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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.
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 2020.
1. Backnow by Themeum (Themeforest)
Backnow is beautiful and is one of the best themes 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. Since Backnow has a fully responsive design, it looks great on both desktop computers and mobile devices.
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 business.
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 unique content into posts and pages (sort of like widgets), custom fonts, and tons of additional display settings.
2. CrowdMerc by XpeedStudio (Themeforest)
CrowdMerc is a gorgeous and modern crowdfunding WordPress theme. It stands out thanks to its excellent aesthetic and all-in-one capabilities.
With the CrowdMerc theme, you don’t need to purchase any additional plugins to create a fully functional crowdfunding campaign website where project creators can raise funds for their startups. It can work equally well for fundraising websites too.
Use the popular Elementor page builder plugin with CrowdMerc to create entirely custom designs. That’s how the developers put together each of the 4 live demos which you can view by clicking the button above.
Another feature I really appreciate in CrowdMerc is the member dashboard. It’s beautiful and user-friendly. Project creators can easily review and edit their project and backers without ever seeing the WordPress admin. No one will even know your site runs on WordPress!
One final feature worth mentioning is that it can be used as an event management theme. On top of promoting projects, you can also advertise and sell tickets to events. This is possible thanks to an integration with the widely use WooCommerce eCommerce plugin.
3. FundingPress by Skywarrior (Themeforest)
FundingPress is another awesome option for creating a crowdfunding website. Members can add their projects and get funding through the online payment system just like on Kickstarter.
The funding project pages are fully featured and include a list of backers, updates, and visitor comments. These features are great for building community interaction and trust with backers, and that means more funding on the site. Backers can also provide rewards to their backers based on the amount funded and promote these deals right on the project page.
For accepting payments, FundingPress integrates with Stripe, PayPal, and WePay. It also works great with the Visual Composer plugin which lets you create completely custom layouts on any page of your site.
Fundingpress has some great theme options like color schemes, Google Fonts typography controls, and multiple page layouts for the blog.
Overall, it’s a highly flexible theme capable of supporting a popular crowdfunding platform.
4. 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 as a charity theme and will work best for fundraising campaigns, 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 crowd funding 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. It’s also translation-ready, so you can use it to build a site in any language. Despite the huge amount of features included, it’s easy to get started thanks to the one-click demo content importer.
5. 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 company to stick to the conventions set by the most famous 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 customization options like image sliders and page building. You also have hundreds of fonts to choose from among other typographical details and layout choices.
6. 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.
CrowdMerc has an exceptional design that will work especially well for projects in tech and business industries.
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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