Boardhost Forum Features

Your own Sub-domain!

Your forum will have a short, easy to remember URL, such as http://YourName.boardhost.com/


Unlimited Categories, Forums and Sub-forums

Divide your forum into as many separate categories as you like, each containing as many different forums and sub-forums as you like.


Unlimited Posts

Your forum can contain as many postings as your users can type up. We won't place limits on what can be stored in your forum.


Highly Customizable Appearance

Make your forum appear however you want it to. If you have an existing website, you can even make it match. Choose the level of editing you are most comfortable with, ranging from choosing a theme, choosing your own colors and fonts, or even choose to dive deep into editing the CSS yourself.


Custom Headers and Footers

Add your own text or even HTML code to the top and bottom of your forum, making the customization options virtually endless.


Choose Who Accesses What

Our forums offer a very powerful permissions system. If you want to allow the public to post to certain forums but not others it is as easy as a few clicks. Similarly, you can set up private forums that require you to be a registered member to access.


Powerful control over who can access your forum

Want to manually review each user before they are given access? It's just a few clicks.


Control over forum content

If you'd like, you can also review each and every posting before it appears on your forum


Powerful Ban System

Easily and effectively ban abusive users by IP address, email address, username and more.


RSS Feeds

Your users are able to subscribe to your forum's latest postings via RSS, to help ensure they are always aware of the latest postings.


Paid Upgrades

Need more than our free service? For as little as $13.99 a month you can remove any and all Boardhost branding and advertising from your forum. You can even register an easy to remember .com, .net, or .org name for your forum.


Much More!

This is just a high level tour of our feature offering. There are simply too many features to list. We are confident you will be satisfied with our services. You have nothing to lose by creating a free forum just to have a look around yourself. We've made it easy, and free of charge!


Instant Forum Creation

No waiting around for someone to get back to you. After you sign up your forum will be instantly accessible and ready for you to customize!


Reliable Remotely Hosted Service

Your forum will be remotely hosted on our high-speed servers, which offer outstanding reliability and uptime. We will place no usage or bandwidth restrictions on your forum.


Friendly Technical Support

Have questions about using our service or one of our features? We're here to help. Just visit our contact section and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


Instant Upgrades

We are constantly working to improve our service. When we develop new features, they will immediately be available for you to use on your forum.


Avatars and Signatures

If you like, each of your users will be able to set up their own avatar (a small image that appears on each of their postings) and a signature that is added to the end of their postings.


User Rank System

Reward your local users who have achieved a "milestone" number of postings. You can set up an unlimited number of ranks, of which whatever title you wish will appear below a user's name. For instance, someone who has contributed 100 posts to your forum could be deemed a "Senior Member".


Moderator Section

Need some help keeping an eye on your forum? Ask a co-worker or fellow user to be a moderator! Moderators can edit, delete, move postings, and more.


Custom Time Zone, Date and Time Formats

Choose your time zone, and then choose exactly how you want the date and time to appear on your forum. For instance, choose from "December 31, 2012" or "12/31/2012" and "1:31 pm" or "13:31".


Word Censoring

Easily censor words that you find innappropriate. We allow an unlimited number of censored words.


Polls!

Your users can add a poll to their posting, allowing viewers to vote on their favorite option. This is a popular and fun option.


Private Messages

Keep the clutter off your board by allowing your users to exchange Private Messages with each other. Each user will be given their own Inbox, capable of holding 1,000 messages to and from other forum users.


Featured forum: Flag Counter Forum

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Boardhost Classic Message Board Features

Instant Message Board Creation

No waiting around for someone to get back to you. After you sign up your message board will be instantly accessible and ready for you to customize!


Short Message Board URL!

Your message board will have a short, easy to remember URL, such as http://members.boardhost.com/YourName/


Powerful Administration tools

Your message board includes access to the Boardhost Administration area, where you can customize and control every aspect of your board. Remove postings, lock and unlock threads, edit postings, ban IP addresses, view posting logs and much more. You can even make Administrative postings which are locked to the top of your message board.


