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.

305 Responses to Groups Forums

  1. Dirk Schrama January 27, 2015 at 7:24 am #


    I’ve bought the plugin and have it for members only on my website:

    I see the forum and the number behind the sub-forums. But when I click through I get a 404. Also when I create the sub-forum and try to look at them I get a 404.

    Thanks, Dirk

    • kento January 28, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Dirk, try visiting Settings > Permalinks please.

  2. Berta January 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm #


    I’m interested in using this plugin, but I wanted to make sure it will meet my needs:

    – Display the last response first
    – Allow non registered userd to comment and create new debates
    – Let me moderate all comments and new topics before they are published to avoid spam.

    Thank you very much in advance for yor help!

    • kento January 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Hi Berta,

      For WordPress in general, you will find under Settings > Discussion the option Comments should be displayed with the (older/newer) comments at the top of each page. This setting also applies to the forum replies.

      To post topics, users must be registered. Simple visitors are not allowed to post new topics.

      You can moderate all comments and topics before they are published.

      Also see the Groups Forums documentation for more details.


  3. loic December 17, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    I’ve downloaded your plugin and get a Links menu in backend.
    What’s this for?
    I can’t find any documentation about this feature.
    Does it display list of external url (list or dropdown list) in a widget ?

  4. Tim November 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    My website developer has designed an e-commerce site using the Dazzling theme from Colorlib. Everything works so far in setting up Groups Forums. However when you click on a forum topic, the topic page looses the theme formatting for the widget areas (they don’t appear), the left and right margins and the footer formatting is messed up. Any suggestions?

    • kento November 25, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Tim,

      Please point your developer to the Themes section of the plugin’s documentation. I’ll be happy to help if needed to adjust it for the theme.


  5. Bob November 9, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    I’m using the Elegent Themes Divi with Woo Commerce, Woo Commerce Subscriptions, Groups Woo Commerce, Groups and Groups Forum.

    I’ve got the plug-in installed but, when I click on the link of the forum name I am not able to see anything other than my elongated footer — seems to be breaking my theme on only that page. I would love any suggestions. Every thing else is working a treat!

    • antonio November 10, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      you could try:
      1.- Enable debugging for WordPress, in wp-config.php add/change these lines:
      define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true );
      define( ‘WP_DEBUG_LOG’, true );
      2.- Visits the page that generates the error.
      3. Disable debugging
      define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, false );
      define( ‘WP_DEBUG_LOG’, false );
      4. Please post the contents of the file wp-content/debug.log through or send us to support at itthinx dot com

    • kento November 14, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for the debug.log and link, there’s nothing strange in there so that’s ok. I think this is rather related to the theme and that we might need to help you create the template files for it. For this extension we maintain a template repository at Groups Forums Templates and if we can get access to the theme as outlined there (with the theme author’s consent), then we can create the templates so that the forums are displayed correctly. Also if you can send us admin access to your site so we can check the setup, that would be great (I’ve tried to see where you have the forums installed but the Forum page doesn’t seem to be produced by this extension).

  6. Alex September 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    “by” in same widget is untranslatable too

  7. Alex September 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Good day! Guys i cant translate widget topics. My language use this plural header in po nplurals=3; plural=(n%10==1 && n%100!=11 ? 0 : n%10>=2 && n%10<=4 && (n%100=20) ? 1 : 2);

    • kento September 29, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Alex, can you please send over your current translation file so we can check it? You can post a link to download it here or send it to support at itthinx dot com (if you email it, please add a link to this conversation).

  8. Sean August 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    I just purchased Groups Forum for our website—unfortunately, there appears to be a conflict with our theme: Responsive ( and Topics just don’t show up.

    Any suggestions? Example here:

    There should be two “Test” topics showing up there. Also, the sidebar gets bumped below the text.

    I am comfortable modifying the theme or the code—just hoping you can point me in right direction…

    • antonio August 25, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      you could try to change the active theme and test if you can see the topics. It seems another problem, not with the theme (maybe this topic is not available to guest users).

      • Sean August 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

        When I change themes to Twenty Twelve, the two topics appear fine. The “Forums” page was restricted, but I have since removed that (no change); there was never any protection on the forum itself or the topics and they failed to show up whether logged in or not.

