Running a forum isn't as easy at seems. It seems like these days people are just coming into the niche and starting a forum. This happens a lot more these days because of all the free forum hosting providers out there. I am not complaining but it would be great if they done everything right in the beginning. Sometimes their failures make them shy away from forums in general. Here are some ways that will help new webmasters run their forums correctly. 1. Choose a paid hosting, if you are serious. If you are a serious or making a forum that is somewhat serious (good niche, serious topic) than you should choose paid hosting. By going with paid hosting, you are minimizing the chances of your forum from "disappearing" out of nowhere. 2. Low number of boards/forums is a must! If you just created a forum, don't start off with 20 boards/forums... Maybe start with just 10 and slowly build your way up. Make sure you fill the boards/forums with topics/threads because an empty board/forum is not attractive. 3. Always be active on your forum. Remember this is your forum and before you have at least 100 active posters, you should stay active on the forum. Being active means starting conversations, replying to other discussions, and trying to gain new members. 4. Use Facebook and Twitter to capture a bigger audience. Try posting links up to your site from Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to be descriptive and make sure you are targeting the right audience. 5. Have fun. Unless you get paid to do this, make sure you have fun. Maybe pull some inside jokes that your members can laugh at or post up games that you guys can play. For example this site has an arcade for members, who want to play some arcade games and compete with other members. Hopefully these tips will benefit new and even old webmasters as they start forums.