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|Creating A Forum; Tips & Tricks Of The Trade|
|Topic Started: May 11 2007, 03:57 AM (1,792 Views)|
|ShadowFlare||May 11 2007, 03:57 AM Post #1|
Starting A Forum
So, you've spent hours away on other forums and have decided you want to start a forum of your own? Have you got what it takes? These step-by-step tips will help you on your way of creating a one of a kind forum like no other.
The first step of setting up your forum is by registering. If you haven't already, you may register a board here. Now, the registration process must be complete by filling out the simple form.
Skin & Graphics
This is, by far, the most important thing for your board. Skins & graphics. Let's say you go on to a board and they have the invisionfree default skin along with the default graphics. Not very appealing, to say the least. Once members see that, they'll just turn the other cheek & leave your forum. Something you don't want to happen. Instead, you can go to SkinZone or Zeta Styles to find the perfect skin & graphics you're looking for. I would suggest trying to obtain a custom skin and graphics for your forum as to be unique and stand out from the other thousands of forums out there.
Another very important part of your forum is definately your forum banner. Never ever stick with the default banner. Some may like it, but others will not even take a second glance. Make sure your banner matches the board. Don't have a forum that's blue have a yellow banner. Members will wonder what the heck is going on & that will turn them off from your forum.
If you think you're done, you're about halfway right. Categories are another very important aspect to your board that members look at. For a starter forum, I suggest have about 3 categories with about 3 forums in them. For example, if you're starting an advertisement forum, I suggest something like this:
Creativity also plays a part in your forums success. Let's take the News section, for example. Spice it up a little by making it The Lobby or New Arrivals instead. Descriptions are what tells what your forum is about. Try being creative with them.
Doesn't that sound appealing to you? Didn't think so. Instead of that, try putting something like this:
That's more like it. It's creative & also draws the members attention. Vital for any forum.
Now that you have registered your forum, created your own custom skin & graphics and have your categories in order, you're done. Nope. There's a lot more work to be done. You're probably thinking, "But I did everything you said. Shouldn't members join my forum? What else needs to be done?" All good questions with one simple answer. Advertise. How else are people going to find your forum. With a magic wand? Wouldn't bet on it. Successful ways to advertise your board include:
Hopefully, the tips & tricks in this document helps you get your forum off the ground & to be the best that it could be. Good luck to your newly created forum & much success in the future.
©ShadowFlare of Shining Lights Studios & IFSkinZone
Edited by Perron, Aug 28 2008, 12:42 PM.
|Nicola||Aug 14 2007, 07:54 PM Post #2|
Your documentation has been approved transferred to the Board Management forum.
We appreciate your entry and encourage you to continue building great tutorials/DOCs to help the InvisionFree and Skin Zone communities.
IF Skin Zone
Edited by Perron, Aug 28 2008, 01:20 PM.
|.Greg||Jul 16 2009, 07:18 PM Post #3|
|Very helpful and informative, Nice work..|
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