One of the most powerful ways to learn about a particular subject, or in many cases make friends, is to participate in forums, also known as message boards!
If you decide you would like to add a forum to your website, there are many options available. You may want a forum that is totally open to the public, or it may be a better option to limit membership. This is a very important decision, and should not be taken lightly.
Forums take a tremendous amount of time to administer, and members of questionable integrity are not a rare occurrence. Depending on your goals, it may be worth dealing with the misfits that frequent forums just because the great information contributed by strong members, and the heavy traffic outweighs the negative influences of the bad.
As with the design of your website, there are many different "themes" available for forums. Some message board software gives your members the ability to choose the look and feel of their experience.
We recommend you research forums yourself, before making this vital decision. The following are sources used by Advantage Website Designs Dallas to provide forums.
Please take the time to explore all of the above, and form opinions of what you would like to see in your own forum. You may decide you would like the full version of these open source message boards, or a more compact version of PHPBB can be added directly to a page of your website to keep the “family look”.
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