        • antonio August 26, 2014 at 9:58 am #

          if you want you can send us dashboard admin access to support at itthinx dot com and we’ll have a look (please indicate this comment in the email).

        • antonio August 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

          Thank you very much.
          The problem is that the theme hasn’t a content.php file. You can create a content.php in your theme folder for example with this code. And add to your theme css file (themes/responsive/core/css/style.css) this code:
, #primary.topic {
          width: 65.9574%;


          • Sean August 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

            Thank you!

  9. Alex June 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi kento / itthinx team


    Can users upload attachments and include them in forum posts? If not, do you have plans to introduce such a feature in the near future? (e.g. screenshots)

    Is it possible to customise the Submit a Topic page with extra dropdown boxes and text areas? (e.g. What OS do you use? > Dropdown)


    We already use your Groups plugin and have integrated it with Download Monitor, with the help of a freelancer – this works very well 🙂

    We now want to provide customer support via a wordpress website and so are considering different ticketing / forum plugins.

    Groups Forums seemed close to what we need I thought. I liked the fact it is lightweight.

    We can make a donation for these features if it helps? I’m sure they would be of use to other users, as they aren’t hugely niche.


    I have included this comment at too

    • kento June 17, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Alex,

      Gravity Forms and Gravity Forms + Custom Post Types seems a good option for that. Or you could derive a customized form from the [groups_forums_topic] shortcode.

      Maybe adding the option for attachments is a good idea as well, I’ll certainly take the suggestion into account – we’re preparing an updated release with some useful features targeted specifically at using the plugin as a support platform, and being able to attach screenshots etc OOTB when a user submits a topic would be quite a natural thing.

      If we add this, would you like to beta test? I can’t promise yet because I first need to check our schedule and see if we can fit it in, but it sounds like a good idea.

  10. J May 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    the admin can’t see the topics link in the dashboard.

    I see entry Topics in the dashboard with only subentries: Forums, tags, settings, but not topic’s. Any idea what can cause this?

    • kento May 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi, do you have any other plugin installed that might be causing conflicts? For example, another plugin also creating a topic post type?

  11. Matthew Wood April 5, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Hi, our site is using your forums and groups plugins on a canvas theme. We have the forum sitting in a restricted by group area of the site which uses a different menu from the homepage. All of the forum pages and posts need to display this different menu. Its easy to set the forum pages menu through the page ui, however for front end and back end created topics i can see no way of changing the menu. Therefore when the user clicks a topic they see the home page menus rather than the restricted content area menus, this throws out all of the site navigation for the user. Probably something simple but I’m not seeing it. Many thanks.

    • kento April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Hi Matthew,

      Do you mean you want to show a different menu based on what page the visitor is looking at? That would be a feature that your theme needs to offer, or maybe a plugin that allows to switch menus based on what page is shown …

  12. Matt April 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I am setting up a forum which is in a members only area. the members area has uses a custom menu so all posts and pages in this area will use. My problem is that I can define the menu on the pages I create but I don’t know how to define the menu on the topics posted by site users – presume there is a post template that I need to change? thanks

    • kento April 8, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Matt, it may be necessary to adjust things for the theme, although that would normally be necessary only if the topics or forums don’t display well with the theme used (there’s a documentation page on that ) – does the theme allow you to define menus based on the post type displayed? Topics are a custom post type.

  13. Matt Wood April 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, we are creating a forum that is for access by members only. The members only pages should display a custom top menu. At the moment only the standard menus are being used on the topic pages – i have changed the other pages menus through the setting but i can’t think how to change it for topics. I presume topics is a custom post type. thanks

  14. Julius March 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Hello guys,

    I am about to start trying to integrate your groups forums with buddypress. Want to join me? Maybe a github project?

    • kento March 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

      That sounds great 🙂

  15. Moonworks March 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Is it possible to show a specific forum on a page?

    I want to show a forum for a specific group and this will just be a single forum on a page.

    • Moonworks March 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      Actually, as soon as I clicked on the forum, name, this was answered, I can just use the created page :/

    • Moonworks March 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Sorry, I thought that would work, but it didn’t so please ignore these two replies and stick with the original question 🙂

      • kento March 4, 2014 at 9:01 am #

        Actually it should work, as they sit on their own URLs. Is it possible that the theme needs to be adjusted?

