Simple:Press Forum


Simple:Press is an all-in-one, feature-rich forum plugin designed to seamlessly integrate with your WordPress site.
With a focus on performance and user experience, it offers an extensive range of free and premium features to meet all your forum needs.

The plugin has undergone rigorous testing and offers complete support for PHP 7.4 up to PHP 8.2.

Key Features

  • Enterprise-grade performance, scalable for thousands of users
  • Seamless integration with WordPress user and security models, featuring a robust user group and permission system
  • SEO optimized for enhanced search engine visibility
  • Highly customizable and extendable for a tailored experience
  • Data import compatibility with other forum platforms, such as bbPress and Asgaros
  • Multi-level forum structures with subforum support
  • Options for both private and public forums
  • Fully theme and template driven for easy customization
  • Selection of adaptable themes with customizable colors and font sizes to match your brand identity
  • Extensive administration options and settings for streamlined management

Simple:Press Pro

Take your forum to the next level by adding Simple:Press Pro, a bundle of add-ons that bring over 100 additional features to your forum.

Some of the included add-ons are:

  • Analytics: Engaging charts displaying forum data
  • Ads: An advanced advertising engine integrated within the forum
  • Private messaging system: Enables users to exchange private messages
  • Berichtgevingen: ondersteunt SMS, Pushover, PushBullet en Slack
  • Reputatiesysteem
  • Polls
  • Admin Bar: Front-end management tool for admins and moderators, eliminating the need for wp-admin access
  • Uploader voor afbeeldingen, media en bestanden: hiermee kunnen aangewezen gebruikers bestanden en media uploaden naar onderwerpen en berichten
  • Multiple post editors, including TinyMCE
  • Wie is online

View all add-ons and pricing.


Simple:Press supports standard and multi-site versions of WordPress and was built to be
compatible with most themes, both free and commercial.


Simple:Press is beschikbaar in verschillende talen en vrijwilligers en klanten voegen er altijd meer toe! Delen van de plugin zijn door onze gebruikers en vrijwilligers in meer dan 20 talen vertaald. Deze omvatten Duits, Portugees (BR), Arabisch, Chinees, Frans, Italiaans, Perzisch, Pools, Spaans, Zweeds en meer!
Bekijk onze vertaalsite

Latest Updates

6.10.8 – February 2024

  • Added setting to allow admins to hide firstname, lastname and email from user profile

6.10.7 – December 2023

  • Fixed issue with checkbox for custom messages that did not save correctly
  • Fixed issue with user pagination when no group is selected

6.10.6 – November 2023

  • Improved the pagination handler to handle large amounts of pages better
  • Improved the user group handling allowing admins to search for specific users
  • Increased the number of shown users per page in the user group admin
  • Added indicator showing current page in pagination links
  • Added hover in the user group admin to show user ID to easier find the correct user
  • Improved the spinner/loading image positioning
  • Fixed warning when installing forum without sample data

6.10.5 – November 2023

  • Fixed compatibility issue with WordPress 6.4

6.10.4 – October 2023

  • Fixed issue with installations on multisites
  • Only stow Forum link in WP admin bar for Admins
  • Improve usability when hovering icons and showing cursor pointer instead
  • Minor CSS-improvements to admin
  • Fixed warnings

6.10.3 – July 2023

  • Fixed issue with member search failing when no results were returned

6.10.2 – July 2023

  • Fixed issue with checkbox data that was not saved

6.10.1 – July 2023

  • Fixed a bug that made “Manage Groups And Forums” return an error when editing a forum
  • Solve issue with automatic updates for free themes

6.10.0 – July 2023

  • Full PHP8.2 support, this ensures that all features and functionalities provided by the plugin work smoothly and efficiently in PHP 8.2 environments
  • New and improved admin interface with less clutter
  • Manage Groups and Forums has been refactored to better visualise forum structure and make administration more intuitive
  • Addons that have their own menu get grouped at the bottom to make it easier to find specific settings for installed addons
  • Error messages, caution notices and information notices are visually separated to better aid users to know what and what not to change
  • Permission view has been made more compact to improve readability and permission overview
  • Storage location administration has been restructured to simplify folder management and give the user a better overview
  • A multitude of PHP-warnings have been silenced
  • Plugin administration has been improved and made more compact to give a better overview of installed and activated plugins and their options
  • Activating and handling themes has been improved and simplified
  • Licensing UI redesign to better aid users in understanding the licensing process
  • Admin stylesheet has been updated and obsolete CSS-syntax’s has been removed
  • Modern theme have had an update to help partially hidden search inputs on mobile view

