Invision Power Board
Invision Power Board is a software package based on PHP and MySql that enables a web site to offer an Internet Forum service. Access to the forum can be configured so that only registered members can use the service to post messages. Alternatively the forum, or parts of the forum, can be enabled for public access or even restricted to paid subscribers (payments can be collected online using PayPal). Various permission settings are available for reading, writing and starting new topics, polls, personal messages and member to member emails, additional permissions for moderating members and their posts, and administrative control.
A successful Internet forum usually requires a significant amount of commitment in time looking after the registration of members, guiding members how to use the software, stimulating useful discussions and moderating content to remove inappropriate comments. Particular care is required to ensure that comments made by members are not libellous.
In return for your investment of time and effort an online forum can flourish with a loyal following of regular users that will build a sense of community and share information and views with other members. This will help to increase traffic levels for your other web pages. It can also provide rapid communication channels for customer feedback, news, tips, guides, document downloads and frequently asked questions. This content can also be syndicated to other sites as a news feed.
The look and feel of the forum can be customised to harmonise with the rest of your web site and incorporate advertising from Google Adsense and other affiliate advertisers or corporate sponsorship.
Invision Power Services provide a free installation service with each software license and a year of software updates. Additional support is provided by them on an annual renewal basis. Quotes can assist you with the design elements and web hosting of your online forum, and give you a helping hand with understanding some of the culture and netiquette requirements of online discussions.
Last updated: Sunday, 31st January 2016
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