Thinking about starting a New Forum

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What do you guys think?

Itd just be a general car forum like this one not centered around one make or model.

How would you guys get members if it was you?
Any suggestions?
Who would you use, Id like to do Vbulletin but Im gonna try it on a free board first then if it works out Ill swithc to vBulletin.
Any favorites for hosting?

Im not trying to advertise as I havent done it yet, but if the mods dont like it they can delete this.

posted by  Enthusiast

um, why?

posted by  mazda6man

Good luck. It's hard to start a forum and you have to be really persistent with it. Don't you remember when I was trying to start a forum with chris_knows. Oh yeah when cliffy comes on this thread will be deleted I'm sure.

posted by  Spanky2324

interesting to see you guys still post here :laughing:

posted by  GreekWarrior

I don't know about that one. I don't see any problems with this. I too tried to start another forum, and it actually did quite well for a while. I just kinda went MIA like Adam did here. I gave up my admin powers to one of the better members on mine and left it at that.

But anyways, I see no reason this thread should be deleted. He's not advertising, just inquiring about new ideas...


As far as my personal ideas, don't advertise whatever you do! Not just because it's not allowed, but because most people just won't go. It's simply not worth it. Just ask the members you respect (And respect you is def. a plus) via PM or some other form of communicating.

Go with a name that's easy to remember. and more likely one that's commonly searched. That's a good way to get people whom you don't know to lurk around and hopefully join up.

Also, get a good moderating crew. People you think can keep up with any advertising, porn, etc.

posted by  Satty101

I wouldn't delete this, as it's not an advert, and even if it was, I personally dn't have a problem with members plugging their own sites, so long as they're loyal members and they don't take the piss with it. I'm sure Bav and Satty are the same.

As far as starting a new site goes...It's easier said than done unless you're prepared to pay for the lease of the Forum software, or pay to buy it, either way, it can be costly. You'd need a name that search engines would pick up on, and the only way you'll be able to do this would be to pay for the domain. You'll notice that free forums have a long name which includes the host name in it, such as car-forums.proboards23.com or similar. This won't get you any new members, just ones that you invite yourself. Either way, it's not necessarily an easy job keeping members interested, because as you know, some just join and forget about the place etc!

The best way to do it would be to pay for the hosting, plus invite a fair few members from other forums that you're at and are confident will help the place out. That way, you should have at least 20 or 30 regulars to start up with, and this will look good for new joiners if they are posting already! As far as Mods go, you don't necessarily need any to start with,as too many could make the place look like it's got more staff than punters, it ya get what I mean!

What ever you decide, good luck with it! :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

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