"New" wordpress forum plugin: Mingle Forum
Since i noticed the new bbpress wasnt going to be “theme integration friendly” just like the previous versions, i started to look for other forum plugins, simple:press was the next step but i find it quite slow loading.
Today while browsing an “drupal7 vs joomla 1.6″ article i found a forum plugin for wordpress:
The Mingle Forum Plugin
no need to ftp files, you can install it from within wordpress plugin page, no need for extra themes, it can use whatever theme wordpress uses, international localization/languages etc etc
@bbpress devs: in my opinion you’re overcomplicating something that should be “easy as 1,2,3″ in bbpress (theme integration), you’re “integrating” not the opposite, lots and lots of people voiced their problems with complicated integrations or deep integration, why insist on having separate thmes for something that “uses” wordpress that itself already uses a theme. Make it simple.
WordPress 3.0 or newer
* NEW! SEO Friendly URLs
* NEW! Forum sitemap (../wp-content/plugins/mingle-forum/sitemap.php)
* NEW! Adsense areas
* Media embedding into forum posts (like Youtube, Flickr, Photobucket…)
* WordPress 3.0 ready!
* Categories with sub-forums
* User Groups
* User Levels (EX: Newbie, Beginner, Pro…)
* Private Messages – Forum integrates seamlessly with my Cartpauj PM Plugin (Requires Cartpauj PM vs. 1.0.09 or greater)
* BB Code
* Custom Forum Search
* Guest posts (See Mingle Forum Guest Info add-on by wpweaver)
* Hot/Very Hot topics
* Sticky (Pinned) Topics
* Move, Edit, Remove and Close topics
* Forum RSS Feeds
* Email notifications on replies to topics
* Recent posts widget (or PHP shortcode for your theme)
* Integrates nicely with most themes (It’s tough to make it work for all themes so some skin modifications may be required for your site)
* Allow/Dis-allow other users to view your profile from the Forum
* Supports different languages
* Integrates with the Mingle Plugin (by Blair Williams) NOTE: The “Mingle” plugin is NOT required for forum to work
o Profile’s (Works with/without Pretty Profile URLs enabled in Mingle settings)
o Activity in the forum shows up as activity in mingle (Helps increase discussion in both your forums and your SN)
o Deleted forum topics will also delete the corresponding Mingle board post
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