Thank you for your reply.
The issues that I have experienced are related to integrating bbpress. I followed their instructions which generated the widgets/plugins etc.
From my point of view the issue was with wordpress as the plugins etc are in my wordpress dashboard.
Also I originally chose twenty eleven because it does say in that theme information that it is compatible with bbpress. I have since learned through watching an online tutorial about integrating bbpress a few days ago that twenty eleven only works if you import templates from other themes. I decided to switch to twenty ten as it is flagged with the bbpress logo and the forum appears to be aligned to the left hand margin. The link to the video is posted as a sticky in the wordpress forum and after I posted my issues with bbpress and wppress integration.
Just before replying to this forum I received a reply from bbpress. I was advised that there was no need to install bbpress widgets in wordpress. Since the last upgrades it can be done automatically.
At the end of the day I followed the available instructions which are now out of date and useless!
My issues have arisen through following wordpress and bbpress documentation and nothing else. WordPress theme documentation on twenty eleven states that it is bbpress compatible. At the time I installed it the documentation didn't say that you need to import different template widgets to get it to work.
At the time of integrating bbpress it defaulted to my christiansbelieve blog which I didn't think was still in existence. I created that blog with the intention of integrating it into my website I couldn't find a way to do it. the bbpress software selected that blog in preference to my food for thought blog. I wasn't asked what account to link it to or wasn't advised to check that old accounts had been deleted. In hindsight I made the wrong assumption about it being deleted. But then I did generate the integration within my Food for Thought dashboard account.
The christiansbelieve blog wasn't mentioned in my wordpress dashboard either.
A few hours ago I renamed a page for the bbpress forum from food for thought to forum. In doing that I seem to have lost all the topics that I created in bbpress. They don't show when I click on the topic button in the forum section of the dashboard. I'm hoping the video will resolve this.
The forum does show on a page in my blog but it is a very different set up to how it is shown in bbpress. If need be I can sort this out later.
At the end of the day I got into this situation through following out of date documentation and documentation that wasn't accurate. I've received a reply to a post saying that the documentation is out of date and sparse.
I have no knowledge of html code or programming websites. I use a drag and drop web design software program. The last time I did programming was when I did COBOL programming in the mid eighties and microsoft SX chipped computers were the dream to own.
Because of the issues that I have had with bbpress I've installed a vanilla forum into my website. All I had to do with that is cut out 2 lines of code (presumably for the plug in) and paste that into a html insert into my website software. It was very easy to integrate into my website.