The 10 Best WordPress Themes for Political Campaigns and Candidates 2018 (Democrat/Republican/Independent)

Whether you are just starting to build your first political campaign site, or you are rebuilding and refreshing a current site, WordPress is a great tool, but unfortunately it doesn't support campaigns perfectly out of the box.  To make the best use of WordPress, you need a visual design as well as some additional functionality that suits your business.  In order to do that, you need to find a perfect theme.  In this article, we will take a look at WordPress themes available for political campaigns (Republican, Democratic, or Independent). 

For this roundup, we looked at dozens of different themes from different providers.  Although each theme has its own merits, we tried to find themes that had a few specific features that a good campaign website needs.  These include: calendar/event management functionality, donation options, and social media integration.  We also looked for a clean and professional design, as well as some important features for any website, such as a good contact form, appealing typography, and mobile friendliness.

So here are the themes we found to be the best.  Take a look and let us know what you think below:

Pros Cons

is highly reviewed

background images

not free

American Politician is a simple and attractive theme provided by TemplateMonster. American Politician is suitable for Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians, and it has all of the components that one would look for in a political site, including a newsletter signup, about page, and contacts.

This theme is simple to set up although it could take experience to get used to. Included with this theme are icons, background images, a slider plugin, and custom widgets.  American Politician is mobile friendly. It is also multilingual.  Some of the coolest features: lifetime updates, 24/7 support, and backup.

Although it is not free, we like this theme due to the fact that it is good looking, and among users, it's very highly reviewed. It will definitely look fun on your site.

Pros Cons

offers multiple color choices

integrates with social media

not free

Like the previous theme, this theme is called Politics, and it is sold by TemplateMonster. This theme is great any politicians, with a muted color scheme, and it has exactly what a candidate should look for in a political site, including newsletter signup, about, and contacts.

Politics is uncluttered and professional, and among users, it's very highly reviewed. The noteworthy aspects of Politics are that it has many customization options, offers multiple color choices, and integrates with social media.

Included with this theme are icons, background images, fonts, a slider plugin, and custom widgets. Politics enjoys a large user base, so it is simple to get help and support. This theme is easy to configure although it could take some usage to get used to. Politics is responsive and multilingual.

Pros Cons

has a 1-click install process

is popular

custom widgets

too widely used

Elections is a professional and classy theme from Themeforest. In addition to being pretty, Elections is one of our favorite themes because it has many customization options, is SEO optimized, has a drag and drop builder, has a 1-click install process, offers multiple color choices, offers free suppport, and includes multiple layouts.

Elections is great for all Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians because it has a red white and blue color scheme.  Also, it has everything a candidate would want in a political site, including volunteer signup, election countdown, and even store integration.

Elections has a large user base, so it is simple to obtain help and support. This theme is simple to configure and easy to use. Included with this theme are icons, fonts, custom widgets, and Retina images. Elections looks great on mobile.

Pros Cons

has a drag and drop builder

offers multiple color choices

is mobile friendly

is highly reviewed

a slider plugin

has many options, making configuration complicated

This theme is titled Right Way, and despite its title, it is suitable for Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians.  It has a great color scheme and images.  Better yet, it includes some amazing plugins, like an event/volunteer calendar, signup forms, and a complete visual composer.

In addition to being very highly reviewed, some of the main features of Right Way are that it includes plugins, has many customization options, is SEO optimized, has a drag and drop builder, supports WooCommerce, offers multiple color choices, offers free suppport, and includes multiple layouts.

Additional stuff included with this theme are icons, background images, fonts, a slider plugin, and Retina images. This theme is a breeze to configure although it does take some usage to get used to. Right Way has a large user base, so it is simple to get help and support. Right Way works well on tablets and mobile devices.

Pros Cons

has many customization options

is SEO optimized

has a drag and drop builder

has a 1-click install process

offers multiple color choices

offers free suppport

a slider plugin

Retina images

has many options, making configuration complicated

This award winning theme is called Nominee, and it is available from Themeforest. The package contains 6 different theme options, including a parallax option and a single page option. 

Nominee works well for Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians, with built in volunteer signup, candidate profiles, event calendaring, and donation functionality.

Nominee is gorgeous looking and uncluttered, and it has many customization options, is SEO optimized, has a drag and drop builder, has a 1-click install process, offers multiple color choices, offers free suppport, and includes multiple layouts.

This theme is simple to set up although it could take experience to learn. The drawback of Nominee is that it is has many options, potentially making configuration complicated. 

