Creating a Forum

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  • #897134

    yorkrubin
    Member

    Hi, I’m an officer in my local ASME chapter and recently we’ve been communicating via email, but that doesn’t work very efficiently.

    Basically we’re looking to be able to set up a forum that we can post a new topic in and then everyone can add to it via threads.

    Is it possible to do something like this on wordpress?

    Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is ucfasme.wordpress.com.

    #897227

    timethief
    Member

    There is no forum or wiki that you can embed into a free hosted WordPress.com blog as there is no FTP access and we cannot install plugins. You have three options: WordPress.com Forum Options

    #897553

    aliceharding
    Member

    Id be very grateful if someone could explain this which is from the link above.

    “Register a forum on the internet and then create a custom menu in your blog and include a custom link to the forum in it.”

    I do have a custom menu and links, but I don’t understand why and how we need to create this to link to a forum and not just have an ordinary link listed with the other links? Would it be to list subjects?

    #897554

    aliceharding
    Member

    It would be brilliant if someone could post a link to a blog that has one of these.

    Thanks!

    #897555

    raincoaster
    Member

    I don’t know any blog that has one, but it’s easy. Really, if you find hosting for a forum somewhere, anywhere, you can link to it in a Custom Menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    #897557

    aliceharding
    Member

    Thanks.

    I just don’t get what is the difference between just having a link to a forum and using the custom menu?

    Why can’t we just have a link, or in other words what is the benefit/purpose of using the custom menu?

    Thanks!

    #897558

    timethief
    Member

    The custom menu has a link right on the top navigation bar when visitors click it they are in your forum. It’s smooth and unified appearance.

    I also explained how to do it here http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/04/23/wordpress-com-forum-options/ and included the link to a custom menu walkthrough in it http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/

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