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Change the default Forums page

  • pkl


    I would like to add some text to the default forums page. Is there a way to do this? Perhaps a plugin?

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  • Shmoo


    Copy and paste the template files you would like to edit from the bbPress plugins folder to your theme folder.

    The Forum ‘ home-page ‘ is known as an Archive template.


    wp-content / plugins / bbpress / templates / defaults / extras / archive-forum.php

    Copy it to your theme folder.

    wp-content / themes / [ your_theme_name ] / here

    screenshot! – Remember don’t Drag-/Drop it over but Copy-/Paste it.

    Robin W


    Great method Schmoo!

    You can also create a page called “forums”, put your text there, and then add the shortcode


    but with only one x – sorry but even with code ticks the forum interprets this code, so cannot put it in exactly!

    by the way the page doesn’t appear as an edit option in the toolbar, so you have to edit it via the dashboard, but that is how I achieved it.



    Thank you, Shmoo. I will try it.

    Robin, I tried that first but the breadcrumbs led back to the default forums page.

    Robin W


    Strange works well on mine wordpress 3.5.1 bbpress 2.3.2 theme twentyten

    breadcrumbs work fine and get you back to the page

    Did you call the page forums plural?



    Hi there,

    I know this is an old thread so perhaps I’m out of luck, but I’m having the same problem as pkl. The breadcrumbs lead back to the default forum page, which doesn’t configure properly with my theme (Optimize Press 2). It just looks like a jumble of letters and numbers.

    Here’s what I tried:

    The page that I have put the forum index on is Notice the slug: “community-forum.” I then went into the forum settings and changed the root slug to “community-forum.” When I went back to the page, all of my hard work putting together a nice looking layout had disappeared. The default forum page had appeared. I changed the forum root slug back to the default “forums” and re-visited the community-forum page. It looked good again, with all my formatting nicely done. However, once I click on a forum or topic, then voila, it looks gross again.

    I want to be able to make my nicely formatted community-forums page the default index page that the breadcrumbs lead back to. Any tips?

    Thanks so much!



    Guys, I DID IT! After spending the better part of a day sweating over this problem, I finally fixed it. The solution is so simple, I have no idea why it took me so freaking long to think of it!

    1. Download and install the “page links to” plugin at
    2. Go to Dashboard –> All pages –> and then click edit on your default forum page (usually
    3. Once you’re on the editing page, scroll down to where your new plugin has two, magic little options for you. The first one, “this is a normal wordpress page,” is probably checked. Instead, check the one right below it, the one that says “custom url” or something like that. Enter the url for the page that you WANT your default forums page to be. Click publish.

    TA-DA! Now, when you click on “forums” in your breadcrumbs trail, instead of taking you to that default index page, it’ll take you to the special one that you made using the index shortcode.

    You’re welcome!!

    Maya :)

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