Aardvark - BuddyPress, Membership & Community Theme

Aardvark - BuddyPress, Membership & Community Theme


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

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 (BuddyPress 3+ compatible)
  • bbPress integration
  • WooCommerce integration
  • Paid Membership Pro integration
  • Sensei integration (plugin purchased separately)
  • 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
  • GDPR support
  • Fully WPML compatible

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.
  • WPML – WPML makes it easy to build multilingual sites and run them. It’s powerful enough for corporate sites, yet simple for blogs.

Top-class Support

This theme comes with extensive documentation, knowledge base and video tutorials 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 2.5 (29-Oct-18)

Update: Updated WPBakery Page Builder to v5.5.5
Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.7
Update: Added notification counter to notification drop down menu tab
Tweak: Added filter to change post type in GP Recent Comments widget (ghostpool_recent_comments_widget_post_type)
Tweak: Added filter to disable async typography (ghostpool_async_typography)
Tweak: Updated wpml-config.xml file to include all relevant options
Fix: Fixed positioning of scroll to links
Fix: Fixed issues with Link page template
Fix: Scrolling background working in FireFox again
Fix: If main logo option is left empty no longer generates jQuery error
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 2.4 – 29-Sep-18

Update: Updated WPBakery Page Builder to v5.5.4
Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.6.1
Update: Updated Redux to v3.6.12.1
Update: Now fully compatible with WPML
Update: Added option to hide sidebar on Paid Membership Pro restricted content posts/pages
Update: Added option to disable page header on posts, pages and categories
Fix: Localised missing text
Fix: No longer need to double click scroll to link on iPads
Fix: Disabled Paid Membership Pro redirects on WPBakery and Customizer frontend editors
Fix: Fixed plugins hiding individual page options box
Fix: BuddyPress member search showing results again
Fix: Fixed redirect loop when login page is set as the homepage
Fix: Fixed issue with BuddyPress activity element loading same content
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 2.3.1 – 07-Sep-18

Fix: Fixed issue with some theme styling options not being output on site correctly

Version 2.3 – 05-Sep-18

Update: Updated Redux to v3.6.11
Update: Updated Featherlight to v1.7.13
Update: Added support for Envato Market WordPress Plugin
Update: Added theme option to set weight of strong text
Update: Added theme options to change pre code background and text colour
Tweak: Added shortcode support to text menu links
Tweak: Replaced category page header background text field option with media uploader
Fix:Fix formatting of links in notification dropdown tab
Fix: Fixed PHP 7.2. notices
Fix: Fixed frontend page builder and Customize redirect issues
Fix: Fixed issues with current user being recognised upon login
Fix: New WooCommerce cropping options now work with theme
Fix: Fixed Network demo redirect loop
Fix: Fixed issue with invalid email breaking login form
Fix: Fixed link targets in menu links
Fix: Fixed issue with post button being hidden on groups when rtMedia activated
Fix: Added comment support for BuddyPress Docs plugin

Version 2.2 – 01-Aug-18

Update: Added new Dark demo
Update: Added options to disable header and footer on registration and activation pages
Tweak: Can now change profile, login, register and lost password URLs via filters
Tweak: Improvements to login/registration form
Fix: Added separate options for activation page
Fix: Secondary product hover image working again
Fix: Fixed PHP numerical errors
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 2.1 – 29-June-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.6.0.1
Update: Updated WPBakery Page Builder to v5.5.2
Update: Updated Redux to v3.6.9
Update: Added fixed header support to Header 7 (side navigation header)
Update: Added option to control number of pixels scrolled before fixed header is shown
Fix: Excluded registration and activation page from frontend redirect
Fix: Categories without posts now shown in post submission and filter category menus
Fix: Minor RTL styling fixes

Version 2.0 – 18-June-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.6
Update: Added new Trial demo
Update: Added option to disable automatically hiding/moving primary navigation menu links
Update: Added privacy policy (GDPR) checkbox option to post submission form
Update: Added Paid Membership Pro Registration form element
Update: Added option to hide Row element depending on Paid Membership Pro membership level
Update: Show or hide Row element depending on whether user is logged in or out
Update: Added option to add Paid Membership Pro membership level details to Pricing Column
Update: Added trial price option to Pricing Column element
Update: Added options to control Testimonial element headline, text and name font size and line height
Update: Added option to disable copyright section
Tweak: Current post excluded from Showcase element/widget
Tweak: Theme JavaScript updated to meet new Envato standards
Fix: Audio player now displays on posts with featured image
Fix: Ajax filtering now excludes current post from Posts element/widget
Fix: Ajax filtering on taxonomy pages working again
Fix: Fixed enqueued Redux extensions URLs on multisite installations using subdirectories
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.10 – 05-June-18

