In the past days, i have been working on the design and development of a new “community like” website. Since the main purpose of this site is to inform fans of a rock band about tour dates, news, events, etc, WordPress was my CMS of choice for the backend (on top of that, i have been waiting a lot to have a chance to learn the WordPress Theme API), but the real problem showed up when i had to choose what forum software i was going to use.
At first, i started by using phpbb3, which is great, but even the fact that there are some WordPress integration solutions, etc, i had to hack a lot the integration code, and it wasn’t really working as tight as i wanted to… and then…. i found bbPress!.
bbPress is a fairly young forum software developed by the same guys in charge of the WordPress codebase, it is not only a pleasure to work with it, but it is also a pleasure to modify it to fit your needs. It uses a templating engine almost 100% identical to the one on WordPress, it integrates seamlessly with WordPress, and, on top of that, it is fast as hell, what more could you ask for ? :D
If you are curious enough, you can take a look at how things are looking so far, keep in mind that this is still work in progress :)