Groups Forums


Purchase a license and download the plugin.

Groups Forums provides a powerful and yet light-weight forum system for WordPress sites.

Based on Groups, unlimited forums can be maintained, where every user or only members of a group are able to post and reply to topics in a forum, while forums are still visible to the public.


  • Front End and Back End topic submission
  • Topic Moderators and Topic Assignees
  • Use it as a Support System with fully automated topic assignment
  • Sticky topics
  • Subscribe to topics with the option to leave a reply or not
  • Customizable comment notifications with Groups Notifications
  • Pending/published topic notifications for site admin, moderators and authors.
  • Support for theme templates with theme-neutral default templates provided for topics and forums
  • Widgets included : Forums, Topics, Topic Tags, Topic Search
  • Shortcodes included : list forums, let users submit and edit topics on the Front End, show user’s topics, topic tag clouds and topic search form
  • More information is available in the online Documentation


Give it a try! You can register a user account on the demo site to post topics and replies.


Detailed information about the plugin is available in the Documentation.

199 Responses to Groups Forums

  1. Lily Dagdag February 2, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    Is there a way to add additional fields to a registration form so when you have a forum, members can have more detailed profiles? For example adding social media links, address, business name, etc.

    • kento February 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi Lily,

      The plugin doesn’t provide customization options for the registration form but there are several plugins our there that do allow to define additional fields. One of them is Profile Builder if you’d like to give it a try. In any case I’ll take the suggestion into account.


      • Lily Dagdag February 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

        Thanks, I’ll check out that plugin!

  2. Pascal Bakhuis February 23, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    So this is not based on bbpress? And if isn’t why write a complete forum system (gargantuan task) instead of just piggybacking on bbpress?

    • kento February 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

      Hi Pascal,

      Good question, have a look at the FAQ documentation section under How is it built? and another aspect is outlined on this post. There are requirements that are different from those that underly bbPress.


  3. Chad March 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Just purchased this plugin, installed, added a forum and topic to the forum. When I try to view the forum or the topic I get a 404 redirect. I have tried without restrictions and with restrictions — both, give redirects. Suggestions? Thanks.


    • kento March 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Chad, could you please try to visit Settings > Permalinks on your site’s Dashboard? It sounds like the permalink structure needs to be updated.

  4. Chad March 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Sorry, I don’t know what you mean. We’ve had no issues with permalinks before using the plugin. Can you be more specific? Thanks.

  5. Chad March 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    I refreshed updated my permalinks and it seems to be working now. Thanks. New question… is there a way to customize the forum and topic pages. I think they are using single.php. Thanks.

    • kento March 17, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

      Yes, please review the documentation for the plugin, there’s a section on themeing and examples linked to its GitHub repository.

  6. Nigel March 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Is it possible to have forums within forums, that is, have a forum for, say, travel and sub forums for Africa, America and so on, or can they only be separate, standalone forums?


    • kento March 23, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Nigel,

      Yes, you can have sub-forums.

      • Nigel March 23, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

        Excellent! Thanks!

  7. Nigel March 23, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    I set up a forum and a sub-forum. Then I wrote a short topic. I went to the Permalinks page as suggested, as the topic gave a 404 error. However, when I click the forum link now with the topic, it does not show up on the page. So, at least I’m getting into the forum, just not seeing the topic displayed there.
    At the moment, I don’t have any topic moderators group and as far as I know the topic is published properly.
    Any other setting you can suggest so that the topic shows up?
    This is on a staging site.


    • kento March 24, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      If the topic is published but doesn’t show on the forum page then it might be because the template used to display the forum page needs to be adjusted. Can you please have a look at and let me know if you need help with that?

      • Nigel March 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

        It looks like there’s a much bigger issue with the theme as a whole. I’ve contacted the theme owner/developer for permission to work on the theme, but it’s not going to happen.
        I really would have liked to have used this and had high hopes of it, but, it’s not your fault that it’s simply vastly incompatible with what I’m using.
        Is it OK if I ask for a refund in this case? I’m going with bbpress instead, which is almost working right straight off.
        Thanks for taking the time to answer my previous questions.

        • kento March 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

          Hi Nigel,

          Sorry to hear that, if it would be of any use and you would like us to have a look at the theme it would be a pleasure. But if it’s easier for you to use bbpress instead it would be fully understandable and you should be granted a refund on the plugin (please ask Envato as they handle the sales currently, if you point them to our conversation here they should be able to do that without a problem).


  8. Nick April 8, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    How could I make sure that all users in a particular group get a digest of the forums content relating to them say weekly? This is a relatively small membership site and I don’t think people will check the forums regularly but I’d like them to be able to see the information shared there regularly.


  9. Nick April 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi is there any way to get an rss feed url for forum topics or the forums as a whole?

    • antonio April 14, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      Hi Nick,
      you can use something like this
      Antonio B.

  10. Jason April 20, 2015 at 4:09 am #

    Hi, I am unable to find how to allow members to subscribe to a specific forum or topic?

    • antonio April 20, 2015 at 7:48 am #

      Hi Jason,
      On Topics->Settings you can select send notifications to the comment authors and the post author.
      Sounds interesting the option to subscribe without participating. I communicate this to developers.
      Antonio B.

  11. dave May 15, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    sir, can a user who is already a registered user on my wp site, log in to ‘groups forum’ using the same credentials? or do they need to register separately for ‘group forum’.


    • kento May 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Hi Dave,

      They use the same login as for the WordPress site, it’s not a separate forum system but fully integrated with WordPress.


