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bbPress is forum software, made the WordPress way.

Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
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just the basics,otherwise plugins and hours in configuration
By , for WP 4.3

if you just want a basic forum functionality, then bbpress is OK.
it's lightweight and simple.

but when people start calling it a "forum" one immediately compares it to dedicated "forum" scripts. and that's when things become less shiny

you need a few other plugins for common things like private messaging and user avatar (that's when buddypress comes in to the rescue), role management, media attachment, notifications or social login.
And each one has a learning curve, and sometimes don't play along with each other.

so the "modular" feature actually becomes "a lot of hours trying to get things right"

but where it stays only in three stars (or maybe less) is when it comes to management functions.
Simple things like bulk moving topics or creating default "catchall" forum don't exist and require some extensive knowledge of hooks and actions - and lot's of hours trying to get the code right.
support is not responsive, there are a lot of unanswered questions and sometimes takes ages to get a reply.
I know everybody is a volunteer, but actually support is scarse

bottom line:
if you just need the basics or are willing to spend time configuring, tuning and coding, then bbpress is quite OK.
if you need some additional features or are not a geek in WP API (no pun intended), maybe you'll be better off with another solution

it's ok
By ,

thank you it is working ok but quite slow

Comments are disabled
By , for WP 4.1

After I click on the name of the forum e.g. Politics it shows the topic then under that you can create a new topic. At the bottom of that it says ( Comments are disabled ). Comments are not disabled. I check by logging out and posting using a different name than my admin user name and had no problem commenting. My website is:

By , for WP 3.9.2

sencillo y rápido

Perfect for simple forums
By , for WP 3.9.1

This is great solution for simple forums for WordPress lovers, but it gets tricky when your forum grow, you end up doing a lots of customization installing other add-on plugins, this plug needs more work.

By , for WP 3.9.1

Very fast loading

comments are closed
By , for WP 3.8.1

comments are closed is still comming up? How to handle?

By , for WP 3.8

Purely from the Admin POV it seems that you can't have users registering to post UNLESS you change your WP settings and also force users who want to comment to register, AND that you can't hold forum posts in moderation, they go live on the site (spam / offensive comments problem).
I'm sure there are plugins but plugins come and go and I don't want to rely on them for what should be core features.
I didn't bother exploring any further.

Needs A LOT of Work
By , for WP 3.7.1

We shouldn't have to download third party plugins in order to add attachments, new topic moderation and I feel the layout needs a complete overhaul.

Broken links
By , for WP 3.6.1

This latest version of bbpress created for broken links on my site, so that the links are correct.

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