Establishing a Joomla support forum should be fairly easy. This would be a forum where Joomla enthusiasts can compare notes on their experiences while using this content management system. It would also be a forum where people who encounter difficulties while using the Joomla content management system would post their questions, for answers. Given the increasingly huge number of people who use Joomla, the forum is bound to have decent traffic — which you can then go ahead to monetize.
In the actual process of establishing a Joomla support forum, you need to:
- Acquire the web domain name on which the forum is to be run
- Subscribe for a web hosting plan for the forum
- Acquire the forum management software
- Install the forum management software (to ultimately end up with the actual working forum)
- Invite people to start contributing to the forum
It is a good idea to ensure that the forum is easy to use. For instance, the registration process should be simple and straightforward. You need to remember that many of the folks who will be visiting the forum will be busy individuals (web masters and the like) who don’t have much time to waste. A typical visitor may, for instance, be a systems administrator at Delta Air Lines who runs some private sites on the side to supplement the paychecks he gets through the dlnet portal. Now if the registration process for your Joomla support forum is too intricate, this sort of individual is likely to lose patience with it.
It should actually be possible for people to browse through your Joomla support forum as ‘guests’ without having to log in.
You may need to hire moderators for your Joomla support forum. Alternatively, you could consider having some of the people who use the forum to serve as moderators on a volunteer basis. Whatever the case, it would be very irresponsible of you to let the discussions on your Joomla support forum go on without any sort of moderation.