WordPress Social Networking Themes

7+ Best WordPress Social Networking Themes 2021

It’s tough to find the right theme to fit your BuddyPress community for WordPress. Yoy want the theme to be clean and engaging for users, but powerful enough to support the features that users have come to expect from an online community. After all, BuddyPress offers a broad platform with which many themes are compatible, and it is powerful enough to help users run any social network website with enormous amounts of features. To lighten the load, we’ve compiled a list of the best WordPress social networking themes. 

With the invention of the internet, people are out searching in the online arena for the best place to socialize. The likes of LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have been able to attract millions of people to their evolving platforms. Therefore, if you want to create a social networking site, the best WordPress Social Networking Themes would be a great idea.

Even though your platform will not be able to attract millions or billions of users, you can still manage to attract a wide client base of repeat visitors that will eventually result in the success of your website. Nevertheless, in doing this, you should make the website attractive.

It is for this reason that we have listed the Best WordPress Social Networking Themes 2021.

These WordPress Social Networking Themes will help you run your own custom social network for users, friends, or clients, and help your site to look great in the process.

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Best WordPress Social Networking Themes

Many of these WordPress themes for BuddyPress come packed with features specific to certain types of online communities, so we recommend you create a brief checklist of the features you need for yours, then check each theme against those features. After all, who needs tons of features they won’t be using?

That being said, let’s dive right in:

Editor's Choice: Kleo

BuddyPress WordPress KLEO Template

Our first, and the Editor’s favorite, social networking WordPress theme comes compatible with the latest version of WordPress, BuddyPress, Facebook integration, and pretty much every other popular browser out there. It is responsive, retina ready, and packed with more than you would expect out of most social media-focused themes.

But don’t take our word for it, let the numbers speak for themselves. this theme has been downloaded over 19,500 times, and is the #1 selling BuddyPress theme for 2020. With it’s powerful and expansive features and integrations, it’s no wonder people love WordPress Social Networking Themes.

Kleo runs $59 on ThemeForest, which is a pretty good price considering how powerful it really is. Check it out:

#1 CommunityJunction

Community Junction Theme

It is not only compatible with BuddyPress but also with bbPress that clearly makes it the number one theme in our pursuit of the best WordPress Social Networking Themes. It comes with a unique and customizable user interface with lots of elegant looking graphics elements. Other things it is compatible with the latest version of WordPress core script, WooCommerce, WPMU, and cross-browsers.

It supports almost every BuddyPress add-ons using which you can add charts, user galleries, etc. anytime you wish. Users are allowed to register for a new account and create and keep their profile customized. Over 40 inner pages are supported which can help your social network to be really nested one.

Either you just wish to create a simple but elegant social network or running a full-width forum, this theme can do wonders every time. It even allows users to start group conversations. The navigations allowed are up to three levels and on top of all these features, it is easy to installation and setup.

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#2 SocialChef

SocialChef WordPress Theme

Responsive layout, schema.org compatibility, SEO optimized, RTL support, 12 predefined color schemes, advanced search tool and extensive Theme Options. These are the highlight in features offered by SocialChef theme that is priced $59. With all these features, it comes with BuddyPress and bbPress integration, making it the best solution to build up a social network easily.

It mainly covers the food and recipe niche, allowing any webmaster to develop and run either a whole social network or just a forum. It allows users to get register, sign in, sign off, start any thread, post pictures, share videos along with normal texts. It comes with lots of tools that can help you cover each and every detail of any recipe a user is about to share. Don’t forget to check its demo out, its design is gorgeous.

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#3 Cardinal

Cardinal bbPress BuddyPress Theme

It is a multipurpose WordPress theme that can help you set up a social network or even an e-commerce business within few single clicks. You need not worry about getting in trouble as you are backed with dedicated support. Since it’s a premium product, so it does come with free upgrades in the near future.

Apart from all those technical details, it comprises of gorgeous layout and different graphical elements that can woo readers and even you (as you’ve already seen a lot of gorgeous designs). It comes with drag and drop Page Builder (control panel) that works smoothly and easily to help out every webmaster in setting up just everything. It is priced $59 and available at ThemeForest.

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#4 SuperFine


Covering all common features we got till now from above mentioned themes, SuperFine is the best option for multi-purpose use. Apart from all those common features it has certain unique ones like Slider Revolution included, Mega Menu support, contact form 7 support, Google Maps integration and custom page transitions and animations. It can even let you set unique logos for different webpages.

It’s unlimited color combinations, and unique, different layouts are going to be liked by you and your audience. Practically it can help you set up any social network or forum channel within few minutes of the setup process, which is pretty easy.

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#5 Kudos

Kudos WordPress Theme

Its features list starts just like the above two, but it gets on top of them with its specific mobile phone compatibility. It is surprisingly compatible with any common smartphone or even with older featured mobile phones, which can help your social network to be accessible from a lot of devices.

Design wise, it’s crisp, simple, elegant and gorgeous. It even comes with lots of premium plugins along with compatibility with different post formats, Retina and HDPI display and responsive design. It is priced $59, and I’m sure you’re going to like it.

