5 Top WordPress Forum Plugins

By 28-05-2010   Guest PostsWordPress

Looking to add a forum for WordPress? It is easy to add a forum to WordPress blog using WordPress forum plugins. Well, WordPress (WP) has evolved quite a bit since 2003 and now stands to be more than just a blogging system, it’s a full Content Management Service (CMS).

One technology important to any thriving community is communication between its members.  A forum is a great way to facilitate the many-to-many conversations within a community that a blog cannot address.

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This article compares the popular service offerings available for adding a Forum to your WordPress site.

Tal.ki Forums WP-Forum bbPress Simple: Press Zingiri
Facebook & Twitter Integration Yes No No No No
Email Notifications Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Embed Media & Videos Yes No With Add-On Yes Yes
Search Engine Optimized URLS Yes No Yes Yes No

1. Tal.ki Embeddable Forums

talki forum

The Tal.ki Forum plugin for WP is simple to install and configure as it automatically detects your WordPress theme and styles itself accordingly.  Tal.ki really shines with it’s social network integration, allowing members to publish topics to their Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Tal.ki is unique from the other plugins as the same forum can be embedded onto multiple websites, and not just WordPress.

2. WP Forum Server

wp-forum

The most popular forum plugin, with over 57,000 installs is WP Forum Server.  It  supports different skins and admins have the option to turn guest posting on or off with optional Captcha.  Tight integration with WordPress makes this plugin easy to use and administer.

3. bbPress Bulletin Boards

bbpress forums

bbPress is made by Automattic, the people behind WordPress.  bbPress is separate software from WordPress and requires a bit more experience to set up, but it closely integrates with a WordPress blog and it’s membership. Now available as an installable plugin.

4. Simple:Press

simplepress forum

Simple:Press is a feature rich forum plugin for WordPress. It is fully customizable and comes with a number of skins and icons.  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. Zingiri Forum

zingiri forum

Zingiri is a unique plugin that integrates existing forum software, myBB, into WordPress. Zingiri provides the glue to connect MyBB, an easy to use, powerful, multilingual, feature-packed, and free forum software with WordPress. MyBB also includes a reputation system, multi-quote, and the ability to create custom BBCode (called MyCodes).

Guest author Vinnie Lauria is the co-founder of Lefora Forum hosting and organizes the 5,000 member Silicon Valley New Tech Meetup which has featured hundreds of companies that have built their startup in Silicon Valley. 

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author
 

60 comments on “5 Top WordPress Forum Plugins

  1. ovidiu says:

    tal.ki seemed to be too good to be true, and indeed, it has restricted features if you don’t buy it. You should have mentioned that too :-(

  2. Grants says:

    I just started using Word Press. This tutorial on plugins is very useful to me. Thanks for posting it!

  3. Zazick says:

    Here you can chat, run your own page or blog, upload pictures and video, join thematic groups, and more…

  4. Vinnie says:

    Also, not in that list is WP-Forum Server which is a fork from WP-Forum with a few more options: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/forum-server/

  5. Ashfame says:

    Its all wrong about bbPress in that table. Take a closer look and you will know.

  6. QuickOnlineTips says:

    Free Tal.ki Pro forums giveaway here
    http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2010/06/free-talki-pro-forum-giveaway/

  7. Wordpress Themes says:

    I think Elegant Word press themes, is the place to get your dream themes. I have a pleasant experience of visiting This web site and i found it really exciting.This web site is dedicated to provide you with the latest themes with vivid and exciting color contrasts. Some of the themes that are made available for you are based on the real life objects.

  8. Wordpress Themes says:

    @Safa

    I think Elegant Word press themes, is the place to get your dream themes. I have a pleasant experience of visiting This web site and i found it really exciting.This web site is dedicated to provide you with the latest themes with vivid and exciting color contrasts. Some of the themes that are made available for you are based on the real life objects.

  9. vasthtml says:

    check out the new and updated WP Forum Server, a fork of the outdated WP Forum:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/forum-server/

  10. Shalini Aggarwal says:

    I will try bbpress forum as I find this to be the best

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