5 Top WordPress Forum Plugins

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