Integrating bbPress or Forums Into Pre-Existing Site With Premium Theme
Hey everyone! So I have this website… http://www.critterhub.com. I’m trying to figure out a way to integrate a full-width forum right into the site while still maintaining my header and main menu at the top.
I’m really looking for a way to seamlessly integrate the two things, rather than just have the “Forum” link on my homepage take the user to a completely different forum theme that just has my logo on it (like what is on there now).
Is there a way to do this? Maybe with bbPress or something?
Thanks for any help! I REALLY appreciate it!
Actually, what I’m trying to do is just like this very forum we are on right now… keeping my main menu and logo up top while being able to open up a discussion forum below it.
I know you can do it with Simple Press so you can most likely do it with bbpress also. In the dashboard under settings, reading, front page displays I can select as a static page my forum.
Thanks for the reply! Does selecting that mean that my homepage changes to the forum instead of what it shows now? I’m new to wordpress and bought the theme I currently have. My working knowledge of wordpress is pretty limited.
When you choose a static page, you get a choice of pages. Simple Press is set up to intergrate with wp – it adds as a plugin and is one of the static page choices.
bbpress runs by itself. It does not need wp but there are tutorials, etc. on how to integrate it with an existing wp site.
WordPress is pretty complicated . . . well, lets say it has a steep learning curve. Best to read this, http://codex.wordpress.org/New_To_WordPress_-_Where_to_Start along with hundreds of books, tutorials.
Add forum shortcode/s to Page/s http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/bbpress-20-shortcodes
Thanks for the help, kmessinger! Much appreciated.
Thanks, @mercime! The shortcodes allowed me to do a full width page with the forums on it! You’re a life saver.
Ok, so I created a page for the forums here: http://www.critterhub.com/forums-2/
It is full-width now, which is what I was shooting for. But it looks very scattered and such. How could I possibly clean it up so that it looks better? I would like to maybe put the login and stuff on a sidebar to the left, but I don’t see an option to do that.
Any suggestions on how to make the forums look more legit are greatly appreciated.
I really appreciate everyone’s help thus far. It’s a lifesaver!
Your forums are here – http://www.critterhub.com/forums/ and it has two columns, i.e. it has a sidebar. If you want to make that page full-width, assuming your theme has a full-width page, just edit the forums page and change Page Template to full-width and save.
If you delete a page, it goes to Trash. Make sure that you delete the page in Trash, permanently or else the next page you make that’s titled Forums will show up with a number at the end, /forums-2
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