Forum Design Research

As some may have noticed there are efforts to improve the support forums on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. In addition to the backend changes, this seems like a good time to make some design upgrades as well. To kick things off, I’ve done a bit of research into various forum designs in use online (similar to the web store explorations for the plugin directory).

If you’re interested in the forums, please take some time to review the research here and leave your feedback. What stands out from these examples as something you’d like to see implemented on Which design feature is your favorite and why?

Feature comparison

Feature comparison

Below are some screenshots from each of the forums reviewed.

Non-bbPressbbPress Free, open source software built on top of WordPress for easily creating forums on sites. Support Forums

bbPress Support Forums

Thank You

Thank you for your feedback! If there are other forums designs you’ve seen on the internet that should be reviewed, leave a comment here, along with any other feedback you have.

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