A WordPress question and answer plugin or a WordPress Q&A theme can add another powerful dimension to your WP site. It’s a fantastic way to incorporate additional content to your website and build authority in the search engines. What’s more, the content is all generated for free by your users. User generated content is a driving force behind many large question and answer sites like Quora and Yahoo! Answers. These website tools can be used to gather feedback from your site’s visitors, permit users to vote on popular issues, build a community around a topic, and much more. Whether you’d like to merely add a question and answer plugin to your existing WP site or use a Q&A theme to build a standalone Quora-like site, there are several options available to you. In the review list below, we’ve identified some free and premium question and answer themes for you. For additional WP resources, see our premium WordPress plugins directory.
WordPress Question and Answer Themes
Answers – Templatic’s premium question and answer theme that features an quick and easy 1-click installation with the ability to auto-create sample questions to get your Q&A site up and running in no time. Questions are separately through large tabs marked as recent, most responses, unanswered, and recently answered. The header offers two menus with drop down capabilities, login and registration links, and a search bar. Users have the ability to vote answers up or down and the individual that asked the question can assign the best answer. The admin may allow users to post questions for free or charge them a fee to do so via PayPal. Every user has profile page that keeps track of the user’s answered and asked questions as well as how many votes he/she has received. Each question can be assigned a category and the total number of view are registered. Also included in this theme are two sidebar widgets to display the top users and the most active questions. Templatic’s premium Q&A theme is available as a single site ($65) license and a multiple use site ($99) license.
WP-Answers – A premium WordPress question and answer theme that adds a few other bells and whistles. A points system has been added so users can earn points for asking and answering questions. The more points a user acquires, the higher their rank on the leaderboard. Each user has his own profile page that displays his questions and answer stats too. Login and registration can be completed via WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook. Content from Yahoo! Answers can be imported from multiple countries to include both questions and answers plus comments. The WP-Answers premium theme comes in three different licenses: single site ($89), multi site ($179), and developer ($249).
QnA Theme – DailyWP’s premium question and answer theme for WordPress sports many of the same features that the other Q&A themes offer. Its features include the ability to ask and answer questions, submit comments, track the number of view each question receives, add categories, add tags, a top user widget, import Yahoo Answers content, assign points to users, answer voting, and much more. Some standout features include the ability to flag questions as spam and multiple language support. This theme is available in a single site license ($59) and a developer license ($99).
Instant Q&A – With its three column layout this premium question and answer theme boasts the most unique design of the bunch. It features the ability to easily add your own logo, choose from multiple color schemes, and incorporate banner ads and Google Analytics code. Like the other themes listed here, users can collect participation points for asking and answering questions and each user has his/her profile page that displays their user statistics. This WordPress Q&A theme can be obtained by purchasing a single site license for $35.
WordPress Question and Answer Plugins
Question and Answer Forum Plugin – A free WordPress question and answer plugin that utilizes a shortcode so you can display the Q&A section within any page of your WP site. The Q&A forum plugin takes advantage of the WordPress custom post types feature allowing you to assign categories and tags for each question. Other features include a submission form and customizable email notifications to alert both users and the administrator when a new question or answer has been received.If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page or subscribe to our NetworkedBlogs profile.
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