Best Free WordPress Plugins To Build A Forum Community

By Faruque Ahamed Mollick

A forum is a nice place for building a community where peoples can discuss something. There are lots of peoples who have a dream to start a forum community. In this blog post, I am going to tell you about some of the best WordPress plugins that can be used to start your own forum community or forum website.

Below is the list that contains best WordPress plugins to start a forum community:

bbPress 

In this list, bbPress is on top not only because I personally like it but also most of the peoples prefers it as the best WordPress forum plugin. The majority of forum sites built on WordPress using this plugin. Most of the other forum plugins make the site slow and also so complicated, difficult to use for peoples. But in case of bbPress, it is not heavy wait for the site, easy to use for peoples.

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The plugin is lightweight with simple and nice design and also user-friendly. It supports 11 languages. It is SEO friendly and lots of popular SEO plugin supports this. It has everything that a forum should have.

I want to let you know that this plugin is officially supported by WordPress team. Also, there are free extensions available for this plugin to extends the features and functionality. This plugin can be integrated nicely with the popular BuddyPress social media plugin.

CM Answers

CM Answers is another WordPress plugin that is also able to start a powerful question and answer forum. This plugin allows users to add question and answer which is something like StackOverflow. Users can add the question, can write the answer to a question, can vote, leave comments and upload files.

Admin and global admins have the rights to edit, remove any of the questions and answer and even also can customize any questions or answers.

Also, this plugin has nice moderation control capability. Easily you can restrict capabilities for various types of users. You can create categories for the forum.

Discussion Board – WordPress Forum Plugin

Discussion Board plugin makes it really so easy to add the forum functionality to your WordPress website. There are some of the nice but simple features for your users available in this plugin.

Users can register and login form front end designed registration and login form of this plugin. From a simple form, users can add new topics. on that topics, other users can write there reply.

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Some of the great features of this plugin are nice user management system, spam protection, customize the layouts and designed color, shortcodes and much more.

DW Question Answers

DW Question Answers is a complete forum plugin for WordPress site. This plugin can transform your blogging site into a full-featured forum site. Just like StackOverflow or Quora. This plugin supports email notification, reCaptcha, multi-languages, shortcodes and much more.

Some of the great features of this plugins are given below:

  • Answer / Comment
  • Vote for answers and pick the best answer
  • Email notification
  • Instant search by keywords
  • 11+ languages supported
  • Captcha supported (reCaptcha)
  • Multiple shortcodes available
  • Private/ Public selection for both Question and Answer
  • Follow question or answer functionality
  • Sticky Question feature

wpForo Forum

wpForo Forum is a WordPress plugin that contains all the forum functionality yet a light-weight and easy to use the plugin. This plugin comes with modern and responsive layouts and styles. This form plugin also comes with multiple languages.

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It doesn’t matter how small or large is the site, this plugin is for every WordPress site that needs a forum functionality on the site or a new site with forum functionality. Also, this plugin comes with built-in SEO functionality, built-in forum Antispam, and Akismet integration, forum Member Rating and Badges system, built-in forum/topic subscription, forum styles with different colors and so on.


So these are some of the great forums plugins for a WordPress site. I hope this post is helpful to you and it helps you for choosing the perfect one.

Well, have you used any of the forum plugins that I have discussed in this post or is not mentioned in this post? Please share your experience with me also. Below is the comment box where you can comment your experience. And also, what is your opinion? Which one of the above plugins most suits you or for others?