Web-based forums provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with both new and existing users. For those running WordPress and looking for quick
and easy ways to build out their sites and improve the relationship they have
with visitors, a plugin by the name of Simple:Press might just do the trick.
Simple:Press, which can be
integrated into any existing WordPress site, uses the same user records and
database and displays forum content on a single WP page. The plugin is
customizable, coming out of the box with a number of skins and icon sets to
get bloggers started. There are many other noteworthy features of the plugin
including a Private Messaging sub-system, the ability to link blog posts with
forum topics, the capability to extend the forum display with custom code, a
number of template tags for use outside of the forums, extensive online help
that explains every option and full language support.
While Simple:Press is suitable for those who want to run private,
invite-only specialized forums, it is capable of accommodating open, public
forums that allow guest posting. Current users have shown it to be fully
scalable, whether your site membership numbers in the tens or the thousands.