6.9.1 – June 2023

  • Reverted: Only allow Simple:Press to run queries on Simple:Press pages

6.9.0 – June 2023

  • Resolve PHP8.2 issues
  • Fix avatar options not saved
  • Fixed installation warnings when activating and installing Simple:Press for a more seamless installation
  • Only allow Simple:Press to run queries on Simple:Press pages
  • Minor admin cleanup, remove buttons, missing font-fix
  • Added progress indicator when uploading theme or add-ons to help users better understand what is happening
  • Indicator added when activating/deactivating add-ons, aiming to assist administrators
  • Fix backend and frontend issue with disabled forums to avoid confusion
  • Fixed SQL-error on install

6.8.10 – March 2023

  • Added new optional constant to allow sp-resources to live in uploads folder
  • Fixed CSS font issue in admin to improve readability and user experience

6.8.9 – March 2023

  • Fixes issue in spa-admin-notice.php that causes upgrades to fail

6.8.8 – February 2023

  • Added correct version number

6.8.7 – February 2023

  • Fixed alignment issue in modern theme

6.8.6 – February 2023

  • Added missing version number for

6.8.5 – February 2023

  • Fix issue with upgrading

6.8.4 – February 2023

  • Fixed issues with TinyMCE editor not working properly

6.8.3 – January 2023

  • Special rank badges were not displaying in admin or front-end.

6.8.2 – December 2022

  • A couple of PHP 8.1 compatibility fixes.


  • Various security related fixes.


  • Compatibility with PHP 8.x. If using premium add-ons, new versions will be required.
  • Show error code when there’s an error with the license process.


  • Add option to sort by the membership column in the FORUM->USERS->MEMBER INFORMATION list.
  • Tools popup on desktop makes better use of horizontal space.
  • G00121: Fix an issue with deleting subsites rendering all user posts as guests in any other site that has the forum in use.
  • G00116: When sorting the user list under FORUM->USERS->MEMBER INFORMATION, the list would be unstyled.
  • G00117: Custom icons not rendering in drop-down properly.
  • G00123: Large custom icon images need to be resized when viewing the forum list in admin.
  • G00098: Fix admin screen issue where the Bulk Actions Arrow in MEMBER INFORMATION is too close to text.
  • G00022: Deleting a topic from the FORUM TOOLS popup did not refresh the screen.
  • G00100: Moving users not belonging to any user group did not refresh the section after the users were moved.
  • G00000: Multiple issues with caching icon files when a filename is reused. Added cache-busting querystrings in the admin area to force cdns and page caches to re-request the file.
  • G00000: Multiple issues with caching featured images files when a filename is reused. Added cache-busting querystrings in the admin area to force cdns and page caches to re-request the file.
  • G00000: Multiple tweaks related to extra line breaks showing up in SP themes when the WP 59 FSE theme was in use.


  • G00000: Fix a drag-n-drop issue introduced by WP 5.9.


  • G00000: Add support for FSE themes introduced in WP 5.9.


  • G00000: Check to make sure a YOAST class is callable before attempting to use it. Compatibility fix for Yoast 17.8.0
  • G00000: Add a filter in sp-api-class-spcauths.php to support future functionality.


  • G00000: Add a new overlay to the default 2020 theme to match the WP 2021 theme. The new overlay is the default on all new installs.
  • G00110: Could not reorder profile tabs and menus in admin screen.


  • G00000: Page number overlap on certain admin screens when the page numbers get to 3 digits.
  • G00000: When deleting users and choosing the option to delete the user, they now get deleted instead of being set to “guest”.


  • G00000: (Security) Verify a nonce & user capability before allowing certain file-related operations.


  • G00000: Introduction of a “white label” mode that removes most references to Simple:Press.
  • G00000: Updated the Modern2020 theme to the latest version.
  • G00000: Much better support for WordPress Multisite with numerous multi-site related fixes and improvements.
  • G00000: Fix a compatibility issue with PHP 7.4.0
  • G00000: Fix a string that needed to be in double-quotes instead of single quotes in order to de-reference an embedded variable.
  • G00000: Fix an issue in the sp_ColumnEnd function where the class and tag names were not being assigned properly in the generated html for the column.


