WordPress Forum Plugins

There are a few WordPress forum plugins available. Let’s take a look at them.

BBPress

The new BBPress 2.0 forum plugin integrates beautifully with WordPress. The previous versions of BBPress required some tedious fiddling around to combine it with WordPress, however it is now completely plug-and-play. Just install the plugin and you will have all the integration done for you. It adds all the forum management menu items directly into the WordPress admin menu, and is very easy to use.

The admin section of BBPress uses the WordPress UI does it immediately makes sense and there is a very low learning curve, making it probably the easiest forum plugin to use.

This video takes you through most of the BBPress features:

This is definitely my favourite WordPress forum plugin.

Get BBPress

Simple:Press

Simple:Press is a very well developed forum plugin for WordPress. It is not as easy to customise at BBPress however. By all means give it a try, it might have more features than BBPress. I just keep going back to BBPress however as it always covers my needs.

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Mingle Forum

This is another useful forum plugin for WordPress. It is led by a single developer who is pretty committed to the project, releasing frequent updates. You can check out how it works in the video below:

Get Mingle Forum

Have you used any of these plugins? What’s your experience?

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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, podcaster and entrepreneur. He is the founder of WP Mayor and WP RSS Aggregator. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com. Check out his podcast focused on doing business with WordPress over at Mastermind.fm.

15 Responses

  1. Ayman Aboulnasr
    Ayman Aboulnasr October 22, 2011 at 15:10 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Thanks alot for the quick overview of the forum plugins that can be incorporated into WordPress.

    We’ve been thinking alot lately whether to add a forum to our website or not. Our first and probably last choice has always been bbPress 🙂

  2. Jakub Chodorowicz
    Jakub Chodorowicz October 23, 2011 at 13:37 | | Reply

    I’ve tried to install BBPress and Mingle lately and to be honest BBPress at this stage at its first relase as a plugin, with zero documentation is unusable. I highly recomend using Mingle for now, until at least BBPress gets some decent documentation and tutorials.

  3. Junnydc
    Junnydc November 17, 2011 at 03:00 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,
    Mingle forum works like a charm on my website, i’ts a wordpress + classipress. Thanks a lot.

  4. Danny
    Danny November 19, 2011 at 06:41 | | Reply

    Looking at the videos Mingle looks like the easiest to setup. With BBPress I don’t like that you have to update your theme files for it to work properly if the theme is not compatible. Unfortunately, Mingle’s simplicity comes at the expense of functionality.

  5. Greg Marcus
    Greg Marcus December 4, 2011 at 19:45 | | Reply

    Jean,

    Thank you – this is really helpful. bbPress looks like a good choice, but I am concerned about making it compatible with my theme. Not a coder, and I don’t have a sense for how extensive the changes to my theme files need to be. Can you please comment?

  6. Teri
    Teri December 11, 2011 at 06:22 | | Reply

    Any thoughts on Buddy Press? Since you didn’t cover it here, I guess it doesn’t count as a “forum plugin”.

  7. Rob
    Rob April 26, 2012 at 05:13 | | Reply

    Thanks for the work on the videos! I am trying to get a forum going and this saved me a lot of time and research!

  8. PHP Web Developer (@sufalamtech)
    PHP Web Developer (@sufalamtech) October 31, 2012 at 12:02 | | Reply

    Stand alones are probably the way to go as they have more features. Ive looked into it and you can use phpBB with a plugin called WP-United, this links the user db etc.
    Im gonna give it a shot if I cant get SPF to run faster

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