Questions and Answers Plugin – Power Your WordPress Discussion Forum
Would you like to build a community website like Stackoverflow, Yahoo Answers or Quora on your WordPress site? The WordPress Q&A Forum plugin gives you an easy way to build topic specific discussion boards or knowledge base, complete with user profiles, voting, and much more.
Q&A Thread PageEach question receives its own thread page with answers, comments, images, attachments and the user information associated with each, if available.
|Example of a thread page|
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Admin Capabilities in the Question & Answers Forum Plugin
The Q&A Forum plugin lets administrators have significant control over actions performed on the forum, by topic and user. The admin can moderate what questions can be asked, which answers can be posted, what topics or negative language can be limited, with notifications and user specific access restriction capabilities.
Reports and StatisticsOur built in 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 community forum.
|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.
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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.
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.
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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 Plugin Localization and Supported Languages
Easily Localize the Q&A ForumAll frontend labels can be easily changed to any language so the user interface will speak your language.
We already have PO/MO files for many languages covering the plugin frontend interaction.
|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.
Forum Plugin Use Case Examples
- Award Points – Run a short-term contest and award the users who post the best answers.
- Get benefits – Ask users questions and get innovative ideas for your next strategies.
Using the Question and Answers Discussion Forum Plugin for WordPress
- Robust Forum System – Integrate a comprehensive Q&A forum inside your existing WordPress site.
- Versatile Shortcodes – Use shortcode to place the forum anywhere on your posts or pages.
- Replace WordPress Comments – Replace the built in WordPress comments system on any given post.
- Multiple Forums – Use categories to create multiple forums on your WordPress site.
- On Page Navigation – Use Ajax browsing mode to keep users on the same page while using the forum.
- Powerful Forum Search – Users can query within the forum history and filter discussion boards to quickly find the answer they need.
- Forum Notifications – Keep your users notified on Q&A threads they are following.
- Forum Access – Decide who can view each forum, who can ask questions, or who can answer questions with detailed plugin access controls.
- Forum Moderation – Powerful moderation tools allow the admin to limit allowable content or restrict postings with offensive language.
- Forum Points System and Badges – Reward users with points and badges for posting questions or answers on your forum.
- Multisite Compatible – This WordPress plugin is multisite compatible under the following conditions: (1) Each site needs to have its own unique license. (2) Data is not shared across sites.
- Most Views – Users can see the popular questions under the ”most views” tab.
Q&A Forum Plugin Additional Resources
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 – Upload file attachments to their questions or answers. Admins can restrict certain file extensions.|
|Voting and Best Answer – Users can 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 into multiple sub-categories and forums. Related questions can be posted under question categories|
|Comments – Comments can be added for each question or answer.|
|Customization – Easily customize the style and appearance of your Q&A discussion forum. Style forums by changing the color of your choice and much more.|
|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 – This plugin is translatable. It provides multilingual support including RTL language support (right to left). 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 – Integrates with the MicroPayments plugin so users have to pay virtual points to post answers.|
|Badges – When using the Micropayments plugin display the users’ badges depending on their points balance.|
|Mobile Responsive – The forum interface is mobile friendly and adjusts depending on the screen size.|
|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 email notification system 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 features – The WordPress 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 filter – Create a bad words filter, blocking users from publishing inappropriate content to the board.|
Answers Answers Plugin Editions and Pricing
|Basic Moderation options|
|Answers & Voting Counts|
|Templates can be Customized|
|Advanced Access Control|
|Shortcodes with Ajax Support|
|Social Media Integration|
|Social Share Widget|
|Make Forum your Homepage|
|User Profile Page|
|User Posting Meter|
|Logs & Statistics|
|Replace WordPress Comments|
|Full Text Editor|
|Best Answer Support|
|Edit After Posting|
|Anonymous Posting for non logged-in Users|
|Integration with Micropayments|
|Ask the expert support|
|Idea Stimulator support|
|Integration with PeepSo|
Questions and Answers Forum Plugin Demo
Watch the video clips below to see each Q&A Forum Plugin feature in action, or try them out yourself on our demo site!
Answers WordPress Plugin Image Gallery
Answers Plugin Additional Addons and Modules
Below are listed additional modules and addons which, when installed together with the Answers plugin provides additional functionality
Answers Plugin Related Integrations
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?
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
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?
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 support email notifications in several levels:
1. Admin can set up email notifications in the plugin setting to receive alerts on new questions.
2. Question authors can receive notifications for answers posted for their questions
3. Users who post answers can follow other answers
Does CM Answers Use Custom Post types?
Can users do live chat with the experts?
No. This plugin does not have a live chat feature. Users can only send private message query or ask questions to the professionals.
