bbPress is forum software, made the WordPress way
We shouldn't have to download third party plugins in order to add attachments, new topic moderation and I feel the layout needs a complete overhaul.
This latest version of bbpress created for broken links on my site, so that the links are correct.
It's a good very basic forums environment. As my website uses buddypress I have little choice about what forums software I can use so I am stuck with bbpress. The main problem I have with this plugin is that it relies heavily on plugins and unfortunately the plugins for bbpress are not great in number.
Basic things such as forums polls for users, post counts and ranks, preview buttons etc etc are not available and if anyone is very used to very well established forums software like vbulletin you will find bbpress severely lacking.
I hope they stop relying so much on the plugin environment in the future or at the very least the plugin environment picks up the slack and starts increasing in number for the much needed functions that are missing.
I will give it a 3/5 because it's on the right track just nowhere near perfect. And 3 is being generous.
Excellent forum plugin. Dependent on your wordpress theme can be a simple plugin and go, or can requier a bit of css styling work, but an excellent addition to any wordpress website
Not a very good looking forum. Yes, it does integrate well with buddypress (not that I'm all that impressed with buddypress), but it could use a lot of add-on and advances. If you want just a simple forum, it's good enough.
It's really nice and WP like. But when I try to post shordcodes in a forum, o forum description, it doesn't display the result. For example, I inserted a Slideshow from this plugin, but it only displays code like [slideshow id=7], and now the expected.
The basic package seems to work OK. But bbPress is also not that well integrated with WordPress. For example search is not integrated.
But most of all Blog Posts and Forums/Topics are completely unrelated. So should a user follow up a blog post with a comment or a forum post? It is not clear. Ideally Forum names and Blog taxonomies should be united somehow. A forum should mainly just be a different view of a blog. But in bbpress they are completely different objects.
(They are physically stored in the Posts table, but that does not actually count for much except maybe export/import.)
And if they are not integrated, apart from maybe some theming, then why not just use a separate, specialist forum package? Common usernames is really all that you get.
bbPress also contains a vast amount of code that does permissions somewhat differently from the rest of WordPress.
Approximately, it tries to have two roles per user, a normal wordpress one and an independent bbpress one. The magic "Auto Role" option can set the latter for all new users. At the bottom of the Admin Users dialog there is an option to set the Forum Role.
There is something called "Dynamic Roles". You can end up with capabilites that were not on your roles somehow. And for multisite, you get capabilities to all sites if you get capabilities to any site.
It all feels confused, with no less than three files named capability.php in the distribution.
The plugin has come along way from the stand alone BBPress days.
Unfortunately many of the strides made back then, over years of effort, all had to be scrapped, and so a lot of stuff considered standard in most forums software isn't yet included. But here's to a bright future!
It have one bug, but is good :)
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