  16. Cornelius February 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    This should be better to read:
    $output .= ‘</ul>’;
    The closing ‘/’ is missing.

    • kento February 12, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      That’s true, thanks for pointing it out! Please post things related to Groups on this page, this here is for things related to Groups Forums.

  17. Cornelius February 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    We use version 1.4.6.
    There is a typing error in class-groups-admin-user-profile.php. Line 72 should read ‘$output .= ”;’, currently: ‘$output .= ”;’!
    Perhaps you can correct this in the next release.

  18. Julius February 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi Guys,

    Firstly I want to say thanks for this plugin!

    I have encountered a new problem. Currently a user purchases an item from our store which gives them access/membership until either 31st June or 31st December.

    Is there a way for me to unsubscribe all users from all forums/topics on those dates?

    Currently I can remove their access but it does not automatically unsubscribe them from forums.
    So basically members are staying subscribed to forums which they no longer have access to..

    Help/advice would be very much appreciated.



    • kento February 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Julius,

      Thanks for using the plugin 🙂

      If you refer to posting topics, they can only do that while they belong to the group that the forum is restricted to. They would still receive notifications on their own topics if someone comments on them though.

  19. Terence January 30, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    Hi Kento,

    When I try to update I see this… “You have version 1.2.1 installed. Update to 1.2.3. View version 1.2.3 details”. then “An error occurred while updating Groups Forums: Update package not available” and shows this… “Newer Version (2.5.9) Installed”


    • antonio January 30, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      Have you tried updating manually?

      • Terence January 30, 2014 at 9:16 am #

        I am assuming it will update manually, of course, but that wasn’t the point of letting Kento know that there was a problem. If I am the only one, then no harm done and I’ll get on and update it manually. Question is ~ am I the only one?

        • kento February 1, 2014 at 11:13 am #

          Hi Terence, that’s odd … where does the “Newer Version (2.5.9) Installed” come from? I’m not aware of others reporting the same so it seems it’s particular to your installation.

      • Terence January 31, 2014 at 12:41 am #

        Manual update went fine. I suspect the clash is in the name space of a similarly named plugin.

        • kento February 1, 2014 at 11:23 am #

          Ok thanks for the update on that. What I would suspect is that both plugins’ update notifiers are ‘mixing’, well at least it worked 😉

  20. Al January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Good day! Is there a way to create page with topics from all forums?

    • kento January 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

      Hi Alex, there are several possibilities. Using the short code [groups_forums_user_topics all="true"] (see, there’s a widget that can be used for that as well, or more fine-tuned retrieving the topics in a template. For the last option, you can use the WordPress API to retrieve posts as usual. Does that help?

      • Al January 10, 2014 at 9:18 am #

        “or more fine-tuned retrieving the topics in a template. For the last option, you can use the WordPress API to retrieve posts as usual.”

        What i need to do to make it in that way? I want to show it not just in list.

        • kento January 17, 2014 at 11:17 am #

          Hi Al,

          The basic query to retrieve topics would be like this:

          $topics = get_posts( array( 'post_type' => 'topic' ) );

          See the WordPress Codex on get_posts for more details on the parameters you can use.

      • Al January 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

        Which php code can i use to show in which category topic were created (single topic template)? I see big function in that php file but can it be smaller? Something like

        • kento January 17, 2014 at 11:19 am #

          This would be:

          $forums = get_the_term_list( get_the_ID(), 'forum', '', ', ', '' );

  21. Kaiser January 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    I do not think this plugin is compatible with my wordpress theme. I would GREATLY appreciate it if you can lend a hand.
    Please let me know if i can provide any additional information needed to resolve this matter.


    • kento January 3, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Hi Kaiser,

      Sure, can you please let us know which theme you are using? Also see the Themes in the documentation, once we have access to it we can add the template files to the repository.


      • Kaiser January 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

        Hi, thanks for getting back to me. I was sure i had posted a reply earlier. Guess not.

