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How To Make A Forum With Wordpress 2018 | Free Forum Website

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Want to create a forum with wordpress? Forums are the #1 best way to rank higher in the search engines and get more traffic! Ill show you how to create a forum with wordpress using a free plugin called wpforo. The plugin is designed to help you create a really friendly atmosphere and includes alot of cool features like: -Change the colors of the forum -Add achievements for forum users -User Profiles -Drag And Drop Builder The most important part of this tutorial is at 17:29 please dont forget this step or your forum will not work! The theme i used in the demo is called the bryte theme: https://www.darrelwilson.com/bryte I hoped this tutorial helped! For more tutorials like this or to learn how to make a wordpress website, feel free to visit my website at https://www.darrelwilson.com
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Inspiring Me (8 days ago)
Thank you SOOOO Much !!! I just moved over to wpforo from bbpress . . . Excellent Move !!! This video is EXACTLY what I needed - you are an amazing instructor & cover the topic & explain everything in such a friendly way. Thanks again !
Paulo Ardas (11 days ago)
Darell, it is too superficial and for 15 year old kids. Please do not start a sentence and abandon the example trying to use it there. Please try to explain concepts and do not dwell in details you later ignore. You have a very good sense to locate a topic and your are unique but please be more pedantic.
Catherine Rose (12 days ago)
Great tutorial, thanks! Is it possible for subscribers to upload images, video and audio - for example, from a mobile - with the Embeds add on? If not, is there a free, compatible plugin that will allow easy media uploads?
AnonymousPiLover (16 days ago)
It’s based on Xenforo :o
Roland Burton (21 days ago)
I followed your instructions with wpforo and buddypress and it seemed to be going all right now to create some forums. The only problem is... I can't seem to Post or Create any new Forum topics! Are the new topics supposed to be moderated and approved someplace? And if so, where do I moderated at?
ZeroCool22 (1 month ago)
Is there a plugin like "Reply to unhide post/link" (user need to reply or like the post for can see the content) for wordpress? Thx!
Hardy WebMaster (1 month ago)
ce plugin est vraiment le meilleur n'oublier pas d'aimer
Daan Duijkers (1 month ago)
Do you have to put the site online for the forum to work? Cause I keep getting errors while trying to post something.
Daan Duijkers (1 month ago)
@Darrel Wilson OOPS! Wrong video I meant your previous video. But now I have a different problem. The register page will not appear even though I followed your steps!
Darrel Wilson (1 month ago)
did you follow the steps?
Govindarao Bommali (1 month ago)
i have on question ,,, how ca you add this forum page in php website...
Chuzz Bot (1 month ago)
WPForo charges subscription fees for including images to forums. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a one off as the feature will expire after one year.
Chuzz Bot (1 month ago)
@Akhilleus Uggo @ $35 a year to have pictures and videos, I would never sign up so it wasn't clear and I just rechecked the other day, before posting here so. Say what you like I'm telling the truth. Have the last say I don't care, I'm out on this nonsense.
Chuzz Bot (1 month ago)
@Akhilleus Uggo Nope, if it changed it did this week. Shill much?
Akhilleus Uggo (1 month ago)
@Chuzz Bot Well , i've got 2 addons and they work fine . And yes they wrote it so clear : Products subject to yearly license for future updates.
Chuzz Bot (1 month ago)
@Akhilleus Uggo Not without posting a screen grab of my account. At the time of posting the plugins pages make no mention of recurring fees, you only find out when the plugin stops working and you get slapped with the open hand. That's easy to find at the wpforo just checkout those plugins/ addons. Careful not to give them your money though. The basic forum is free but any useful functionality needs addons with what looks like a one off purchase... beware, it's not.
Akhilleus Uggo (1 month ago)
@Chuzz Bot Do you have any proofs?
xpansion Team (1 month ago)
really well done and really well explained thank you loads
CM ENTERTAINMENT TV (2 months ago)
This video is helpful, but now, everyone has access to my backend admin panel. And everyone has become admins how can I resolve this?
Tyler Mahoney (19 days ago)
You have to make sure the default role that is created when a user registers is set to "Subscriber"
incrowd wisdom (2 months ago)
https://incrowdwisdom.com/ very good and helpful how about current videos?
Thanks for sharing! Now my youtube channel can grow ad say what they want on our forum!
Ece Era (2 months ago)
looks like shit sorry
Shiftrr (2 months ago)
my register just say create an account and its blank?
