Forumotion Review

(April 24, 2009 13:27)
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What is Forumotion?

Forumotion is a professional free forum hosting service. They actually offer the hosting on 4 existing forum softwares:

Among the huge list of features, here are the most interesting:

  • Free and unlimited forum. Unlimited messages and users
  • Free image hosting
  • Domain name + Customized emails
  • Automatic and secured updates.
  • Chat box, gallery, portal, calendar, Role playing game...
  • 3000+ free skins for your forums

Forumotion is recommended for Huge Community.

(and supports smaller communities perfectly as well.)

Client Requirements

Browser & Client Requirements
Compatible Browsers
List of Compatible Browsers.
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla FirefoxInternet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeOperaOpera
Apple SafariApple SafariKonquerorKonqueror
Mozilla SeaMonkeyMozilla SeaMonkey
Required Plugins/Technologies
Additional or Basic Requirements from Client Side.
HTML, Javascript, AJAX, CSS.
Localization
Languages supported by Forumotion.
Yes.
Supported Languages:
Albanian Armenian
Bosnian Bangali
Bulgarian Belarusian
Catalan Chinese (Simplified)
Czech German
Danish Estonian
Spanish Finnish
French Galician
Georgian Greek
Croatian Hungarian
Indonesian Irish
Hebrew Persian
Icelandic Italian
Japanese Kannada
Korean (South) Kurdish
Tamil Lithuanian
Latvian Malayalam
Marathi Moldavian
Macedonian Mongolian
Dutch Norwegian
Nepali Urdu
Polish Portuguese
Punjabi Romanian
Serbian Russian
Arabic Swedish
Slovene Sinhalese
Slovak Swahili
Telugu Thai
Tibetan Turkish
Ukrainian English (British)
English (American) Uzbek
Vietnamese Afrikaans
Chinese (Traditional) Zulu

Supported Languages are listed here.

Compatibility with Smartphones
Compatible SmartPhones
Compatible Cellphone Brands and Manufacturers.
  • AndroidAndroid
  • iPhoneiPhone
  • BlackBerryBlackBerry
Application Distribution / Type
How it is distributed / App Store Availability
  • Web Application
Forumotion - Smartphones
Forumotion - Smartphones
  • Most Smartphones Operating Systems are supported with an optimized version of the forum for small screens.

Forum Threads & Posts

Forum Threads / Topics
Forum Style Flat/Threaded Forum Organization
  • Forum Categories
  • URL Redirection Forum
  • Sub Sections
  • Trashcan Forum
Thread Icons Yes Topic Tags No
Hot Topics Yes Unread Topics Yes
Hidden Topics Yes Sticky Threads Yes
Related Threads No Detect Duplicate Threads No
Announcements Yes
Posting Messages / Answers
Message Editing Form
How to Post Messages.
  • Plain Text
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Formatting Buttons
  • Preview Button
Post Editing Format
Supported Markup Language (HTML, Wiki, BBCode,...).
  • Plain
  • HTML
  • BBCode
Spell Checker
Checks typos on posts and topics.
Yes
Image Attachment
How Images can be Attached and Displayed in Message Posts.
  • Upload via Classic Attachments. Images are all at the end of the post.
  • Use BBCode or HTML. Need to type the URL of an already hosted image.
Embedded Videos
Videos and Media Websites Supported in Message Posts.
No.
Posting Features
Quick Reply Box Yes Smileys Yes
Attachments Yes Syntax Highlighting Yes
Message Rating
Yes Message Quoting Yes

Additional & Technical Features

Additional Forum Features
Poll Creation Yes
Private Messages
Users Can Communicate using an Internal Messaging System.
Yes
Instant Messaging
Discuss with Visitors and Members in a Chat Window.
Yes
Calendar
Topic, Member Birthdays, Events are available from the perspective of a calendar.
Yes
Online Users List
Connected User List (Often Found in the Forum Footer).
Yes
Members List
Search and Consult the List of Members.
Yes
Technical Features
Bundled Software
Additional Software Available with the Forum.
  • Portal
  • Website Home Page
  • Blog
RSS/Atom Syndication
Posts and Threads Exported to Feeds Aggregators Syndicate.
R
Friendly URLs
URLs are clear and contain information about the topic (title, message,...). Highly recommended for SEO purposes.
Yes
Post by Email
Post Directly From your Email Box.
No
Remote Control
Remote Control from External Software/Websites.
No.
Cache System
Cache pages to optimize bandwidth and load times.
Yes
Template Engine
It is easier to theme a forum using a known template engine (more docs & examples,...).
No.

