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20+ Best WordPress bbPress Forum & Community Themes For Business, Gamers, Fashion, Sports 2017

If you are a WordPress user and would like to integrate a forum in your website, then bbPress is the right choice for you! bbPress is designed by WordPress developers to help users set up a forum as an additional feature of their WordPress site. Installing a forum solution in your website can help you boost your web presence, strengthen your online brand and establish relationship with other people within your niche or industry. bbPress plugin allows you to include forum in your existing website without changing your default theme style. This forum community solution concentrates on ease of use and responsiveness. Below is a list of bbPress forum community themes that may suit your business needs.



When it comes to bbPress, very few themes do a good job. OneSocial puts a big focus on ease of use and overall usability of the forum interface. It does a great job at keeping it simple and yet highly functional. Your members will enjoy reading and participating in the forums.

Besides being a great theme for bbPress forums, OneSocial provides an amazing interface for BuddyPress and scores high as one of the best BuddyPress themes on the market. When it comes to mobile, OneSocial shines. The mobile experience is one of the best available. If you would like to get the best of both worlds, and care about the user experience, this is the theme for you.

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The internet currently permeates all aspects of our social and personal lives. At its core, the online world is based on a simple principle: long distance interaction. Thankfully, WordPress themes such as Boss still value that core principle, and seek to facilitate social networking and BuddyPress integration. It will enhance every aspect of your page, increasing site traffic and user retention rates. If you want to experience its features first-hand, be sure to check out the live theme demo.

Boss allows you to personalize your social network, regardless of your skill level. No coding or programming knowledge is required. You may alter the color scheme of your site, or select one of the pre-made palette variations. In addition, the widgets, logos, cover photos and navigation can be customized. The theme incorporates short codes for inputs, buttons, tabs, tooltips, and progress bars.

Of course, your social networking site must accommodate as many users as possible. Boss is translation-ready, able to display your content in any language. Similar to other pages that focus on interaction, your website will have live notifications. You will not be required to constantly refresh your page in order to stay updated. Overall, this is one of the best BuddyPress/WordPress themes, given its overwhelming quality and affordable price.

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helpguru - knowledge base theme

HelpGuru is a clean and modern knowledgebase theme that has been created to help you support your products or services in style. It’s useful set of features combine to provide an amazing framework for building an interactive knowledgebase website. Content can be easily organized using its drag & drop system. Visitors can rate articles, giving you feedback on what content your users are finding the most useful (or the least useful). Adding attachments and downloadable files to the articles is a breeze, and the live AJAX search feature improves the user experience by eliminating unnecessary page loads. When it comes to setting up your website using the HelpGuru theme, the live customizer that is part of WordPress can be used to get a live preview of the changes you make to the site. This theme is fully integrated with bbPress plugin to help you easily add a discussion forum in your website.

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jollyany - corporate WordPress theme

Jollyany is an all-in-one business and corporate WordPress theme designed by JollyThemes. This bright and modern theme offers infinite customization possibilities and functionalities to your website. Its clean and ingenious design is ideal for photography, portfolio showcase, trendy businesses, agency, fashion, blog, shop, personal use, etc. Jollyany is coded with HTML5 & CSS3 and built based on Bootstrap grid system and powerful elements. This theme is 100% responsive to different kinds of devices and retina ready to provide users great user experience. This theme offers 3 different header styles, infinite color schemes, Google fonts, FontAwesome icons, 69 PSD files, 70+ custom widgets and modules and tons of powerful shortcodes. It includes an easy to use admin panel (powered by Vafpress Framework) that enables you to edit basic elements of your website such as the color scheme, background image, header and so forth. It is also packed with features that allow you to present your content in an organized and presentable way such as custom post formats, custom post types, portfolio templates, custom shop templates and maintenance mode page. When you purchase this theme you also get premium WordPress plugins for free such as the Visual Page builder, Mega Main Menu plugin and Revolution Slider. This theme is compatible with BuddyPress and bbPress and fully integrated WooCommerce plugin.

