1 How to start a community? on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:14 pm
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:
Example of a good forum design:
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: