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bbPress is forum software, made the WordPress way.

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By , for WP 4.5.3

This plugin has to many issues. The permalinks are not working correctly. I have to figure out each bug that is happening. At the moment the bug I am working on is getting the sidebar to actually show up. I never had a plugin that given me so much trouble they are usually minors issues.

Learn a bit about customerfriendly instructions please
By , for WP 4.4.2

Just installed bbpress because I read about placing a forum in a widget. But let me tell you this: your plugin is really NOT customerfriendly, just one of thos so many plugins loved by the nerdies and hated by normal users. No single instruction about how to get a discussion forum into a widget. May I direct you to plugin Custom Facebook Feed? They really know how to communicate!

8 yrs & Still doesn't work? Incredible. Forums gone now
By , for WP 4.4.1

It's so incredible that most of these plugins don't work. Hope they don't build cars.

Amazing. Forums, Topics, and Replies are gone from Admin Dashboard area. Error msgs when customers click on the Forums now.

May not work if you have custom post types.
By , for WP 4.3.1

I have custom post types enabled, and instead of getting the forum front page, I get the archives page for my custom post type. I tried fixing it by renaming all of the archives related files in my theme, hoping it was just a theme conflict, but that didn't work. The only way I have found to fix this is to remove my custom post type, which I can't do without breaking my whole site. I was counting on this plugin to work since it has like 300,000 installs. I guess I was wrong. I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.

Notifications do not work
By ,

bbpress notifications and emails do not work. When you go to support they refer you to a third party and do not support. Not worth downloading this plugin. despite various users requesting help no answer has been given as yet.

Awful...too many plugins needed to make bbPress work
By , for WP 4.2.2

There are way too many plugin that you need to use in order to make this plugin work right. If you want a forum, your best bet is just to use a forum like "phpBB" and attach it onto the WordPress Menu as a "Custom Links" Item. There are just way too many things that can't be done without purchasing 10 different plugins to make bbPress work.

It has no private inbox option, you can't show forums to non logged in users is you want them to be private. Ummm, I can't get permissions to work correctly without plugins... Really Don't waste your time.

I can't even post my problems and ask for answers on there Support Forum ... I get "ERROR: Your topic cannot be created at this time." or no one answers me.

Don't do it ... You will waste a lot of time like I have.

Lack of flexibilities and not 100% cleaned after uninstallation
By , for WP 4.2.2

Comparing to other forum scripts, 90% of the features are missing in this forum plugin. (even forum sections feature isn't available too)

Also, the default theme is blood-vomiting. I could understand this, so I went to search for some "standard" designs.

  • bbPress itself doesn't seem to offer free themes
  • No "standard" designs are available for free unofficially
  • No premium designs are stand-alone to forum only

Total waste of my time, despite a positive thought to give it a try.

Would not use BBPress unless I was a developer
By , for WP 4.2.1

BBPress does not integrate as stated. I tried it for the first time with the twenty fifteen theme, which is said to integrate seamlessly. News flash: lots of seams. Either BBPress is not compatible with the themes stated. Or the twenty fifteen theme does not work as stated. Something is broken.

It is not unreasonable to expect a thing to work as described. BBPress is great for people who have time to play and tinker and love to fix things that don't work. Or maybe it's just that the themes are not yet compatible. Either way, very misleading information. And all paid WordPress support has to say about it is, "I'll be glad to connect you with our design team". Haha! Not.

If you have other choices, don't use this one
By , for WP 4.1.2

I usd to have my forum in another non-wordpress related platform, all was well. However, since using WordPress for my site, which is very good, I have to migrate to a WordPress supported forum and the only option at that time was bbPress ( it was about a year ago ). Some other that promised integration are not exactly doing the job and a lot of the more modern platforms simply could not import the existing forums. We have been struggling with the extremely limited capabilities of bbPress and rigidity of its structure. Worse is that some of the topics in the forum fail to be linked in its own bbpress search results. It also conflicts with other plugins easily. Styling this plugin well is extremely not easy. You'd notice that all bbPress forums look almost the same as its own, with only minor touches.

Participation dropped dramatically since the migration.

We absolutely hate this plugin. It feels like a technology from a decade ago and is absolutely out of touch. Stay away from it if you want to really grow your community, and especially if you are beginning.

Does Not Uninstall Cleanly, Seems Intentionally Difficult to Remove User Roles
By , for WP 4.1.1

I like to give plugin authors the benefit of the doubt and a chance to give some input before I leave a bad review, but I cannot do that this time. Installing BBpress messed up the layout of our site, but I understand that how the installation goes down will be different for every site. I don't fault them for this at all. It just basically didn't work out for us so we uninstalled it.

What I DO fault BBpress for and do hold them accountable to is leaving lingering user roles after you uninstall them. Some of these roles you can easily remove in the admin sidebar, but other ones like "keymaster" have NO checkbox and you cannot easily remove them.

OK, first, when you uninstall something it should not leave trace elements lying around. That is just lazy. Second, if you cannot bother to remove everything after someone uninstalls your plugin, you should at least make it easy for the user to clean up the mess themselves. Making certain user roles unselectable is the exact opposite of this. For the record, I have never had this issue of a plugin leaving lingering traces of itself in the backend ever (having dealt with well over 100 plugins).

I did some research into the topic and found this forum post where on of the plugin authors say:

The reason [the 'feature' of uninstalling all user roles] doesn’t exist is because the audience for this is relatively small compared to users asking for other things. Right now, I see 3 people that need this. That’s not saying it’s trivial, but it’s non-urgent.

Mind you, as of posting this, that was 1 year and 7 months ago. That is to say that in over a year and half of having this problem put in front of their faces that they have done nothing to resolve it. And if you search "how to uninstall bbpress roles" you will find many other posts from frustrated users around the internet that complain of the same exact thing.

Having a clean uninstall is not supposed to be requested FEATURE of your plugin, but a REQUIREMENT. It is irresponsible to leave lingering traces of your plugin around for users to clean up themselves after uninstall, and downright insulting to make these lingering elements difficult to remove after doing so. What's more is that knowing for this flaw in your software for well over a year and half and not resolving it basically shows me as a user that you somehow want to give the middle finger to anyone who dares uninstall BBpress.

Thankfully, someone made a plugin called Delete bbpress roles that lets you install, active, deactive and uninstall it and takes the bbpress roles away along with it. I did this entire process flawlessly within 2 minutes. It is hard for me to believe that a single developer can make such a simple plugin so easily (this is that person's only plugin) while a robust team like BBpress that has multiple developers with multiple plugins cannot make a few simple lines of code to do a clean uninstall--lines of code which should have been there before the plugin was even open to the public.

This is why I have written this review before making a ticket. I also refuse to make an account on your site to ask this as I will most likely just be shuffled around just to have nothing happen like "only 3 users" who notified you of this issue a year and 7 months ago.

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