bbPress Add-on allows you to integrate Paid Member Subscriptions with the popular forums plugin bbPress. With this integration you will be able to restrict entire forums or only particular topics and permit access only to users that have an active subscription for one of your subscription plans.
Install the bbPress Add-on
The bbPress Integration is a Basic add-on, available with a Paid Member Subscriptions Hobbyist or Pro license only.
After purchasing the add-on, the .zip file will be available for download under your account page by clicking the “Add-ons Download” button.
Once downloaded, you can install the add-on as a normal WordPress plugin, by uploading the .zip file in your WordPress Admin -> Plugins -> Add New -> Upload Plugin.
Alternatively, you can install the bbPress Integration add-on by extracting the folder found inside the archive and uploading the entire folder via FTP to your /wp-content/plugins folder found inside your WordPress install.
Restricting Access to Forums
Restricting access to forums is done the same way as for posts and pages. For forums though, you have an extra option, namely “Topic Restriction Mode”, that will affect the way the restricted forum behaves as follows:
- Hide Topic and Replies – Will hide the forum entirely. Instead of displaying the list of topics within the restricted forum, the custom restriction message will be displayed or the restriction redirect will happen.
- Show Topic, but hide Replies – Will show the list of topics within the forum and the user will be able to access the topic, but when displaying the single topics, only the topic content will be displayed. The replies for the topic will be hidden, these being replaced with the restriction message.
Restricting Access to Topics
Topics can be individually restricted as well, if the parent forum is not restricted. The “Topic Restriction Mode” works for topics as follows:
- Hide Topic and Replies – Will hide the single topic entirely. Instead of displaying the topic and its replies, the custom restriction message will be displayed or the restriction redirect will happen.
- Show Topic, but hide Replies – Will show only the topic content and the replies for the topic will be hidden, these being replaced with the restriction message.
Custom Restriction Messages for Forums and Topics
If you wish to use a different default restriction message for your forums and topics you can customize them from Paid Member Subscriptions -> Settings -> Content Restriction.
These restriction messages are helpful if you want to have a different marketing copy for forums and topics, leaving the other restricted content with the marketing copy you already have in place.