        The theme I’m using is called Newster by Buzzgency. It can be found at this link:

        I’m pretty sure I have received permission for edits as the author has provided their email should we need anything else: info at themes campus dot com

        Please let me know what else I can do, or get for you in order to resolve this issue as soon as possible.


        • kento January 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

          Hi Kaiser,

          Thanks for the info and for checking with the authors. Please send the theme over to support at itthinx dot com and we will add adjusted template files to the repository.


          • Kaiser January 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm #


            Thanks for getting back to me. I’ve visited the support page, but I cant seem to find where to submit the theme file. Thanks for the help.

            • kento January 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

              I’ve indicated an email address in the previous reply 🙂

  22. Al December 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Dont know why but i cant reply on your last answers (no link).

    Please check the Comment Registration setting on the Groups Forums > Settings page, the plugin you mention adds a checkbox to the comment form but this won’t appear unless these are allowed.

    You mean in “comment registration” i need to set “only registered users can….” I make it and checkbox is appear in comments but not in “submit post” form of GP. And when i create post i not subscribe to it.

    WPML integration

    No its not work like it should and problems in last e-mail about WPML is not resolved.

    • kento December 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      On the ‘Submit a Topic’ page of GF, there is a checkbox labeled ‘Notify me via email when someone replies.’ – the other plugin’s checkbox won’t appear on the custom form and isn’t need there.

      For WPML it would be good to check and solve any issues, I think it would be great to have them working smoothly together. We’ll test and I’ll have a look at the email you sent recently as well on that.

      • Al January 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

        Its great! WPML give free version of plugin for developers and support with help as much as they can. Let me know how it will goes. Big thanks!

  23. Al December 18, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Good day! On which e-mail i can write privat info? I bought forums and have problems

    • antonio December 18, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      please use this page’s comments system.

      • Al December 18, 2013 at 11:57 am #

        Hi, i cant post here my admin access

        • kento December 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

          Please describe your issue here first. If needed, we will ask you to provide admin access which you should then send to support at itthinx dot com.

          • alexus December 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

            1. Disable of notifications is not work. They send to author even if i disable them.
            2. Have you test plugin with WPML? I have little issues. First one when we submit post it create it in main language and second in latest post widget it show posts of all languages but should to show only 1 language posts.

            • kento December 23, 2013 at 9:02 am #


              Regarding #1 is there another plugin that might be sending these out? GF wouldn’t send out the notifications if you have them disabled.
              On #2 WPML, from your email it seems that you have been able to sort this out? Would you mind sharing what you did change in case someone else has a similar issue?

          • alexus December 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

            I would like to make notifications send by “Subscribe to comments” plugin but problem that when author create post plugin dont subscribe him. Dont know why.

            • kento December 23, 2013 at 9:19 am #

              Please check the Comment Registration setting on the Groups Forums > Settings page, the plugin you mention adds a checkbox to the comment form but this won’t appear unless these are allowed.

  24. Nsisong December 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Can I have the customization done for me? No i won’t need the Group Forums but i’ll need group file access (i think) since i intend to apply same functions to downloadable files

    • kento December 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      A freelancer should be able to do this for you 🙂

  25. paul December 5, 2013 at 11:41 am #


    1. I uncheked all the notification options on the Settings page, saved and now get that error, when trying to access it again. May this error appear just by selecting certain setting options?

    2. The theme is Dixit and without a Shortcode that I can paste, the list of Topics page looks incorrectly.

    Please assist.

    • kento December 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      Hi Paul,

      Regarding the error can you please give us access to the site so we can have a look? Please provide access details to support at itthinx dot com.

      Regarding the theme, please clear access to the theme for us with the developer and we’ll prepare the templates for the Dixit theme. Please point the developer to this conversation and the Themes page on the plugin’s documentation, as we will add the adjusted template files to the repository once granted access to the theme.

  26. Nsisong December 5, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Hello Kento,

    I’m working on a project where i want new content to be accessible to everyone but if the content stays for more than 3 months, it would require a subscription/registration to access.

    Can I achieve this with groups plugin?

    • kento December 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      You would need to customize that and can use Groups’ API for that. Do you plan on using Groups Forums as well?

