AnsPress – Question and answer


AnsPress is an open source, developer friendly, question and answer plugin for WordPress. AnsPress adds a full question and answer system to your existing WordPress site. It can be used to create a q&a network similar to StackOverflow and quora, or be a single page in existing site. The plugin supports multi-languages, shortcodes, reCAPTCHA, email and push notification and more.

AnsPress is not just limited to question and answer. It can be used in many different ways such as BugTracker, Company Internal QA board, support tickets, FAQ etc. Anspress is trusted and used by many popular companies and sites at scale.

Performance and Optimizations:

In our latest release we’ve made big improvements to performance and have tested in many different server environments. It runs smoothly on every type of server with minimal impact on load times. AnsPress (including all of its functionalities) is very fast comparing to other QA plugins. In the latest release we have made major improvements to reduce MySQL queries and to increase the speed of page load for all page templates within plugin.

Developer Friendly:

AnsPress is built with developers in mind and can easily be extended to fit your needs. All parts of layout templates can be overridden. Our source code follows WP coding standards and is properly commented. We are working on documentation site which will be available soon.


This plugin wouldn’t be possible without a huge amount of contribution. Check our contributors at

Support and Demo:

We provide support on our site:
Our support section uses actual version of AnsPress, so you can check out the support site if you want to see full working version of AnsPress.
You can also take the demo site for a test drive

AnsPress Key Features:

  • Submit / Filter / Order / Edit / Delete Question
  • Answer / Comment
  • Vote and Select Best Answer
  • Notification Emails and Web Push Notifications
  • 10+ languages supported
  • Captcha supported
  • Shortcodes available
  • Private/Public for Question and Answer
  • Ability to Follow Questions / Answers
  • Featured (Sticky) Question
  • Closed questions
  • Flag/report questions and answers to moderator
  • Basic user profile
  • BuddyPress integration
  • More to come…

Free Add-ons:

  • Reputations
  • Tags
  • Categories
  • Bad words filter
  • Email notifications
  • reCaptcha
  • Dynamic text avatar

AnsPress is frequently updated and more features are added based on feedback from our users. This means you are welcome to give us feedback and suggestions as to what you would like to see or need in the plugin. Visit our Github project or visit our community to get the updates.

Page Shortcodes

Use this shortcode in base to AnsPress work properly


  • Question list page.

  • Single question page.

  • User profile

  • User hover card

  • Users directory

  • Notifications


Read full documentation here


Read full FAQ here

Installation Instructions

Read full documentation here


AnsPress 4 is very very cool!

AnsPress 4 is really cool!

Questions, Answers, categories and tags can be translated and linked by such plugin as Multisite Language Switcher! It’s great for multilanguage multisite.

Questions, Answers, categories and tags are compatible with SEO plugins (I use Yoast SEO).

Many useful Add-ons just in settings page.

It looks beautiful.

I am delighted and enjoying!
Great thanks to the developers!

Great Feature Complete Plugin That Gets Better and Better

I am just looking at the many negative reviews and feel compelled to write a positive one.

I do not agree with everything on how support site at is handled. In particular that there is a chaos or comments and answers and that there are no rules or guidelines that encourage people to actually use comments for comments. Instead they abuse answers for comments and it becomes a mess. To me a Q&A software is great because its not like a forum, all the differences make sites like so popular. If you just let people use answers and comments as they like its fails the entire purpose of a Q&A Plugin and you mean as well just use BBPress. But enough of that.

I use Anspress on my support site. If people look for answers I think its great they have a clearly visible answer that solves a question rather that having to scroll though a lot of comments where you can’t actually know when a solution is posted.

I not installed the competitors and tested them extensively but I compared the features with other plugins. Some of the competitors are even payed and seem still have less features then this, so I think the claim that this is the most advanced feature complete Q&A plugin is actually true and not just made up.

