New feature announcement! Wix Forum is here and it is absolutely great. By adding an online forum to your Wix website, you can increase user engagement and watch as your online community grows. Like all other features in the Wix website builder, setting up your forum is easy and straightforward. And did we mention that it’s 100% free of charge?
Online forums represent the vitality of virtual communities coming together to share knowledge and enthusiasm. Many site owners find that creating a forum is both valuable in boosting the site’s content and fun for the site visitors. In this article, we’ll introduce the fantastic features of the Wix Forum app, the benefits of adding a forum to your website and the best practices for doing so.
This new app combines all the great elements of the Wix experience. After adding the app to your site in the Wix Editor, you can easily customize the layout, set up admin capabilities and define the content and interests of your community. Here are some highlights that make Wix Forum so good:
There are many reasons to create a forum or a forum website. Believe it or not, forum members are not strictly identified with Justin Bieber fans or Minecraft enthusiasts. If you search the web you will find flourishing forums dedicated to almost every theme or niche, from military history to interior design.
The primary reason to create your own forum would be to build a community around a shared interest. Your forum will be providing this community with a space to exchange ideas, compare experiences and also enjoy a conversation with people who share a profession, a hobby or a worldview.
An online forum also opens a channel of communication between the site owner and site visitors. Newsletters and site comments are excellent for engaging with visitors but both tend to place an emphasis on one side of the discussion. A forum offers an engagement that is much more open and horizontal. The forum moderator or admin still has more control over the platform, but an eye-level discussion is free to develop as long as the rules are kept.
Another bonus to adding a forum is that it could contribute to your site’s SEO. Think of the forum as an additional source of content that can be indexed by search engines. As long as it is active, and as long as your members make good contributions to the discussion, the forum essentially creates frequently updated high-quality content that search engines love.
Before you launch your online community to the world, here’s a list of “Forum Best Practices” you might find useful:
As any savvy forum admin will tell you, running a forum can sometimes be challenging. You need to be alert and be ready to battle against malignant elements that could bring your forum down. The main culprits are:
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