. Lots of custom widgets, 1-click demo import and 6 PSDs come included in the package.

Price: $44

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10 comments

  1. Very beautiful themes and I see a lot more people using theses themes. I am also thinking of using Parallax design for my blog but not sure whether it would be a good idea or not because I have not seen much blogs with parallax designs.

  2. Purchased a couple of these.

    Ego – very difficult to get to work as demo’d – given up on this one – money down the drain – refuse any refund.

    Parallax – purchased and, again, proving very, very difficult to get it to work as shown in the demo. Looks like this one, may be a failure as well. Just about to test their money back quarantee.

    ‘These themes make it easy. That’s kind of the point of them. The hard work is already done for you.’ In theory, that should be the case. In practise this is rarely the case, unfortunately.

    Currently my site is a mess because Parallax seems impossible to setup without a lot of skills, not getting much, useful response form the developers.

    So, tread very carefully. what you see in demo’s is often far away from what is achievable (without a great deal of guesswork) when you purchase and install.

    1. @Mike: soooooo true!
      To me the aThemes-Approach ist the right one (no, not connected with them): Give the basis-theme for free, so no surprises once you buy the PRO-verison.
      @aThemes: Only thing that sucks is the non-existing migration path to the PRO-Themes. Maybe a “Export Theme settings”-button would be nice.

      1. Hi Olaf,

        Thanks, we’re glad you think our approach is the right one. We like it as well for the reason you said. Our customers know what they’re getting. And you can now export your settings from the Customizer and re-import them in your new theme. See the Sydney docs for how to do this: athemes.com/documentation/sydney

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