How to Create a Forum Website

Niche forum communities can be a great resource for news and professional development. Below we cover important steps to create a forum website.

Security Analytics Optimization SEO Affiliate

Install a Forum Plugin

You can install many plugins that integrate forums into BoldGrid. Some more popular options:

bbPress forum example

bbPress

wpForo Forum example

wpForo Forum

Asgaros forum example

Asgaros Forum

Security

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Enable Free SSL to improve security for forum members.

Install a security plugin to defend against malware. We recommend WordFence.

Enable BoldGrid Backup and download backups regularly.

Strengthen email hosting to prevent spam and having emails marked spam.

Privacy

Do you want part(s) of your forum threads to be private and unsearchable by search engines? You may need to edit your robots.txt file to block crawling agents. Contact your forum and security plugin developer(s) for more information on best ways to implement this.

Analytics

Use an analytics web application to learn your audience. Google Analytics is most popular, but some prefer Matomo for in-depth customization or Clicky for basic stats.

Optimization

Speed up your website with a caching plugin and/or Cloudflare content delivery system (CDN) for better performance world-wide.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Follow Easy SEO advice for better visibility from potential members in search engine results. Advanced users may prefer All in One SEO or Yoast SEO instead.

Accessibility

Install WP Accessibility to make your forum easier to use for disabled users.

Affiliate Program

Consider affiliate programs such as Google Ads and our affiliate program for extra cash. There are WordPress plugins to help with affiliate programs.


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