How to run a successful forum: The Beginning

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How to run a successful forum: The Beginning

By: Shawn J. Gossman

I plan to write a series of articles based on running a successful forum. By no means am I the best forum runner but I have had about 10 years experience using different methods over the years and have found the right ones. In this series, I plan to write step by step articles to defines the more important ways of running a successful message forum. This article is the first in my series and titled, The Beginning.

Before you launch a forum, you want to make sure it is ready to be launched, first. It most always starts extremely slow when you create your forum and launch it to the general population without adding a new theme, logo and content. People get bored with default looks, too many sections and nothing to post about. So you should always consider these steps to take before launching it to everyone else. Make your first launch unique and fun to others so that your membership and activity grows faster.

The Look and Feel

Your forum's look and feel is important. The first look and feel is always the default theme and logo. It may look good but its still the normal old default theme and logo and appears plain to most experienced forum goers. Make you forum more unique than the rest by adding your own custom theme and logo. If you have money to spend, there are various cheap and more expensive theme and logo services out there. Just do a Google search and make sure to reference your forum's software in the search. If you can not afford a new theme and logo, most software offers free themes from what community members create and you can use various free logo generator services all over the internet. If you are forced to use a free theme and free logo creator, try to make the two more unique than what they originally look liked before. A new member's first impression of your forum is very important and determines whether they will return or not.

When choosing a software, make sure its easy to use. Not all member who join are advanced in the knowledge of forum software. If needed, change some words on the software to be easier to read such as making "Register" to "Join for Free" or something like that. These little changes can have a dramatic affect on new members joining. Use a top level domain that is short and unique. Long domain names or use of subdomains with a directory can be hard to remember. Sure they can always bookmark your forum but wouldn't you rather have a forum domain that is catchy and easy to remember? I know...

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Shawn G

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Thanks and glad to see a completed article by me LOL
 

joe.waltson

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Good tips indeed a better and authentic ways to achieve the goals of running a successful forum. Great one.
Thanks
 
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