8+ Excellent WordPress Freelance Marketplace Themes for Quickly Creating Fiverr, Guru, Elance and oDesk Style Websites in 2017

In this Siteturner roundup, for your consideration, we’ve collected the best WordPress freelance marketplace themes available for 2017.  You might be interested in building your own Guru, Elance or oDesk style website.  You might want to set up an alternative to Fiverr.  Or, you think your community might benefit from its very own TaskRabbit.  Whatever the case, one of these themes will give you an inexpensive head start.

The basic requirements are fairly straight forward: a worthwhile marketplace theme will find some way to connect potential clients to skilled freelancers.  The way this is handled will depend on the desired marketplace model.  You might want users to post services that visitors can then buy (like Fiverr and other micro job sites).  Or, you might want users to post projects that freelancers can bid on (similar to Elance and oDesk).  Finally, a combination might be what you’re looking for, with functionality similar to TaskRabbit.

There’s not exactly an abundance of these themes available but, fortunately, most of them measure up.   Those omitted from this list were omitted due to buggy performance or lackluster, dated design.  A loose order is intended, and our first two selections are hands down our favorite. There’s a bit of debate in the comments regarding themes from SiteMile, and although we’ve had no issues, others have reported less-than-satisfactory support. If you’re a beginner to WordPress, you might want to take that into consideration.

And if the themes on this list aren’t quite what you’re looking for, you might find something that suits your needs better in our article the Best WordPress Job Board Themes.

Finally, if you still need a hosting provider for your future marketplace, we recommend Bluehost.   Though we are affiliates, and receive a commission if you sign-up through our link, we wouldn’t recommend them if we didn’t think they were the best overall solution for new WordPress-based start-ups.   The $3.96/month is hard to beat, particularly if you’re just testing the waters with a new idea.

But enough about that.  Let’s see what we’ve got…

Freelance Engine

Freelance Engine - Best WordPress Marketplace Theme

Without a doubt, FreelanceEngine by EngineThemes is our top pick for best freelancer/project marketplace theme.  We’ve made no secret in the past about our admiration of EngineThemes. In our opinion, they’re one of the top five independent shops.

The contemporary design of FreelanceEngine is minimal, content-focused, and wisely abandons frivolous visual gimmicks in favour of excellent user experience.  It’s fast, and it’s responsive – responsive in terms of both performance and in the mobile sense – and it’s just as well realized on the backend as the front.

Perhaps one of the strongest points of the design – and we’ve noted this before about EngineThemes products –  is that it somehow avoids cliches that turn up over and over in premium themes.  Your site will maintain a proprietary feel, particularly after making customizations with the included style customizer.

The functionality is extremely solid, and everything you need is provided to build a fully-featured site along the lines of Elance, Guru and oDesk.  Users can post, browse and bid on projects.   Freelancer profiles are incuded, and the theme even integrates support for Escrow.

Monetizing a site is a breeze, and site owners can charge for single project listings, or offer package plans.

FreelanceEngine is translation ready, SEO ready, and a steal at only $89.  You could spend hundreds of dollars with custom designs, fussing with plugins, or just install this theme and get started promoting your marketplace.  Highly recommended.

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MicroJobEngine

Best freelance mircojob marketplace theme for WordPress

Alright–so this is another fantastic product created the talented folks at EngineThemes.  It’s a bit newer, and explicitly tailored to a Fiverr-style business model. Without hesitation, MicrojobEngine, along with FreelanceEngine, are currently the best options on the premium WordPress theme market for creating a robust freelancing & microjob website short of having a custom solution developed and designed (which would cost a hell of a lot more money).  If you’re finding it hard to decide, you can’t go wrong with either.  Let’s just get that opinion out of the way.

Once again, the UX is top-notch and the design is modern and distinct: it’s tasteful and minimal without sacrificing any character or drifting toward generic and bland. Compared to some of the other selections further down our list (which, frankly, we’ve received mixed feedback about in the comments below), EngineThemes hits the mark pretty much across the board.

It’s a bit more expensive than any theme you might find on ThemeForest, but still perfectly affordable at $89. You might also want to take advantage of the extra paid plugins EngineThemes offers after the fact, but they’re not required to get things up and running.

If you’ve got a few minutes, click through and have a closer look at the details and the provided demo. We think you’ll be impressed.  The theme includes 12 months of support and updates.

