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How do I make the forum homepage in 2.0?

  • I’ve installed 2.0 but when I go to /forums it just displays a blank page. How do I make a page like this site has listings topics etc?

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  • Assuming you’ve already added a blank page with the slug ‘forums’:

    Change the page template to “bbPress – Forums (Index)”


    Include the shortcode [bbp-forum-index] in your page text

    Also, go to the Permalinks page if you haven’t recently so everything else works.

    See also

    There are a number of other things you’re probably going to have to do. I’m working on a checklist.

    John James Jacoby


    Paul is spot on.



    Hi Guys,

    I have some problems with the forum index. I’ve doe exactly as instructed. If my page that i assign the forum index template to has the same slug as the forums base I get this page:

    when it should be this page that shows.

    failing this how do i make these pages look the same? I cannot find a template file for the forum base?

    Another thing is that the ‘Forums’ (note the ‘s’!) link in the breadcrumbs should go to the forum-index template page but it does not.

    I’ve been banging my head against the wall for most of the day trying to work this one out so if anyone can help that would be awesome!

    Thanks in advance,


    Getting the same issue as #smell-bag. Not sure why. Here’s what I’ve tried.

    Slug is set to: forum

    (went to WP screen options and [x] slug so that option became visible.

    I created a blank page and called it: Forum

    and added shortcode: [bbp-forum-index]

    I set Permalink to:

    Under WP settings/forum…

    Archive Slugs

    Forums base: forums

    Topics base: topics

    Single Slugs

    Forum Prefix [x]

    Forum slug: forum

    Topic slug: topic

    NOTE: I’ve tried combinations/permutations changing these settings and it seems to modify the breadcrumb link of the word: forum

    to something other than what my page points to.

    If I create the page with a permalink:

    then the breadcrumb URL for: forum(s) suggests it will link to:

    if I reverse it with the plural version (forums)

    then the breadcrumb URL becomes the singular format: forum.


    John James Jacoby


    You’re doing it exactly backwards to accomplish what you want to do.

    You do *not* “need” a page with the slug “forum” or “forums” to make your forums appear. They will just work, based on the slug you set in Settings > Forums.

    If you want the index of your “forums” to show “forums” then it’s slug needs to be “forums” and not “forum”

    If a WordPress page has the same slug as something else (“forums”), the page wins.

    (If your forum archive slug in Settings > Forums is “forums” but you have a page with the slug “forums” then the page will appear and it will be whatever the_content of that page is.)

    You can have an unlimited number of permutations on the forums to look and work. It comes with the most obvious (and working) settings out of the box.

    You can include slashes in your archive slugs, so hierarchical pages work, too.

    This part is not broken, it is not a bug. It’s two settings that you need to make match, and you’re in control of both of them on your own to operate however you want your site to operate.

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