Most online users wish to start a forum of their own, but due to lack of detailed procedures they are simply stuck with the idea itself. Below are steps that would help you start with an online forum with your own domain.First you need to contact your web hosting service provider asking to provide one of the forum softwares such as phpBB, vBulletin etc. Most of the reputed web hosts would offer an installing service called “Fantastico” using which, you can build your forum with comfort.You do not have to be a skilled webmaster to set up a forum on your domain.
Below are the Tips to set-up a forum:
Tip No. 1: First of all you are required to Register a domain name. A domain name would be the one that be an identity of your online website.
Tip No. 2: Now you need to sign-up with a web hosting provider for a package that would include phpBB, vBulletin or a similar forum software. A web hosting service provider is the one that would provide you an online web server space and the necessary softwares. This would allow you to get your forum online. A shared web hosting package can be an ideal option to start with.A web hosting service provider is the one that would provide you an online web server space and the necessary softwares. This would allow you to get your forum online.
Tip No. 3: Once your account is set up on a server,install your preferred forum software onto your domain. You can install the forum software automatically using Fantastico. PhpBB and vBulletin are one of the most preferred forum softwares available in Fantastico. To install, you need to first log into your web hosting account. Then select the Fantastico in cpanel. Click on the preferred forum software, phpBB is great for a new forum and has some great features, vBulletin is easier to use and maintain. Choose the domain name you would like to install the board to. You can leave the “Install in directory” box empty in case you wish to have your forum as the starting page for your website (http://www.abc123.com). You can specify a directory, e.g forum, in case you want to have your forum installed at http://www.abc123.com forum.
Tip No. 4: Now you will need to choose the username and the password for the forum administrator.
Tip No. 5: Fill in the Site Name and the Short Description field that appears in the header of each page of your forum. Continue by clicking Finish installation. You will be lead to a page with the administrative panel of the board.
Tip No. 6: Here you will have to describe the categories/sub-categories of the forum.