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Create your own social networking platform with the best forum plugins on WordPress.

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Create your own social networking platform with the best forum plugins on WordPress.


Making online forums needs a lot of patience and a bit more than average development skills. Forums are the best way for people to interact about different topics of interest and communicate with each other. In this excellent guide, you will learn about some of the best forum plugins available on WordPress.

One can find a number of discussion platforms on WordPress, however, choosing the right one is a bit of a challenging task. Fortunately, I have list down some of the best forum plugins on WordPress that can make it simple for you to create an interactive network on your website. 

bbPress

bbpress

bbPress is one of the top WordPress forum plugin out there right now. It utilizes your current WordPress core which makes it simple to include a forum in WordPress. bbPress is lighter, faster and much secure as compared to other forum plugins on the WordPress market.

Features

bbPress is, 

  • Fast
  • Flexible / Adjustable
  • Light Weight
  • Reliable

BuddyPress

buddypress

Are you looking to create your social networking platform, then BuddyPress is a solution that fits best to your needs. BuddyPress permits you to create your own social network within WordPress. Much the same as bbPress, BuddyPress is also an official WordPress forum plugin. It has the same coding practices and standards as WordPress implements.

Features

BuddyPress incorporates, 

  • Activity Stream
  • Member Profile
  • Private Messaging
  • Groups

You can also follow this guide to learn how social website are built with BuddyPress. 

DW Question & Answer

DW Question and Answer

DW Question and Answer is a simple plugin which builds a complete Question and Answer framework for your WordPress website just like StackOverflow or Quora. Questions and answers can be specified as public or private, and users can follow a question or a thread and reply. They are further notified if anyone responses to them.

Features

DW Question & Answer includes the following options, 

  • Edit/Filter/Submit 
  • Answer/Comment 
  • Vote and Pick Best Answer 
  • Notification Email framework 
  • Captcha
  • Shortcodes accessible 
  • Private/Public for Question and Answer 
  • Questions/Answers take after capacity 
  • Sticky Question
  • More to come

CM Answers

CM Answers Wordpress

CM Answers permits you to craft a Question & Answer group for users on your WordPress site. This essential free plugin comes with enough components to quickly set up a Stack Exchange look alike forum on your website.

It incorporates numerous file uploads, private messages and subscribe to categories options. Moreover, it notifies users with new happenings on their blog page related to Q&A from time to time. 

AnsPress

anspress

Here is another plugin on our list which also utilizes the question and answer , like DW Question and Answer. AnsPress effortlessly include a question and answer section on your webstie just like quora.com or stackoverflow.com in your WordPress. AnsPress is one of the most complete question and answer framework for WordPress. AnsPress is made in the light of designers and it is highly adjustable. The framework is quite flexible and it allows you to change as per your requirement.

Some Features

  • Notification
  • Email notification
  • reCaptcha
  • Ajax based form submission
  • Select best answer
  • Tags suggestions

Muut

muut

Muut describes a complete reimagination of what web discussion forums and talking over the internet should be like. It’s a modern & secure discussion plugin that you can insert in your WordPress website and it is customized with CSS to help you design the outline of your website.

Features

  • Unified framework for both forums and commenting. Same clients and configuration.
  • Full featured discussions makes your WordPress site conversational.
  • Flat or threaded commenting for little or huge subjects.
  • Continuous. No page reloads – posts, answers, preferences and users show up progressively.
  • Spam filtering, email warnings and 20+ different language versions.

Conclusion

That is all there is to it. I hope you will encounter no issues while using these forum plugins on your WordPress website and hopefully this tutorial has proved to be of help. If you have any query or suggestion about this tutorial, I would appreciate if you could leave a comment.

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Saud Razzak is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating a buzz, spread the knowledge, educate the people about WordPress in the WordPress Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can contact him via email at m.saud(at)cloudways.com

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