5 Top WordPress Forum Plugins: Install Site Forum in One Click

Looking to add a WordPress forum for your site? It is easy to add a forum to WordPress blog using 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.

Add WordPress Forum

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

Tal.ki ForumsWP-ForumbbPressSimple: PressZingiri
Facebook & Twitter IntegrationYesNoNoNoNo
Email NotificationsYesNoYesYesYes
Embed Media & VideosYesNoWith Add-OnYesYes
Search Engine Optimized URLSYesNoYesYesNo

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 installs in one click. Now available as an install-able 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. 

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

63 comments on “5 Top WordPress Forum Plugins: Install Site Forum in One Click

  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
    https://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

  11. choppedcode says:

    Zingiri Forum is now ccForum, available here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zingiri-forum/. It integrates MyBB pretty seamlessly with WordPress. With the latest release 1.2.0 we added seamless integration between WP and MyBB themes.

  12. HedgeHoncho says:

    Simple-Forum is the way to go. I am installing this to my site soon.

    Thanks for the great list.

  13. Rodger says:

    Very nice list. I am using Simple:Press, my favorite wordpress forum plugin for the futures and customisation. This plugin is powerful and flexible. You can prefer it to PHPBB if you wanna add a forum in your wordpress.

    I recommand it.

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. IMHO says:

    In my honest opinion, I prefer Mingle Forum:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mingle-forum/

  15. free articles says:

    nice listing, as per my knowledge among all these BBPress is quite good but, after reading this post, I’m thinking to try Tal.ki. But on wordpress it is rated 3/5

  16. ImpossibleMe says:

    Planning to go with bbPress, seems like this systems gets most votes.
    Perhaps one thing that stops many is that there is no direct plugin-like activation of this forum and some tweaking required (not for everyone)

  17. DRAGNUCS says:

    Tnx for the top 5. it helped me a lot.

  18. Elliptique says:

    Having looked around, Tal.ki is by far the best solution but the free package is very limited and if you are going to get serious about your forum you need to upgrade to the pro version. Free version has no SEO optimisation :(

  19. Wordpress Plugins says:

    Wow, some great plugins. Never thought that wordpress could be used as a forum

  20. Carl Thomas says:

    Tal.ki Embeddable Forums seems like the best option, with Facebook and Twitter integration. Shame you have to pay for it though;(

  21. Mikko says:

    Just what I was looking for. Very helpful, thanks!

  22. XNetwork says:

    Hello, Thanks for your article. I’ll use Simple Press on my website

  23. oktoberfest forum says:

    You can use Mingle Forum, this is enhanced WP-Forum. ForumServer and tal.ki suck. Why are they best?

  24. Heureux says:

    well great post, it seems your preference goes to tal.ki
    anyone who tried it?

  25. toto says:

    I like simple press. simple and easy to use. thanks for sharing best wordpress forum plugins

  26. Jan says:

    Thank you for the information on forums – advantages and disadvantages of each one – and the links. Revewing the above forums – and it has saved alot of time researching!

  27. The Dan says:

    I’ve found WP Forum Server to offer horrible support. If you bring an issue to the table that the Admins can’t answer, they ignore it or say you’re doing it wrong. I’ve been developing WP sites for years now, with over 100 WP sites under my belt. In short, I know how the software works and there are clearly issues with the plugin.

    I know free, is free, but most Developers want their products to work well for everyone, especially since they have/had plans to release a PRO version.

    I’m going to check out Tal.ki forums, looks great, and the monthly subscription fee is practically free – if you’re using it for business purposes, the “investment” is totally worth it

  28. sidooz says:

    thanks for the list. but you did’nt mention bbpress.

  29. sidooz says:

    thanks for the list but i wonder why bb press (developed by wordpress) is not used by many.

  30. Parvinder says:

    I think the simple press wordpress forum plugin is best and most used plugin to run a forum for your wordpress blog. It is used by some of the top forums on the internet like digitalpoint.

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