Viral & Social Sharing WordPress Themes

A collection of the best WordPress themes & templates for creating your own viral website or blog

  1. TruePixel WordPress Theme by MyThemeShop

    TruePixel

  2. SociallyViral WordPress Theme by MyThemeShop

    SociallyViral

  3. Doberman WordPress Theme by cssigniter

    Doberman

  4. Novapress WordPress Theme by Themely

    Novapress

  5. Buzzz WordPress Theme via Mojo Marketplace

    Buzzz

  6. Harpoon WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Harpoon

  7. Me Gusta WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Me Gusta!

  8. I Love It WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    I Love It!

  9. Aruna WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Aruna

  10. Virality WordPress Theme

    Virality

  11. Newspaper WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Newspaper

  12. Bunchy WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Bunchy

  13. Banzai WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Banzai

  14. Furious WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Furious

  15. ViralWP WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    ViralWP

  16. Newsrack WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Newsrack

  17. Bimber WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Bimber

  18. Boombox WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    BoomBox

  19. Click Mag WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Click Mag

  20. topHot WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    topHot

  21. Cuckoo WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Cuckoo

  22. Presso WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    Presso

  23. ViralNews WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    ViralNews

  24. BuzzMag WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    BuzzMag

  25. BoomNews WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    BoomNews

  26. ViralFeed WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

    ViralFeed

  27. ViralNova WordPress Theme by 99Theme

    ViralNova

  28. BuzFed WordPress Theme by 99Theme

    BuzFed

Social Sharing WordPress Plugin for WordPress
  1. Monarch Social Sharing WordPress Plugin by Elegant Themes

    Monarch


TruePixel

The original theme used by ViralNova

TruePixel WordPress Theme by MyThemeShop

TruePixel was the original theme used on ViralNova.com, and was the same one used to make the owner of the site more than $400,000+ per month – quite a remarkable feat for a $40 WordPress theme.


SociallyViral

The current design used by ViralNova

SociallyViral WordPress Theme by MyThemeShop

SociallyViral replicates the look, feel, and style of the current design of ViralNova (practically a clone of it) – and giving you all of the features you would want in a viral website.

Features include: responsive design, infinite scrolling, strategically-placed banner ad zones, subscription box, social sharing buttons built-in, mega menu built-in, and much more.


Doberman

Viral Buzzfeed-style WordPress Theme

Doberman WordPress Theme by cssigniter

Doberman is a viral and content sharing theme for WordPress that will give you a Buzzfeed-like website.

The theme includes a handful of useful features like: most popular posts, optimized for sharing and virality, trending posts, fresh posts, and many other extras that optimize the likelihood of success for your content.


Novapress

Bootstrap WordPress theme inspired by ViralNova

Novapress WordPress Theme by Themely

Novapress is a theme for WordPress inspired by the massively popular and viral website ViralNova.com.

Touted as a ViralNova clone, this theme includes many features that those building a viral or content sharing site will find very appealing.

Included with the theme you will find: a responsive layout and design, infinite scrolling, icons for social sharing built-in, Bootstrap foundation, optimized for speed and SEO, and a theme options panel that allows you to easily customize the look and layout to your liking.


Buzzz

Optimized viral and content sharing WordPress theme

Buzzz WordPress Theme via Mojo Marketplace

Buzzz includes all of the features and extras you would want to help your site’s content spread as easily as possible, giving you an easy-to-use theme that was designed for viral websites and blogs.

Inside you will find the theme packed with features like: optimized for speed and SEO, built-in review system, special sections for types of content (hot, popular, trending, most liked), responsive layout, featured posts section, easy to customize, news/updates ticker, and more.


Harpoon

Social sharing WordPress theme

Harpoon WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Harpoon offers a clean and professional-looking WordPress theme that uses large images and typography to create a site that will captivate and intrigue your visitors.

It features a number of extras that make it particularly well-suited for creating a viral site like: the ability for visitors to “like” posts, social media integration, Facebook comments built-in, the ability for visitors to submit items/content, and multiple template/layout options that allow you to give your site the exact look you want


Me Gusta!

Content sharing WordPress theme

Me Gusta WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Me Gusta! was built specifically for sites wanting to focus on content sharing and creating viral posts.

It has all of the features you might want in a theme of this type including: social network integration, Facebook comments/discussion built-in, mark content as NSFW (not safe for work), allow visitors to submit their own content, and allows visitors to “love” your content and make “hot” once it reaches a certain number.


I Love It!

Content Sharing Theme for WordPress

I Love It WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

I Love It! is a WordPress theme that was built to help your content easily be shared by your visitors.

The social and sharing aspects of the theme include the ability for visitors to “love” your content, create their own account and submit content, create NSFW posts/content, and allow them to post comments and discussion with the built-in Facebook functionality.

Additionally, it features large images and text that will help you catch your visitor’s attention.


