As you know that we have also a forum apart from the blog where you and others members can come in touch with each others to solve their queries. There are many members and still growing some of them are beginners and some are having experience.
It is good for the beginners to learn from the expert in the same field they are in. If you are not aware of StayMeOnline forum and didn’t join yet, then must register your self there by clicking this link.
So, basically what is a forum?
In simple words, We can define forum as a place where people from a niche can come and share their queries and questions with others members, and the other members try to solve that.
It is a place on a website or blog to help their visitor or customer to learn about the product and services they are offering. In my case, a Forum is a place where I can help beginners in a more effective way. A place where I can come to know about the issues they are facing on their blog/website. So, I can help them to solve that issues…
Companies sell products and services, they also take help of the forum to help their customers with the issue they face while using their products. It helps companies to provide support and also collect feedback on the product so they can solve the issues and make their products or services better in future.
When you install a plugin on your WordPress site and you might face any issue with that plugin so the developers also have a forum where you can get and let them know about the issues you are facing, they will try to solve that.
In the end, you can say the forum is the easiest and very effective way to provide support to the visitor or customers.
So In this post, You are going to know about the some WordPress Forum plugins for WordPress website. This will be helpful for if you are also planning to start a forum on your blog/website or for your company to support your visitors/customers.
Best WordPress Forum Plugins
WordPress has tons of plugins in its plugin directory which makes easy for us to customize and add new features. WordPress also has many forum plugins which can help you to add a forum to your blog or website.
When we think about starting a forum then this is the first name comes to our mind. Discourse is known as the forum solutions over the internet. Many top bloggers use this as their forum software on their blogs like ShoutMeLoud Forum and HellBoundBloggers Forum.
You can take a demo of any from above two forums to get a clear idea about the discourse forum layout and design. Or you can take demo here…
Here are the features of Discourse Forum which make it best forum solution:
- Single sign-on
- Trust system
- Community moderation
- Spam blocking to make forum spam free
- Use Social Media accounts for login
- Summarize topics
- Badges system for appreciation
- Use Emoji in posts
- Reply via email without going to the forum
- 100% open source
- One-click upgrades
Check out more features here…
This is the main concern why beginners don’t use Discourse. Becuase it costs too high which beginners can’t afford at the starting stage of their blogging or business. Here are the plan’s details of discourse…
Flarum is the best ever forum I have seen, You can say it is the next Discourse. Currently, it is in under development, means not ready to use in production. They have launched the beta version out for testing to know about the issues users facing so they can solve them and make it more better.
I am waiting for it to launch as original and complete version, you can install it’s beta version to test how it works from here.
After checking I am sure you will think about the pricing, so let me tell you, It is totally free to use for now and might be for future as well. so you can use it for free now.
This is what I am currently using on StayMeOnline Forum. and I can see it has all the feature that a forum should have…
wpForo Forums is the best WordPress forum plugin. Full-fledged yet easy and light forum solution for your WordPress website. Comes with modern and responsive forum layouts and styles.
This WordPress forum plugin brings everything you need to run an efficient and professional community. Powerful and beautiful forum with unique features.
- Designed for small and extremely large forums/communities.
- Multi-layout forum design.
- Super responsive forum on all kind of devices.
- It has Built-in forum SEO functions.
- It has Built-in forum Cache System.
- Built-in forum Antispam and Akismet integration.
- Advanced forum user profile system.
- Forum Member Rating and Badges.
- Built-in forum/topic subscription.
- Drag and Drop forum management system.
- Topic and Post front-end moderation.
- Forum styles with different colours.
- Built-in, powerful forum Usergroup system.
- Forum Access sets per Usergroup per Forum.
- Forum Phrase System for the quick translation.
- WordPress .MO/.PO translation files.
- Tools and options for GDPR Compliance
- Social Network Share Buttons
- BuddyPress Integration
- Easy to migrate with Go2wpForo tool.
wpForo is totally free forum plugin for WordPress, it is totally free for lifetime. But it has some premium extensions which are paid and you have to pay for them if you want.
Here are the premium add-ons available for wpForo:
- Private Messages
- wpForo Embeds
- Advanced Attachments
- Ads Manager
You can check the pricing here.
phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website. With an extensive database of user-created extensions and styles database containing hundreds of style and image packages to customise your board, you can create a very unique forum in minutes.
phpBB is totally free to use the forum, so beginners can easily afford it. You can check the demo here…
bbPress is another a free & open source forum plugin for the WordPress site. It has more than 300,000+ active installations so you can understand how trustable this plugin is.
It is totally free so beginners can easily use it on their site. You can check some demo or examples of the forum made using the bbPress plugin from here.
Download and Install the bbPress forum plugin for WordPress from here.
These all are the best forum plugin which I have tested when I was installing the forum on StayMeOnline. I have tested many to choose the best from them and after all those tests I selected the wpForo forum.
But when I come to know about the Flarum, I love it. I am just waiting for flarum to be launched officially so I can use it on production site.
Discourse is best ever forum solution but not affordable for everyone because it costs too high which is impossible to afford for beginners. Now it is your time to choose the best one for your forum.
Which one do you like most?
If you already have a forum then share which one forum plugin you are using? and why you use this? If I missed anything to add in the list then let us know in the comments section.