Over the last while, I have downloaded different WordPress themes to my websites and worked with them.
As there are a lot of different options associated with a website, especially a WordPress website, I have narrowed down on the WordPress themes that I like.
Currently my favorite responsive WordPress theme example in August 2016 is the ShootingStar WordPress theme.
This theme is fast
This theme is fast. How do I know? Well I perform manually a website speed test using an online tool, and it achieves a performance grade of A (90). I am happy with that.
This theme is responsive
This theme is responsive. How do I know? Well I perform manually a test using the Google mobile friendly test, and it achieves a “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly”. I am happy with that.
Other things I like with this theme
I like the layout of the home page and the home page loads up quickly.
Comments can be activated for all pages. I can disable comments on certain pages if I want to.
Comments can be activated for all posts. I can disable comments on certain posts if I want to.
Another thing I like is that on the home page, it does not say that this is page x of y. Instead, as you roll down on the page it retrieves and displays the summary details for the next set of posts.
That in my opinion is better and more user friendly than the way a lot of other WordPress themes perform similar functionally.
There are a number of responsive WordPress themes out there. I have downloaded and implemented a few of them on my websites. Each of them have their advantages and their disadvantages.
I would really like to mix and match some of the functionally and the styles of different WordPress themes.
I myself like a simple WordPress theme. For me, the ShootingStar WordPress theme ticks a lot of boxes at this point in time.
One thing that I consider very important is that the theme must load and display my website pages very quickly to the reader. And this theme scores very highly on this important point.
My Favorite Responsive WordPress Theme Example in August 2016 Conclusion
In conclusion, this post very clearly and very concisely lets you know that my favorite responsive WordPress theme example is ShootingStar at the present time. No doubt this will change in the coming weeks and months.
I love that my website loads up quickly using it and that it is a responsive WordPress theme.
I also like the fact that the developers of this theme have built a lot of functionally that I like into the free version of the theme.
I also do not have to apply any of my specific code changes to this theme. One, because the widget’s area allows me to add a widget to the footer and Two, I no longer use php code in my widget’s area.
How can you get your hands on this responsive WordPress theme?
To install additional WordPress themes to your WordPress site, you need certain privileges. Not all WordPress themes are available for free at the WordPress Theme Library. Not all WordPress webhosts give you privileges to install WordPress themes from the WordPress Theme Library.
The following instructions assume that you have the necessary privileges. The steps are as follows:
1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard as a WordPress Administrator user. This could be a user named as admin or it could be a user name who has WordPress Administrator privileges.
2. Click Appearance, then click Themes.
3. Click on the Add New button.
4. Enter the text ShootingStar in the Search theme data entry area.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: This theme has not being updated for some time.
5. WordPress takes a moment or two to do a query against the WordPress theme library and returns a list. In this case, the list is the requested ShootingStar WordPress theme. You see an entry like below:
6. There is also an Install option. Clicking Install downloads this WordPress theme to your website, and after it is downloaded, you will see the normal options as shown below:
Perform your Live Preview. If you like the Live Preview and decide that you want to Activate this theme now, click on the Active button.
After activating it, my suggestion is that you always do a number of tests to ensure that you are happy with it. You can always go back to an earlier theme that you implemented earlier, assuming that you have not deleted it. Always have a backup theme to revert back to in the event that you do not like a theme that you just activated.
As far as I am aware, there are over 30,000 WordPress themes available at the WordPress Theme Library. So some WordPress themes are better than others. Just a simple fact of life.
Update in May 2021
The ShootingStar Theme has not been maintained for some time.
I captured the following screenshot on May 20th 2021 at https://wordpress.org/themes/shootingstar/
As you can see from the above screenshot, this WordPress Theme was last updated on June 20th 2016. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
I therefore needed to switch to a theme that was been maintained and updated to include the latest developments in the exciting fast moving WordPress world.
I have been using the GeneratePress WordPress Theme since January 31st 2019. I opted for the premium version as the premium version has additional functionally that I wanted.
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I am still using the GeneratePress WordPress Theme with the premium plugin. There is a small recurring cost every year so that I can get the latest updates and support from GeneratePress.