Aruna

WordPress content sharing theme

Aruna WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Aruna is a uniquely-styled WordPress theme that harnesses the power of social sharing and user-generated content to deliver a viral website solution that is second-to-none.

Before sites like Buzzfeed and UpWorthy, there were ones like 9gag and other meme/comedy sites. The design of this theme will give you the perfect platform to share your content easily and effortlessly while taking advantage of WordPress’ built-in user and registration capabilities.

Allow visitors to submit content, view the most popular and trending posts, and register to be a part of your online community.


Virality

Free content-sharing WordPress theme

Virality WordPress Theme

Virality is a free theme for content-sharing sites that the designer claims was inspired by Upworthy.com and ViralNova.com.

With a simple, grid-style layout (that is somewhat like Pinterest in its design), it is a free option that gives you a simple and easy-to-use site that would be great for sharing videos, images, and other content.


Newspaper

Viral-style WordPress theme

Newspaper WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Newspaper is a WordPress theme that has features and functionality similar to some of the top viral sites on the web.

Take a closer look at the design and you will see elements from Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and Distractify – giving you a site that combines some of the best features from the popular sites.

With a handful of different layouts, multiple templates, and dozens of customization options to choose from – you can create a site that is both unique to you, yet powerful in its versatility.


Bunchy

Content-sharing WordPress theme using user-generated content

Bunchy WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Bunchy makes use of “open lists” allowing guests and visitors to submit their own content and submissions

Setting itself apart from many of the viral WordPress themes that you might come across, this theme harnesses the power of your audience to expand and build out your content.

Allow visitors to submit their own content for approval and help exponentially grow your search traffic and audience.


Banzai

WordPress theme like PlayBuzz and Buzzfeed

Banzai WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Banzai is unique in that it has built-in quizzes, pools, and lists – giving you a site similar to PlayBuzz!

For those looking for enhanced functionality and features that you would otherwise have to rely on a premium plugin for, then this is the theme for you.

Built into the theme are the standard viral features you might find in a few of the others you come across, like: easy sharing, most popular and trending posts, etc.

What really sets this apart from the rest is the ability for you to create polls, lists, quizzes and more – something you would usually have to pay extra for by purchasing a third-party premium plugin.


Furious

Viral & buzz WordPress theme

Furious WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Furious provides a modern and clean design that includes powerful features to make your viral website a success

The flat design and uncluttered layout allow you to create a site that is not only aesthetically appealing, but great for increasing the likeability of sharing.

Created to support nearly any type of media and with special functionality built-in for popular, most shared, visitors’ favorite, and much more – it’s as powerful and feature-rich as it is beautiful.


ViralWP

WordPress theme optimized for viral content and sharing

ViralWP WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

ViralWP was designed for easy management and content sharing.

Simple and straightforward, this theme’s design encourages your users to share your content on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

The administration dashboard allows you to easily customize and modify the theme to suit your needs.


Newsrack

Magazine-style WordPress theme

Newsrack WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Newsrack, while not specifically designed for viral sites – offers amazing speed and features that could easily adapt to your needs.

Although this is a more magazine-style theme compared to some of the others specifically built for content sharing, it nevertheless offers some great features, load time, and a few bits of functionality (like the “trending” posts sidebar widget) that could work for you.


Bimber

Popular WordPress theme for viral content

Bimber WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Bimber is a very popular WordPress theme that gives you all of the features you need to create a viral website or blog.

Just a few of the features you will find packaged with the theme include: the ability to create listicles (list articles), custom badges for content, integration with social media sites like Facebook, tightly integrated ad zones and management, as well as dozens of other features and customization options.


BoomBox

WordPress theme like BuzzFeed, 9Gag, BoredPanda, and other viral sites

Boombox WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Boombox is a powerful and versatile theme for viral content sites with multiple layout options to choose from.

The theme includes a number of pre-set layouts or styles to choose from: BooBox Original (a viral theme website), Lonely Panda (will give you a theme like BoredPanda), Buzzy (will give you a theme like BuzzFeed), and Another GAG (which is a WordPress theme like 9Gag).

Powerful and flexible, this is one of the best viral and content sharing themes you will find.


Click Mag

WordPress theme for viral blogs and content sharing sites

Click Mag WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Click Mag has been optimized for content, sharing, ads, and virality – this theme allows you to create a website like BuzzFeed or ViralNova – with a huge list of features that help make promoting and sharing your content easier than ever.

Built into the theme you will find a custom post gallery, a “continue reading” button (similar to what you may have seen on Mashable) that gives you the ability to serve more ads, support for WooCommerce and bbPress, sticky sidebars, built-in reviewing system, and post/page slideshows are just a few of the many features you will find inside.


topHot

Magazine-style content sharing theme for WordPress

topHot WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

topHot is built with a magazine-style layout that is able to incorporate many different types of content, it’s a WordPress theme that was built for viral and sharing sites.

