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BlogHelper: Integrating a Forum Into WordPress

BlogHelper’s Integrating a Forum with WordPress offers great step-by-step instructions on adding a Forum to your WordPress blog.

The instructions include how to integrate Simple Machines Forum (SMF), Vanilla, bbPress, phpBB, and PunBB forum software into WordPress, as well as a few WordPress Plugins to help you make the job easier.

BlogHelper has even included instructions on how to showcase the latest forum posts within your WordPress blog, further connecting the two parts.

A lot of bloggers are now thinking “I have a blog, now I need my own chat!” That’s great and adding a discussion forum to your blog is exciting, increasing the communication and interaction. But remember, forums take time. You have to monitor them all the time, you have to respond to questions and answers to make sure they are right and not out of control, and you have to babysit them. Consider well how much time you want to put into your blog before adding one.

Also consider the content you will allow on your forum. Set up some rules, guidelines, and policies on how everyone is to behave and what is allowed and not allowed. Then have some fun with this!

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  1. Posted September 26, 2006 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I strongly favor using the forum as the real meat of the site and the blog as a simple front-end to news-worthy stuff from the forum and such.

    Blogs do not foster discussion whereas that’s exactly what forums are for.

    The thinking mentioned above seems totally backwards to me. The perspective you’re looking at this from is exactly the problem these days. With forums, it’s very rare to have one person taking care of the whole forum let alone a forum and a blog. If everyone had their OWN forum along with their own blog, there would be no use for the forums. Everyone has their own blogs instead and nobody really communicates via them… at least not any appreciable two-way communications (aka discussion).

    Now imagine a small community of us all taking care of a single forum and the “burden” wouldn’t be nearly as much plus the audience community would be much larger and we could all promote our precious blogs if we chose to via that front. I’m being a bit sarcastic if it’s not obvious, but I’m serious about looking at it from a different perspective.

    We’d like to believe our blogs are like a big virtual discussion board but, simply, it’s not. I could further explain the utility of each (forum + blog) and where the intersection of the two lie, but being that this is just a comment on a blog I’m more or less talking to myself since it’s not a diggfest type post. :P


  2. Posted September 26, 2006 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what part of the “above thinking” that troubles you. Not all blogs need forums. Not all forums need blogs. Just because I recommend people give this some thought before plunging in does not mean that I think forums are unnecessary.

    I’ve long been in favor of forums, with or without blogs, and have worked as staff and volunteer on some kind of forum for over 11 years. I’ve even been a guest “speaker” on many forums, presenting programs and workshops. It’s that familiarity and appreciation that has me requesting people treat them with the respect they deserve. It’s another responsibility, so treat it like one.

  3. Posted September 28, 2006 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    A lot of bloggers are now thinking “I have a blog, now I need my own chat!” That’s great and adding a discussion forum to your blog is exciting, increasing the communication and interaction

    That’s the part that seems backwards to me.

    As I’m positive you well know, forums are a community affair. Blogs are mostly one person writing for many to read. I’m suggesting that it makes more sense having a forum and adding on a blog as a front-end for news rather than vice versa. Is that more clear? I don’t want you to misunderstand what I’m getting at.

    I’ve been actively involved in forums for around 14 years myself, which now that I think about it is roughly half my life (ack). I’ve played all the roles there are to play in the hierarchy of such communities, big and small. You’re absolutely right about the respect that should be given to the work and responsibility that can be involved in being the administrator of one.

    So with you being someone that has been a large part of forums as well as developing a popular blog, it would be really be interesting to hear where you see each fitting into how we use the web as it evolves. Hmm. Consider that a request for consideration as a topic for a future post.

    I have reservations about the increase in public blogging (yes, including my own, to be completely hypocritical) and the effects it has had on the web, so I could definitely do with some alternative perspectives.


  4. Posted December 28, 2007 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    I’m always trying to find cheaper insurance. It’s an ongoing battle between you and the insurance companies. I spent 6 months trying to find a cheap insurance company. Using forums defintely helped me.

  5. mrtruckster
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys, Im new here so Im gonna get straight to the point and hope to get some good replys 
    Im getting a lot of popups when Im browsing the internet, sometimes even when Im not at the computer, I leave it on for
    an hour and when I get back I have 2-3 popups that have appeared from nowhere. How can I remove this? Im really not intrested
    in finding adult friends or downloading a new screen saver :D 

    Okay I hope you can give me any ideas, Im gonna check back to the forum in couple days to see what you have suggested, Bye! 

  6. Posted August 15, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    I recently wrote an article on integrating forums with WordPress, and review some of the choices, related to my own experiences.

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