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Running your own social network can be a tricky idea, but if it works, your platform gets famous, then you can easily plan on monetizing it.

If that’s what you’re planning and have a perfect niche to target, then let’s start with the best WordPress social networking themes.

Yes, there are themes for this specific niche too, and I’m sharing the hand-picked options down here.

“Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” – Amy Jo Martin

Note: The themes mentioned below only works with WordPress.org which means you will require your domain WordPress hosting. For this, I recommend SiteGround to host your site for as little as $3.95 you get FREE SSL, Free domain & support.

Which is the Best WordPress Social Networking Themes 2018

Scoring methodology The Scoring is based on our unique algorithm that looks at reviews, votes, behavior, social signals and more. Learn more
  1. 1

    OneSocial Theme

    1,170.4
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    Remember our first pick? This OneSocial theme is from the same developer and it does include a similar set of features, which is itself a proud thing. The theme allows p .... Read full review

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    Social Learner Theme

    323.1
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    Social learner is a WordPress theme built for learndash and BuddyPress. This theme is perfect for anyone that wants to create a social learning platform in which you can sell courses the individual or .... Read full review
  3. 3

    KLEO Theme

    299.5
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    This theme was recently updated to its 4th version, quickly confirming that the developers behind are keen to make it worthy, and maintain the same. It has thousands of .... Read full review

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    BuddyBoss Theme

    272.6
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    The BuddyBoss theme is a simple, minimalistic theme idea for those who might be new to BuddyPress this theme is a perfect for beginners. 100% responsive meaning your users will get a similar experienc .... Read full review
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    Social MarketPlace Theme

    164.1
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    Social marketplace as the name suggests is a BuddyPress theme built for anyone wanting to create a marketplace similar to Etsy or eBay. It's developed in conjunction with Woocommerce and WC vendor whi .... Read full review
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    CommunityJunction

    144.0
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    Community Junction obviously lands in a very noble respect. This is by far the only social networking WP theme that supports both bbPress & BuddyPress plugins, a rear quality for a social networki .... Read full review
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    Socialme Theme

    121.8
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    Social me is an elegantly design WordPress theme suitable for magazine owners and those wanting to run a personal online blog. As the name suggests, it's got the social media integrated into this temp .... Read full review
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    Bridge Theme

    120.3
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    (1 vote)

    I’ve personally used this theme, so I’m aware of how powerful it is, and no surprise, it is among the bestsellers at ThemeForest. it comes with a cool UI to deliver .... Read full review

  9. 9

    Newsmag Theme

    96.0
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    Nowadays, there are plenty of powerful WordPress themes you can use to aid in boosting traffic. NewsMag is an incredible .... Read full review
  10. 10

    Divi Theme

    87.0
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    (1 vote)
    There are thousands of WordPress themes out there. But only a few of these remained useful over the years. Read full review
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    Socialize Theme

    80.4
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    Our next recommendation is currently a Trending product at ThemeForest, and if you wish to use it .... Read full review

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    Boss Theme

    68.4
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    It’s clearly one of the best product to have a look at such a requirement. The theme is power .... Read full review

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    Sweet Date Theme

    63.2
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    The dating niche is a popular and rewarding niche that everyone is now focusing on. In the quest to find love online, a lot of people have increasingly signed up on online platforms to find their drea .... Read full review
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    BuddyApp Theme

    51.1
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    BuddyApp is an awesome and fantastic theme with exceptional and modern features. In terms of design, BuddyApp shares many similarities with Boss 2.0. In addition, these two themes s .... Read full review

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    NRGnetwork Theme

    49.1
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    (2 votes)

    This is my last recommendation which is available at ThemeForest. It should be used if you’re looking to run a new social network for the blog network. The theme can a .... Read full review

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    Klein Theme

    48.0
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    This one is the last recommendation from my side, which comes with really interesting and elegant UI, ensuring top-notch user experience in every possible scenario. The .... Read full review

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    Kudos Theme

    46.1
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    Get your social networking site do a kudos job with this amazing Kudos WP theme. The high responsiveness rate of this theme makes it a worthy choice for the excellent WordPress social networking theme .... Read full review
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    X-Theme

    43.9
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    (1 vote)

    With over 90k sales, X is clearly one of the best selling and most powerful themes out there, and it offers a good number of one-page layouts, which are both easy to pic .... Read full review

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    Salient Theme

    40.6
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    It is important to choose a WordPress theme with maximum SEO optimization capabilities. Salient does not only have a powerful SEO feature but is also coded excellently to ensure fast loading on multip .... Read full review
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    Custom Community Theme