  12. dave May 15, 2015 at 10:19 am #


    two more questions:

    2) is the ‘groups forum’ separate from ‘comments’ in wp?
    if a reader comments on a post will it become part of ‘group forum’?
    or vice versa?

    2) is it possible for a user to upload an image in a topic/reply?


    thanks for your help.

    • kento May 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Dave,

      #1 The comments on topics are comments like on other posts but the comments left on a topic belong to the topic, not to another post.
      #2 No, they would need to place a link for that.


  13. Joyce Grace June 4, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    Is it not possible to have the forums be completely private as well? I tried to search for this in your documentation and all I can see is that the access to the forums can be restricted to particular users, but the forums themselves will be public, is that correct? Is there a way to make them private with the Groups shortcodes?

    • kento June 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

      Hi Joyce,

      There’s one little helper plugin Groups Forums Restricted.

      Does that help?


      • eliot September 13, 2015 at 4:33 am #

        The GF-Restricted descriptions says: “only members of the Registered group can view topics.”

        I would like all Forums, Topics, and Comments (and their titles) created for/by Group 1 to be INVISIBLE to everyone who is not in Group 1. And the same with Group 2, etc.

        Is this possible with GF-Restricted or in some other manner that isn’t too complicated?

        Also, can User-1 be made a moderator only for Group-1 and Group-2, and User-2 be made a moderator only for Groups-3, 4, and 5? Ie, can capabilities be made group-specific?

        Other than this possible concern, it looks great!


        • kento September 16, 2015 at 10:44 am #

          Hi Eliot,

          To restrict read access to the forums you can use Groups Restrict Categories.

          Group-specific moderators are currently not supported, it’s possible that this is added in a future release but I can’t promise on an ETA for such a feature yet.


  14. Jack June 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    Is there anyway to restrict access to a forum to a group which isn’t registered? For example I’d like “Example Group” To be able to go in “Example Forum” But not in a different “Example2 Forum” Is there anyway I can do that? I don’t really understand how to restrict individual forums in Groups Forums Restrict so.. Can I have some help?

    • kento June 11, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Hi Jack,

      You can restrict forums by group, see details on Forums in the documentation please.


  15. whoaloic June 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    I don’t understand why you keep “Liinks” admin menu in the plugin.
    What is the point of this menu?
    Could you erase this menu in a next update?
    Best wishes

    • antonio June 23, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      Hi whoaloic,
      Where you have the ‘Links’ submenu ?
      This is the actual submenu:
      Antonio B.

  16. Brett July 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi, we are running Groups and Groups Forums. We have selected Notify site admin and members of “Topic Moderators” group when a topic is published, but we are not getting notifications. When a visitor comments on a forum post they do receive notifications. Any ideas?

    • kento July 15, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Brett,

      This can have several causes:

      – you might want to use an SMTP plugin like this one to make sure your emails get through
      – conflicting plugins or themes (disable all other plugins and use a standard theme to test)
      – a blacklisted server (others don’t want to take its emails, solved by getting it off blacklists or using another email server)
      – emails are interpreted as spam/junk (check that DNS records for sending server are appropriate)


  17. Kevin August 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Hello, I recently purchased Groups Forums thinking it would bridge the gap between Groups and bbPress, and was extremely disappointed when I found out that GF was indeed it’s own forums plugin. I know I should have researched it a little better, but regardless, this plugin is not doing what I anticipated at all!

    Even wit Groups Forums Restricted, topics are still readable by non-members of a group, even though comments are not.

    I was wondering if there is a possible way for a refund due to having purchased it less than an hour ago and I have no intentions of using this plugin ever again.

    Thank you,

    • kento August 28, 2015 at 6:33 am #

      Hi Kevin,

      Please contact Envato support for this, as the sales for this plugin are handled through the CodeCanyon marketplace. In this case, there should be no problem with getting a refund, it’s not what you expected and you clearly purchased it by mistake.


  18. Alex September 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    Good day! It would be awesome if subscribe would be possible not only to topics, but to forums too.

    • Kento September 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi Alex,

      That would certainly be very useful. Many thanks for the suggestion, goes right on top of our feature todo list!


  19. Jennifer October 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Probably a long shot but any chance of this forum plugin being hooked up to Facebook Groups sometime? Was working with BBpress and Add Link to Facebook,( which when working allows forum posts to post to FB and vice versa) but I’m considering switching over to this and not sure how that plugin will work with it in the future, but if you feel like making another cool plugin, I’d pay for both.

    • Kento October 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for the suggestion, the idea actually sounds very interesting to me. Let’s talk? I’ll get in touch with you with a quick email.


  20. Jerry November 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I used s2member to create 298 recurring subscriptions. Now I’ve transferred over to woocommerce with groups along with affiliates pro and upgraded to reference transactions. What steps do I take to allow affiliates pro to track recurring payments created with paypal standard so that recurring compensation is recorded for members of the specific groups?

    • Kento November 6, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Jerry,

      You’re posting on the wrong page, this page is for Groups Forums which is unrelated to your question. Please use the premium support forum for Affiliates Pro here for such questions. Also you can review this documentation page related to your question.


  21. Hi! November 20, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    Hi Kento !
    Thanks for your work.
    I’ve been trying to use Groups Forum on a WordPress with Divi fro elegant Themes. Looks like it’s working fine except for displaying forum and topics. I used the template provided with the plugin, improves but we’re not there yet. For example can see comments to a topic, but topic itself not displayed, etc…
    By the way, I did a translation of the plugin in French with Poeedit. I can send it to you if that’s of interest..

    Best regards,

    • antonio November 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Greg,
      please give us an url to have a look.
      We will be grateful if you send us the translation to itthinx at itthinx dot com.
      Antonio B.

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