MT Forum is a forum plugin for Movable Type.

I have been using Movable Type as a forum for over 3 years. Finally, I have taken the time to package it all up so that it can be released as a plugin. Actually, most of it has been completely re-written to include more features and for better performance.

Sneak Preview: Live Demo of MT Forum

The first version of MT Forum will be released soon. For now, you can give it a try on the MT4 Test Blog. MT Forum has the familiar look and feel of online discussion forums. You can register for an account, or sign-in with OpenID, Vox, etc. Or post without authenticating (admins decide who can post). Try out the demo by following the link below, create some new topics and reply to existing topics:

Click here to try MT Forum

Please note that some of the features shown in the demo are provided by other plugins from MT Hacks, such as Visitor Stats Pro, User Profiles Pro, and Comment Titles. These plugins are not required to use MT Forum, but certain features (such as topic view counts, user profile pages, and comment titles) will only be available if you have these plugins installed. The Entry Post plugin is required.

Please reply to this entry with feedback, or post on the demo forums!

Stay tuned for more info and the upcoming release of MT Forum.

Anil Dash has posted about my forums powered by Movable Type. I started doing this more than a year ago, and I have evolved it on some sites into active forums with additional features. For example, take a look at Seinfeld Forum. As you can see, this Movable Type-powered forum has over 4,000 topics (entries) and over 15,000 replies (comments). Features include a "post count" (using the CommentLeaders plugin) and an associated status level based on post count. I recently added automication pagination of threads using my MTDynamic plugin (although I don't think I have released that version of the plugin yet). I have also added a search function that searches only the forum section of the site (using a source-modified version of MT search). Another active forum example is Mars Forum -- over 20,000 replies (comments) on that one.

I have not yet posted this to MT hacks yet, mainly because it would take a long time to document all of the steps to get this set up. I do plan to do that, but I have been very busy. Let me know if you are interested (extra motivation may help me find the time :) )