Does it have a free plugin version?
Yes. You can download the free plugin version Here but it does not include all the features.
Can images or files be uploaded with questions?
Does this plugin have a Recaptcha option?
No. It does not have Recaptcha option.
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/front-end. 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).
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.
How do I upgrade CM Answers?
Customer Reviews for the Answers Plugin
- 02nd Dec2017Sophisticated plugin with fantastic supportIt is easy to get cynical about customer support. So when we approached CM about the possibility of fixing a rival product to CM Answers that had started to conflict with CM Glossary Pro + you can imagine we didn’t expect much of a response. But CM not only fixed the conflict, they also gave us the tools to make some alterations to CM Answers so that we are now in a position to compare an enhanced CMA with its fully operational competitor. 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.
- 09th Jan2017The plugin is great ! Their support is makes it even betterThere support is top notch and plugins works brilliantly 🙂
- 05th Dec2016Great customer support, Great plugin!I use the pro version of the 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!
- 24th Oct2016Thank youI like all your plugins and the support a lot.Thank you .
- 09th Sep2016A lot of options, very good supportThis plugin is full of options (some times too much) It’s very useful to permit your guest to download contents and add comments. Very good support.
- 09th Sep2016Great Plugin and Great developer teamI couldn’t be happier with the CM QA plugin. Not only is it the best in it’s category the real bonus is the development team and support that are top notch. I highly recommend CM Answers.
- 13th Jul2016Nicegood component. Work as describe. Great ans fast support
- 09th Mar2016100%This plugin is 100%, everything works just fine. I had an issue with adding categories but thanks to the timely response I got from their support team. Nice!
- 09th Feb2016Good Plug-in !Good plug-in ! I use the pro version, which allows lots of functions. Support team is very reactive and cool !
- 11th Jan2016Great Customer ServiceQuickly 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.Thank you Paul Douglas Developer Douglas Web Designs
- 02nd Nov2015Nice PluginThis is a great plugin
- 02nd Nov2015Rich in functionsA very wide range of opportunities and operational support
- 15th Sep2015Good Plugin, Good Support ResponseThis is a good “question and answer” plugin. It works as advertised. Also, I had a support issue with the registration that was addressed very fast, and they fixed the problem very quickly.
- 10th Sep2015A lot of options, very good supportThis plugin is full of options (some times too much) It’s very useful to permit your guest to download contents and add comments. Very good support.
- 08th Sep2015Good Plugin, Good Support ResponseThis is a good “question and answer” plugin. It works as advertised. Also, I had a support issue with the registration that was addressed very fast, and they fixed the problem very quickly.
- 19th Aug2015Solid out-of-the-boxCMAnswers provided me with a good question and answer forum out of the box. I am using the pro version for the most flexibility on the back end, and so that I can receive CM Answers support. Their support is prompt and usually very good, with thorough and considered responses.The front end of it isn’t as pretty as I wished it were by default, so I’ll be putting in some work to improve the user interface in ways I can’t through the settings.
- 12th Aug2015Very cool!I’m using this plugin now, and got myself the CM Tooltip glossary pro+, too.Very quick support, very cool plugins … hightly recommended.
- 18th Jul2015Great – Excellent SupportPlugin is working fine. Excellent support team. Quick help is always available. I can highly recommend this plugin for professional use.
- 17th Jul2015Good fast pluginGreat little plugin to that help make a stack overflow style website, i use the paid for version to enable tech support and found that they are extremely fast to response and are very helpful.
- 16th Jul2015Best Q & A plugin on the marketI’ve tried a few Q & A plugins over the past few years and this is by far the best. The paid version comes superb support with the developer always going the extra mile
- 15th Jul2015Excellent plugin BUT 10/10 support – No KiddingI really cannot say enough about the support. I have honestly never experienced such helpful people. WOW. 10/10 will definitely do business with these guys again.
- 16th Jun2015May be the best forum plugin with fast user supportI use the Pro version and I am very happy with this plugin and with its very fast support team. I have requestet a feature and they implemented it in the next release version!ThanksP.S. I really can not understand the one star ratings. Good plugins cost money. Nothing good is free on this earth. There is a lot work beside … every work should be paid!!!
- 15th Jun2015Good Plug-in Great Support!This is a great plugin, which I really like. I had a few minor issues with the layout due to the theme, and the Creative Minds Team were fantastic, very quick, and very helpful 😀Thanks!!
- 08th Jun2015Excellent pluginPlugin works well for me. I had an issue with upgrading from the free version but support was excellent and fixed it for me. Support was prompt and professional.
