wpForo – Groups Plugin Integration

wpForo – Groups Plugin Integration addon is designed to integrate Groups plugin content restriction rules with wpForo forum plugin. You can grant different type of accesses to different forums based on users’ GROUPs.  You should install the Groups plugin before purchasing this addon. This integration powers your forum with access control to wpForo categories, forums and sub-forums. It lets you create a members-only forum, so you can offer discussion threads of a certain forum exclusively to group members. It’s very easy to set up, you just need to edit forums and set corresponding forum access to each Group you’ve created by Groups  plugin.

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Please note: this is an add-on for wpForo plugin. This addon requires at least wpForo 2.2.2 version. Please do not install this addon on lower wpForo versions. wpForo is a free, powerful, modern and responsive forum plugin. It's available for free download on WordPress.org Extensions directory. The official wpForo addons are only available here at gVectors.com Premium plugins store.

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This addon integrates your wpForo forum with Groups plugin. This is a powerful combo to create a group membership forum and control your member’s access to categories and forums.

As it’s said in the plugin page: Groups is designed as an efficient, powerful and flexible solution for group-oriented memberships and content access control. It provides group-based user membership management, group-based capabilities and access control for content, built on solid principles.. And all the features of this plugin are integrated with wpForo forum plugin.

Restricting Categories and Forums

Restricting a forum will prevent non-members from seeing any of the forum’s topics. You should individually restrict each forum that you want to hide from non-members; you cannot do this by restricting a parent forum (category), as restrictions won’t be inherited. However, the restriction will affect the all topics of the forum.

The forum access restriction is based on users’ Groups. You can grant different forum access to each Group in Dashboard > wpForo > Forums admin page by editing any forum you want, as it shown on the screenshot below:

For example, you can let members with Student group only read the topics and posts of certain forum by setting [Read Only] access to that plan. As well as you can grant [Standard Access] to Teacher group allowing users with this group to read topics, create new topics and reply to that topics.

You can create custom forum accesses with any set of permissions in Dashboard > wpForo > Forum Accesses admin page, then use that forum accesses to grant to different Groups.


Forum Accesses by Groups vs wpForo Usergroups

By default, forum accesses are granted to Usergroups. Each Usergroup has its forum access settings in the Forum Permissions admin section located on the right sidebar of the forum editing screen. If you want to manage forum access based on Groups, we recommend setting [No Access] for all Usergroups except Admins and Moderators. Groups takes precedence over Usergroup restrictions. Therefore, regardless of Usergroup restrictions, all users with access to a forum through a Group will be able to access the forum and its topics. So, you can confidently set [No Access] for all non-admin and non-moderator Usergroups and not worry about whether users in those usergroups with a Group will be able to access the forum. The Group will grant them access as you’ve configured it, even if the usergroup has [No Access] to that forum.


Installation and Configuration

First make sure the Groups plugin is installed, activated and Groups are created.

Then install the wpForo – Groups Plugin Integration addon:

  • This addon installs like any other plugin for WordPress.
  • Access to wpForo – Groups Plugin Integration addon is provided immediately once you paid for your order. Upon completing registration/checkout, you may log in at gVectors.com. We will also email you after registration/checkout, with a link to the login page. Then download the installation package.
  • Downloaded addon zip file from gVectors Shop account page
  • Navigate to Dashboard > Plugins > Add new and upload addon ZIP file, then activate it.
  • Once the plugin is active, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > wpForo > Forums admin page, edit a forum you want to restrict and  begin configuration…
  • It’ll ask you to activate with license key you got via email or in your account page, just insert the key and activate it.

If for some reason you cannot install this plugin using WordPress plugin upload system, please do that with this alternative way. Unzip, and then upload the /wpforo-groups-membership/ folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory using an FTP application like FileZilla; or any other FTP program is fine also. Make sure you have not double /wpforo-groups-membership/wpforo-groups-membership/ directories nested inside each other, please correct this before you continue. Then go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins, and then activate the wpForo – Groups Plugin Integration addon.


  • Dropdown menu to set default forum access to all membership plans


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