Version 4.0 was just released on Github and its massive changelog shows that there is a lot of work going onto it and I really appreciate that. People should be glad for this awesome free plugin. Multiple of my wishes for fixed and new features have been addressed in 4.0. Thanks you!

I don’t know what Pro Addons will come but I will buy them or donate soon because this plugin is of great use to me and as a plugin developer myself I have learned not to take anything for granted and try to not always take free stuff and complain 😉 (Does not always work ^^)

Best Q & A Plugin for WordPress

I have been using this for 2 years now and EVERYTHING is excellent. For a FREE plugin the support is also adequate using site.

Anspress is not a simple or light plugin. Apparently not for everyone running WordPress on a 1$ per month shared hosting. Also some knowledge is required, as with many WP advanced plugins.

Nice App!

Been using AnsPress now for a few months. I’ve also opted for paid support and Rahul is really responsive in all of my queries.

Check a working version of AnsPress (v4) out here : Collab365 Q&A

Can Not Delete Once Installed

I gave AnsPress a try, and installed the Plugin,
however after done, I was not able to Delete this PLUG-In.

It’s kept showing “Deleting…” but it never did,
It kept failing Deleting.

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Contributors & Developers

“AnsPress – Question and answer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Improved updater
  • Fixed: fatal error while deleting a question


  • Minor fixes


  • Minor fixes


** Beta 4 **

  • Fixed bugs in files
  • Fixed buddypress.php bugs
  • Fixed avatar.php issues
  • Fixed: Author is not able to view their own private posts
  • Fixed fatal error
  • Allow user page callback without class
  • Show WP_Error message for comments in snackbar
  • Fixed: unable to submit form when duplicate check is disabled
  • Fixed: duplicate post error snackbar message not showing
  • Improved user page title
  • Fixed php notice
  • Fixed menu
  • fixed warning
  • Added option to disable duplicate check
  • Do not insert qameta if post is not question or answer
  • Fixed trash question
  • Added misisng assets in wp-admin
  • Fixed parent_q warning
  • Fixed typo
  • Added notification table in uninstaller
  • Fixed reputation migrator
  • Deactivate old AnsPress extensions
  • Disable old AnsPress extensions while initializing AnsPress
  • Improved migrator
  • Add 302 status in shortlink redirect
  • Fixed shrotlink in reputation
  • Check ap_meta table exists while migrating
  • Do not insert reputations, notifications and prevent sending emails while updating
  • Added filter to modify tag question query
  • Added user answers page
  • Load comments by default
  • Fixed JS template not loading properly
  • Prevent question query to use SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS which is relatively slow in big site
  • Added support for polylang
  • Fixed short link
  • Improved notification dropdown toggle
  • Improved notification dropdown menu
  • Added notification dropdown
  • Improved user menu
  • Improved anspress pages, menu and slugs
  • Improved user menu
  • User profile as an addon
  • Added load more button in notification
  • Improved notification sorting
  • Added notification count and mark all notification read button
  • Improved notification ref prefetch
  • Improved notification query
  • Improved best answer notification
  • Improved notification flush on post delete
  • Delete corresponding notification when a post gets deleted
  • Notify user on comment
  • Notification for best answer
  • Reload reCaptcha after form submission
  • Fixed: while editing anonymous user’s post author changes
  • FIXED: wrong classes for columns in tags and categories
  • Fixed tags pagination
  • Added recaptcha methods
  • Added notifications addon
  • Added base query class
  • Fixed addons loading
  • Improved addons functions
  • Added add-on activation hook
  • Fixed reputation template file location
  • Improved category style
  • Fixed: strpos(): Offset not contained in string
  • Fixed: x-index of snackbar
  • Improved category icon
  • Store reputation in meta for sorting purpose
  • Removed debug code
  • Fixed: AP_Roles::remove_roles() should not be called statically
  • Added improved version of dynamic avatar addon
  • Fixed: private check box not working in form

