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APAD: Simple Forum

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Plugin:
Simple Forum

Description
A full-featured forum plugin for WP that does just about most stuff a forum ought to do.

Features
– Integrates into WordPress as a Page
– Most features that a forum should have
– Spam protection
– Recognizes WordPress User Roles and Permissions
– Available in several languages

Review
Let me begin by saying that this plugin is being featured today simply because of its functionality. I haven’t personally tried it out and most probably won’t be using it, only for one reason: I run my forum on a seperate domain and using SMF, with no plans of integrating the same into my blog.

However, I’ve been going through the documentation of the forum as well as seen the demo etc. to get a good feel for the same.

Simple Forum allows you to create a full featured forum which you can embed into your existing WordPress blog. This is perfect for those who want to create some kind of support forum. Or you want to add a forum to your blog, don’t want to import your current users to the new forum.

The plugin allows you to create subforums (both public and role-based), lock and pin posts / topics. It also supports Guests, Normal users and Moderators.

The author has provided very detailed documentation on his site which can be downloaded as a PDF file.

One additional feature I like is the ability to completely uninstall the forum in case you decide to discontinue it for whatever reason.

What I’d like is your feedback. Are you using this plugin? How useful has this been to you?
Why did you choose this instead of a seperate forum software like SMF or phpBB?

Any suggestions for the author?

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  1. Truden (17 comments.) says:

    This is one of my favorite wp-plugins.
    Although I still don’t have enough users for it, I’m happy to have it installed in my weblog.
    And the author of this wonderful plugin is Great man, always willing to help and assist with everything you ask him for.

    Thanks for the Great Work, Andy :)

  2. Sabo (13 comments.) says:

    Ajay, I´m not using this plugin, but I´m using another instead that has the same functionallity.

    You can take a look at: http://www.malditoweekend.com/forums/

    Is a plugin called WP-Forum you can find it here: http://www.fahlstad.se/wp-plugins/wp-forum

    I hope this information can be useful in someway for this author.

    Regards.

  3. Sabo (13 comments.) says:

    I´m using WP-Forum
    http://www.fahlstad.se/wp-plugins/wp-forum

    You can see it in action on my site: http://www.malditoweekend.com/foros/

  4. marc (2 comments.) says:

    Sorry, I think I’ll pass.

    Admittedly it’s a personnel thing. There’s just something about letting every “Tom, Dick and Harry” into the backside of my blog isn’t appealing in the slightest.

    I’ve toyed with the idea of integrating the vanilla forum because of its WP-like php base and ability to use themes but haven’t as yet.

  5. stilgar (1 comments.) says:

    I love this plugin, I use it for several sites. I want to second Truden, the author of this plugin is amazing and always willing to help. I have found it stable, resistant to spam and for the most part has every feature I would want. Installation is a breeze and upgrading is very easy (he comes out with new versions on a regular basis). I have used in many wordpress installs I have done for clients.

    I am using it here http://www.blog.thesietch.org/forum/

  6. Steven Hodson (3 comments.) says:

    I would very seriously look at this if my SMF forums settings and data could be imported into it .. and even donate to it like I have with SMF

  7. Scott (21 comments.) says:

    I have used this forum in the past and I am toying with the idea of using it again for another application. There are some minor, VERY MINOR issues with it and they way it uses the theme on a site, but they are so small and insignificant they don’t even count. I HIGHLY recommend this forum.

  8. Owen (2 comments.) says:

    I have this installed on my main site, and it works perfectly. It is upgraded regularly and I thoroughly recommend it. The new version makes the css much easier to play with, and it can be easily styled to match your theme.

  9. Mike (4 comments.) says:

    Have you ever heard of bbPress???

  10. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    bbPress isn’t a WordPress plugin and even now the integration is not perfect, because User Roles don’t integrate perfectly.

  11. Sabo (13 comments.) says:

    I second Ajay, bbpress is pain, and it sucks, is not for people that doesn´t know what they are doing.

  12. rafa (1 comments.) says:

    I was using rs-discuss until today. but since i couldn’t get rs-discuss to be corectly formated and neither switch off the user-register-obligation, i will give this forum a try. I’m lucky, since I haven’t gotten any posts in my forum jet. My blog is all new…

  13. Matt Keegan (8 comments.) says:

    I can see how this could be useful, but I am much more inclined to simply host a forum on a separate URL too. Otherwise, it is a nice things to have.

  14. Michael (12 comments.) says:

    I’m using it because I wanted a separate discussion area for family history on my blog site. I don’t have a lot of traffic but I like the foum’s simplicity and easy theme integration.

  15. Jens (1 comments.) says:

    I am looking for a forum which allows using permalinks in the forum-urls… does anyone know a plugin which does this?

  16. ron says:

    trying to download “simple forum”. where did it go? the above link goes nowhere. thanks.



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