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Questions and Answers Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

This questions and answers discussion forum plugin has advanced features such as categories, voting, moderation, notifications, access control, powerful shortcodes, payment support, file attachments and more. A proven and robust discussion board.

Answers Plugin – A Powerful WordPress Discussion Forum Plugin

The Answers plugin is specifically designed for creating discussion boards and Q&A system forums on WordPress.

Complete Q&A System

This complete Question and Answer system allows forum members to post questions and answers, upload files, comment on existing topics and vote for best forum contributions.
Look and Feel can be Easily Adjusted
Look and Feel can be Easily Adjusted

Q&A Thread Page

Each question has a dedicated thread page showing posted answers and comments, images, attachments and user information if available. Users can vote for best answer and the admin can mark questions as resolved.
Example of a thread page
Example of a thread page
@pparnham from WordPress.org

@pparnham from WordPress.org: "Sophisticated plugin with fantastic support - I, for one, am now sold on the idea that CM Answers is the most sophisticated option out there with a support team that truly goes the extra mile. Thank you."

Admin Capabilities in the Best Question & Answers Plugin for WordPress

The WordPress Questions and Responses Plugin lets administrators have vast control over actions performed on the forum, allowing full admin moderation of questions & answers, notifications support and various access restriction capabilities.

Reports and Statistics

Our built-in detailed log & statistics module enables easy tracking of actions performed on the questions and answers system so that you're always informed of what's going on in your Q&A network.
Admin Reports Dashboard
Admin Reports Dashboard

The WordPress forum plugin lets the admin filter content, customize the display of the forum in many ways and create multiple forums on the same site using specific categories.

@owp2012 from WordPress.org

@owp2012 from WordPress.org: "Great customer support, Great plugin! - I got fantastic customer service, and great turnaround on a small issue that I had. Sorted quickly and professionally. Exactly within 24hrs as stated on the support page. Keep up the good work!."

User Capabilities in the WordPress Forum Plugin

With this complete Question and Answer system Users enjoy a wide spectrum of options such as multiple file uploads, social media login, user profiles, private messages and user voting.

User Notificatios and Updates

User can also post private messages to other users on the forum and subscribe to categories or specific topics to receive notifications when new content has been posted in the Q&A network.
Answers Robust Notification System Settings
Answers Robust Notification System Settings

Integration with MicroPayments Platform, Easy Digital Downloads and WooCommerce

The WordPress discussion plugin can be integrated with several other WordPress plugins including the MicroPayments Platform which adds a virtual currency layer to require users to pay when asking or answering questions. It can also be integrated with Easy Digital Downloads or WooCommerce cart systems.

Direct Payments Using EDD

The Answers Plugin for WordPress can also be integrated with the EDD (Easy Digital Downloads) or WooCommerce cart system and support user payment requirement before submitting a question or answer.
Define How Much it Cost to Post
Define How Much it Cost to Post
Paul Douglas,
Developer, Douglas Web Designs

Paul Douglas, Developer, Douglas Web Designs: "Great Customer Service - Quickly replying to my emails with courteous and helpful replies led me to leave this review. The plugin also has a great amount of useful options to meet the needs of any q&a forum."

Answers Localization and Supported Languages

Easily Localize the Q&A Forum

All frontend labels can be easily changed to any language so the user interface will speak your language.

Besides we already have a PO/MO files for many languages covering all plugin frontend interaction.

Plugin Labels Settings
Plugin Labels Settings

Supported languages include: Spanish, Polish, German, Danish, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish.

We will be happy to assist building other Po/MO files upon user request.

