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Aardvark – BuddyPress, Membership & Community Theme (BuddyPress)

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Aardvark is a complete community focussed WordPress theme. Buy with confidence from an elite author specialising in BuddyPress themes.

New Demos

Primary Uses

Pre-Built Demos


Paid Membership Pro


WPBakery Page Builder

Code-free Customisation


RTL Support


Basic Information

Who Is This Theme For?

Anyone and everyone really! Seriously, it’s a full multi-purpose theme. But specifically if you want to create a community, charge for membership access and sell online courses this theme is perfect for you.

Code-free customisation

200+ theme options to easily create a great looking site to meet your specific needs without ever touching a piece of code.

Main Features

  • BuddyPress integration
  • bbPress integration
  • WooCommerce integration
  • Paid Membership Pro integration
  • Sensei integration
  • Event Manager integration
  • Includes over $100 worth of premium plugins
  • Clean code – no PHP notices and well documented
  • 15 custom page builder elements/shortcodes
  • SEO Ready and mobile optimised
  • Intranet/extranet features (restrict access to site until logged in and dashboard interface)
  • Multiple blog options – masonry, grids, lists, font and alignment control
  • Ajax pagination and sorting of content
  • Front-end ajax post submission and edit forms
  • Post formats – Image, Gallery, Video, Audio, Aside, Status, Link, Quote, Standard
  • One-click demo importer
  • Retina support
  • Multiple header layouts
  • Custom pricing tables
  • Icon fonts (FontAwesome included)
  • Multiple menu styles (mega menus, post content, background images, icons etc.)
  • 200+ theme options to control every aspect of the theme
  • Change theme styling in real time with WP Live Customizer
  • Social share options
  • Social login support
  • Front-end login, register and profile pages
  • Top-class support
  • Automatic and regular theme updates
  • Full RTL support

Plugin Integration

Bundled Premium Plugins

These plugins are bundled with the theme. for more information on bundled plugins please click here.

  • WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer) (Save $45) – Frontend and backend drag and drop page builder to create complex looking layouts in minutes – no coding required
  • Responsive for Visual Composer – (Save $23) Greater control over the display of your page builder elements based on the width of the screen
  • LayerSlider (Save $23) – One of the most popular responsive multi-purpose slider plugins
  • Theia Sticky Sidebar (Save $24) – Makes your sidebars sticky and permanently visible, regardless of their position or how much the user has scrolled down

Premium Plugins (Purchased Separately)

These plugins are not bundled with the theme and need to be purchased separately.

  • Sensei – A course management plugin that offers the smoothest platform for helping you teach anything (purchased separately)

Supported Plugins

These plugins have been specifically designed to work with the theme and are completely free, as a result they are not bundled with the theme, but the theme can automatically install and set them up for you.

  • BuddyPress – Unique design, masonry member/group display, mobile device friendly, notifications tab, members statistics, members/groups shortcodes
  • rtMedia – Upload media to the activity stream or profile, comment and like media from other users, categorize media into albums
  • BP Profile Search – Build custom members search forms, and custom members directories or search results pages, comes with custom shortcode
  • bbPress – Add a fully functioning forum to your website
  • Paid Memberships Pro – Create membership levels, restrict access based on these levels, charge for access, different homepages for different membership levels
  • WordPress Social Login – Allow visitors to login using their existing social account
  • WooCommerce – Create an online store with the most popular ecommerce plugin
  • Yoast SEO – Complete SEO solution and adds breadcrumb support
  • Events Manager – Create events, handle bookings with full BuddyPress integration.

Top-class Support

This theme comes with an extensive help file that explains how to set up every aspect of the theme. If you still have any questions visit our support site where we respond to all questions within 24 hours Monday to Friday.


To view the full changelog click here.

Version 1.5.1 – 14-Mar-18

Fix: rtMedia upload button now working in Safari on mobile devices
Fix: Fixed page layout issues on WooCommerce pages
Fix: Popup login form now working on frontend redirect page
Fix: Fixed issues with not being able to import BuddyPress data after not activating plugin initially

Version 1.5 – 12-Mar-18

Update: Updated WPBakery Page Builder to v5.4.7
Update: Updated LayerSlider to v6.7.1
Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.4.1
Update: Added option to exclude pages from frontend redirect
Fix: Fixed sidebar width on mobile devices
Fix: Percentage character now working in frontend password field
Fix: Scroll to link menu type option now saving
Fix: Fixed masonry displays when using side menu
Fix: Mobile scrolling logo no longer displaying all the time
Fix: Fixed PHP warning

Version 1.4 – 21-Feb-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.4
Update: Updated LayerSlider to v6.7.0
Update: Added Network demo
Update: Added Social demo
Update: Added full support for Events Manager plugin
Update: Added Events List and Events Calendar elements
Update: Added Login/Register Form element
Update: Added option to restrict frontend and backend and redirect non logged users to specific page (e.g. login page)
Tweak: Custom css now loaded after style settings CSS
Fix: Sensei settings now saving on individual lesson pages
Fix: Fixed profile links on BuddyPress Members page
Fix: Multiple tags in the post submission form now being saved separately
Fix: Fixed course price output
Fix: Fixed content menu ajax display
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.3 – 16-Feb-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.3
Update: Added new "Side Menu" header layout (new demo utilising this coming soon)
Update: Added new styling options to control theme widths, padding and more background colours
Update: Added list format for Statistics element
Update: Added masonry support option for Row element
Tweak: Added styling for other social login buttons
Fix: Fixed page header height on homepage
Fix: Fixed BuddyPress navigation button on mobile devices from duplicating
Fix: Fixed issue archive/forum page returning incorrect content
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.2 – 13-Feb-18

Update: Added social media buttons to BuddyPress profile headers
Update: Added support for frontend BuddyPress profile fields in profile header and author info box (see help file)
Update: Can now import BuddyPress data from theme demo importer
Update: Added "My Groups" display in BuddyPress Groups element
Update: Added filters to BuddyPress Groups and Members elements (excluding Masonry format)
Update: Added List format to BuddyPress Groups and Members element
Update: Added option to change Activity stream text and link colors
Tweak: Added support for loading script files in JS Code box
Fix: Included "BuddyPress Xprofile Custom Fields Type" plugin with theme to prevent upload issues
Fix: Fixed issue with logo not displaying under certain conditions
Fix: Fixed issue with scroll to links without hashtags
Fix: Fixed featured image cropping on single posts and pages

Version 1.1 – 01-Feb-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.1
Update: Updated LayerSlider to v6.6.8
Update: Added full RTL support
Update: Added video format support to Featured Boxes element
Fix: Scrolling logo now displaying
Fix: Fixed duplicate Activity feed content when clicking Load More button
Fix: Fixed issues with editing/deleting custom sidebars
Fix: BuddyPress masonry member/group now displaying correctly when searching and using pagination
Fix: Fixed a number of demo importer issues
Fix: Fixed a number of issues in post submission form
Fix: Minor styling fixes

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