Forums still have a place in the blogosphere, and one cannot deny that forums have also played a significant role in helping many bloggers reach out to potential readers, and create relationships with dozens of individuals that all share the same interests.
In fact, being active in forums is probably the best way to connect with others, as you will almost always follow and comment on threads that appeal to you and your interests. In addition, forums are friendly venues for anyone to share and share alike. As long as you’re polite and you don’t spam them with promotions or links to your blog, you’ll get along pretty well with anyone and everyone.
Forums are also a place where you can gather relevant and useful information. They are sort of like big conferences where both experts and amateurs gather to express their thoughts and opinions on certain topics, products, and ideasâ€”except they’re online.
Forums can also be a venue through which you can gather feedback and information regarding your own projects. Surely there are many a kind souls that wander each and every forum, willing to provide help for anyone that asks nicely.
Forums are usually centered on certain topics, themes and niches. That being said, should you consider also building a forum for your own blog or business website?
This simply means that all the useless features that are included in many other forums are omitted, whereas the really important features are bundled. In essence, bbPress is focused on providing ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed.
It’s open source, allowing you to extend its functions to your own liking and preferences. It’s both fast and secureâ€”two important factors in providing great user experience.
If that still doesn’t satisfy you, however, here are a few more highlighted features that bbPress offers:
1. Search through your forum content easily and without any hassle.
bbPress keeps separated your forum content from the content on your blog posts and pages. This makes it doubly easier to go through the discussions in the forums, and manage and reference them for future use.
2. Easy Switching of Forum Content
If you’ve previously established a forum using other services such as Vanilla and Mingle forums, bbPress allows you to import all that data so that making the switch is easy and effortless.
3. Editor That Allows HTML Tabs
Allowing HTML tabs for forum members can help enhance and gussy up their experience of participating in your forums. This is good because you want those people to keep revisiting your forums in order to keep it active and moving. Additionally, you can also import bbCodes and happy faces into your forum code, giving users a more fun and engaging experience talking with others in your forums.
While there are several other features of bbPress that were not thoroughly covered, these three key features should essentially be enough to convince you of the power behind bbPress, and just how it can help you build the community around you blog, a community that supports you and your work, and encourages you to keep on doing what you’re dong.