12 Best Community WordPress Themes 2019

If you want to create a community website, these WordPress themes will provide you with a stylish design for your site as well as lots of useful features.

In this collection of the best community WordPress themes, you’ll find lots of different options for your website. As all of these themes feature at least one pre-built community website demo, you’re sure to find a suitable design for your project. All of the demos in these theme package include a stylish homepage layout as well as templates for all the other internal pages your online community is likely to need. This pre-built content covers the member profile pages, the user activity sections, the discussion and messaging areas, and much more.

Many of these WordPress community themes are highly customizable, making it easy to adjust the appearance of your website. Depending on which of these themes you choose, you might also get access to a premium drag-and-drop page builder plugin for customizing your website further. However, even if your chosen theme doesn’t include a page builder tool, you can easily add one to your site by installing a free plugin like Elementor.

To provide the community features your website will need, these themes all fully support the BuddyPress plugin. Thanks to this, you can enable lots of extra functionality to ensure your community site is a success. Some of these themes also have good support for the leading membership and eLearning plugins, giving you even more options for the type of website you can create.

If you’re looking for a WordPress community theme, you’re sure to find the right one for your project in this collection.

Kleo

Kleo has everything needed to create a professional community or social networking website with WordPress.

Packed with high-quality pre-built website demos, Kleo gives you lots of options for your online community. Among the demos are designs for creating communities that are focused on delivering educational, corporate, entertainment, and eLearning content. Therefore, whatever type of website you need to create, Kleo should be a suitable theme.

In addition to the website demos, Kleo has lots of useful interactive and networking features that have helped it earn a place in this collection of the best community WordPress themes. A key part of this is the fact that this theme has been built around the powerful BuddyPress plugin. Thanks to this, you can use the community features of the tried and tested BuddyPress plugin to turn WordPress into a social networking platform. Although most themes should work with BuddyPress, themes like Kleo allow you to take full advantage of this tool and its many add-ons.

Although Kleo comes with lots of stylish templates and layouts for your community website, you aren’t limited to using these designs. Kleo makes it very easy to personalize your online community hub, thanks mainly to great support for the WordPress Customizer interface that gives you full control over the appearance of your site. Furthermore, the Kleo package includes the premium WPBakery Page Builder tool that allows you to edit the demos through an intuitive drag-and-drop visual interface. So whether you’re looking for a theme that can be used without any customization work or you’d like more control over how your site looks, Kleo is a good option.

With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Kleo is the number one best-selling BuddyPress theme available today.

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Olympus

Olympus has been created to help you build your own social networking and online community website.

With a great mix of features and pre-built content, Olympus aims to provide you with everything that’s required to launch your own busy online community hub. Although you only get one website demo to work with, this does simplify the process of getting started. Less choice means you can launch your new website without too much deliberation and begin building your online community. However, that’s not to say that Olympus is lacking in options. The pre-built website demo comes with all the templates your site is likely to need, including a stylish homepage design.

As well as the pre-built content, you do get access to the best-selling WPBakery Page Builder tool to customize the appearance of your website. Therefore, if there’s any aspect of the main Olympus website demo that’s not quite to your liking you can easily edit it through the visual interface of this premium plugin. Other customization work can be carried out through the easily accessible admin panel, giving you control over the colors, fonts, and layout properties of your community website.

Another nice aspect of the Olympus theme is the setup wizard which walks you through the process of creating your website. As working with these feature-rich themes can require multiple tasks to be completed, it’s good to see that something has been added to Olympus to help simplify this process.  This theme also comes with lots of useful documentation to help you make the most of your website and get it working in the way that you want. There’s a 14-day refund policy in place too, if you discover that Olympus isn’t for you after all.

Built around the BuddyPress plugin, Olympus is ideal for creating social networking and community sites with WordPress.

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Aardvark

Aardvark can help you create a wide range of websites with a community focus.

For those planning to launch an online community, whether it’s a membership site, a social network, an eLearning platform, or some other type of project, Aardvark could be the theme for the job. Created by an author with lots of experience of developing themes for BuddyPress, Aardvark integrates seamlessly with this popular community building WordPress plugin.  Not only that, but you can use any of the many add-ons available for BuddyPress to enhance the community aspects of your site.

