bbPress is a plugin which allows you to run a forum using WordPress or BuddyPress which tightly integrates with the membership system, its a great way to add a forum section to your existing site. The plugin will use some default styling from which ever theme you are using on your site but if you are looking for something a bit tidier and well-designed then there are a number of themes specifically designed for bbPress which is the subject of today’s post.

To be honest when compiling this list – the number of free bbPress themes is quite disappointing and the quality is not the highest – if you are wanting a quality looking forum then a premium theme looks the best option at the moment unless you’d like to create your own using one of the free ones as a starting point.

Premium Themes


BBPress plugin integration, Woocommerce plugin integration, WP e-Commerce plugin integration. BuddyPress Theme (BBPress Support).



Engage is a community based theme built on WordPress, BuddyPress, and bbPress that lets you signup visitors on your site. Members can then build their profiles, send messages, friend other people, interact in groups, post in the forum, share interests, and much more.



WordPress 3.5+, BuddyPress v1.6+ and bbPress 2.2+ Salutation is a WordPress and BuddyPress theme. If you’re not familiar with BuddyPress, it’s a social network plugin for WordPress allowing your website to become a fully functional community portal. BuddyPress lets your users interract through groups, forums, friends, status updates, private messaging and a lot more.



CheerApp is a great theme most suited for software developers; it’s design and functionality were created especially for showcasing apps, but it will do a great job of standalone bbPress forum too. CheerApp offers huge number of features that will help developers promote and support their apps.



Angular is a responsive WordPress Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous Avia Framework and comes with support for the bbPress Forum plugin, just in case you need it.



Propulsion is a responsive WordPress Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for users who want to create a business, portfolio or eCommerce site. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous woocommerce shop plugin as well as the bbPress Forum plugin.



ReviewIt is a WordPress and BuddyPress theme that provides you with powerful review and community features.



Choices is a responsive WordPress Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for business websites and users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site.



bbPress and BuddyPress magazine style review theme


Social Buddy

Social Buddy is a responsive community WordPress theme that integrates with BuddyPress & BBPress and is perfect for niche communities and social networks.



Huddle is a clean, robust and easy to use community theme designed and developed for WordPress and make compatible to run seamlessly with both BuddyPress and bbPress plugins installed.


One Community

OneCommunity lets users register on your site and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups and much more. A social network in a box, build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community.


Super Massive

SuperMassive is a powerful professional WordPress and BuddyPress theme. The aim from the beginning was to create a great looking theme that would allow you to make your own unique and abstract layouts in minutes.



BbPress support included to our theme allows you easily setup discussion forums inside your WordPress site. bbPress is focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed.



Score is a WordPress and BuddyPress theme that is ideal for reviewing any kind of content.


Support Desk

A responsive helpdesk theme for WordPress. Now you can have your own support center without paying monthly fees.



Buddy is a clean, modern and fully responsive WordPress and BuddyPress theme that can be used for any type of website, whether it be business, corporate, community, magazine, portfolio, etc.



A multi-purpose, responsive and e-commerce WordPress theme. The perfect solution for your online store. JigoShop and WooCommerce plugins fully supported. bbPress forum plugin now fully supported.



Incarnation is a responsive WordPress Church Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for any kind of Church Website that wants to provide a community site to its visitors. It comes with support for audio and video sermons, a fully fledged event calendar, a community forum and many other options.



Bounce is a powerful, professional and fully responsive WordPress & BuddyPress theme. If you want to impress your visitors with a good looking theme then look no further.



Eunoia is a bold responsive WordPress Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for business websites and users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site.



Razor – WordPress, BuddyPress and bbPress Ready.



Bent is an elegant responsive WordPress eCommerce theme built on Twitter Bootstrap



Mikmag is the perfect solution for you creative individuals and professionals looking for a highly versatile, greatly comprehensive and well-designed WordPress Theme power packed with Premium features and templates you can build from and customize.



Zeux is highly responsive creative theme. 14 custom template pages, 7 different colors, 11 custom background patterns and filterable portfolio. The theme support following post format: Standard, Gallery, Link, Quote, Image and this are just few of the great features that this theme has.



Flix is a community and power blogging theme for WordPress. With BuddyPress support included into the the theme you can start your own community in no time. But BuddyPress and bbPress are only two of many superb features of this theme.


Free Themes

Edublogs Forum Theme

It’s a quality theme, designed, redesigned and developed entirely with great user experience in mind, and incorporating the same avatars that users upload to Edublogs (using our custom avatars plugin).


bbPress Twenty Ten

Adds bbPress forums to the Twenty Ten theme


Elbee Elgee

An extremely flexible 1, 2, or 3 column theme with over 30 possible layouts and support for widgetized sidebars, custom headers, custom backgrounds, custom navigation menus, BuddyPress and bbPress.



All-purpose, responsive (mobile friendly) theme with 12 optional layouts, per post layouts, multiple drop down menus, 18 widget areas, support for all 10 post formats, mobile compatible menus, and integrations for bbPress, BuddyPress, Jigoshop, and Hybrid Tabs.



Free responsive WordPress theme with Buddypress and bbPress supports. Have 4 different layout: content-sidebar,sidebar-content, full content (long), full content(short). 13 different theme styles, Google Fonts, logo upload abilities.



Responsive, clean and elegant theme, perfect for bloggers or even professionals – Another amazing features is bbPress & BuddyPress support.



Compatibility packs for BuddyPress, bbPress, Jigoshop and WooCommerce are available as plugins for smooth integration.


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  1. Nice list. There are less focus on BBPress but this list helps me find some hidden gems out there :)

    Though, my personal favorite so far is ReForum by Liam McKay

  2. Syamil MJ

    Here another free one (BBPress) –

  3. Great list.. I personally liked Maestro. It contains maximum features that any WP theme can have..

  4. Superb list of BuddyPress themes. Some of the best on the web!

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    Hi all, I would like to ask is anyone heard about new great way of managing wordpress ?

  6. John

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  7. Alex Stokke

    ThemeForest is a great place to find wordpress themes – they’re low-priced and have a huge catalogue:

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