I am sharing my experience how to setup a discussion forum using WordPress.
First step is to select an appropriate plugin.
I’ve did some googling and found the following links useful:
Both list bbPress first the native WordPress plugin. Therefore, I’ve started with it.
I’ve also added the following extensions:
- bbPress Notify (No Spam)
After installing the bbPress plugin in the administrative dashboard a new Forum menu appears. I’ve created a new Forum –> TestForum.
This is how it looks like without further customizing:
Well, it’s a bit dull design – not nice for non tekkies, is it? So I’ll try another one.
wpForo Forum add another menu to the Dashboard with a lot more features than bbPress.
The forum looks like follows (link):
It automatically creates a page Forum with the [wpforo] meta tag.
User registration Plugins
When establishing a forum, you may also want to open your WordPress site to a wider audience, so you’ll have to thin about user self registration. The following given an overview:
First proposal is the User Registration (FREE) plugin by
WPEverest, I’ve checked out.