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 is the number one best-selling WordPress theme in ThemeForest’s BuddyPress category, currently with more than 20,000 sales. It’s a multipurpose theme that provides you with demos for various occasions, including pre-designed templates for over 40 inner BuddyPress pages.
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.
Reign is a BuddyPress and bbPress theme for creating online communities with WordPress.
If you want to launch an interactive website that not only has all the features you need but looks great, Reign is hard to beat. Thanks to all the useful functionality and support for third-party plugins, you can use Reign for a range of projects, including launching an online community, creating your own social network-style website, or building a platform for delivering online courses and other learning content. As Reign has good ecommerce support, selling physical products and digital downloads from your WordPress website is very straightforward as is collecting payments online for other purposes.
To help you get your website up and running as quickly as possible, the stylish templates of Reign can be imported into your WordPress dashboard in just a few clicks. The recommended and required plugins can be activated very easily too. This then leaves you to add your own unique content to the site, or if you want to, start customizing the overall appearance of your new BuddyPress website.
If you do want to personalize your website, you can use the varied settings and controls that are accessible through the theme options control panel. Installing your choice of page builder plugin is an option too if you want even more creative control over the design of your site.
When it comes to BuddyPress-related features, Reign doesn’t disappoint. When you activate this theme, you get access to some useful widgets to display BuddyPress content and features around your site. You can also enable other features such as social media logins, profile searching, member reviews, and much more.
To find out more about this theme and how it works, you can log in to a test site built with Reign and try out the user experience for yourself.
Olympus is a social networking WordPress theme that is fully compatible with BuddyPress.
To make Olympus a suitable choice for creating a BuddyPress website, this theme comes with all the templates you’ll need to make full use of this popular plugin. With BuddyPress and Olympus installed on your WordPress website, you’ll be able to add countless community and social networking features to your site.
To give you an idea of the types of websites this theme is best suited to, Olympus comes with demos and templates for creating online directories, events sites, and even online shops. The individual templates in the Olympus package ensure that you’re able to add FAQs, member pages, member activity feeds, and user profile content to your website.
Through the functionality of Olympus and the BuddyPress plugin, you should find it easy to give your users lots of privileges to help you create an online community around your chosen topic. This includes displaying all of your member profiles in a stylish format complete with their profile photo and contact details and adding newsfeeds to your site. All of the content on these pages can be controlled to ensure that your site is set up in exactly the right way for your project, with the privacy of your users in mind. Regardless of what type of project you’re working on, from business portals to community support groups, these elements are sure to come in handy.
While BuddyPress is at the heart of this theme, the popular Youzer user profile plugin for BuddyPress is also heavily integrated into the Olympus theme. Thanks to this, you’ll be able to take the user handling capabilities of your website to the next level.
All of the Olympus templates can be fully customized, thanks to the inclusion of the premium WPBakery Page Builder plugin.
BeSocial has been built around the BuddyPress plugin to provide you with everything needed to launch your own social networking community.
However, BeSocial isn’t only focused on BuddyPress. This theme includes full support for the bbPress discussion forum plugin, giving you even more options for adding interactive and community building features to your website. WooCommerce is another plugin that can be seamlessly added to your website, enabling you to sell products, services, and experiences.
However, when it comes to social networking features, BeSocial has plenty to offer. Adding the Facebook comments feature to your site is easy, giving your visitors another way to interact with your content and each other. Your BuddyPress members can also create connections and see mutual friends at the touch of a button. Adding photos and other information to member profiles is part of the package too. If you want to know more, you can try out an admin demo for this theme. This gives you a quick way to see for yourself how all these features and the rest of BeSocial works.
Customizing your website is straightforward too. BeSocial features a detailed set of theme options that can be accessed through the WordPress Customizer interface. Now you can modify many aspects of your site, through a user interface that offers a live preview of your work. When it comes to customizing the individual pages of your site, the SiteOrigin Page Builder plugin is on hand to help. You can also use this drag-and-drop website builder to design new layouts for your content. With 20 custom widgets included in the package, the SiteOrigin Page Builder plugin certainly isn’t lacking in features or functionality.
Getting started with BeSocial only takes a few clicks and after installing this theme, all the best social networking features will be readily available.
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.
7. Sweet Date
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.
Cera is an intranet and community WordPress theme built around the BuddyPress plugin.
To help you create your BuddyPress website, this theme has been designed to take full advantage of this popular social networking plugin. Some of the features and functionality of this theme and its supported plugins give you the ability to easily add member and group directories to your website. Thanks to this, you can display lists of your users in an easy-to-read format, while also displaying a range of information about them. All of your users get access to a nicely designed user dashboard area, too, giving them a stylish and functional way to manage their accounts.
If your users would like to communicate with each other through your website, Cera and BuddyPress can make that possible. Thanks to the secure private messaging system, you can implement this functionality without much trouble at all. Adding private forums to your website is easy as well with this theme. As Cera also works very well with the bbPress plugin, you can create a space for your registered users to post messages, ask each other questions, share ideas, and get to know each other better.
If you want to make your website even more social, you can enable features that are popular on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Some examples of these social networking features include an activity wall that lets your users share their thoughts and latest content with their followers, photo and video galleries for storing and publishing a range of media, and the ability for users to connect with each other by becoming friends in a similar way to how relationships and connections work in Facebook.
While BuddyPress and its add-ons provide most of the interactive features for your website, the Cera theme will give you lots of templates to work with. Thanks to the four complete website demos in the Cera package, you get a good selection of options for how your site will look.
Cera should give you the ability to add any functionality you need to your WordPress community website.
Thrive is a powerful WordPress theme for building intranet, extranet, and online community portals.
With BuddyPress compatibility at the heart of this theme, simply activating Thrive and the bundled plugins will help turn your standard WordPress website into a fully functioning community portal. Using these tools, your visitors can now create an account, build their profiles, and start interacting with each other. All the necessary content templates are included in the Thrive package, covering the registration, login, and user profile pages. While these templates do look good, as the Visual Composer plugin is included, you can easily edit them to ensure they meet your requirements.
Thrive also includes the premium Slider Revolution plugin, giving you a straightforward way to customize the demo slideshows or create your own presentations from scratch. There’s also an events management tool and a number of useful BuddyPress add-ons in the package to help upgrade your site. Compatibility with the leading ecommerce and online course delivery plugins is also part of the Thrive feature list. This gives you the ability to grow your online community website in a number of interesting ways.
The three website demos that have now been added to Thrive cover a selection of different projects, making this a well rounded BuddyPress WordPress theme.
Seeko has been designed to help you build a dating-focused community website with WordPress and BuddyPress.
While you could create any type of community website with Seeko, if you’re planning to launch a dating or mentoring community site, this theme should be of interest. With two pre-built website modes created for exactly these types of projects, you should be able to lay the foundation for your community very quickly if you choose Seeko.
As well as the focused pre-built content, you get access to some useful features to help make your website a success. One example of this is the powerful search tool that aims to give your users the ability to find exactly the type of person they’re looking for, whether that’s someone to date or a mentor – although you could easily adjust the focus of this theme for other types of matchmaking sites. Speaking of matchmaking, Seeko also has its own matchmaking system that uses a flexible algorithm to help your users build better connections. Other reasons to consider Seeko for your website include the counters, galleries, and pricing tables.
Thanks to the tight integration with the powerful Elementor page builder plugin, you can easily customize all of the pre-built templates in the Seeko theme package. Therefore, if you want to launch a custom BuddyPress website for yourself or your clients, Seeko and its supported plugins can help. Support for the leading ecommerce plugins should come in handy too, especially if you want to charge your users a fee for accessing your community. Customer support is available seven days a week, should you need any help using this theme.
With powerful searching and matching features, Seeko can help you create a strong community website with WordPress.
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.
Aardvark is a multipurpose BuddyPress WordPress theme with lots of demos.
This theme can be used in a number of different ways and for a wide range of projects. Some examples of the types of websites you can build with Aardvark and BuddyPress include online communities, paid membership sites, and online course platforms. Even though you can launch other types of sites with Aardvark, the best way to use this theme is to create an interactive site where your visitors can sign up, log in, and start connecting with each other or your content. Thanks to the social media registration and login functionality, your visitors won’t even need to sign up if you don’t want to make them do so. Instead, they can just use their existing accounts on sites like Facebook and Twitter to gain access to your website.
As you might expect from a multipurpose BuddyPress WordPress theme, you get a lot of pre-built demos to choose from when starting your site. With demos that cover dating, social networks, intranet, eLearning sites, plus many more, you should be able to find a suitable option here for your BuddyPress-powered portal.
You’re not just limited to using the templates and layouts of Aardvark though. This theme comes with the premium WPBakery Page Builder plugin, giving you full control over how your website will look. Whether you want to edit the templates or create your own designs, it’s possible with Aardvark and its library of tools. Aardvark works with all the best third-party plugins too, so if you want to add ecommerce functionality to your site, online course creation features, or membership capabilities, it’s not a problem.
Aardvark has good support for right-to-left (RTL) languages and also works with the best multilingual plugins. Therefore, if you want to publish content in more than one language, or translate your site, you’ll be able to do so with this theme.
Whatever type of BuddyPress website you want to build, you should able to get the job done with Aardvark.
Lynk is a social networking and community WordPress theme that’s built around the BuddyPress plugin.
To help you get started and launch the right type of website for your audience, the Lynk theme has a varied selection of demos. You can view and explore these demos on the Lynk website, however, to give you an idea of the type of projects they’re suitable for, some of the demos include designs for an interactive magazine website, a social network, and an online community site. Each of the main demos has multiple variations to give you lots of options for how your website will look.
In addition to the ready-made website demos, Lynk has lots of online community-related features to ensure your website can do what you want. This includes full support for the BuddyPress and bbPress WordPress plugins that will add the useful community and social network functionality to your website. There’s also a good selection of templates for all the pages your site is likely to need, such as the user registration, user profile, and login pages. Lynk has also been built to work with the WPML multilingual plugin that will give you the ability to publish your website content in more than one language.
Other notable features of Lynk include a one-click demo importer tool, an installation wizard to help you get set up, and a good set of online documentation that explains how to use this theme. Lynk also has full WooCommerce plugin support, should you wish to sell products and services from your website or charge your users a fee for access to your content.
Lynk is a highly customizable BuddyPress and bbPress WordPress theme with a fully modern design.
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.
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.