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bbPress

Description

Are you looking for a timeless, elegant, and streamlined discussion board? bbPress is easy to integrate, easy to use, and is built to scale with your growing community.

bbPress is intentionally simple yet infinitely powerful forum software, built by contributors to WordPress.

Screenshots

  • Forums - Admin Interface
  • Topics - Admin Interface
  • Replies - Admin Interface
  • Settings - Admin Interface
  • Settings 2 - Admin Interface
  • Themes - Admin Interface
  • Single Forum - Default Theme

Installation

From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘bbPress’
  3. Activate bbPress from your Plugins page. (You will be greeted with a Welcome page.)

From WordPress.org

  1. Download bbPress.
  2. Upload the ‘bbpress’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate bbPress from your Plugins page. (You will be greeted with a Welcome page.)

Once Activated

  1. Visit ‘Forums > Add New’ and create some forums. (You can always delete these later.)
  2. If you have pretty permalinks enabled, visit example.com/forums/, or if you do not have pretty permalinks enabled, visit example.com?post_type=forum
  3. Visit ‘Settings > Forums’ and configure the settings to best match the needs of your community.
  4. Visit ‘Tools > Forums > Import Forums’ if you have an existing forum to convert to bbPress.

Once Configured

  • bbPress comes with a robust theme-compatibility API that does its best to make bbPress look and feel right with just-about any WordPress theme. You may need to adjust some styling on your own to make everything look pristine.
  • You may want to customise the register/activation/sign-in/lost-password flows, to better suit your site. bbPress comes with a bevy of shortcodes to make this possible, listed here: https://codex.bbpress.org/shortcodes/
  • bbPress also comes with built-in support for Akismet and BuddyPress, two very popular and very powerful WordPress plugins. If you’re using either, visit your Forum Settings page and ensure that integration appears correct.

Reviews

April 19, 2023
bbpress is very old fashioned and a bit cumbersome and buggy. The search does not work with the latest wordpress version, you always end up on an archive page with wrong display. The error is not caused by the theme or another plugin, have tried many things. With some themes only a blank page comes up.Also the url structure is not really nice (/forums/forum/..). bbPress urgently needs an overhaul! I spent 2 days with bbPress, before I finally switched to another plugin, because it was not possible to get bbPress to run without errors. There are better free forums for wordpress that look much more modern (Asharos forum worked right away, without problems).
February 14, 2023
Hello everyone, our provider made a php update from v7.4 to v8.1 (because EOL for php v7.4) the days and after this our homepage wasn't reachable with the error message in the topic. Via FTP i deactivated all installed plugins until the error came back and i found out, that this error comes from bbPress. We have installed: php v8.1 WordPress v6.1.1 bbPress v2.6.9 bbp style pack v5.3.5 bbPress Toolkit v1.0.12 theme Origamiez v1.3.5 If you need further information please let me know. Regards Filout
January 23, 2023
I really wanted to like this plugin, I really did. I mean, it's by the guys that made WordPress. So, what could possibly go wrong? Well, let's start with the layout. While I do appreciate simple and clean designs, it can get TOO simple. The forum page looks like a Typo3 layout from the nineties. Now to the more annoying part: There is no registration or lost password form on the login page. Seriously? So, I added both pages and activated the sidebar just for the bbpress widget! This gives me an acceptable registration page. But wait! If I fill in the wrong credentials (or simply nothing), I'll get redirected to the WordPress login page. WHAT? I know that I can install a plugin for this feature. But I simple don't want an additional plugin for such a basic thing.
December 15, 2022
Very primitive. No documentation. For example, there is a search box but no way to put a label on it. I tried to add a topic to a forum but there was no submit button. Basically, it has not been updated in a year and it shows.
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Contributors & Developers

“bbPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“bbPress” has been translated into 54 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

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