How I created a forum on my site in 5 minutes.

by Coby
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Hey Warriors,

I just got through adding a forum to one of my niche sites. This was the first forum I had attempted and was surprised at how simple this was. I figured you folks would like this tip so here goes.

I am using a self-hosted WordPress blog and I searched for the keyword "forum" from the plugin page and found a cool plugin. This plugin is called "Mingle Forum" and allowed me to create a cool looking forum in just a few minutes. I was able to do this without any coding experience, I simply clicked and typed.

Once you download the plugin and activate it you will see a "mingle forum" section on the left in your admin dashboard. Go here and create your categories and the according forums. After you have done this go and set up the user groups if wanted. This is all there is to it.

After you have created the forum you will need to create a new page on your WP blog for the forum. After creating the forum page you will enter [mingleforum] into the page details and save. You now have a forum!

This will allow you to create your own forum on your blog.

I hope you guys enjoy the tip! Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Daryl Lim
    Well I think you can just access Fantastico in CPanel and install some forum script... In less than 5 minutes.
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by Daryl Lim View Post

      Well I think you can just access Fantastico in CPanel and install some forum script... In less than 5 minutes.
      possibly but this plugin did all the work. All I had to do was type in the tag and I was set . . . Anything more than that is too technical for me, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author rohnsmith
    Yes , Now a days it is easy to install the forum because there are thousands of free scripts available on net with almost all facilities you just need to modify little bit...
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    I added a free forum to my self hosted Wordpress blog through SMF a few days ago. It seems everyone just wants profile backlinks and doesn't care too much about making relevant comments.

    Watch out for spammers I have to delete stupid comments every day I am wondering if it was even worth it. But it looks good I wish you luck!
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    Originally Posted by Coby View Post

    Hey Warriors,

    I just got through adding a forum to one of my niche sites. This was the first forum I had attempted and was surprised at how simple this was. I figured you folks would like this tip so here goes.

    I am using a self-hosted WordPress blog and I searched for the keyword "forum" from the plugin page and found a cool plugin. This plugin is called "Mingle Forum" and allowed me to create a cool looking forum in just a few minutes. I was able to do this without any coding experience, I simply clicked and typed.

    Once you download the plugin and activate it you will see a "mingle forum" section on the left in your admin dashboard. Go here and create your categories and the according forums. After you have done this go and set up the user groups if wanted. This is all there is to it.

    After you have created the forum you will need to create a new page on your WP blog for the forum. After creating the forum page you will enter [mingleforum] into the page details and save. You now have a forum!

    This will allow you to create your own forum on your blog.

    Here is the link to my niche site to see what the forum will look like:
    Coon Hounds Forum | CoonHounds.Info

    I hope you guys enjoy the tip! Good Luck

    That's actually pretty cool looking. Wonder how it will handle a load?

    Anyone done any tests on it?
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by admin View Post

      That's actually pretty cool looking. Wonder how it will handle a load?

      Anyone done any tests on it?
      Guess I will find out how big a load it will handle. However, this is a micro-niche so I don't thing it will get to awful big. I added it because all the relevant competing sites had them.
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      • Profile picture of the author fengshui1988
        I think there are 2 forum program in fantastico but mingle seems easier to set up.
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        • Profile picture of the author Daryl Lim
          Originally Posted by fengshui1988 View Post

          I think there are 2 forum program in fantastico but mingle seems easier to set up.
          Yeah, PHP BB and SMF.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I have used the SMF plugin myself with good results. I really like all the functionalities that it offers (even with the free verson), and it appears to be pretty robust.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    I think you went the right way about it because you want a forum which integrates with Wordpress properly, i.e. shares users, let's you easily display recent forum posts on your WP pages, whatever. The best forum for WP is probably Simpleress - the Wordpress people are also working on bbPress but it is way behind Simple Press and I don't much like the look of bbPress anyway, it just doesn't LOOK like a forum out of the box. They are both free too, though.

    But running a forum is hell, the more popular it is, the more sig file and profile link spammers you get (hmm, a lot of them from round here ), and of course proper full-on spammers. It's really got to be worth the return. I am only running forums on private member sites from now on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    Wow...inspiring words to get a forum up and run it! Glad to know that less technical skills are required now. But there will be more to forums than setting it up right? I'd love to get a money making niche forum running.


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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by moonfish View Post

      I just install forums from fantastico on cpanel, as another user said, it only takes a few minutes. The toughest part is keeping your forum free of spammers...because they really find you quickly.

      It was interesting to note the amount of backlinks created from the spammers posts on a recent forum I set up, which showed up on Google. I read somewhere about turning this to your advantage by deleting the forum after a while, leaving you with a load of inbound links from the spammers sites.
      I certainly agree with the spammers finding you quickly. About 10 minutes after the first article is published with a link to the forum.

      And I'd be really happy to turn that to my advantage, but I don't understand 'inbound links from the spammers sites.' I did check out a few of the spam sites, porn, prescription, LA Towing or whatever, and can't imagine any reason why they would link back to the forum.

      baffled, (but hey, I'm used to that)
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  • Profile picture of the author iw433
    Yes there are 2 forum programs in fantastico but........I don't like either one. I am going to try Vanilla. I also would like to know a way to keep spammers and spammer bots out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Authentic
    Thanks! Your instructions are very clear and helpful. Those wordpress plugins are really something.
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      I just saw this - and it's the same forum I literally just added to our village website.
      I also would like to know a way to keep spammers and spammer bots out.
      I also added the "New User Approve" plug-in so that I approve new members before they can post.

