Well just a few days ago I decided to add a forum to my developing Yeppoon information blog and site (http://briterwebdesign.com/blog/). The forum can be seen at http://briterwebdesign.com/forum/. Anyway bbpress is a lightweight piece of forum software made by the guys at Automattic, who also own and operate Wordpress. Because of this BBpress can integrate with Wordpress, sharing databases and user data.
It comes with 1 main theme design, which I decided to use as a base for my own design. Mainly I added the big header image and a nice blue background, but I also made some other minor design changes. One of the things I don't like about the default theme is that it uses a lot of position:absolutes, which can be quite a pain.
So anyway, thats my experience so far with bbpress. One thing I find quite strange is that there seems to be a distinct lack of themes for bbpress, which I find strange as they are just as easy as Wordpress themes to make and modify.
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