These days, it’s becoming more and more common for couples to meet online. In fact, research suggests that staggeringly, almost 40% of heterosexual couples and 65% of same-sex couples now meet online. With figures like that, it’s clear that dating websites offer huge business opportunities. However, with almost 8,000 dating sites now available, your site has to be a cut above the rest in order for it to last any longer than a fling.
How to Create a Dating Website
It may be a competitive market, but today there are plenty of options available to you that will help you design and create a dating website even if you don’t have extensive design or development experience.
One route is to simply pick a high-quality dating theme for WordPress from ThemeForest before customizing them based on your own requirements. Or, you can download PSD app or website templates which you can then edit yourself—this option requires access to software like Photoshop.
Tips For Dating Website Success
1. Make Search Your Priority
For users on a quest to find love, you need to make search functionality a priority. Many templates include either simple search bars or boxes right at the top of the homepage so users can immediately begin their hunt to find the perfect partner.
2. Don’t Miss Monetization Opportunities
Online dating is big business, so make sure you don’t miss getting a slice of the action. With WordPress plugins like WooCommerce, you can monetize your site by asking people for sign-up fees or enabling people to purchase merchandise.
3. Remember Location, Location, Location
It’s all very well helping someone to find the perfect partner, but if they’re based on the opposite side of the world, meeting in the real world becomes trickier. Many WordPress themes or app templates give users the option to share their location in exchange for finding more relevant matches.
Best Selling Dating WordPress and PSD Themes
Read on for 20 of the best WordPress dating themes and templates—all are available on ThemeForest.
This classically designed WordPress theme places a search tool front and center so users can immediately start to scroll for their perfect match. It’s also WooCommerce ready so you can easily collect subscriptions from users to monetize your business plan. Plus, if you want to add membership levels, i.e. gold, silver, and bronze memberships, it’s easy to do so—you can restrict certain pages for users who pay the full fee.
Again, LoveStory offers everything you’d need from a dating site WordPress theme. Search functionality is right at the top to enable users to embark on their journey to find love. The template also includes lots of space to include text around users’ profiles, success stories, as well as useful tips surrounding how to find your match.
Like many of the best dating WordPress themes, users can also edit profile fields, upload photos, add favorites, view gifts and read messages, edit privacy settings without even needing the WordPress back-end.
This dating site theme WordPress couldn’t be easier to navigate—a quality that is sure to be popular with its users! Once you scroll past the simple search bar, you can start to take your pick of a selection of profiles, or you can select by country.
Fully compatible with WooCommerce, a nice feature is that users can pay for their profiles to be ‘featured’ on the homepage to help boost the number of times potential suitors could come across their profile.
This super versatile dating wp theme is clean in design, meaning it can be used either for a dating website or for a whole host of community or social network websites. Like many other WordPress dating themes, the design enables users to create friend connections, share private messages, follow activity streams, join user groups, and receive notifications.
You can also easily search for relevant profiles and integrate social sharing buttons. It comes with MailChimp integration so you can send regular newsletters to your users.
With a full-width header that allows for video or imagery plus plenty of large imagery showing profiles, the Gwangi WordPress dating site theme is sleek and modern. The dating website template even offers the option for setting up a shop selling merchandise relevant to your business.
You can also create interest-based groups so members can find others with relevant hobbies to them.
With three demos: one for education, one for hotels and restaurants, and the final design for dating, Plaza is another versatile option. It comes with a large search tool, a video player, user testimonials, newsletter functionality, plus a clean and clear pricing table.
You can also include subtle animations that bring the page to life when a user scrolls over certain content blocks.
This content-rich WordPress dating site template opts for a sleek bar under the header to enable users to find potential matches—different in design to many of the sites that pick a large search box. You can then easily explain how to use the site with the help of visual cues and icons.
The option to include numerical facts alongside icons, i.e. how many members and how many men and women are currently online also helps to tell the story of the site. Users can also view pages dedicated to success stories of people who met on the site.
