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bbPress Complete (Community Experience Distilled)

bbPress Complete (Community Experience Distilled) [Kindle Edition]

Rhys Wynne

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Even with the rise of social media, forums remain a popular part of the Internet. bbPress allows you to increase interactivity with your WordPress website or blog by creating discussion forums within its confines.

bbPress Complete will show you how to create and manage a forum effectively. You will learn how to manage users, expand your forum with plugins, and integrate your forum into the rest of your site, whether it is a local community forum or a large website with thousands of visitors.

You will start off by learning the basics of bbPress and gradually acquire all the skills needed to run a successful bbPress community. You will learn how to integrate your forum effectively with the rest of your site, as well as how to manage the different kinds of users and much more. With clear, concise instructions detailing every aspect of the software, you will gain the knowledge required to extend bbPress using plugins and add bbPress to your WordPress theme. Furthermore, the real-world examples and clear instructions will give you all the tools you need to turn your blog into a successful community hub.


A concise guide, written in an easy-to-follow format.

Who this book is for

This book is aimed at ambitious website or blog owners looking to add a forum to their site quickly and easily. Basic experience in WordPress and with managing a website is expected. Knowledge of HTML and PHP will be a bonus, though it isn’t necessary.

About the Author

Rhys Wynne

Rhys Wynne is a web developer and internet marketer, originally from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, though now based in Manchester. Rhys has over seven years of commercial experience in developing websites, the majority of which have been built in WordPress. Rhys has over 3 years of experience developing bbPress websites and has released a number of plugins both for free and commercially. One such plugin – WP Email Capture - has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times.Apart from Internet technologies, Rhys is a keen football fan, supporting his hometown team of Colwyn Bay, and he also enjoys travelling and photography.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1956 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E62J3Y2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #543,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rhys Wynne is the author of bbPress Complete, the first ever book written about the WordPress plugin: bbPress. Rhys is a respected member of the WordPress plugin community, with some of his plugins receiving over 100,000 downloads, and are featured on many sites. Rhys also provides social commentary on WordPress issues, particularly for the SEO Community.

You can read his personal blog at, or view a portfolio of plugins and websites at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read and practical guide to installing and running bbPress 18 Dec 2013
By M. Erb - Published on
I'm not a huge fan of bbPress in general because it is somewhat limiting compared to more full-featured bulletin board scripts. However this book on bbPress is a fine introduction and walk through that should get all but the most inexperienced person up and running in no time with bbPress.

The writing is concise, contains only 5 chapters and is slightly over 100 pages including index. The chapters are:

- Chapter 1: Getting Started with bbPress
- Chapter 2: Taking Your First Steps with bbPress
- Chapter 3: User Management in bbPress
- Chapter 4: Extending bbPress Using Plugins
- Chapter 5: Adding bbPress to Your WordPress Theme

The author walks you through the installation process and then discusses the varous settings options. He gives his recommendations for choosing particular settings and explains why.

You will learn about some additional plugins that will extend bbPress to incorporate additional features such as:

- akismet - to control spam
- WP-reCAPTCHA - to help block spam registrations
- Toolbar Menu - adds a Forums item to the Dashboard for quick access
- bbPress Email Notifications - improved notifications over the default installation of bbPress
- and many more

Later on in the book the author discusses the various ways you can integrate your WordPress theme with bbPress. This includes using a widget, a forum-specific sidebar for your theme and how to make your template bbPress ready.

I'm not aware of too many other bbPress books but since this is fairly complete in a concise sort of way, it will be all most people will need to add bbPress to your website.

I was provided a reading copy of the book for review.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful resource to add forum funcionality to WordPress 2 Sep 2013
By A. C. Ekin - Published on
This week several things came together in a very fruitful way. The Photographic Society of Rhode Island (PSRI) had expressed an interest in a members forum at the last board meeting, Packt Publishing contacted me to review a book bbPress Complete by Rhys Wynne, I have found out from the developer of WP eMember plugin that manages membership at PSRI site that it interfaces with bbPress, and I was confined to house rest for a week. So, what else was there to do than to review the book, install bbPress on PSRI, and interface it with our membership system?

While I was still teaching, one of the courses I taught every spring semester was Marketing on the Internet. I started teaching that course before most people knew what Internet connection meant back in 1995. My approach to the course was from a design perspective where students learned how to design and deploy marketing oriented Web sites. For many years students in these courses learned how to build a site one page at a time using HTML, and later CSS (cascading style sheets). It was a chore, but they acquired knowledge that separated them from their peers.

Around 2004, I started experimenting with WordPress and realizing that content managed Web sites were the future I changed my teaching paradigm. Instead of teaching HTML and CSS, I started showing them how WordPress can manage their content and allow any kind of styling change when they wanted. This shift made them learn a different kind of knowledge, WordPress installation and maintenance, and also focus more on the site content. In the early years, finding decent books was not easy; but as WordPress became more and more popular new and better books started emerging. In the last few years I used books published by Packt Publishing and students and I both found the books well written and informative.

When I received the request to review another book by Packt Publishing, bbPress Complete by Rhys Wynne, I wrote to them and indicated that I no longer taught and a medical issue might delay the review of the book. The representative indicated that the completion of the review could be extended to end of September and extended me an electronic copy of the book. Here I am already finished at the beginning of September ;-)

The book is a short one, around 100 pages, but covers good ground. It is very well written, easy to follow, and full of valuable information. Since bbPress is actually a plugin to WordPress, there is also very valuable information about some aspects of WordPress.

Starting with the concept of bbPress, the author explains the installation process step by step with screen captures. For me, the easiest method of installing the plugin was directly from WordPress Add New Plugin option, and within short order bbPress was in place. The configuration of the plugin is explained in great detail with default options and what the author recommended, with good reasons, bar one. In he configuration section The default user role and The auto role sections need a clearer explanation in my opinion. I could not make good sense of the recommendation. But that is probably the only part that I have found confusing.

I was able to follow the instructions with ease and moved on to the plugins for bbPress. That sounds a bit odd, plugin for a plugin has some kind of recursive nature. But, in any case, there are some useful plugins recommended, their use and configuration are clearly explained. One of the issue I wish bbPress easily allowed was the selection of the page layout. I wanted to simply drop it in on a full-width page but there was no option for it. In the last section, the author explains how to change the default pages, how to use short-codes, and how to modify the look of bbPress installation. I have already found that I could simply add a short-code on a blank page to make the entire forum appear there like magic. Very cool indeed.

I am quite an experienced WordPress user, installer, trainer and you may think that I have found the book easy to follow because of that background. Granted, the parts that were straddling both WordPress and bbPress might have benefited from my experience. However, I have no experience with bbPress at all and I must say everything went swimmingly. Also keep in mind that I have evaluated text books for over 40 years for my students' use and I say that based on my years of teaching and using text books this is a well-written, easy to follow book if you want to add forum functionality to your WordPress installation. You will have your forum up and running in no time over your WordPress installation and configure it to your liking.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Never Finished Reading 7 Jan 2014
By Robert A. Chambers - Published on
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I got this book so that I could add a forum to my membership site. I thought the bbPress would be a good solution and work better than Simple Press. However, about half way through reading this book I learned that the staffing for the bbPress was not doing a good job of keeping the software up to date. Since then I installed Simple Press and it seems to be working well.
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