BuddyPress is the best tool (technically, Plugin) for WordPress which can help you setup your very own social network website.
All you need to look is for a theme matching all the requirements at your end and is also compatible with the BuddyPress.
In case if you wish to give this tool a try, before you can begin an actual social network you have in mind, trying it out in a free theme is a good strategy.
Or even in the case, you don’t have the budget for a premium product, going with a free theme can still be good, considering if you have only the best options in front.
So, to help everyone here in both scenarios, I’m compiling a list of best free BuddyPress themes. All you need to do is to go through this list, check details of themes, check their demos, and I promise that you’ll find, at least, a couple of them, matching the requirements perfectly.
It’s a popular product on WordPress theme center and has over 40k active installs. The theme is regularly updated to bring improvements, and fix glitches. It is built with BootStrap, ensuring modern UI, design elements and top-notch performance and security standards. It comes with FontAwesome icon packs and dozens of other customization options. The theme comes with 12 different areas ready to work with Widgets, and two custom widgets are even included in the package. After believing at all the feature it packs without any price, you’ll be surprised for sure. That’s why it’s the best product out there.
- It comes with parallax effect powered slider which can take up to five page or posts.
- It comes with a responsive layout which can make the website work perfectly on mobile devices.
- It’s a full-width template with a sidebar on the left and right sidebar, along with two columns layout support.
- There is also a dedicated Theme Options panel at the Dashboard, completing the package further.
This particular theme not only works with BuddyPress, but is also compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress, allowing you to run an e-commerce, and a forum, respectively. The theme uses 100% validated HTML code at the base and also integrates Schema microdata, which helps in getting better CTR at SERPs. The theme supports active translation, support over 15 languages and comes with support for all known browsers, including the old IE8. It is a lightweight product which is always eager to deliver top-notch performance.
- The theme comes with five sidebar layouts, and five navigation positions with the option to put dropdown menus.
- It can handle the threaded comments, and allow putting sidebar at both right and left sides.
- It comes with customization options for background, header, Menu, and color schemes and even pack Theme Options panel.
My next recommendation is a one-page theme which is extremely lightweight and uses 100% responsive layout. The theme is built with HTML5, which also makes it very modern and future safe. It supports many types of posts, video, Aside, Quote, Link, Gallery, Image, etc., and can handle WPML, WooCommerce, and even bbPress, apart from the ‘must’ BuddyPress. The UI is super elegant which ensures highest possible readability score.
- The theme comes with support for active translation, thanks to WPML compatibility and also support RTL languages.
- It comes with customization options for header, background, and Menu areas, allowing the webmaster to put a full-size image in the header area.
- It can be used to sell products, by setting up an online e-commerce shop, thanks to the built-in support for WooCommerce.
Before you begin reading the features, I’ll recommend to check out the Demo first and see if its unique UI looks decent to you. I wasn’t that impressed by its UI, but it’s a personal viewpoint. Coming at the features, the theme comes with all common features which are part of most of the free themes here, and it includes dedicated and proper support for all popular WordPress plugins. It can work perfectly on smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, and even handled devices (responsive layout).
- It comes with integrated compatibility for bbPress, WooCommerce, and the required BuddyPress.
- The theme supports multiple post types including Status, Aside, Quote, and Link.
- It supports RTL languages along with active translation for globally known languages.
- The theme comes with dedicated Options Panel, making sure that the webmaster can quickly bring possible visual and functional changes.
It’s a multipurpose theme, which supports the WordPress live customizer and is fully responsive in nature. It follows the minimal footsteps to ensure a top-notch performance and is ready to work with almost any known web browser. The theme can be used for running a simple blog, or a portfolio, or running a social media, thanks to the compatibility for BuddyPress. It can also handle a forum. Yes, bbPress support!
- The theme supports WPML, adding an active translation to the table, and it can even handle the RTL languages.
- It is properly optimized for SEO norms, ensuring better ranking at SERPs with fewer efforts.
- It comes with Polylang and WooCommerce compatibility, along with other known WordPress plugins.
If your requirement is to create a social network for your office buddies or workers, then have a look at what Business World theme offers. First of all, the design part is specifically for the business niche, and it even comes with the front-page builder, offering the possibility for a lot of customizations. The design part is responsive and UI is clean, flat, and elegant.
- The theme supports all known plugins like Contact Form 7, Jetpack, bbPress, including our BuddyPress.
- It comes with dedicated parallax sections where the webmaster can fix images to work efficiently.
- It comes with multiple column options, threaded comments, Sticky post, and other helpful features.
Finally, if you do want to share the idea of your next social network, then it will be helpful for all of us to have lots of answers and a proper discussion will only help everyone. I hope you find, at least, one product matching perfectly with the requirements. So, go ahead with it, and give BuddyPress a try. Good luck!