When you think of a WordPress theme, you probably picture your average vertical-scrolling (up and down) theme; these types are definitely the most popular. However, if you’re looking to make your blog stand out or just want a unique portfolio theme, you may want to consider changing the orientation – to a horizontal-scrolling (left to right) theme.
Some WordPress themes that scroll horizontally may put you in the mind of reading a book – something that many readers are sure to appreciate. Horizontal-scrolling themes are also great for designers, artists and illustrators who want to showcase their work since it’s a more natural way of looking through designs and artwork.
No matter your reasoning for wanting to use a side-scrolling theme, you’re sure to find one below that really suits you. Here are 17 premium horizontal-scrolling WordPress themes.
Scroll is a very simple responsive portfolio theme that features horizontal-scrolling galleries on the homepage and portfolio pages; all other page types scroll vertically. It includes four background options, three page templates, custom widgets and social media icons.
Fluxux is a beautiful magazine-inspired portfolio theme with three different homepage types: slideshow, "hello," and portfolio with horizontal scrolling. It also features horizontal portfolio pages, a horizontal blog, a contact page with Google Maps integration, shortcodes and integrated social sharing.
Highlight is a clean, minimalistic portfolio theme that comes with two color schemes (light and dark) and nine custom widgets. There’s also a Theme Options page to help you customize the colors, fonts, social network links and logo for your theme.
Parkour is a responsive theme that comes with three different types of blog styles, two of which scroll horizontally. It’s loaded with features like a full-screen portfolio page, six color schemes, custom widgets, contact page with Google Maps integration, shortcodes and much more.
Sideswipe is a fluid and responsive grid-based portfolio theme that supports images, galleries, videos, audio, quotes and standard posts. You can use the theme customizer to change your colors, fonts, logo and background; plus, you can add custom CSS. There are a variety of page templates and you can use the keyboard or mouse to navigate between images.
The Curator is a unique semi-responsive timeline theme for museums, artists and designers that want to display their work in chronological order. Your content can be sorted by year, decade, century, or millennium. It includes image sliders for each post and Theme Options thanks to the OptionTree plugin.
Crea WP is a really unique flash-like theme built with HTML5 that features a full-screen layout, horizontal page transitions, parallax background, two types of sliders (fade and carousel) and three custom content types (photo albums, portfolio, slides). With the integrated background builder, you can customize the colors and position of your background and even add layers.
Horizzon is a creative theme with multiple columns; you can choose to use the columns layout, wide columns layout, or classic wide layout. You can also navigate the theme using your mouse or keyboard. With unlimited color variations, a custom background, Google fonts, shortcodes and four portfolio styles, this theme really gives a lot of flexibility.
Shelf is a tumblog style theme with a fluid and responsive design; navigation can be done via the keyboard or mouse. You can customize the background image/color along with the copyright notice and your logo. This theme supports videos, quotes, links, images and audio posts – just like Tumblr.
KIN is a minimalistic theme made for photographers. While the homepage and galleries scroll horizontally, all other page types scroll vertically. KIN has two theme skins (black and white), includes Google fonts, has a built-in image zoom feature and comes with a contact page.
As the name suggests, this is a theme that scrolls sideways; it includes a horizontal blog and portfolio page. The unique full-screen image background is unique because it allows you to use a different image for each of your pages. You can also use a full-screen slideshow as your background. In addition, there are custom widgets, shortcodes, Theme Options and a contact form with basic spam protection.
Parallaxr is a very unique responsive parallax theme with a creative background and many features. For starters, you can adjust the parallax speed from the admin panel. There are also two custom post types: portfolio and FAQ. Parallaxr also has an AJAX contact page with Google Maps integration and jQuery validation, Google fonts, customizable 404 page, custom widgets, shortcodes and more.
Modern Metro is a responsive column-based theme with unlimited colors options. While its Web version scrolls horizontally, the mobile version still adopts the vertical scrolling orientation. You can even set multiple featured images for each of your pages and posts. With the built-in share panel, visitors can share your work with ease.
WebStudio is a portfolio theme that can be used to showcase photographs, illustrations, designs, paintings and other artwork. There are four light and four dark color schemes to choose from. Along with that, you’ll get built-in SEO and marketing tools, a unique backend CMS, custom widgets, auto image-resizing and more.
Montana is a simple portfolio theme with five color variations, shortcodes and a contact form with Google Map integration. This is a great theme for designers, photographers, artists and illustrators. There are numerous page templates to choose from, including a horizontal-scrolling blog.
Stuff is a column-based theme with horizontal-scrolling pages and would work great for a blog or portfolio. There are 12 color schemes, two portfolio templates and two page templates. There’s also a simple contact form with spam prevention. You can easily add your Google Analytics script (or any other tracking system) in the admin options.
Acid is a unique and responsive and comes in three different themes: colorful hipster, serious black and retro grandma. It would work great as a portfolio or blog. There are two different ways to display your portfolio and it features unlimited scrolling and retina-ready social icons. There’s a footer that can be switched on/off when you choose and there are unlimited background patterns and images.
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