Selecting the Top WordPress Dating Theme
Recently, I was hired to build a dating site for a client that wanted the ability to scale and segment the site in the future completely from the WP dashboard, with minimal coding changes. I test-drove 7 of the top WordPress dating themes before selecting the absolute best theme – PremiumPress Dating Theme.
PremiumPress is the absolute leader in WordPress niche themes, offering everything from price comparison, shopping cart and auction themes to real estate, directory and classifieds themes. All of their themes make it incredibly easy to customize content, colors, layout and header, so I usually recommend them for clients that are not WordPress pros.
Having said that, this is the first time I have used the Dating theme, and here is what I found.
The latest version of the Dating theme by PremiumPress, version 8.2, is fully and easily customizable and very SEO friendly. The theme has a buyer rating of 4.9/5.0, which is almost unheard-of for premium WordPress themes.
Dating comes with a built in chatroom that can be upgraded to any of the other WordPress chatroom plugins, member gifts/winks, private messaging and real time audio and video chat that really works. You can monetize this theme through membership packages, as well as featured profile and other listing enhancements.
PremiumPress includes an instant theme download with free child themes, free updates, free support, PSD file access and a great community forum.
The Dating theme is $79, but you can buy every theme that PremiumPress authors for only $249. This is a great deal for anyone who plans to build other niche sites in the future, considering you will also receive support and updates for all of the themes. Additionally, you receive a 30 day money back guarantee on these themes – unheard of for digital products.
Now, let’s dive into the theme:
First, the Dating Theme User area.
As you can see, the Home page is incredibly attractive and flexible. Modules can be added or moved to make the design your own, and colors are unlimited. The search box on the page gets the user engaged, but one drawback is that it does not take you immediately to a ‘Complete your profile’ screen.
The search box should allow users to view member matches, but encourage users to complete their profile on the match screen. This is about the only change I would make to this theme as it stands.
From this page, you can set your location for a geotargeted member search, access the chatroom, and view/change your account details.
Once you enter data into the search box, your results are displayed on the results screen, with numerous sorting options, as well as the ability to add members as favorites. You also have an Advanced Search option that is controlled from the admin area.
The Dating Theme Admin Area
This is where PremiumPress really excels. This, more than anything, is what made me choose this theme over the others. The admin area of the PremiumPress themes is so intuitive and simple to use that anyone, with a little bit of practice and study, can run their own dating site.
Click the image below to open it full size in another window, and see some of what you can do and control.
Setting up your site is simple and intuitive with the admin setup screen. Virtually everything you need to get up and running quickly is controlled from here. Click on the image above to see just how powerful this setup screen really is.
View all of your recent user activity and support requests from the activity screen. See what your users are doing, who they are viewing, and find opportunities for monetization by targeting banner ads on areas of the site with the most traffic.
See what terms and members your users are searching for, all on one page.
Track your progress with built-in, comprehensive reporting. See your most active users, most highly rated members, most recent listings and more. View your site performance with daily weekly and monthly revenue and new member reports. Customize your reports to show only what is important to you.
As you can see from the screenshots, there is much, much more that you can do, but these are the highlights.
This theme will perform for all but the largest, most complex dating sites. The ability to scale and segment (by country, language or region) is better than any other theme I tested.
One additional feature of buying from PremiumPress is the comprehensive video tutorials that they have produced to guide their customers all the way to the end. The shot above is only a small number of the video tutorials available. To see the complete list for this theme, click on the image above.
If you are interested in purchasing the PremiumPress Dating Theme, you can click the image below to go directly to their website and view their current specials and deals. One theme for $79, all of their themes for $249, with 30 days money back guarantee.
To test drive both the user and admin sides of the theme, click here to go directly to the PremiumPress Dating Theme login screen. Here, you can register as a new user, or have access to the complete admin menu.