** Beta 3 **

  • Normalize addons path
  • Added subscribe button
  • Check if user can access post before sending email
  • Fixed: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function ap_delete_subscriptions
  • Fixed: Question border not being highlighted
  • Removing codeception tests as PHPUnit test will be written from scratch
  • Improved email notification and subscribers
  • Added email queues and content table
  • Added subscription CRUD
  • Fix Categories can’t remove icon or add a new one
  • When using BuddyPress Add in the links to answers and reps don’t work.
  • Fixed MySql datatype of qameta views and flags to store large numbers
  • Fixed: illegal string offset date
  • Fixed attachment delete
  • Fixed delete uploads
  • Renamed author page to user page
  • Update term ids
  • Improved list layout
  • Include missing template files
  • Rename base.php and content-list.php to question-list.php and question-list-item.php
  • Fixed: non-logged in user seeing moderate answer
  • Removed dynamic avatar addon
  • Migrate category meta
  • Fixed static method warning
  • Fixed best answer migrate bug
  • Do not show upgrade message to new installs

** Beta 2 **

  • Improved upgrader script
  • Added post activity migrator
  • Restore dates of question/answer after migration
  • Added best answers migrator
  • Added reputation migrator
  • Added answers count migrator
  • Added vote migration
  • Added migration helper
  • Fixed reputation prefetching
  • Added reputation page in BuddyPress
  • Fixed category addon
  • Added reputation load more button
  • Fixed: category icon and color setting not saving
  • Improved reputations
  • Improved DB table creation
  • Fixed: headers already sent error on saving options
  • Improved authors page
  • Added question permalink options
  • Fixed: clicking on answer order tab scroll to top
  • Fixed: uploaded media are not cleared after form submission
  • Removed repetitive words from login signup
  • Fixed upload progress bar
  • Fixed grunt tasks to add missing files
  • Fixed wrong class name in hook
  • Fixed comment warnings
  • Fixed typo in qameta column name
  • Fixed wrong user capability check
  • Fixed terms
  • Added about action link
  • Improve about
  • Removed unused images
  • Added about page
  • BuddyPress notification fixes
  • Improved buddyPress question and answer page template
  • Improved buddypress answer page
  • Improved answer link
  • Optimized reputation pre fetch
  • Improved reputation
  • Award reputation for comments
  • Added reputation addon
  • Fixed addon dir search
  • Improved email addon
  • Added email addons
  • Added tags extension as addon
  • Added category extension as an addon
  • Added bad words
  • Improved recaptcha
  • Unselect best answer when its get deleted
  • Removed broken widgets
  • Improved breadcrumbs
  • Delete votes when corresponding votes get deleted
  • Improved login/signup template
  • Improved addons
  • Improved addons and options
  • Added addons
  • Improved uninstaller
  • Added uninstall data tool
  • Show notice when option gets updated
  • Improved option form
  • Added author page
  • Renamed theme folder to templates
  • Improved search form and widget
  • Improved filter search
  • Improved list filter
  • Improved list style
  • Fixed warning in ask question submission
  • Check if user can read comment before fetching via ajax
  • Improved comment link
  • Before improving comments
  • Improved comment edit
  • Improved comments
  • Improved comment form
  • Improved comments listing
  • Fixed attachment display
  • Fixed permanent delete action
  • Improved delete and restore actions
  • Improved toggle featured action button
  • Improved actions and post staus view
  • Improved answer permalink
  • Improved edit answer page
  • Improved question edit page
  • Improved close action and select button
  • Improved select answer button and post actions
  • Delete temporary media using wp_cron
  • Finalizing uploader
  • Improved uploader
  • Improved ask form and vote bug
  • Organized assets
  • Remove plupload files after uploading files
  • Improved uploader
  • Improved Backbone collection and view
  • Replaced LESS with SCSS
  • Improved answer form
  • Improved answer form
  • Added snackbar
  • Adding backbone.js
  • Fixed errors in flag.php
  • Fixed votes.php errors
  • Removed ap_meta table and functions
  • Do not store views to ap_views table by default
  • Added views table
  • Fixed vote and clear flag button in wp-admin
  • Removed buddypress hooks
  • Added vue.js and answer list in question edit.
  • Improved post table
  • Improved admin
  • Improved option page
  • Removed user profile and mentions
  • Removed reputation and follow
  • Improved query by status
  • Removed subscription feature
  • Permission check in close question
  • Added close button
  • Moved status above question
  • Closed is not post_status anymore
  • Removed activity and notification
  • Remove activities page
  • Fixed error in admin
  • Removed activities
  • Improved question activities
  • Improved avatar for anonymous user
  • Improved avatar generation
  • Dynamically generate user avatar
  • Added misisng attach table in qameta
  • Fixed db error while creating ap_qameta table
  • Fixed activity in list
  • Releasing 4.0.0-alpha.1
  • Fix wpcs reporting
  • Fixed errors in qaquery
  • Pre cache users
  • Delete qameta row when post get deleted
  • Improved caching
  • Improved attachment cache
  • Pre fetch votes
  • Improved set featured question
  • Improved vote counts
  • improved voting
  • Improved terms query
  • reduced more queries
  • Improving query
  • Removed more post metas
  • Removed flags post meta
  • Replaced get_post to ap_get_post
  • Improved select answer
  • Replaced vote post meta
  • Improved query filter
  • Replaced deprecated functions
  • Removed many unused functions
  • Added qameta table


