2016’s Top 7 BuddyPress-Compatible WordPress Themes
“You can’t put ‘WordPress’ and ‘community’ together and not mention BuddyPress – The best community-building tool on the internet.”
Whether you want to build a closed community to create a silver bubble for vegans/ DC fans/ Potterheads/ what have you, a dating site, or a social media platform to rival LinkedIn – the best place to start is WordPress + BuddyPress. You get an infinitely scalable platform (really, it all depends on your hosting) and a community system complete with Member profiles, activity feeds, groups, messaging, and more.
But first, you’ll need an appropriate theme. And that’s what this post is about.
Listed here are 7 of the best and trendiest premium BuddyPress themes of 2016, perfect for use on any niche/industry/community type.
You are going to love these:
1. KLEO – Next level WordPress Theme
Buyer Rating: 4.7/5 stars
KLEO is a multipurpose community theme with a significant focus on BuddyPress and related plugins’ compatibility – making it one of the best community themes in the market today.
Stunning and highly customizable design, super easy setup, and bundled plugins like Visual Composer, Go responsive pricing tables, and slider revolution is barley the beginning. The theme is worth its price and more because of 40+ custom pages, WooCommerce integration, lovely navigation options, customizable AJAX search module, and seamless compatibility with an army of 3rd party plugins you’ll integrate in a BuddyPress community website one way or another (e.g., GeoDirectory, Sensei, rtMedia, etc.)
The theme is fully WPML compatible and supports RTL languages like no other. That counts as awesome in my book.
2. Mingle – Multi-purpose WordPress Theme
Buyer Rating: 4.7/5 stars
There’s so much to Mingle than meets the eye.
The multipurpose, quick loading, BuddyPress and WooCommerce compatible theme packs a high-strung drag-and-drop layout manager (create entire layouts for single pages/posts or site-wide application!), form builder (complete with validation, error messages, CAPTCHA, et al), an unbranded non-intrusive admin (gives YOU peace of mind) that can be customized as you see fit, sidebar generator, and enough custom design features and options to choke a herd of hippogriffs.
The theme is notable for its clean, well optimized HTML and CSS – both for SEO and performance standards. Those of you who want to build their own BuddyPress theme from the ground up without code will love this theme.
3. Salutation Responsive WordPress + BuddyPress Theme
Buyer Rating: 4.4/5 stars (based on <10 votes)
This one is another brilliant BuddyPress theme from the same creators who brought you the previous entry on this list (Mingle).
Salutation is a beautiful theme, endlessly customizable (thanks to the same drag and drop layout builder and custom form builder with pop ups as Mingle’s), unbranded admin panel, free slider revolution plugin, and carefully, painstakingly written HTML and CSS for seamless performance and easy SEO.
The theme is localization ready, packs layered PSD files for your developers’ and designers’ joy, and easy to setup and use thanks to extensive documentation and demo-centric tutorials.
4. BuddyApp – Mobile First Community WordPress theme
Buyer Rating: 4.6/5 stars
Building a mobile community? You will love BuddyApp.
The name is pretty telling – this one is a brilliantly responsive, mobile-first BuddyPress theme that packs amazing features. It has a Visual composer page builder, complete WooCommerce integration, endless color options, one-click demo install and setup, unlimited sidebars, Facebook login feature, hundreds of fonts and retina-ready icons, prebuilt child theme, 6 custom post formats and 3 post layouts, and remarkable coding (LESS files included).
It’s a complete package.
5. Buddy – Multi-purpose WordPress Theme
Buyer Rating: 4. 4/5 stars
This is a BuddyPress and bbPress compatible theme, just to shake things up.
There are plenty of shortcodes, FontAwesome icons, page/post specific and global/site-wide design and layout options, unlimited sidebars, etc. The theme is widget ready, compatible with Contact Form 7 plugin, and comes with an included child theme.
Simple and sophisticated – Just the way we like it.
6. Klein – A Nitty-Gritty Community Theme
Buyer Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Klein is, quite frankly, a powerhouse. The feature list will blow your mind, never mind the amazing flat design and stunning looks.
Apart from its 40+ custom inner pages for BuddyPress, the theme is also compatible with bbpress, WooCommerce, WPMU, Contact Form 7, and other major WordPress as well as translation plugins. Features include Breadcrumb NavXT powered breadcrumbs and a drop down menu navigation unmatched by any, group forums, 9 presets (demos), child theme, unlimited and custom sidebars (Post/page custom, bbPress, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce), over a dozen widget areas, smart notifications, custom CSS area, highly adaptable admin panel, and more.
There’s no better theme for your community than Klein.
7. Socialize – Multi-Purpose BuddyPress Theme
Buyer Rating: 4.7/5 stars
Socialize is super cool. Here’s why.
The theme is pre integrated with WooCommerce, BuddyPress, and bbPress; contains multiple homepage/ posts/ pages/ and categories layouts, AJAX filters, a Visual Composer and hundreds of customization options, child theme, social login, brilliant navigation menus, multiple advert areas, page headers, sticky and unlimited sidebars, font icons and post formats, and compatibility with WPML and Contact Form 7.
What’s not to love?
These themes are not cheap, but the designs and sheer number of features and customization options make them worth every farthing. Which BuddyPress theme would you choose and why? Let us know in the comments below.