Website Toolbox Forum

Description

Your WordPress forum doesn’t need to be basic. Website Toolbox is a cloud-based forum plugin that allows you to easily add a powerful, intuitive, and maintenance-free forum to WordPress without slowing it down. No database, servers, or coding required.

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Plugin Features

  • Embedded Forum: The forum is seamlessly embedded into the layout of your WordPress website.

  • Single Sign On: Users are automatically signed in to your forum when they sign in to your WordPress website.

  • Registration Integration: Forum accounts are automatically created for your existing or new WordPress users.

Key Forum Benefits

  • Instant Setup
  • Phone/Chat/Email Support
  • SEO and Mobile Friendly
  • Fully Customizable
  • Public or Private
  • White Label

Key Forum Features

  • Make money using ads or subscription fees
  • Facebook Integration
  • Instant Messaging
  • Chat Room
  • Share files, photos, and videos
  • “Like” posts
  • User reputation
  • Easy theme editor
  • Announce and organize events
  • Create polls
  • Set user permissions
  • Moderate content and users
  • Import or export your data

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Installation

WordPress Admin Panel

  1. Go to “Plugins” -> “Add New” from the left menu in the WordPress Admin Panel.
  2. Search for “Website Toolbox Forum”.
  3. Activate the plugin.
  4. Click on the Settings link under the “Website Toolbox Forum” plugin.
  5. Enter your Website Toolbox account information. Create a Website Toolbox Forum if you don’t already have one.

Please contact Customer Support if you face any difficulties.

Manual Installation

  1. Download the plugin.
  2. Unzip the plugin.
  3. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  5. Click on the Settings link under the “Website Toolbox Forum” plugin.
  6. Enter your Website Toolbox account information. Create a Website Toolbox Forum if you don’t already have one.

FAQ

I don’t allow registration on my WordPress site, can I still use the forum?

Yes. If you don’t have registration enabled on your WordPress site, your users can register an account directly on the forum. If you want users to be able to post without registering, you can simply enable guest posting or you can disable the User Accounts feature entirely so users don’t even see the registration option.

What features are available?

Please take our features tour.

Is this a self-hosted forum?

You install the plugin on your WordPress website, and the forum is hosted by us at Website Toolbox. As your forum grows, you won’t have to worry about buying and maintaining overloaded servers, databases, software, backup solutions, etc. We do all the work, so you can reap all the rewards. You can easily use your current domain name for the forum and customize your forum to match your website layout. Our WordPress plugin also allows you to easily embed the forum into a page of your WordPress website. This makes Website Toolbox completely invisible to your users!

How much does it cost?

Pricing information is available here.

Reviews

September 27, 2021
I love the ethic of bbPress: open source, built the WordPress way, etc. Unfortunately, several limitations of the platform made it difficult for our users. Chief among these was the limited notification options and the inability to continue a conversation by replying by email to the notification email. Website Toolbox is a robust forum solution. It looks very much like the popular, open source Discourse platform--I'm convinced its a fork. However, Website Toolbox offers a hosted, supported solution for website owners who aren't interested in setting up their own forum servers. As noted elsewhere in these reviews and on the plugin page, this is not a free service. However, the support is strong and the product works very well. The feature list on their site is accurate. A few comments from our experience: This will sync your WordPress logins to the forum site, BUT this is a one-way transfer of information. That is, all of your WordPress users will be given a forum account (though you can control which user types receive an account). Users log in to the forum with the same credentials as to the WordPress site, and if the plugin is installed they can log in once for access to both. HOWEVER, users who log in directly to the forum can change their password with Website Toolbox--and then have two passwords, one for the forum and one for the WordPress site. This can be fixed by hiding the Website Toolbox login and using only the WordPress login. If you've created custom user profile fields in WordPress, those will not be synced to the forum.
April 19, 2020
These guys provide very prompt and helpful service to any and all questions you ask of them. They are open and flexible to new suggestions too, I was quite surprised. Better than the communications you get from many developers.
July 28, 2019
Very easy setup and flawless integration with my WP site. I prefer this US $18/month to plugins that will hit performance issues with 25,000 users. I intend to use their great range API's and I have full confidence things will function. Minor ironing bugs were solved within 24 hours either via emails or a overseas calls to my mobile. Team is always available for further more involved discussions regarding extended functionality. Support and commitment is unparalleled (I have 40 years of software experience).
January 16, 2019
This plugin has been great for us. It provides an easy way for us to embed an entire forum into our WordPress resource center website while utilizing SSO so our customers do not have to have yet another account to log into. Also, their support team has been very helpful when we've reached out to them, and the chat functionality is great for when you have quick questions.
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Contributors & Developers

“Website Toolbox Forum” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.8.1

  • Enhancement: Define a ‘WTBPREFIX’ prefix so that if any one need mutiple forum on same website then we just need to add the ‘WTBPREFIX’ value.

1.8.0

  • Fixed issue: Header printed before redirect
  • Fixed issue: No permission message is shown on the log in page if the plugin is enabled after a user is already logged in
  • Generate a new authtoken upon showing the log in page if one doesn’t already exist

1.7.9

  • Fixed issue: User is not able to login via SSO if image yag not printed for the login and forum link is not added in the WordPress menu.

1.7.8

  • Fixed issue: redirection after save settings,not working correctly.
  • Fixed issue: index not defined for setting variables.