  • Fixed: Inline link in tinyMCE.


  • Fixed: failed to uninstall
  • Added action dropdown test
  • Fixed: Anonymous name is not showing


  • Fixed: Watch.js not enqueued


  • Fixed: undefined var in tinyMce init


  • Fixed: product update fails
  • Improved tip style
  • Fixed: warning in ap_get_link_to() if array is passed with ap_page
  • i18n: it not a tranlation strings. remove the _x() function
  • i18n: breake down the translation string into two strings – a message and an action link
  • i18n: avoide using HTML tags in translation strings
  • i18n:rewrite the translation string for easier translation in RTL languages
  • i18n: simpler translation strings, without unneeded placeholders.
  • Fixed: Ajax editor loading
  • Fixed: toggling text editor not working in ask form
  • Fixed: missing hook
  • Editor not expanding for answer form
  • Fix: question and answer added from wp-admin are not showing
  • Fixed: mention toggling
  • Fixed checkbox option not saving properly


  • Fixed reputation issue
  • Fixed checkbox not saving in AnsPress options


  • Fixed translation loading


  • Added reset button in option form
  • Fixed editor issue
  • The function ap_user_get_member_for() previously gave no output for users who joined today.
  • Some bug fixes
  • Improved question list and home page styles
  • Fixed array unique warning
  • Fixed featured post sql query
  • Fixed: Missing ap-functions.js in wp-admin
  • Added ap_canonical_url()
  • Improved canonical url
  • Improved dashboard
  • Define wp-browser version
  • Added question sorting by views
  • Added filter ap_ask_btn_link
  • Improve about page
  • Keep dropdown inside window. Also filter dropdown inside window
  • Improved toggle user profile
  • Improved reputation toggle
  • Added option to toggle mention functionality
  • Fix: avatar upload
  • Fix: question suggestion not loading in wp-amdin
  • Detect anspress.php template
  • Fix: Prevent moderate answer to be selected as best
  • Fix: set featured question not working
  • Question widget issue in pagination page
  • Added attachment in answers
  • Show lists of attachments in questions
  • History shows answer author selected best author instead of selector
  • Added post action link to convert a question into a post
  • Hide notification for trashed items
  • Delete notifications after deleting activity
  • Fix user widget issue with page pagination
  • Added restore post action link.
  • Improved post history when answer or comments get deleted.
  • Fix: Activity not deleted after deleting parent post
  • Improved search form
  • Fix: Mark notification as read not working
  • Fixed: notification pagination
  • Fixed comment edit
  • Load comments using JS templates
  • Added filter to disable question suggestion while asking.
  • FIX: Comment is not removed from DOM after delete
  • Deleted question does not return 404
  • Fix: Subscribe Widget fatal error
  • Made ap_get_questions overridable.
  • Search page show wrong message if no results
  • Fix: wrong message when there is no question or answer in user profile
  • Delete lock for comment is not working
  • Add sortby args in AnsPress shortcode
  • Fix: Wrong comment count in user profile
  • Added ap_no_moderation cap
  • Add anonymous post for moderation
  • Clear existing form error before submitting form
  • Check for duplicate posts
  • FIXED: get_currentuserinfo is deprecated since version 4.5!