  27. paul December 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm #


    1. When accessing Settings page, i got his error:

    Fatal error: Class ‘Groups_Forums_Comment_Notifications’ not found in /wp-content/plugins/groups-forums/lib/admin/settings.php on line 200

    2. Do you have a short code for a topics’ list of a Forum?
    Theme templates are distorted.


    • kento December 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      Hi Paul,

      On #1 what settings are you using? The error shouldn’t come up if the plugin is installed and none of its files is missing, but assuming the latter isn’t the case, it could be a bug related to a specific configuration in the settings.

      #2 See

      Regarding templates it depends on the theme. Let me know what theme you’re using and we’ll add the adjusted templates to the plugin’s template repository.

  28. lawsgm December 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Can you point me toward some troubleshooting tips?

    Having a conflict with my theme, a slightly-mosified version of the “stock” theme has the same problem.

    Works fine in “Twenty Thirteen” theme… so I know it’s not your plugin per se, but unless I give them a copy of your code, they can’t help troubleshoot.

    The only list that shows is by tag ( i.e. )

    Forum list does not show any posts (i.e. ).

    From the tag list, clicking post title only shows “Posted in forum_name” and “Tags tag_name” – the title and body of the post do not show at all. Regular posts work fine in this theme.

    Thanks in advance if you can point me in the right direction…
    – Earl

    • kento December 4, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Hi Earl,

      The templates will need to be adjusted, let me have a look at the Travelify theme and add these to the repository. Or if you’d like to have a quick look yourself, there’s an example for the Genesis theme in the repository.


    • kento December 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      The repository has been updated with the template files for the Travelify theme. Please check the instructions there to see where you have to place the files.

  29. Bruno França October 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Editors (in moderators group) can’t view topics on admin screen… I’m very confused :S

    • kento October 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      That’s odd, can we have a look? Please send access to support at itthinx dot com.

  30. Quinn October 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm #


    We used WordPress Toolbox as a base which is basically a bare bones theme. I read the documentation and I’m curious why Forums is breaking away from our actve theme. The forums page ( is fine but when you view the topic, the theme breaks. Do we need to define which page layout it should use?



    • antonio October 14, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      if you want, you can send us dashboard admin access to support at itthinx dot com, and we’ll have a look. (please indicates this comment in the email).

  31. Bruno França October 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    Some incompatibility with Genesis Framework? The forum’s page doesn’t display any content (topics). Only a Blank screen with forum name 🙁

  32. Bruno França October 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    How can I enable Rich Editor on discussions?

    • kento October 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      It depends. Which one do you want to use and where? TinyMCE that comes with WordPress which is used on the back end and make it available to users posting on the front end?

      • Bruno França October 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

        Yes. The idea is offer the same editor on frontend. With this, the forum members can post topics with attachments, images, etc. The access is restricted to members.

        • kento October 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

          I think it wouldn’t be too difficult to add TinyMCE to the textarea using its editor_selector, provided that the tiny_mce script is enqueued for the front end on the page where the topics are submitted. But if you want to provide attachments etc. it would require a lot of customization to the way topics are submitted. Also there are considerations regarding security. Another option would be to let users draft their own topics on the back end, but to which extent that would be as useful as how it is designed to work on the front end, depends on what you want to achieve.

          I think it’s worth to consider at least adding the option to make the submit topic page use the Visual editor optionally.

  33. Quinn October 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm #


    I’m having a problem with viewing topics. All of the basic pages have been created. You can see the forum at

    You’ll see that there’s one topic in that forum. You receive a 404 when trying to click through to the forum. I can confirm that the forum/slug are setup.

    The same thing happens with posts. They appear to exist but only lead to a 404.

    Have you seen this before?



    • Quinn October 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      A quick follow up to this. I went to the permalinks setting as mentioned in another post. This resolved the 404 issue but now the default template doesn’t work on the topic pages 🙂

      We have 2 page layouts – a home and sub. The topics is taking on the homepage layout


      • kento October 8, 2013 at 7:54 am #

        Hi Quinn,

        I was just going to suggest that on your previous post but saw the follow-up in time 🙂

        What theme are you using? Have a look at the Themes section in the documentation please and let me know if you want help with creating templates for the one you are using.


