Discussion Board Features

Discussion Board is an easy way to add a discussion board, message board or simple forum to your WordPress site. The plugin creates a new post type, allows you to add a front-end log-in and registration form and decide who has access to your Discussion Board.

The free version of the plugin is jam-packed with features and includes:

  • Front-end log-in and registration
  • Restrict access by user role
  • Set different access levels for viewing and creating topics
  • Register new users as a specific role
  • Require users to activate their registration by clicking link in email – drastically reduces spam registrations
  • Anti-spam fields in registration form
  • Hide wp-login.php page if required
  • Prevent user re-posting within set time to reduce any spam posts
  • Simple styles to match any theme
  • Enqueue / dequeue plugin styles easily
  • Include / exclude icons
  • Optional single and archive templates with hookable opening and closing wrapper tags – style the templates to match your theme
  • Shortcodes for topic archives, recent topics and log-in form

Users can post their own topics via the front-end form and reply to topics posted by others. Each topic features on its own page and you can list all topics via the archive template or the included shortcode. As the owner of the site, you can choose whether new topics should be published immediately or held as draft in order for you to moderate them. You can:

  • Use standard WordPress settings to determine moderation levels for comments
  • Specify roles for users who are permitted to post content
  • Specify different roles for users permitted to view content
  • Allow anyone to view the content but only permit specific user roles to post content

And lots more! We would encourage you to install the free plugin or check out our demo site to explore the features available.

Pro Features

We also offer a Pro version of the plugin which takes Discussion Board to the next level by adding tons more forum functionality on top of what already exists in the free version. The Pro version which is for sale on this website includes:

Boards

Discussion Board Pro allows you to create sub-forums within your site. Your users can choose which board to allocate their topics to, allowing you to keep your forum nicely organized and helping your users find the topics they’re most interested in.

Each board can display a thumbnail image, description, and meta data including:

  • Number of topics within the board
  • Number of replies to topics within the board
  • Time since content was last added to the board (freshness)
  • Number of users interacting on the board, either posting topics or replying to topics (voices)

Recent or most popular topics are listed below the meta data

WP Discussion Board - Multiple Boards
WP Discussion Board Settings

Board Permissions

You can specify different access permissions by role for each board. So one board could be open to anyone to post on, and another board could only be available to users with a certain role, e.g. subscriber, customer, to post on. One board could be viewable by anyone, another board could only be viewed by admins. And so on.

Child Boards

Discussion Board Pro allows you to create sub-forums within your site. Your users can choose which board to allocate their topics to, allowing you to keep your forum nicely organized and helping your users find the topics they’re most interested in.

Subscribe to Board

Users can choose to subscribe (follow) specific boards in order to receive email notifications of any new topic or reply posted on that specific board.

Follow Topics

In Discussion Board Pro, users can subscribe to (follow) any topic they wish. They’ll receive an email notification whenever another user leaves a reply on the followed topic.

Users can choose to un-follow a topic at any time.

Admin Approvals

The admin approvals feature allows you to decide who can join your discussion board. When a new user registers for your site, you’ll receive an email with the user’s details and a link to approve the registration. If you decide not to approve the user, they won’t be able to post.

WP Discussion Board Follow Topic
WordPress Discussion Board User Profiles

User Profiles

With user profiles, you can choose to display selected user information about each user on a dedicated page. Information includes:

  • Biographical details for the user
  • Date of joining
  • Number of topics posted
  • Number of replies posted
  • In addition, you can also choose to display:
  • A feed of topics started by the user
  • A feed of replies made by the user
  • A feed of topics followed by the user

WYSIWYG Editing

Discussion Board Pro gives you the option to enable a WYSIWYG editor on the front-end.

Media Uploads

Discussion Board Pro allows you to enable image uploads for new topics.

Categories and tags

You can define categories and tags for topics. Users can allocate their new topics to pre-existing categories and/or tags or you can choose to allow them to define their own.

WP Discussion Board WYSIWYG
WP Discussion Board Recent Topics and Replies Widget

Theme friendly

Discussion Board Pro is happy working with any WordPress theme. It has neutral styling and you can easily use custom CSS if you wish.

Recent Topics and Recent Replies widgets

Discussion Board Pro ships with a number of different widgets which can be added to your websites sidebar to display the most recent topics, replies and user data.

Top Posters and Top Commenters

Display lists of most active users

Discussion Board Pro Pricing

Backed by our 30 day money back guarantee. We stand behind our product 100%.

ULTIMATE

$199

one time payment – lifetime access


License Includes:

Unlimited Sites
Plugin updates
Email / forum support

Ultimate Features:

Boards
User Profiles
WYSIWYG Editing
Media Uploads
Categories & Tags
Advanced Permissions
Following & Notifications
Admin Approvals
Widgets
PURCHASE

PRO

$89

per year until cancelled


License Includes:

Unlimited Sites
Plugin updates
Email / forum support

Pro Features:

Boards
User Profiles
WYSIWYG Editing
Media Uploads
Categories & Tags
Advanced Permissions
Following & Notifications
Admin Approvals
Widgets
PURCHASE

BASIC

$49

per year until cancelled


License Includes:

1 Site
Plugin updates
Email / forum support

Basic Features:

Boards
User Profiles
WYSIWYG Editing
Media Uploads
Categories & Tags
Advanced Permissions
Following & Notifications
Admin Approvals
Widgets
PURCHASE

We also have a free version of the plugin available which can be downloaded directly from the WordPress.org plugin repository.