bbPress is a great add-on for WordPress for easily adding a forum to your site while retaining the same membership structure and is easily integrated with your existing theme. Users may not find your bbPress driven forum interactive if you are not installing the plugins.
Here, in this post I have compiled a list of free bbPress wordpress plugins that you must install in order to make your forum much more robust, powerful, flexible and different from others. You may be interested in the following posts: Feedback Form WordPress Widgets, Best Premium Drupal Themes and Keywords Plugins for WordPress.
1. Super Socializer
Super Socializer is a complete package to provide your website all the social features (Social Login, Sharing, Commenting, Feed and more) in a single plugin.
2. Social Login, Social Sharing, Social Commenting
Install this plugin to enable Social Login, Social Sharing, and Social Commenting on your WordPress site. It also captures users’ social profile data, store them in WP database and automatically creates profile.
3. bbPress – Private Replies
This add-on plugin for bbPress will allow your forum posters to mark their replies as private, meaning that only the original poster and forum moderators can see the content of the reply.
4. Author Avatars List
This plugin makes it easy to display lists of user avatars on your (multiuser) blog. It also allows to insert single avatars for blog users or any email address into a post or page.
5. bbPress Like Button
bbPress Like button adds automatically a Like Button (Youtube alike) in all your forum posts and replies. It allows users to give some greetings to others contributions.
6. WordPress Social Sharing Optimization
WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) adds HTML meta tags to the head section of WordPress webpages for improved Google Search ranking and sharing on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr and other social websites.
7. Spam Destroyer
Stops automated spam while remaining as unobtrusive as possible to regular commenter. The Spam Destroyer plugin is intended to be effortless to use, simply install and enjoy a spam free website.
8. bbPress – Sort Topic Replies
Adds a simple option on the Forum’s side bar to choose if you want the replies to any topic in the selected Forum to be sorted in Ascending or Descending order.
9. WP User Avatar
WP User Avatar enables you to use any photo uploaded into your Media Library as an avatar. This means you use the same uploader and library as your posts.
10. User Switching
This plugin allows you to quickly swap between user accounts in WordPress at the click of a button. You’ll be instantly logged out and logged in as your desired user.
11. Anti-spam by CleanTalk
The plugin is a client application for cloud anti-spam CleanTalk.org, which are daily protects 5k web-sites from spam bots.
12. MailChimp for WordPress
MailChimp for WordPress lets you create a highly customizable sign-up form which you can display wherever you want it to display using a simple shortcode, widget or template function.
13. Add Link to Facebook
Automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages or groups. Simple one time setup and forget. The way links appear on Facebook can be customized.