You’ve most definitely heard about it, you’ve definitely seen it – parallax scrolling themes seem to be the new darling of web design and, for a change, it’s a great trend to exploit. But don’t worry if you’ve heard the buzzword and still don’t know what it means – today we’ll tell you a bit more about parallax and even share 3 themes that use the effect well in order to captivate your audience’s attention.
What is parallax scrolling?
The basic concept of the parallax effect is not new – in fact, it’s so old that the term comes from Greek, meaning ‘alteration’. This is because parallax denotes the alteration of the apparent position for two elements lying on different planes of sight. Too abstract? OK, imagine you’re riding in a car and looking out the window – the trees near the road seem to be moving fast, while the distant mountains ‘move’ much slower. This is parallax.
When talking about web design, the parallax scrolling effect is achieved through HTML5 and CSS, and makes background and foreground elements move at different speeds.
Why do you need parallax?
I’m not going to tell you that you absolutely need parallax – maybe you’re old fashioned and don’t want to change with the times? Maybe you don’t want to visually engage your visitors? OK, all jokes aside, parallax scrolling may become an invaluable asset to your website because:
- it improves the experience of site visitors;
- it engages users and keeps their attention on the page;
- it can give your site a more professional look and feel;
- it will give the feeling of interactivity, even for static sites with information that is rarely updated.
Surely, parallax is a great thing to try out – the only thing that might stop you is that parallax seems like something that is hard to do. But, frankly, it isn’t, if you’re using WordPress and the right theme.
3 Great Parallax WordPress Themes to Try Out
One of the more advanced and versatile options out there, Jkreativ can boast lots of downloads and many content users. The theme gives you complete control over the parallax effect, so you can determine the direction, speed and position of the elements. If your site relies on heavy imagery, Jkreativ offers a full set of gallery layouts. If you’re building a shop, you can rely on a nice integration with WooCommerce. It also works for long texts, to accommodate your blogging needs. And if you’re looking for something in between those formats, I’m sure you can do it with Jkreative, as well.
Morpheus looks great, is easy to work with and will even give you a good idea what it can do. In the demo, you’ll find several pre-made sites illustrating the different purposes Morpehus can serve, be it a restaurant site, a freelancer portfolio and CV or an event site. However, be warned – the theme heavily relies on quality imagery and you’ll have to thing about the visuals, if you want to do things right.
The theme looks like it might be the darling of hipsters and serious website tinkerers alike. It features a clean layout with a focus on content and imagery. The things I like the most are the panels where you can put text and buttons on top of images, as well as the card view for post collections – great for your blog. Willow is as versatile as the previous two themes and can handle a design agency site as well as a personal blog or a consultant profile.
Parallax looks like a polished pro effect, but you can easily add it to your site with the right WordPress theme. Do try out any one of our three suggestions in order to get the most out of parallax.