  34. craig September 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi Kento, it happens whether I am logged in as administrator or as any other group, so even browsers who aren’t even registered in any way can access the groups restricted content.

    • kento September 24, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      This would happen if what is used to display the product images doesn’t respect the restrictions imposed on posts. For example, a plugin accessing the database directly instead of using WordPress queries. In that case, the plugin should be adjusted to respect the access restrictions put in place. BTW you’re posting on the Groups Forums plugin page and this doesn’t seem related to it. If it’s just a question about Groups, please post on the Groups page.

  35. craig September 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    I’m using image zoom with woocommerce to display product images. I’d like to hide access restrictions images from non group customers, but unfortunately even though the images are ticked with access restrictions they are displayed.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • kento September 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Hi Craig, does that happen with any user or do you have the admin override option enabled and are accessing them using an admin account?

  36. drliter July 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Hey Kento, how easy would it be to add image support to posts? Should we add a seperate field, or is it possible to add a WYSIWYG editor to that specific page?

    • kento July 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Hey there, I had thought of adding it as an option but haven’t had a chance of doing that yet. But here‘s an interesting question on how to add the editor on the front end – I’d probably consider using the wp_editor function in a derived shortcode based on [groups_forums_topic]. It’s just an idea if it might help you until the option is there, do you think you could work with that?

  37. Drliter July 11, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Hi Kento, We tried all that. I’ve switched to a default theme, disabled all plugins except for the two groups related and we still get a 404 on the tag links. Also; reinstalling the forum without the hack that we used resultated in the same problems (posts not found, tags nog found).

    Any other suggestions? As you can see on the live site, its the default theme with only two plugins activated.

    • kento July 12, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks for that, let’s see what else we can find out, that’s really odd. Will take another look at the site with the defaults set right now.

    • kento July 12, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Found it! The Exclude topics from normal search results option was enabled (in Topics > Settings) and it seems it does such a great job at hiding the results, it exceeds any expectations, in other words, that’s a bug.

      Many thanks for pointing the issue you had out, please leave that option disabled for now I’m going to look into it.

      • kento July 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

        Update: It’s a bug in WordPress, see ‘exclude_from_search’ excludes from non-search queries. D’oh! I fear we’ll need a workaround for that or fix the bug in WordPress.

        • drliter July 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

          Hey Kento,

          Thanks for figuring out what the problem was. Does this bug affect both the post listing page as well as the issue with broken tag links?

          • kento July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

            Yes it would affect those as well from what I can see. I’m looking at how this is handled internally in WordPress and the implementation doesn’t match the semantics. What I’ll do is modify the way the option is handled in Groups Forums.

          • drliter July 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

            Hi Kento, thank you for your effort in finding a solution. Looking forward to the update. I assume this will be a new release that we can re-download and install once you’ve released it?

            • kento July 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

              Thanks for your help in finding the issue, it’s been really useful and fixing it is the least I can do 🙂 Yes, there will be an updated release which you will be able to download from CodeCanyon shortly.

  38. Drliter July 4, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    We’re using WP 3.5.1 and this plugin. Most things work, except for the following things:

    The tag link doesn’t work (/topic_tag/…). I get a 404-not-found message. I tried changing the permalinks as well as saving it again.

    We also had issues with the forum page (/forum/…/) We were able to fix this, by adding the following code to the taxonomy-forum.php file (before it only showed the forum title, without posts):

    $wp_query->post_type = ‘topic’; $wp_query = new WP_Query(‘post_type=topic’);

    We shouldn’t be needing this code normally, should we?

    What could be the issue for the tag URL and the need of our fix?

    The website we are having this issue is:

    • kento July 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi thanks for posting the details here, I’ve checked it on your site and could get the same result related to tags on a test site. I’ll check what exactly happens, it probably needs an update. Regarding the forum page, do you happen to have a page (even if it’s in the trash) whose slug is forum?

      • Drliter July 8, 2013 at 8:36 am #

        No, there’s no (concept/trashed) page names forum.

        • kento July 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

          Can I have a look at the admin section?

    • kento July 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      Regarding 404s, there are two reasons I can retrace:

      #1 You need to visit the Settings > Permalinks page to get them updated – do this even if you have just been there and changed the settings. For example, go to Settings > Permalinks, choose a structure under Common Settings and hit Save Changes. You need to visit that same page again after that.