  • Example of front-end forum screen.
  • Hoofdscherm voor het definiëren van rechten
  • Een voorbeeld van een beheerder scherm
  • Scherm voor schoonmaak en onderhoud
  • Weergave van het linkermenu met enkele add-ons ingeschakeld
  • Hoofd front-end scherm met ons REBOOT thema - een meer traditioneel gecomprimeerd forumformat
  • A list of topics in a forum
  • Customize colors in the theme - easily make the forum match your brand.
  • Hoofd front-end forumscherm met veel elementen in een andere kleur zoals ingesteld door de thema aanpasser.
  • Main front-end forum screen on a mobile device in a different color
  • View a post on a mobile device
  • The statistics area at the bottom of the forum screen
  • The front-end admin options for a post


Het gebruik van het WordPress dashboard

  1. Navigeer naar de ‘Nieuwe plugin’ in het plugins dashboard
  2. Zoek naar ‘Simple Press’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin

Uploaden in WordPress dashboard

  1. Download vanaf deze pagina
  2. Navigeer naar de ‘Nieuwe plugin’ in het plugins dashboard
  3. Navigeer naar het ‘Upload’ gebied
  4. Selecteer vanaf je computer
  5. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin

FTP gebruiken

  1. Download vanaf deze pagina
  2. Extract the simplepress directory to your computer
  3. Upload the simplepress directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory and activate the plugin


After you activated the plugin through the plugins dashboard, you need to run the installer. Click the INSTALL button at the top of the admin pages or go to Forum->Install.
This creates the tables and default data that the plugin requires.

Aan de slag

Now that you have installed your forums read our getting started pages.


Ik heb de plugin geïnstalleerd – wat nu?

Now that you have installed your forums read our getting started pages.

Ik ontvang geen e-mailmeldingen

Er zijn verschillende factoren die de bezorging van e-mailmeldingen kunnen beïnvloeden. Het beste wat je kunt doen om e-mailbezorgingsproblemen te diagnosticeren, is door een plug-in te installeren die je een e-maillogboek laat zien. We raden MAILGUN of SMTP POST aan. De logboeken laten je weten of e-mails worden gegenereerd en niet bezorgd of helemaal niet worden gegenereerd.

Kan geen nieuw forum maken. Als ik een FORUM GROEP selecteer om het forum te maken, gebeurt er niets.

Gebruik CTRL-F5 om je browsercache voor die pagina te vernieuwen. Soms moeten oude CSS- en JS-scripts gewoon worden gewist en CTRL-F5 doet dat.

Kan ik gegevens van mijn oude forum importeren?

Ja! Je kunt gegevens in ons forum importeren vanuit andere forums, waaronder bbPress, Asgaros en anderen. Download de import plugin hier;

With a bit of development skill you can even build your own importer for something we don’t already have!

Or contact us to build one for you or to use our flat-fee import data service.

Ik ben een WordPress beheerder, maar ik kan geen forum menu-items zien

Wanneer een nieuwe WordPress beheerder wordt aangemaakt door een andere WordPress beheerder, krijgt de nieuwe WP beheerder NIET automatisch rechten op het forum. In plaats daarvan moet een bestaande forumbeheerder de nieuwe WP BEHEERDER expliciet forumrechten toekennen in het menu FORUM->BEHEERDERS.

Een van de mooie gevolgen van deze beveiligingsdeling is dat je een gebruiker een forum beheer kunt maken zonder hem een WordPress beheerder te maken.

Na installatie worden bestaande WP beheerders forum beheerders gemaakt; dus dit probleem zal zich alleen voordoen wanneer er een nieuwe WP beheerder wordt aangemaakt nadat het forum is geïnstalleerd.

Welke shortcodes zijn beschikbaar?

Simple:Press gebruikt geen shortcodes. In plaats daarvan wordt het hele forum rechtstreeks uitgevoerd naar het inhoudsgebied van de WordPress pagina die je opgeeft. Standaard wordt die pagina FORUM genoemd, maar je kunt deze eenvoudig naar een andere pagina schakelen in FORUM->INTEGRATIE-gt;PAGINA EN PERMALINKS.

Why is the forum so narrow?

Veel thema’s gebruiken een zijbalk op hun standaard WordPress-pagina’s. Dit verkleint het inhoudsgebied dat het forum mag gebruiken.

