I recently decided to add a forum to my WordPress powered blog, to try and expand a bit, and hopefully after a bit of judicious SEO, try and promote my site a bit more.

I chose Mingle, since it is provided through a simple WordPress plug in, and is therefore very easy to install, you simply download the plugin, follow the simple instructions and suddenly your site also has a forum.

The one gotcha for me though, was that I managed to keep the forum hidden from all but registered users, by putting my forums into a group that had restricted access.

Once removed, I got just what I wanted, which was a forum that could be read by all, but requires registration in order to post.

If you want to add a forum, get Mingle, it really is very simple. You can visit the authors site here: Mingle

I’d certainly recommend it.