Looking for a network-wide forum solution for multisite + BuddyPress installation

I am looking for a solution to have network-wide forums such that each site can access them at http://continuum.nsbp.org/sitename/forums and all these pages would pull the same data for these respective pages.

I would like Groups forums where each site network-wide can participate in those forums, and I would like to have network-wide forums that are not associated with any groups.

Is this possible? Can the WPMUDEV Forums plugin do this and have a page that can be in the menus as if it was a BP component? Can bbPress do this as well?

  • Vaughan

    Hi @nsbp001,

    Our forums plugin would only work on the site you install it on, as it works via shortcodes. it wouldn't be that integrated in the network with BP.

    Your best option for this I would say if you want integration with BP, would be to go with bbpress as BP now uses bbpress as it's main forums.

    Just make sure you network activate BP & bbpress. BBpress would then allow you to make normal forums as well as group forums.

    Hope this helps

  • nsbp001


    Perhaps this solution is applicable to WPMU forums plugin, found at https://gist.github.com/sc0ttkclark/e5de9d9f2f13964bcecc

    Code to enable having the main bbPress forums on a separate sub-site. Requires: WP Multisite, BuddyPress on main site and network-activated, bbPress on main site and sub-site

    Can this be adapted to be part of your plugin?

    * Remove and add a custom function for bbPress’ BuddyPress activity filter
    function custom_bbp_notifications_fix() {
    if ( !defined( ‘BBPRESS_FORUMS_BLOG_ID’ ) || !BBPRESS_FORUMS_BLOG_ID ) {
    remove_filter( ‘bp_notifications_get_notifications_for_user’, ‘bbp_format_buddypress_notifications’, 10, 5 );
    add_filter( ‘bp_notifications_get_notifications_for_user’, ‘custom_bbp_format_buddypress_notifications’, 10, 5 );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_before_user_topics_created’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_to_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_before_user_replies’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_to_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_before_user_favorites’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_to_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_before_user_subscriptions’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_to_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_after_user_topics_created’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_from_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_after_user_replies’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_from_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_after_user_favorites’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_from_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘bbp_template_after_user_subscriptions’, ‘custom_bbp_switch_from_forums’ );
    add_action( ‘init’, ‘custom_bbp_notifications_fix’ );
    * Format the BuddyBar/Toolbar notifications
    * @since bbPress (r5155)
    * @package bbPress
    * @param string $action The kind of notification being rendered
    * @param int $item_id The primary item id
    * @param int $secondary_item_id The secondary item id
    * @param int $total_items The total number of messaging-related notifications waiting for the user
    * @param string $format ‘string’ for BuddyBar-compatible notifications; ‘array’ for WP Toolbar
    function custom_bbp_format_buddypress_notifications( $action, $item_id, $secondary_item_id, $total_items, $format = ‘string’ ) {
    if ( ‘bbp_new_reply’ == $action ) {
    $action = bbp_format_buddypress_notifications( $action, $item_id, $secondary_item_id, $total_items, $format );
    return $action;
    * @var boolean $custom_bbp_switch
    global $custom_bbp_switch;
    * Switch to forums blog, if it’s not the current blog
    function custom_bbp_switch_to_forums() {
    global $custom_bbp_switch;
    $custom_bbp_switch = ( get_current_blog_id() != BBPRESS_FORUMS_BLOG_ID );
    if ( $custom_bbp_switch ) {
    // Switch to forum site
    switch_to_blog( BBPRESS_FORUMS_BLOG_ID );
    * Switch back to current blog, if not the forums blog
    function custom_bbp_switch_from_forums() {
    global $custom_bbp_switch;
    if ( $custom_bbp_switch ) {
    $custom_bbp_switch = false;

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