Dr. Venture (2 months ago)
BRO!!!!!! i just want to thank you very much, for helping me with my webpage Forum!! this was a great video and i highly recommend it and i appreciate you for doing this. THank you!
Darrel Wilson (2 months ago)
thanks brotha
Lukas (3 months ago)
Does anybody know?! What is the way to integrate a forum(Discourse) in a WP blog site at the bottom of blog posts?
mhamda leila (4 months ago)
hi. can i change the langage To arabic thanks
abhishek pandey (4 months ago)
Hi any one can tell me how to add like and unlike button
Chad Johnson (4 months ago)
If I have a website on WP already (free version), can I upgrade to the Business option and keep my content that I already have? Or will I need to start from scratch again?
Gaming XBlood (4 months ago)
Man! It's giving me an error! Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error. Warning: include(/home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpf-includes/functions.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpforo.php on line 158 Warning: include(/home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpf-includes/functions.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpforo.php on line 158 Warning: include(): Failed opening '/home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpf-includes/functions.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/opt/cpanel/ea-php56/root/usr/share/pear') in /home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpforo.php on line 158 Fatal error: Call to undefined function wpforo_is_admin() in /home/hypero/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpforo/wpforo.php on line 161
Web Start Now (4 months ago)
Thank you for covering this great plugin. BuddyPress and bbPress have become very confusing and they suck a of resources when you add plugins to cover up for missing features. Cheers.
Amy's DIY Play Time (4 months ago)
ok can you add images not through the link provided in the post but an actual image icon in the post, is there a plugin for that?
Richard Joshua (4 months ago)
I am not just happy with the Tutorial, but With You Boss. You are just amazing with your teaching style. I love it, and it solved my challenge. Thanks.
K N (4 months ago)
Can you make a complete tutorial. I just tried to make one and didn't work. So many mistakes and questions and things not wkring. I also have no idea what bbpress is etc. sorry man...this is the first time i think one of your tutorials is nót good.
Tantei Master (5 months ago)
Hey awesome video, yet I have a problem. For some odd reason, whenever I want to add a forum to my wpforo, it simply says "Impossible to add a forum" this is hugely paralyzing for my workflow and I haven't found any information on it (Because of that, I simply can't build my forum)
Elizabeth A Van Cleve (5 months ago)
Thank you for the tutorial Darrel. Is there a way to integrate the login with the wishlist member login instead of having two separate accounts?
31K4L (5 months ago)
So, would you still recommend this plugin as a forum solution through wordpress? Do you know if you can change the language which the forum ui uses? Also would it be possible to make a private forum with this, like "invite only" forum and closed to public.?
Darrel Wilson (5 months ago)
yeah i do, wpforo is a great plugin, they have these features in the settings
Linda Wagner (5 months ago)
Awesome instruction! One thing though. Clicking on the order and hierarchy button doesn't put the numbers into proper order. Any ideas?
Grimm Reepa88 (5 months ago)
Any advice on a plugin for user tags
Grimm Reepa88 (5 months ago)
I need some advice on creating a forum website Can you help I need advice on some plugins
Resty (5 months ago)
Hi, thanks for your tutorial but i have problem. Every single time when i try to post, it says error can you help me please? thanks
delza brown (5 months ago)
Great video
Chris Conway (6 months ago)
Hi Darrel, My WP site, when I go to General Settings to set up registration, there is no "Membership" setting to turn on "Anyone can register" . Any idea how to turn this on?
Mattia Minafò (6 months ago)
Hi, is it possible to have two separate forums in one website? For example: Homepage--> click forum 1 and you go to forum one // Forum2 and you go to forum 2 and they talk about two different topics. thank you so much
Akhilleus Uggo (1 month ago)
yeh , it's called multisite
Chris Conway (6 months ago)
Hi Darrel, great video. Can you advise, Im trying to get the register page going but in my wordpress there is no Membership check box in General Settings??? Any ideas? Now I just get a 404 page
AV (7 months ago)
Pretty cool it help me a lot....all the best
Darrel Wilson (6 months ago)
thanks again for watching! good luck!
PrydeVision TV (7 months ago)
please i want to create movie award nominee and voting on my wordpress website
Andrew James (7 months ago)
Would you have problems with this and ThemeMyLogin? or should you just have the forum only?
NET NATION (7 months ago)
not mobile friendly
zitoc. com (7 months ago)
sir when i typed www.domain.com/register or login then 404 error show
Jorich (7 months ago)
How i can edit the single websites? Thank u!
