25 Website Templates for Building Online Communities

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If you want to build an online community or a forum, these 25 website templates may come in handy! These forum themes offer advanced customization features and lightweight CMS solutions, They use various types of content management systems such as phpBB, Vanilla or vBulletin.

These forum themes bring much more than just a beautiful design for your forum! They offer an optimum performance and are designed to provide a seamless user experience. Customization can be easily made, without too much coding knowledge.

These website templates for building online communities will surely make your forum stand out from the crowd! Check them out!

Milk – Modern Responsive phpBB 3.1 Theme

Milk is a clean & modern responsive style for phpBB 3.1. This comes with 3 header layouts, navbar colors, customizable footer sections, SVG icons, and more.


Tiaw – Classic Responsive phpBB 3.1 Theme

Tiaw is a responsive, retina-ready phpBB 3.1 theme. This theme is based on default phpBB style to maintain extensions support. No need to install any additional extensions.


Eles – Responsive phpBB 3.1 Theme

Eles is a professional, flexible, fully responsive forum theme for phpBB 3.1 with a pixel-perfect mobile-first design and retina-ready graphics that is compatible with the most popular phpBB 3.1 extensions.

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Ravaio – Modern Responsive phpBB Forum Theme

Ravaio is a premium phpBB3.1 theme with a responsive design and a lot of customization options. You can easily customize theme colors, add items to your menus, sidebar, change the overall layout and more.


Canvas – Modern PHPBB3.1 Theme

Canvas uses font icons and image-less UI elements. This theme also has the SlickPanel extension, which allows you to tweak the style, layout and all other features.


One Click – Premium Vanilla Theme

This is a great forum theme with a responsive layout, style editor, plugins and of course, support included.


Subway – Flat Metro phpBB 3.1 Theme

Subway is a phpBB 3.1 theme built with great features such as responsive layout, options panel extension, metro design and RTL support. This theme is suitable for any phpBB3 forum community.

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Metro — XenForo Responsive & Retina Ready Theme

This is a clean and simple theme that fully supports the latest XenForo community software. Metro for XenForo is fully responsive and retina-ready.


FLATBOOTS – phpBB 3.1 and 3.0

This awesome theme is cross-browser and cross-device compatible (responsive). It has a modern, flat design and it is very easy to customize it to your forum’s needs.


Quarto — vBulletin 5 Responsive Retina Ready Theme

Quarto theme for vBulletin 5.1.10 and vBulletin 5.2.2 is a clean and simple theme that fully supports the latest vBulletin community software. This theme is also fully responsive and retina-ready.


Anami – Responsive phpBB3 Forum Theme

This theme looks great on any device, because it was made responsive. It has a clean and simple design, perfect for online communities and forums.


Nexus – Premium Vanilla 2 Theme

Some of the key features of this great theme are: responsiveness, seven vibrant color schemes options, powered by Font Awesome for easy icon customization, flat, crisp, modern design.

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Ariki – phpBB3 Flat Theme

Ariki forum theme works with latest phpBB 3.1.9 version and has support for any language including RTL, contains 17 predefined colour versions, has a great responsive layout and a customizable sidebar.


Hawiki – Forum Theme

Hawiki forum theme works with latest phpBB 3.1.9 version and has many great features such as 17 predefined colour versions, footer blocks for your content, customizable sidebar, dropdown menu, Font Awesome icons, and more.


Marina — Responsive & Retina Ready phpBB3 Theme

Marina is a clean, simple, fully responsive & retina-ready theme for phpBB 3.0.12 and 3.1.9. Marina theme offers a great user experience for all forum users.


Paper – Flat Theme for vBulletin 5 Connect

The Paper Theme is a flat style for vBulletin 5 Connect™ – the world’s leading community software. It also uses scalable icons in SVG format to support high-resolution screens.


BBOOTS – HTML5/CSS3 Fully Responsive phpBB3.1 Theme

BBOOTS™ is a fully responsive phpBB® HTML5/CSS3 theme. This theme’s design is clean and crisp and looks awesome across all browsers and devices, as it was based on the Bootstrap Framework.


Paragon – A vBulletin 4 Suite Theme

Paragon is a premium theme for the full vBulletin 4.x suite: the CMS and blog in addition to the forum. It was designed to serve vBulletin users who are looking for a hi-tech forum style.


Metro — A Responsive Theme for phpBB3

This forum theme design comes with clean colors and a simple layout that will suit any kind of forum community. It is compatible with all the modern browsers and it is fully responsive.


Primus – A Theme for vBulletin 4.2 Suite

Primus is a vBulletin 4.2.3 theme with a colorful and attractive modern design. It also integrates some skeuomorphic elements. The theme can be easily customized.


Beacon – IPB Forum Skin

Beacon is a premium theme designed for the Invision Power Board forum system. It comes with a clean and professional layout.


Electron – vBulletin Forum Skin

Electron is a vBulletin 4.2.x forum style with clean and minimalistic style. This theme supports vBulletin 4.2.x Publishing Suite – Forum, Blogs and CMS.


Silicon – Premium Vanilla 2 Theme

Silicon is a premium theme for Vanilla 2 forums which has a minimalist design and a fully responsive layout. It is very easy to customize.


OZONE – Premium Vanilla 2 Theme

OZONE is a premium theme for Vanilla 2 forums that comes with a clean design, focused on readability and subtly enhanced with CSS3 effects.


Ideal – A vBulletin 4 Suite Theme

Ideal is a premium theme for the full vBulletin 4.x suite. Even though it features full suite customization, the theme will work with forum-only installations.


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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

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