Simple:Press and bbPress Themer
I run a small website called the Youth Bloggers Network (http://youthbloggers.net/) which is currently using WordPress and the Simple:Press forum plugin to run the forum. I’ve received some advice to switch to a “dedicated” forum software such as bbPress or phpBB to increase loading time and optimize the site structure (splitting up the forum and cms backend). If I were to switch, bbPress is the definite option for me seeing as I need my WordPress users to be members of the forum as well. I was able to install the latest bbPress version (1.0 alpha I believe) and integrate it perfectly with my WordPress install (cookies, users and everything). That was wonderful. The only two things holding me back from making the switch are:
1) Simple:Press is so easy to integrate into any page, just plug and play
2) I need a bbPress theme that matches my current WordPress theme
The problem is that I would like my forum to look and feel like just another page on the site. With Simple:Press this is easy (even when switching themes). With bbPress I need a new theme.
So here is what I would like to know:
Is it worth switching to bbPress even if it means a little extra work and designing?
And where can I find someone who could create a bbPress theme for me that fits my current design for a *low* price?
Please visit the site: http://youthbloggers.net/ and give me your advice and suggestions.
Thanks very much,
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