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Running your own social network can be a tricky idea, but if it works, your platform gets famous, then you can easily plan on monetizing it.

If that’s what you’re planning and have a perfect niche to target, then let’s start with the best WordPress social networking themes.

Yes, there are themes for this specific niche too, and I’m sharing the hand-picked options down here.

“Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” – Amy Jo Martin

Note: The themes mentioned below only works with WordPress.org which means you will require your own domain WordPress hosting. For this, I recommend SiteGround to host your site for as little as $3.95 you get FREE SSL, Free domain & support.

Which is the Best WordPress Social Networking Themes 2017

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Divi

You can create a thriving community in a matter of minutes. The Divi theme comes with support for both bbPress and BuddyPress to bring your social media site to life. Divi is hands-down one of the best WordPress themes currently available in the market today. And with the updated version 3.0 things just got a whole lot better regarding enhanced customization plus a few pro features like split testing. Thanks to the advance customization tool set your able to adjust the font colors, sizing, space in CSS and even JS files to fine tune all aspects of your website. If you want a theme that is super fast loading and will reduce user bounce rate, then this is the theme I would choose. With the template builder, it allows you to create your pages much faster than you ever could before as it allows you to duplicate delete copy and paste everything seamlessly.

Themes highlights:

  • Fully translatable to help you create a multilingual website.
  • A star support and an awesome community that’s always on hand to help.
  • Security checked by Sucuri.net

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Boss. 2.0

It’s clearly one of the best product to have a look at such a requirement. The theme is powered by BuddyPress tool and is integrated perfectly with WordPress. It comes with dozens of layouts to pick from, and super elegant design elements which can woo your visitors from the initial stage. The layout area is flexible, responsive and Retina ready, making it workable on almost every modern device. The theme is also ready for customizations, allowing possible changes to happen without coding at all. It also holds multiple social network options which are again customizable. Believe me, you shouldn’t miss checking its details and demo.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with a layout and right tools inside, making it possible to talk about endless possibilities for the design part.
  • It comes with a very powerful, yet easy to use Admin Panel, which allows putting custom fonts, colors, logos, image sliders, and much more.
  • It comes with dozens of add-ons which can increase the functionality of your social network, with quick clicks.
  • It can help you ask for a membership charge as well, as the theme includes Paid Membership Pro plugin.

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Community Junction WordPress Social Networking Theme

Community Junction obviously lands in a very noble respect. This is by far the only social networking WP theme that supports both bbPress & BuddyPress plugins, a rear quality for a social networking theme. This theme is also quite graphically appealing & enhanced with its own set of 40 inner pages within the pack. It also has all of today’s major website technology requirements fulfilled plus with the additional support for core scripting, WPMU, WooCommerce, and cross-browsing. Now you have all the freedom to use full-fledged galleries on your social networking site and make it more detailed by implementing charts & other demographics. Make your own circle of members with a registration feature and become a top community junction.

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Socialize

Our next recommendation is currently a Trending product at ThemeForest, and if you wish to use it without paying at all, you can check out its demo website for a while. The theme uses BuddyPress tool and relies on its integration to assist the social networking tools and design elements. Moreover, it even supports bbPress, ensuring the availability of tons of options. The theme comes with multiple layouts for homepage and categories and comes with fully responsive and cross-browser compatible layout.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with Ajax powered filtering options, which increases the functionalities while keeping the user experience at the top-notch level.
  • The theme comes with Visual Composer, a Drag & Drop tool, allowing you to create any possible webpage.
  • It includes an Events Calendar plugin, which can be helpful in running events, sharing related details and managing them.
  • The theme comes with front-end social logins, to quickly help visitors login via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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OneSocial

Remember our first pick? This OneSocial theme is from the same developer and it does include a similar set of features, which is itself a proud thing. The theme allows putting a personal profile online, or share things publicly or even create personal and secret groups. It’s a theme for a community website, running an online community which comes with minimalist design to ensure faster page load and top-notch design standards. It is easily customizable, thanks to the powerful Admin Panel available at the back-end.

