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Step 1 – install
Dashboard -> Left menus -> Plugins -> Add new
Put bbPress in search and it was the first result ( Author should be ‘The bbPress Community’ )
Clicked install plugin and activated.
Step 2 – membership setup
Step 3 – create registration page
I created a page called Forum registration and added a shortcode I found on the bbPress.org site.
Here is the link to all of the shortcodes http://bbpress.org/forums/topic/bbpress-20-shortcodes
Step 4 – create login page
Created a page called Forum Login and added a shortcode for logon and one for lost password
Step 5 – add new pages to menu
Then put those pages under the forum menu.
To get the forum listing address I used as the top menu item go here
Dashboard -> Left menus -> Settings -> Forums
and in the setting there is a heading called ‘Archive slugs’ and the first entry is what you add to your domain name with a / in between.
For example my slug is bbp so the link to the forum listing is https://www.thewpguy.com.au/bbp
If you are not sure how to create a custom menu item watch the video on post how to use the WordPress 3.0 menu system . Custom menu items are mentions at the 1 minute mark of the video.
Step 6 – resave forum settings
I also had to go to Dashboard -> Left menus -> Settings -> Forums and just do a ‘Save changes’ as there can be a glitch sometimes (which I had) and users can’t post and this clears it.
Step 7 – create forums
Created a few new forums
Dashboard -> Left menus -> Settings -> Forums -> New forum
and put links to them in the dropdown menu under forum. The forums can be created as menu links straight from
Dashboard -> Left menus -> Appearance menus if your theme supports the menu system introduced in vers 3.0 of WordPres
Step 8 – create welcome message with rego and login links
I then created a forum entry with a welcome and links to those registration and login pages.
Step 9 – redirect directly to forums after login
I installed this plugin to redirect after someone logs in back to the forum listing.
Link to the free plugin: http://premium.wpmudev.org/project/login-redirect
To setup up the redirect you need to go to Settings -> General and right at the bottom you put the link to the main forum page
Feedback & Questions
If you have any questions please feel free to add a comment or even better use the forum where it will be easier to find later and may help more people.
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Author Profile – Tony Cosentino