Forums and bulletin boards are very good tools to build online communities. There are many of forum softwares available that you can install on your website but we will use bbPress.Are you asking why? bbPress used to be a standalone forum script from the creators of WordPress and has been around for years. Later it converted to a standard plugin for WordPress so now you can use it to add-on a forum to your existing blog in very easy way. All you need to do is to keep reading, and we will show you how to add a forum to WordPress.
WordPress Pages are used for more static content like: About, Contact Us etc and are accessible to site visitors from the site menu.On the other side, posts are used for dynamic and regular content updates on the website such as posts. Sometimes we need to convert content published as ‘Post’ into ‘Page’. It could the case when one of your posts become popular or complicated and you feel it should has its own WordPress page. It would also be easier for visitors as the page (post) would be accessible from the site menu.
Plugins can extend your WordPress site to do almost anything.As of December 2012 there were more than 28,000 free plugins in the WordPress plugins repository that the community has to offer.But, do you really need all of them? If you are the person who tend to use many plugins, you should first learn why using too many of them will impact negatively on your website and readership.