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multinews - magazine style theme

Multinews is a striking and flexible community WordPress theme perfect for building news and magazine like websites. Every element included in this theme is automatically resizes on any screen resolution like desktop computer, smartphones and tablets. It comes with pixel perfect graphic elements that make your website look really splendid. Multinews comes with mega menu navigation, Review system with user rating and integrated with WordPress premium drag and drop visual composer page builder plugin. It comes with an Ajax Live search and an advanced news modules with ajax. It has an efficient advertising system that enables you to manage your advertisement on your WordPress site. Moreover, this flexible community theme also includes astounding features such as flipping magazine layout, WooCommerce integration, beautiful weather page and fully compatible with bbForum and BuddyPress social wordpress plugins.

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oswad multipurpose bbPress theme

Oswad is a responsive supermarket WordPress theme ideal for individuals or companies who want to create a fully functional marketplace online. This theme comes with 4 attention grabbing homepage styles with 4 stores that you can use for your website. This theme is built based on Bootstrap technology and optimized for all popular screen resolution. It offers tons of customization options such as advanced header settings, extensive FontAwesome icon integration, unlimited color options, custom layouts and over 20 custom widgets. It uses an intuitive admin panel that enables you to easily customize your theme to match your personal or business requirements. Additionally, Oswad is bundled with visual composer wordpress plugin by wpbakery to make it easier for you to create a unique and organized page layout for your website. This theme comes with a premium Revolution Slider plugin to assist you in producing stylish sliders with amazing effects and animations that will certainly grab the attention of anyone who visits website. This theme has built in mega menu, fantastic portfolio integration, compare and wishlist support and bbPress and WooCommerce plugin integration.

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osage lifestyle magazine theme

Osage is a versatile magazine theme with bbPress Support! This multi-use theme can be employed for a variety of news, other than sports teams or leagues. Now, you can boost your page views and ad impressions using post/ page slideshows. It comes with Menufication, a feature that provides your website a Facebook-like fly-out navigation that works well on any handheld devices. The theme is fully responsive, retina-ready and includes three different ad units, including a custom wallpaper ad. Osage also allows you to set up an eye-catching online store with WooCommerce. It has a well-built support for bbPress, a plugin that allows you to integrate a forum to your site. It also comes with other fantastic features like drag&drop page composer, dynamic social sharing buttons, featured headline on your homepage, custom-built scoreboard, has infinite scroll option, custom color picker and sticky navigation.

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sparkle smooth magazine theme

Sparkle is an exceptional magazine theme for WordPress site with bbPress integration. This modern theme provides a fully responsive layout and designed based on the Bootstrap 3 framework with built-in flexibility. It provides unlimited skin options, mega menu to flaunt your latest posts or widgets on main menu, handy post formats and a responsive off-canvas mobile menu. With its Ajax Posts widget, you are able to display popular posts without reloading the browser.  Its powerful theme options allow you insert custom font, select your preferred skin and even manage ads on your site. Since it supports WooCommerce plugin, you can now sell your products online. Additionally, Sparkle WordPress theme is compatible with bbPress forum plugin. Lastly, this theme is designed with search engine optimization in mind.

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omge - powerful corporate theme

Omega is well-known for its flexibility and responsiveness. This multi-use theme allows you to create a website without much effort. It includes a visual composer plugin that enables you to create spectacular pages with ease. It also comes with a child theme that makes theme customization really trouble-free and update proof. Its WooCommerce plugin integration allows you to sell products online. Moreover, you are free to install forum in your website because Omega is built with bbPress integration. Omega is designed by developers not only to look good but perform efficiently on any handheld device, too. This multi-purpose theme is incorporated with powerful admin panel to facilitate easy site customization and offers unlimited options to create stunning pages. Omega is retina-ready and comes with amazing features like custom mega menu, huge selection of admin options, unlimited web font, layer slider WordPress plugin, translation ready and responsive layout.