Bovendien kunnen thema’s een inhoud aanduiden die slechts x% van de breedte van het scherm is.

Deze twee praktijken zijn de belangrijkste redenen waarom het forum er niet zo uitziet als het zou moeten.

Het goede nieuws is echter dat veel van de thema’s van hogere kwaliteit een pagina template met “volledige breedte” bieden of je in staat stellen de standaardbreedte van pagina’s in het inhoudsgebied te wijzigen. Neem contact op met je thema ontwikkelaar om te zien of ze een van deze twee opties hebben.

Kan ik kosten in rekening brengen voor toegang tot het forum?

All the other reputable membership plugins use WordPress ROLES to control their membership. Simple:Press forums does too. So you can use ROLES to integrate with most other membership plugins if you like. Just contact us if you need more help understanding what this means.

Kan ik bestanden uploaden naar berichten?

The free version of the plugin does not allow file uploads. But the premium version does. The premium version also allow users to list, view and delete their prior file uploads.

The free version of the plugin can still display images that are stored elsewhere – just paste the link to the image into the post editor.

De editor ziet er eenvoudig uit – is er een betere?

De editor in de gratis versie is een pure teksteditor. Echter, Simple:Press Pro komt met een volledige wysiwyg editor – dezelfde die WordPress gebruikt – TinyMCE.


9 november 2023 2 reacties
My initial review is below the dashed line. Thank you for the follow up Joakim. Given what the WP world has gone through during the past 36 or so hours, I understand what happened. This morning I made sure my sites were fully updated to WP 6.4.1. I downloaded the newest version of Simple: Press Forum. Installation was smooth, not even the slightest of hiccups. I am changing my rating from 1 star to 5 star based on your excellent customer service. Now I can start exploring Simple: Press Forum. --------------------------------------------- I can't remember the last time I gave a plugin only 1 star. I read reviews and looked carefully at their website. Despite the high price and some negative reviews, I thought I would give it a try. Downloaded and installed it. As soon as I pressed Activate it crashed my site. Thank goodness for WP Recovery Mode. I was able to quickly get back into the site and copy the error code and information which I then submitted to their support. This morning I received what basically amounted to a "solve it yourself" response. They suggested I buy the pro version and then they would help me. I've done that with other plugins but this one failed instantly. Why would I risk my time and money buying the pro version? Interestingly, some of the poor reviews I initially disregarded described a very similar problem. Guess I should have paid attention to them. My advice, stay away from this plugin. Here is the error which crashed my site. This plugin failed to load properly and is paused during recovery mode.An error of type E_ERROR was caused in line 90 of the file /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-content/plugins/simplepress/sp-api/sp-api-class-spcfilters.php. Error message: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function mysql_real_escape_string() in /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-content/plugins/simplepress/sp-api/sp-api-class-spcfilters.php:90 Stack trace: #0 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-content/plugins/simplepress/sp-api/sp-api-class-spcfilters.php(78): spcFilters->do_esc_sql(false) #1 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-content/plugins/simplepress/sp-api/sp-api-class-spcoptions.php(150): spcFilters->esc_sql(false) #2 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-content/plugins/simplepress/sp-api/sp-api-class-spcrewrites.php(239): spcOptions->update('sfflushrules', false) #3 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(324): spcRewrites->check_flush('') #4 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(348): WP_Hook->apply_filters(NULL, Array) #5 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecondo/wp-includes/plugin.php(517): WP_Hook->do_action(Array) #6 /home1/qykowkmy/public_html/myskylinecon
26 juli 2022
I am new to WordPress and was looking for something that I could manage with my limited knowledge, SimplePress does that. I created a site in my spare time in a few short weeks. Buying the product really makes it worth your while and investment. The library of plugins for this app is extensive and easy to manage. Support has been very responsive as well. Keep up the good work!
4 augustus 2020 1 reactie
I have been using Simple Press for years and am gratefull they continued this plugin. Easy to use and given you have to pay for the extra's. But in my opinion it is worth the investment.
15 juli 2020 1 reactie
I've used Simple:Press to manage a forum that's very important to my business for years. The mix of built-in features and plugins does everything we need a forum to do. The free version works fine. I suggest one of the paid levels so you have access to more support. The basic product is very simple to install and use, but there are a lot of plugins and nice options. You'll find the best of those faster with the help of the community.
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