Creating a forum website

Hi all, I am trying to create a forum style website on a budget. I wanted to purchase a theme (I tried etsy and themeforest but if you have other suggestions please let me know). However I am confused and can’t find the functionality I want in the aesthetic that I like.

I am new to wordpress and my question is: should I prioritise the functionality and change colours/shapes etc later to suit my desired design? Or should I buy a theme based on design and then play around with the functionality?

I don’t need anything too complicated, just member sign up and login and members creating posts within different categories and other people leaving comments.

  1. Theme = how the site looks (btw I wouldn’t recommend buying themes from Etsy).

    Plugin = functionality. In your case, you’re looking for a plugin – there are several free ones in the repo that will do the job, like [](

  2. Do you aware that wordpress is a blog, meaning something you can create categorized posts (like forum threads) and others who registered can write comments under that (like messages)?


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