Simple:Press – WordPress Forum Plugin


Simple:Press was the version first full-featured Forum Plugin for WordPress and has been in use by thousands of sites for many years. Created in 2006, just three years after WordPress itself was created, it is the most versatile and feature-rich forum plugin for WordPress.

Recently available on, it is easy to get started but filled with advanced features when you need them.

And, if that’s not enough, there are more than 60 premium add-ons available on the Simple-Press site!

What does it do?

Check out the user-friendly features of this awesome plugin:


  • Unlimited Forums
  • Forum Groups
  • Sub-forums to any level
  • Private and public forums
  • Custom icons for each forum
  • Lock forums
  • Pin forums
  • Always-on forum messages

User Management and Features

  • Powerful user group and permission system
  • Restrict user access to wp-admin
  • Custom avatars

Post Management

  • Unread post handling


  • Comprehensive administration options and settings
  • Merge forums
  • Flood control


  • Fully integrated with WordPress registrations and logins
  • Supports standard and multi-site versions of WordPress
  • Complete uninstall/removal option

Ranking and Gamification

  • Specify ranks based on the number of posts
  • Upgrade user group membership as users progress through their ranks
  • Assign special ranks to individual users that override the standard ranks
  • Assign custom badges to each rank


  • Customizable forum slug
  • Featured forum images used by the Open Graph meta tag
  • Multiple options for the browser display and title

Login and Registration

  • Use the standard WP login and registration screens
  • Use alternate custom login and registration screens (such as those from membership and ecommerce plugins)
  • Specify custom redirect pages after login and registration


  • Fully theme and template driven
  • Choose from a selection of free and premium themes
  • Custom CSS overrides

General and Misc

  • Extensive help
  • Help text on every admin element
  • Smileys and custom smiley files
  • Global custom messages for certain events

Premium Extensions

Check out our extensions in our store at


  • Private messaging system
  • Image, media and file uploader
  • Blog post linking
  • TinyMCE Editor
  • Subscriptions
  • Reputation System
  • Threading
  • Template tags and widgets
  • BuddyPress Integration
  • Share This
  • Search
  • Admin Bar
  • Warnings and Suspensions
  • Custom user profile fields
  • Post preview
  • post ratings
  • Mentions
  • Watches
  • Polls
  • Post by email
  • Tags
  • XML Sitemap
  • MYCred Integration
  • HTML Emails
  • Private posts
  • Achievements Integration
  • Cubepoints Integration
  • BBCode Editor
  • HTML Editor
  • Post Thanks
  • Answers Topics
  • Captcha
  • Topic Status
  • Uploads Viewer
  • Post Ask
  • Search by user
  • Profanity Filter
  • Auto linking
  • Add user Identities
  • Keywords
  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Hide Posters
  • Ban
  • Gravatar Cache
  • Who’s Online
  • Post Anonymously
  • Print topic
  • Membership Subscriber
  • Language and theme selection
  • Report post
  • Font resizer
  • Unanswered Topics
  • Birthdays
  • Rank Information
  • Topic Description
  • Topic Expired
  • Topic Redirect
  • Topic ID Permalinks*
  • Policy Documents
  • Slack Integration
  • Post in multiple forums
  • Remove spam registrations
  • Event logger
  • Featured Topics and Posts
  • Maintenance Moderated
  • Profile Display Control
  • Prune Database
  • Moderation Email
  • Timezone on Registration

Premium Bundles
Purchase one of our bundles to get premium support directly from us
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Simple:Press was built to be compatible with most themes, both free and commercial.


Simple:Press is available in a variety of languages and volunteers and customers are always adding more! Portions of the plugin have been translated into 20+ languages by our users and volunteers. These include German, Portuguese(BR), Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and more!
View our translation site


Our core developers are:

  • Andy Staines
  • Steve Klasen


  • Main front-end screen using our REBOOT theme
  • Main admin screen
  • Dashboard with premium statistics module


Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‘Simple Press’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Download from this page
  2. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  3. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
  4. Select from your computer
  5. Click ‘Install Now’
  6. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Download from this page
  2. Extract the simple-press directory to your computer
  3. Upload the simple-press directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard


Whatever the method you used, after you activated the plugin through the plugins dashboard, you now need to run through a set-up process. This creates the tables and default data that the plugin requires.
You can access this setup process by either clicking the INSTALL button that should be visible at the top of the admin pages or by going to FORUM->INSTALL.

At the conclusion of a successful install, a button will be displayed to load the forum admin and clicking on this will take you to the Storage Locations panel. All being well, all locations will be ticked as created and available but if this is not the case follow the instructions to manually create folders if necessary.

= Getting Started=
Now that you have installed your forums read our getting started pages.


I’ve installed the plugin – now what?

Now that you have installed your forums read our getting started pages.

I don’t receive e-mail notifications

There are several factors that can influence e-mail notifications delivery. The best thing you can do to diagnose email delivery issues is to install a plugin that shows you an email log. We recommend MAILGUN or SMTP POST. The logs will let you know if emails are being generated and not delivered or just not being generated at all.


They killed Simple Press

How to kill a product? Buy a good working product or service and try to squeeze it completely dry by asking money for every little piece. That's what happened to Simple Press. Even all the addons and themes I bought before won't work on the new update. You should stay away from this company. They are here only for your money.
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Contributors & Developers

“Simple:Press – WordPress Forum Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



***Warning: Updating from 5.x to 6.x should be done manually! See this document for details****


* 5993: Locked forums/topics were allowing user to post despite being locked


* GDPR Enhancement – allow option to annoymize posts or delete posts

* Current user re-assignment to Guest status does not remove IP address from posts
* Delete User from WP admin screen – SP radio buttons malformed
* Incorrect function being called when filtering PRE tags.
* Handle simplepress and simple-press in CSS selector for nav menu icons
* General and Miscellaneous Cleanups


* Issue with installation into a folder with a name other than simple-press
* Issue with new installations and the sample data that is installed


* First version released on