May 25th, 2017 Announcements

Version 2.0 of the bbPress integration boasts new view permissions, custom messages, and more!

Using forums is a staple for encouraging conversations about online course content. Nearly everyone is familiar with how forums work so implementing one for your courses is quite easy with very little learning curve involved for your learners.

The most popular WordPress forum plugin is bbPress, a solution we have integrated with since 2014. Today I am happy to let you know about the latest update to our integration!

There are a lot of behind the scenes updates, but also some new functionality in the integration that will give you added control over the forum permissions for your courses.

New Options for Requirements to Post

In addition to the built-in bbPress view options (i.e. “Private”, “Hidden”, etc.), the updated version of the integration allows you to select one of two criteria which control the ability to participate in the forum.

When you create the forum you will see that you can associate any number of courses to it. This should look familiar as it is how the integration has always worked.

However, now you can select whether a user must be enrolled in ALL of the associated courses versus ANY of the associated courses.

In short, if you select “ALL” then the learner has to be enrolled into all courses before they will be able to access the forum.

If you select “ANY”, then the learner needs to only be enrolled in any one of the associated courses in order to access and participate.

We rounded out this feature by allowing you to create a custom “access denied” message should someone attempt to access without meeting the criteria. This field supports HTML markup so if you are selling courses you can include a link to your sales page!

Allow Read-Only Access

By default anyone who attempts to access a course forum who doesn’t meet the Associated Courses criteria will be presented with an access denied message.

However, you may have some situations where you want to allow non-enrolled learners the ability to still read through the forum content, but without the ability to post.

Why would you want to do this?

Well, one reason is to generate interest from potential customers. If you are selling your courses then the bustling community may be enticing enough for someone to make the purchase.

Taking it one step further, you could have two forums and allow non-enrolled learners to view the content (again, they won’t be able to participate), and then another forum where they aren’t permitted any access.

Feel free to get creative! 🙂

Where to Download

This latest version of the bbPress integration is available today. See update instructions here and don’t hesitate to contact support if you have any questions!

Until next time!

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Thanks Justin
We use social learner bp with learn dash. So currently using the bp forums and groups how does this relate to us?
Thank you

Avatar Jim

Hi Jim – if by “bp” you mean BuddyPress then this particular update has no impact since this is for bbPress.

Yes BP is Buddy Press …. thanks

Avatar Jim

Will we ever see something better than an “access denied” message? It seems really logical and a long time coming to where if someone doesn’t have access, they are given a message allowing them to purchase or learn more about the course. Even a “In order to view the contents of this forum, you need to be enrolled in the corresponding Course COURSENAME.”

The method that exists now can support any message you wish, but we were also limited because some messages come directly from bbPress itself and we couldn’t change those.

Hello Team,
Has this update disturbed the Course Forum Widget settings? What I notice is that now Forum list is appearing on all pages / posts + all forums are showing up – Earlier, it used to display only the forum/s linked to the course and on the relevant course pages only.
Option to customize the messages is great!

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