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Social Media for WordPress > 3. Community Forums for the Masses

3. Community Forums for the Masses

Chapter 3. Community Forums for the Masses
If blogs were the precursors to WordPress, then forums were the precursors to bbPress, the popular forum software for WordPress. Both are producers of social media; the general public just hasn't seen them as such. It's easy to dismiss WordPress as just a blogging software, but in the last chapter, you learned you can easily download a few plugins and enable an immense Facebook-like social layer on top of your installation. Now, we'll take a look at forums, which provide another social layer where your visitors can connect with each other to exchange opinions on a variety of topics through bbPress and other forum alternatives.
Diving deeper into forums, or message boards, we'll take a look at exciting things such as: What you should expect when opening forums on your siteHow to create group forums using bbPress and BuddyPressPublishing WordPress posts to Twitter and automating the entire processRefining RSS Feed content using regex and RSS syndicationPros and cons of WP Symposium Forums and Simple:Press ForumsWhy automating as many processes as you can is important Off we go...

  

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