Theme highlights:

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KLEO

This theme was recently updated to its 4th version, quickly confirming that the developers behind are keen to make it worthy, and maintain the same. It has thousands of active buyers so far, which vouch for its popularity and quality. It includes three new demos and comes with the free importer for demo pages, proper online documentation and sidekick tutorials to help you learn the setup process quickly. It comes with pre-made login and register pages and uses full-width header option, which is a popular design strategy these days. The theme comes with more than 20 different looking demos, and it’s damn easy to pick any of them to quickly load its related settings.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with intuitive Admin panel, making it possible to bring visual and functional changes without coding at all.
  • It includes the Visual Composer Drag & Drop page builder tool for free, which otherwise costs $33.
  • The theme includes Sensei plugin inside, which helps you setup e-learning course and even run online quizzes.

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Klein

This one is the last recommendation from my side, which comes with really interesting and elegant UI, ensuring top-notch user experience in every possible scenario. The functionalities offered within are worthy of their presence and there are plenty of options you can try and customize further. It comes with Facebook and Google login integration.

Theme highlights:

  • It comes with six different layout variations which are easy to pick and setup.
  • The theme is powered by a Drag & Drop page builder, available at the back-end.
  • It helps you connect with your friends, which is the prime focus, and it’s also good for the progress report of your new social network.

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The SocialChef WP Theme

Here is a theme which is packed with some awesome features and capabilities for your social networking project online. With SocialChef, you will get:

  • SEO-friendliness
  • Responsiveness
  • RTL support
  • Advanced search functionality
  • 12 predefined color schemes

And a lot more extensively great options/functionalities for you to enjoy. Like the name suggests, SocialChef is best for food niche social networking sites but let there be no hold barred! You can use SocialChef in any niche or way you like for your social networking WP site.

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Kudos WP Social Theme

Get your social networking site do a kudos job with this amazing Kudos WP theme. The high responsiveness rate of this theme makes it a worthy choice among the excellent WordPress social networking theme 2017. It’s retina-ready, minimal, SEO-friendly, and supports a variety of types of post formats. Plus, the HDPI display and amazing graphical excellence will make your social networking WP website a thing to admire. So what you are thinking? Go got it now!

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Engage – WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress Theme

Engage is a WordPress social networking theme that utilizes bbPress and BuddyPress plugins to enable you design and build a robust and active community site. This theme is associated with a clean, flat and modern design. It’s also able to have a nice visual appeal without demanding so much effort from you.

This profile allows users to easily sign up on the site, create profiles, make friends with other users as well as participate actively in groups. Engage allows elaborate customization possibilities thanks to the extensive options panel in the admin panel that allows you to change colors, backgrounds, fonts as well as headings. You can view your site on any device because this theme is highly responsive. Engage is also translation ready and therefore, it is possible to view content in different languages.  Layered PSD files are available in case more customization is required. For new and old users, there is plenty of documentation for learning and reference purposes.

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BuddyApp – Mobile First Community WordPress theme

BuddyApp is an awesome and fantastic theme with exceptional and modern features. In terms of design, BuddyApp shares many similarities with Boss 2.0. In addition, these two themes share a lot in terms of usability as well as UX. This theme can be used to build an impressive social networking site and can also work well on both private as well as public intranets.

BuddyApp boasts of an elegant and creative integration with BuddyPress. The development team has simplified technicalities by tailoring the theme’s UX to the most common add-ons. Real-time usability features live notifications and AJAX searching make the site more attractive to end users. In addition, Facebook login helps to encourage more sign-ups as well as promote visitor engagement.

If you’re looking for a versatile theme, BuddyApp is a great theme which has a Drag and Drop Page builder to facilitate quick design changes without having to code. Back-end panel allows site owners to enjoy numerous customization options. This theme is retina-ready, well documented and has WPML support.

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Conclusion

Finally, you’ve half-a-dozen of choices to pick from and I hope you, at least, find one of them worthy and perfect as per the requirements. If you need help on any related subject, our team will be available at the discussion section below. Let’s start your social network now. Do let us know what’s it’s about so that we can join too. Good luck!

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