PredatorWiv Hackz (8 months ago)
very cool
Hey Darrel thanks for thanks for the video. I wanted to ask how would I go about adding the forum to my homepage?
Darrel Wilson (8 months ago)
go to theme customizer, and go to static page, and set the homepage to your forum
MalvaStyle (8 months ago)
Great video man! keep it up!
Darrel Wilson (8 months ago)
thanks brotha!
Mexicanos En Alemania (8 months ago)
HI, sorry , not an expert, do we need BBPress to be able to use it? I try to register an with an email to test it , but it tells me SUSPECTED BOT in red letters on the up right side of the browser and it ignores it.
hussien csgo (8 months ago)
Can you tell me why it says it looks like the page doesnt excist or something like that ??
James Wilan Rebutica (8 months ago)
how to they register?
DeVonte' Valentine (8 months ago)
Awesome vid Darrel, thanks! Guys, for the "login and registration" related pages you can use: WP-Members Membership Plugin!
DeVonte' Valentine (8 months ago)
Looks like they've already added these in with the recent updates!
Rob Detrick (9 months ago)
I want to make a forum for my website that is private for only users I allow. Can I keep the checkbox for "Allow anyone to register" unchecked, and add them manually through the WP Users section?
Darrel Wilson (9 months ago)
you might want to use the memberpress plugin for this, sounds like a membership website
Anton Kozintsev (9 months ago)
can you edit the forum register page to say things that you want?
LifeGrind (5 months ago)
hey, did you ever figure this out?
MithrilonTv (9 months ago)
Hey, man! Love the video! Just one question, is it only me that get dubble pages like two "Activate", " Members" and "Register"? Or should i just delete one of the copies?
LifeGrind (5 months ago)
hey did you ever figure this out?
Hang The Bankers (9 months ago)
I assume Buddy press is no longer needed to work with WPforo?
Hang The Bankers (9 months ago)
What's the difference between the extended and simplified options for categories?
Gracie Niebuhr (9 months ago)
I Swear. Don't Love Or Pin This Comment.
Rellie Lorenzo (9 months ago)
I had this forum on my blog but a lot of the members were spammers. I deactivated it for a moment.
Anthony Gordon (9 months ago)
Great video mate but the activation link for a new member doesn't seem to work ? Anything I've missed
LifeGrind (5 months ago)
hey there Anthony.. not sure if you figured this out yet but I had the same problem and my activation links were being sent to spam folders.. hope this helps you, but im sure you mightve figured it out in the 4 months since you posted this comment.. if you know how to keep them from going to spam, please let me know.. thanks, cheers!
Ginny Riker (9 months ago)
Thanks for the helpful information.
Darrel Wilson (9 months ago)
thanks you!
LogicViper (9 months ago)
how do i delete the meta truff on the left side of the register page ?
Dustin Gaillard (9 months ago)
Is it possible to embed this forum into a currently made page?
Sam Reche (9 months ago)
Is bbpress compatible with social media?
LALYN LAPORNINA (10 months ago)
by the way where is the link ? you did not show the link how i can see that website ?
LALYN LAPORNINA (10 months ago)
excellent have a good future for you :P
Brad Berman (10 months ago)
Very good and helpful tutorial. Thanks for producing it and posting.
King Maker (10 months ago)
Your video is Great. Plz teach us that How to make a website contains Logins and Paid Memberships, ny using a Free Theme and Plugins ?
Susana Madaro (10 months ago)
Hello Darrel! I wanted to ask you the following question; We are implementing a forum for a virtual campus and we need to establish topics that we do not want all students to see. Is there a way to configure the members to restrict access to certain sections? Thanks!
Susana Madaro (10 months ago)
Thanks!
Darrel Wilson (10 months ago)
you will need a plugin called restrict content pro OR memberpress, this allows you to hide certain sections depending on the status of users
King Maker (10 months ago)
Its lovely Forum Tutorial. However, please show us that how we can Allow only Paid Members to our Forum by using any Free Premium Membership Plugin. Hope to see your new video regarding this. Thanks
Angel Gr (7 months ago)
@Andre Ilyas not
The Trol Channel (8 months ago)
Use shortcodes on the page you made.. [membership level="1,2,3"] Only show for level 1, 2, or 3 users [/membership]
Andre Ilyas (8 months ago)
I could help you with it $20
Universal Link (8 months ago)
You'll probably have to edit the source code of the forum plugin to suit that need. This is the issue with plugins, they are easy but it comes at a cost.
