Chapter 23. Adding User Forums with bbPress
IN THIS CHAPTER
Finding bbPress plugins
Understanding the bbPress theme system
On December 28, 2004, Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, announced on a new blog that he had spent a weekend over the holidays hacking together a lightweight forum software that he dubbed bbPress.
He wrote it because all of the forum software that existed at the time had restrictive licensing and too many features. He wanted to develop forum software that could be used in a similar fashion as WordPress.
Five years later, bbPress has come a long way. In fact, as of BuddyPress 1.1 (a suite of WordPress plugins and themes), bbPress is included as a one-click install add-on.
BuddyPress and bbPress integration are discussed in Chapter 24.
bbPress is a lightweight forum software. Most notably, it serves as the official support forum software for the WordPress support forums (
http://wordpress.org/support/), as shown in Figure 23.1. It is also often used by bloggers who have released popular software and wish to offer support venues.
Figure 23.1. The WordPress support forums are powered by bbPress.
bbPress is extremely easy to install. Just like WordPress, it can be set up in mere minutes. To get started, grab the latest version of bbPress at
http://bbpress.org/download/ and then follow these steps:
Connect to your server using FTP ...