Have u trying to figure out the easiest way to integrate the full fledged forum component (May be you doing BBpress ) with your WordPress MU or Buddypress Blog ? Then this information is for you!
This is actually my story when I am trying to integrate a fully fledged forum component to my Buddypresss powered community portal ( Avanthu- http://avanthu.com ) this is because of this reason
Default forum component provided by Buddypress having various limitations (Internally installed BBpress) like absence of WYSIWG editor, rich controls, forum moderation, Forum visibility and etc.
And when I install the BBpress as externally, I have found it too hard to integrate with existing database (my core community database ) This is not so easy to map the members data with forum component ,managing cookies ( most of time forum losses the cookies and ask the registered members to login once again) It’s too ugly!
So what I have looked for is a plug-in which provides highest integration with my existing community member portal with fewer configurations.
Finally I found one! Yes that was Simple Press Forum
Few days back (a week before) I have installed this pretty plug-in with my community portal and it working like charm! Believe Me! I didn’t anything than just uploading and activating the plug-in from the dashboard for integrating with my community portal!
Seems Cool! Yes it is! I really wounder about how easily it will sit and working my for me with this zero configuration ( If you are don’t bother about for just uploading and activating the plug-in)
But only issue encountered is “You have add existing members manually to the Forum group (not with every created forum) “but this will perfect with every new member registration. So now member register with my community core module is automatically integrated with my forum component also
Advantages I have found with Simple Press forum
Fewer configurations with WordPress MU and Buddypress Blog
Forum Groping and permissions
Rich controls and beautiful interface
Comes with Powerful features (SPAM prevention, Forum moderation& visibility and etc)
Excellent Support (These guys are really cool!)
And most importantly it’s Free!
That’s not a big issue (Manually add existing members to the Forum Group)