King Maker (9 months ago)
@Cyprien Guerrin NO
Owomide Balogun (10 months ago)
Great tutorial. How do I install a blog... like mysite.com/blog since my forum will be mysite.com/forum..... How do I also make sure that my blog posts show only on the blog and not the forum?
Zaib Aly M Aly (10 months ago)
Hey buddy, great tutorial! I wanted to ask that how to add reward system in the forum? Like if someone posts or comments on the forum, that person gets points. I found one plugin named WordsPoint but I think that is not working with Wordforo. Please help. Thanks. :)
Robert Shaver (10 months ago)
This is quite an interesting tutorial which has caused me to subscribe to your channel, so thanks for that. I have a couple of questions. *FORUM ACCESS:* You showed us how to create multiple forums with this plugin. Right here https://youtu.be/sUjb-QOFk2Q?t=10m3s you talk about forum access. Can the access levels be controlled individually on these different forums or are the group rights assigned globally to all forums in this plugin? *MEMBERSHIP FEATURES:* Is the membership and permission system in this plugin usable in other places and plugins within a single web site? That is, if I add a commerce plugin, will the membership from the forum plugin be usable by the commerce plugin or will then have to create a separate account for the commerce part? Same goes if I want to send emails to the members or use the membership database to control access sets of web pages. If it's easier, please just point me to other tutorials that answer these questions.
Robert Shaver (10 months ago)
Thanks Darrel. I'll take a look at that. What's a good tutorial to get an overview of how WordPress is structured?
Darrel Wilson (10 months ago)
i think you will need memberpress + this plugin. The memberpress plugin will allow you to restrict certain areas based off "tiers" these two plugins can work together
Robert Shaver (10 months ago)
Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm just exploring WordPress and plugins to see if I can find the functionality I need. I've been using Concrete5 and built one site on SquareSpace. It would have been useful if you had put the name of the forum plugin in the description. I had to scrub around in the video to find it again. For others that might be interested, it is wpForo. He also used BuddyPress to add features need by wpForo. Can I use Divi Builder with this forum, other third-party themes or do I have to use the themes wpForo provides?
Darrel Wilson (10 months ago)
its probably my other video i teach both, you can use both plugins, some just look different than the other and carry other features
Robert Shaver (10 months ago)
What are "front-end phrases"?
Robert Shaver (10 months ago)
Right here https://youtu.be/sUjb-QOFk2Q?t=15m8s you are on the _Font-end Phrase_ configuration page. I'm not familiar with that term. Clearly it is some kind of string processing system where the %s value gets replaced with a value. I just don't understand what it's purpose is.
Darrel Wilson (10 months ago)
im confused what do you mean?
Cindy Henshaw (10 months ago)
I followed every step in this video and the register page will not load, just goes to my home page. How can I fix this?
kvn kpr (11 months ago)
dude, this short boom video is so awesome, i have to leave another comment - damn them " just 1 like " ^^
kvn kpr (11 months ago)
would be nice to see which plugin u would use if u pay 5 or 10$ - would like to see a video like that too good job, thanks!
Steven Halley (11 months ago)
can you earn money from this?
LifeGrind (5 months ago)
hey, did you ever find out if you could?
Bibis Naturals (11 months ago)
Do you recommend this over BBPress & Buddypress? I just watched your tutorial video for those 2 and set up my website. Switching to WPForo Forum recommended?
Hi, register button is redirecting to nicely designed register page - but login button does not - it always redirects to wordpress default login screen. am i missing any setting? please help.
wayne notarte (11 months ago)
Thank you very much for the educational video. It helped me a lot :)
Sivaprasad Paliyath (1 year ago)
i am getting Page not found (404) error when i am loading up domain.com/register, domain.com/login, domain.com/lostpassword. Can you help ?
Sivaprasad Paliyath (1 year ago)
You are such a life saver man. Honestly. These days,when i browse through the tutorials on youtube i really wish to see a tutorial created by "Darrel Wislon" and i pounce on it. You make things so accessible. I bet you are very good with Wordpress, PHP, JS and CSS. I really wish you come up a complete tutorial for wordpress and do it over udemy. It would be so amazing to learn real coding from you. Coz you are so good at explaining and making the people around you feel safe and secure to tread hostile waters of code. Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing. Keep creating. Looking forward to more from you. All the very best.
wonderful tutorial. very helpful. please how do i make the login page active or workable. when i click on the login, i will get a 404 error message saying the page doesn't exist. what do i do?
