I no longer support or recommend Simple:Press. Please search here for Question2Answer if you want a forum for your hosted WordPress website.
The Simple:Press forum plugin is one of the most comprehensive and customisable plugins available for WordPress.
Is that enough for me?
Oh, no! I have to push just that little bit further.
It started some time ago, when I wanted to include a hyperlink in a forum description. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the HTML held up fine in the forum, and links, bold text and other markups were easy to add.
I was less happy when I went back to the Admin pages to make other changes – the HTML screwed up the Admin display, and could not be edited. However, it could easily be re-typed, or edited directly in the database through phpMyAdmin, so, I left things as they were. For a while.
I was tempted to raise this with the support guys at Simple:Press. They have always been extremely responsive, and their own forum is a fine example of the best in technical support. However, a new version was in the late stages of the release process, so I thought I would wait until after it’s release.
WordPress Enzymes Plugin
As good as Enzymes is, I find I can do the same things and more with the Pods CMS plugin. See the WordPress Pods Blog for more.
This is a fascinating plugin that allows so many ways of manipulating your content that it deserves (and probably needs) a series of articles to do it justice.
In it’s very simple form, it allows you to store data in standard WordPress Custom Fields and refer to them wherever you want.
I’ll cover Enzymes in more detail later. For the forum description, all you need to do is to store the HTML for your description in a Custom Field, and it is easy to display, and easy to edit.