bbPress is forum software, made the WordPress way.
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.
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.
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.
Нет возможности настроить вид форума никак. То, что он ставит по своему разумению, встраиваясь в тему - ужасно. И по цветам и по вёрстке. Слова, названия, пункты - всё расползается непонятно куда. Какие-то непонятные указатели пунктов списка, висящие посреди пустого места... херотень какая-то...
No possibility to style forum as you wish.
I downloaded install and did everything needed to get this working and after all that I seen that users can not view the replies made in the forums I then checked the bbpress support forums and see im not the only one with this problems and from what I seen the problem goes back over 2 years with out 1 member of bbpress given a resolve to this problem I would recommend anyone looking to use this plugin to look else where do to the fact that if a problem goes unresolved for over 2 years then the people that created it doesn't seem to care about how good the product works
I was all excited, installed the plugin. I created two forums, one was restricted to Bronze level and another to silver level. Then I created a welcome topic in on of the forums. I can see it was created and I can see the content in the Topics when go to it from Topics in the dashboard. But I cannot see the topic's content on my website. Created a second topic, still can't see the contents on my website. I am logged in as admin. So not sure what the heck is going on...
The topics have no restrictions but the forums are restricted to membership levels.
I can only see the tag and the creation details of the post. Where is the body of the topic?
I'd be happy to change my rating if I am screwing things up..
bbPress is produced by a group of well meaning and capable volunteers with little to none financial resources.
Don't be fooled by its alleged link to WordPress it provides no protection against bbPress' dire failings.
bbPress plugins are not updated regularly and frequently fail or worse do damage to your site. They make it difficult to take your data with you if you wish to leave.
If you have serious critical issues as I have had several times don't expect a quick response form the bbPress forums, you may be waiting several days.
In brief, bbPress is a fantastic hobby for those with spare time but if you are serious about your website do yourself a favour and select serious forum software and not this rubbish.
i mean really.. i know you guys have been putting alot of efford into this plugin, but i REALLY think its a waste of time sorry guys.. i have never worked with such a confusing and horrible plugin .. this plugin makes no sense what so ever..
I always have conflict and rols problem with this crap!
bbpress suck, realy suck!!
Installed it as BuddyPress Groups Forum (because BuddyPress no longer has its own and points to BBPress).
I immediately found I could no longer get to the Plugins page - I got "An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums".
Forums tab did not appear on WP dashboard
When I tried to access Groups Forums from BuddyPress I could, for a while, then it stopped working.
Looked for support on BBPress website and found out that other people had the same problem but hadn't got any support, so I ditched it, uninstalled it and the site is now working fine.
Piece of cr@p!
Going back to installing a dedicated MyBB BBS on my server!
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