- 11th May2015Awesome!Install the plugin is easy and have a lot of features!We have some problems but the support is good and quick.Thanks for this awesome software 😀
- 05th May2015Best integrated forum software for wordpressWorks without problems, support answers very fast.I have the pro version.I searched a lot for a good forum software with wordpress integration but this is the best and I will use it in all my wordpress projects.Thanks for this cool piece of software
- 09th Mar2015Excellent plugin, even better supportHelped me do some custom coding without hassle or complaint – clear and understandable support! Would buy again 10/10
- 09th Mar2015CM Answers is perfect for me!I was so happy to discover CM Answers it really has made my life that much easier. I have a blog and everyone enjoys to post answers.By having CM Answers, I am able to keep everything organized without all the hassle. Users are able to answer questions in a stackoverflow style. My blog is staying more organized and the users seem to like the layout better too.The plugin was so easy to install. I installed it quickly and there were no problems. I also am in love with the social media incorporation. Users are able to sign in through social media, which makes things easier for them too. This plugin has saved me a lot of time and energy. I love being able to stay organized and on top of things. This plugin has allowed for me to do just that!
- 15th Dec2014Great plugin for community involvementI love having all of our community members being able to post questions and reply to other members on our website rather then on Facebook. It helped us promote involvement and discuss issues that are important for our community.
- 11th Aug2014Wish I Found This SoonerI absolutely love CM Answers! I discovered this plugin by accident, and just had to get it. I have a WordPress blog where users write in questions and other users are able to answer them. I have been doing everything manually for the past few months, and I’m so mad at myself that I didn’t discover CM Answers sooner.Easy to download and install, plus it contains no bugs. Everything works flawlessly! What I like most about it is, it allows the users to post questions and answers in a well organized, Stackoverflow format. Love the incorporation of social media login as well; since everyone uses social media these days! Makes the registration process for my users super easy and convenient.Also love the ability to customize it, so I can change up the styles every once in awhile to give my users a fresh feel. Overall, very happy with this plugin and just wish I knew about it sooner!
- 11th Aug2014Great Community PluginThis is a great plugin with great features. I had a little trouble with the compatibility of my theme. The developer was very helpful and even fixed the issues. Great plugin great developer I highly recommend this plugin.
- 07th Jul2014Great Plugin I Love It :)LOVE this plugin! It installs easily and started working without a hitch in almost no time. It seems to be working pretty solid as well. This plugin appears to be really well designed and certainly is EXACTLY what I need for a new site. http://www.songspkt.com
- 09th Jun2014Lovely!Will use this.
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- 09th Mar2014Installs well, works great!LOVE this plugin! It installs easily and started working without a hitch in almost no time. It seems to be working pretty solid as well. This plugin appears to be really well designed and certainly is EXACTLY what I need for a new site.My only disappointment is that the free version doesn’t really honor my theme’s CSS with regard to page layout. (Edit) Now that I have purchased the Pro, the pages generated by the plugin appear as if they are absolutely native to the rest of the site – all .css formatting, containers, etc. are identical to the rest of the site’s theme.(/edit)
- 09th Feb2014nice discussion board plug inI believe that this plug in is what I needed in a long time. I just started to use it and it seems really user friendly by now. I totally recommend it.
- 04th Feb2014Best choiceI’ve been using the plugin for 1 month already and I couldn’t be more satisfied with it. Really easy to install and to use it afterwards. I definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a discussion board for their blog.
- 03rd Feb2014Great pluginI am using this plugin and I am very satisfied with it. I recommend it, you should try it. Enjoy!
- 23rd Dec2013great PluginGreat Plugin
- 11th Dec2013Great pluginIt’s a great plugin… Awesome.
- 10th Dec2013Very Well DoneVery good Plugin, good support and useful .. thanks
- 10th Dec2013great Plugin !!added it to all my sitesreal professional code.not like other Plugins that are out there.will look for more Plugins from same developer.
- 10th Dec2013Great plugin and supportGreat plugin and very good support by the developer. Prompt response by email and all issues were investigated and resolved.
- 09th Dec2013Great solution that is working for a few of my clientsI got a lot of compliments from my clients for installing this plugin on their sites. They all reported saving a lot of time managing questions and answers, and being able to serve the users much more efficiently and with high satisfaction level.There were some comments for things that can be improved, and the support team was very responsive, so I hope to see improvements soon! in any case, the paid version is pretty cheap and gives the best value for product that I found out there.Give it a try and you’ll see.
- 09th Dec2013feature requestI enjoyed the usability of the plugin. Can you please add the ability for the author to edit his question? Thanks a lot!
