bbPress

Description

Are you looking for a timeless, elegant, and streamlined discussion board? bbPress is easy to integrate, easy to use, and is built to scale with your growing community.

bbPress is intentionally simple yet infinitely powerful forum software, built by contributors to WordPress.

Screenshots

  • Forums - Admin Interface
  • Topics - Admin Interface
  • Replies - Admin Interface
  • Settings - Admin Interface
  • Settings 2 - Admin Interface
  • Themes - Admin Interface
  • Single Forum - Default Theme

Installation

From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘bbPress’
  3. Activate bbPress from your Plugins page. (You will be greeted with a Welcome page.)

From WordPress.org

  1. Download bbPress.
  2. Upload the ‘bbpress’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate bbPress from your Plugins page. (You will be greeted with a Welcome page.)

Once Activated

  1. Visit ‘Forums > Add New’ and create some forums. (You can always delete these later.)
  2. If you have pretty permalinks enabled, visit example.com/forums/, or if you do not have pretty permalinks enabled, visit example.com?post_type=forum
  3. Visit ‘Settings > Forums’ and configure the settings to best match the needs of your community.
  4. Visit ‘Tools > Forums > Import Forums’ if you have an existing forum to convert to bbPress.

Once Configured

  • bbPress comes with a robust theme-compatibility API that does its best to make bbPress look and feel right with just-about any WordPress theme. You may need to adjust some styling on your own to make everything look pristine.
  • You may want to customize the register/activation/sign-in/lost-password flows, to better suit your site. bbPress comes with a bevy of shortcodes to make this possible, listed here: https://codex.bbpress.org/shortcodes/
  • bbPress also comes with built-in support for Akismet and BuddyPress, two very popular and very powerful WordPress plugins. If you’re using either, visit your Forum Settings page and ensure that integration appears correct.

Reviews

28 Oktoobar, 2020
I had installed this to test it out and had deactivated it, and it broke admin access to my site, twice, overwriting permissions for my admin account. NEVER touching this plugin again, especially after reading that this has been an ongoing issue for years now. Cost me a lot of time and effort, not to mention IT fees in order to diagnose the issue so that I could access the admin tools to delete it. Goodbye! I will be sure to find your other plugins and avoid them as well.
5 Oktoobar, 2020
This is really helpful plugins with classic functionality. So helpful and powerful addon. Thank you!
4 Oktoobar, 2020
It's great that it works natively with WordPress but the lack of options and settings is a joke. I have a support forum with 50 sub-forums and counting, all of these sub-forums are shown on the main page and clutters the entire forum. Why there is no option yet as of 2020 to set a limit of sub-forums shown on main category is beyond me. Spontaneous feeling about bbPress is that it's a lazy take on trying to make a forum software that works with WordPress. Sadly my theme requires bbPress to function properly, would exchange it in a heartbeat.
1 Oktoobar, 2020
How do the developers expect users to continue using this plugin if none of them will answer troubleshooting questions? Not to mention there is no direct troubleshooting email to engage with. Your plugin comes with many issues, some that are years old, that need to be fixed. I’m thinking of changing to a completely new plugin because of the lack of communication from developers. It's fine to have a support forum for users to help other users, but when your bugs are this abundant, clearly you need a better troubleshooting team that actually responds to inquiries. I’ve been developing websites with both paid AND free products and have never had any issues with receiving one to one responses with the free products. Ever. This plugin has been a first. Disappointed.
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Contributors & Developers

“bbPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“bbPress” has been translated into 51 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

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