      If I don't recognise an email address, I will probably email and ask people who they are before approving them. If I get a flood of spam registrations I will automatically disallow anyone who doesn't email me first and explain why they want to join.
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      • Profile picture of the author IM Queen
        Mingleforum plugin looks pretty impressive. I will probably have to test that out too
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  • Profile picture of the author mmoconnor
    Does anyone know how to integrate any of these forum scripts with Twitter? Do the Wordpress forum plugins allow any Twitter integration? Thanks for your help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    @OP:
    Could you give us a link to the site you put the forum on, so we can see how the site looks compared to how the Forum looks? It's hard finding a WP Theme and a Forum Theme that match, so a WP Forum Plugin might be a good addition to marketing tools.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Even
    The real trick is getting activity on your forum. No one likes posting to a dead forum so it's sometimes hard to get going in the beginning.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by Ryan Even View Post

      The real trick is getting activity on your forum. No one likes posting to a dead forum so it's sometimes hard to get going in the beginning.
      Yes my students always get excited because some of them have forum memberships....but they fall into the problem of having a ghost town on them for the first few members.

      No one wants to be the first person to post right? right!! so I normally go in and create a broadcast email to my lists and explain what you are doing. Say and explain you need their help and even you can go in and create 2 account and pretend to be two people talking in there. I wrote about this a while back.

      You do not want a ghost town from the start, people want to be able to see action, buzzing communities and people already talking to each other...otherwise they up and leave. So use lists, other forum sigs, tell your friends and family to go in and help you out. Get some sort of buzzing going on that gives social proof others are joining and like your forum community. Remember warrior forum one day would have only had 2 or 3 members. NOw look at it.

      I normally send a broadcast to a few hundred on my list and tell them why its free, and how the forum can help them. I even mention that it will be a paid membership down the track. That gets them in there....and talking and interacting.

      YOu might also what to have some nice articles or content in there as sticky posts to to get more interaction and people talking also. Dead forums are bad, so always plan your attack, and get 10 members, then 20 and so on, until you are happy until people are posting regularly. if you are helping your members, and your lists, chances are they will want to help you with things like this.

      Just my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author jafris
    A QUICK NOTE OF CAUTION: Freeware plugins/scripts of forums could encourage hackers to peneterate into your webhosting space and take over. I had a bad experience and always prefer to rather get Forums designed than being installed through a freeware.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Powers
    Indeed,some open-source softwares can help us to build forums, however, since they are open, I doubt the security.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Hey Guys,

    Having worked with every forum script out there
    I can assure you that no matter whether you buy
    a script or use a free you can get a virus, or be
    hacked.

    Quick Example: My friend owned a vbulletin forum,
    and went away for a week, I checked on his forum
    to find it was download viruses on my computer, and
    so I went to the admin panel, to fix it, and loaded my
    computer with viruses, and then... My computer crashed
    the OS broke, and I had to restore my computer, losing
    everything, all of my files, everything.

    vbulletin is a $200 script, and yes... It has some vulnerabilities.

    Now, here's a list of the top forum scripts, I've used
    them all.

    MyBB - This script reminds me of the vBulletin forum script, from
    it's style and layout. I really like how it works, and the script is
    easy to customize in a few minutes. It's a free open source script
    that has a good support forum, and mods available. The community
    there is one that I wish I was apart of, because they know how to
    come together for a cause.

    SMF - The SMF script has been around as long as I can remember,
    and always had a huge following. The 2.0 version, has a horrible design
    in my opinion, and I can't stand to look at it. However, with the 3.0
    version, SMF has really improved, to be a script that you can use from
    the get go. The mod system for SMF is ok.

    PHPBB - this script is probably the most well known of all free forum
    scripts, which is funny because, in my opinion, it's the worst script,
    because it isn't designed to be easy to use, for developers etc. If you
    want to add a mod, you have to code it in, there's no easy mod system,
    that's enough reason {for me} to avoid it.

    Paid..

    IPB. - Invision Power really had the genius with IPB, as it seems a futuristic
    stylish forum script, I've been a member of IPB forums, and admin, but never
    owned a license. When I admin'd about a year ago, I noticed how easy it was
    to use, and edit themes for the script. We customized an entire site if I
    remember correctly.

    vBulletin - The most well known of all paid forum scripts, vbulletin runs the
    Warrior Forum and other well known forums. This script was great up till
    version 4, which had a ton of bugs, and probably should haven't been launched
    for a few months.

    Xenforo - Created by two former vBulletin developers this script represents
    a future style for forum scripts, with a classy cool admin panel, it reminds
    me of the "in crowd". However, being still in beta, this paid script is a risk
    for different bugs.

    Warning: Xenforo is currently engaged in a law suit with vBulletin over
    TM infringement.

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    I know everyone was talking about forum scripts in this thread, and
    what you can install from fantastico, so I thought I would do a short
    write up on each.

    Caleb
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    That's a good list of forums and a good write-up (I especially want to echo that you should avoid phpBB for the reasons given - I thought with the new version they would have introduced plugins, seems not).

    I just want to repeat what I said before though, for a Wordpress blog it's worth thinking about using a forum that is integrated with WP, like Simpleress (no affiliation, and it's free). Then for example you can have blog posts go straight to a forum thread, comments populate the forum, recent forum posts on your front page, template integration, etc. etc. Sure, you can do that with the 3rd-party solutions with a bit of work, but it's worth bearing in mind.

    About spam, the easy solution to that is make your forum a closed, paying membership forum The second easiest solution is make a custom captcha. I made one that shows a field with the word 'red' in it, and tells the new member to delete the word red and type 'blue'! It's THAT simple, because it's custom-made NO bot has ever got round it (just a few manual spammers, but there are far less of those)!
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Edit: I haven't used the new PHPBB, Will
    check on that
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