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8 Best WordPress Forum Themes and Plugins 2021

As we are all familiar with the term forum, and how a forum could be really helpful. For example, it can give users a reason to come back to your site to interact with other users or active moderators. So for those who are interested to build a forum, then this is the right article for you. Best WordPress forum themes are listed down below.



Buddy is a forum theme. This theme is simply beautiful and artistic. Its user-friendly design makes it easier to see the recent activities, browse the forums, and signup to join the conversation with others. The Buddy theme comes with a built-in bbPress plugin for forum creation and for additional community features that comes with the plugin. The features include private messaging, activity feeds, and dynamic user profile pages. Although many themes integrate with bbPress for forums, they are not user-friendly as Buddy. User profile pages of Buddy has a lot of content, but it’s easy to manage and navigate. As this theme is updated frequently you will find fewer bugs than average themes.

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This theme is highly customizable and it comes with a fully responsive design. Beyond threads and replies as normal forums, it also includes a badge system and live notifications as well. As users scroll through topics, new topics will autoload to keep the conversation going. So. if you are looking for a forum theme but with different features then this is the right choice for you.

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Kleo is a highly customizable theme for forums and communities. Kleo is a multi-purpose theme where you can run an active blog, sell products, or even offer training courses all of these are possible while hosting popular forums.  You can install the demos of Kleo with just a one-click option. Kleo comes with various options for color and layout options so that you can customize it according to your needs, plus this theme comes with a Visual Composer plugin so that you can easily build a page with just a drag-and-drop.

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Asgaros Forum

Asgaros Forum is advertised as the perfect plugin for WordPress for forums and communities. One of the most interesting features is the fact that it is fully responsive and user-friendly. So, people working on the tablets and cell phones can view the features with ease that you have added by this plugin to your WordPress blog. After activating the plugin for your WordPress site, you can easily customize this plugin according to your needs. So, if you are looking for a simple elegant plugin this is the right choice for you.

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Forums – wpForo


wpForo plugin is suitable for both small and large communities and also for any types of discussion forums. The plugin offers 3 different layouts extended, simplified and question and answer layout. The extended layout features is a basic forum layout, the simplified layout is a forum with sleek and modern design, and question and answer layout is a great layout for providing support by answering user’s queries. The plugin also comes with five wonderful premium add-ons. The available add-ons are, embeds, ads manager, advanced attachments, private messages and blog cross posting. The free plugin along with its add-on makes it a perfect forum and community plugin for building an awesome community and forum.

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bbPress is one of the most well-known plugins for forums and communities. This plugin comes with all the features that is required in a forum and communities. bbPress is also available in 11 different languages. bbPress was specially made for WordPress so that it can be integrated with any themes available for the forums. So if you are planning to design a forum for your site, this is the best plugin for you.

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BuddyPress mainly focuses on integration, ease of use, and extensibility. With the integration of this plugin in your theme, you can register members to create profiles, have private conversations, you can make connections, you can create & interact in groups, and much more. This plugin is suitable for any types of communities and forums. It comes with all the features that is required in a forum and communities.

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HelpGuru is a simple theme that is designed where people can search for a solution to their problems. It comes with awesome features such as live search, article feedback, content ordering, article attachments, and widgets . This theme is fully responsive and highly customizable with its drag and drop editor so that you can customize it according to your needs. The theme also comes with built-in plugins such as bbPress and WPML that helps you to host your community in any languages.

So this is the list of best forum themes and plugins that I think are the best. If you think there are better themes and plugins then please feel free to share the knowledge, don’t forget to ping me. I hope this article has helped you, message me for any assistance.



*last updated 01/05/2021

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