One-page web design (also known as ‘single page web design’) is a trend that’s really taken off in the last few years. Although it’s been around since the beginning of the web itself, one-page design seemed to take a backseat for years — as companies and individuals alike opted for more all-encompassing sites with sometimes dozens of pages. As time passed however, one-page design was revisited with more modern web-design know-how and a better understanding of user-focused design in general. As a result, the practice saw a fierce resurgence in 2012 that’s continued throughout the whole of 2013 and now most of 2014 — showing no signs of stopping anytime soon!
Nowadays, both designers and developers recognize the potential of one-page design for simplifying websites and, in some instances, boosting conversions — amongst other benefits. Never one to be left behind, the WordPress community has largely embraced this design trend (despite WordPress being a content management system designed primarily to manage complex websites) and produced a truly impressive array of one-page WordPress themes.
Although there are of course many fantastic one-page WordPress themes available away from ThemeForest* (such as Flat by Themify, Parallax Pro by StudioPress and Freelancer by Themefuse), none of the other marketplaces or theme shops provide either sales figures or, more importantly, customer reviews. ThemeForest, on the other hand, gives not only these two extremely insightful snippets of info, they also list a host of other helpful information, such as the date of the most recent update, creation dates, user comments and more. Making it considerably easier to get a relatively comprehensive feel for just how well-received these themes are!
Without further ado, let’s get straight into our list of fifteen of the best one-page WordPress themes on ThemeForest ready for 2016!
X The Theme is part of a new wave of WordPress themes attempting to do every-thing for every-one. The author’s major boast is that this will be the last theme you ever need. But just in case, they’ve made it future proof by separating key functionality from the theme via plugins and providing child-theme ready design variations called “stacks”.
With a built-in page builder, dozens of navigation options, mega menus, and a large arsenal of shortcodes, X has proven itself to be a fantastic option for completely customized one-page WordPress sites. But that’s just scratching the surface of what this theme can do. For the full laundry list of features see the “full details” link below.
Bridge is another versatile, completely customizable page builder. Additionally, it comes with 52 ready-to-use designs, a WooCommerce shop, unlimited colors, unlimited headers, animated transitions, video background options, and “tons” of shortcodes. Whether you want a simple one-page website or a more robust site with one-page landing pages throughout, this theme has you covered.
Brooklyn is a one-page WordPress theme with an impressive parallax design. It comes with 12 pre-made demos, responsive design, unlimited pages styles, lots of shortcodes, and much more — perfect for a wide variety of end users, from photographers, creative agencies to non-profits and freelancers.
SCRN is a stylish one-page portfolio theme that’s a bit more focused (on creative portfolios) than the other themes in this list. As a result, it can feel less overwhelming to someone who knows what they want but doesn’t want to deal with all of the extra features of a massive one-size-fits-all-type theme. Even so, SCRN still comes with responsive design, a nice theme-options panel, lots of shortcodes, sticky navigation, video portfolio support, and more.
Jarvis is a beautiful one-page parallax WordPress theme with many uses. With its flexible design options and an impressive array of third-party platform/plugin compatibility features the possibilities with Jarvis seem limitless. It comes WPMU (multi-site) ready, WPML ready, WooCommerce ready, Child Theme ready, no parallax limits and with infinite scrolling functionality built in.
OneUp is a fully responsive, retina ready, HTML5 WordPress theme that’s perfect for creative or business users. It’s built on the Twitter Bootstrap Framework and provides a wide array of useful features. Some highlights include YouTube background videos, WooCommerce integration, a custom page builder, layered slide builder, drag-and-drop galleries, and reusable content blocks.
Patti is a one-page WordPress theme with modern design sensibilities and elegant parallax backgrounds. It’s 100% responsive, includes a visual composer for impressive layout building, slider revolution, templatera addon, portfolio options, powerful admin panel, and other great options. Including free support and updates!
Newave is a one-page parallax WordPress theme designed for corporations, freelancers, and creative agencies. It comes with 6 home-page layouts, background video support, 4 header designs, both classic and masonry blog options, retina ready design, font awesome icons and multiple navigation styles. Plus there’s also 5 demo options, all of which can be customized.
Morpheus is a one-page or multi-page WordPress theme with virtually endless customization options. It comes with a responsive layout, retina ready elements, beautiful typography options, a shortcode manager, client showcase, skills showcase, importable demo content, parallax for both desktops and mobiles, and a whole lot more.
Willow is a multi-purpose one-page WordPress theme for creatives of all stripes — be they freelance, agency, or otherwise. It comes with a great arsenal of features sure to help anyone get the most out of their site. The highlights include: a visual composer for building beautiful page layouts, responsive design, quick-and-easy setup, beautiful parallax, CSS3 animations, WPML ready, video backgrounds, portfolio layouts, full screen video backgrounds, 450+ icons, and great support.
Omega bills itself as the ultimate multi-purpose WordPress theme. I think a lot of the other themes on this list would have something to say about that, but it does (along with its competitors) boast a five-star user rating — although it does have significantly fewer users than some of the biggest sellers like X, Bridge, and Brooklyn (mentioned above). It’s an up-and-comer. One that brings to the table features like responsive and retina ready design, WPML support, a visual page-composer, WooCommerce compatibility, Gravity forms support, Revolution slider, BBPress compatibility, and many more advanced options.
One is a single-page multi-purpose WordPress theme for creative portfolios. It comes with 4 portfolio layouts, 2 menu styles, WooCommerce compatibility, a 16 module page builder for creating easy layouts, photo galleries/albums, and heaps more.
907 is yet another versatile one-page WordPress theme. It comes with 7 ready-to-go design variations including full page parallax, video background and slider background layouts. It has unlimited color and background options, tons of shortcodes, parallax sections, unlimited sidebars, lots of header options, drag-and-drop gallery configuration, and quite a few other killer features.
Quantum is a very simple, elegant one-page WordPress theme. Even so, it’s still highly customizable with CSS3 animations, 6 home/project pages, 100% responsive design, minimal feel, amazing sliders and other sleek features. This theme is perfect for anyone who loves simple, minimal design and has lots of creative work to show off.
Alpine is another single-page WordPress theme made with a wide variety of users in mind. It’s built on the Bootstrap Framework and includes HTML5 and CSS3 animations, fully customizable parallax sections, 4 home sections, YouTube video backgrounds, retina ready elements, color skin generator, 350+ Google Fonts, an Ajax portfolio expander, timeline and blog templates, and quite a bit more — ideal for corporations, portfolios and creatives.
Each theme has its own unique pro’s and con’s — many of which we’ve only just scratched the surface of in this post. What makes a great theme for your own particular online endeavor is largely down to how well the theme fits your own specific needs. As always, when choosing a theme on ThemeForest, be sure to have a good look through all of its features, peruse through the reviews and customer comments, and make sure it meets all of your own individual requirements.
*an extremely popular theme marketplace we recently covered in an earlier post.
Looking to use — or already using — a one-page WordPress theme? Which would you recommend?