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It’s all the rage on the web these days.
The parallax effect is created by multiple objects passing by at different speeds. In this case, “parallax scrolling” is when two or more elements on a webpage move up the page at different speeds as you scroll down.
If you want a modern site with this sweet visual effect, you have to check out the themes below. They’re all beautifully designed and packed with the functionality to build any kind of site.
Keep reading to find the top parallax scrolling WordPress themes.
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Parallax scrolling WordPress themes
Every theme here looks amazing on desktop and mobile devices, so they’re prepared for the modern visitor. You’ll find they cater to a wide variety of niches and each of them comes with dazzling parallax effects built-in.
1. Morpheus by Collission (Themeforest)
Morpheus has it all.
With excellent visual design and a comprehensive set of features, the Newave theme gave it a run for its money. However, what put Morpheus over the edge as my top pick for a parallax animation theme is the smooth scrolling itself. It’s fullscreen parallax presentation coupled with video backgrounds make it truly stunning.
You may need to visit a demo to feel what I’m talking about, but I’ll try to explain. Most WordPress themes that attempt parallax scrolling end up being difficult to navigate because they make the whole site scroll too fast or it feels kind of like your scrolling on a sheet of ice. The Morpheus theme is amazing to use. With the slower scrolling and firmer sense of control, you really get to appreciate the parallax effect which makes for a richer experience.
With a 4.69/5 average from over 150+ reviews, customers love the Morpheus theme for their sites. There are five demo sites you can review to see the different designs and layouts this parallax theme is capable of creating. Unlike other themes that use a page builder, Morpheus has a unique shortcode-based system that makes adding content to any pages or posts easy.
2. Newave by ClaPat (Themeforest)
Newave is a gorgeous, premium parallax theme. This theme stands out because of the exemplary visual quality. Every element of the site is precisely designed from the typography and white space to the composition and navigation.
In Newave, you’ll find all the usual content blocks to add, edit, and remove using the page builder. You’ll also find a few unique components like the filterable image gallery. This is a really neat way to show off an image gallery amidst the other elements of your one-page parallax site. The ability to show off a portfolio makes Newave a great WP theme for photography, artists, and graphic designers. Beyond images, you can pick from many other content blocks to show off your team members, contact forms, quotes, and more.
Regarding features, The Newave theme includes 6 homepage sections, fullscreen sliders, background colors (and videos) and more. There’s also a sliding menu, masonry portfolio layout, and shortcodes. The page building is added thanks to the bundled Visual Composer ($34 value) plugin.
3. Jarvis by RockNRollaDesigns (Themeforest)
Jarvis has a simple, bold presentation. The call-out text in the header is gigantic and makes a big first impression on laptops, iPads, and mobile devices thanks to its responsive design.
Below the fullscreen header, you’ll find a series of content blocks, all fully customizable and re-orderable. The menu sticks to the top of the browser window as you scroll down making it easy to navigate to any part of the page.
The Jarvis theme has 12 homepage variations, background video support, and 6 different menu styles. That’s just scratching the surface as Jarvis has many awesome customization features. It also comes bundled with the Slider Revolution plugin ($25 value).
4. Jkreativ by Jegtheme (Themeforest)
One thing you’ll notice right away Jkreativ is its extreme flexibility. The screenshot above doesn’t do the theme justice – you need to view more of the demos! There are 9 in total including designs for wedding photographers, hotels, freelancers, cafes, restaurants, software companies, and more. The Jkreativ WordPress theme will work great for a wide variety of businesses.
Throughout all the demos, Jkreativ showcases a consistent display of design talent. Every template is gorgeous and demonstrates premium quality. There are tons of beautiful pre-designed content blocks and adding them to your homepage is as easy as drag-and-drop. These content blocks can be used for quotes, images – any kind of business or creative content you can think of.
Here’s something you may not know: most themes are lying about their “parallax effect.” The background moves at a different speed, but true parallax requires at least three layers to see displacement. Jkreativ has a signature “multi-layer” parallax effect that makes this possible.
If you plan to emphasize images on your site, you’ll appreciate all the portfolio and gallery options Jkreativ includes. Plus, with 150+ options in the Live Customizer, there’s very little you can’t accomplish with Jkreativ.
5. Scroller by Dannci (Themeforest)
Scroller has a beautiful and clear design. Every component is easy to read, use, and navigate. That said, you’ll see a fresh take on a lot of familiar elements. Scroller has a distinct creative style, and it owns it throughout the template.
The Scroller theme excels at one-page websites where you can quickly introduce your products, team, pricing, and more. You can even feature a few of your latest posts and link visitors deeper into your site. It holds up well for one-page and more typical multi-page sites, so it’s not a bad choice for a blog or magazine too.
This parallax theme has been around for years and has accumulated many five star reviews from its thousands of users making it one of the best parallax themes available. It’s quite flexible, so you’ll be able to reuse it on more than one site. Also, Scroller is great for building an eCommerce store as it is a one-page parallax theme with WooCommerce support.
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Every template listed above deserves consideration. Morpheus earned our top position with its premium quality and feel, but you would do well with Newave and Jarvis too. Jkreativ is an excellent choice for a simple one-page theme, and you’ll find a lot of flexibility in Scroller for building multiple sites.
Regardless of which theme you choose, make sure to check out all the demos and balance your needs for functionality with your aesthetic preferences.