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WordPress Forums Relaunched At WP Mods

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I am pleased to announce that the WordPress forums have returned to WP Mods. When WP Mods initially launched in early 2010 we integrated the stand alone version of bbPress into the site. I was keen to use bbPress as it was created by WordPress developers Automattic and was one of the few forum scripts that integrated well with WordPress.

I was never truly happy with it though. The script is far too basic and lacks many community features that I believe are essential. I decided to remove the forums from WP Mods earlier this year due to these reasons and due to a problem the forum had with spam (I had to manually delete spam every week!). Since that time I have been on the lookout for the right forum solution for WP Mods.

The script I finally chose was xenForo; a modern forum script from the original developers of vBulletin that is fast, feature rich and social media friendly. I integrated the forum here at the weekend and last night emailed newsletter subscribers with the opportunity of signing up before it was officially launched. I was originally planning on changing the design a bit more and adding additional functionality before launching, though I would prefer the forum to grow organically and react to requests from members.

This week I will explain my reasons for choosing this script and why I decided against using the bbPress plugin :)

The WordPress forums will be a place :

  • To get help with modifying your website; whether it be changing your design or integrating a new feature into your site.
  • For WordPress users to hang out and discuss WordPress related topics with like minded bloggers and webmasters.
  • To discuss the latest WordPress themes and plugins.

I encourage you all to drop by the discussion forums and introduce yourselves. Registration only takes a few seconds and you can login using your Facebook account to save time.

See you there :)

Kevin

Link: WordPress Forums

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Comments (6)

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

I’ve simply copied over the HTML/CSS styling from my main blog so that it is duplicated on the forums.

Comment by Amandeep Singh says:

Thanks for your reply… What I wanted to ask is.. you have installed it at /forums and the header and footer is the same as your blog.. so how can I install the same way.. can you please help?

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

Well to be fair, I don’t think the price is that bad to be honest. Certainly compared to the prices the new guys at vBulletin are charging :)

I’m sure I read a post from you a long time ago explaining why you weren’t using bbPress at the time (too basic etc) – for me that was a big problem, though lack of support and documentation were also big issues. I’ll try and expand on my reasons in an article today.

If you have any questions about the script I’m using, please let me know and I’ll do my best to address them. They have good importers for those who are using vBulletin so you could change your forum quite easily.

Comment by Jeffro says:

So that’s what the former members of the Vbulletin team have been up to. The one thing they carried over was the big price tag for the script. I’m interested in reading why you decided to go against using the recently released bbPress plugin.

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

Yeah the script is awesome. It is completely separate from WordPress and is not connected in any way -i.e. no WordPress bridge connecting the databases.

Comment by Amandeep Singh says:

Hey Kevin,

Great work with the forums.. the script looks awesome. Can you please let me know how have you integrated it within WP? Is there a wordpress plugin for this?

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