Chris Conway (6 months ago)
Me too...
Hi Darrel, Your videos are ammazing. Is this plugin allow us to add separate forum under each page of EXTRA theme?. let me give an example,say i have three pages 1. page A (WP for beginers), 2. Page B (wordpress plugins). 3. Page C (wordpress themes). I want to create a topic with this plugin in respective pages instead of creating a forum tab in menu and adding topics to that.
Med School Radio (1 year ago)
Thank you - very helpful!!
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
thanks again!
hoelee (1 year ago)
Hi Darrel Wilson, I'm web developer, recently just get to try wordpress, very inspire by your youtube tutorial, I wanna try make myself a forum. Can I get some advice from you? Wanna know among a lot forum plugins, which is best if not consider additional same serial premium plugins cost? It is still the wpForo? Thanks
hoelee (1 year ago)
Thanks. May I know this plugin able restrict certain categories for certain member to access?
Noah Levine (1 year ago)
Hi Darrel nice video. Ive installed wpforo but i dont see it on my website. im not sure whats going on. help please
Polynomial Paradox (1 year ago)
Whenever I try to install plugins it says "Business plan required"
Habib Anwari (5 months ago)
You need to have a business plan then
Karthik Jawahar (7 months ago)
Make sure on wordpress.org and not on wordpress.com
Rohan Kumar Sahu (1 year ago)
Hey Darrel can you pls make a video on buddy press social networks type website with a free theme
Rohan Kumar Sahu (1 year ago)
Darrel Wilson no but I like to make one for my college
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
are you really going to run the next facebook on a free theme?
ayush singh (1 year ago)
Hey Darrel.. Loved your video. Another thing which caught my fancy is the way you record your video. Can you tell which software/tool you use for this foreground speaking you and in the background, the video keeps running..
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
i use the yetti mic to record and screenflow to record my screen
Always Unlimited (1 year ago)
Looks like a great forum plugin right up to the point where you installed buddypress. We're trying to stay away from buddypress and we are using memberpress for our subscriptions. Thoughts?
Always Unlimited (7 months ago)
@Darrel Wilson We're a florist association and use memberpress already for our site. I like this forum plugin but am hesitant to use because of the redirects from the forum because memberpress has redirects after login/logout also. I'm thinking that by using this forum, we would actually need some custom back coding involving the redirects.
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
memberpress is good as well, but this is more forum, memberpress is more for memberships and restricting content.
Greg Hyatt (1 year ago)
Thanks for the recommendation! A lot cleaner than the old bb forum! You could probably even add my style by putting shortcode into a text element using Elementor or Divi page builder to add like background image, complimentary colors and so on!
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
you sure can, glad this helped!
Klaas Kay (1 year ago)
Should I go with MyBB or WordPress? Which one is better in the long run?
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
i personally recommend this plugin
tarantulas.dk (1 year ago)
This is cool. Christ you are a busy man Darrel. You taught me a lot with all your videos. Respect to you, you are a lifesaver Darrel. :)
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
thank you very much, you live in an amazing country <3
Sonny D (1 year ago)
Thanks bro super helpful
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
thanks bro!
Yukiko Tsurumura (1 year ago)
Great tutorial as always! Love from Japan :))
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
thank you miss T
Robert J. Holtz (1 year ago)
Nice recommendation. Thumbs up. One recommendation: I've been watching you a long time and I've even mentioned this before but you say "You guys" a LOT. Some advice: Next time you want to say "you guys" simply say "you." "You" does the job and it doesn't distract. Anyway, good information and thanks for putting it together.
Robert J. Holtz (1 year ago)
I understand. Best to you Darrel for being open and receptive to constructive feedback. To be clear, I'm not trying to be unfriendly. Quite the contrary. I develop media talents for a living and you've got real chops if this is something you want to do in the future. Just keep on developing your craft and your on-air presence.
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
Robert J. Holtz thanks for pointing this out, is just natural but I will work on this
Shivam Tiwari (1 year ago)
Please make video on gravity form with all add-ons.
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
most themes come with contacts forms now though
Dylan Bell (1 year ago)
Does this integrate with UltimateMember? UM is what I'm going to be using for my member profiles and need users to be able to do everything from that 1 account. Right now the only forum I know that integrates with that is bbpress
Darrel Wilson (1 year ago)
im not too sure i havent used that plugin too much

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