The best WordPress forum plugin is one that is intuitive and easy to use. This is because WordPress’s default forum software is simple, but it’s not intuitive enough for most people to figure out how to navigate and use it properly.
The standard WordPress forum plugin, also known as the YAHYAH module, is fairly intuitive. It takes just a few clicks of your mouse to get set up. Your first post should be relatively straightforward: you can create it once, or you can choose to have a live instance of it live from your dashboard.
The second option is what most beginners want. Live postings are more advanced and require some careful consideration, but with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to post, have it published, and then have it get automatically removed.
As you get a feel for the dashboard, you’ll want to start with what we call “setup”. The next step after your first post is to setup your settings so you can create forums that your visitors will find helpful.
For those of you who are creating forums for the first time, you may be a bit confused about how to configure and change the settings. We’ll help you navigate through it here.
You have to decide what kind of structure you want your forum to follow. This will dictate how your posts will be created and edited.
If you want a discussion board style layout, choose a forum that uses a forum manager. The forum manager will allow you to create, add, and delete your own boards easily.
You can also choose from basic post type, freeform or block formatting. There is also responsive version of the plugin that makes it work better on mobile devices.
If you’d like to use a form-based layout, you can choose either the HTML version of the plugin or the PHP version. This will allow you to add in forms and sections to the post.
Another option is the WPF version of the plugin. You can control how many posts you’d like and if you would like to limit access to certain members.
If you don’t need all of these features and you only want one section, you can choose the basic version. If you do need the WPF version, you can install the software separately.
So, with this type of plugin, you can create a standard forum with a simple and clean design, or you can add in a complex layout if you want. Whatever you decide, you can rest assured that the software is intuitive and works well.