Note that the forum features depend on the Forum Software you choose. Please refer to the related forum software reviews for more details:

User Profiles & Options

Some details about Forumotion features regarding members.
Member Options & Features
Bookmark Threads
User Profiles Keep a List of Followed Posts and Topics.
Yes
Email Notifications
Receive Emails When New Messages are Posted in Followed Threads.
Yes
Export private messages
Private Messages can be Downloaded by Users.
Yes
Payment Subscriptions
Paying Membership Subscription.
Yes
User Profiles
User Profile
User Information and Settings.
Yes
Avatars
Pictures of Members, Useful to Easily Identify their Posts.
Yes
Signature
Signatures Added at the Bottom of Each Message.
Yes
Ranks
Tags and Labels Identifying the Members, based on specific criteria (Total Posts Count, Credits, Moderation Level...)
Yes

Moderation & Users Management

Moderation & Threads Management
Moderation
Post-Moderation The moderation is done afterwards, if an administrator notices a problem or if a member reports something wrong. Each message is therefore directly published.
Reactive Moderation By reporting any problems, members are reactive against moderation problems. Moderators' main objective is to regularly check user reports, without having to follow each threads.
Distributed Moderation By organizing the forum around moderators, who are usually power and experienced users, moderation is self-powered and only depends on the community.
Moderator per section Yes
Global Moderator No
Move Threads
Move Threads from Topics
Yes
Shadow Topics
When a thread is moved, the previous position is kept in order to inform users of this modification.
Yes
Close/Lock Threads
Close/Lock Problematic Threads
Yes
Users Management
User Groups
Organize and define groups of users, and apply different actions and settings on them.
Common Groups: Guests, Members, Moderators, Administrators,...
Yes
User Registration
  • Free Registration
  • Registration needs Approval
  • Invitation Only
  • Confirmation sent by email for validation
Limit Features For New Users
Features are limited if a user has created a small number of posts.
Yes
Guest Posting Yes
Multiple Administrators Yes
Send Warnings to Users
Inform users by email or PM that they infringe the board rules, and could be excluded for such behavior.
Yes
Forum/Section Restricted Access
ACL could be use to determine if a user or a group of users can access (in read only, post message) to some sections and topics.
Yes
User Banishment Yes

The way of limiting features to new users is really well implemented:

  1. First, you need to create a user group, and define a minimum posts count on it.
  2. Then, go to Categories and forums permissions, and specify the limitation you want to setup for this particular group.

That's it, your users have different abilities depending on their total count of posts.

Administration & Support

Database Management
Backup Database
Backup forum datas that you could store somewhere else.
Yes
Prune Database
Remove old and unused datas from your forum.
Yes
Restore Database
Restore a backup of your database if the previous install crashed.
Yes
Administration Tools
Statistics
Statistics about posts count, users, traffic...
Yes Error/Notice Log Viewer
Forum Logs could be consulted.
Yes
Tasks Scheduler
Maintenance tasks are regularly launched and could be scheduled.
Yes Mass Mailing
Send an email (newsletters, advertisements, information,...) to all users.
Yes
Installation & Upgrading
Installation Method
How this forum software could be installed.
Installation Wizard
Upgrading Method
How this forum software could be upgraded.
Upgrade Wizard
Updates Notifications
The Admin Panel informs you when a new version is released.
Yes
Forum Migration
Convert an existing forum to Forumotion.
No.

