Integrating a bbpress forum into a blog is definitely a means of engaging your readers in discussions about any subject of interest. Your readers or audience can also connect with each other and share ideas about any topic in particular. I doubt so many people know that it is even possible to integrate a full or partial forum into a WordPress blog.
This is just another reason why I prefer WordPress as my blogging platform. So today I want to show you how you can integrate a bbpress forum into your blog. Follow the steps below to install and integrate a bbpress forum into your WordPress blog.
Steps to integrate a bbpress forum into your WordPress blog:
Login to your WordPress Dashboard, Click on Plugins >> Add New
Search for Forum. So many WordPress forum plugins will be listed but my best five includes bbpress, Tal.ku embeddable forums , Mingle forum, Wp2BB and WP-forum. For the purpose of this post I will go with my best WordPress forum plugin – bbpress.
Install and activate the plugin and it will create a forum tab on your Dashboard menu.
Goto pages and create a page and call it Forum or anything you like. Customize it as you want and add the link to your blog menu or if you decide to show it anywhere on your page you can use the bbpress shortcodes. Simply see the shortcodes here. For the case of this example I will use [bbp-topic-index] to display only the latest topics on my forum page. You can also use the shortcodes to display your forum in text widgets or in pages anywhere in your blog.
Next will be to create your forums, go to the newly added Forum tab on your dashboard and click New Forum and add forums. Same goes for topics etc.
If you want users to register, you may have to allow users to register on your blog settings >> General. Under membership tick the “Anyone can register” but choose a “New user Default Role” as Forum Participant under.
Now your forum is completed, visit your forum page and see how it functions. If you have any difficulties, questions or contributions to make to this post, please use the comment box below. I hope you find this post interesting enough to share with your friends. Use the share buttons to share. Remember to Subscribe to NetMediaBlog Feeds by Email so you can be getting more of my posts on your email even when you are offline.