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Hello, a client of mine wants to open a technical forum on his WP site. Looking for recommendations . . . Thanks for your help!
My recommendation would be to use a standalone application like vbulletin (paid) or others you can find for free.
In any case, you can try buddypress for wp.
@tamarnaveh-koren There are some WordPress plugins for forum functionality (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/forum) as well as BuddyPress as @albertmora suggested which is what this forum is powered by (with lots of customization).
There are other solutions not related to WordPress like vBulletin and phpBB. They take a good bit of technical skill to install and maintain, but they have stronger functionality as far as forums go.
Thank you @kristi-hines - I will take a look at BuddyPress. From the list – do you have one you have found better?@albertmora - why would you recommend a standalone? Thank you both!!
@tamarnaveh-koren I’ve never used any of the forum plugins / software personally. As far as most used by others along with WordPress, it’s probably BuddyPress.
@kristi-hines - OK – got it. Thanks!
Standalone apps are more powerful and have more functionalities. They also have thousands of plugins to enhance the app. Page load is faster with these app, so if your site has a lot of traffic this could be a problem. IMHO this is what happens in this very site
You also have a bit more control, and often deeper feature set with a more standalone app. Some will also allow you to fold in your WP content and integrate more elegantly than just a plugin will allow.
I like bbPress – It’s also made by the people from WordPress, so it ties in VERY easily.
BuddyPress is also meant to be very good.
Smashing Magazine have written very good articles on both, I would recommend you check them out before making a choice:
bbPress - http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/11/15/getting-started-with-bbpress/BuddyPress - http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/09/26/buddypress-one-plugin-five-communities/
Wow, been ofline for 2 days and opened to all this great info! @samscholfield – I will check out the links. Thank you all and have a great weekend !
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