Update: Added privacy policy (GDPR) checkbox option to theme’s registration form
Update: Added option to set page user is redirect to after login
Tweak: Add ghostpool_archives_title filter for Archives title
Fix: Sensei teacher login redirect no longer conflicts with ajax login
Fix: Fixed issues with logo display
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.9 – 29-May-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.5.3
Update: Updated LayerSlider to v6.7.6
Update: Added new eLearn demo
Tweak: Improve page title conditional display
Fix: Fixed compatibility issues with BP Profile Search plugin
Fix: Fixed BuddyPress 3.0 fatal group and member forum errors
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.8 – 22-May-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.5.2
Update: Updated LayerSlider to v5.4.7
Update: Updated BuddyPress Xprofile Custom Fields Type to v2.6.4
Update: BuddyPress 3.0.0 compatibility
Tweak: Registration page no longer restricted when locking down all BuddyPress content
Tweak: Added WPML support to theme emails
Tweak: Paid Membership Pro profile links now go to BuddyPress profile page
Tweak: Google Captcha is no longer enforced unless site and secret key entered
Fix: Fixed page layout display on WooCommerce attribute pages
Fix: Fixed page layout display on Sensei quiz pages
Fix: Page header settings now working on Sensei pages
Fix: WooCommerce featured product option working again
Fix: Fixed a number of jQuery conflict issues
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.7.1 – 08-May-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.5.1
Tweak: Remember Me button unchecked by default
Fix: Fixed login/register form display options
Fix: Login form displaying in BP Profile Search element again
Fix: Over header content background colour can now be set transparent
Fix: Added filter for succesfull password reset redirect (ghostpool_reset_success_redirect)
Fix: Fixed button alignment in nav bottom header

Version 1.7 – 30-Apr-18

Update: Updated Aardvark Plugin to v1.5
Update: Updated Theia Sticky Sidebar to v1.8.0
Update: Side menu sub menus now stay open if on one of those pages
Update: Added border below primary menu links option
Update: Added header styling options for header over content
Update: Added mobile and side menu navigation sub menu link color options
Update: Added table styling options
Update: New Login/Register Form page builder element options – choose default display and hide links
Update: Updated display on Aardvark setup page
Update: Login and Register menu link types now support custom links
Fix: Fixed issue with member and groups masonry display with ajax filtering
Fix: Correct date now showing in GP Recent Comments widget
Fix: Fixed image errors on Sensei course and lesson pages
Fix: Fixed duplicate nonce messages on login form
Fix: Search bar now showing in Headers 1, 2, 3 and 7
Fix: Correct left sidebar now shown on BuddyPress profile pages
Fix: Non video embed content now displaying correctly
Fix: Fixed issue with voting up/down on posts
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version 1.6.2 – 05-Apr-18

Update: Can now change the header layout for individual pages
Fix: Demo imported events no longer recreated after sending to trash
Fix: Fixed bbPress PHP notices
Fix: Fixed a number jQuery issues
Fix: Added filter to manually change share icons
Fix: Fixed issue with login form when Google Captcha plugin not activated
Fix: Minor styling fixes

Version – 30-Mar-18

Fix: Fixed issue with mobile menu not working
Fix: BuddyPress mobile tabs navigation no longer duplicated

Version – 26-Mar-18

Fix: Fixed issue with jQuery functions not working on certain servers

Version 1.6.1 – 26-Mar-18

Update: Added styling support for BuddyPress Global search plugin
Update: Added sub sub forums to bbPress forum homepage display
Fix: Google captcha is now reset when invalid username or password entered
Fix: Cover profile and group images now hidden when options disabled
Fix: jQuery functions working again with ajax filtering/pagination

Version 1.6 – 19-Mar-18

Update: Added option to control products per row on WooCommerce product pages
Update: Add option to add secondary product image on hover
Fix: Fixed issues with importing BP Profile Search fields multiple times
Fix: Passwords now being accepted on WordPress 4.8.3 and below
Fix: Sensei courses now showing correct details with BadgeOS plugin
Fix: Mobile navigation link colours now working
Fix: BuddyPress element design options now working
Fix: Minor styling fixes

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