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I don’t do many of these before, but I’m working late, watching a soccer / football games to start and doing a review seems like fun. There are several
requests waiting so it only seemed fair to tackle the first one in the
list … Forums-Free.com.
The site is, as the name implies, a free forum hosting website. It allows you to create forum boards with phpBB3. Its a free forum but is it any good?
- Domain name: You need to use a subdomain on their
domain name. That works for Ning.com which is short and memorable, but
I’m not sure about a hyphenated name.
- Signing-up: I was impressed. Their process is smooth and quick.
- Individuality: You get a choice of 40 phpBB3 themes.
- Technical problems:
I created a forum and was immediately greeted by some MySQL errors on
the frontend and a 500 error on the backend. Turns out the set-up sent
me to the wrong URL. Once I typed in the right one, the forum was
- Is it worth it? The proof of
that pudding with these free sites is long term. Will they be around
for the long haul? Will they update regularly and successfully? That’s a risk … whether you take it depends on how much money you have to run your site.