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Step 1 - Preparing
You want to start a forum on Forums.Group? This is where you start...

Preparing
The following are a list of things you need to prepare before you order a forum:

Decide on a name for your forum
This should be descriptive and in one long word. If you are migrating from Yahoo Groups, then the name of that group is advised.
For example, a group about dog breading could be called: DogBreading

Prepare a description for your group
This should be a few sentences that sums up what your forum is all about. Write it in a way that people interested in your topic will find appealing and inviting to join.

Which catagory does your forum belong to?
Decide on the catagory your forum should be found under. We have prepared a list of catagories you can select from and that should be a guide. If you need a special catagory that is not listed, select the closest you can find and you can give your preferred catagory name during the ordering process.

Sample desktop banner image 1500 pixels wide
Sample mobile banner image 700 pixels wide
Prepare banner images
You need two images 1500 pixels wide for desktop users and 700 pixels wide for tablets and smartphones. They should be relevant to the topic and visually pleasing. It should also include the name of your forum and any logos as well. The smaller image is 700 pixels wide that is to be displayed on smartphones. It should be similar, but designed to work well on a smaller screen - make sure the text is visible, etc. If you prefer to let us choose a banner image for your group, we can do this for a small charge. If you had an image you used with your YahooGroup, we can use that as well.

Forum catagory
Decide on the catagory your forum should be found under. We have prepared a list of catagories you can select from and that should be a guide. If you need a special catagory that is not listed, select the closest you can find and you can give your preferred catagory name during the ordering process.

Languages to use
Determine what language the forum should run in. By default, we will use American or British English with options for French, German and Spanish. If you need a different language, we can install any of up to 54 languages, providing they have been updated for phpBB version 3.3. Note that there is a small fee for adding additional languages.

Recommended by
Did a friend or other group recommend you move of start a new forum with us? Please tell us who recommended you to us.

Prepare list of your forum's catagory and forum names
Prepare a list of catagories and forum names to be used on your forum. These help to let your members post about topics they care about. Look at any phpBB based forum to get an idea of what catagory and forum names you need to start with. It will be possible to add names later, but a well designed forum structure will set the tone of the forum. Yahoo Groups had only one catagory - the name of the group. Now you can add a number of related subcatagories to better sort the topics of your forum. You can download an Excel Template file that you can use to plan your forum.
Choose the hosting plan:
Starting a forum on forums.group does entail costs. We need to manually setup your forum system and subdomain and make sure it is prepared for your members as ordered.

Free Hosting
We have a free hosting plan where there are still costs for setup and any extras you need and advertising is then displayed to your members (to pay our costs to host your group).
While free hosting sounds good, you only have moderator access to the forum and extras cost extra.

Premium Hosting
The premium plan costs more, but includes much more functionality, gives you admin control and there is no advertising displayed. You still have the option to have advertising displayed, but the advertising revenue can be used for your own forum, for example to help fund the yearly fee - it is under your control. If you have a larger group, the premium option is highly recommended. Click here to see a feature comparison.

Migration from Yahoo Groups:
If you wish to revive your Yahoo Group on our platform, there are some extra steps that need to be done.

  1. Obtain the MBox-Format files that were released by Yahoo Groups. They are no longer offering them for download, but there is a good chance that you, or one of your members have already downloaded them. We need the file called "messages.zip" from that archive download. If you do not have a copy, ask if we have a backup copy or can find it for you. Once you have the zip file, you need to upload it to us.

    Alternatively, we can also use the pg4 files that can be exported from PG Offline. That is a popular Windows tool to download Yahoo-Groups. If you have a health-related group, you may find it on this website. If so, we already have the pg4 file.

  2. Download the complete list of members from your Yahoo Group. Only the group Owner or empowered Moderator can do this. We give full details on how to do this on the Group Transfer Page.

  3. Once we have received all the files, information and the payment, your group will be added to the conversion queue and then uploaded to your new forum. While you are waiting, we can prepare your forum for you. There is no reason to wait to order your new forum.

Full details on migrating can be found on the Group Transfer Page.


IMPORTANT: This system is currently in Beta Testing, so the the ordering system is currently disabled. You will be able to order a forum here as soon as the system has been officially opened.

The links to the other pages have currently been limited to authorized people.

We are starting a croudfunding campaign where you can order a migration in advance.

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