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Is it possible to schedule forum topics?

  • Hi. I’ve searched Google and here with no luck, possibly because I’m not using the best keywords.

    In WordPress, you can schedule posts to publish at a future date.

    I would like to be able to publish a new topic at a future date, rather than immediately.

    The reason is that we publish a new article each week. First, it gets posted on the private forum of a membership site. A few days later it gets published on our WordPress blog for the general public.

    The WordPress post is always put in early and scheduled to be published on the next Wednesday.

    Is a ‘schedule topic’ function available in bbPress or via a plugin?

    Or is there another way to do it that I haven’t thought of? I’ve heard that at least at one stage it was possible to sync WordPress posts and forum topics, but I don’t know much about that.

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  • There’s no future posting in bbPress that I’m aware of… although version 1.0 supports a posting API, which might make that easier to pull it off.

    The syncing approach could work as well – I don’t have much experience with those plugins, but here’s the link to the plugin:

    My guess is that your best bet would be to hire a developer to make a custom plugin for ya…

    I see. That makes sense. Are there any developers here in this forum with a good reputation who could be recommended? I’m very new here, and I’d rather hire someone who regularly contributes here than just anyone on a rent-a-coder type site. I would really appreciate being pointed in the right general direction.

    Here’s a list of bbPress professionals, although I don’t know how many of them have done development:

    The most prolific developers are _ck_ and Nightgunner5.

    Nightgunner5 has written 9 plugins that I’m aware of (I use two of them, and they are excellent):

    _ck_ is by far the most prolific developer, with 60 plugins:

    But according to that link above on bbshowcase (her site), she’s not available right now. If you have a larger budget though, it might be worth dropping her a line and seeing if she’s open to it.

    You might also try Ivan here:

    If there are active plugin developers that I’ve missed, please let cupra know in the comments!

    Good luck! And if you’re open to contributing any custom plugins to the plugin section when you’re done, that’d be great! I’d be glad to help test the plugin… :-)

    I’m always willing to contribute back to the community. I’m not the boss of this team, but he is definitely a generous person.

    Thanks very much for the links and the advice.

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