BuddyPress is the social networking plugin for WordPress that enables you to build your own Facebook. Whether you want to create a social space for your friends and family, develop a collaborative environment for your co-workers and colleagues, or somewhere in-between, the free and flexible BuddyPress plugin is for you.
While any good WordPress theme should work with this social network in a box plugin, choosing a purpose built template not only saves you lots of time and effort but also ensures that each feature of the plugin will match the rest of your website.
By choosing a theme with a good selection of BuddyPress page templates, your visitors will be treated to a consistent user experience as they move through your website. This covers the registration and login pages, the activity feeds, member profiles, private messaging tools, and more.
Some of these themes have also been built especially to integrate with the bbPress plugin. This is another tool for WordPress that lets you add social features to your site, this time in the form of discussion boards. Look out for support for membership plugins, e-commerce tools, and calendaring plugins if you want to charge your users a fee for accessing your site, sell items online, or manage virtual or offline events.
BuddyPress and its add-ons offer a wealth of social networking features that when combined with WordPress and the right theme, provide unlimited possibilities.
Boss has been created by BuddyPress specialists BuddyBoss. This is also their flagship theme so you know it’s going to be a good one.
The overall design and layout of this theme really is first class. If you don’t want your social networking site or online collaborative working space to look like it was created on the cheap, then Boss is a great choice. As well as the full BuddyPress integration that you would expect from a theme in this category, you also get access to a wealth of features to help your project become a success.
When building your website with this theme, you will have a great deal of control over the layout of your site, plenty of customization options to work with, and detailed settings and options to manage how your platform will work. Boss also offers full integration with the Sensei and LearnDash e-learning plugins. This means adding an LMS component to your website isn’t a problem either.
If you want to add membership features to your site, such as multiple member levels, and drip feed access to content, Boss includes full support for the free Paid Memberships Pro plugin. Using this plugin then gives you the ability charge for access to your site by using the best payment gateways out there. This includes PayPal, Stripe, and 2Checkout.
The BuddyBoss team also offers custom development services, so if you have an advanced project in the works, or just need a little extra help, be sure to get in touch.
KLEO has a demo configuration for every occasion, including a social network powered by the BuddyPress plugin. It’s also a theme that has been one of the most popular templates for BuddyPress users in 2016 at the ThemeForest marketplace.
While KLEO is packed with all the features you would expect from a modern premium WordPress theme, there are many that will be of particular interest to BuddyPress users. These features include all the page templates you will need to create your social network and online community, a BuddyPress profile search tool to help your members better connect with each other, and support for a popular geo-directory plugin for adding location-based features to your community.
As this is a fully multipurpose theme, if you want to add a shop, blog, forum, e-learning, or other components to your social networking site, it’s not a problem with KLEO.
As well as the social networking configuration, other modes you get access to with KLEO include a portfolio site, a Pinterest-style layout, an e-commerce mode, an e-learning setup, and a business directory listings website demo, plus many more. Each demo version can be installed in just a few clicks to help you get your website online in no time at all.
KLEO offers plenty of customizable design elements alongside impressive third party plugin integrations for adding many kinds of features to your site.
Klein is a community-focused WordPress theme with strong BuddyPress integration that has also been designed to work closely with the bbPress forum plugin, Paid Memberships Pro, and the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin.
This gives you plenty of options that cover the types of sites that can be built with Klein, ranging from simple community and social networking sites, through to those with online store capabilities, and discussion forums.
Creating the layout of your site is easy with the newly released version 2.0 of Klein. This is thanks mainly to the drag and drop layout builder which includes over 45 components, all of which can be added to your layouts in any position you want with ease.
As well as all the community-building possibilities of this theme, Klein also represents great value for money as it includes the premium best-selling Visual Composer page builder plugin, and the Slider Revolution content slider plugin. When purchased separately, these two plugins wouldn’t cost you much less than the price of this theme on its own making the package a great deal.
If you are building a community website then WordPress, BuddyPress, and the Klein theme combine to give you an effective solution that is easy to use.
Socialize is a flexible theme that has been built around the BuddyPress and bbPress plugins. This means that no matter what type of social or community website you are trying to build, this theme should be able to adapt to your needs.
To help draw in the attention of your visitors, Socialize features a good selection of animation effects which can be applied to the various elements of your website. There’s also four homepage layouts to choose from. This gives you a range of options when it comes to deciding how your website will greet new visitors.
With Socialize, the blog section of your website won’t look like an afterthought either. There are in fact six blog post layouts to choose from. This allows you to pick the right template for each piece of content you publish. However, when creating new content, the included premium Visual Composer plugin gives you plenty of freedom to create your own layouts and designs, all without editing any code yourself.
To help Socialize enable you to build almost any type of social website, full integration is on offer with some of the best plugins for WordPress. This includes an events calendar, the online shop builder plugin WooCommerce, and the multilingual content manager WPMU.
