5 Best forum plugins for wordPress


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

group forum wordpress plugin

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

forum plugins for  wordPress

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

sabaidiscuss

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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  1. Arbaz Khan says:

    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.

  2. Mac tom says:

    thank you….nice one……it’s very very useful for any wordpress developer.

  3. Lawrence says:

    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

    • rakesh says:

      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.

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