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viewtopic.php?f=71&t=719055

What struck me when viewing the above link is the incredible amount of dead website's (100% so far along the thread) that people said they were running - is it just a fad hobbie for the majority setting up a forum ?
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keep in mind that that topic started over 6 years ago.
that is an eternity in internet years. the last post is over a year old.

the instructions in that topic for site integration are still valid.

setup a test board on your server or on your computer. experiment, test, delete it all and try again if it doesn't work right. that is how you learn this stuff.

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Fast moving alright, I''ll keep giving my test board a workout :P Cheers
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mals69 wrote: is it just a fad hobbie for the majority setting up a forum ?
of course it is! your efforts are buoyed by the popularity of the site and the great number of people joining

A huge indicator is your Active Topics list and when that drops to zero - the site's dead

and that can happen awfully suddenly :o then the Admin gets a $100 bill from the hosts and he says "actually, forget it!" 8-)

we had the peak of forums just as phpBB3 came in (or was it just as phpBB2 came in?) :P
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noth wrote:
mals69 wrote: is it just a fad hobbie for the majority setting up a forum ?
of course it is! your efforts are buoyed by the popularity of the site and the great number of people joining

A huge indicator is your Active Topics list and when that drops to zero - the site's dead

and that can happen awfully suddenly :o then the Admin gets a $100 bill from the hosts and he says "actually, forget it!" 8-)

we had the peak of forums just as phpBB3 came in (or was it just as phpBB2 came in?) :P
Cheers, Yeah - Pennie has dropped that will most probably have to look for alternative software where the support is there within 12 hours, this site ok for people who want a hobbie but not if you are trying to run a business, far from practical. As for effort I've always had a never say die attitude - judging by the link many do not - sad !
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Getting people to join a new site is by far the hardest thing to do. A lot of new admins don't really give that enough thought.

The subject matter is really important. If your board is on something that is brand new then your chances are good as there won't be much (or any) competition so your ranking chances are a lot better. We see an awful lot where people decide to make a board on the xbox or Windows or something super common like that and they will almost certainly die in less than a year because they are well established subjects with many packed boards already in existence that will outrank you all day long in searches so you never get found.

The other big problem with new boards is that often they make too many forums. They anticipate that users will want to post about 40 separate subjects around the board theme and immediately make forums for all of them regardless of whether there are any posts on them yet. That just makes for a deserted looking board. Less is more.

They also make the forums and then don't post anything, hoping people will just turn up and do it for them. If the admin can't think of anything to post, what hope do other members have. You have to employ some tricks to make the board at least look a bit active in the hope it will encourage other people to join in as well.

Getting a board going is a LOT of hard work for the first 6-12 months.
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Don't forget Facebook - it can be your biggest enemy or best friend if you're smart about it.
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Its common sense getting a website off the starting line - ask yourself why you visit the sites you do ?

Facebook - the big using giant ! One reason gotten so big is cause people were stupid enough to believe their spin and jump into bed with them. Do businesses offline get so readily used by another ?
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