How to Create a WordPress Responsive Theme Based on Bootstrap

How to Create a WordPress Responsive Theme Based on Bootstrap

With so many devices with different resolutions, screen sizes, and operating systems, responsive websites and applications have become an essential requirement for a brand’s online presence.

More than 52% of all the web traffic comes from mobile devices and the number is on the rise. Web developers, marketers, and designers understand the huge potential if the website is responsive and can be viewed, navigated, and browsed through easily on any device, regardless of any resolution and aspect ratio.

Responsive themes are an approach to web designing in which elements of a website self-adjust according to screen sizes and browsers for better readability, user-experience, and load time. Developers and theme designers are cashing in on the concept of responsive websites.

Back in November 2013, Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team, released a video explaining that responsive design won’t negatively affect you in the SERPs. Further, Google has also published its guidelines on mobile-friendly websites that contain details about how Google treats responsive websites.

With the rise of smartphones and other similar devices, the use of desktops and laptops is on the (slow) decline. This means people are using their smartphones to search just about anything: from news to local stores, from flight inquiries to the latest movies. This rising trend presents a big business opportunity for the online community.

WordPress and Responsive Web

WordPress is the most popular CMS that powers a significant portion of the Internet. It enjoys support from a strong community of open-source developers and designers. With the rise of the responsive web design, many renowned theme developers switched over to responsive design and introduced easy-to-understand frameworks, like Redux Framework, Carrington Core, and Bootstrap, which is ideal for creating a responsive WordPress theme from scratch.

What Is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a toolkit that simplifies the dev process for complex web applications. It is the brainchild of the Twitter dev team and was made available to the open-source community. The framework became popular because of its lightweight structure as it is coded in LessCSS.

By adding Bootstrap to your website, you can call its classes to add pre-built elements like buttons, grids, tables, menu, etc. Similarly, you can make existing elements responsive, without adding complex media queries.

WordPress and Bootstrap can help you create a responsive theme that is suitable for a variety of screen sizes. Let’s see how a responsive theme is created using Bootstrap.

Create a WordPress Bootstrap Theme

Creating a WordPress bootstrap theme is actually an 8-step process. The good news – it is easy to build a Bootstrap powered theme.

Step 1: Unpack Bootstrap

  1. First of all, install WordPress on your domain.
  2. Download and unzip Bootstrap.
  3. Once done, connect



This article was written by Ahsan Parwez and originally published on The Official Cloudways Blog.

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