    31.5
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    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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    WPLMS Learning Management System Template

    WPLMS Theme

    26.7
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    This is the last theme I’m recommending and it comes with everything which other themes so far missed out. It works perfectly with WordPress and allows the webmaster t .... Read full review

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    BuddyBoss Mobile Only Theme

    22.9
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    Buddyboss mobile is a lightweight BuddyPress theme design to work with your favorite WordPress template. It allows you to give mobile users an engaging browsing experience similar to using their favor .... Read full review
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    EduGate Theme

    19.2
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    It’s a theme using which you can create a website for an education institute or can even run an online community, allowing students and other members to participate an .... Read full review

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    Education WP Theme

    18.7
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    If you’re looking for a more modern approach rather than just a simple one, then check out this trending product at ThemeForest. It is built with HTML5 and CSS3, ensur .... Read full review

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    SocialChef Theme

    17.9
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    Here is a theme which is packed with some awesome features and capabilities for your social networking project online. With SocialChef, you will get:
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    Avada Theme

    16.8
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    REHub Theme

    13.0
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    This particular theme comes with a package which includes three bonus themes and a content egg tool. It is one of the top-rated entry at ThemeForest, and it packs all th .... Read full review

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    Bimber Theme

    12.0
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    Bimber is said to be a viral magazine aimed at those wanting to gain massive traffic from social media. Everything about this theme is geared towards getting the maximum amount of pages and allowing y .... Read full review
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    Monstroid Theme

    12.3
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    Monstroid often referred to as the New Kid On The Block being released in 2015 it's quickly made a massive impact on the state of WordPress themes. Unlike other multi-purpose themes which were used to .... Read full review
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    The7 Theme

    11.6
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    Out of the few known ways to stand out from the crowd, design is one of them. And The7 is one of those capable themes, which allows the webmaster to create any possible .... Read full review

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    Engage Wordpress Buddy Press Theme

    Engage Theme

    10.9
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    Engage is a WordPress social networking theme that utilizes bbPress and BuddyPress plugins to enable you design and build a robust and active community site. This theme is associate .... Read full review

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    GoodWork Theme

    9.4
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    This is a business specific theme being used by thousands of people like you. It comes with multi-language support, responsive and retina ready features, elegant and mod .... Read full review

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    Uncode Theme

    8.9
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    It’s a multipurpose theme which holds 30 concepts, which are one-click away from setting up. You can quickly pick the concept and install it to have the website ready .... Read full review

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    BeTheme

    8.8
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    BeTheme is one of the most popular multipurpose WordPress themes. The feature-rich theme comes with useful SEO tools which can be useful in getting better ranking for your website. Being fully compati .... Read full review
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    Ronneby Theme

    8.7
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    This particular theme comes with a design which is developed keeping mobile devices primarily in the focus. It comes with 40+ unique looking demos which are all easy to .... Read full review

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    GeneratePress Theme

    8.7
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    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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    Enfold Theme

    7.7
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    Enfold is your answer if you’re looking for a custom Drag & Drop page builder and the theme itself is a custom product to fit any niche. It comes with all sets of .... Read full review

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    Sahifa Theme

    7.3
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    Sahifa is one of those themes that's super resilient and has stood the test of time release the way back in 2012 the author has made regular updates and each time making it better. Used by many webmas .... Read full review
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    Gameleon Theme

    6.8
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    This first product I’m recommending is not a top selling one, but it truly deserves the attention. It is a Read full review

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    Alchem Theme

    6.4
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    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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    KALLYAS Theme

    2.3
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    KALLYAS is a multi-purpose theme, which also takes care of e-commerce niche and the required .... Read full review

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    Make Theme

    2.3
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    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

42 Best WordPress Social Networking Themes (2018 Compared) Summery
NameEditor's RatingPricing Model
OneSocial Theme 3.6/5Subscription
Social Learner Theme 3.9/5Subscription
KLEO Theme 4/5One time license
BuddyBoss Theme 3.6/5Subscription
Social MarketPlace Theme 4.1/5Subscription
 

WordPress Social Networking Themes Buyer’s Guide

This guide will help you to learn about:

  • How to create a thriving social network website
  • Can you monetize your social networking theme easily?
  • Free vs Premium Themes
  • Can you set up payment methods in your theme?
  • Support and Updates
  • The importance of supporting 3rd party plugins
  • A good dashboard: The difference between a good and a bad theme
  • Tips to create a buzzing WordPress Community/Social Network site.
  • Steps to take after completely set up your theme.

Social networking themes are popular among the business. It gives you the ability to reach their audience, create a thriving community. However, it can be hard to decide which theme is best for your business. In this guide, we will go through a simple buyer’s guide for social networking themes.

