Recommended Wordpress plugin for forums?

by 1Goal
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Hi everyone,

What would be your recommendations for adding a forum to a wordpress site via plugin? Which ones do you feel works best and give you the most admin control overall?

Thanks gang!

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  • Profile picture of the author bhmseoservices
    I'd personally never work with anything that wasn't v_bulletin. I don't think that the current wordpress plugins out there are robust enough to handle the potential idea of having a lot of users.

    If you're really stuck on the idea though here,
    WordPress › WP Forum Server « WordPress Plugins
    That's an easy to use plugin with the features of what you should need.
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    • Profile picture of the author oliviacis
      Check this out: makeuseof.com/tag/3-wordpress-forum-plugins/
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    • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
      Originally Posted by bhmseoservices View Post

      I'd personally never work with anything that wasn't v_bulletin. I don't think that the current wordpress plugins out there are robust enough to handle the potential idea of having a lot of users.

      If you're really stuck on the idea though here,
      WordPress › WP Forum Server « WordPress Plugins
      That's an easy to use plugin with the features of what you should need.
      Thanks bhmseoservices! When you say a lot of users, what does that look like number wise you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author WPcrew
    BBpress is the only one I know for this purpose, there are even themes that are having predefined styles for it (let's say little more customized bbpress then default), but I never used it, and tested it with themes. Anyway, it's sure more lightweight solution if you don't need to much options for forums (like you have in vBulletin), you can go with bbpress.

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  • Profile picture of the author onlineblogger2
    BBpress is my favorite.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
    Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mkj
      Simpleress

      Simple Press is an extremely powerful forum. I always found it a bit of an overkill on small sites though. Can be a bit slow at times too though I think they have made it to run a lot faster now.

      If you don't intend to use wordpress for user login purposes then you are unrestricted with regard to what forum you use - as in my case ( see sig below ). I incorporated the minibb forum into my site as it is extremely fast. Not sure I would recommend minibb forum to anyone though as it lacks a lot of addons and extras, support too come to think of it. Oh well each to their own.
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      • Profile picture of the author 1Goal
        Originally Posted by Mkj View Post

        Simpleress

        Simple Press is an extremely powerful forum. I always found it a bit of an overkill on small sites though. Can be a bit slow at times too though I think they have made it to run a lot faster now.

        If you don't intend to use wordpress for user login purposes then you are unrestricted with regard to what forum you use - as in my case ( see sig below ). I incorporated the minibb forum into my site as it is extremely fast. Not sure I would recommend minibb forum to anyone though as it lacks a lot of addons and extras, support too come to think of it. Oh well each to their own.
        Thanks MKJ! I was thinking SimplePress as well. I don't anticipate more than 400-500 people to be on reg. on the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author teguhyuliantos
    I think if you want to build forums, its recommended to use theme that special for forums. You can try some platform, such as v bulleting, PHPB, or other platform as you wish.
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  • Profile picture of the author torrao
    I think you should not use wordpress as a cms when you are thinking of forum, I will recomend v-bulletin script for forums.
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