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5 Best forum plugins for wordPress

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if you are in online business and have a website based on wordpress, then i am sure sooner or later you will have to find out the way how to solve users queries about your products and how to educate, give them a platform where they can place their queries.

Though there are a lots of forum software are already available in the market but integration of these software with wordpress is a little bit tricky, so wordpress community had come with some innovative ideas to fought with this problem.

Selection of a suitable plugin is always a tedious job, so to solve your this problem, we have come up with some most sophisticated yet simple to install and use wordpress plugins for forum.

This list of wp plugin for forums is not in any order, so you are requested to go through one by one

1.  Group Forum

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Groups Forums provides a powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites. Based on the free WordPress plugin Groups, unlimited forums can be maintained, where every user or only members of a group are able to post and reply to topics in a forum, while forums are still visible to the public [1].

Features

  • Front End and Back End topic submission
  • Topic Moderators
  • Sticky topics
  • Subscribe to topics with the option to leave a reply or not
  • Customizable comment notifications with Groups Notifications
  • Pending/published topic notifications for site admin, moderators and authors.
  • Support for theme templates with theme-neutral default templates provided for topics and forums
  • Widgets included : Forums, Topics, Topic Tags, Topic Search
  • Shortcodes included : list forums, let users submit and edit topics on the Front End, show user’s topics, topic tag clouds and topic search form
  • More information is available in the online Documentation

2.  bbPress

bbpress is simple, plan and  on top of it developed by the developers of wordpress itself,so it connects with your existing wordpress site very well. It is easy to install, administer, fast and clean.  It has some powerful feature and highly customizable but its skins work differently.

so if you have little bit of programming hands in you, then in my opinion try this wordpress plugin for forum.

3.WP Forum Server

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They call this forum plugin – complete forum solution for your wordpress blog.  Forum Server is a plugin for WordPress that is a more advanced and up-to-date plugin of the original WP-Forum plugin.

It will integrate with your WordPress Users database table so that users who are registered with your blog will also be registered with the forum. The plugin is a little bit more complex to use than bbPress, but you will find a few different characteristics of this forum that you might like and choose over bbPress.

4.  Simple : Press – WordPress plugin for forum

This is the most advanced forum plugin for wordpress, if you have already tried phpbb, vbulletin, IPB or simple machine forum software and now you want to integrate the data collected, with your current wordpress site.

Simple:Press is a feature rich forum plugin for WordPress. It fully integrates into your WP based site utilizing the same user records and database and displaying on a single WP page. It is fully customizable and comes with a number of skins and sets of icons to get you started.

Current users have shown it to be fully scalable whether your site membership numbers the tens or the thousands.Through it’s powerful and flexible permissions system it is suitable for those who wish to run private, specialist forums with invited members but is equally able to accommodate open, public forums that allow guest posting.

5.  SabaiDiscuss

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SabaiDiscuss is a premium questions and answers plugin for WordPress. The plugin features the ability for users to ask and answer questions similar to Stack Overflow or Yahoo Answers.

SabaiDiscuss is an ideal tool not only for building a community driven question-and-answer website but also for building a discussion forum, a knowledge base, or even a helpdesk portal for WordPress.

Features

  • Post questions and answers from the frontend
  • Post comments to both questions and answers
  • Post and edit comments inline
  • Tag questions with auto-suggest
  • Hiearchical categories
  • File attachments to questions and answers
  • Vote for questions/answers/comments both up and down
  • Close/reopen questions
  • Featured questions
  • Flagging questions/answers/comments with automatic spam moderation
  • Favorite questions and answers
  • Accept answers
  • User profile pages
  • User reputation system
  • Custom fields with visual form editor (13 field types: Choice, Date, HTML, Markdown Text, Number, ON/OFF, Paragraph Text, Single Line Text, CAPTCHA, User, Section Break, File Upload, Image Upload)
  • Role/Reputation based permission system with over 40 permissions to configure
  • Restrict access to members of selected roles
  • Allow guest users to post questions/answers as well as accepting answers posted to their questions
  • Install multiple instances of SabaiDiscuss (by just copying 1 file and a few clicks!)
  • PHP Markdown editor for posting questions/answers and editng tag descriptions with live preview
  • Filters user HTML using HTMLPurifier for additional security
  • Code syntax highlighting using Google Prettify
  • Search questions and answers
  • 9 WordPress widgets included
  • Template files your theme can override to customize display
  • 10 email notification templates
  • Works with any theme
  • Appropriate use of Ajax to improve page responsiveness
  • Fully translatable
  • RTL language support
  • Automatic updater (no FTP required to update the plugin)
  • Integration with the Cubepoints plugin

These are some of the best plugins for wordpress forums, if you have come through any other one which is equally simple to use but powerful. Kindly let us know.

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20 thoughts on “5 Best forum plugins for wordPress”

  1. Splendid top of the game list for Forum creation
    But my concern here now is this going to make the forum stand out from my site or they are going to be one
    Tnanks

    1. Forums are meant to establish a one to one relationship with the readers like we do in comments but most of the time they are used to give support, if you are running a website a have something that needs constant support then it is now a days must and most of the time website are built with wordpress thus listed best plugins for wordpress because users wants to integrate their website with forums not want to make them stand out of their website.

  2. Great list Rakesh.
    I have only heard about BB Press plugin to create a forum. Also WishList does something similar if I am not wrong.

    1. BuddyPress is a plugin to make social networking sites. Thus avoided this plugin. Am i right Hemant?

  3. Well for my services and clients I basically use BB Press plugin, i dont know if its simple than others, but it lets me complete my job – “effectively”

    But thanks rakesh for telling me there are plugins other than that…

    1. The main problem with phpBB is there is no such idea to share users between these two great software thus force users to create two different IDs on these two sites. Another issue with , most of the time user have to fight is -Design. If you are not a designer then to integrate your existing design you have to redesign another platform template otherwise both of them looks like – ODD man OUT. Am i right raghav? Keep in touch

    2. Yup, I agree with you.. but at the same time its easy to use…

      I don’t really care if I have to work for design, may a little bit wont confuse me, but for a lot of other things BB is simple to manage

  4. Hello Rakesh, you’ve provided some great forum plugins for WordPress. I was planning to install a forum plugin to keep up with all queries of my consumers and so far studying around for best plugins. Though this post helped me enrich my mind regarding this topic significantly. Thanks.

  5. Plugins for forums ?? Really i was not aware of these forums plugins earlier , bit after reading your post now i cam to know . Thanks for increasing my knowledge :)

    1. You are most welcome, these are required, its a matter of time when you search this type of information on the net. Keep in touch Jones.

  6. Hey Rakesh, amazing plug-ins dude……….. as the most recent pattern is participating the boards. And these plug-ins would be very useful to all the entrepreneurs fascinated.

    1. and i knew that now a days every new bloggers want to be an entrepreneur . Am i right ? Keep in touch Bhupender

  7. Hi Rakesh,
    It is pretty cool that bloggers like you are sharing this with all the blogger community.
    Well, Thanks a lot for your words and sharing your knowledge.
    After all, Sharing is Caring.
    Thanks once again.

    1. You are most welcome Gautam, I am really happy to know that i could add something to this wordpress community any how. Keep in touch

  8. Hey Rakesh, awesome plugins dude……….. as the latest trend is attending the forums. And these plugins would be very useful to all the business people interested.

    1. The same was my feeling when was writing this article for wordpress plugins for forums. Keep in touch Rajkumar

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