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MicroJob

A best-selling marketplace & community theme for WordPress

Next up, we have MicroJobs, a brand new premium marketplace theme from PremiumPress that seeks to recreate the functionality and features of popular micro-freelancing sites like Fiverr.

The design is modern, following contemporary design trends.  Like FreelanceEngine, the flat, understated design of MicroJobs pulls focus to content, ensuring a top-notch user experience without needless distraction or confusion.

Easily monetized, the theme provides support for both free and paid listings.  Users can post individual, one-off listings, and industrious users can choose membership plans.

The theme includes a built-in Workflow system allowing freelancers and their clients to communicate effortlessly (and eventually sign-off on a job well done).  A user feedback and rating system provides buyers with the ability to leave hepful ratings that inform other potential buyers.  You know, like Fiverr.

MicroJobs is easy to customize, but as an added bonus, every purchase of PremiumPress theme gives you access to a selection of child themes.  An excellent value overall.

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ProjectTheme

ProjectTheme WordPress Freelance Marketplace Theme

The ProjectTheme occupies a space between TaskerDev, and our favorite WordPress marketplace theme, FreelanceEngine.

You could use this one for an Elance/oDesk style website, or, again, as a TaskRabbit style site that focuses on bringing communities together to buy & sell real world services.   Help high school kids find lawns to mow.

Like TaskerDev, it has everything you need to build a fully-featured marketplace, right down to Escrow support and several different monetization options.   Users can also sell and buy digital goods, and take advantage of the built-in credit system, using virtual cash to pay for projects and proposals.

ProjectTheme is responsive, translation ready, and provides excellent social media integration.

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HireBee

HireBee WordPress Freelance Marketplace Theme

Even though we included HireBee on our post of the Best WordPress Job Board Themes, it probably belongs here more.

There’s a lot of functionality packed in this projects & freelance marketplace theme (check out the product details page for the fully rundown).  In fact, it could be the most feature rich theme on our list, beating out FreelanceEngine in terms of what’s offered.  But it does come with a slightly higher price tag, and while we like the design, we can’t help but think the EngineThemes product wins out.

Whether or not you go with this option instead will depend largely on your design preference.  It’s a close call.

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Taskerr

Taskerr WordPress Freelance Marketplace Theme

In case the extra R doesn’t tip you off, Taskerr, like the MicroJobs theme, aims to help users built their own micro job marketplace akin to Fiverr.

The design is similarly clean and flat, and fully responsive.  It looks great and works great across a range of mobile devices.

Taskerr comes with monetize options: site admins can charge sellers a fixed price for listings, and upsell those listings with featured placement options.

Users and admins alike will find the intuitive interface simple to use, and a powerful backend panel will give you extra control over frontend appearance and design.

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Pricerr

Pricerr WordPress Freelance Marketplace Theme

Another extra “R”?  You guessed it: Pricerr by SiteMile also tackles the micro job niche.

Marketed as a turn-key solution, Pricerr comes with all the necessary marketplace functionality:  users can post projects/jobs/tasks, clients can purchase them.  As an extra, this theme even supports bitcoins. (Don’t do anything shady!)

Installation of Pricerr couldn’t be easier, and takes no more than five minutes.  But SiteMile still offers free installation for inexperienced users, which makes this one a particularly good option for users brand new to WordPress the platform.

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TaskerDev

TaskerDev WordPress Freelance Marketplace Theme

Now that we’ve looked at few micro job-oriented themes, TaskerDev (also from SiteMile) provides a slightly different marketplace experience, having more in common with the popular site TaskRabbit than Elance, oDesk or Fiverr.

The theme allows users to both offer services and request them.   TaskerDev gives you full control over your marketplace in the backend, and provides features like Escrow, private messaging, and a feedback system.  Multiple payment gateways are supported and the site can be totally monetized: charge listing fees, bid fees, or even take a percentage cut of each sale.

Excellent integration with Twitter and Facebook is another plus.  Definitely worth a closer look if this is the sort of marketplace model you have in mind.

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And that wraps up our look at some of the best WordPress freelance marketplace themes.  We’ll be updating this list as more marketplace themes are released.  If you think we missed anything, or had a particularly good (or bad) experience with one of the themes above, feel free to let us know in the comments.

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  1. Hello Everyone. Please give your honest experience. I want to build a service marketplace website like Fiverr or Freelancer and I think TaskerDev has the features I need. I have searched widely and seen many negative and discouraging reviews and comments about Appthemes and Sitemile. Please I want to know, which theme can I use and how much reliable is PremiumPress and the themes. I have also seen Jobster, Market Theme but I don’t wanna make a mistake in buying.
    Kindly help me with info.