      #2 You have Groups Forums Restricted activated and try to access the pages as a plain visitor (not logged in).

      • Drliter July 10, 2013 at 8:43 am #

        Hi, the first solution isn’t working and the second remark isn’t the case, since we’re working on the forum while being logged into the admin section.

        On what mail address can i reach you, to send the admin details for the site?

        • kento July 10, 2013 at 11:59 am #

          To support at itthinx dot com please.

        • kento July 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

          Thanks for the access, had a look around and changed permalinks to postname as the one you had created invalid links for the topic tag archives. Still with this changed, there must be a conflict, it’s not producing a 404 but there are no results for the topic tag archive even though there should be topics shown. Unfortunately I can’t say where exactly the conflict is, but I would recommend the usual conflict-detection procedure: use a ‘default’ theme, disable all plugins except the essentials, in this case Groups and Groups Forums and make sure the topic for the topic tags archive show up. Enable the custom theme and test. If it works, then enable plugins individually until they (the topics) don’t show up anymore for the topic tag archive. Once you have found out which plugin is conflicting, we can see what is causing the conflict and look for a solution.

  39. alex v June 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Oops, sorry about that.

    How about a gist instead?

  40. alex v June 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Hey there,
    Do you guys have any guidelines on creating a page template that lists all content that the current user has the capability to view/access?

    I’ve got a series of conditionals setup, but it doesn’t quite do the trick if they have access to more than one piece of content.

    Any help here is appreciated.

    • alex v June 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      This did the trick for me. Dammit if I don’t love WP_Query

      ‘perm’ => ‘readable’


      $course_posts = new WP_Query($args);

      if($course_posts->have_posts()) :
      while($course_posts->have_posts()) :

      <a href="” title=””>

      Oops, there are no posts.

      • kento June 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

        The filter has managed to cripple the code you posted successfully 😉 Would you mind posting it through pastebin?

    • kento June 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Do you mean for Groups in general or related to Groups Forums?

  41. Stephanie April 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Thanks for getting back to me and for the heads up. Search continues. Love the ease of this plug in though. Too bad it’s not what we’re looking for in this case. 🙁


  42. Stephanie April 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    We’re interested in creating an area on our existing site (WordPress platform) for assigned users to collaborate and share documents, message each other, etc and I’m wondering if the Groups Forums might be what we’re looking for.

    We need the ability for users to upload/attach documents to forum topics. Also needed is the capability for the moderator (me) to register new users and ensure they only have access to their assigned group – which I’m thinking will actually be Forums I create specifically for certain members? I’m sorry if this is all over the place – I’m not a developer by any means and need something very basic and end-user-friendly.

    We also need it kept out of search engines as it’s a place for corporate departments to collaborate internally. 🙂


    • kento April 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Hi Stephanie,

      This requirement isn’t met by the plugin in a direct way: the posts in forums are not protected from public exposure (search engines included) unless you protect them using Groups’ access restriction mechanism, i.e. before a topic is published, a moderator would have to manually protect the topic so it only appears to those who should be able to read it.

      I don’t think it would be an ideal match for what you’re looking for in general, it can be made to meet your requirements, but if you’re looking for a solution that provides all of it OOTB, it’s not what you need. It really would have to be customized. I would recommend to search for another solution that comes closer to what you need, if you eventually don’t find a good solution, you could of course consider a customization.


  43. Julius Wulf April 24, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Guys, this plugin is really giving me a hard time. I am trying to just have forums, under each forum display just that specific forums topics, not all the topics from all the other forums as well.. Is something broken here? Is it not default behaviour for a forum to hold all topics and not just the one that the current user started?

    • kento April 26, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Julius, yes the default would be to only have posts in that forum appear in it. If posts from all forums appear, something isn’t right. Can you share a link and code you are using currently please?

