bbPress is our favorite forum software, simply because of how well it integrates within WordPress. bbPress appears to be a bit outdated, however there are ways you can improve the appearance of the plugin within your theme.
In traditional forum structure, the forum category appears at the top and below are the forums.
Changing bbPress Forums Index
bbPress has support for forum categories out of the box and it’s forums can be arranged in a hierarchical structure.
Therefore, all that needs to be changed is the loop of the forums index. This is exactly what we have done in the below code.
This file can be uploaded to the root directory of your child theme. It can also be uploaded to your primary theme (as well as in a bbPress/forum specific folder).
You can download the loop-forums.php file by going to our GitHub or just by copying and pasting the below code into your own loop-forums.php
To explain the logic behind the code, you need to set a forum category. Then you need to have the forums set as children of that category. In the event that you do not do this, the default category will be placed and then it will place the rest of the forums under that.
Give it a try on your own website and let us know what you think!