bbPress is very poorly updated forum software. Most of the plug-ins that are SUPPOSED to extend the functionality of bbPress are outdated and the makers of bbPress do not keep the plug-ins updated as they continuously change the versions of their bullshi#Press--I meant bbPress. One can only guess that those who designed bbPress considered its creation a group effort only; outsiders be damned, because that's all you're going to get if you use this forum software--NOTHING. I don't recommend bbpress and after installing it and testing it, I'm removing it from my database and going with another forum. I do NOT recommend bbPress because quite frankly, it's still a work-in-progress that's been in-progress for years, with no sign of completion in sight!
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bbpress is very simple, very light, and very easy... It does require under the hood tweaking, and many plugins are currently in transition between 0.x and 1.x since there was a major upgrade to how the system works.
This is probably the best forum for anyone who wanted a discussion board for their websites/blogs that run on wordpress. I love how it seamlessly integrates to wordpress and having the capability to sync with your WP-dbase. BBpress is definitely a new comer but it has a lot of potential. Regardless being a new comer in the forum-apps, I can't be happier with what the developer's created. If you want to control the features/functionality of your forum, this is definitely what I would recommend.
I use bbPress 1 year --> and i'm very happy with this. Use WordPress too. Anoymous, if bbPress is poor, use phpBB. All admins no need your hacked phpBB's.
It's true that PhpBB suffered from its status of first big bulletin board, and was not, at the beginning of course, able to support this in terms of quality of code (which explains the number of previous security vulnerabilities of PhpBB). This state has however and fortunately change since now.
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If you're building a forum for a limited community with no expansion necessary, it doesn't get better than bbPress. The best example would be a customer service support forum where users would only need an email address for registration. No private messagings, no crazy colorful themes that might bug your eyes. Simple yet effective.
But many forum enthusiasts would be turn off by such limited features of the forum. It's very ironic. bbPress is the most WordPress-friendly forum out there, yet there are not enough documentations or developers to bring the good integration between two platforms.
bbPress is fast enough to handle so many users at once with its lightweight speed with almost unlimited customizations possibility, yet turns off traditional forum-friendly visitors. Private messaging is possible via plugin, which is almost a given to any popular forum platform nowadays. File upload? Forget it. Smiley? A plugin. Forum shortcodes? A plugin. Core + bunch of plugins works as a double-edge sword.
Original developers aren't much motivated either; slow updates, and yield users opinion for additional features by saying "it's somehow possible through some kind of plugins out there." Stubbornness can stand out from the crowd, but that doesn't mean it'll always work. Automattic, the creator of WordPress and co-owner of bbPress even dropped out from the project for BuddyPress development.
One of the best plugin developer for bbPress is also playing politics with developers, only because the forum mechanism changed a lot since version 1.0+. The guy claims that he won't get his hands dirty unless he likes what he sees, yet inspects every plugins out there and make sure that no one steals his work. So much for open source project right?
bbPress has so much potential, but many mainstream community builders are moving away from bbPress everyday. When Facebook Connect or Twitter login is suggested, most of die-hard bbPress fans flame the opinion, by saying everyone on Earth should use OpenID. Who cares who uses what? It's the Facebook and Twitter that connects the world right now, yet the bbPress fans are in denial. OpenID fans are waiting for that "I told you so!" moment, but most likely it won't anytime soon. The worst thing is that I wish they're right about the OpenID.
Still, if I ever need to run a forgettable, customer-service-purpose-only forum, bbPress would be my choice. So fast, easy to use, not hard on the server and Akismet spam filter works very well too! But if you want your community to grow, I would look couple other free-to-use solutions out there.
bbPress has so many potentials but by concentrating on BuddyPress crap, developers basically shoot their own feet, killing both platforms.
Just got bbpress loaded up onto my site, appleposts.com . So far i'm impressed. Clean layout, admin controls are easy to follow. It doesn't have all the features of a phpbb but for my needs i think it will work just fine.
I'll definitely try it. I want to integrate the forum with Wordpress, so the natural choice for me is bbPress. However I can see it's not very often updated.
We are looking at this software, not sure if we will use it or try MYBB..
Will try it out maybe now it's improved.