  44. Jery April 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    I am using the Thematic Theme and with the default template (right sidebar), on the Topics page the title, description and tags box are three sided boxes (no right side). When I change the template to full width the forum becomes the full width of the page and are three sided boxes. In both cases i can see the small triangle on lower right of the description box and if i move it slightly to the left the right side of the box appears but no change to the title and tags box. When I allow comments on the page the comments box is fine.
    Thank You

    • antonio April 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      is an incompatibility issue theme, you can fix it, adding this to theme’s css:

      .site-content {
      float: left;
      width: 65.104166667%;


  45. Julius Wulf March 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #


    I am trying to show all topics in the forum not just the users, but this does not work. Am I doing something wrong?

    [groups_forums_user_topics all="true"]

    • antonio March 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Julius,
      this shortcode is correct.
      Beware of pending messages that only owners can see. Maybe that’s why you can not see them.


  46. Shelly March 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks! Actually, THAT would be a *perfect* solution, because we’re already using these “videos” as custom post types. All I’d have to do is change the post type slug 🙂 I’ll give that a shot – that might actually work really well 🙂


  47. Shelly March 15, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    I’m wanting to use BuddyPress/bbPress for a site I’m working on for two reasons: private messaging and (more importantly) bbPress has a plugin where you can turn the comments to a particular post into a forum thread. Would this extension to Groups do either (or hopefully both) of these things? More the latter than the former – we REALLY want people to be able to interact with the forum directly from whatever post they are on (the post would be associated with a forum).

    • kento March 19, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Shelly, this won’t be possible, at least not OOTB (you could manually change the post type to topic to convert a normal post into a topic, but there is no user interface for that to make it easier).

  48. Julius March 13, 2013 at 9:41 am #


    I am hoping you can help me, I am using groups, groups forums, and groups woocommerce together. I need to filter the results on the Forums page to only display forums which the user has been subscribed to, and not all forums.

    Could you please help or give some advice with this?

    • antonio March 14, 2013 at 6:57 am #

      Hi juluis,
      right now you can do it, but we are working hard to launch this in the next update.


  49. David Guzman February 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm #


    I was thinking of purchasing your groups forums extension for a site I’m working on the production level. See, the client wants an area where the Therapy Volunteers can communicate with each other in a private forum and they have the ablity register. Furthermore, where I can assign moderators to manage the forum. Would your extension be able to do that, and where I set the certain capabilties for the moderators to have? Currently, I have bbpress installed locally in my machine and I have been playing with it, but I’m at a cross roads if I should get your extension or stick with bbpress. What’s your thoughts on it???

    Best Regard,
    David G.
    San Diego, CA

    • kento February 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks David, I was actually going to prepare a post on how bbPress and Groups Forums compare in terms of performance, with your question in mind, I might give it a try later on because that would really be interesting and can help to make a decision on whether to use one or the other.

      Groups Forums can create a Topic Moderators group for you. You can assign users to that group and these would have all the necessary permissions to moderate the forums. You can also extend their capabilities if you need them to access additional admin functions. I can give you access to a test site if you’d like to try that out.

      • David Guzman February 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

        Sure, I would like to give your test site a try.

        • kento February 15, 2013 at 11:50 am #

          Cool, just created an account for you on the site. The account is in the Topic Moderators group. Give it a try, any questions just let me know.

  50. David Guzman February 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    I’m currently working on a web project for a service dog program web site ( Sunny San Diego. Currently, it’s in a production directory, which the directory is htaccess protected, before I purchase your plugin, I have several questions regarding about your Groups Forum Extension from the Groups Plugin( I would like to correspond with you via email. Also, I will read more on the documentation of this extension. Is this the best way to contact you at this email address? (edited)

    Thank you very much,
    David G

    • kento February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am #

      Hi David,

      You’re very welcome to post any questions related to the plugin here, it’s the preferred way as it helps others find answers to similar questions 🙂


      • David Guzman February 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

        I posted the question on your profile on You probably have to find it there. Once you find my inquiry, I will be more than happy to post it here, so others can see what I inquired about for the groups forums extension, so we can discuss about it here instead on your profile on

        Best Regards,
        David Guzman
        San Diego, CA

        • kento February 14, 2013 at 11:26 am #

          It seems you didn’t leave a comment there, probably used the message function and that can take a while to respond. You don’t imagine the amount of emails I receive … I prefer to have open discussions as it is much more productive than answering closed emails 🙂

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