Socialize can be used for a wide range of purposes, all of which will feature BuddyPress or bbPress at their core.
NRGnetwork makes it easy for your visitors to sign up and join your social network. This includes giving them the ability to sign in using their existing account from another social network like Facebook, or creating a new account.
Once logged in, you and your users can share their work or news, and get feedback from the community. By using the powerful BuddyPress plugin and its growing library of add-ons, you can make it easy for your visitors to like each other’s content, follow each other, and send private messages amongst themselves.
In the package, you will find the premium Visual Composer and Revolution Slider plugins. These two tools make it easy to add custom layouts to your site or build advanced content slideshows.
NRGnetwork includes a great selection of custom page templates that cover all of the main elements of a BuddyPress social network.
Sweet Date has been designed primarily for those using WordPress and BuddyPress to build a dating website. However, this theme is easily customized and can be modified to suit any type of community you wish to build, all without the need to edit any code.
As part of the customization settings of the Sweet Date theme is the option to feature a prominent content slider on the homepage of your site, or simply display a static image. Other popular features of the Sweet Date theme include a fully responsive and Retina-ready design,
It’s also worth noting that Sweet Date is integrated tightly with the Paid Memberships Pro plugin which allows you to easily create a membership site. Paid Membership Pro includes the ability to define multiple membership levels, each with their own level of access and optional membership fees, as well as the ability to charge for access on a recurring subscription basis. You can even offer free trial access to help entice visitors to join your network and help grow your community.
If you want to build a community using BuddyPress, but also take it one step further and create a fully-fledged membership site too, then Sweet Date and its high levels of compatibility make it a great choice.
OneCommunity, working together with the free BuddyPress plugin, allows visitors to your site to sign up and create an account, and then begin creating profiles, posting messages, and connecting with each other, all in a visually pleasing environment, thanks to the attractive design of this theme.
This BuddyPress WordPress theme includes nine colour schemes which can be applied at the click of a button, giving you plenty of appearance options. Other community-based features include pop-up notifications of new messages, protected content for members only, and all the internal pages needed for managing a community BuddyPress-powered website.
Full integration with bbPress is also covered, which means adding a discussion forum to your site takes no time at all. OneCommunity also works with the 100s of available extensions for BuddyPress making it a smart choice for those managing a site with growing needs.
If you want to create your own social network for a community, society, business, school, or other group of people, then let WordPress and BuddyPress take care of the functionality, while OneCommunity handles the design and appearance.
Mingle has racked up an impressive number of sales and has been constantly updated since its initial release. If you want a tried and tested theme with BuddyPress support then Mingle is just what you are looking for.
As well as its well-designed handling of all the BuddyPress features, such as social networking, messaging, groups, and content sharing, the Mingle theme includes an impressive amount of features which have been added to the theme since its release.
For those that want unlimited options covering how their homepages are configured, the drag and drop layout manager will appeal. Despite the theme being built for developing a BuddyPress-powered community site, Mingle isn’t limited to just one type of use and includes support for adding a portfolio, gallery, and regular blog posts, to your site, all using this professional design.
If you want a BuddyPress theme that has been on the market for some time now, and has been tested by thousands of users, then Mingle could be a safe choice.
Plexus differs from most of the other BuddyPress-focused themes on offer in that it has been designed to work closely with WordPress Multisite. However, even if you don’t plan to create a network of sites using Multisite, this theme is still a great choice.
The design of Plexus will immediately help your site standout from the competition, thanks to a clean and refreshing approach to the visual presentation of this theme. However, the included skin manager makes editing and creating your own designs very easy. The support for Retina high resolution displays means that your visitors using these high-end screens will be impressed with your site’s design.
Plexus also includes the premium LayerSlider and Visual Composer plugins, making it very easy to add powerful sliders to your posts and pages, while also giving you the ability to add many elements, and create custom layouts for your content.
With a great design, tight bbPress and BuddyPress integration and strong Multisite support, Plexus is ideal for any one with big ambitions for their social network or community website.
Salutation might not be the newest BuddyPress-ready theme on the market, but with a few years of development and feedback from users under their belt, the developers can confidently state that is a well-maintained and supported product that has only gotten better over time.
As well as being designed for use with BuddyPress, the Salutation theme has also been built with bbPress users in mind, and who want to add a discussion forum to their site, either on its own or as part of their community social networking features.
As this theme has lots of settings, configuration possibilities, and features, it’s great to know that the developers have created a series of video tutorials for setting up your site and making the most of the theme. These video guides are in addition to the regular text and image based guides and tutorials on offer.
If you want a well looked after BuddyPress and bbPress theme that is backed up with a library of support materials, then Salutation is one theme that won’t leave you to fend on your own once you’ve handed over your card details.
Cinematix is a bbPress and BuddyPress-compatible theme with a bold visual design that will help your community website stand out from the crowd.
