How to Install bbPress on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Hi all, this tutorial is all about how to install BBPress on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty" Server with WordPress and LAMP Stack.

bbPress is forum software which is developed by the developers of WordPress with an awesome twist for a proper forum and discussion platform out of the box. It is focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed over the slow, difficult to use, crashing Forum softwares.

After bbPress is integrated with WordPress to power the comments and discussions, users will have to register in order to comment or be part of a discussion which is completely useful to get rid out of spams and other unwanted comments.

It is a plugin which can be integrated in wordpress software running under LAMP Stack ie under Apache Web Server, MySQL Database Server and PHP.

To install bbPress on WordPress running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, here are some easy quick steps that we need to follow.

1. Installing WordPress with LAMP

First of all, before starting anything, we'll need to install LAMP server in our Ubuntu 14.04 Server. After configuring LAMP Stack, we'll then need to install WordPress software in it.

For quick steps here are the steps listed.

a) Apache Server

To install Apache Web Server, we'll need to run the following commands.

$ sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php5

installing apache2 web server

b) MySQL Server

To install MySQL Database server, run the below commands. While installing the server, note the paraphrase entered in the password.

$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server php5-mysql

installing mysql server

Now, we'll want to create a database for wordpress.

$ mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE wordpress;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO "wordpress"@"localhost" IDENTIFIED BY “wordpresspassword”;
mysql> EXIT

creating mysql database

c) Installing WordPress

After we have LAMP Stack ready, we'll finally want to download WordPress and install on it. Here are the short commands for to do so.

$ cd /var/www/html
$ sudo wget
$ sudo tar zxvf latest.tar.gz --strip-components=1
$ sudo chown -R www-data *
$ sudo chgrp -R www-data *

After this is done, we'll need to goto the wordpress installation url to complete the installation via a Web Browser.

2. Downloading bbPress

Now, after the installation of LAMP Stack with WordPress has been completed, we'll now finally need to install bbPress and before that, we'll need to make sure to download a proper, latest version of bbPress from the official bbPress download site.

We can run the following command in a shell or terminal to download the current version of bbPress ie version 2.5.4 .

$ wget

3. Installing bbPress on WordPress

Now, after we have successfully downloaded bbPress, we'll surely want to install it on our WordPress. To install, we'll need to login into WordPress user as Administrator from http://wordpress-directory/wp-admin or then, enter the required credential for login. The default is admin/admin for username and password.

Now, once admin dashboard login is done, we should now go to Plugins.

plugin bbPress


Then, we should click on Add New button which is located at the top of the Plugin Page.

add new plugin


Then, after that we can see a search bar located in the top right where we should type bbPress then hit enter to search. After that, the bbPress Install button can be seen in the page.

search bbpress

Now, the installation process will begin as shown in the image below.

completed bbPress installation

Finally, if everything went fine and correctly, bbPress should be now installed successfully on WordPress.

4. Creating New Forum

Now, to create a new Forum, hover to menu labelled Forums located on the left panel and click on New Forum.

creating new forum

After entering the required information, the result will come with awesome Forum created whose design/looks depends on the theme installed.

Topic bbPress

Finally, a new topic has been created. You can further work on it regarding design and other stuffs.


Hurray! We have successfully installed bbPress on WordPress running LAMP Stack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty". bbPress is focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed over the slow, difficult to use, crashing Forum softwares. So, if you have any questions, suggestions, feedback please write them in the comment box below. Thank you ! Enjoy bbPress :-)

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