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Social Media for WordPress by Michael Kuhlmann

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Chapter 3. Community Forums for the Masses

If blogs were the precursors to WordPress, then forums were the precursors to bbPress, the popular forum software for WordPress. Both are producers of social media; the general public just hasn't seen them as such. It's easy to dismiss WordPress as just a blogging software, but in the last chapter, you learned you can easily download a few plugins and enable an immense Facebook-like social layer on top of your installation. Now, we'll take a look at forums, which provide another social layer where your visitors can connect with each other to exchange opinions on a variety of topics through bbPress and other forum alternatives.

Diving deeper into forums, or message boards, we'll take a look at exciting ...

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