Should you have enough content before publicly opening your forum?

Keran

Community Member
Nov 25, 2019
Do you think that you should have some amount of content (threads & posts) already made on your forum before publicly opening it so the boards don't look empty and turn potential members away? If so, how much?

I think you should have at least 5-6 threads in each board before making the forum open to the public. I don't think that someone will be happy visiting your site for first time and seeing empty boards. Well, that is just my opinion.
 

Picard

Community Member
Nov 7, 2019
I tend to agree. It’s good to have a solid start to allow discussion to develop organically. The caveat to this are forums that need more than just the staff participating in to work.
 

Joshua Farrell

Active Member
Nov 17, 2019
While I do see some forums jump starting without any input from people willing to initially help start it, I do agree that it easier to get people to join a forum, when the forum already has people creating and replying to content on a regular basis.
 

PoliceChief

Active Member
Nov 30, 2019
The whole point of having a forum is to have discussions on a certain niche, yes? I think when you're just starting out, it should be the owners responsibility to ensure there is content to converse on. If there are just empty boards, what's the point of members creating content?

Always start with content to get the discussions going!
 
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ChrisGrigg

www.USHost247.com
Nov 19, 2019
It is absolutely vital. If I go to a forum that has all 0's, I am leaving as fast as the page loaded. If there is nothing to read or reply to, then you are not going to get signups. Valuable content is what keeps members and new ones coming.
 
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Alexander

Active Member
May 10, 2020
Yes, you should have enough content before you open your discussion board to the public. Webmasters need to create topics, as conversation starters, so new members have content to read and reply to. I would suggest atleast 20 threads to kick-start your forum.
 

Spikey

Active Member
Jul 22, 2020
I would say it doesn't hurt at all to do this. You can even open your forum to the public but not announce it for a couple of weeks while your working on content before your ready to share the forum's link.
 

SportsGuy

Active Member
Aug 5, 2020
I always opened my forum right away even if it didn't have too many threads on it. It was never a problem for me as people still joined.