A Newbie’s Guide to bbPress
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A Newbie’s Guide to bbPress

If you’re brand new to bbPress, you may not know about some of the ways it can be extended beyond being a simple forum. Additional functionality can be added with plugins, its output can be manipulated through CSS, and development is easy to keep up with. Even though bbPress has a getting started guide available, I came up with my own mini guide. Here are some tips to get you started on building a bbPress forum.

bbPress is a plugin that was designed to be extended by other plugins. Once installed and configured, simply browse the plugin directory from the backend of WordPress and search for bbPress. There are at least 314 plugins that show up in the search results, not including the ones hosted on Github.

Even though bbPress.org has a section dedicated to plugins, it’s essentially an alternative to browsing the WordPress plugin directory. Instead of being able to view all of the plugins available, the pages only list bbPress specific plugins.

Similar to WordPress, bbPress has a list of feature plugins that may one day, be merged into core. The list contains plugins that offer features found in most forum software out of the box, so it’s a good place to start when adding features. Pay close attention to the Last Updated: information as I encountered a lot of plugins that haven’t been updated in over 2 years.