The appearance of the site isn’t the only feature of Cinematix that is worthy of your attention though. For those who appreciate being able to easily change the colour scheme of their site, the 10 colour schemes that come with this theme will be seen as a welcome inclusion. There are also two alternate front page layouts to choose from, with the metro-style design being a great option.
Other features of the Cinematix BuddyPress theme include templates for all the necessary pages that BuddyPress uses, a wider than usual 1280px width, and a great library of shortcodes.
As well as being built for use with BuddyPress and bbPress, this theme also seamlessly integrates with WooCommerce and Events Manager, while also working well on a WordPress Multisite network.
If the design of Cinematix appeals to you then you can choose this theme safe in the knowledge that its great looks are backed up by all the features you need to build a fully-functioning social network and online community with WordPress.
Razor has been built with a clean and uncluttered design that makes it a great choice for anyone building a BuddyPress site for a professional business or organization. Its modern look and understated appearance is in strong contrast to some of the other community-building themes available for WordPress that are focused more towards the hobbyist and entertainment niches.
With the Razor social network theme for WordPress, you get to choose from a selection of skins that allow you to change the site’s appearance in just a click of the mouse. The homepage of your site built using this theme will do a great job of portraying a professional image to your visitors, before making it easy for them to sign up to your BuddyPress-powered network.
The theme also includes a responsive layout for mobile support, Retina device support, a library of icons for insertion into your content, a white label admin interface, and bbPress ready discussion forums.
Razor is the ideal choice for WordPress users looking for a professional theme for their BuddyPress social network. It also comes with a number of video tutorials for helping you to get the most out of this theme.
Bounce has a strong leaning towards professional organizations that are seeking to build an online community or social network. The tight integration with BuddyPress and bbPress make this more than just a regular WordPress theme that works with these two plugins, but one that includes all the templates required for setting up a social network and discussion forum website.
The homepage is highly customizable and thanks to the use of shortcodes, almost any layout design can be achieved. There are also seven colour skins to be found in the Bounce theme, which makes changing the colour scheme very easy.
If you want a flexible and responsive WordPress theme with strong BuddyPress support then Bounce should be on your shortlist.
Flix is great for those who want their blog to share the limelight with the social networking capabilities of their BuddyPress-powered website.
If you want to build a true community around your blog, or ensure your content is widely available to your social networking and community users, then Flix is a great choice.
The homepage of your site when using this theme is highly customizable, but in most configurations the layout gives equal weight to your published content and the content generated by your community users.
If you run a multi-author blog then the Flix BuddyPress theme will be even more of a good fit, thanks to the tabbed view of the author profiles which can be added to the homepage, using the theme’s SmartTab feature.
Overall Flix is a good match for those who are focussed on content creation and regular blogging just as much as their site’s social network and discussion forums.
Buddy has a slight retro feel, which isn’t a polite way of saying its looks are dated, but that it uses a timeless layout that is often overlooked for more fancy and overblown designs.
With this Buddy theme you are going back to basics in some ways, but in terms of features and integrations, this theme is cutting edge. The responsive Retina-ready design means your users will be just as at home on your site whether they are using a smartphone or tablet, while also getting a great impression of your site thanks to its support for the latest generation of high resolution monitors.
While BuddyPress users are well catered for, those wishing to add a discussion forum to their site with the bbPress plugin are also well supported. Other features include a selection of custom layouts, a library of shortcodes, a skin manager, and front-end login and registration pages.
Buddy is a multi-purpose WordPress theme, but one that BuddyPress users will be able to use to its fullest potential.
WildCommunity is a BuddyPress WordPress theme that checks all the boxes when it comes to evaluating a theme of this type.
As well as all the BuddyPress and bbPress features which make integration with these community-building plugins very straightforward, even for new users of these tools, WildCommunity comes with a whole host of great web design elements that help it to deliver a nice looking and easy to use website.
There are four homepage designs to choose from once you’ve installed this theme, giving you a nice selection of options for how visitors will experience your site once they arrive. WildCommunity also includes a varied selection of shortcodes which can even be used in the bbPress forums, which is something your members should appreciate.
With support for Multisite, compatibility with WooCommerce and WPML, this is a well designed theme that opens up a world of possibilities.
Xphoria is a great theme for anyone who is building an online community or social network with WordPress and BuddyPress. If the dark colour scheme doesn’t match the image of your brand or community, the included white colour scheme probably will.
To ensure maximum compatibility with all of the features of the free BuddyPress plugin and its many extensions, the Xphoria theme includes templates for all the pages that are used by this plugin, such as the registration, log in, and community pages, not to mention the popup notification windows.
Other features of the Xphoria BuddyPress theme include a nice and spacious 1280px wide layout, lots of shortcodes for inserting page elements into your content, suitability for use on a Multisite network, and translation readiness with support for the WPML plugin.
The excellent design of Xphoria makes it ideal for a certain type of site, so make sure you take a look at it to determine if it’s a good match for your community project.