  2. Hello! I am so glad I didn’t make a purchase yet for a freelance marketplace program. That being said what would you recommend? I noticed people trying different routes but all seemed to end in a bad review. I was very interested in Freelance Engine. If anyone has any positive feedback I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks so much! Marie

  3. I am one of the people that purchased the project theme in the past (along with hirebee) and both theme had issues. Now in 2017 i have turned again to project theme from sitemile and they have had pretty good updates. The theme is the most stable, and has enough features to get you started with a freelance website. Also after 2 years they still give me free updates which is a big plus, and i didnt paid anything else

  4. So I should not trust the freelance engine? I was interested in purchasing their theme and all supportive plugins and they haven’t responded. Any legitimate company which I can purchase a freelance marketplace.

  5. #BuyersBeAware AVOID @EngineThemes at all cost. After you buy, they will not support you for even the very basics like downloading copy of the template you purchased. They remove it from your account and will not talk to you until you buy another “support license”. Disgusting tactics.

  6. Freelance Engine has a really messed up mobile home page default that will do nothing to attract and keep people looking to hire people. BY DEFAULT it removes all of the styling and content from the home page and replaces it a minimal page that shows a tab for projects and another tab for profiles. What happens if a complete stranger in need of freelancer services and is directed to the site running Freelance Engine, and they’re using their iPhone? My guess is they’ll GO AWAY. It’s completely counterproductive and the theme developers don’t even warn people who have the them that this happens.

    The responsiveness is not the best for the rest of the site, and making even the most basic css changes such as link colour, and padding, seems to be impossible, whether or not I use the theme’s customization css page from the dashboard, or editing the custom.css from ftp. Maybe it offers great functionality for when the site is up and running, but who knows? I can’t even remove a single blank space with this theme.

    Finally, the responses from support requests have been unhelpful at best. Seems like a good time for a really together developer to get into this market….

  7. Great article, IO’m looking to develop a freelance site around MS access, and the reviews have proved invaluable along with some of the comments above. Makes choosing a theme a lot easier. Thanks

  8. Microjobengine is horrible. We had many issues with the theme, the worst being that orders are not created after a buyer has made a payment. If you look into their support page, lots of people are having the issue where orders are not created after payments are made. It doesn’t seem like they’re responding to those comments and only offered a hot fix that did not work for anyone.

  9. Stay away from appthemes theme dont work contact support 4 months ago still no fix and only 2 responses just acting like it’s my problem when other people have fresh install of wordpress and theme with same problem.
    Avoid these turdz

  10. I have tested both project theme and taskerdev theme for a year now and they are very good. Its true that at first there were some issues (specially with taskerdev, as project theme was mint condition) but the updates they launched starting end 2015 made taskerdev also very good.

    As we have the complete membership at sitemile, i cant ignore the pricerr theme which is very close to what we need in terms of microjobs type of site. I really think they are worth and we did spend the money for something good. Thats my two cents.

  11. I bought the system from Company Freelance Engine.
    At first I was promised a 10% discount and finally they taken full price.
    After day one, I wanted to return the product and The company did not agree to give me a refund.
    I try the system again and seen too many system problems, I wrote to support, nobody return my questions.
    When they decided to answer me, They told me to buy another system of company that makes changes and help with the first system I bought.
    I did not get a refund.
    Just like we buy products from the company and then try to sell more and provide professional service.
    I buy a lot online, the first time I encountered such treatment.
    I usually do not write feedback, but it is important for me to say what I went through with this company, because this Rude behavior.
    Not professional, not recommended!

  12. Do not waste your time or money with Hirebee. Unfortunately I did. I was attracted by the look of the demo but look under the bonnet and there are many issues. I tried asking for a refund but they flatly refused. Their support is dire and often didn’t get any response at all. On the few occasions they did reply (incidentally after I asked for a refund), the responses were poor. Its basically one support guy whose English is not great. You may notice that their forums are closed until you buy the specific theme – this is just hiding all the negativity surrounding their products. Then of course once you’ve paid, your money is lost forever.

  13. I am a holder of the full selection of themes from AppThemes, PremiumPress and SiteMile. The best quality and best support comes from PremiumPress. The worst is without any doubt SiteMile (ProjectTheme among other themes), tightly followed by AppThemes.

