Have you ever wanted to add a forum to your Blogger blog? A forum would allow authors and readers to add topics to a discussion of the main posting page. Follow along to find out how to give your blog a forum.
The three things you require are a blog that you want to give a forum, a hosting provider, such as Host Gator, that has forum installations, and a domain name in your hosting account where you can install the forum.
Purchase a domain name and migrate the name to a hosting account. There are online chat facilities at these support sites that can easily help you perform this task. Then activate the new URL in the hosting account.
If you are not familiar with installing software on your hosting account, the online chat facility with your hosting company will make the process easy. Check if the hosting company offers forum software packages. bbPress, a Word Press product, is very easy to use.
The Quick Install program is an easy-to-use installer for forum software. When the forum is installed the system kicks out an administrator password that is sent to your email address. Just log in and get used to the feel of the back office of your new forum.
To finish, attach the forum to your Blogger blog by going in the back office. First, click on “New Page” and then the “Web Address” feature. Fill in the two fields, page title, and web address.
For web address, I put the address where the forum is installed at my Host Gator account. The title is “Forum.” A new page is listed in the blog menu entitled “Forum” that takes the user to the forum address.
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Guest authors and moderators can be added in the back office of the forum. Invite people to post topics on your forum. Your forum may start to snowball to a big success after you encourage readers to post topics.
The benefits you will get from an operating a forum are potentially valuable. Users may provide feedback at the forum which will assist you in writing articles to your audience. This can make your writing easier and authoritative.
If your readers are customers in your business, they can post on product related topics that are read by many participants. This whole process can provide new business and service ideas to your company. Given time you will see users increase and the forum gets many topics. As the process evolves, you will see if the forum is saving time for your business, bringing in new customers or not.