The best forum plugins for wordpress

The best forum plugins for wordpress

Building online forums requires a lot of patience and sometimes more than average technical knowledge. For beginners this usually means learning a new software system from the ground up.
When it comes to integrating a forum into WordPress, bbPress is handsdown the best plugin for the job. It is built the WordPress way and uses the existing WordPress core to power your forum. We have a tutorial on how to set up bbPress in WordPress.

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  • Built for WordPress, bbPress utilizes the same WordPress core and follows the same coding standards as WordPress.
  • Integrates with any WordPress theme without any painful modifications.
  • Nearly a 100+ plugins available to do just about anything you want.
  • Since it does not have a lot of bloat, bbPress is fast and lightweight.
  • Not as feature rich as full fledged forum CMS like phpBB, Vanilla Forums, vbulletin.
BuddyPress allows you to build your own social network with in WordPress. Just like bbPress, BuddyPress is also an official WordPress plugin. It follows the same coding practices and standards as WordPress.
  • Easily integrates into any WordPress Theme.
  • Plenty of plugins to extend the functionality.
  • Creates activity streams, user profiles, social connections, groups, etc.
  • Add a points system to ignite user engagement.
  • It could be quite challenging to move a BuddyPress site to some other platform.
  • It is not as well documented as WordPress and finding help can be difficult.

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WP Symposium is an alternative to BuddyPress. It includes social networking features integrated into groups and forums.
  • Premium support available by upgrading to premium membership.
  • Includes features such as events, gallery, alerts,
  • integration with Facebook, etc.
  • Multiple style templates come builtin with the plugin
  • Many useful features need bronze membership.
  • Plugin adds a notice when a bronze feature is used on the site.

Thank you! & have a good day.

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