9+ Best Free WordPress Forum Themes for bbPress

Recently I have been asked by one of our readers “what free forum themes I would recommend for bbPress?“.  So I set to work hunting for the most visually appealing but functional templates you can use to run a successful forum. If this reader asked me a few years ago about building a forum on WordPress, I would have probably said look at something like phpBB. However as time as technology advanced so as bbPress with more plugins to enhance the functionality.

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With the free themes mentioned below you will have more dollars to spend on enhancing your community. So without further ado here are some of the top templates perfect for building a forum that I could find.

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Farben Basic

Farben Basic Free Theme

Another great option to consider is Farben, which features a more flat and modern design that we saw a lot of last years. If it is a professional look and feel you are after then, please check this one out. It comes with a lot of features you would see on a premium theme. It’s responsive, of course, in 2019 one should be using a site that is not responsive for several reasons.

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Quest

Quest bbPress Theme

Quest is a free WordPress theme with drag and drop page builder that is uncommon in free themes. You get a ton of customization layout to help create a unique look and feel for your website. Quest is compatible with both bbPress and BuddyPress so you can easily create a community. My first impression of this theme is it looks different, but I don’t like the background image as seen in the screenshot above. Thankfully you can easily change this which looks slightly dated.

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MesoColumn

MesoColumn Free Theme

MesoColumn is a great multi-purpose theme with support for bbpress that is what we are interested in this post. But, you will also be glad to know that it also supports BuddyPress, which can help turn your community into a social network. That is not all tho you have the option to create a shop all with the same theme with the help of WooCommerce. My opinion is that this is one of the best free forum templates you will find with tons of customization options.

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Make

Make

Incorporates the feature of drag and drag that we do not often see in free WordPress themes.With the make, you can create an awesome community in minutes and also create beautiful looking sign up form with their drag and drop system. Another thing you will be happy to hear is that Make is compatible with lots of popular plugins like WooCommerce contact form 7 and others.

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Custom Community

Custom Community Theme

Custom Community is one of those classic themes and was my choice a few years back when creating community. It is incredible to see that it’s still around and still really popular to this day. The guys at ThemeKraft as done a really good job keeping it up to date and well maintained. Custom Community is jam pack with features to help your community stand out and keep that all-important good first impression. If you have aspirations of selling your own products then Custom Community as you cover as it’s WooCommerce compatible.
The thing I love about this theme the most is how super lightweight it is, and that shows when you load up the site. Other noteworthy features include the elegantly designed post slider.

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Ward

ward-pro

Ward is one of those timeless templates; it’s been on the market since 2013 and as had several updates since then. This theme is well maintained and supported to stay relevant in modern times. Ward is an all round great theme to consider you get plenty of cool features to stamp your brand identity. A few highlights of Ward includes live customing thanks to WP customizer, built-in shortcodes to add tables, tabs and much more. You also have an unlimited colour option; it’s also mobile that will help your sites rankings on mobile devices.

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Evolve

evolve free Theme

Evolve is another great option to consider it’s simple easy to navigate but comes with responsive slider, customizable background and more. Another feature worth mentioning is that it’s retina ready meaning readers on higher resolution devices will be able to experience your website in a higher quality. Evolve comes with social media integrated to help build your following further.

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National Basic

National Basic theme

National Basic is a theme built with readability in mind, the template uses Goggle fonts to help improve the visual appeal. You will be happy to hear that this theme also comes with a live customizer to help you change the header image and more. This theme is also cross browser compatible and will look great on tablets and mobiles.

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Mixed

Mixed forum theme

Last but not least we have mixed a multi-purpose free theme with support of WooCommerce in case you want to create a shop in the future as another income stream. One thing I really like about mixed is its parallax slider which add a touch of premium to this theme. You also get a theme options setting to help you further customise this theme to make your brand colour scheme and style. Mixed supports both bbpress to create your forum and BuddyPress to make you forum more social.

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Final thoughts

If you feel that I have missed out on any noteworthy theme that should be mentioned here then please leave your thoughts and suggestion in the comments below. If you have up to a $100 to invest in your community then please check out some our or premium collection here:

After hours of search and testing, the above is the best free template that I could find. As with everything here at 85ideas, we continuously update our content and, therefore, urge you to bookmark or share this page for future reference.

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