Co-Administration Area

Have a co-worker or fellow user that can help you out? Give them access to the co-administration area, where they can remove postings, and more. It is completely up to you which features they would be able to control on your board.


Generous Message Limits

Although your message board can receive unlimited postings, there is a limit to the number of postings it can hold at once. Our standard limit is 2,500 messages and our paid service plans can increase this to 10,000 and even add a 100,000 message archive. When this limit is exceeded, older threads are automatically removed.


Custom Headers and Footers

Add your own text or even HTML code to the top and bottom of your message board, making the customization options virtually endless.


RSS Feeds

Your users are able to subscribe to your forum's latest postings via RSS, to help ensure they are always aware of the latest postings.


Instant Upgrades

We are constantly working to improve our service. When we develop new features, they will immediately be available for you to use on your board.


Password Protection

Install password protection to require members to be registered before they can post or view your board. Want anyone to be able to view your board, but a username and password required in order to post messages? Not a problem. Want your board to be completely private so that you must be registered in order to even view it? Not a problem either (although restricting your board from public view requires a paid service plan subscription)


Signatures and User Message Editing

If you choose to install password protection on your message board, you will also unlocked additional features. These include user message editing, and user signatures. You can choose to allow a user to edit their message after it has been posted. You can also allow a user to set up a brief signature that will be included at the end of each of their postings.


Paid Service Plans

Need more than a free message board? Our paid service plans can remove any and all Boardhost branding and advertising from your message board, and are available for as little as $4.99 a month.


Much More!

This is just a high level tour of our feature offering. There are simply too many features to list. We are confident you will be satisfied with our services. You have nothing to lose by creating a free message board just to have a look around yourself. We've made it easy, and free of charge!


Threaded Message Board System

You won't have to read through old messages time and time again to locate the newest messages posted to your board.


Very easy to use

We are confident you won't find a system that is easier to use than our message boards. You can can be up and running in minutes, and if you like, your users won't even have to sign up to post. Although complicated and advanced forum systems have emerged over the years, since 1998 we have been offering easy to use, yet powerful message boards, and our customers and users love them!


Reliable Remotely Hosted Service

Your message board will be remotely hosted on our high-speed servers, which offer outstanding reliability and uptime. We will place no usage or bandwidth restrictions on your board.


Friendly Technical Support

Have questions about using our service or one of our features? We're here to help. Just visit our contact section and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


Message Counter

Show the number of times a message has been viewed on your board, we offer several fun counters, or just a text display if you prefer.


Custom Time Zone, Date and Time Formats

Choose your time zone, and then choose exactly how you want the date and time to appear on your message board. For instance, choose from "December 31, 2012" or "12/31/2012" and "1:31 pm" or "13:31".


Easy Customization

Want to add your own custom colors, background image, or font? We've made it extremely easy to do so. We've made it easy to make fun changes to your board too, for instance if you want to make your "Preview" button instead say "Check for errors" it's just a few clicks.


Polls!

Your users can add a poll to their posting, allowing viewers to vote on their favorite option. This is a popular and fun option. If you prefer, you can turn off this option so that only the board owner can post polls.


Email Notifications

Make sure someone who posts a message comes back to read their replies! This option will place a checkbox underneath the posting form allowing that user to be notified by email of all replies to their message.


Allow HTML in Postings

It's up to you. HTML enabled posts can allow your visitors to have a lot of fun, using bold, or colorful text, italics, including images, the possibilities are endless.


Easy link and image posting

Don't know or want to bother with HTML? Don't worry, you can enable "Link" and "Image" fields for posting to your board, making it simple for users to add a link or image to their posting. You board will also automatically hyperlink any links inserted to a posting.


Thread order choice

Choose whether threads on your board are sorted by the order in which they are posted, or sorted by their most recent activity. With the latter, when someone replies to a posting near the end of your board, it will instantly be placed back at the top, so that everyone sees it.


Private Messages

Keep the clutter off your board by allowing your users to exchange Private Messages with each other. Each user will be given their own Inbox, capable of holding 500 messages to and from other forum users.


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