We will cover basic questions that a buyer could have. We will also cover the things that you should look for in a social networking theme and much more!

Let’s get started.

How to create a thriving social network website

Not all themes are social network capable. To get started, you need to make sure that you choose a theme that is BuddyPress compatible. If it is, then half of your work is done here.

So, what is BuddyPress?

BuddyPress is a free-to-use social network plugin. It offers full social network features that can also allow you to add add-ons to the WordPress plugin system.

After you get hold of the theme, you need to get a proper hosting for it. Check out our list of hosting that both our users and we recommend. Next step is to setup your BuddyPress. As there are plenty of good setup guides on the internet, we would simply link them for your reference.

Check out the list below.

Can you monetize your social networking theme easily?

The next question that is frequently asked by the users is how monetizable your social networking theme is? You can monetize your website without any problem whatsoever.

However, you should do it properly.

For example, you can sell Ad space, do referral programs and revenue sharing and so on. You can also choose to sell your influence by using www.klout.com and expand your network of partners and businesses.

Social media websites are just like other websites. They just behave a little different and have users communicating with each other in real-time, making monetization a difficult challenge. You can read the amazing piece by Andrew Chen where he discusses how you can monetize your app. According to him, Facebook’s CMPs rate is $4 which is pretty good, considering if only they a decent CTR rate as well.

Free vs Premium Themes

Free Themes

  • Limited in features
  • Not all types of social networking tools are present
  • Offers limited customization
  • Not proper documentation and videos
  • Limited support.

For example, you can use Mesocolumn. It is a free-to-use BuddyPress enabled theme that lets you build a good social networking website. However, it does lack some customizability and control.

  • Fully customizable
  • Tons of features
  • Great customer support
  • You get access to all types of popup with no limitation whatsoever.
  • Compatibility with all WordPress themes.

One paid plugin that we would recommend is Boss 2.0. It is a complete package when it comes to building a social networking site. It comes with flexible layouts, proper customizable and endless possibilities. The admin panel is also good and contains all the essential options to customize your theme and control it as well correctly. Moreover, it comes with Social Learner Add-on that even simplifies the process of making and handling social networking website

Can you setup payment methods in your theme?

As most of the social networking themes are building from the idea of membership, you can add payment methods easily. This way you can sell membership level. Members can choose to pay using different payment gateways such as Stripe, Paypal and others. The support for the payment gateway differs from theme to theme.

Support and Updates

When you choose a theme, you need to make sure that it comes with proper support and updates. However, don’t expect them from free themes. Only few of the free themes gets update and support.

Paid themes, on the other hand, have proper updates and support. To check, you should check their history of updates. Also, check their support page on how frequently questions are answered. If you are not sure, maybe, try to send them a send them a genuine question about the theme. This will help you understand their support quality and response time.

Importance of supporting 3rd party plugins

Social networking websites are incredibly feature-rich. From the ability to send connect with others to add images, videos, there are plenty of things you can make your theme do. To ensure that you don’t lose out on customizability, try to check if the theme comes with proper 3rd party plugin support.

By doing so, you will enable future feature updates on your platforms.

A good dashboard: The difference between a good and a bad theme

One more thing that you need to keep in your mind is to look out for a theme that offers a good dashboard or admin panel. The admin panel should give you the ability to customize your theme properly. A good dashboard will also let provide you important information about your website.

Tips to create a buzzing WordPress Community/Social Network site.

Before you start, it is important to understand that creating a social networking site is not an easy task. That’s why we will list some tips for you to get started.

  • Properly identify your community and user’s demographics
  • How you intend to use your social networking site:
  • Define the features that you need to create before launching your site.
  • Properly plan the features that need to be added after a proper launch
  • Setup proper customer service, scalability, and security
  • Ensure quality content to be served to your users.
  • Do proper marketing to attract new users.

Steps to take after completely setting up your theme.

Great job! You successfully set up your theme. However, you need to take proper care of your website before it can go live. Let’s discuss some steps that need to be taken after completing your theme.

  1. Install necessary security plugins such as WordFence.
  2. Setup BuddyPress and the related add-ons that you need.
  3. Make sure that you have used a strong password and set up membership privileges properly.
  4. Clean up unnecessary themes and plugins.
  5. Install proper website speed plugins such as W3 Total Cache
  6. Ensure that your website is properly indexed. Use Yoast SEO to automate the task.
That’s a Wrap! Were you able to find the right template for your new project? Let us know in the comments sections which you when with and why? This will help your fellow Softwarefindr users make better buying decisions.