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  1. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    I've made my splash with Wordpress and even if I'm not the bee's knees, I can actually get what I want from it and make sense of half of it now.

    However I'd like to have a forum linked to one of my websites, something I haven't done before.

    I was just wondering if I could get advice about how/where to go for a forum to create or build yourself.

    I don't mind paying a (reasonable) amount, although free would be better. If I can put my own adverts on it, ok. However I don't want someone else making money off adverts on it.

    Any suggestions? smile

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      However you do it, just make sure whoever moderates your forum identifies themselves and the reasons for the particular moderation.  Forums which do not do this are always suspect and for good reason!

  2. lrohner profile image80
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    There are plenty of decent forum plugins for Wordpress like bbPress, Simply: Press, Tal.ki Forums, etc. I haven't kept up with them, but if someone else here doesn't have up-to-date info, you can just read recent reviews. If you want to go full-court social networking, look to platforms like Ning.

  3. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    phpbb


    its free, and is as easy to install as wordpress and is skinnable -so no real technical design skills are needed.

    I use it here: http://60dc.hubsacademy.com/

    Misha's forum also uses it: http://www.malextech.com/forum/index.php


    I would guess its one of the most used and supported free forum softwares.

    Your host probably has it as a one click install

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you both - had no idea Wordpress plugins supported forums, although come to think of it they do everything else....

      SF, that forum looks great I will go digg it up now (am with hostgator).

      Edit: Even easier than you said. Thanks!

    2. Misha profile image71
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      LOL, Thanks for the plug, Joshua smile

      And I vote for phpbb, too smile

    3. David 470 profile image85
      David 470posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am going to use that for future reference thanks! I think I will end up using wordpress for a website. Still undecided as to a domain and host though

  4. thisisoli profile image71
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    I use PHPBB3, It's about as good as it gets!

  5. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    Alright most of it makes sense BUT I have one question.

    The link for it is domainname/forums, can I put a link to the forums in place of a 'page' tab somehow on my wordpress site?

    1. sunforged profile image73
      sunforgedposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      whats your wp site address? and what theme are you using? do you have a basic understanding of html/css?

      Do you mean like here: ht tp://hubsacademy.com/

      where the top "tabs" (navigation) direct to locations outside of the domain and wp install?


      simple way - is to use your category links option in WP - I would have to be looking at a wp dashboard to explain any better.

      1. WryLilt profile image89
        WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Here is my site address: ht tp://toowoombawriters.com/

        I'm using BackmyBook

        Basically, instead of where I have the link that says 'forums' that links to a page, is there any way to turn the word forums into a direct link TO the forums? If that makes sense?

        And I have a basic enough knowledge of code to usually change things through trial and error and generally spot where I need to place things. I can't write it however.

        1. sunforged profile image73
          sunforgedposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It makes sense.

          here - custom menu (from the tutorial info for your specific theme)

          http://www.writerwordpresstheme.com/setup-main-menu/

          1. WryLilt profile image89
            WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks for the info - headed me in the right direction.

            However I couldn't see a way to add an outside link to the menu (don't know if I missed something?)

            I found a nifty little plugin called 'Page links to' which allows you to turn any page directly into an outgoing link. smile

            1. sunforged profile image73
              sunforgedposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              sounds you like you worked it out - for future reference,

              custom link:

              http://www.writerwordpresstheme.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Install-FIG-E.png

              in the top left , would have provided that option.

              some of this stuff is new to the recent upgrade to wp, which i havent even done to most of my sites yet and I use a very specific framework (which I know inside and out), so I was rusty and out of touch for this specific issue

              1. WryLilt profile image89
                WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Ah silly me. Right in front of my face!

                Oh well I've learnt something new today, thank you for the help.

                Let's see how I can confuse myself tomorrow!

  6. profile image49
    berkley.huk@gmailposted 7 years ago

    Yes ..PHPBB is almost free to use ...i prefer this forum..!

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm setting up a forum for a site, for users of that site only. smile

      And yes I like this forum too.

 
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