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Design A Forum Like Nairaland Using WordPress

Do you know you can design a forum like nairaland using WordPress? Yes, you can. In this article, I will reveal to you two ways you can design a forum with WordPress using a few plugins.

What is a forum?

A forum is simply an online community where people share topics that interest them. A forum may serve multiple topics or a single topic in the case of forums embedded in already built websites for registered members. An example of a popular forum in Nigeria is Nairaland and others.

Can forums be built with WordPress?

Yes, you can build a forum on WordPress (the most used Content Management System) coupled with a few plugins. You can embed a forum into your already-designed website or blog or turn your website into a full forum.

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Things to note when you include a forum on your website

Having a forum with your website or turning your website into a forum means you are ready to grant everyone access to posting topics that interest them. Some of which will be reasonable and some spam. When thinking of a forum, think of ways to handle it;

Spam: Coupled with an anti-spam plugin you will use, you will also need human moderators.

Security: The more your forum grows the more you are exposed to hackers(enemies) who may want to bring down your forum. Make sure you enable strong security measures. A pro-security plugin will be the right choice.

Disk space: You can’t use a low disk space web hosting account for a forum. You’ll need at least 20GB of disk space and prepare to upgrade as time goes on.

Two ways to design Forum with WordPress

I will not be going deeply into forum creation on WordPress but I will show you the things you need. Below are two ways you can build forums using WordPress.

  1. Using bbpress plugin and its addons: bbpress forum plugin works with virtually all themes but I recommend; Astra, Neve, Hello Elementor (with Elementor page builder), Frontier WordPress theme, and some others. When you install this plugin, also install some of its add-ons or plugins that complement it. You may also need to use a pro Ultimate membership plugin. When done, you should have something close to this: HealthWorkersBio Forum
  2. Using front-end post submission plugin (What I used): I will be showing you the tools I used to build a forum-like Nairaland on WordPress.
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How I build a forum like Nairaland using WordPress

Before you read further, check out the forum here: www.fellownurses.com

Forum like nairaland using wordpress demo

The list of plugins I used

  1. Elementor
  2. Elementor Pro
  3. Post view counter
  4. User Submitted Post
  5. Yoast SEO
  6. Login Recaptcha
  7. Cache plugin
  8. Redirection

WordPress theme I used

Hello Elementor + Elementor page builder

Other things used: PHP, HTML, and CSS to add animations and extra features.

The pages are built with elementor pro + tags from the user submitted post.

About the forum speed. It is fast because I didn’t make the featured images displayed on the home page. The only images on the home page are the logo and adverts banners.

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When you use the User Submitted Post, you have the option to let members’ posts go to draft or publish immediately, whichever you want it.

Where I used PHP, HTML, and CSS

  • The welcome animation text was done with PHP
  • Create New Topic bookmark was done with HTML
  • The login and registration page was styled with CSS
  • The forum background was styled with CSS

Do you need the template for the forum?

I will give you the Elementor templates, free Elementor pro plugin, and the PHP and CSS codes used while I also guide you on how to install it to match your website, for a token of $75. Chat with me now and let’s talk.

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