Using the Best Question and Answers Discussion Forum Plugins for WordPress

  • Robust Forum System – Integrate an easy to use and robust forum inside your WordPress site
  • Extensive Shortcode Support – Using shortcodes place the forum anywhere in your post or pages
  • Replace WordPress Comments – Replace the WordPress built-in comments system in any given post with a WordPress Q&A plugin
  • Multiple Forums – Using categories create multiple forums in your WordPress site
  • On Page navigation – Use Ajax browsing mode to keep users on the same page while using the forum
  • Powerful Forum Search – Powerful search within questions and answers and filtering options
  • Forum Notifications – Keep your users notified with a robust notification system which is built into the Q&A plugin
  • Forum Access Control – Decide who can view your forums, who can ask questions and who can answer using the plugin access control
  • Forum Moderation Tools – Powerful moderation tools to allow admin to control the content and filter bad words
  • Forum Badges and Points System Tools – Supports Badges and Points for posting questions or answers

Answers Plugin Additional Resources

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Q&A plugin InfoGraphic

Answers Plugin for WordPress Features

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Access Control – With this complete Question & Answer system administrators can control who is allowed to view or post queries and which users are allowed to respond. Also control access to categories by role.
Ads Integration – Supports showing ads and banners inside forum.
Attachments – With the CM Answers plugin, Users can upload file attachments to their questions or answers. Admins can restrict certain file extensions.
Voting and Best Answer – Allow users to vote for a questions or answers and question authors can select the best answer out of all the responses submitted to their question.
BuddyPress – Integrates with BuddyPress API. Shows posts by users that login with their BP profile.
Categories – Categorize your questions and answers in multiple and/or sub-categories. Supports multiple forums.
Comments – Comments can be added for each question or answer.
Customization – Easily customize the style and appearance of your Q&A discussion forum.
Disclaimer – Include a disclaimer that asks users to agree to your terms when they visit your forum for the first time.
Drag & Drop – Drag & Drop files to attach them to posts.
Edit After Posting – Authors can be allowed to edit their questions and answers even after they’ve submitted their posts.
Favorite Question – Voting can be enabled for users to pick their favorite questions.
Geo-location Information – Shows the geographic location so you can see where your users are coming from.
Localization – Supports UTF-8 characters for translation into a variety of different languages.
Logs & Statistics – Generates a detailed log and statistics of the forum activity.
MicroPayment – Support within CM Answers for micro-payments to users that post answers.
Badges – When using the Micropayments plugin display the users’ badges depending on their points balance.
Mobile Responsive – Plugin is Mobile friendly.
Moderation – Moderate user posts in your discussion forum like you would moderate WP spam. Restrict access or allow auto-approvals to specific users.
Multiple File Uploads – Support multiple file uploads on your discussion forum.
Notifications – Advanced notification settings allows authors to receive notifications when answers to their questions are posted. Users can track discussions on specific topics based on the category.
Private Answers – Support posting answers which only question poster and user can see.
Private Questions – Support Asking question poster private questions.
Shortcodes – Use a shortcode to embed questions and answers in your discussion forum to any page or post.
Social media Login – Users can login with their social media accounts to post questions or answers.
User Dashboard – Users can view their public profiles, along with a list of all the questions and answers they’ve posted.
User Gravatar – Displays a Gravatar icon beside each user profile.
User Profile – Users can view their profiles that contain all their Q&A’s and discussion forum contribution statistics.
Tags – Tag questions with multiple keywords for searching similar topics on you CM Answers plugin.
Text Editor – Users can edit their questions or answers with a functional TinyMCE text editor.
WordPress Comments Integration – Replaces the WP comments system with a Q&A widget on each page or post.
WordPress Multisite – Compatible with WordPress multisite functionality.
SEO FeaturesSEO features – The Answers plugin is SEO friendly and includes support for SEO meta descriptions in the index page and automatically adds the meta description to the answer thread page.
Bad words filterBad words filter – Create a bad words filter, blocking users from publishing inappropriate content to the board.

