WP Bulletin Board (WPBB) is an easy to use forum for your WordPress site with Facebook and Twitter features.
I tried three other forums, including Vanilla Forums, which requires installation through your webhost as well as through WordPress. This one blows the others out of the water in terms of ease and clarity of use. It actually -- incredibly -- takes into account the fact that not every WordPress user is a professional developer! Amazing, I know. It's dashboard documentation is thoughtful, complete, and totally clear and helpful. The appearance takes on some of your site's style, so it integrates beautifully. The setup and tools make all issues of permission and so forth super clear and easy. It has a great maintenance mode you can toggle on.
Ditch any other forum you've tried and install this one. You won't be sorry.
Don't waste your time with any other forum. This is the one you have been looking for.
I tried other forum plugins, but they either didn't work with my theme or totally messed up my site. This one is just what I was looking for. GREAT JOB! I recommend it!
Like any plugin, you need to tinker with things until you get the hang of it.
But this plugin works out of the box on any theme in WP 3.5.1. When you set it up, make sure you create a category first. Then you create a forum. For instance, I created a category, "HLN Sociopath Anchors", and my first forum was "Nancy Grace".
Then I was able to post threads in the Nancy Grace forum.
My next category will be "Jodi Arias" and I'll have a forum for Jodi Arias, Travis Alexander, Rock Star Juan Martinez, and so on.
So great plugin, works out of the box, and just work on setting things up. Nice work!
I can't recommend this plugin enough. Of the several forum solutions I tried and tested, including more commercial options, this was by far the best.
Very easy to install and setup.
Didn't require a dedicated theme.
No branding and a 'lite' look, so fitted visually well in existing pages and theme.
Worked perfectly with other social media plugins (Mingle plugin in this case)
Excellent, thank you.
Plugin is really nice and simple to install and setup, plugin author is REALLY fast to respond to questions in the support forum!
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