    However, PremiumPress Microjob theme is not really a project bidding theme, it’s more like a Fiverr clone. That’s too bad.

    AppThemes Hirebee sucks a**. The updates are non-existent and then yet they want to rip you off on an annual update fee (for what updates?) even if you have lifetime access. Even though the full package of themes gives you lifetime access to the themes, you can’t login to download them. Instead you have to email them.
    Their support suck like crazy! Stay off! It’s not worth the money or efforts!

    SiteMile’s business idea seem to release themes that look good and are ALMOST (like 70-80% or so) done. Their so called “support” most often suggest custom work in order to fix what should already have been there. The support forum is run by a guy who has no clue on what the owner is doing. If you e.g. wants the PSDs, which is part of what is specified with the full package (but in reality is not included in the packages), you need to have your access confirmed by the owner. Even if you have it confirmed, the support guy does not accept it.
    I was warned about SiteMile, but I often find that such warnings comes from people who are not straight and honest. In the case of SiteMile I should have listened. Stay off! It’s not worth the money or efforts!
    (the same goes for all of their themes, they are not finalised. Instead of getting their themes ready, they release new themes that are not ready either).

    So for these suggested theme I would typically say: What looks good isn’t always good. I for one hope that the PremiumPress guy release a real Project Bidding theme soon. He is the only one who knows how to take care of his customers and giving them support.

  14. Hirebee has very bad reviews.. no support and updates, the theme you get for buying isn’t full and when you update it it still doesn’t have the things it needs to be working as promised. I’d wanted that theme, it would have saved me a lot of time.. but the creators seems like typical indian scammers.

  15. I love project theme cos of its features but it has a lot of bugs. The support is zero Please who can enlighten me on how to fix the submit a proposal Link. It’s one of my major problem now. Freelance engine don’t have wallet account and paypal is not supported in my country so I really need to fix project theme cos it’s close to what I need.

  16. These are all themes. Any thoughts/recommendations on plugins, as I want to integrate the freelance area with my existing Q&A and downloads areas.

  17. Hi All, can anyone suggest a good freelance site like in WP…I think you guys have done good research..kindly help me ….thank you in advance

  18. I have bought the club membership from sitemile, and only had the chance to test the project theme and taskerdev theme. The project theme is exactly what i needed, but i will tweak the design a bit. In terms of features, which is the most important thing that matters for me, the project theme is the most complete and robust. And yes i have tried the taskerdev theme, since i bought it last week they have released an update already, and i couldnt find any error up to now. My crew and i setup the test site for 4 days now and havent discovered anything wrong. I think was a good bet, but we will see. So far so good.

  19. Taskerdev is just a total waste of time. theme not working, lots of bugs, error pages and no customer service. I purchased the theme because of your article and i didnt know it has not been fully developed, now i have lost $109 plus i have to start all over again to purchase another theme. My point is please do not recommend a broken item to readers, it can reduce your trustworthiness to your readers. On sitemile forum, people who have purchased this theme are constantly complaining and threatening legal action but nothing has been done. Sitemile has Project theme, pricerr and taskerdev

    • Hi Martin – I’ll take a closer look into it, thanks for the feedback. I often have to take support complaints with a grain of salt, because the user’s experience level and expectation can vary so wildly. But seeing as yours is not the only comment here stating roughly the same thing, something must be up. Too bad, because there’s not many of these sorts of themes too choose from. When I used to run a theme shop (for Drupal) and a customer was unsatisfied, sometimes those that paid with credit card would get a refund directly from the card company citing that the product wasn’t as adverstised. Just a matter of interest….

  20. ProjectTheme is a crap! I used it for several months now but it has many bugs and it doesn’t get even close to what you think it will be or you see in the demo. The support is very lousy and actually it is only one man over there!!!
    ProjectTheme and Pricerr are and JobMiner (there are more…) all are the same!!!

  21. If you compare FreelanceEngine, ProjectTheme and Hirebee, my vote goes for ProjectTheme. It comes with all important features. The major disadvantage of FreelanceEngine and Hirebee is they do not allow private messages before awarding a job. I believe it a very critical feature as no one would hire a contractor before interviewing/asking questions.

    In terms of design, FreelanceEngine is the best but has some usability issues. Important functionalities such as Search, Submit your Bid, etc. comes as a modal (pop-up) which does not have good user experience. Hirebee ranks second in terms of design. It has lot of white spacing and requires scrolling for most of the screens. ProjectTheme requires some designing changes but all screens and features are rightly placed.

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