wpForo 2.0 is released!

gConverter

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As a forum migration service, we do lots of migrations and always check the news in forum world.
The last major news is the new wpForo 2 major release. They have done a really great job!
For those who don't know, wpForo is a free WordPress forum plugin: https://wpforo.com/
Here is the release summary: https://wpforo.com/community/wpforo-announcements/wpforo-2-0-1-is-released/


I like the new forum layouts which come built-in with wpForo plugin (classic forum layout, simplified, threaded and Q&A):
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One of the forum layouts is a Q&A layout, so you can create different type of forums in the one forum using different forum layouts, the Q&A ayout can be used for support forums:

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I like the top background images of categories:
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I like the new profile system:
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I like the topic overview with quick tree of the whole thread
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And lots of more features, here is the changelog:
  • Multi-board: Allows to create multiple separate forum boards in the same WordPress website.
  • Multi-language: Using the multi-board system, you can create multiple separate forums for each language of your website.
  • New Settings Page: We’ve re-grouped and re-designed wpForo settings, now it’s very easy to find the option you want.
  • New Forum Theme: The new version comes with new 2022 theme and with completely redesigned forum layouts and style.
  • New Member Profile System: It’s fully changed with new features and modern design, becoming sitewide profile system.
  • New Registered User Approval: Keeps new registered users inactive until they are not activated by forum administrate.
  • Added: Redesigned Members Directory
  • Added: AJAX powered profile actions and sub-tabs
  • Added: Point based user reputation collected on new topic, post, like, dislike
  • Added: User following with corresponding (following and followers) tabs in profile
  • Added: User ban and edit buttons in users profile pages
  • Added: User soft and full deleting option
  • Added: Mute button to disable email notifications on user mentioning in posts
  • Added: Profile cover image
  • Added: Last login information on the profile page
  • Added: Separated sub-tabs All/Topics/Posts in Profile > Activity Tab
  • Added: Favored Tab with Bookmarks/Likes/Dislikes sub-tabs
  • Added: User profile page without forum header and footer
  • Topic Overview: on the top of topics with quick stat and a tree of nested replies
  • Added: Topic specific statistics with participants and likes count
  • Added: Topic suggestion while typing topic title in new topic creation form
  • Added: Topic and Post bookmarking button allows adding them in "favored" list
  • Added: Topic managing buttons are moved from the first post to the top of all pages
  • Added: Topic and Posts Dislike button with new ui/ux
  • Added: Topic/Post filter in Dashboard > wpForo > Moderation admin page
  • Added: H1 headers in topic tags pages
  • Added: Forum cover image, available for all layouts
  • Added: [Add Topic] button to all layouts on the forum home page
  • Added: Forum Jump dropdown in topics footer area
  • Added: Category and Forums widget with an option to display as dropdown
  • Added: Settings boxes grouping related options
  • Added: Settings live search field, jumping to found setting page
  • Antispam: Check links in topic custom fields and in signatures for auto moderation
  • Antispam: Option to set minimum number of approved posts to be able to edit own profile. Doesn't allow spammers to create spam profile pages with lots of links and spam content.
  • Added: Toggle to keep collapsed wpForo menu shortcodes in Menus admin page
  • Added: New social network meta tag "og:local" in forum and topic pages
  • Added: Dashboard notification to exclude forum for 7 popular cache plugins
  • Lots of options have been added in wpForo Settings
  • Lots of bugs have been fixed
  • The core is fully re-developed and optimized
 

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tekboi

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Oh Woooowwwwwwwww.

And here I am working on bridging my Wordpress blog with Xenforo. I think I might need to seriously rethink this now. This WPForo update is a HUGE upgrade to what they had before. And it would take a lot of the headache out of trying to bridge the two platforms.
 

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But as far as I am concerned Word Press is just one big Spam Magnet!
I dont even have it, and yet my site is attacked daily by many bots trying to look for word press loopholes
 

gConverter

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That top background image for catgeories looks very good

I wonder if that could be done on Xenforo?
Would it slow loading down?

