Building a community to your blog is a powerful solution to have returning visitors, offering more services and help for them. By adding a forum or a questions and answers section to your blog can drastically increase the value of it. There are many notable WordPress forum plugins that you can use which can be integrated into your WP site without difficulty.
Here, I want to show you the top 3 that I think the best ones and one alternative way.
This forum script has been developed by WordPress and can be used for a standalone site, but it can be integrated with WordPress, as well. It comes with exceptional flexibility and other plugins can be used to add more functions. The usage of it is highly similar to WordPress. What I like about it is that it allows anonymous posting with captcha protection and that it is compatible with other plugins. Personally, I use this forum plugin on my blogs.
Advantages of BBpress
- Fast and light.
- Very easy usage and installation.
- Many ways for customization.
- Usage of plugins, short codes etc.
- Spam protection.
- Strong support.
This is another solution to add a discussion board to your WordPress blog. Though, it is a light and easy to use WordPress forum software it comes with a lot of features both for the users and the site owners. Overall, it supports all the things that are known from other forum scripts. It also supports using plugins.
What I like
- Create a corresponding Forum post with your blog posts
- User Signatures
- Special forum sitemap
- Monetization features.
- Medias can be easily added to posts.
- User groups and levels
- Private massages support
- Email notifications on replies to topics
This forum plugin is said to be one of the best as it offers a lot of features, easy to use, secure and customizable, plus it also comes with plugins that can be used. If you want to build a let’s say more featured rich, more complex forum to your WordPress site you should go with this.
Though, this is not a typical forum solution, I think it is worth to check since it comes with many possibilities to build your community. After setting it up, you will have an embed code to it to your blog. Check the official video below.
Do you know another WP forum plugin or other community building solutions that should be mentioned here? Please, share with us.