I have spent the whole afternoon trying to set up a simple forum for my website http://www.bathastronomers.co.uk. It really needs to be nothing special – it’s just a place for a small group of astronomers to chat and arrange observing sessions. People need to be able to register, post and receive email notifications of replies.
So, first I tried Simple:Press. Installation was pretty simple and it played nicely with WordPress but it is soooo slow – to the point of being unusable.
So then I found this site and was very excited by the slogan “Simple, fast, elegant”… boy, was I in for a shock!
I eventually got the thing installed and spent some time getting it integrated using the “bbPress Integration” plugin. After going through all the steps I got no error meassages until I tried to login. I tried my bbPress username and password but no dice. Then I thought “hey, maybe it is now integrated and I can use my WP usernam and password!”
Yeah, right. That would have been too easy.
I must say that while I totally respect the efforts of the guys making these plugins, the installation procedure and documentation is laughable – it is like some bizarre logic puzzle or riddle. I am not a n00b but I just cannot get it to work. The forum appears to be a completely seperate entity to my WP site and I cannot login. And it’s not just me – a quick google search reveals that there are plenty of people wrestling with the setup of this “simple” forum plugin.
Sorry for the long post but this has been a total waste of an afternoon and I needed to vent. Seems like no-one can make a decent forum for wordpress. Perhaps I will use Joomla for the site…
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