Pros Cons

has map integration

is mobile friendly

is easy to use

not free

This theme is called Politica, and you can buy it from Themeforest. Politica is suitable for Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians, and it has all of the components that one would look for in a political site, including a complete event management engine, volunteer signup, and contact us forms.

Top noteworthy features of Politica include: it has many customization options, is SEO optimized, has map integration, has a drag and drop builder, supports WooCommerce, offers multiple color choices, and offers free suppport.

Some of the things that come with this theme are background images, a slider plugin, custom widgets, and Retina images. Politica looks great on mobile. It is also multilingual.

The drawbacks of Politica are that it is not free. Nevertheless, this theme is an stylish option for your website.

Pros Cons

offers free suppport

icons

not free

Candidate is a bright and professional theme made by Themeforest. In addition to being asthetically pleasing, Candidate is one of our favorite themes because it can be used for Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians, and it built in event schedulin, multiple sliders, and is SEO friendly.

This theme is quick to install and painless to use. It includes icons, fonts, and a slider plugin. Candidate works well on both tablets and mobile devices, and it's very highly reviewed. There's no doubt it will be a great addition to your website.

Pros Cons

includes plugins

is SEO optimized

is mobile friendly

is popular

is easy to use

icons

custom widgets

Retina images

demos

is parallax

has many options, making configuration complicated

PoliticalWP is a beautiful and clean theme from Themeforest. In addition to being top of the line in every way, PoliticalWP is one of our favorite themes because it has 6 different themes built in, including a parallax theme, a single page theme, a social media based theme, and multiple candidate themes. It also allows for online and offline donations, a merchandise shop, and multiuple languages.

PoliticalWP enjoys a large user base, so it is easy to find help and support. Additional stuff included with this theme are icons, background images, fonts, a slider plugin, custom widgets, and demos. PoliticalWP looks great on mobile and tablets.

PoliticalWP includes plugins, has many customization options, is SEO optimized, has a drag and drop builder, integrates with social media, offers free suppport, and includes multiple layouts.

Although it is has many options, making configuration a bit more complicated than other themes, we like PoliticalWP due to the fact that it is popular, highly reviewed, and feature packed.

Pros Cons

is SEO optimized

integrates with social media

may require setup support

may require additional plugins

This theme is called OnePage Lite, and you can find it from MyThemeShop. Although it's not built for campaigns and will require some tweaking, it has one major advantage -- it's free.

We picked OnePage Lite since it is an elegant single page design that can be adapted to any industry. Top most significant features of OnePage Lite are that it is SEO optimized, has a 1-click install process, offers multiple color choices, and integrates with social media.

Included with this theme are icons, fonts, and custom widgets. Getting OnePage Lite to fit the political industry will involve some modification, so it's best for advanced users. OnePage Lite works well on tablets and mobile devices..

The drawbacks of OnePage Lite are that it is may require setup support, and may require additional plugins. Nevertheless, this theme is a great free option for your website.

Pros Cons

includes plugins

includes multiple layouts

is multilingual

is easy to use

icons

background images

custom widgets

Retina images

demos

not free

This one is named inForward, and it contains several different themes for Republican, Democratic, and Independent politicians, as well as multiple variations of each theme.  It also has everything a candidate should look for, including a complete event calendar plugin, a shop plugin for selling merchandise, and many forms.

inForward is elegant and gorgeous looking, and among users, it's very highly reviewed. A few of the most significant aspects of inForward are that it includes plugins, has many customization options, is SEO optimized, has a drag and drop builder, supports WooCommerce, has a 1-click install process, integrates with social media, offers free suppport, and includes multiple layouts.

Additional stuff included with inForward are icons, background images, fonts, a slider plugin, custom widgets, Retina images, and demos. inForward is popular with a large user base, so it is quick and easy to get help and support. This theme is simple to set up and painless to use. inForward works well on tablets and mobile devices. It is also multilingual.

Pros Cons

is SEO optimized

offers multiple color choices

offers free suppport

includes multiple layouts

is easy to use

not free

Like the themes above, but don't think they are unique enough for your site?  A top rated developer on Fiverr will customize the theme to suit you (as well as upload content, install plugins, and more) starting at $50.  

This is a great option if you want something that doesn't look like other sites, but you don't want to spend a ton of money.  It's also a great option if you need some custom functionality on your site that the themes above don't do.  And given this developer's top ratings and quick turnaround, you're sure to get something great.

Pros Cons

has many customization options

not free

If you already have a standard HTML website, you can get a theme made out of your current website look, starting at $40.  This is a great option if you like the look of your current website, but need to move to WordPress for its additional functionality.

Getting your current site converted is a cheap and easy way to get into WordPress, without the complexity of finding a prebuilt theme.

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