Answers Plugin Editions and Pricing

FeatureProPro AnonymousUltimate
$39$49$99
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Answers & Voting CountsIncludedIncludedIncluded
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Localization SupportIncludedIncludedIncluded
Mobile ResponsiveIncludedIncludedIncluded
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Shortcodes with Ajax Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
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Social Media Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
File Attachments IncludedIncludedIncluded
Q&A Comments IncludedIncludedIncluded
Question Tags IncludedIncludedIncluded
Customize Permalink IncludedIncludedIncluded
Sticky Questions IncludedIncludedIncluded
Forum Disclaimer IncludedIncludedIncluded
Social Share Widget IncludedIncludedIncluded
Make Forum your Homepage IncludedIncludedIncluded
User Profile Page IncludedIncludedIncluded
User Posting Meter IncludedIncludedIncluded
Gravatar Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Multisite Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
BuddyPress Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
Logs & Statistics IncludedIncludedIncluded
Geo-Location Information IncludedIncludedIncluded
Replace WordPress Comments IncludedIncludedIncluded
Full Text Editor IncludedIncludedIncluded
Best Answer Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Edit After Posting IncludedIncludedIncluded
Private Questions IncludedIncludedIncluded
Private Answers IncludedIncludedIncluded
AdSense Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
Anonymous Posting for non logged-in Users IncludedIncludedIncluded
Integration with Micropayments IncludedIncludedIncluded
Payment support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Answers Widgets IncludedIncludedIncluded
Ask the expert support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Idea Stimulator support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Integration with PeepSo IncludedIncludedIncluded
$39$49$99

Answers Plugin for WordPress Demos

Click on the banners below to view the different plugin features in the CM Answers online demo

CM answers online demo - A general view of the Q&A question listCM Answers online demo - A general view of the Q&A threadCM Answers online demo- Using a shortcode to support several forums
Online demo of Ajax Support - Using the plugin in an Ajax-based interactionOnline demo of Multiple Attachment - Uploading several files to any question or answerOnline demo for Replace Comments in Post - Replacing the WP comments with Q&A widget
Online demo of the Categories Table - Shortcode showing all Q&A categoriesOnline demo of the User Profile - User profile page containing all of their Q&A activityOnline demo of Anonymous User Posting - Add-On to allow non logged-in users to post
Online demo of the User Dashboards - Example of the user dashboard's appearanceOnline demo of MicroPayments - MicroPayment Add-On supportCM Answers Widgets

Customers using the Answers Plugin

Answers WordPress Plugin Image Gallery

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Answers Plugin Additional Addons and Modules

Below are listed additional modules and addons which when installed together with the Answers plugin provide additional functionality

Idea Stimulator
The Ideation feedback and management system supports the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. This responsive stimulator plugin is good as both a students assessment tool and for employee driven innovation.
Ask the Expert
This plugin provides an efficient ask the expert system for WordPress users. Just ask a question, simple or lengthy, and get an answer to your question quickly from a verified expert online. The system supports having multiple experts on various topics and categories.
Answers Anonymous Posting
An Add-on for the CM Answers plugin that adds the option for non logged-in users to post questions & answers on your discussion forum. Anonymous postings are Captcha protected and can be moderated by the admin to avoid spam.
Answers Visual Widgets
Add-On for the CM Answers Plugin. Set of six fun visualization tools which enhance your WordPress forum by highlighting your questions, tags and categories. The visualization tools comes in two forms, widgets and shortcodes
Answers Import and Export
Add-on for the CM Answers Plugin. Provides you with an easy tool to backup your CM Answers data and move it from one site to another. The output is stored on a file using the CSV format. It includes all questions, answers, categories, tags and links to the files and images
AnsPress Import for Answers
Supports the import of questions, answers, comments, votes and categories from the AnsPress plugin into CM Answers
Answers PeepSo Integration
This AddOn for CM Answers and PeepSo supports adding the questions and answers functionality to a Peepso social network. A new tab will appear on PeepSo members profile to show questions and answers posted by members.
Answers Payment
Adds Payment support to Question and Answers plugin using the EDD or WooCommerce cart system

Answers Plugin Related Integrations

Download and File Manager
The ultimate file directory WordPress plugin for managing uploads and downloads to your WP site.
MicroPayment Platform
Add your own “virtual currency“ and allow in-site transactions using a virtual wallet without the need to process each payment separately.

Answers WP Plugin Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

Can I allow only registered users to view questions?