I don't think it'll slow down. The BG image can be optimized up to 5-10KB if you use services like tinyjpg.com
 

gConverter

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Wpforo does the best job of looking modern and still looking like a forum.
Yes, I agree. wpForo is looking for the most modern introducing of discussion boards. That's why it comes with four possible forum layouts. And you can use them together in the same forum. So the one category of forums is introduced with Threaded Layout, another with Q&A Layout or with a classic forum layout like the Simplified one. You can see the mix of all layouts on wpForo community: https://wpforo.com/community/
 
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Forum to Forum Migration Services
We help to migrate from old forum boards to modern softwares like XenForo, vBulletin, phpBB, MyBB, bbPress, wpForo and others.
I don't get how you "help to migrate from old forums" when on your site you state you do not offer support but only answer questions without solutions.

Is there any support for this tool?​


Forum to Forum migration is a large project. We’re sorry but we cannot support issues arisen during your forum migration. We only support questions related how to use and configure this tool in wpForo support forum. We don’t support the result of migration. This kind of large work is out of our support. In case the migration result of this tool doesn’t satisfy you, you should contact to professional forum migration services for custom migration. We only recommend gConverter or ProfProjects services for such projects. They have already done hundreds of forum to wpForo migration projects with the best result.
 
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gConverter

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I don't get how you "help to migrate from old forums" when on your site you state you do not offer support but only answer questions without solutions.

This is not our website. Here is our website and service page: https://gconverters.com/forum-to-forum-migration/
The site you're mentioning is the wpForo site which provides with migration tool. They don't support issues arisen by the migration tool.
 
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This is not our website. Here is our website and service page: https://gconverters.com/forum-to-forum-migration/
The site you're mentioning is the wpForo site which provides with migration tool. They don't support issues arisen by the migration tool.
Understood, thanks for clearing that up. I still don't understand why someone offers a conversion tool yet no support for what they provide. Who would trust using such a tool? I wouldn't, I'd probably just start from scratch.
 

gConverter

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Understood, thanks for clearing that up. I still don't understand why someone offers a conversion tool yet no support for what they provide. Who would trust using such a tool? I wouldn't, I'd probably just start from scratch.
That's a free tool, and it works in 99% without any issue. So it is worth to try.
At the moment the Go2wpForo Tool only support the following migrations, other migrations can be done by our services:
  • bbPress to wpForo
  • phpBB to wpForo
  • SMF to wpForo
  • MyBB to wpForo
  • Joomla Kunena to wpForo
 

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Understood, thanks for clearing that up. I still don't understand why someone offers a conversion tool yet no support for what they provide. Who would trust using such a tool? I wouldn't, I'd probably just start from scratch.
Is the tool free? If so I’m not seeing how support is a sustainable proposition.
 

gConverter

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Is the tool free? If so I’m not seeing how support is a sustainable proposition.
Free or not, any lack of support is a red flag for me.
I don't see why so much interest to the forum migration tool. There is not a lack of support for the migration tool. The developers always support that tool, here are the tons of topics and helps they provide: https://wpforo.com/community/other-forums/

So they do support for Go2wpForo migration tool. When they say we don't support the migration tool, they mean the cases which require custom migration, when the source or target forum databases are changed or so... There are many cases that require custom coding and custom database manipulation. I hope it's clear now.

Regarding the wpForo itself.
wpForo is known as the best supported WordPress plugin, you can see that in the plugin reviews and in the support community.
 
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Regarding the wpForo itself.
wpForo is known as the best supported WordPress plugin
No question there are some posts on their site sighting people being happy with it, however I did a google search for "the best supported WordPress plugin" as you claim and did not find them listed here
It's hard to find reliable feedback as there are so many opinions on support or lack there of.
But I believe my first question was about their converter tool and the lack of support for it, not wpForo.
 

gConverter

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@gConverter Just curious are you a spokes person for wpforo?
wpForo is our partner, and we do lots of migration work to wpForo. Our devs work together to build new migration scripts and get the latest changes from wpForo, it's very important in forum migration services. Currently, the most popular migrations are to:
  1. Any forum to bbPress
  2. Any Forum to wpForo
  3. Any Form to XenForo
  4. Any Forum to phpBB

No question there are some posts on their site sighting people being happy with it, however I did a google search for "the best supported WordPress plugin" as you claim and did not find them listed here
It's hard to find reliable feedback as there are so many opinions on support or lack there of.
But I believe my first question was about their converter tool and the lack of support for it, not wpForo.
Today, WordPress has 55,000 plugins, so the forum plugins are out of the most used plugins. Only bbPress is included because it's developed by WordPress team. I don't think this article can be related to the forum world of the WordPress. It's better to read this one:
Top 9 WordPress Forum Plugins for Discussing Hot Topics / Conclusion

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