Move over Parallax, there’s a new trend in town
Updated for 2018
For the last year or so it seemed like for most new WordPress themes it was all about that parallax design.
Why? Because parallax works at telling a story, it looks professional and it builds trust as well as preeminence (when done right mind you). But a new trend is emerging again now and I’ve taken quite a bit of time to find some great themes that offer this new type of design (it emerged back in 2013, but it’s now making a nice comeback). It’s known in the industry as a split layout and it’s quite helpful in doing the following:
- It gives your visitors an “a” or “b” option to click on.
- This is ideal for introducing your website with a call to action as well as a second option for them to dive deeper into your website.
- At it’s core, split designs are minimal with no scrolling for the homepage. This allows you to compact a lot of information into your important pages without overwhelming your visitors with a wall of text.
- You’ve seen this before with landing pages. You know the ones, with a call to action on the left or right with a person or something looking at the opt in form. Now you can use it for your blog, business or information business.
- A split design is perfect for an “about me” website, or if you’re in need of an online portfolio or a resume website.
So let’s get right to the list for this weeks Split Layout WordPress Themes
1) Let’s begin our list with this offering from Design Nova called Aura.
On the left side are the page titles and on the right side is the page content. It’s a unique layout in that as you scroll you move seamlessly from one page to the next without having to click. So when you’re at the top your on the homepage. Scroll down and it moves to the next item in your navigation. For example, the most recent blog post excerpt. Once you click on a link on the right then you’re taken to the correct page.
A unique design that packs a lot of information into the homepage that is very easy to navigate. Check out Aura here.
2) Next up is ReBloom from bloooming
This is a versatile theme with the option to have the navigation go 100% vertical on the left hand side or more interestingly, have it split the middle of your website with a hero image off to the left and the page content on the right. I like having it split the homepage down the middle and having it off to the left once you explore deeper into the website. This way, it give your website a unique look, it makes the homepage look and feel like a homepage, and it allows your pages and blog posts to work at their full potential without distracting visitors with the navigation in the middle.
A one of a kind design, take a look at ReBloom here.
3) Soapbox from Eugeno
A very sexy, well designed split theme that’s designed for the creative blogger. Particularly fashion, design and photography blogs. If your online work includes a heavy use of pictures, this theme makes a lot of sense as the design take advantage of beautiful large images. If you’re not crazy about pictures, it’s probably best to just safely ignore this one.
If you’re looking for a bold, fashionable theme with a lot of simple back end customization that takes advantage of large beautiful images, Soapbox is a great choice.
4) One word, UBER
I seriously love this theme. It has a bunch of variant layouts, one of them being split screen, all of them equally amazing and beautiful. It comes with a hamburger menu (delicious – kidding). Meaning you click the menu button then the menu options pop up without needing a navigation bar. They also kept it clean, simple and readable for your blog posts. Ideal for agencies, web designers, photographers and other sort of creative types.
If you want to use this for a blog, it can definitely work, just don’t over do it with the design and keep in mind that the colors that work best for this theme are either whites or blacks. Giving it a level of professionalism and high society. Not ideal if you’re wanting an aggressive design.
My favorite theme on this list so far, you can check out the theme demo for UBER here.
5) Bringing up the rear is PhotoPharm!
I’m not crazy on the name since pharm reminds me of a drug store and not a photography theme. Otherwise this is a pretty impressive theme with one target audience. Photographers, and better yet, travel photographers…I’m looking at you Trashhand. This theme is perfect for a travel blog where the imagery is at center stage and not the details of the trip.
If you’re a photographer and want a beautiful split screen design check out PhotoPharm.
Are there any free themes that offer split screen? Perhaps. But this is a premium feature that takes a lot of work to design properly. So much work that no designer or team of designers want to put in that sort of time in and just give it away for free. If you do find a free theme that you really like that offers a split feature, I want to know. Hit me up on the contact page and surprise me. Thanks for reading and subscribe already 🙂