Advice on creating a forum or bulletin board for website

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Hi there,

I would like to start a website, very basic but with an online forum. In fact, I'm not even interested in the website so much as having the forum itself as almost a standalone on the website.

Here's an example of something simple that would work: http://2ketodudes.com/ and their forum https://www.ketogenicforums.com/. Of course, I can email these guys and ask for advice and I might do just that but also would like to hear what veterans have to say.

I have a .org domain and I would like the site/forum to eventually run on donations in addition to advertising. I feel that I have the marketing skills to get it out there because I started a business with my husband and was able to successfully market that business. My husband has taken over that while I venture on to other things.

I'm stuck on how to make money on the forum itself. I guess through ads but just not sure which forum options are best. I've looked at proboards and vbulletin. Any others that I should take a look at that are low costs to start up? Because that is a factor as well.

Thanks so much for you're feedback!
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I started a forum in February this year. I'm using phpBB. It's not as easy to use compared to a blogging platform like WordPress. It also takes more effort to maintain a forum.


    It's not easy to get people to register and post on a forum. Unless you're in a really specialised niche, or have a lot of friends who can post on your behalf, then it may be impossible.


    Even when you do get good posters, often they leave. I had one make 300 posts then they decided the forum was rubbish. People are really picky these days.


    Monetising a forum is actually quite easy. You can post ads, or use inline text links. But don't worry about this until you have at least 5000 posts.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by brettb View Post

      I'm using phpBB.
      Same, here. Just built a forum for a client using this and added 60 extensions. Great script.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Respa Baby View Post

    Hi there,

    I would like to start a website, very basic but with an online forum. In fact, I'm not even interested in the website so much as having the forum itself as almost a standalone on the website.

    Here's an example of something simple that would work: 2 Keto Dudes - Ketogenic Lifestyle Podcast and their forum https://www.ketogenicforums.com/. Of course, I can email these guys and ask for advice and I might do just that but also would like to hear what veterans have to say.

    I have a .org domain and I would like the site/forum to eventually run on donations in addition to advertising. I feel that I have the marketing skills to get it out there because I started a business with my husband and was able to successfully market that business. My husband has taken over that while I venture on to other things.

    I'm stuck on how to make money on the forum itself. I guess through ads but just not sure which forum options are best. I've looked at proboards and vbulletin. Any others that I should take a look at that are low costs to start up? Because that is a factor as well.

    Thanks so much for you're feedback!
    What's the goal of the forum aside of making money?
    Also can you share the niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author Respa Baby
    Hi there. Sorry for the delay, I'm a plaintiff in a lawsuit and it is sucking my time. It would be a very specialized forum for homeowners that are having problems with their mortgage servicers. The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act "RESPA" is a remedy for homeowners to get information and errors corrected on their loan. If the servicer doesn't comply, a homeowner can be awarded damages. I saw the need because as someone that considers themselves savvy in consumer affairs, I was clueless about this statue. Had I known about it earlier, then I might not be in litigation three years after the problem started.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    That sounds like a great niche for a forum. People with problems will tend to sign up and post away. On the downside you might have serious competition from a related Reddit (if there is one) or FB page.


    My own forum is chugging away. It still gets people posting (who aren't me). phpBB is pretty good these days.
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