The Aardvark theme has also been designed to work closely with the Paid Membership Pro plugin. Thanks to this, you can either use this theme to create a membership website or add membership features to your online community site. With a tool like Paid Memberships Pro, you can create multiple membership levels, including free and paid plans, collect recurring payments, and easily control exactly which content your members get access to. Another way that this theme can be used is to purchase the supported Sensei plugin and start adding eLearning features to your WordPress website. Thanks to this, creating courses, quizzes, and other assessments is very straightforward, giving you even more options for your community WordPress website.

If you check out the many Aardvark demos, you should find a design that’s perfect for your project. But if not, don’t worry. The premium WPBakery Page Builder plugin is included at no extra cost, giving you the ability to edit any of the demo content to meet your needs. There are also over 200 theme options to work with, that can be accessed through the admin panel. These settings cover everything from uploading the logo image, adjusting the fonts, and configuring the header and footer areas of your site.

Aardvark is a highly flexible theme that lets you interact with your community in many different ways.

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Lynk

Lynk is a recently updated social networking and community WordPress theme.

With a fully refreshed look and feel, Lynk should appeal to anyone who wants to launch a modern community website with WordPress. In the Lynk theme package, you get access to a wealth of templates and pre-built content for creating all types of online community websites. So whether you want to build an interactive directory that your visitors can sign up to and start adding content to, you want to create a traditional membership site with protected content, or you want to launch an online community with social networking features, Lynk is more than ready.

The features of this theme and its recommended plugins make it possible to add discussion forums to your website, create groups for your members, and let your users connect with each other and send messages through your site. If you do want to add a directory component to your website, features like the interactive maps, flexible search forms, and geolocation tool will definitely come in handy.

People creating content-rich websites should find that Lynk is a good fit for their projects too. With lots of templates for publishing articles on your site, anyone who wants to launch an interactive magazine with a community aspect will appreciate the many relevant features of Lynk. Promoting events on your site is easy as well, thanks to the support for the leading event calendaring plugins. Other features like social media logins, the ability to publish social media content on your website, and a fully mobile responsive design will help to make your website more attractive to your target audience. There are plenty of customization tools and settings too, ensuring that your website will look the way that you want.

As well as the community features, Lynk has some good ecommerce templates for those who also want to sell products online.

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Socialize

Socialize is a multi-purpose BuddyPress theme for building online communities and social networks.

Socialize has multiple page layouts to help you assemble the right type of design for your online community. Due to the many ways this theme can be used, if you want to create a content-focused website that has lots of social networking and community features, or you’d rather just build a community website, Socialize covers both options.

If you do go down the content route, you can use the many templates in the Socialize package to publish your articles in the right format. You can then give your readers the ability to sign up at your site and start interacting with each other and your content. Part of this functionality includes letting your users rate your articles and discuss them, as well as upload their own content to your site.

If you’re planning to launch your own social networking and community website, then thanks to integration with the BuddyPress plugin, you can add almost countless features to your site, including instant messaging, live chat, and groups. You can also let your users create detailed profiles and post updates to their activity feeds. As this is a very flexible theme, you get full control over how your online community or social networking site functions.

The design of your site can be just as easily customized when using the Socialize theme. The powerful theme options control panel takes care of the site-wide adjustments you want to make, while the WPBakery Page Builder is on hand to help you personalize the individual pages that make up your website. Other extras, like the sticky sidebars and multiple header layouts, give you more choice when it comes to setting up your website.

If you’re looking for a well-established community WordPress theme Socialize is a safe choice.

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Cinematix

Cinematix is now on version 2.0 with a new design and lots of updated features.

Billed as the ultimate BuddyPress theme, Cinematix has lots to offer those creating online community websites with WordPress. With over five years since its initial launch, Cinematix has been purchased over 1 thousand times and used on numerous projects. However, thanks to many updates and improvements over the years, Cinematix looks like a fully modern WordPress community theme.

If you check out the Cinematix website demo, you’ll see that this theme has a bold layout with lots of large images, full-width layouts, and big fonts. However, like many of the community WordPress themes in this collection, you can easily adjust those display properties if necessary. As well as the distinctive appearance of the Cinematix demos, the pre-built layouts include lots of useful features that are sure to enhance your online community WordPress website. This includes a panel that displays the profile photos of your members, complete with a filter for showing the most active, popular, or newest members.

The homepage layout also has a section for displaying information and links about the groups you’ve added to your site with BuddyPress. You can also display the latest posts from the optional discussion forums on the homepage of your site too. To summarize the design of the default homepage layout, you could say that its focus is on directing your new visitors and registered users to the most active parts of your website and the latest content that’s been added.

In addition to the default pre-built homepage layout, Cinematix also comes with over 40 page templates for all the content a busy community website is likely to have, including the private messaging system, the registration pages, the member friends pages, and much more. Therefore, if you’d like your site to have a consistent look throughout, Cinematix has all the templates you should need.

The Cinematix feature list has grown over the years to provide functionality for all types of community websites.

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OneCommunity

OneCommunity is another well-established community theme with a large user base.

The library of templates in the OneCommunity package now covers all the content you are likely to ever want to add to your online community website. This includes the login and registration pages, the user profile areas, the group pages, and the discussion forums. However, as this theme also includes the powerful WPBakery Page Builder plugin, you can easily edit this library of templates to ensure they work for your project. You can also use this drag-and-drop page builder tool to design your own templates from scratch, helping you to add any extra pages your project requires. There are also nine color schemes to choose from when setting up your site.

In addition to the useful community-building features of this theme, OneCommunity also has a strong eLearning element. Therefore, if you want to deliver online courses or add some educational content to your community website, OneCommunity and its integration with the LearnPress plugin makes it possible. By using the features of the LearnPress plugin, along with the eLearning templates of this theme, you can easily add quizzes, lessons, and much more to your WordPress website.

Another nice feature of OneCommunity is the inclusion of the premium Slider Revolution plugin. With this tool active on your website, you’ll be able to create animated slideshows and other presentation displays in order to promote your content and connect with your audience.

If you’d like an all-in-one solution for creating a community with online courses and other educational content, check out OneCommunity.

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Buddy

Buddy is a social networking WordPress theme for creating interactive online communities.

As the name suggests, this theme has been built to help you take full advantage of the BuddyPress plugin for WordPress. Thanks to this, you can use any of the many add-ons for BuddyPress, as well as the core features of the plugin to turn WordPress into your very own fully functioning social network.

If you take a look at the website demo for this theme, you’ll see that your social networking or community site can have a very familiar design. The default layout has a central column for displaying the latest activity from your users, while the columns on either side include links to member profiles and recent topics. However, you do get a good amount of control over how your website will look, so you’re not just limited to using Buddy in its default configuration. In fact, with unlimited sidebars, you can choose exactly what content is displayed on your website and when.

Due to the modular way this theme and its supporting plugins work, you can pick and choose which community features you want to enable on your site. Therefore, you could opt to use the groups and discussion forum features, but not the friendship request and private messaging systems.

Whatever type of online community website you want to create, Buddy should be able to help make it happen.

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Klein

Klein now works with all the latest versions of BuddyPress and bbPress to help you create a modern online community website.

Recently updated to provide you with a fresh design for your community website, Klein has some interesting templates to give your site a modern look throughout. Some examples of these templates include the designs for the user profile pages and support for custom cover images for groups. Thanks to this, your users can create more attractive profile pages and customize the look of the groups they start to appeal better to their target audience. If you want to give your members more control over how the community aspects of your site look, Klein is worth exploring.

While the pre-built content and templates have been recently updated, you’re still able to customize them by using the integrated drag-and-drop page builder tool. With the WPBakery Page Builder plugin included at no extra cost, you can quickly make changes to any of the templates in the Klein theme package. There’s also a powerful slideshow builder tool that will help you customize the pre-built sliders used in the demo templates as well as making your own unique presentations.

When it comes to configuring your site and controlling how the community features of it will work, this theme comes equipped with an easy to use admin panel. Thanks to this, even if you’re new to using WordPress or creating community websites, you should be able to get to grips with the options available to you without too much trouble. The demo importer tool will simplify the process of getting started too, making it easy to lay the foundation for your new online community website.

Klein also comes with a full set of ecommerce templates, so if you want to sell physical and digital products, as well as promote services on your community website, this theme and its support for the WooCommerce plugin make it possible. There are blog templates to work with as well, giving you the option of adding a public facing blog to your website or letting your users publish content to your site.

Features like social media registrations and logins should help encourage visitors to sign up to your community.

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Thrive

Thrive can be used to create intranet and extranet websites as well as community sites.

However, you want to use the Thrive theme, the helpful documentation will ensure you’re able to configure your website to meet your requirements. As well as the online documentation, you can also use the knowledge base and helpdesk to find answers to your problems and get assistance from the support staff. However, that’s not to say that Thrive is more complicated than any of the other popular community WordPress themes in this collection, but if you are looking for some help, this theme might be of interest. There’s a new import wizard available too, that will walk you through the process of installing the theme and setting up its features.

When setting up your collaborative online community space, you can choose whether to enable features like instant messaging, forums, events, and file sharing. With Thrive, you should be able to configure this theme to work in the way that you want. Support for the LearnDash plugin gives you the option of adding eLearning features to your website as well, such as online courses, assessments, quizzes and more. As this theme is now fully GDPR compliant, you can create a website that complies with the latest data protection laws with very little effort on your part.

If you want to appeal to a wider audience, you have the option of using the multilingual plugin support of Thrive to publish your website content in more than one language. By choosing a supported plugin like WPML, you can set your website to detect the language of your users and then display the menus and other site elements in that language.

With a basic project management tool and file sharing features, Thrive could be a good option for those creating business-focused online communities.

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BeSocial

BeSocial has been built especially to integrate with both the bbPress and BuddyPress plugins.

By harnessing the power of these two plugins, BeSocial is another theme that makes it possible to create your own social network, using WordPress as the underlying platform. The content that makes up the BeSocial theme is also focused on making your social networking website as effective as possible, borrowing from the style and appearance of popular social networks in operation today.

Thanks to all the templates in the BeSocial theme package, you can easily add interactive elements to your website like activity feeds, private messaging, user connections, and discussion forums. However, if there are any features you don’t need on your site, you can easily disable them through the intuitive control panel. The same approach applies to the design of your website, with lots of customization options at your disposal. There’s also a drag-and-drop page builder tool in the theme package, giving you full control over the appearance of your community website.

If you’d like to monetize your online community, BeSocial has some useful features in this area too. There’s full ecommerce support via the WooCommerce plugin, making it possible to collect payments from your members, either via a one-time payment or through recurring subscription plans. As WooCommerce works with all the best payment gateways, you can collect fees via PayPal, Stripe, and many other platforms. Displaying advertising on your site is another options as well when it comes to generating revenue from your WordPress community portal.

Other useful features of this theme and its recommended plugins include live website notifications to keep your users up to date, integration with other social networks like Facebook and Instagram, and a live search tool to help your users find who and what they’re looking for.

If you like the idea of a theme that’s equally compatible with both the bbPress and BuddyPress plugins, BeSocial is a good option.

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Gwangi

Gwangi is a community WordPress theme with a strong focus on creating dating and matchmaking websites.

If you want to launch your own dating or matchmaking website, then the Gwangi WordPress theme has lots of features that you might be interested in. To provide the community and social networking features that your dating website will need, Gwangi uses the BuddyPress plugin for its foundation. However, unlike some of the other popular WordPress community themes, the developers of Gwangi have modified the default BuddyPress user interface to make it even easier to use, while looking, arguably, more attractive. You can see for yourself how the redesigned BuddyPress user experience looks on the Gwangi theme page. However, if you do want your community website to stand out from the crowd, this aspect of the theme could make Gwangi a good option.

If you want to monetize your online dating website, Gwangi has full support for the leading ecommerce plugin for WordPress. With WooCommerce and its optional free and paid options, you can set up features like subscription payments that charge your users a recurring fee for access to your community website as well as the ability to charge a one-time fee to unlock certain features on your dating site, such as unlimited messaging and full profile access. You also have the option of displaying adverts on your website, thanks to the support for ad placements in the Gwangi theme design.

All of these useful features are wrapped up in a stylish design that’s sure to help your website appeal to your target audience. In fact, Gwangi has six complete community website demos to choose from, with more reportedly on the way. The templates in the Gwangi demos include a member directory option, enhanced member profile pages, and lots of matchmaking and dating related layouts for your website.

For creating modern dating and matchmaking community websites with WordPress, Gwangi is hard to beat.

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Joe Fylan

Joe has been using WordPress for many years, building many different types of websites along the way. Joe now enjoys working as a freelance content writer and is available for hire.
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