Best Political WordPress Theme

Relative to other categories of WordPress themes, the political campaign themes category is rather slim. But do not worry, you can still find some good themes out there. In this blog post I’ll detail my  favorite political WordPress theme on ThemeForest.

Note: there are many WordPress theme sites out there but having been in this business for several years I can tell you unequivocally that ThemeForest has the best, most diverse set of professional themes. In my experience the themes are also easier to work with than other pro themes.

Campaign – A Political WordPress Theme

The Campaign Theme, available here, is one of the very best political WordPress themes available. I say this for many reasons:

Great looking, mobile-friendly design

I really like the layout of this theme. In fact, I liked it so much I used it on my own political campaign’s website. The mobile-friendliness comes from its responsive design. Here are two screenshots:

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An example of the Campaign WordPress theme as seen on a desktop computer.

Above: An example of the Campaign WordPress theme as seen on a desktop computer.

 

An example of the Campaign WordPress theme seen with a responsive layout.

An example of the Campaign WordPress theme seen with a responsive layout.

Above: An example of the Campaign WordPress theme seen with a responsive layout.

Plenty of space for content and calls to action

I really like the homepage layout of this theme. One of the best things your campaign website can do is help your database of voters. A newsletter signup widget can be placed near the very top of the home page. But if you’d rather have something else there, you can easily replace it. You can place whatever you want in this location by going to your Widgets tab.

The Donate button is highly visible on both the desktop and mobile layouts.

The Donate button is highly visible on both the desktop and mobile layouts.

Campaign also has a donate button built-in. If you have a way to accept online contributions you simply turn the Donate button on and go to the theme options panel to provide the link to your donate form.

The home page is fully widgetized and makes it very easy to add videos or other call to action areas. On my site’s home page I have areas to Contribute to my campaign, invite me to speak, request a yard sign, register to vote, and like my campaign on Facebook.

Campaign Events Feature is built-in

If your campaign will have many events that you’d like to let everyone know about then there is no need to find another calendar or event widget. Campaign has that feature baked in. I tested out the Events feature on my site and found it very easy to use. I ended up not using it, at least for the time-being, because it is still early in the political season and there are no formal campaign events scheduled at this time.

 Built-in Slider

Campaign also features a built-in slider as well, so there is no need to locate another slider plugin. The slider works and is very easy to update. If you have a bit of coding skills you can easily use the more feature-rich Revolution Slider. I tested it out and it worked great but ended up opting for the slider that came with the theme.

Theme Option Panels does most of your heavy lifting

Campaign has a theme options panel which makes many customizations a breeze. Here is a list of what the options panel can do:

Basic Settings

  • Upload and insert your website’s main logo
  • Upload and insert your website’s favicon
  • Select layout (left or right sidebar)
  • Body Display Style (boxed or full-width)
  • Sticky Header – note: in the version of the theme I used this feature did not work.
  • Insert Google Analytics or other tracking code

Campaign Settings

  • Donate button link – setting this value enables and displays the donate button in the menu
  • Donate button text – allows you to set the donate button to say “Donate,” “Make a Donation,” etc.
  • “Paid for” text – allows you to easily meet Federal campaign laws which says who paid for your website
  • Footer slogan – you can insert your campaign’s slogan here.

Home Page

  • Set the slider transition effects
  • Set time each slide is displayed in between transition
  • Easily insert a YouTube or Vimeo video on your home page
  • Set which category of posts will be displayed on your home page
  • Set the number of blog posts to be displayed on the home page

Styles

  • Select color scheme
  • Select background pattern
  • Select font for headlines
  • Select link color (if you are in the UK this would be colour)

Social Networks

  •  Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Flickr
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo

Support

  • Links to help files, support forum, and theme customization request form

Final Thoughts

This is the best political WordPress theme I’ve found. If you are familiar with WordPress it is very easy to use. I think I had my site together in about 8 hours and well over half that time was spent writing content. Most importantly I believe this theme, above all others, will help you win a political race and at the end of the day that is what it is all about.

Download the Campaign theme here.

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