#6 OneSocial


OneSocial is the latest addition to the growing list of BuddyPress and bbPress themes. In a world of design heavy themes, OneSocial comes with a minimalist style, adding the missing piece to this ecosystem. While fully integrated with BuddyPress and bbPress, OneSocial supports most BuddyPress and bbPress plugins on the market. The company behind OneSocial is also the company behind the popular Boss Theme.

When asked about the strategy behind OneSocial, BuddyPress tells us that OneSocial is the response to many requests about building an excellent minimalist BuddyPress theme.

While the design seems pretty simple, OneSocial leverages the powerful BuddyPress structure, and simplifies it for an excellent user experience. Trust us, you’ll forget that you’re using a BuddyPress site. This theme tries to make great design minimalistic, and they did a great job doing just that with this theme.

#7 Boss Theme

BuddyBoss Theme Profile

So you decided to create a social networking site like Facebook, Twitter or even Tumblr. Today I’d like to present to Boss WordPress theme which in my opinion is one of the best WordPress BuddyPress powered themes on the market and as you read on you find out why. When you first arrive on the boss theme demo, you’re greeted by a refreshingly different but elegantly designed homepage with a floating menu on the left that is conveniently laid out to allow your users to navigate easily through your website.

What I like most about the WordPress Social Networking Themes is the membership integration so you can actually charge your users for the special features or even special privileged. What you do with the function is totally up to you. By default, you get a ton of awesome features in which you would have to pay for a premium plugin to have a similar functionality another WordPress theme. If ever you’re thinking of selling products online such as your own merchandise bumper stickers or whatever it may be boss WordPress theme as you covered, It comes WooComerce supported to have you selling your products in minutes.

Now that I have explained why I love the WordPress Social Networking Themes so much let’s have a look at a few features that you might be interested in:

  • BuddyBoss wall similar to what you would see on your Facebook wall.
  • Inbox system so members can communicate with each other.
  • A community focus design
  • Profile Stats
  • Seamless experience across all devices
  • Some of the features mentioned above are just a few of my personal favourite picked out from many functions. If I were to list them all, we would probably be here all day.

8. Social Learner Theme

social learner

The social learning theme has been developed with the hope of using it with BuddyPress and Learndash. In case you don’t already know, Learndash is a great plugin that helps integrate the learning management system into WordPress. On the other hand, BuddyPress is a community creation plugin for content management systems.

This is a perfect WordPress Social Networking Themes choice for users looking to building an online community that revolves around learning and education. They can be used to come up with membership plans for users.

Notable Features

  • RTL and multilingual support alternatives to cater to an audience across the globe.
  • Customization options to be used in branding the content of your website.
  • Capability to build a detailed experience with different membership profiles, forums, and course access page.
  • Easy integration options such as lesson timer, advanced quizzes, and drip-feed content.


So I hope my homework helped you at least a bit, and you’re even going to share it with your social friends. You can off course find a bigger collection over the web and the one platform I’d recommend you to check is ThemeForest.

If you’re interested in implementing a better social sharing plugin over your other WordPress drive blog then here is a guide I covered a better collection of them, so check it out. If is there anything related I can help you with then our team will always be available in discussion area beneath. Peace.

*last updated 04/10/2020 at 8:22:13 PM

Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff at 85ideas is a team of WordPress experts led by Brian Harris. Here to share amazing tuts, guides and collections.

  • Sally
    Posted at 13:45h, 28 June Reply

    Thanks for the good reviews.

    If I were building a community theme and my most important piece was the ability to search and list other members based on profile parameters, which of the above do you think best serves? I guess a little like a dating site.

    • Editorial Staff
      Posted at 16:34h, 28 June Reply

      There is a plugin for that specifically: https://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-profile-search/

      Check that out and see if that accomplishes what you’re trying to do. Most of these themes are great for building communities of all different types. Which theme are you leaning towards visually?

  • Anna
    Posted at 17:15h, 29 August Reply

    I’ve narrowed the list down to KLEO and Boss, does anyone have any solid experience with both? I also think Socialize should be on the list.

  • Vishal
    Posted at 12:05h, 26 January Reply

    Is these theme work good on Q/A website

  • Strob
    Posted at 10:02h, 14 March Reply

    My experience with BodyBoss was a nightmare. It didn’t install after 30 hours and they didn’t want to send me a refund. so I will try Kleo. it looks far better and the design of their demos is simply amazing! I should hae spent that 30 hours doing more research instead!

  • Jeff Staniforth
    Posted at 07:17h, 18 October Reply

    I am looking to develop a website where registered users to share there own YouTube videos (max YouTube size) and then receive feedback on their videos either directly, and privately or in an open forum where others can also provide feedback.

    The main stipulation is that users can only post YouTube videos.

    Can you recommend any themes/Plugin’s that can do this?


  • Sathyam
    Posted at 05:43h, 06 February Reply

    This one is the best post, Thanks for sharing the valuable info

  • buddyxthemes
    Posted at 06:34h, 22 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing the best WordPress social networking themes. If you want to explore more Social networking themes, then you can reach out at Buddyxtheme.

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