6. Mingle Forum (free)

Mingle Forum allows you to easily and quickly put a Forum on your WordPress site/blog. The mission of Mingle Forum is, to “KEEP IT SIMPLE” You can be up and running with Mingle Forum fully installed and configured in as little as 5 minutes.

Main Features:

  • Integrated HTML areas for adsense or affiliate links
  • Media embedding into forum posts (like Youtube, Flickr, Photobucket…)
  • Private Messages
  • Hot/Very Hot topics
  • Sticky (Pinned) Topics
  • Move, Edit, Remove and Close topics
  • Email notifications on replies to topics
  • Skins
  • Captcha
  • BB Code

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7. Forumpress (free and paid)

A complete forum system for your wordpress blog. Built as a usual plugin, which means that no additional work is needed to integrate it into your site.

Main Features:

  • SEO-friendly URL’s
  • Guest Postings
  • User Groups & Moderators
  • Various Topic Statuses
  • Move, Edit & Delete topics & posts
  • Free Support

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8. Realtidbits (paid)

Create exceptional experiences for your users and leverage the social activity occurring on your site with real-time database applications.

Main Features:

  • Real-Time Comments – Add Comments to any of your existing web pages quickly and easily.
  • Real-Time Forum – Engage your community in this powerful, configurable and extensible real-time forum system.
  • Real-Time Media Gallery – Embed an interactive photo and video gallery that streams user submitted content from emerging conversations in real-time.

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9. vBulletin (paid)

While many other forum scripts exist, vBulletin is considered one of the top premium choices. You can use vBulletin as a CMS or a Forum. Prior to buying the license, you will have the ability to create a 24 hour demo. This way you can try out and see if you like the interface/functionality.

Main Features:

  • Posts
  • Member Features
  • Avatar Options
  • Private Messaging
  • Privacy & Permissions
  • Users & Usergroups
  • Attachment Management
  • Admin & Board Maintenance
  • Styling & Templates
  • Payment & Advertisment Integration
  • Help and FAQ
  • Language & Phrase Management

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10. Forumotion (free)

Forumotion is a a free forum hosting service. Obviously because the service is free you will be using a yourwebsitename.forumotion.com domain. You can create a free forum on Forumotion in seconds, without any technical knowledge and begin to discuss on your own forum instantly! The interface of the forum is intuitive, easy to use and customizable.

Main Features:

  • Domain name + Customized e-mails
  • 7000+ free skins for your forums
  • Free image hosting
  • Free and unlimited forum.
  • Unlimited messages and users
  • Automatic and secured updates
  • Chat box, gallery, portal, calendar, Role playing game…

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Conclusion

Whatever service you want to use is up to you. Keep in mind however looks are important, an unattractive forum will not appeal to everybody. So please make sure it’s easy on the eyes. Our main goal was to lead you in the right direction, if we missed a useful service, app, or tool please let us know by commenting below. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS-feed and follow Inspirationfeed on TwitterFacebook (100% Spam Free!) If you enjoyed the following article we humbly ask you to comment,  and help us spread the word with your peers!

Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos for Fancycrave.com. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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