15 Essential Plugins for the WordPress bbPress Forums – bbPress is a forum plugin built with WordPress core code that allows you to create a powerful forum on WordPress, which is well integrated. But of course you will still feel inadequate when creating a forum and only installing the bbPress plugin, of course, you need a few extras that are needed to increase the ability of the forum to be more multipurpose.
From that, in this article I will list 15 important plugins that you need to install to add features to the bbPress forum, so that the forum you create can run as you want.
15 Essential Plugins for the WordPress bbPress Forums
Here is a list of the essential plugins you need to install when using bbPress for your WordPress forum site. The plugins below will complement the forum and improve the features, functionality and capabilities of your forum to make it work better:
WP User Avatar allows admins to upload standard custom avatars. It also allows users to upload personal avatars instead of just using Gravatars.
You can limit the size and image file dimensions if users upload their own avatars. The plugin comes with a shortcode for both the avatar uploader and for displaying the avatar in a post.
GD bbPress Tools plugins are like different plugins packed into one. This plugin allows you to add a signature, and then also allows you to control what the user can do, what character length is allowed. You can also decide whether to allow HTML or bbCodes to be used.
Speaking of bbCodes, it lets you create standard bbCode (things like [b] … Text… [/ b] for strong or bold) applies to your forum. You can also control which level the user has access to this code.
GD bbPress Attachments allows you to allow uploading of topic attachments.
This plugin comes with a number of controls, letting you control how large files can be attached as well as the number of user files that can be attached per topic.
Plugins can embed attached files, and thumbnails can also be displayed.
Rating-Widget: Star Rating System allows users to star ratings for forum topics (as well as posts, pages, comments, and BuddyPress topics).
This plugin comes with a number of different styles for grading, and you can customize them too. You also get “Top Rated” widgets that you can use.
The myCRED plugin gives your forum a points management system that allows you to control how points are awarded, used, traded, managed, recorded and presented.
myCRED supports MarketPress, WooCommerce, and WP E-Commerce. There are also a number of premium addons available on the plugin builder’s website.
bbPress Report Content Plugin gives users on your forum the ability to report content for an administrator. So that the administrator can immediately take action if the content violates the forum rules.
Private Replies lets you give your users the option to reply privately to a topic, meaning that only the creator (as well as the admin) can see the answer.
Of course you will want to make sure the user knows that the admin will be able to see their answer when sending a reply privately.
Better bbPress Signature Plugin allows you to give forum users the ability to add a signature. This plugin will present your forum users with a WYSIWYG editor which will let them enter limited HTML.
Anti-spam by CleanTalk helps stop comment spam, registration Spam, and spam via email contact forms. This plugin does not use CAPTCHAs or other types. It also provides statistics about spam that has entered the SPAM list.
The Content Aware Sidebars Plugin allows you to display different sidebars depending on the content currently being viewed. You can set to display a custom sidebar for all user profiles, or you can even customize a single user – showing Sidebar A to User X and Sidebar B to user Y.
11. bbP topic count
bbP topic count plugin allows you to display the topic count for each user. You can display the number of user posts, the number of user replies. And this information is shown below the user’s avatar.
bbPress Live Topic Suggestions Plugin can show related topics to users who are typing a title to create a new topic. this is very useful for users, so that users can know that the topic is available and no longer need to create a similar topic.
bbPress New Topics Plugin allows you to show red marks on new topics or icons on topics that are new or have new replies to them. The small icon is only visible to admins and moderators.
bbPress Private Group Plugin allows you to assign users to groups, and then you can control access to different forums by granting permission to view forums only for certain groups.
For example, you can assign User 1 and User 2 to Group A. And then you can assign User 3 to Group B.
From there, you can create different forums and give access to different groups. For example, Forum X can be accessed by Group A only (Users 1 and 2), and Forum Y can be accessed by Group B only (User 3).
bbPress Forum Protected Plugin allows you to create forums that disable creation of new topics for specific user roles.
This is especially useful when you need an announcement or FAQ on a forum, but you don’t allow people to discuss it, or you don’t have a column to reply to.
And that’s a list of 15 plugins that you can use to add features to your BBPress forum so that the forum has more functionality for users. Good luck 🙂