Get your mingle on with this highly focused, well designed BuddyPress community builder theme for WordPress. Mingle is a theme I’ve personally used on a web building project in the past, so I can personally attest to the fact that it’s easy to set up and it’s got all the functionality you could possibly use to create a BuddyPress community. (Mine was about BBQ…mmmm….BBQ…)
Anyway, Mingle is still going strong a few years later and it might be just what you need to set up your own community based around anything you want.
Here’s a look at Mingle’s blog page. I like the simple, boxed layout. It may feel old school or retro, and it is since this theme was made in 2011, but this theme is still going strong. There’s a reason some designs and some WordPress themes really stand the test of time. This is one of those themes.
And the corresponding blog settings page.
Here’s a portfolio sample.
Just a peek, no need to get nutty with the images. So, what does Mingle accomplish? Tons.
With a hefty price tag of $79 a pop, it better deliver the good stuff. Aside from the general ‘BuddyPress lets you build a community’ aspect, Mingle gives you absolute control over your website, which is a nice problem to have. There’s a drag and drop layout manager that lets you get that task done. Attach custom headers and footers for more design flexibility. Did I mention that Mingle is 100% GPL? Well, I did now.
Mingle provides you a fully functioning contact form builder and the entire theme has an unbranded ‘white label’ admin panel so it’s great for developers who want to take Mingle and make it something a little different. It’s got a great sidebar generator, the code is immaculate (it should be after years of updates and bug-fixes).
More than just a simple BuddyPress and bbPress ready theme, Mingle is an entire framework that lets you build a solid, feature-packed community. What kind of community will you build with Mingle? I can tell you this, there’s room for another BBQ community, I ditched the idea years ago.