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one page parallax wordpress theme

One is a creative multi-purpose portfolio theme created to support bbPress plugin. This all-around WordPress theme helps you set up and manage your forum site easily. This theme contains almost all the greatest features necessary in creating an outstanding website or forum site. It provides a sophisticated page builder that allows you to create infinite layout combinations. It boasts its impressive WordPress customizer that can transform your site to a professional website. It has a very straightforward layout with tons of options you can choose from. You may consider using simple background, overlay management with boxed or extended appearance. With its new full width slideshows, you can flaunt your impressive portfolio or showcase your project images and videos as slideshows. One WordPress theme makes it easy for you to create albums and photo galleries with no trouble. In addition, this theme has WooCommerce integration so you can sell your products or creations.

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truemag adsense optimized themes

Choose Truemag for guaranteed website monetization! This is not only AD & AdSense optimized but it also supports bbPress plugin. Advertisement areas are deliberately positioned in hotspots and blended into the site content to give your website or forum site a professional look. It has a clean and responsive layout, to ensure that your website performs smoothly on any type of devices. It provides an incredible admin panel that allows you to choose a color that suits your brand, alter single post page, change fonts and so on. You can build your own online store because it has an amazing support for WooCommerce. Other amazing features include: custom widgets, color picker, unlimited font options and functional shortcodes.

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The Ken

the ken - multipurpose theme

The Ken’s is a creative multi-purpose theme with an amazing fast backend and graphics that are absolutely impressive. The Ken is specially designed for creative people who would like to showcase their works online.  This premium WordPress theme is easy to set up and comes with functional features. Its powerful admin panel ensures that technical issues will not get in the way in revealing your creativity in building a stunning website. The Ken’s has a retinal-quality resolution to exploit the beauty of your design and make it look even more beautiful on most advanced mobile screens out there. Moreover, its developers made sure that the layout, shortcode, sliders and all other elements comply with the highest responsive standards for WordPress themes. Its high-speed backend is armed with powerful admin panel and incredible Drag&Drop Page composer. This multi-use theme comes with a superior interface, loads of useful templates, brilliant Edge Slider, various header styles, cutting-edge WooCommerce shop and dazzling animations. All of these astounding features are geared up to create a modern website in a flash. The Ken WordPress theme recently updated its overall framework with bbPress compatibility and design integration.

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curated - clean magazine theme

Curated WordPress theme is prominent for its clean and minimalist design. It’s simple yet chic design seems to be inspired by various popular magazines. The theme is feature-rich and super responsive. It offers a range of predefined post styles to choose from, including review, gallery slideshow, audio and video. It comes with an easy to use drag & drop page builder. For review posts, you may consider including its advanced review score system. Curated supports bbPress Integration to help you establish a forum as a part of your blog or website. In addition, it also includes new WooCommerce structure with WooCommerce widgets to assist you in installing and managing a successful online store.

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Church and Events

church and events virtuous wordpress theme

Church and Events is a WordPress theme specially designed for churches and events with a variety of modern website development trends integration.  This fully responsive theme is ideal for users with very little knowledge in programming as well as seasoned website developers. The theme includes different advanced features to help you create an awesome website for church and events. The theme comes with a pixel perfect design, CSS and parallax effects, large-sized elements, scrolling effects and metro-style icons and fonts on each page of the theme. It provides a handy drag & drop page builder, tons of shortcodes, unlimited colors and font options, useful plugins and fantastic widgets to make theme customization fast and easy. It also supports The Event Calendar Pro, Filter Bar and Community Events add-ons to keep your visitors or followers informed about your upcoming events and activities. It also has full WooCommerce plugin and bbPress integration. Other awesome WordPress themes for church and religious websites you can find here.

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vellum multipurpose WordPress community theme

Vellum is a flexible WordPress theme perfect for any kinds of website.  It is a modern theme with so much potential— It is fully responsive, SEO optimized and easy to customize for better performance. Vellum’s distinctive structure allows you to create a unique layout design for your website. It incorporates oodles of wonderful features including drag and drop page composer, UberMenu mega menus, parallax backgrounds and many more. Its powerful slider plugin gives your website and slideshows an extra appeal that will surely draw the attention of your target visitors or readers.

