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Discussion in 'vBulletin' started by justsomepoordude, Aug 10, 2006.

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    Please give all the tips you can here, and should I start with phpbb or vb? Standard default skin or custom skin? How do I generate activity? How to lure users to the site?
    SEMrush
     
    justsomepoordude, Aug 10, 2006 IP
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  2. xadet3

    xadet3 Peon

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    If you are thinking of making this forum big I would suggest vbulletin. Definitelly a custom skin, vbskinworks.com is a very good site.

    To start off with I recommend doing post exchanges, 10:10 or something like that.

    Then try to advertise. Find sites with the same age group and genre as yours and try to lure people into your forum.
     
    xadet3, Aug 10, 2006 IP
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    IPB is just as good as Vbulletin, but they both have their ups and downs. a custom skin would be bettter...check ours out.
     
    bananabob, Aug 10, 2006 IP
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    ablaye Well-Known Member

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    Start with phpBB. It is free. Later on, if your forum grows and you start earning money, you can then pay for vBulleting.
     
    ablaye, Aug 10, 2006 IP
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    justsomepoordude Peon

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    #5
    1. Use phpbb and switch to vb later as forum gets bigger
    2. Do post exchanges
    3. Find same age group/genre and lure them over or advertise there
    4. Custom skin to make it more appealing

    Anything else? I heard of starting fake accounts and start talking to yourself, is that efficient? What are some ways you use to get people to come over to the forum? Let's say the forum have like 10 members, why would new members join if they see the forum is like empty?
     
    justsomepoordude, Aug 10, 2006 IP
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    justsomepoordude Peon

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    WOW, your forum is huge. How long have you started this forum? How did you initially got people to register?

    Thanks.
     
    justsomepoordude, Aug 10, 2006 IP
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    iceberg Notable Member

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    vBulletin with a custom skin is my first preference.
     
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  8. justsomepoordude

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    but vb with a custom skin could cost about $400, that's too expensive
     
    justsomepoordude, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    IPB is less secure phpBB is lesser! i would advise you to use VB for a secure forum
     
    CBT, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    Start with fewer catagories so it makes it look like you have more posts in them (this will draw members in)

    Have you and a couple friends start posting so it looks busy...

    The key to starting a forum isn't in what it looks like (although that helps)... It's how helpful/active it seems to the user... More posts will help with just that :)
     
    dastuff, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    MattUK Notable Member

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    Agree, VB with a custom skin is the way to go. Try reading this as well
     
    MattUK, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    Black_Hand Peon

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    i'd suggest you to use phpbb ...its open source
     
    Black_Hand, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    theres always paying people to post so it looks like you have activity and not a dead forum
     
    Quozt, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    If you have budget vBulletin is great, for generating activities obviously you need a community for relevant subject.
     
    etechsupport, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    infonote Well-Known Member

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    You generate visitors by commenting on blogs/sites that cover your forum subject
     
    infonote, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    As many others in this thread have told you,start with VB if you have a big budget.
    As for the marketing bit,there is nothing in the rule book which says that you cannot create multiple accounts and talk to yourself.;)

    Try posting and link exchanges or buy a few posters to get your forum kickstarted.Get some chaps to produce some good length,quality posts and Do the SEo bit OFC.Ensure that every visitor( unless he is just some hopeless one post spammer) feels happy the first time you visit.It also basically depends on the niche you are starting out with,because there are some parts which are quite saturated.Newer niches will pay in the long run,but may struggle to get traffic initially.:)

    PS-Good article,Matt
     
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    I made mine using YaBB. But I think most people starting out these days will go for phpBB. For the more experienced admins amognst us though, vBulletin is the only choice.
     
    hitmanuk2k, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    you can go with phpbb or SMF. SMF is way more secured ehe :D :D
     
    Kitarist, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    What about the homepage? Does it go directly to the forum? Does phpbb have that thing vb has for the homepage where it can show news, latest posts, etc.?
     
    justsomepoordude, Aug 11, 2006 IP
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    vbulletin is the best at least in my opinion
     
    HideIp, Aug 11, 2006 IP