Creating online communities for customers and User of Your business provide better opportunity
Why Should Build Online Community
Share, ask or response to problem with other community members.
- Common platform to ask question
- Get easy solution which was solved easy that same time.
- Any member can ask and response to problem
- Leads to healthy discussion
Strategies for managing your community:
- Run an open community
- Run a pre-approved community (optional – force email)
- Run a private community
Some benefits of running your own community:
- Brand awareness
- Community Support
- User support
- User generated content
- Responsive audience
- Creating raving fans
- Social proof
- Testers and feedback providers
Best Platforms To Building Own Online Community or Forum
WordPress CMS have many plugin which help to create your own community or forum. WordPress forum
plugin such as
Asgaros Forum WordPress Plugins,
bbPress WordPress Plugin,
Forum WrodPress Pluginetc
Drupalis one of the darlings of the community world and would come first on this list for many in
the community business. It’s a highly capable, mature, and extremely popular community platform that
includes the usual features as well as a workflow subsystem, support for OpenID, granular user
security, and much more. Drupal is developed in PHP, is open source, and has several thousand 3rd
party modules available for it as well.
The second .NET plaform (after Sharepoint) and the first open source .NET community platform on
this list, the capable DotNetNuke has been going through extensive maturation over the last year.
Written in VB .NET, DotNetNuke has an extensive set of 3rd party modules through its Marketplace
service, which enables for-pay modules to be developed and sold, resulting in some high-quality
JoomlaJoomla Open source, based on PHP, and a fork of the Mambo project, Joomla is one of the most widely
used content management systems and community platforms. It includes the usual page posting,
discussion, blogs, polls, etc. Joomla has an extensive community of its own and the number of 3rd
party plug-ins is very extensive, with over 3,700 currently listed, making it one of the richest
community ecosystems in existence.
You can create forum for your business using Facebook with few minute.
Facebook Page provide option to connect with your customer or users.
One of the most popular community software platforms, vBulletin, offers two options — a self-hosted version as well as a cloud version, where it handles the hosting, maintenance and upgrades.
This software is very easy to customize and many of its users rave about how simple it is to set up. If you lack the technical knowledge to maintain and self-host a community it’s possible to get set up quickly using the vBulletin cloud plan. While the entry cost is less, the cloud option doesn’t offer same customization features as a self-hosted install offers.
MyBB is open-source software that delivers a powerful product completely free to use. Open-source projects survive and thrive when they have a solid community, which MyBB does. You can access tutorials, custom themes, plugins, modifications and software support within the community.
Vanilla has both a cloud version as well as an open-source version of its community software. The free open-source option requires the user to host and maintain the software — and fix it in the event an issue arises. The cloud version of Vanilla offers optimized hosting as well as customer support.
The communities in Google + have taken president in the platform interface. They allow you to create subcategories within the community and offer private or open access.
They are simple to setup and show similar numbers across other networks for member count. They also allow you to create subcategories within a community.
Create Your Own Google+ Community
Go to > https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities > Communities > Yours.
We love Slack here at OP. It’s one of the main tools for communication for the team allowing us to share and search files and directly message other team members.
Not something I’ve personally explored much, but I have seen firsthand through power users that it’s a powerful platform for small businesses. If your audience is on LinkedIn you should certainly create a group there.