Security & Spam Protection

Security & Spam Protection
CAPTCHA
Captcha protects your forum against spam bots.
e.g., Syndicate
Yes
Complexity: [++[ Normal
Abnormal Behavior Detection
Detect users or request strange behaviors, and try to process proactive actions.
No
Words Filtering
Offensing Words are automatically replaced.
Yes
User Blacklist
Prevent specific user accounts to register (based on email address, name,...) and disable potentially harmful members.
Yes
IP Blocking
Prevent access to spam robots and other scripts that could attempt DDOS or Brute Force attacks on your forum.
Yes

Customization & Social Networks

Customization
Plugins
Add new features to your forum installation.
Yes.
Installation: [++[ Normal
Themes
Modify the style of your forum easily.
Yes.
Custom BBCodes Yes Smiley Packs Yes
Custom
Thread Icons
Yes Additional User Profile Fields
Ask more about your members with custom fields.
Yes
Integration with Applications, Social Networks, Intranet...
Social Networks
Users can share information from their social network account...
CMS / Blog Bridges
Integration with existing Web publishing tools.
No.
User Accounts Integration
Do users be able to log in with their corporate, Google, Facebook,... accounts?
Content Aggregation
Forum allows to integrate news and content from other website, using an aggregation protocol (RSS, RDF, Atom,...).
No.

Note that the administration features related here depend on the Forum Software you choose. Please refer to the related forum software reviews for more details:

W3C Norms & Accessibility

Norms & Accessibility
HTML / XHTML Markup
XHTML 1.1 Transitional.
XHTML 1.1 Transitional
Click to see if it respects HTML norms.
CSS Stylesheets
CSS 2.
CSS 2
Click to see if it respects CSS norms.
Accessibility (WAI)
Web Accessibility ensures that the forum is usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.
Conformance to A level.
A
UTF-8 Support
Default encoding used to support all locales and countries.
Yes
Conformance to W3C Norms
Does Forumotion correctly follow (X)HTML and CSS norms?
Yes.

Note that norms and accessibility details depend on the Forum Software you choose. Please refer to the related forum software reviews for more details:

Unique Features

Key points and major differences that make Forumotion unique:

  • Many modules are installed by default, that is really simpler for beginner community manager: Chat box, gallery, portal, calendar, Role playing game...

Final Words


Great!

The solution provided by Forumotion is extremely efficient, simple and inventive.

This is a perfect way for new users or beginners to create a forum without the need to find a web server, have knowledge in web and database,... More over, the experience they learn is based on best existing forum softwares: PhpBB 2 and 3, PunBB and Invision.

As usual with Hosted Forum, the only point that could be discussed is the fact that your forum totally depends on an external provider, and if in the first months of your community, this has strictly no problems, it could be a little bit annoying later.

In any case, the Forum Software Reviews team has really been interested and is quite sure that hosted forums solution are the future.

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Comments (11)

Forumotion ist good, but it

Forumotion ist good, but it must be have Termaple Editing in Phpbb3! And more space in the CSS Field!

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My web hosted in forumotion

My web hosted in forumotion from 2008. My experience, Forumotion is the best!

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I'm with forumotion about 1,5

I'm with forumotion about 1,5 year, and if you are good in coding you can do a lot of things. I think this is the best platform in the world. lol. Cool

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It's fast in China, what

It's fast in China, what surprised me.
But look at the themes shown on their page, and on hitskin.com... How ugly they are!
I just want a subsilver theme or something similar (I hate themes which has profile on the right hand). I can't even find a decent theme on their site. So I will skip it.

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realnabarl, you're right.

realnabarl, you're right. This is because anybody can upload a theme there...

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I've had my Forum with

I've had my Forum with Forumotion for over 6 years now, the site has done everything i've needed it to do, i have over 400 members, mind you i only run a gokart website. Over all the Admin panel and controls are easy to use and the Support at the Support Forum is absolutely excellent, whether it's from another experienced member or moderator.

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Forumotion.com > Best hosted

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Forumotion.com > Best hosted service of the year !

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This is a signature for the

This is a signature for the Forumotion.com contest.

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This is a forum software. I

This is a forum software. I have upgraded my own forum. The staffs are always active.

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It is just the best hosting

It is just the best hosting forum!!
The staff is always available and they update their service quickly Smile

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The staff of Forumotion is

The staff of Forumotion is really great, always active and available. We have many options and functions to personalize our forums and it's free. For me, it's the best free forum provider. Grade

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