The limit to what WordPress can do is yet to find out, and with tools like bbPress, it can be used for the rarest kind of websites, i.e., forums.

All you need is a WordPress setup, and a right theme, supporting bbPress (or its alternatives), and you are good to go with running and managing an online forum.

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

For your convenience I have picked out my favorite WordPress forum theme in the table below:

ThemeType:FeaturesEase of useSpeedMobile-friendly?


Multipurpose4 Star Rating4.5 Star Rating4 Star Rating


Multipurpose4.4 Star Rating4.5 Star Rating4.9 Star Rating


Magazine4.5 Star Rating4.2 Star Rating4.3 Star Rating


Multipurpose4 Star Rating4.5 Star Rating4.5 Star Rating


Multipurpose4.5 Star Rating4.9 Star Rating4.9 Star Rating

Let’s have a look at the best free bbPress themes for a forum. These free themes are used by thousands of users, at least, and are all good to use.

So, without wasting any single second, let’s begin with the list.

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    Rendition Theme

    Rendition is a modern responsive WordPress theme perfect for small business and agency owners. With unlimited color variation, you can stamp your own brand identity on the theme. Customizing on Ren …. Read full review
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    Make Theme


    It’s a theme ready to create and run a business profile with hundreds of customization options, thanks to the support for WordPress Live Customizer and Options Panel a …. Read full review

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    Customizr Theme

    Customizer is another excellent multi-purpose WordPress theme which should be great for helping you create your online community with bbPress. With well over million downloads it’s fair to say that …. Read full review
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    iTek Theme

    iTek Can be likened to a Swiss Army knife for Woocomerce themes in the sense that it allows you to create a beautiful e-commerce store and also have a fantastic blog and customizable homepage. The hom …. Read full review
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    Mixed Theme

    Mixed is a clean, lightweight bbPress theme that is easy to use and navigate. There’s also support for BuddyPress and Woocommerce and a few more features which we will get into shortly. Created on HTM …. Read full review
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    Ridizain Theme

    Ridizain is a popular sleek modern magazine base off the Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme. It’s packed with lots of customization feature to help you create a website that’s tailor to your needs. With …. Read full review
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    Alchem Theme

    Alchem can be likened to a Swiss Army knife for free WordPress templates it’s packed with a ton of features which I need an entire post to go into all the features set. If it’s a professional look you …. Read full review
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    MesoColumn Theme


    It’s a simple theme but has been used by over ten thousands of users right now. It is compatible with …. Read full review

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    Zerif Lite


    If you’ve been around WordPress for, at least, a couple of months, then you must have passed through the Zerif Lite theme. It’s among the top 10 free themes at the …. Read full review

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    Evolve Theme


    It’s one of the most popular free themes at WordPress repository, and it is ready for multiple …. Read full review

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    Quest Theme


    If you’re looking for lots of customization options and a lot of power in your hands, then check out the features of Quest theme and also its Demo. It can be customize …. Read full review

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    Arcade Basic Theme


    My next recommendation is a one-page theme which is extremely lightweight and uses 100% respo …. Read full review

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    Square Theme


    It’s a multipurpose theme, which supports the WordPress live customizer and is fully responsive in nature. It follows the minimal footsteps to ensure a top-notch perfo …. Read full review

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    Ward Theme


    It’s an incredibly lightweight theme with a proper focus on achieving highest possible performance grades. It is responsive enough to look and function best on the sma …. Read full review

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    Destin Basic Theme


    Before you begin reading the features, I’ll recommend to check out the Demo first and see if its unique UI looks decent to you. I wasn’t that impressed by its UI, bu …. Read full review

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    Farben Theme


    It’s an extremely creative theme, thanks to the UI it offers. The visual elements are simply unique and top-notch and the theme still manages to stay on the lighter si …. Read full review

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    GeneratePress Theme


    This particular theme not only works with BuddyPress, but is also compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress, allowing you to Read full review

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    Custom Community Theme


    It’s a proper theme specifically designed and developed for running a community website. As you can expect, it supports both bbPress and BuddyPress community tools and …. Read full review

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    Business World Theme


    If your requirement is to create a social network for your office buddies or workers, then have a look at what Business World theme offers. First of all, the design part …. Read full review

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    Aqueduct Theme


    Before we begin with the features, I’ll recommend you to check out how it looks via its Demo link below. The theme will definitely grab your attention because of the c …. Read full review

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    Business Elite Theme


    It’s one of the elegant and unique looking theme which supports the maximum of the SEO norms and also uses parallax scrolling effects to woo further the visitors. It s …. Read full review

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    Kira Lite Theme


    It’s the last recommendation from my side which is 100% responsive and comes with native support for SEO norms. It is built with HTML5 and CSS3, ensuring the modern et …. Read full review

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    Interface Theme

    Inspired by the flat design trend, Interface is another popular business theme. The trendy theme comes with a featured slider on the homepage. You can use the slider to display selected posts and page …. Read full review
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    Sauron Theme


    Our next pick is ready for multiple niches as it targets business profile, portfolio, online non-profile profiles, and even run a blog for personal or Read full review

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    National Basic Theme

    National Basic is one of those WordPress themes and that had stood the test of time thanks to regular updates it remains as popular as when it was first released a few years back. Considering it’s a f …. Read full review
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    WP Knowledge Base Theme


    You must have seen Knowledge Base section at Hosting providers. If your plan is to create a similar platform, then WP Knowledge Base is the best theme to start with. It …. Read full review