Forum Plugin For WordPress

Last week I set up a community website based on WordPress. The main feature is of course a forum (discussion board) for the members. There are so many forums available on the net such as phpBB (open source) and vBulletin (commercial) but can not impressed me. I mean some of them are too much for me, especially for the paid one ;)

If you asked me why I used WordPress instead of pure forum, it is because I need to have a CMS to publish news, blog posts, and articles and allow member to comment. We have it on WordPress right?

Thanks to Andy Staines who creates a plugin for wordpress named “Simple Forum (SF)”. The installation is easy as usual plugin install. SF is using WordPress User Management for the membership system as well as user registration. To allow user registration, you need to tick “Anyone can register” under WordPress Option.

SF has a feature called “post linking” which provides a possibility to create forum topic posts based on blog entries and vice versa. Only members who are allowed to post on blog have this option while making a new topic post. RSS also available to ease you in placing forum feed in your blog.

You need to try it to feel its power. Download link is available at http://www.stuff.yellowswordfish.com/.

Here is the screenshoot of my forum.

Simple Forum

42 thoughts on “Forum Plugin For WordPress

  1. Pingback: Margreet
  2. I never new that you could create a forum on wordpress. How does the forum compare to other forums such as vBulletin and phpBB?

  3. Pingback: Rojas Casanova
  4. i have no idea if wordpress forced to become a forum. although have powerful plugin for making such a forum on wordpress, it’s still left behind with another CMS of course. btw, good job.

  5. Pingback: Jerry Harrison
  6. Mau nanya neh sama senior2 yang diatas..
    gimana yah caranya nampilin forum ini ke halaman depan wordpress… soalnya setelah saya menginstall ini koq forumnya tidak bisa di akses dari depan yah? apakah harus ada syarat lain? mohon bantuannya atau kirim langsung ke email saya di vorsaken2@yahoo.com terimakasih sebelumnya

  7. Pingback: Sandeep Arora
  8. Thank You! Thank you! Thank you!

    This works Awesome, easy to install and simple to use. i have been searching a long time for a Forum Plugin like this.

    in case i didn’t say it, Thank you!

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  10. I am so glad I found this post. I set up a forum using this plug-in in about 2 hours – but I know the next time I use it will be much faster now that I’ve figured it out! Had a few troubleshooting issues with set up and my theme, but now that it’s up I couldn’t be more happier!

    I really can’t believe this plug-in is free, its that’s good :)

  11. Thanks for such an opportune piece of advice when looking for a forum plugin for WordPress. I had struggled with intergrating bbpress although I expected it would, having mastered the integration, be possible to modify the aesthetics through additional theme changes. However, I’ll go with your recommendation because I didn’t set out to become a CSS editor. I have enough texts of my own to modify. Thanks again.

  12. Okay, what if the blogger doesn’t want people posting in other areas of WordPress, but only on the forums. Does it allow for that?

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