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How to build a successful forum

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Ron Sebastian:
I am looking for the information finally i got your post it is really great to read about to build forum. i would like to read your future post also. thanx for the information.

azureboone:
I'm probably on the wrong section, but I'm wondering how to download SMS.  I downloaded the full version but I don't know what to do after I unzip it all.  There's like no install link or file.  Just a long list of stuff that was unzipped.  HELP

derby:

--- Quote from: azureboone on September 22, 2011, 03:23:27 PM ---I'm probably on the wrong section, but I'm wondering how to download SMS.  I downloaded the full version but I don't know what to do after I unzip it all.  There's like no install link or file.  Just a long list of stuff that was unzipped.  HELP

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Pm mi i would help u out

Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen:
Or take a look at our wiki, you will find detailed installation instructions there. But before anything, you will need a host that supports php.

Xuoxo:
Very nice information....
I like to add more:
4 Tips for building a successful forum

1) Spread the news of your forum friends. They are the best people to promote your forum even if they find interesting and useful.

2) satisfy the tastes of your friends as much as possible. This is because you can only keep visitors who like your website. Try to create more sections that talk about different things and that you like better.

3) Publish your site to search engines. You can register at Yahoo or Google for your website (forum) published in the major search engines. Make sure there is a distinctive name but not too specific. This gives you the best chance of being the first couple of places when entering a keyword.

4) At the forum, if possible, give certain "advantages" to the members that make them feel superior to ordinary visitors, for example, upper limit on the size of uploaded images. This encourages the registration of your forum and directly increases the number of members of your forum.

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