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WordPress 3 Cookbook by Jean-Baptiste Jung, Ric Shreves

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Integrating a forum into your site

Adding a forum to your site is a great way to provide a place for users to interact with you and with each other. Forums are an effective means of stimulating interaction and increasing page views but they can, however, also increase site management overhead as forum administration can be a huge time sink. Moreover, if your site lacks sufficient traffic, forums can wither and die from lack of activity.

Many forum solutions are available for WordPress: from stand-alone systems like PhpBB/Vbulletin and BBPress to plugins that give you a native WordPress solution. One of the best plugin options for WordPress 3 is the WP Forum Server. The plugin is complete, powerful, and easy to install, use, and manage.

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