  • Added mention suggestion
  • Improved uninstaller
  • Do not hold for moderation if moderator
  • Improved permanent_delete_post ajax callback
  • Improved delete_post ajax callback
  • Fixed: question is getting closed after selecting answer if option is enabled.
  • Improved select_best_answer ajax callback.
  • Improved flag ajax callbacks
  • Improved vote ajax callback
  • Improved subscribe button
  • Converted methods to static and moved to hooks.php
  • Removed load_user_field_form ajax callback
  • Improved post status update
  • Load notification and profile menu dropdown using ajax
  • Fixed license saving issue
  • Added search-form.php and improved list-head.php
  • Load AnsPress assets in menu editor
  • Improved filters
  • Improved sort filter
  • Improved list filter
  • Improved base page shortcode
  • Fixed: Activation redirect warning
  • Moved all add_action and add_filter to hooks.php
  • Improved question and answer form.
  • Load TinyMCE using ajax.
  • Check if required PHP version is installed.
  • Fix: Remove hyperlink from post time
  • Fix: User can answer even after selecting best answer
  • Improved answer form processing
  • Load question actions using JS template and improved dropdown
  • Improved JS template and hover card
  • Added simple JS template (like angular.js) parser
  • Improved hover card
  • Improved tip and hover card
  • Improved admin assets loading
  • Fixed wrong method name comment_unapproved in add_action
  • Added test for ap_user_can_approve_comment
  • Added comment approve button
  • Improved comment form for answer
  • Improvd display_name filter
  • Improved comment and hover card
  • Function added install test
  • Fixed role bugs and added role unit tests
  • Improved ask form
  • Fixed ap_user_can_read_post()
  • Improving comment template
  • Improved comment subscription
  • Added subs_answer_id column in subscribers table
  • Fix: Hide comment form before loading new
  • Fixed: do not allow user to change status if post status is moderate or closed.
  • Improved comments form and submission
  • language fix
  • Fix human_time_diff strings translatable
  • Fixed shortcode not to show “AnsPress shortcode cannot be used inside AnsPress content”
  • Updated registering option functions and hooks
  • Fixed PHP warnings and improved option save action


  • Fixed AnsPress menu not appearing in menu editor.


  • Do not allow using [anspress] shortcode inside [anspress]
  • Do not pass $this to class AnsPress_Common_Pages
  • Added filter ap_future_post_notice
  • Merged question and answer options.
  • Added option to show default date format.
  • Add translation support in ap_human_time()
  • Added future post
  • Added comment count in user profile
  • Fixed activation error
  • Added image uploader in test
  • Load AnsPress in plugin_loaded hook
  • Added before_loading_anspress action
  • Add “have-comments” class when load comment form
  • Fixed: overrides.css loading order
  • Updated test
  • Fix: GMT offset in activity time
  • Improved: activities hook and activity time stamp
  • Added option to keep stop words in slug
  • Added filter: ap_active_user_page
  • Improved: status change permission
  • Improved: User can delete capability check
  • Improved: ap_user_can_edit_question function
  • Fixed: bugs reported by CI
  • Moved classes to class folder


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