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vivacity - clean community theme

Vivacity is a stunning WordPress theme suitable for different kinds of websites. This theme is the all-in-one solution for website developers who want to combine simplicity and professionalism in their website design. It is fully integrated with WooCommerce to help you set up your own eCommerce store with ease. It also supports BuddyPress and bbPress to build an active discussion or community forum within your website. The theme incorporates awesome LayerSlider plugin that is fully responsive and enables you to generate marvelous slides using its drag and drop interface. Vivacity is search engine optimized and provides excellent support.

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kleo multipurpose community theme

KLEO is an exceptionally versatile WordPress theme that is specially designed to provide all you needs for a modern theme. This stylish and trendy theme is suitable for portfolios, personal, business, blogs, photography or restaurant. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or an amateur to customize this theme since all the necessary tools comes handy with this flexible theme. KLEO incorporates a responsive and user-friendly admin interface. With this advanced features, you are able to add unlimited sidebars and colors, change the layout type, alter fonts and choose between masonry and standard view and many more. KLEO’s visual composer layout builder and powerful short codes does not require you to write a single line of code to build a professional website. It also supports Buddypress and bbPress plugin to help you build a forum for your website in no time. A detailed review of KLEO BuddyPress theme is available here.

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impreza multipurpose WordPress theme

Without a doubt, small details make a huge impression. Impreza ensures that all the elements within the theme complement with one another and create a positive impact to the viewers or visitors. This theme also offers a responsive and flexible design to make certain that the theme looks wonderful and runs smoothly on different kinds of handheld devices. One of its best features is its strong support for bbPres integration. It also incorporates WooCommerce compatibility, animated appearance of columns and images at any page, advanced typography options, extensive style options with unlimited colors, parallax effect backgrounds and slider resolution.  It has a built-in drag and drop page builder to help you create a homepage that truly embodies your brand.

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This Post Has 39 Comments
  1. The Genesis Theme Framework is quite good, although Alpha Builder is the next big thing if you want a perfectly optimised SEO and design theme.

    1. Hey,

      Your mentioned website uses Sahifa WordPress theme which is a premium magazine theme which comes with bbPress, BuddyPress, WooCommerce, WPML and support for other popular plugins. You can find more about this theme here.

  2. Very nice post! Got a chance to discover a lot of new themes.Wordpress themes are simply amazing, whether paid or free they provide you with absolutely amazing customization features. I have worked on several affiliate projects for which we made a lot of websites and we worked on wordpress websites. Dublin was my favorite and worked on several others as well.

  3. Hello. If i buy “SmartMag – Responsive & Retina WordPress Magazine” theme” Can i remove the shop from the menu?Because i don’t need a shop.

    1. Jason,

      Everything is optional. You have to even install WooCommerce separately to add shop on the main menu and on your website. So by default there won’t e any shop but you can always change your mind and install one when you need it.

  4. The Best WordPress theme in industry. Really great development work, fully dedicated and best designs.

    1. Jasa,

      Thank you for your comment!
      We have already selected the best bbPress (forum plugin for WordPress) themes and you can see theme above. We regularly update this list to include more awesome themes and remove ones that are no longer maintained or feels outdated. I don’t like to highlight one single theme as the best one as usually it comes down to your preferences. If your only preference is that this theme must support bbPress to build a forum you can choose any of above listed themes and you will be satisfied with results. If you have some more specific requirements in mind, please let me know and I will try to come up with some suggestions.

    1. Blayne,

      WordPress theme developers usually implements a basic bbPress support. Which means that forum will work just like default bbPress installation but will have some CSS styling. This styling usually is few lines of CSS to make it look as part of theme and developers usually does a great job with that. If you expect bbPress themes that are radically different from default bbPress template then you might be disappointed.

      Choose the theme that you like from overall design language and bbPress will follow its design trend. bbPress is all about simplicity and themes never makes it more complex.

  5. Hey, just wondering if you found any themes that do not require a phpbb plugin. Instead I was wondering if you found any themes that have both a WordPress version and a phpbb version?

    I find that using plugins can slow down a WordPress website drastically and would rather install the forum software separately.

    Thanks in Advance.

