Building a forum requires more effort, more technical knowledge as compared to simply blogging. But guess what?? WordPress has made that easy too for us, and one can simply convert a wordpress portal into a forum by using either free or premium wordpress forum plugins.
And like every other time I have brought to you a complete (top 5) list of WordPress forum plugins that can help you convert your simple wordpress based site into a community blog or we say a forum.
Best WordPress Forum Plugins
1). bbPressDownload bbPress
bbPress is simply focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed.
You just need to install this plugin and WOOF! your website is now turned up into a forum.
You will see this plugin in most of the articles written about the topic, reason is the support and frequent updates of this plugin.
This plugin is made keeping in mind the detailings of wordpress platform. And is probably the best plugin to use for this purpose.
Additional bbPress Plugins to enhance the functionality of your Forum:
- bbPress Ultimate
- You can add Thread prefixes with bbPress Thread Prefixes
- For Providing limited access in forums: bbPress Access - Limit Forum Access
- Plugin for enabling private messages in forum: bbPress Messages - private messages plugin for bbPress forums
- bbPress Activity Tracker
- bbPress shortcodes for Visual Composer
- Smart bbPress nVerify
2). WP Symposium ProDownload WP Symposium Pro
With the help of this amazing plugin you can create your own social network, activity wall, friends, forums, private mail – and much more in WordPress.
3). CM AnswersDownload CM Answers
This cool plugin enables users to post questions and answers (Q&A) in a stack overflow style, it also Iicludes voting, moderation, notifications, access control and several more features.
4). DW Question & AnswerDownload DW Question & Answers
It is a WordPress plugin which builds a complete Question & Answer system for your WordPress site, similar to Quora or Stackoverflow.
The plugin supports multi-languages, shortcodes, reCAPTCHA, email notification system and so on
5). WP Pro Forum System
This fantabulous plugin allows you to add a clean and user-friendly forum to your website, moreover it has several powerful features to create a professional looking forum/helpdesk with ease and in lesser time than you can think of.
The forum is created to work on the frontend of your website but admins are able to manage all forums, topics, replies, categories and tags from the admin area itself.
In conclusion I would suggest, if you do not have much of technical knowledge use bbPress as you can see there are plenty of additional plugins and enhancing features available with it.
Truly speaking these are some of the best wordpress forum plugins one can use for making a forum on wordpress website.
If you think any other plugin should be included in this list feel free to drop the name and your experience with the plugin below. Do not forget to SHARE
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