- 06th Dec2013Great pluginI have downloaded and tested this plugin for the last two weeks and it is great !! great usability…love it
- 06th Dec2013Excellent support from CMI had a problem with the theme and I received excellent support from CM. They helped me solve the problem immediately and professionally! I hope CM will continue to add more features to this plugin.
- 04th Dec2013A very simple to use Q&A pluginI liked how this plugin puts a forum on the bottom of your page with the submitted answers right below my questions. Users’ comments are easily managed and rated according to most votes or newest. Easy to use interface instantly created a discussion forum on my website. I can manage the questions that are asked and also moderate the answers. Fully functional with social media login and follow-up answer notifications. Worked like a charm with no problems, thanks CM!
- 03rd Dec2013CM Answers pluginI was very happy to discover this plugin and moreover to get familiar with Cminds.The plugin is a very good platform for question and answers system, exactly what I was looking for.I got great support about all functionality I needed and couldn’t find in other plugins.Thank you very much!
- 02nd Dec2013Great plugin and excellent supportFor someone who’s completely new to WordPress, there was a bit of learning curve. But support for the Pro product is excellent. I was able to customize it quickly. Thanks for such a great product!
- 23rd Nov2013Great pluginVery qualitative, flexible plugin
- 22nd Nov2013Exactly what I needed. Very usefulEasy to use and Fantastic support! Highly recommended. The extension itself is extremely useful. http://www.remarkety.com
- 21st Nov2013good pluginWhile using this for a project, we found it was useful and worked well. have no problems or bugs
- 14th Nov2013Great Plugin !Great Plugin works as expected
- 13th Nov2013AwesomeAwesome plug-in
- 13th Nov2013Superb plugin.Superb plugin and a very good support by the dev. Thx.
- 13th Nov2013Excellent pluginsimple to work with and works greart
- 12th Nov2013Great plugin – brilliant supportI played around with this plugin for a bit – it is probably the best stack-overflow like plugin currently available and it delivers a very nice functionality (as promised). I think the price for the Pro version is really worth it (plus it is a bit of a bargain to be honest). While I did find a few issues with the product and I would have normally given it 4 starts or less for this reason, the support from the development team has really outstanding (quick response, live debugging on my platform, very responsive to feature requests, etc.), I am definitely rating this 5 stars.Keep up the good work and dedication guys and I am sure you will turn this into an amazing plugin!A few other feature requests and comments: – I think allowing users to re-edit their questions/answers for a limited time period (a few hours maybe), would be great – especially if they didn’t manage to get the formatting right the first time round – being able to mark a questions as “Resolved” only from the admin backend makes it a bit harder to make this into a community-driver platform (how about allowing anybody to mark the question as resolved?!? Not convinced that that would be a brilliant idea though…) – it would be nice to be able to have a release-independent way to update the CSS. I need to make a few changes in order to tweak everything for my WordPress theme, and it is a bit annoying and hard to have to make all these changes over and over again with every release
- 12th Nov2013GoodFive star plugin, thank you 🙂
- 11th Nov2013Excellent pluginsimple to work with and works greart
- 11th Nov2013Great plugin thansk for it!Thank you very much for developing this plugin. It’s very helpful and very good idea. Keep up the good work!
- 11th Nov2013AwesomeAwesome plugin from awesome and helpful developer.
- 08th Nov2013Very good pluginI just got the Pro version and I must admitt it’s awesome. I’ve had some minor problems but the support is very helpful.
- 07th Nov2013Excellent plugin!Many thanks! Good support.
- 06th Nov2013Great toolThe plugin works exactly as expected.
- 06th Nov2013Cool pluginNice to find something without looking for it ! I bumped into this plugin by mistake, and it is really great.Thanks
- 04th Nov2013Great !everything works. good job. thanks.
- 02nd Sep2013Great pluginEven I use the free version of the plugin, it’s working great with some minor problems which can be due to plugin conflicts or what so ever.
- 06th Aug2013GREAT PLUGIN?!This plugin is great. Make sure to get the PRO version because it has a lot of great stuff with it.Thx! for an awesome plugin I was searching for.
- 14th Jun2013Great plugin from great developer!Very good plugin, with a very good support by the creator. Answer by email the same or next day when we have problem, bugs corrected asap, tanks a lot for all of that!
- 12th Jun2013Great plugin and very good supportCongratulations for your very good plugin. The free version is better than other paid plug-ins. And the plugin owner is very reactive. He fixed quickly all the little bugs we pointed out. Keep going.
WP Mayor: "CM Answers plugin reviews by WP Mayor - CM Answers is the best way for managing all your user’s questions and answers with this easy to use website discussion forum plugin. With CM Answers you can start moderating discussions right away, and have users login easily with their existing social media profiles. It’s so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this already!."
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: "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."