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If you think that awe-inspiring parallax scrolling websites are the sole preserve of the coding genius, think again.

Highly interactive and narratively driven web pages are a fantastic way to engage visitors on your website and hold their attention. The pages themselves are static and rely on the user to scroll with a mouse, finger swipe or an arrow key to generate movement, this achieves a unique storytelling experience.

For some inspiring examples, check out Chris Lake’s 14 scrolling websites that tell a story and parallax scrolling websites are also one of our crucial web design trends of 2015.

Creating this type of page has become a lot easier thanks to HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery, and there are loads of templates now available for your own WordPress site. 

The examples below are recommended based on the demo versions and the quality of the customer reviews. I haven’t installed or used them myself, I’m merely highlighting them as an example of what you can achieve with your own WordPress site.

Brooklyn

In demo this is certainly one of the more impressive templates on offer and seems to offer great value for money.

You can choose between one-page or multi page versions, with the ability to make any element parallax and there are loads of different options for navigation and background styles.

Baylie

This template features a full screen slideshow, contemporary flat design and the ability to use the full width of the page with massive images.

Parallax

This one has an infinite scroll… you can just keep jabbering on forever here.

Renova

From an aesthetic point of view this one looks gorgeous. Smooth scrolling, flat design and huge background images.

The animation that follows your mouse while hovering over the image links is also particularly pleasing.

Vortex

Vortex is a detailed, fully customisable flat template that gives you the choice between fullscreen image, slider or YouTube video for the header background.

Zoo

Featuring all kinds of custom scrolling animations and the ability to make any element parallax.

OneUp

A gorgeous theme that retains its images and animation when viewed on smaller devices. It also features ecommerce integration.

RockoX

A one page, parallax and responsive template. There are a variety of dark and light layouts available, simple colourful animation and ecommerce pages available.

Next

A very playful and charming template, with fantastic tiled design and smooth animation.

Parallax Pro

A simple and elegant vertical design, worth checking out for the mobile and desktop versions.

Mercurial

This template looks super smooth and feels incredibly fluid when scrolling.

_Nspiredise

An attractive, sophisticated template with super smooth animation.

For more WordPress themes check out these 10 responsive themes for WordPress beginners.

Christopher Ratcliff

Published 6 May, 2014 by Christopher Ratcliff

Christopher Ratcliff is the editor of Methods Unsound. He was the Deputy Editor of Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via Google+ and LinkedIn

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Paul Brewster, Proprietor at eapb Marketing Consultancy

Hi

Thank you for the article.

Awe inspiring web design that drives user engagement for the purpose of increasing website conversion rates is a great feature.

Regards

Paul Brewster

over 2 years ago

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Wendy Coombes

Christopher thank you for consolidating these parallax wordpress templates here. They are a great way for marketers to create highly engaging website content. I have always been concerned about the single page design and its (potentially) detrimental impact on SEO. I found this article by Carla Dawson on the Moz Blog, that addresses these concerns.

http://moz.com/blog/parallax-scrolling-websites-and-seo-a-collection-of-solutions-and-examples

Thank you again for the great round up.

over 2 years ago

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Parallax Templates

I love parallax scrolling. I know that techinque is old, maybe more then 10 years but for sure will be trendy in 2014 like it was in 2013 :) Nice exmples and list :)

over 2 years ago

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Andrew Jake

It is nice example of websites, even the parallax web design idea makes your ideas a way what user require, but 90% people don't know about what parallax website it and other fact about this website is, it is not search engine friendly as what Moz blog says - "simple way to optimize parallax website"

over 2 years ago

Nitesh Pundhir

Nitesh Pundhir, MAnager at Business consultant

Its a awesome blog,for website the logo design is also plays a vital role.Today we have a lot number of websites for that we need some perfect logo design and you can get it from the designhill.

7 months ago

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