Forum is a free online discussion tool where visitor can share their thoughts. In this article am sharing how to create forum for free with easy steps.
How to create forum for free
In online so many tools are available to create forum for free, like SMF, phBB and more. Download and install in your directory.
Steps to create forum for free
A Simple Machines Forum is best online forum tool to create your own forum easily. SMF is a php, MySql based website forum, like WordPress.
- Go SMF website and Download SMF forum
- Download SMF 2.02 or latest version.
- Extract the zip folder in your main directory or install in sub directory.
- Example: www.example.com or www.example.com\forum
- Open install.php from your installed directory.( www.example.com\install.php)
- Click Continue button, SMF verify “Writable check”.
- Fill your Database details and then Click Continue button.
Server name – Mostly localhost
Username – username of your database
Password: Password for your database
Leave the remaining two fields
- Fill Your Forum Name – My community, Online Students Forum, etc..
- Database will create by SMF forum tool, Click Continue.
- Next Fill Administrator details Your username:
- After completing admin details delete your install.php file for security reason.
That’s it you created you own forum.
How to Customize SMF (Simple machines Forum)
- Click Features and Options from Administration Center.
- Then Move to Administration Center » Themes and Layout » Manage and Install
- Download a new theme for your forum from SMF theme page.
- Browse your downloaded theme and install it.
SMF gives lots of option to customize your forum through plugins and a lot .You can create so many boards, category as you want in SMF without any restrictions. IN SMF you can add Facebook like box, advertisements in between the post as well before to the post, Spam protection, search engine optimization and much more. I always recommend SMF for their best support.