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Want to create a crowdfunding website?
Well, I’ve got good news and bad news.
The bad news is that a site like that requires a ton of functionality.
Users need to be able to register and fund campaigns on the site, and there’s also a separate user group who will signup to edit and launch their own campaigns. Add in the payment processing, scheduled removal of campaigns, and you’ve got a lot to tackle!
Now for the good news.
There are WordPress plugins and themes already available for adding all of this functionality to your site.
In this post, you’re going to find my top recommendations for WordPress crowdfunding themes.
Want more guidance? Check out our guide on how to create your own site like Kickstarter to get your crowdfunding site off the ground.
Crowdfunding WordPress themes
These themes are all highly rated by their customers and recently updated by their developers. While they are all suitable themes, Backnow really stands out as my top choice on this list, so make sure to pay it special attention.Here are my top picks for best crowdfunding WordPress themes for 2019.
1. Backnow by Themeum (Themeforest)
Backnow is beautiful and is the best theme for creating a crowdfunding website. As you can see from the screenshot above, it works well for sites with multiple categories of user-submitted projects.
The layouts of the projects listed on the homepage and category pages present all the relevant details a visitor would be interested in including the progress towards the project’s financial goal. The campaign pages themselves are beautiful and have a layout heavily influenced by sites like KickStarter. The video and images are featured in the center of the page and the sidebar includes the tiered rewards available for backers.
The crowdfunding features in Backnow come from the WP Crowdfunding plugin also made by Themeum. There is a free version that integrates perfectly with Backnow as well as a premium version available for those who want the extra features. WP Crowdfunding is built as an extension for the WooCommerce plugin which handles the payment processing and eCommerce side of things. While this theme does require a couple additional plugins, you end up with a tightly integrated solution for making a crowdfunding platform.
If you want to build completely custom page layouts, you’ll love using the Elementor plugin with Backnow. It also comes with shortcodes for inserting special content into posts and pages (sort of like widgets), custom fonts, and tons of additional display settings.
2. Born To Give by Imithemes (Themeforest)
Born To Give is a gorgeous theme with a premium professional design. Visitors will feel comfortable browsing your site with this theme and the design quality will likely improve the impressions of your brand. It’s branded for charity and will work best for such a site, but could be used as a generic crowdfunding platform.
The one trouble with this theme is the price. The theme itself is reasonably priced, but it requires some additional plugins. The Charitable plugin it works with is free and has amazing user reviews, but you will need the “Charitable Ambassadors” extension which runs an additional $149. This extension for the Charitable plugin adds the peer-to-peer functionality required to create a crowdfunding website.
Born To Give comes with some neat additional features like a built-in plugin for publishing upcoming events in a convenient calendar display. There are also 12 pre-defined color schemes (plus custom colors), Visual Composer for creating custom page templates, and Slider Revolution for making custom image sliders.
3. Kulebe by Klb Theme (Themeforest)
Kulebe is another alternative for creating a crowdfunding platform around charity and donations. However, it’s organized to be much simpler as a one-page website. Every menu item you click takes you to a section on the homepage and the projects open up in a pop-over window.
I have to say, I don’t love the design of this theme. I think it’s best when creating a crowdfunding website to stick to the conventions set by the most popular examples like KickStarter and Indiegogo. That said, you will find it fast to customize and launch due to its simplicity.
Kulebe comes with a few bundled plugins for adding more features like custom sliders and page building. You also have hundreds of fonts to choose from among other typographical details and layout choices.
4. Unity by Opal WP (Themeforest)
Update: Unity is based on a crowdfunding plugin that is no longer supported by the developer.
Unity differentiates itself with a focus on charity. It could be used for any type of crowdfunding site, but the aesthetic and some of the features lend this theme best to non-profit and charitable endeavors.
Unity integrates with the Easy Digital Downloads plugin for handling all of the eCommerce functionality like payment processing. For the crowdsourcing aspects, it works with the Crowdfunding plugin by Astoundify. Both of these plugins are free to use.
The donation process is a little different from other themes in that donations are added to the cart first before checking out. In addition, previous donors are listed in the sidebar of each project, but there are not rewards for different tiers of donations.
Regarding customization, Unity comes with a drag-and-drop page builder, tons of style options, and Revolution Slider.
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Which crowdfunding theme is best for you?
Backnow has better functionality in the backend for handling campaigns and managing users than the other themes listed here. In addition, the design is excellent and very similar to sites like Kickstarter which best for a crowdfunding theme. Overall, it stands out clearly as the number one choice for any kind of crowdsourcing website.
Born To Give is utterly gorgeous and has great features. Despite the higher price tag, it’s an excellent option especially for anyone looking to start a donation or charity focused crowdfunding platform.
Kulebe and Unity are both decent alternatives, but their functionality is underwhelming compared to the other themes listed here and the aesthetic quality is okay. I would recommend checking out Backnow and Born To Give first for your project.
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