How to Create and Run Your Own Forum Using MyFreeForum.Org

So you're looking into creating your own on-line forum, but not sure where to start?

Steps

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    Have a clear goal as to what you want your forum to be about?
    • A local sports team maybe, or perhaps you're looking at starting a forum for your business?
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    Set out a plan first, what will your forum be called? What sections will your forum have? Why will members choose your forum over competitors?
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    Choose a host for your forum, there are many free hosts out there.
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    Register with your chosen host and set up your forum how you want it.
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    Proceed to your forum, your forum URL will usually be your chosen username and then the URL of the host you are using.
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    http://user-name.myfreeforum.org (may differ depending on your host)
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    Click the login link and login to your administrator account, your default username if you're using myfreeforum will be 'admin' and your password is that which you chose when creating your forum.
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    Once logged in, a link will appear at the bottom of your forum to take you to the admin panel 'Go to Administration Panel' Click This.
    • For security reasons you will be prompted to log in once more to proceed.
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    Once you're logged into the admin panel you will be presented with a screen similar to this.
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    Click on the 'Forums' link and then on the 'Management' option that appears.
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    You can now delete the default forum sections which appear on the screen so that you are now ready to start adding your own.
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    Once deleted, return to the Management screen and add your first category (This isn't the forum section itself it is the header in which your forum sections fall under.)
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    Next you can start creating your forum sections which are the basis of any successful forum, remember to word your descriptions well and to ensure your spelling and grammar is well presented.
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    Add further categories and forums until happy (remembering that too many at the start will make your forum seem empty and abandoned to possible members and give a bad first impression.)
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    Now before we get started with the main part, a little bit of maintenance to do, go to option '8. Maintenance' in the main admin control panel menu and 're-sync post counts'. Then click 'Do Re-sync' this is just to correct the post counts as earlier we deleted the sections that contained the sample posts.
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    Now click 'Forum Index' near the top of the menu to view your brand new and ready to use forum.
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    Now the hardest part - get posting before you go looking for members. No matter how fancy or neat your new forum might look, no-one is going to join an empty forum. People need a reason to join your forum - the more posts you have, the more active your forum looks, and therefore the more members you are going to attract.
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    Aim for around 50 posts minimum before you try getting more members.
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    Now you need to start getting more members, the more advertising the better, just don't spam or you'll get a bad name and your forum will never succeed.
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    Try link exchanges/banner exchanges with other forums, tell your friends to join, and tell them to tell their friends, look for on-line website directories and submit your site. As said earlier, the more advertising the better.

Tips

  • Don't advertise too early, no-one will join an empty forum.
  • Content is more important than layout.
  • Make sure you keep your forum a friendly place so new members feel welcome.
  • Don't be afraid to take action if a member steps out of line, if you go too easy on someone a problem will keep happening, just don't be too harsh either.
  • Try to give yourself an advantage over other forums, or better yet find a niche market you're interested in and aim for that.
  • Make sure you have a passion for the subject you are basing your forum on.

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Categories: Internet Forums and Message Boards