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Over 30 Hand-Picked Free bbPress Plugins to Enhance your WordPress-Powered Forum

Last Updated on September 26th, 2019

Published on May 16th, 2014


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bbPress is an amazing free plugin which uses the power of WordPress to run a discussion forum. Activating the plugin uses built-in WordPress functionality like custom post types and taxonomies to allow you to create discussion forums and uses the existing member system so people can register and start interacting.

There are many add-ons which provide extra functionality such as being able to use it for customer support, moderation tools etc so that’s what we will be covering today – 20 great free plugins ( and a handfull of interesting paid ones ) to enhance your bbPress forum.

Also take a look at our post from last year 20 essential and free bbPress plugins for even more great bbPress plugins.

Free bbPress Plugins


This is the main bbPress plugin itself, grab the latest version download here.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

Buddy-bbPress Support Topic

A checkbox will be displayed to topic authors in order to let them define their topic as a support one. Once on the topic page, the author, group admin / mod, or super admin will be able to manage the status of the topics


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

EDD bbPress Support

The custom bbPress plugin the Easy Digital Downloads team uses for managing bbPress as a support platform.

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Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Private Replies

A simple plugin to allow your bbPress users to mark their replies as private.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Admin Bar Addition

This small and lightweight plugin just adds a lot bbPress 2.x related resources to your toolbar / admin bar. Also links to all setting/ tab pages of the plugin are added making life for forum administrators/ moderators a lot easier.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

GD bbPress Tools

Adds different expansions and tools to the bbPress 2.0 plugin powered forums: BBCode support, signatures, custom views, quote…


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Full Details & Download | Price: Free

GD bbPress Attachments

Implements attachments upload to the topics and replies in bbPress plugin through media library and adds additional forum based controls.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Tweaks

Tweaks to integrate bbPress 2.0 and later to your current wordpress theme by adding forum specific sidebar and login widget.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Digest

Send digests with forum’s active topics.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

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bbPress Notification

As a webmaster, you will receive mail notification about all new topics and replies.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Support Forum Checked by Default

Checks the “This is a support topic” checkbox by default on bbpress support forums.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress topics for Posts

Replace the comments on your WordPress blog posts with topics from an integrated bbPress install


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Report Content

Give your bbPress forum users the ability to report inappropriate content or spam in topics or replies.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

Better bbPress Signature

Better bbPress Signature is signature plugin to add option for member signature for bbPress forums


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Canned replies

Allows you to create and quickly insert pre-defined responses in bbPress forum topics.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Protected Forums

Disables new topic creation in some forums for determined roles.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress reCaptcha

This is a simple plugin that adds a recaptcha validation to the bbPress 2.0 topic creation and topic reply forum.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Ignore User

Allow members of the forum to selectively have a user’s posts and topics hidden from view.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress No Admin

Prevent all users except super-admins from creating bbPress content when inside wp-admin.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Live Topic Suggestions

Auto suggest related topics based on user’s new topic title. Uses a combination of tag regongnition & title string searches to return results.


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

bbPress Users Stats

Adds topics and replies stats for each users


Full Details & Download | Price: Free

Premium bbPress Plugins

Smart bbPress nVerify

This plugin is created for all authors selling products through Envato Marketplaces and using WordPress with bbPress plugin to provide support for customers. Using Smart bbPress nVerify, you can set up forums protection so that users are required to enter valid purchase code for your Envato products.


Full Details & Download | Price: $14

UserPro – User Profiles with Social Login

UserPro is a full featured user profile and community plugin for WordPress. It offers beautiful front-end profiles, login and registration for WordPress. UserPro is packed with so many features and control.


Full Details & Download | Price: $30

Front-End Membership Modules

Front-end Membership Modules WordPress Plugin allows you to easily extend the authentication layer of your WordPress website. One of the main features of this plugin is to display the Login form, Register form with custom form fields, Edit Profile Form with custom form fields and user avatar uploads, Reset password form and Logout features on the front-end of your website.


Full Details & Download | Price: $13

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift in 2010.