Linking Gravity Forms to BuddyPress Forums

by | Jan 31, 2023 | WordPress | 0 comments

I was posed with problem: make BuddyPress forum topics from a Gravity Forms form submission. Turning Gravity Form submissions into posts isn’t a big party trick– that is built in. What doesn’t work, is the linkage to a particular forum as a new topic. So: I did some hacking (see the code below).

  • I made a gravity form
  • I have it posting to the post_type for topics
  • I put in a hidden value with the label of “forum_id” and the number for that forum id as the default value for the hidden value
  • I had an existing plugin that was mine. I added the code below to listen for Gravity Form events and then act on the submission.
  • WordPress will do the submission, save the post, then go to this function to act and create linkage between the form submission and a forum.
// publish and associate the form

function sboxr_application_submission( $entry, $form ) {
	if (function_exists('bbp_update_forum')) {
	    //getting post
    	$post = get_post( $entry['post_id'] );

	    //changing post content
	    foreach ($form['fields'] as $key => $values) {
    		if ($values['label'] == 'forum_id') {
    			$post->post_parent = $values['defaultValue'];

		$forum_meta = array(
			'forum_id' => $post->post_parent,
			'topic_id' => $post->ID,		
			'comment_status' => 'open'
		$post->comment_status = 'open';	
		$post->post_status = 'publish';

		bbp_update_forum(array('forum_id' => $post->post_parent));
	    //updating post
		foreach ( $forum_meta as $meta_key => $meta_value ) {
			update_post_meta( $post->ID, '_bbp_' . $meta_key, $meta_value );

// Hook to make the gravity form submission to connect to forum post creation
add_action( 'gform_after_submission_2', 'sboxr_application_submission', 10, 2 );

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