WordPress Theme Trends in 2013 Karlo August 30, 2013. 0 In case you haven’t noticed the world of web design is very dynamic and trends often come and go. The general trends in the world of design have also greatly influenced the WordPress theme trends in 2013 and it’s only fair that we take some time to discuss and analyze them. However, we can already guess that what will generally discover is that designers no longer thrive towards complex design patterns, but rather towards simple, clean design. Flat Design Lives On! Although flat design is a trend that was originally started in 2012 it never really ended and it’s still here. It began to spread even faster when Microsoft presented Windows 8 and their unique new style. This combination of flat design, simple user interface and responsive layouts echoed across the community. WordPress theme trends in 2013 are heavily influenced by this design pattern and you can see it just by reading the description of every top-selling theme in 2013. The main selling points are: HTML5, flat design, responsive (retina-ready) layouts and custom dashboards where you can change the color pallets. To get clear what are we talking about we made a list of the Best Flat WordPress themes. The Metro Trend Did you know that the unique design of Windows 8 is a result of a style that their designers decided to call the Metro design language? The design community loved this so much that they quickly adopted it as a whole new trend – an evolution of the old one. Here are some of the WordPress themes that quickly caught on: MetroStyle WP Theme Metro magazine For more Metro style themes you may check our article where we have listed the 10 best metro WordPress themes in 2013. The Return of KISS No, we are not talking about the popular rock band here! KISS actually stands for “keep it simple stupid” and this used to be a rule when it came to web design. After a short experimental period the rule seems to be back and we are seeing a lot more WordPress themes that follow this trend. But what does this mean exactly? How is this rule manifested? Well, you will see that most themes focus on better layout and organized content. The navigation is also much better and there is nothing out of place. The idea is to draw the visitor’s attention to quality content/products and not to distract them with design details. Note that simple doesn’t mean boring, and if your design is simple, but boring then it’s not designed properly and you should go back to the drawing board! Nimble, a theme by Elegant Themes, is a proper example of how this should be done. Responsive Web Design People are going mobile and they are using their Android and Apple phones and tablets to browse the internet. If you cannot provide a website that will look good on all resolutions and platforms then you will essentially be giving up on a major portion of the market. This introduced a complex challenge at first, but responsive design is currently a mandatory feature, not just some trend. Generally, WordPress themes are responsive thanks to the use of several amazing frameworks that make development a lot easier. These include the Twitter Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate, Foundation CSS, Barebones JS and frameworks such as Genesis. Parallax and Sliders Displaying high-quality photographs and using them to add style or depth to a WordPress theme is currently standard practice. It is a trend that has certainly marked 2013 and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Full-screen photo sliders are also becoming a very common trend, especially when it comes to personal portfolio themes. But let’s be honest – these look awesome and they should stay until something that is actually better comes along! If you are looking for an example of a parallax website done correctly then I suggest you preview Mercurial, a brilliant one-page theme that really nailed it or you may look our article where we gathered the Best Parallax WordPress themes. TrendyWP is powered by Genesis Framework Why we are using it? It's simple. Rock-solid security, amazing speed performance, beautiful child themes and best of all great Search Engine Optimization. Check it yourself Genesis Framework Need help with Genesis - feel free to Contact Us Related PostsElegant Themes GiveawayHow to Redirect Visitors after CommentingGiveaway: Win One of Three Premium Themes from Theme FuseAuthor: KarloKarlo is a 24 year old guy who loves everything related to WordPress. He is by profession electrical engineer but currently he is working as web design & web development freelancer. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Receive amazing Wordpress stuff and exclusive deals!