Sure. The plugin includes access credentials for who can view questions or who can view answers. You can define this that only user who are logged-in can view the questions and answers. For more information please check this help document

Is it Possible to localize the forum for languages that don't appear on the list?

Language files are located under the /lang directory in the plugin. You can take any existing .po file and change the non English description to your custom language. You can then use a po to mo converter like in here http://po2mo.net/ to create the mo file. Here is an example of how the original English text and the translation look in the po file

forum localization with CM Answers can easily be done using the /lang directory in the plugin

forum localization with CM Answers can easily be done using the /lang directory in the plugin.

After creating these two files, copy them to the language directory. You are also welcome to send them to us so we can include them in the plugin pack.

Is CM Answers an SEO Friendly forum?

Absolutely. CM Answers uses posts for questions and comments for answers. That alone makes it an SEO Friendly forum because each question posted adds new user-generated content. Answers are then detected by search engines as a popularity measure, so the more answers posted for each post the better. Both the Questions and the Answers pages are built with SEO in mind, taking search engine indexing methods into consideration. If you are using a sitemap generator please make sure to include the custom post type questions before rebuilding the sitemap.

Does CM Answers support forum email notifications?

Yes. CM Answers supports email notifications in several levels:

1. Admin can set up email notifications in plugin setting to receive alerts on new questions.

Setting up admin email notifications  with the CM answersp plugin for wordpress

Setting up admin email notifications

2. Question authors can receive notifications for answers posted for their questions

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The “Notify me of follow” metabox when posting a question onto the forum

3. Users who post answers can follow other answers

The email notifications

The “Notify me of follow” metabox when posting an answers on the forum

Does Cm Answers Use Custom Post types?

Yes. CM Answers uses a custom post type for questions and WP comments for the answers. Therefor a real WordPress user needs to be assigned to each question/custom post. When using the WordPress search engine or other search plugins like Relevanssi, look for the CM Answers custom post type and add it to the search index. This is the same case for plugins which generate sitemaps.

How can I change the look & feel of elements on the answers page?

There are two ways to customize the style and appearance of your Answers page. One way is to create a template in a directory called CMA and place it under your theme folder. This directory will contain all the files copied from the plugin under views/forntend. You can edit single.phtml and index.phtml to make changes in the appearance of the question or answer pages.

The second and quicker way to do this is to locate the object on the page which you need to change and add it’s new definition into the custom css tab, which is found in the plugin settings. To locate elements, right click on the element and in the browser menu look for Inspect Element (Chrome).

Inspect browser elements using google chrome to locate your look & feel

Inspect browser elements using google chrome

Copy element CSS code into the custom CSS tab in the plugin settings and change parameters to fit with your site's look & feel

Copy element CSS code into the custom CSS tab in the plugin settings and change parameters to fit with your site’s look & feel

Can I use social media login for my discussion forum?

Certainly! Enabling Social media login makes it quicker and easier for your site visitors to post questions, answers and comments onto your discussion forum. In addition, posts by users who performed a social media login are more likely to be shared across those platform, ultimately generating more exposure and traffic to your site.

CM Answers wordpress plugin- Social media login

How do I upgrade CM Answers?

To upgrade from the free version to the pro you need first to deactivate and delete the free version. All terms that have been created with the free version will be automatically transferred to the pro. You can them download the pro edition from CreativeMinds customer dashboard and install it. For the plugin to work you need to activate the license. Here is a video explaining this

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Answers WordPress Plugin External Reviews

WP Mayor

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WP Insite

WP Insite: "CM Answers plugin reviews by WP Insite - Gone are the days of the simple bland style discussion board forums. CM Answers Pro is the new way to stylishly display your discussion boards."

WP Explorer

WP Explorer: "CM Answers plugin reviews by WP Explorer - CM Answers plugin integrates well with WordPress and gives both administrators and users a simple way to interact. Admins will find customizing the forum a simple process that can be modified on a whim. Users will find the end experience to be pleasant to look at and simple to contribute to."