Listed down below are the steps on how you may start to create a forum for your website:
Step #1: Choose a Web Host
List down your preferred web hosting companies and evaluate each of them.
You may then contact them to explain what your vision is for your online forum, and if they have options to handle the load should your forum have a noticeable uptick in traffic.
You may also get details about the costs in upgrading your forum once it becomes popular.
Step #2: Set Up Your Forum
You may now set up the type of forum you preferred for your site. There are many different types of software you can choose from the below list. Just check them online to know their prices and particular advantages:
- Simple Machines Forum (SMF)
Step #3: Make Forum Rules
You might also want to set up your rules to guide your readers before opening it to the public. Most online forums implement rules for the following behaviors:
- Inciting posts
- External links
- Foul language
- Discriminatory comments
- Spam and self-promotion
Step #4: Choose Forum Topics
Finding a niche is an integral element in creating a successful online community. You should be well-equipped with proper information about that certain topic that you want to be discussed on your forum.
Step #5: Get Moderators
Once your forum becomes active, you may invite moderators. The best people for this task are those who are involved on your blog. However, as this is time-consuming, offer some small compensation for your moderator.
Step #6: Manage your Forum & Its Best Practices
Respond to all thoughtful and intelligent comments, welcome new members, recognize birthdays and encourage members to promote their businesses. You may also create regular events that will hook your members’. Provide an appropriate forum for these topics and your members will be more likely to get involved in your site.