With more than 30 demo templates to choose from, the developers behind Wealth know their stuff! The WordPress dating template included within this theme puts the sign-up call to action right at the top, aiming at attracting new members. It also includes content blocks for information about how the website works, recently joined members, plus success stories.
This premium HTML template is also a great option for dating and community websites. The demo shows just what’s possible—from registration sign-up box, to full-bleed videos, to blog posts, to Google map integration. It’s also praised for its well-coded, modern, and responsive design.
10. Dating Paradise
This responsive landing page is crafted for use with social or dating websites. At just $10, it’s one of the cheaper options out there so this is the perfect choice if you’re designing a dating site on a budget. The search box is one of the simpler out there, simply asking the user to tick the icon based on whether they’re looking for a man or a woman, and include the age range. There are also plenty of calls to action asking for users to sign up.
If you’re looking to create a dating app, then this is another brilliant option. The Sketch file includes designs for 22 iOS screens (all designed for iOS 11 and iPhone X), as well as vector shapes, and retina and organized files. You can also easily change the colors based on the look and feel of your dating site.
With sleek sliders, the Lovebird HTML5 template will help your website to look just as professional as any of the heritage sites already out there! The demo template shows what can be achieved with the design if text is kept to a minimum.
Subscribers are included near the site’s header, showing the variety of people who use the site. You can also scroll through the demos to see how the site adapts based on different color schemes.
This cute dating website theme is decorated with animated hearts, a feature that quickly makes it clear what the site is for! The $5 package comes with 11 PSDs, including a fun error 404 page that says: “Page not available but Stanley is.” There is also a great page calling out how long users have to wait until the site is launched—a great technique to build excitement!
Bold color helps to set this dating theme apart, as well as aesthetically pleasing curved content blocks. There is also a strong interactive element, with users able to click on a map to view profiles of users in that location. Scrolling testimonials also help to show how many happy customers have benefited from the site. The HTML5 template includes free Google fonts and icons.
With 14 prebuilt screens, the Lunchmate template quickly shows you how professional your app could look! The UI kit has been designed with the aim of helping people to discover people nearby or to make friends and find people to eat lunch with.
It’s clean, modern, and minimal in style—clearly, a simple user experience has been the top priority for the designers behind Lunchmate.
This Photoshop PSD template includes 37 fully layered PSD files, 3 homepage layout options, shortcodes and modules, plus a boxed and wide style. The simple designs include different color variations so you can include the one that best fits your preferred style.
Another PSD template that is editable with Photoshop, Randki includes 19 mobile app screens that you can use for inspiration for your app design. The templates show how easy to navigate the app can be, allowing new users to provide information including body type, height, education, and lifestyle habits. Design for direct messaging is also included.
Packed with 70 screens, this Sketch file comes with all the designs you need to bring your app to life. It has it all—from visual welcome pages, to several sign up pages, to plenty of different screens showing what the app will look like when users are searching for and interacting with members.
You can even see how audio messages will look when shared via direct message, as well as how the user interface will look when it’s separated by chats and calls.
With bright colors and on-trend gradients, it’s difficult to miss the Dattero template. Editable within Photoshop, the template shows everything that’s possible—and the developers have decided to avoid brevity!
You’ll see content-rich pages for membership details, which include an intro to the individual, key stats, information about their interests, what others say about them, as well as photographs showing their best memories.
Last but not least, Mewer is a dating app Sketch file template complete with 20 designed screens. Coming with features including free Google fonts, vector shapes, and pre-made layouts, this is a great option for those looking to create an iOS app.
Designers have included screens showing how the app can look when users are searching for nearby people, plus the direct message screen—in both light and dark versions.
Find Your Perfect Match!
Now you’ve explored 20 dating site themes and templates, you’re all set to get going! The choice you make will depend on the software you have available, so picking a WordPress dating site on ThemeForest, for example, will be the best option if you don’t have Photoshop. If you still haven’t found your template soulmate, then head to ThemeForest and scroll through plenty of other options until you find your perfect match.
Do you have any other themes you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!
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