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April 14th in Wordpress Plugins by .

PHPBB is one of the best free content management systems for anyone interested in starting a forum. There are plenty of templates and add-ons available for those interested in enhancing their default PHP install. If you are using PHPBB to add a forum next to your WordPress install, you want to pick up a few PHPBB WordPress plugins to get your two sites to better communicate with each other. These 3 add-ons can help:

WP2BB: I have seen this plugin in action on many web properties that have both PHPBB and WordPress installed. It automatically sends your WordPress posts to your forum to engage your visitors in deeper discussions. [click to continue…]

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April 7th in WP Stuff by .

PHPBB is one of the most popular forum software solutions on the market. Those who don’t want to spend money on a premium solution such as vBulletin can take advantage of PHPBB to create a powerful forum on their domain. Sometimes it is better to have a blog and forum on the same domain. While both PHPBB and WordPress are built using PHP, they don’t have too much in common. So in order to integrate these two, you are going to need a third-party plugin. That’s where WP2BB comes in. It lets you integrate your WordPress blog with your forum and get more out of both of them.

WP2BB is pretty straight forward to use. It enables you to add a new topic per each WordPress post on your blog to your forum. So you can think of it as a way to encourage more discussions about what you write about on your blog. I also like the fact that the plugin doesn’t mess up your whole forum. You can create a special section just for your posts without taking away your readers ability to participate in other parts of your forum.

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March 3rd in Premium Themes by .

There is nothing you can’t do with WordPress these days. It’s one of the most powerful and popular content management systems on the market. That’s the main reason while small businesses and bloggers are continuing to adopt the platform. WordPress not only makes creating a blog easy, it also can be used to create job boards, classified websites, e-commerce stores, clones sites, and even forums. You heard it right. You can use your WordPress install to start your very own forum without relying on other scripts such as vBulletin or PHPBB.

gForums is a pretty unique WordPress theme that turns your blog into a fully-fledged forum. And you won’t need to rely on other software packages to get up and runing with gForums. Whether you want to add a forum to your existing blog or just start a new forum on a brand new domain, gForums has you covered. It sits on the top of your WordPress install and give you the tool to manage your users and let your visitors engage in discussions on your website.

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December 2nd in Wordpress Strategies by .

Building a forum around your blog is one of the best ways to build a solid, dynamic community that will go on even with you not being involved. I am not suggesting that you should set up a forum and just take a 6 month vacation. At the same time, having a community that goes beyond your posts and allows people to get involved and make their own content can certainly be beneficial to you and your blog. If you take a look at the top blogs around, you’ll see that those that have gone to become major media sources have built up their base through their forums. These folks usually register both .com and .net version of their domains. They dedicate the .com version to a blog whereas the .net domain is usually reserved for forums, online communities, and beyond.

There are two ways to use your vBulletin software. You can just choose the forum software (which is what I recommend). That makes it possible for you to use WordPress as your main CMS and integrate your vBulletin forum into your community without too much trouble. vBulletin’s publishing suite is a premium package that you may not need, especially if your community is based on WordPress. There are many reasons to adopt vBulletin, but here are 5 reasons that stand out: [click to continue…]

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