    1. Dan,

      Above listed themes are WordPress theme compatible with bbPress forum plugin. None of these are phpBB forum themes and can’t be used as such. bbPress is not a standalone platform and it works as a plugin and there is no way to use directly without installing WordPress. Plugins might slow down your website only if you are using a cheap shared hosting which is not optimized for WordPress. We recommend SiteGround which will make your website to fly even with WordPress and bbPress installed.

  6. Hi Aigars,

    This is great, I am a web developer myself for and I have been looking for a WP plugin for my customers, that will suit their needs of Forums, whilst still being able to use multiple (quality) Themes.

    Thank you very much! All the best.

    1. All above listed themes comes with detailed documentation on how to install, use and customize them. For more support related questions you can also contact theme developers directly.

  7. Hi, I’m looking to build a gaming website for a friend and I was going to use WordPress but wondering if there are any good templates I can use?

    Ideally need home page, roster, calendar, forum, gallery and possibly more as they play games such as starwars battlefront, destiny and cod so something that would suit those.

    Any help and advise would be good.


    1. Max,

      Unfortunately, none of these themes are that specific. You might want to research some plugins that are built specially for this purpose as themes are all about design and very little about functionality. Functionality comes from plugins and that’s the are where you should be looking.

  8. Hello Aigars! This is a very good place to find stunning WordPress themes for the newbies. I need a forum theme for WordPress. Could you please recommend some?

    1. Hey,

      All above listed themes are compatible with bbPress plugin which means that you can create a forum using any of above WordPress themes. The main purpose of this list is to showcase the best WordPress forum themes that are based on bbPress integration.

  9. Hi, Sir,

    Actually i want to make a WP website where other members who register also can post over blog page. I mean we are a society who wants not only need a page which has essential info but it allow persons to post their work such as art work, short stories and they look in a clean manner. Just like a forum software but easy. Kindly suggest me how can i do it. Thank you in advance.

    1. Keshav,

      WordPress have this possibility built in by default just needs to be enabled via settings. Which means that you can use literally any WordPress theme ever released and just enable user registration.

  10. Great list of bbpress forum themes. I personally liked Impreza. It contains maximum features that any WP theme can have.

    Thanks For sharing.

    Keep updating!!!

  11. Hello

    Sorry about my english, it is not my native language…
    I’d like to build a professional network with BB or Buddy press. Stable, simple and fast (no animation), clear and of course Pro.
    Also, I do not want to change of template each 3 months. I prefer to pay the price and having back quality and update in time…

    One of the most important thing at me, is to display on the profil the real name or full name of the person. I do not want to see @username but @realname. It is really more professional. Do you know a theme or a plugin abble to do that ?

    The other difficulty is to choice… There is too many choices.
    With your experience, which theme would be the right for what I want to do ? (quality, stability in time, update…)

    Thanks a lot by advance

    1. Franck,

      Kleo theme is certainly the right option. It has been around for a while and is constantly updated to make it even more awesome. More information about this theme is available here.

  12. Hi there,

    I wondered if you could offer your advice please? I am looking to create a local community site, it would allow members to post up questions, such as what is the best restaurant in the area? or does anybody know of a reliable handyman? etc etc. Other users would interact with answering the posts, so it would work like a forum, but I dont want it to look like a classic forum, more of a modern social media feel, however I dont want users to have their own ‘wall’ or ‘timeline’, they would simply see the latest questions in order of when they were posted. If they could add people as friends then that would be great also. The biggest stumbling block im finding is if this website were used nationwide for example, I would like users to only interact with and see other posts from people just in their local area or town. Things like private messaging would also be needed.
    Is there such a theme out there to your knowledge, or a way of making it happen with a theme and some plugins?
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Many thanks!

    1. Andy,

      If you are looking to use WordPress then the only option would be to use themes that support bbPress such as ones listed above.
      However, you will need to modify the design of forum itself to make it not look like a forum since you mentioned that that’s your intention.
      For more advanced forum platforms you might want to check Discourse forum platform.

  13. This article is absolutely brilliant. Been looking into creating forums for a while. Very useful article I shall implement what you said. Thanks

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