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Creating Your Own Forum
« on: September 01, 2016, 06:53:44 AM »
Hello everyone! :)

I have long been interested in wanting to create my own forum myself but I never had the chance to do so. I have just recently discovered that there are several sites that offer free web hosting for forums. So one could indeed create a free forum and monetize it if he/she chooses to. I'm still trying to learn how forum management works right now but I'm not closing my doors to creating my own forum someday.

Have you ever considered creating your own forum too? Would you use a free platform or a paid one?

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Re: Creating Your Own Forum
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2016, 04:12:31 AM »
I have a free spiritual forum what a chatroom, but it doesn't get used often. I've also had one with free hosting, but my own domain. It's fun, but also hard work when you have spammers and trolls. I use the free version because it pays for hosting and also the software, and it's really just a place where like minded can post and chat. I don't wish to make money from it.

If you do want to make money then you do have to have either your own domain and hosting or use a free platform, but pay to remove the ads and place your own.

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Re: Creating Your Own Forum
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2016, 04:45:16 AM »
Forums are an enormous amount of work, assuming you want an active, lively site. I'd always go self-hosted, to avoid tying myself to any particular host. The money investment would also be an extra boost in the motivation department! :D

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Re: Creating Your Own Forum
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 02:55:21 AM »
If you can handle the pressure and challenges then go for it. There is so much responsibility to do especially if you are alone doing all the work to keep the forum alive and interesting. It is like managing your own small business. You generate a buzz to get some leads and oversee the overall performance of the forum and so on. I know one friend who got burnt and wanted to quit during the first few weeks of going live. If you are still testing the waters go for free hosting.


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Re: Creating Your Own Forum
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2016, 06:12:34 AM »
First, I would like to point out that managing a forum is very different from blogging. Blogging can be done as a part-time one-man show. For example, you can decide to blog just once a week. And that's it. You just blog once a week. Then forget about it for the rest of the week, until it's time to write another blog post.

Managing a forum is a full-time job. All forums are global, which means members can be coming in and posting and commenting any time of the day or night, even when you are sleeping, even when you are at work, even when you are on holiday.

So what's the problem with that? Ah, lots and lots of problems. A forum cannot have a system where every post is moderated before it's published. That would kill the forum. You can do that for blog comments. Set all comments to be moderated before they are published and you will be fine. For a forum, posting is spontaneous. That means all kind of posts will get into the forum. Good, bad and ugly.

That's why managing a forum is a full-time job. You have to be around to keep an eye on things. If you can't be around all the time, you have to make sure that there's someone around when you aren't.

Is it worth it?

Well, if you are prepared to commit the time, money and effort, it should pay off. Eventually. I am on some forums which are so big that I can make a post, and in less than five minutes, my post would be buried under tons of newer posts.

Can you make money out of a forum? Sure. The simple rule of thumb for anything on the Web is just this: if you have a big enough audience or following, you can find a way to monetize it. See how Mark did it with Facebook?

No, no, don't think that you will become like Mark. That would be starting things off on the wrong foot. Start with what you enjoy doing. Mark didn't start Facebook to make billions. He started it just as a way for his friends to keep in touch.

You do the same, too. Let's say you are very keen on growing roses. So, start by blogging about roses. Then as your readership grow, consider diverting the comments to a forum.

Do you need to learn a new software to do a forum?

Not totally. If you are using Wordpress, you can consider using bbPress, which is a forum which works with Wordpress and is developed by the same people who created Wordpress. So the transition should be seamless, both for you and your readers.

If you are serious about starting a forum, I can point you to a forum which is dedicated to helping people who want to start their own forums. The forum owner has a lot of experience in developing forums and he is very happy to share his knowledge and experience. Of course, I am a member of that forum, too.

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Re: Creating Your Own Forum
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2016, 04:35:41 PM »
I have run many forums in my day, but none of them for profit. Usually they are for subjects I enjoy and want to participate in a community with, such as Disney. Others have been for writing/roleplaying. Some great (free) forum platforms are Invisionfree, Jcink, Icyboards and Proboards. They do have a learning curve, but luckily there are quite a few resource boards out there with tons of tutorials and people willing to help you out. :)

If you ever need someone to point you in the right direction for any of these things, shoot me a message! :)

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