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[Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« on: February 06, 2008, 02:42:58 am »
Forum Url: http://gamersunite.smfforfree4.com
Purpose: I've been reading other peoples guides and found that there is not really a guide that focuses on getting everything ready, this is not for everyone, if you don't like it. Don't use it. It's up to you what order you do these in, this is just the order i did it in

Before you advertise

Step 1: Get 1 or 2 people that you trust to be admins, without admins your forum could easily be spamed the death out of and any chance of having a good forum wrecked. Also make sure they will be active!

Step 2: Make a section or stickied post stating all your rules, my rules are
1) no racist behavior
2) no sexist behavior
3) no abusing admins or website
4) no abusing people
5) no advertising

Step 3: Set up all your boards, in my opinion a General board is a must. Unless your website is 100% focused on one thing

Step 4: go through all the tutorials (links are toward bottom of post) and i suggest setting up the warning system, and any others you like

Now you should get some advertisment

here are some links to advertise
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/advertise_your_boardblog-b11.0/
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?board=6.0
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx

As you get members offer them something, like if they get 10 members to regiseter they will get something, that is up to you. Don't go big and offer admin becuase they could easily just be doing it so they can get a position of power then abuse it.

Also every now and then put a poll up asking something like, should we get an extra feature e.g chat box. I personally don't like them I think they take up way to much space. But really if you want to attract people it's not up to you let your members decide.

Here are a bunch of guides teaching you how to add features


Setting up a Portal
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_complete_guide_to_setting_up_the_portal-t7729.0.html

Redirecting URL's
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/get_a_free_redirecting_url-t2264.0.html
(although they shorten the URL, they often have downsides such as adds and decrease in enjoyment)

Guide to forum ediquitte
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_to_forum_ediqette_and_design-

BB codes and basic HTML
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_bbcode_and_basic_html-t936.0.html

Adding a background image
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_how_to_put_a_background_image_on_

Adding a chat box
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_chat_box-t6881.0.html

Warning systemhttp://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_creating_a_warnings_system_with_pictures

You could just go and add every single one above/you can find, but i suggest not cluttering your forums. It makes them look less attractive and it's harder to find things.

Also you should hold a vote on whether they want a shorter, redirecting domain eg www.example.tk/net.tc etc. i have found many problems with my .tk domain, it works fine on my phone, but on my computer it stops me logging in properly and using the admin section.

Hope you find this usefull, and hope all goes well with your website!

If you think i should add some more things, please tell me

RaZoR/Tawr
« Last Edit: February 06, 2008, 03:15:00 am by tawr »

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 03:02:10 am »
Nice guide, but I disagree with some stuff.  I would never, ever make it so the first 10 to join become mods. It only makes it seem like you're desperate. I don't think 1 or 2 trusted people need to be admin in the very start itself. Let them join and be active, and when the need arises, have more admins and mods. A forum that was just started never needs more staff than the one admin.

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 03:12:20 am »
Forum Url: http://gamersunite.smfforfree4.com
I must admit you have a very good point there but i think you misunderstood me i said, if you get 10 members to register you get mod or something along those lines, not the first 10 members to register get mod. Also when i said about getting 1-2 admins, remember this is a section on how to Start your website, i meant that you should get 1-2 admins to start
« Last Edit: February 06, 2008, 03:16:14 am by tawr »

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008, 04:10:28 am »
Oh sorry my mistake, I though you meant 1 or 2 admins more. :)

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 05:36:29 am »
Judging from my own experience both on my forum and here in support, there should be only one Administrator to start.  Then add a Global Moderator.  If you are just starting you shouldn't need more than that. 


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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008, 06:42:37 am »
nice guide but Omikron does have a point on what he said. I would be hard if you just hire anyone. :)

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2008, 07:13:00 pm »

In my experience, it's been ideal to have one Administrator per forum and one Global Mod for 50 - 100 members.  My forum here is in it's infancy but I am a Global Mod on a very large, (1500 members), forum and the formula I mentioned has worked very well.

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2008, 05:49:52 pm »
Nice thanks for the sites where i can advertise. Thanks

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010, 05:09:41 am »
Thanks for the links on where to advertise.


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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2010, 11:40:28 am »
What a great guide, I so agree about the Admin's though in that there should be only one as they have absolute power and it can get to be a problem AND it can be to late to fix it when they lock you out!

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2010, 11:43:06 am »
The only other things that I would mention to getting members is to use the power of social media!
Invite your friends to your forum from Facebook,Twitter,Myspace etc
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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2012, 04:37:25 pm »

Question: If you have another ADMIN can you limit what that admin does, as in not being able to make any changes that could mess up your forum? I trust my admin....but was just curious if we can do that..


Forum Url: http://gamersunite.smfforfree4.com
Purpose: I've been reading other peoples guides and found that there is not really a guide that focuses on getting everything ready, this is not for everyone, if you don't like it. Don't use it. It's up to you what order you do these in, this is just the order i did it in

Before you advertise

Step 1: Get 1 or 2 people that you trust to be admins, without admins your forum could easily be spamed the death out of and any chance of having a good forum wrecked. Also make sure they will be active!

Step 2: Make a section or stickied post stating all your rules, my rules are
1) no racist behavior
2) no sexist behavior
3) no abusing admins or website
4) no abusing people
5) no advertising

Step 3: Set up all your boards, in my opinion a General board is a must. Unless your website is 100% focused on one thing

Step 4: go through all the tutorials (links are toward bottom of post) and i suggest setting up the warning system, and any others you like

Now you should get some advertisment

here are some links to advertise
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/advertise_your_boardblog-b11.0/
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?board=6.0
http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx

As you get members offer them something, like if they get 10 members to regiseter they will get something, that is up to you. Don't go big and offer admin becuase they could easily just be doing it so they can get a position of power then abuse it.

Also every now and then put a poll up asking something like, should we get an extra feature e.g chat box. I personally don't like them I think they take up way to much space. But really if you want to attract people it's not up to you let your members decide.

Here are a bunch of guides teaching you how to add features


Setting up a Portal
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_complete_guide_to_setting_up_the_portal-t7729.0.html

Redirecting URL's
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/get_a_free_redirecting_url-t2264.0.html
(although they shorten the URL, they often have downsides such as adds and decrease in enjoyment)

Guide to forum ediquitte
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_to_forum_ediqette_and_design-

BB codes and basic HTML
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_bbcode_and_basic_html-t936.0.html

Adding a background image
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_how_to_put_a_background_image_on_

Adding a chat box
http://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_chat_box-t6881.0.html

Warning systemhttp://www.smfsupport.com/support/guides_and_tutorials/guide_creating_a_warnings_system_with_pictures

You could just go and add every single one above/you can find, but i suggest not cluttering your forums. It makes them look less attractive and it's harder to find things.

Also you should hold a vote on whether they want a shorter, redirecting domain eg www.example.tk/net.tc etc. i have found many problems with my .tk domain, it works fine on my phone, but on my computer it stops me logging in properly and using the admin section.

Hope you find this usefull, and hope all goes well with your website!

If you think i should add some more things, please tell me

RaZoR/Tawr
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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2012, 08:35:04 pm »
Administrators have no limitations. They have every possible permission. Free and clear.

If you want to give them limitations, create a new Membergroup and give them the proper permissions.

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Re: [Guide] Getting your forum ready, and out there
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2012, 01:59:25 am »
Thank you Andrew! You are really good for answering questions.



Administrators have no limitations. They have every possible permission. Free and clear.

If you want to give them limitations, create a new Membergroup and give them the proper permissions.
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