BuddyPress-specific themes seem to be few and far-between these days. This is probably due to changes in the market ever since BuddyPress 1.7 was released with built-in theme support for all WordPress themes. Still, this doesn’t negate the need for themes that have built-in styling specific to BuddyPress components.
BuddyDocs: A Free Documentation Style Theme For BuddyPress
BuddyDocs is a free BuddyPress theme from Brajesh Singh of BuddyDev. I’ve always admired Brajesh’s work and dedication to customer support. Brajesh is a prolific BuddyPress plugin developer and has long been a contributor to the project. He has released 52 free plugins to date on BuddyDev, in addition to the commercial plugins that he offers. This is a large collection of work that you can only find on the BuddyDev site.
BuddyDocs is the first publicly released WordPress theme from BuddydDev. It’s designed with a front page FAQ display for building a knowledge base, help center or documentation website.
BuddyDocs is a responsive theme with clean, semantic markup and HTML5 validated code. A few of the features include:
- Multiple Layout options
- 3 page templates included
- Live Search module
- Taxonomy Posts List shortcode
- Font Awesome Icons
- Translation ready
Check out a live demo of BuddyDocs in action.
The live search feature is of particular interest to sites that will be using the theme for documentation. Search results are updated live as the user types. This helps users to quickly and easily find what they are looking for, which is likely to save you a lot of extra time spent on support.
Best of all, the theme is GPL licensed and open source. Fork it on github if you like or download BuddyDocs from BuddyDev. Brajesh plans to use the theme in the upcoming documentation section of BuddyDev.
Themes that organize information get me excited about WordPress. It’s also encouraging to know that BuddyPress themes are not dead. In fact, I think we’re likely to see more highly customized themes, especially those that are heavily styled for specific components. Many thanks to Brajesh for making his documentation theme available for free to the community.