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Looking to create a community site?
Sites that feature user-generated content are among the most popular sites in the world.
In this post, you’ll find a wide variety of content sharing themes modeled after a range of sites from Reddit to Youtube to AllRecipes. No matter which kind of user community you’re trying to create, you’ll find an excellent option available here.
Make sure to check out our BuddyPress community themes collection too.
Content sharing WordPress themes
Every theme listed here is up-to-date and highly-rated by its customers. As modern themes, all these themes are also totally responsive which means they look and work great on all screen sizes from smartphones to widescreen monitors.
With those guidelines in place, here are my top picks for content sharing WP themes.
1. UpVote by ThemeWarriors (Themeforest)
There are many types of sites that rely on user-shared content. However, the most traditional of these designs is the link sharing site. UpVote is a link sharing community site just like Reddit.
If you don’t want users to create posts and instead would prefer for them to simply post links then UpVote is definitely your best option. It has a built-in upvoting system and front-end submission form. Members get their own profile pages where they can review their posts, comments, and the content they’ve voted for. Over time, a user’s voting history becomes like a collection of bookmarks bringing them back to the site more often.
In addition to the member features, there are lots of customization options. You can choose any colors you’d like to use throughout the theme, customize the typography, and more. This highly-rated theme is a must-have for anyone interested in building a site like Reddit.
2. Bimber by Bring the Pixels (Themeforest)
Bimber is a viral content theme much like Buzzfeed. It’s great for showing off eye-catching images and irresistible headlines. Also, users can submit their own articles and lists to the site.
Bimber has a sharp, modern design full of color and life. It feels alive and very active at a glance. There are numerous layouts, and many of them are best-suited for a magazine-style website. In fact, that’s how you should think of Bimber – a theme for an online magazine that accepts user submissions.
Regarding the user-generated content, Bimber has built-in user ranks and a complete point system that awards them for their participation. That also includes loads of pre-designed badges and leaderboards. Anyone can register and create a profile thanks to the BuddyPress integration used to power the social aspects of Bimber.
There are so many fun and amazing features included in Bimber like front-end submissions, built-in social sharing buttons, multiple types of polls, image editing tools, and ad management system, and more! You’ll have to visit the sales page to scroll through the seemingly endless list of features to find out more.
If want to create a content-focused site with viral user-generated content, there’s no better option than Bimber.
3. Uploader by Theme Bazaar (Themeforest)
If you want to create a file sharing site for images like imgur, Uploader is the theme for you.
This media sharing theme comes with loads of front-end and back-end features for sharing images. You can feature select images on the homepage and allow deep navigation through categories and filters. In addition to images, Uploader can also be used for articles, video, and audio.
For users, there is a modern drag-and-drop uploader for publishing media to the site, previews for uploaded images, and instant form validation via AJAX. It’s a fast and seamless process to add new content to the site with Uploader.
As the admin, you’ll want adequate tools for managing all the media added by members. Uploader made the wise choice of not separating user uploads into a separate database table, but rather integrating them within the existing media library. This gives you the full power of WordPress’ media management plus a few additional features added by Uploader.
4. King by Red Kings (Themeforest)
King is designed for social sites where the community uploads all the content. It’s like a cross between Buzzfeed, Reddit, and Youtube. Members can create profiles, publish multimedia content, and follow each other to get notifications.
The King social content sharing theme has a heavy emphasis on the community aspect of the site. There are some great features like private messaging and following. Users can also register and login with an existing social site account like Facebook or Google Plus and earn points for their engagement on the site.
King’s design is attractive and is great for showcasing images. Since images tend to get way more engagement and social shares than text-based content, this is a good decision by the designers. Images, articles, and videos all feel equally at home here. If you want a modern looking theme to build a social community, King is an excellent option.
5. Lynk by Javo Themes (Themeforest)
Lynk integrates with both BuddyPress and bbPress for its social features which means it has some awesome features like private messaging and activity feeds coupled with complete forum functionality. In terms of design, there’s a lot to check out in this community theme’s demos.
Lynk has capabilities that make it great for blogs, news, and even product sales pages. However, at its core Lynk is best at featuring user-generated content. Community members can publish their own posts and share them throughout the community. It requires more investment from users than a link sharing site like Reddit, but also doesn’t have the pressure of publishing public-facing content like on a site using Bimber. Instead, Lynk is more like a private social network.
You can use Lynk to create a private or public social network where all content is created and shared by members. With customizable menus, built-in notifications, live search results, and a customizable front-end submission form, Lynk is a full-featured theme you can depend on for building a content sharing website.
6. VideoPro by CactusThemes (Themeforest)
If you’re looking to create a user-driven video site like Youtube, VideoPro is an amazing theme. I’ve published a full tutorial on how to create a site like Youtube in the past, but here’s a quick rundown on this theme.
VideoPro is a slick and dark theme with a modern flair. As you can tell already from the thumbnail, this theme is excellent for featuring video content. It doesn’t distract from the videos with other content anywhere besides to inject some social sharing buttons or promote top channels. And that brings me to my next point…
There are plenty of video-centric WordPress themes out there. However, VideoPro is the one with the most community features. For instance, visitors can create their own channels and even combine videos into new playlists. Members of the site can follow their favorite publishers, like videos, leave comments, and even save videos to a “Watch Later” list. One of the newer features added to the theme is live streaming, so you can even recreate a site like Twitch with VideoPro. With a respectable 4.48/5 rating on Themeforest, VideoPro is a well-made and dependable video community theme.
7. SocialChef by Themeenergy(Themeforest)
Want a theme for a recipe sharing site? SocialChef puts a spin on the standard social sharing community site design to create a theme for building a site like AllRecipes.com.
The layout and style of SocialChef are comparable to any recipe site on the web. The design is completely focused on the recipes and their images in particular. Recipe archives display the dishes listed in a grid with a much larger image displayed on the individual recipe pages.
SocialChef lets members add their own recipes and also rate other members’ recipes. This serves as an excellent filtering system as the best dishes rise to the top. Members can also favorite recipes they love and print them out. Thanks to the compatibility with BuddyPress and bbPress, users can create robust profiles with all of their activities in a feed sort of like Youtube.
The front-end submission form is sufficiently advanced for publishing recipes filled with ingredients and measurements, and users can also add lengthy descriptions or personal stories about the recipe. Another handy feature in SocialChef is the WooCommerce integration which allows you to sell digital and/or physical products right from your site.
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Which content sharing theme is best for you?
To build a site like Reddit, UpVote is the obvious choice. It’s got a similar design and all the features you’d expect conveniently integrated.
If you want to create a content sharing site with more of a magazine or news site style, Bimber will work wonderfully. While this theme is extremely flexible and packed with features, King makes for a nice alternative if you don’t like Bimber’s styles or don’t need all of its features.
To recreate a video sharing site like Youtube, you can’t beat VideoPro. You won’t find an alternative with more community features and a video-focused design.
The Lynk theme will work well for a variety of social sites, although it is better suited than other themes here for a private social network.
Lastly, if you have any interest in creating a recipe website filled with recipes shared by members, there’s no better choice than SocialChef.