Featuring the ability to “feature” posts, a large sliding carousel near the header, a responsive and mobile-friendly design, special content sections and features, the ability to display local weather and time – as well as an advanced set of custom extras that help your share your content with as many people as possible.


Cuckoo

Social & community viral theme for WordPress

Cuckoo WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Cuckoo is a WordPress theme for creating a viral website or blog that takes advantage of the community features and functionality found in bbPress and BuddyPress – allowing you to create a community around your site.

Beautifully-optimized for mobile devices and featuring fast load times, front-end post submission, and more – it will give you a powerful foundation to build your next popular site on.


Presso

Multi-use newspaper, blog, magazine, & viral theme

Presso WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

Presso is a multipurpose WordPress theme that comes with 3 unique layout options/styles to choose from: blog, magazine, and viral.

Features include: advanced post filtering, built-in review/ratings system, responsive and mobile-friendly design, off-canvas menu, mega menu functionality, infinite scrolling, instant search, and WooCommerce support/integration so you can easily sell products on your site.


ViralNews

WordPress theme for creating a viral news/story website or blog

ViralNews WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

ViralNews allows you to easily create a viral news website or blog.

It includes several premium plugins that allow you to make the most of your site’s traffic and help your stories spread as easily as possible: premium quiz builder plugin, top social stories plugin built-in, as well as the popular Visual Composer plugin.

Additionally, the theme is blazing fast for impressive load times, features a masonry-style layout, supports WooCommerce, and dozens of other features have been included.


BuzzMag

Minimalist viral blog/news/magazine WordPress theme

BuzzMag WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

BuzzMag is a minimalist theme for viral WordPress sites.

With a clean and modern layout that easily displays your various content, it helps capture your visitor’s attention while maximizing their time on site and encouraging them to share your content.

It features infinite scrolling, beautiful mobile views/layouts, multiple layout options to choose from, “trending” posts, and more.


BoomNews

Viral magazine/blog WordPress theme

BoomNews WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

BoomNews gives you all of the features and functionality you could want for a viral website, in addition to strategically-placed ad spots to help you make the most of your visitors and generate the most revenue possible.

With multiple post and page layout options and customization features available, you can create a site that looks and functions exactly how you want it to.


ViralFeed

Viral and buzz WordPress theme

ViralFeed WordPress Theme via ThemeForest

ViralFeed allows you to create your own BuzzFeed or Diply-style website, with a clean and uncluttered design that is sure to engage your visitors.

The theme comes equipped with an ad-serving plugin, multiple header layouts, several different page/post layouts, and more.


ViralNova

WordPress theme inspired by ViralNova.com

ViralNova WordPress Theme by 99Theme

ViralNova is a WordPress theme that is almost an identical clone of the hugely popular ViralNova.com.

Features include: responsive design with a grid-style layout, infinite scrolling, 4 well-placed ad areas, and social sharing buttons integrated into the design.


BuzFed

WordPress theme like BuzzFeed.com

BuzFed WordPress Theme by 99Theme

BuzFed is a nearly identical clone of the massively popular BuzzFeed.com

It features many of the functionality of the popular site, along with a very similar look and feel to the design of the site.


Social Sharing WordPress Plugin

Monarch

Social sharing plugin for WordPress

Monarch Social Sharing WordPress Plugin by Elegant Themes

Monarch is a WordPress plugin that features a number of options and allows you to easily create “share” and follow buttons for your website or blog (along the side, pop-up, slide in, and at the top and bottom of every post).

I have tried probably a dozen of these types of plugins and this (for me anyway) beats out any others I have tried – it’s something I would definitely recommend taking a look at.

Created by Elegant Themes, if you decide to purchase this plugin you will also have unlimited access to their 87+ WordPress themes that they currently offer.


About this collection…

As they continue to post remarkable traffic numbers, sites like Buzzfeed, ViralNova, UpWorthy, and Distractify have drawn attention to a relatively new online money-making model with their “social sharing” websites.

By carefully crafting their “clickbait” headlines, these types of sites have gone on to become some of the fastest-growing media companies and websites ever created – and established an entirely new industry in the process.

Because of the ease of entry and the ability to quickly scale, they have also built a model that can easily be replicated and copied… as long as you have some patience and creativity.

One of the sites (ViralNova) was/is pulling in $400,000 per month with a simple $40 WordPress theme.

If you’re wanting to create a viral website (or a section of an existing site like the Washington Post did with their KnowMore blog), getting up and running couldn’t be easier.

A handful of WordPress themes have been created that will give you everything you need to set up your own social sharing/viral site, incorporating many of the features and functionality that is so important in helping your content spread.

More Buzzfeed-style, Upworthy-like, & Content-Sharing WordPress Themes

If you’re looking for other WordPress themes that share a similar design to Distractify, ViralNova, and the other popular content sharing sites – many of the “magazine-style” themes available share a lot of the same design characteristics as the ones mentioned in this roundup (like Max Mag, Hot Topix, or some created by Elegant Themes).

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