Online forum software

Make a forum and start interacting online

Create a forum with 123-reg and start building awesome communities online. You can choose between several free apps like Simple Machines, phpBB, Eblah and Vanilla Forums.

Whether you're new to message boards or an experienced moderator, with free forum software you can easily build your own community where people discuss and learn about topics they're passionate about.

Not only can you engage in interesting conversations with other people who share your passion but you might also have the opportunity to generate revenue from advertising when the community grows. No matter what your interests are, whether it's kayaking, skydiving or creating mobile apps, you'll probably find a lot of people who share your zeal.

You might even consider starting your own discussion board to get tips on starting a business online. You can create a forum on just about any topic you like.

What are online forums?

Some call them discussion forums but you can find them under different names, such as: forum boards, message boards, discussion boards and social communities.

Simply put, it's a discussion website where you and other web users engage in conversations by posting messages on a board. It's the perfect space for users with similar interests or professions to get together and discuss topics they're all interested in. It's a fantastic channel to help you foster interaction, interesting conversations and it can also help improve customer loyalty.

Why build a forum?

There are so many advantages. For example, some businesses can use it to increase staff productivity while others find it to be the perfect channel to communicate with their customers. Universities can use it to provide resources and support to students while sports fans can have their own space to discuss their favourite teams' performance.

How do I create it?

With any hosting package from 123-reg, you get to install free apps that you can use to build a forum. Once you get it online, you can start inviting friends and colleagues to browse around and start creating and discussing topics.

To make a forum, you can choose between four free apps that can help you get your message board up and running in a matter of minutes.

Eblah Online Discussion Forum

Eblah Online Discussion Forum is free software that provides you with everything you need from multiple threads, planned events, topic reporting, thread rating and many more.

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Elgg is open source community software that helps universities, businesses and organisations to create online groups. You can create a site and customise its layout and also add your own company logo. Users can blog, share files, network, create separate groups and more.

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Vanilla Forums

Vanilla Forums is an open source app that powers around 625,000 sites. You get all the common features plus a couple of cool plugins that you can use to allow your users to login using their Facebook, Twitter, OpenID and Google Connect accounts.

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phpBB is a free bulletin board system that you can use to create web forums, build active communities and engage users in interesting discussions.

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Simple Machines Forum

Simple Machines Forum is a free software that helps you create a message board where users post messages, add events, participate in polls and much more. You can also customise the layout or add plugins to improve its functionality and create a better navigation experience for your users. Other features include great moderation tools for admins and assigned moderators, spell checker and anti-spam system.

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It's so easy to set up an online discussion board with forum hosting from 123-reg. Choose any hosting package and you'll be able to install any of these free apps. Then you can set up your own forum and start building a great online community of people.

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