There are many tips on Shrewdies for making the most of Simple:Press. I’ve saved the best until last – leave it.
If you use it, switch to Question2Answer. If you are contemplating using it, contemplate Question2Answer. It is better, faster, and much easier to integrate with WordPress, despite being a standalone system.
I got a compliment from one of the Simple:Press founders – Wow! what a busy forum!
Not this site of course, but I have success elsewhere on the net, and I needed forum support. Simple:Press was broken, and upsetting some of my thousands of daily visitors. I tried to get support, but now you have to pay for it. Don’t get me wrong – people who give good support deserve to get paid. But if a piece of software is broken, you should not have to pay to get it fixed.
I’ve been a Simple:Press supporter since the early days. It is unrecognizable now. The helpful forum, that I have tried to contribute to in the past, is now only accessible if you pay. No cheap or free options. My account is now described as “Membership Level: Legacy”
Legacy is defined as:
- An amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
- Denoting software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use.
Well, they are not getting money or property from me. And it is *not* difficult to replace.
Replacing Simple:Press is easy. Just install Question2Answer. There are simple instructions on how to make it work with WordPress, and if you want to tweak it further, it is a million times easier than Simple:Press.
But, now you are going to ask me about exporting, importing, or converting from Simple:Press to Question2Answer. If you want a conversion routine, I could write one for you, but my best advice is: Don’t Bother. Here is why…
Forums are transient. People come to ask a question, express an opinion, or share an experience. Some threads can stay active for months, but eventually they fade. Managing old forum content has always been an issue, but the last thing you want to do with it is convert it.
I will describe how I handled my “conversion” from Simple:Press to Question2Answer in future posts. If you want to be certain to get them, please subscribe to my free update service.
In the meantime, if you have burning questions, or strong opinions, about converting Simple:Press forums, please ask in the website support forum.