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1 How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:14 pm

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Hi!

Here I'm to present you some tips about how can you start a forum community.

1. Choose a topic/subject for your forum:
If you want to start a forum you need to know why you do it. A forum needs to have a discussion topic, because about it members will talk. So, you can choose a topic that is known by you, in which you have experience, so you can talk with members if they want help. Try to choose a specific topic, that aren't so many on the internet, but in the same time interesting. Think about what your friends like or do usually.

2. Create forums and categories:
You need to choose a good arangement of forums and categories. These should be as organized as possible. So, your members can navigate free/relaxed on your forum. Create for your members convenience.
4-8 categories will be good for a community. Try to attach to each category 3-7 forums. It depends of how extensive is your category.

3. Select staff members & groups:
For start, you always have a lot of ideas for your forum, but you need to choose 2 friends that will help you with creating topics etc. The next staff member you can choose along the time on the forum, not from the beginning.

4. Choose your forum design:
Choose a design for your forum that fits with your forum topic/subject. It's very important to choose a nice design.
Examples of bad forum design:
1. http://i.imgur.com/wXqIO.png
2. http://i.imgur.com/ivQ1P.png
Example of a good forum design:
http://i.imgur.com/ZTgQy.png
Don't choose the images or colors that doesn't fits between them.

5. Advertise your forum:
For this you have a lot of tutorials on google or even here:
1. http://www.forumotionhub.com/t64-promoting-your-forum
2. http://www.forumotionhub.com/t57-promoting-your-forum
3. http://www.forumotionhub.com/t79-tips-and-advices-for-improving-seo

Good luck! Razz

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2 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:19 pm

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I love how this board gets a shoutout. Razz

Well done on this guide, Coddy. I absolutely love your articles as they display pure thoroughness. But I, alas, have found much difficulty in creating my very own forum. One of the main reasons is because I'm not a good advertiser. Not only that, but I have no one to help me with some coding. Whereas, should someone wish to help me, I would use this guide to the fullest.

Again, good job on building this most informative guide. Hope to see more of these in the future. Smile

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3 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:22 pm

Renz


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Well done Coddy ! Keep it up ! Wink

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4 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:14 pm

Coddy

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Thanks guys. You're awesome. Smile

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5 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:15 pm

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@Coddy wrote:Thanks guys. You're awesome. Smile

No no, it is you who is awesome.

Your guide is so informative.

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6 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:27 pm

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Great article Coddy. Bravo for your work putting in writing this article.

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7 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:00 pm

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Haha, thanks for the mention. Razz

Another good article from you Coddy!


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8 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:24 pm

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Coddy...I could read these articles you write all day. They are great, and packed full of information for forum owners of all experience.

On the whole I agree with what you've said. Pretty much everything you've said is how I run my own forums. So I guess...I must do something right.

+1 again sunshine, keep up the great work Very Happy

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9 Re: How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:52 pm

Coddy

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Hihi, thanks. Very Happy

I'm so happy to read your comments. So, I will change my Mood field. Smile

It really means a lot for me, guys.

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10 Re: How to start a community? on Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:34 am

Jophy

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Good info Wink For number 3, nice point, it isn't really necessary to have staff members at the beginning of the forum creation, just a few members to help you out and then you can proceed to get staff members to make your forum bigger Smile

Nice tips Smile

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11 Re: How to start a community? on Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:08 am

Coddy

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Thank you again. Smile

About staff members, yes, I said this:
The next staff member you can choose along the time on the forum, not from the beginning.

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12 Re: How to start a community? on Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:39 pm

Pivetor

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Very good article, helps people just starting know what to expect, and the proper things that needs to be done. Hope to see more articles from you soon!

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13 Re: How to start a community? on Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:06 am

Sir Chivas

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Wow nice article bro. Actually helps, noobs Smile

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14 Re: How to start a community? on Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:51 pm

Coddy

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Thank you for your opinions. Very Happy

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15 Mhmmm what's going on !!! on Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:43 am

Tommy Lee


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@Jordan wrote:I love how this board gets a shoutout. Razz

Well done on this guide, Coddy. I absolutely love your articles as they display pure thoroughness. But I, alas, have found much difficulty in creating my very own forum. One of the main reasons is because I'm not a good advertiser. Not only that, but I have no one to help me with some coding. Whereas, should someone wish to help me, I would use this guide to the fullest.

Again, good job on building this most informative guide. Hope to see more of these in the future. Smile

Very nice WalkThrough Guide Coddy — also hey Pal Jordan! Why am I the best Member on FMH?

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16 Re: How to start a community? on Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:42 pm

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I loved the article Coddy! It is awesome!

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