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Forums Feature on WordPress Personal Webpages

bbPress is a plugin that allows the creation of forums/topics on WordPress pages. Primary purpose behind using bbPress is to use the forums/topics as an alternative for mailing lists.

As you know, we use WordPress for personal webpages on COR@L server. Recently, we installed the plugin - bbPress, such that every COR@L user with a WordPress webpage can create the forums and create/reply to the topics within the forums, from their personal webpage itself. In case if you did not migrate your personal webpage, please migrate it so that you can start using this feature of forums/topics. Following are the instructions for using bbPress features.

  1. Go to with the username replaced by your COR@L ID.
  2. Login with your credentials.
  3. Creating a forum:
    1. Create a forum using either of the following methods.
      1. Move to the + New button on the top of the page, and select forum in the dropdown menu.
      2. In the Dashboard on the left hand side, select New Forum under Forums.
    2. Enter the relevant information such as forum name, forum link, type, status, visibility, etc.
    3. Set other properties such as discussion features, parent forum, etc.
    4. Once everything is ready, click the Update button on the right side of the page.
    5. User can view the forum using its permalink at
    6. For additional/detailed information, visit this bbPress page on creating a forum.
  4. In a forum, a user can create either additional sub-forums or individual topics.
  5. For creating additional sub-forums, follow the above instructions for Creating a forum.
  6. Creating a topic:
    1. Once a forum is created, topics can be added to the forum.
    2. Add a topic to the existing forum using either of the following methods.
      1. Adding a topic from the front end
        1. Scroll down to find Topic Title.
        2. Fill relevant information and press the Submit button.
      2. Adding a topic from the back WordPress backend
        1. In the Dashboard on your webpage, select New Topic under Topics.
        2. Enter relevant information such as topic title, permalink, type, status, forum, tags, etc.
        3. Once everything is ready, press the Publish button on the right hand side.
    3. For additional/detailed information, visit this bbPress page on creating a topic.
  7. Under a topic, a user can add replies for discussion.
  8. Creating a reply:
    1. Creating/adding replies is highly similar to the creation of topics.
    2. There are two ways to add a reply: via front end and via backend.
    3. For detailed information, visit this bbPress page on creating a reply.
    4. While adding a reply, user can subscribe to the topic by checking the Notify me of follow-up replies via email option.

FIXME Instructions to use bbPress as an alternative for mailing lists

coral/personal_webpage_forums.txt · Last modified: 1998/12/03 12:11 (external edit)