Full-featured forum software

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

Whether you're new to message boards or an experienced moderator, with 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 creating your own discussion board to get tips on starting a business online. Whatever topic you're passionate about and no matter what your technical skill level is, you are guaranteed to find an app that will help get your forum up and running quickly and hassle-free.


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 some great 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 six powerful apps that can help you get your message board up and running in a matter of minutes.

Vanilla Forums

Vanilla Forums is an open source app that powers almost 800,000 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.

  • Very easy to customise, making it an excellent choice for beginners.
  • Supports the most popular social logins including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Offers a range of WordPress widgets that allow you to show the latest discussions directly on your blog.

phpBB

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

  • The oldest and the most widely-used forum software around the world.
  • Takes time to customise, especially if you're a beginner
  • Backed by a huge and helpful community

Simple Machines Forum

Simple Machines Forum is excellent 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.

  • Excellent with handling very large forums.
  • Has a large collection of user plugins, which makes SMF's functionality hard to match.
  • A large portion of the customisation requires knowledge of CSS development.

bbPress

bbPress is created and maintained by the same organisation that created WordPress which means it will integrate very easily with WordPress. It's small, light and easy to use.

  • Very easy to use, making it a great choice for beginners.
  • Perfect if you're familiar with the WordPress platform.
  • Useful add-on features through WordPress's extensive collection of plugins.

Eblah Online Discussion Forum

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

  • Good option for small to medium size sites.
  • Easy to customise, even for beginners.
  • Excellent layout and design.

Guestbook

This app allows you to set up a guestbook for your site and use it, for example, to find out what visitors think about your site. It supports everything from emoticons, private posts, email notifications for new entries and replies, manual approval for new posts and more.

  • Good option for beginners as it doesn't require technical skills to customise.
  • Easy to use with good documentation.
  • Powerful spam protection.

Get your forum up and running now with 123-reg hosting

No matter your skills or experience, setting up your online discussion board is easy. Choose any 123-reg hosting package and you'll be able to install any of these apps in a matter of seconds. Then you can set up your own forum and start building a fantastic online community of people.

Get started now - choose the perfect hosting package for your needs and start your own forum today!

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  • Scheduled Tasks
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  • Website Directory
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  • Typo3
    Build a flexible and powerful website or intranet with this feature-packed content management system.
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  • Moodle
    Support your courses, tutorials, and more with this learning-based content management system.
  • MediaWiki
    Collaborative with others to produce content on the same software used by Wikipedia.
  • phpBB
    Communicate with your users on this high-powered and customisable bulletin board package.
  • bbPress
    Create a bulletin board filled with features with this package designed by the creators of WordPress.
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    Set up your online community in minutes with this professional-level online forum.
  • BuddyPress
    Develop your own social networking site instantly with this feature-filled software.
  • Elgg
    Take advantage of social networking with this elegant and flexible solution.
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    Add discussion to your website with this easy to use and attractive forum software.
  • Pligg
    Start your social publishing community with this powerful and user-friendly content management system.
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  • Agora Cart
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  • OpenCart
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  • TomatoCart
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  • Coppermine Photo Gallery
    Display your photos, artwork, and other images in this customisable and feature-filled gallery.
  • Photo Gallery
    Share your photos with the Internet with this convenient gallery software.
  • Zenphoto
    Run your portfolio website easily with this gallery management system that includes multimedia support and custom pages.
  • OpenAds Banner
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    Develop your own banner advertising network on this popular advertising system.
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    Run banner advertisements on your website and track the success of them.
  • WebCalendar
    Manage your appointments, group projects, and company's schedule with this fully-featured calendar application.
  • LimeSurvey
    Develop, publish, and collect responses to online and offline surveys easily.
  • Web Survey
    Ask your customers' opinions and let them see the results right away with this handy survey feature.
  • Postcards
    Give your users the ability to send personalised postcards from your site for even more traffic.
  • Search Engine
    Help your visitors find the pages they're looking for with your built-in search system.
  • Free-For-All Links
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    Build up your network with this ability for visitors to add a link back to their website.
  • Domain Name
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    Let anyone check to see if their favourite domain name is available with this lightweight and convenient checker.
  • Web Ring
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  • Form to Email
  • 404/500 Error Pages
  • Java Clock
  • Internet Countdown
  • Tell-A-Friend
  • Free Web Tools
  • Huge Graphics Archive
  • 50 Premium Website
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    Free for personal and commercial use, these templates are available to download, edit, and use to create your website easily.
  • 400 Basic Website
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    Perfect for beginners, these free templates are available for you to download and create your first website.
  • 100 Professional
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    Royalty-free and built for commercial websites, these professional-looking templates make it easy to create your website.
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  • 100+ Company Logos
    Base your branding on one of our royalty-free sample logos and start building your business today.
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  • 22,500 Photos
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  • 75,000 Web Art
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    Completely royalty-free, our collection of web art images is perfect for both commercial and personal use.
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  • Bookmark Us
  • Set Home Page Link
  • Logo Branding
  • Frameless Pop-up
  • Browser Entry
  • Language
  • Avenue Search
  • Pop-up Page
  • Support
  • UK Phone Support
  • Chat / Ticket / Email
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