1.7.7

  • Added redirection to plugin login page after plugin activation.
  • Added “Settings” link for plugin on plugins page.

1.7.6

  • Fixed a case where SSO could stop working if the forum address isn’t updated.

1.7.5

  • Changed login page layout in plugin settings page.
  • User can login to Website Toolbox by username as well email address from the plugin settings.
  • Fixed issue: SSO is not working for specific roles when multiple roles are assigned and then the initial role is removed.

1.7.4

  • Fixed issue: Integrate profile picture with forum avatar while it’s uploaded from the computer or from the gravatar.
  • Fixed issue: Remove error message from the embed page if SSO not allowed for the specific roles..

1.7.3

  • Select which user roles SSO occurs for
  • Fixed issue: Integrate profile picture with forum avatar if create account on WordPress website admin panel or front end and profile picture already integrated with the provided email.

1.7.2

  • Fixed issue: Integrate profile picture with forum avatar if user login or create account on WordPress website and profile picture already integrated with the email.

1.7.1

  • Fixed issue: User is not able to login via SSO if login via AJAX on the WordPress.

1.7.0

  • Fixed issue: Forum home page open inside embed section first time, after logged-in while embedded a different forum page (Category, topic and post etc)

1.6.9

  • Fixed issue: User redirected to WordPress default login page after logout from WordPress website, in-case of other membership plugin used on the client website.

1.6.7

  • Domain URL will be updated automatically if changed when admin logs in or refresh on dashboard or update settings manually.
  • Namespaces introduced in the plugin.
  • Fixed user sync issue with the same email and username.
  • Alternate query parameter added if forum is embedded on wordpress homepage.
  • Fixed issues with iframe containg multiple-embedded forums for forums which are not functioning on sub-domains.

1.6.6

  • Fixed after logout redirection to previous page upon login.
  • Improved logout process based on forum domain.

1.6.5

  • Fixed backslashes incorrectly being added to other menu links

1.6.4

  • The username and email address will now be updated on the forum upon log in if it is changed in WordPress by third-party WordPress plugins.
  • The user will now properly be sent back to the page they were trying to view on the forum if the WordPress log in page was shown.

1.6.3

  • Fixed SSO case where user navigation link was http but forum now uses https

1.6.2

  • Updated cookies to work with old and new PHP versions

1.6.1

  • Updated to work with the new Chrome SameSite policy

1.6.0

  • Fixed debug mode warnings

1.5.9

  • Fixed debug mode warnings

1.5.8

  • Fixed debug mode warnings

1.5.7

  • Fixed warning appearing in site health dashboard

1.5.6

  • Fixed a case where SSO fails if a custom forum link is clicked

1.5.5

  • Added notices for the admin if the plugin hasn’t been fully setup

1.5.4

  • Fixed SSO during log in

1.5.3

  • Fixed SSO for directly after registration case

1.5.2

  • Passing the full name during SSO

1.5.1

  • Fixed SSO issue with Safari Mojave

1.5

  • Update user information (name, email, avatar) on the forum when it is updated on WordPress

1.4.4

  • Small glitch fixes related to setting cookies and log out redirection

1.4.3

  • Fixed the page the embed code loads when arriving from an email link
  • Fixed SSO case when arriving from a different URL
  • Fixed website page opening within the embed code

1.4.2

  • Bug fixes

1.4.1

  • Only sending API requests if an API key is available

1.4

  • Fixed warning

1.3.9

  • Validating SSO URLs before saving them

1.3.8

  • Fixed chat room SSO authentication token backward compatibility

1.3.7

  • If the forum is already embedded or linked on the site, recognize it and don’t create a new page.
  • Log in with your username and password instead of providing the API key.
  • You can now rename the title of the menu item for the forum.

1.3.6

  • SSO logout now occurs through redirection of the logout link instead of an IMG tag

1.3.5

  • Fixed warnings when used in wordpress debug mode

1.3.4

  • Increased cookie expiration time to fix session expiration glitch

1.3.3

  • Changed the plugin name
  • Changed the location of the Settings link
  • Changed the name of the plugin settings link in the left menu in the admin panel
  • Improved the design of the Embed check box
  • Linked the plugin author to our website

1.3.2

  • SSO now works with custom navigation links pointing to the forum

1.3.1

  • The embedded forum also works with SSL (https) now

1.3.0

  • Now user deletion is synchronized as well
  • Integrates SSO with the chat room if the chat room is enabled.
  • Uses a fallback SSO method for Safari

1.2.4

  • Fixed a glitch which restarted already active sessions.
  • Embed and SSO URLs are now automatically synchronized.

1.2.3

  • If a user logs in on WordPress and that user doesn’t exist on the forum, we now auto-create the account on the forum.
  • Now using the WordPress API functions to show the forum’s settings page.
  • Now checking API key upon submitting the settings page.
  • Increased tested up to version.

1.2.2

  • Fixed additional issues involving SSO logout when a redirect is involved

1.2.1

  • Fixed a glitch involving SSO not working if a redirect is involved
  • Fixed a glitch involving an embedded forum not auto sizing in some cases

1.2.0

  • When embedding the forum into a page, it now automatically resizes according to the height of the forum content so that no scrollbar will appear.
  • Added support for forums using SSL (https).

1.1.0

  • Removed redirection to profile.php upon login.
  • Removed the need to write IMG tags in wordpress files to avoid read/write permissions.