Creating and running a forum can be an overwhelming task. The amount of time and effort required in this kind of work is a lot handle, especially if you have other full-time engagements. If you’re looking for that one on one sensation of helping others in your field, starting a Q&A like forum might be the thing for you!
This is also a great option for businesses owners, as it allows you to have that conversation with your client, and then the answers question stays published for everyone else to see. Let’s take a look at the free CM Answers plugin for WordPress. This plugin takes about five minutes to set up, and then the forum is ready to be used!
This Q&A plugin is free with a paid upgrade option to have more features. For the sake of this blog post, here is the free version that I set up on a test blog. Let’s get to the plugins features.
Q &A Features
Includes a views count
Includes an answers count
Administrators can moderate question & answers and can receive email notifications.
Users can receive notifications when answering a question pending follow-up.
Sorting options in the question and answer pages.
Template can be easily customized according to users requirements.
Notable Reasons To Use
Forum – Puts a lightweight and easy to use Discussion Forum on your WordPress site or blog.
Support Forum – Supports your users while allowing them to vote and answer existing topics that you moderate.
Community – Adds a discussion forum to your site that allows your members to start their own conversations and ask questions.
Questions & Answers – Users can answer questions sent in by other users.
Customer Support – Support for retail customer’s questions.
StackOverflow – Adds a StackOverflow style forum to your site.
Paid Support – Charge users for posted questions & answers.
Anonymous Posting – Support anonymous posting with additional add-ons.
The premium features for the CM Answers plugin is a longer list and actually might be worth the small investment if you are serious about creating an outstanding Q&A forum. On my test blog, the free version is installed and set up. Here are some screen shots!
Settings to Enable: (Pro version has a longer list)
Customize the notifications:
Do take a small amount of time to watch this video.
Visit the CM Answers homepage to learn more about this plugin and the Q&A “Pro” version. I’m not satisfied with this free version as the features in the pro version can do so much more.
Derek is an Author and the founder of WPOutcast, a blog sharing WordPress themes, Genesis Framework themes and a couple useful tutorials. By night he is a Team Lead in the IT industry, during the day he is a WordPress and coffee junky.