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Web-Based Forum Hosting Software

Published 03/30/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

ProBoards claims to be the largest free forum host on the internet. The application provides users with another free forum option that includes a lengthy reputation. ProBoards supplies users with customization options so they can design their boards however they like. The interface is designed to be user friendly so even a novice computer user can easily set up their own online community through ProBoards. The application has recently added two iPhone apps as well, one being a free lite version of the full access paid app.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

ProBoards proudly displays their 11 year service record on their homepage. For over a decade, users have been creating free forums through ProBoards. That is quite an admirable amount of time considering how quickly companies are born and die on the internet. Today ProBoards claims to be the internet’s largest free forum host still offering service to new and existing users.

What are the differences to other apps?

ProBoards gives users all the basic features they have come to expect out of a free forum. One of the main attractions to ProBoards is the length of time it has been around. 11 years is quite a while, and indicates that the application is not likely to stop offering service any time soon. ProBoards also offers users the convenience of an iPhone application, which is another attractive benefit to choosing this over other free forums.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The ProBoards website invites users with a calm blue and white color scheme accented by hints of vibrant orange. The homepage promises a well-organized design with no clutter and stylish, original icons highlighted the benefits of this free forum host. The forum sign up form and user interface go well with the clean design. Users can easily find the settings, tools and features they need to improve or customize their forum quickly. Overall ProBoards offers a neat and tidy environment that allows users of all skill levels to manage their accounts and forums easily.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors can begin creating their own ProBoards forum by clicking on the large orange and white “Create your Forum for Free!” button prominently displayed near the center, left hand side of the homepage. The registration form requires a desired ProBoards forum URL, the user’s name, a valid email address, password, date of birth, forum category and successful Captcha code entry. The user must also check the ProBoards terms of service check box found just below the Captcha code before clicking the large orange “Sign Up” button at the bottom of the form. After doing so, the user is advised that their forum has been created and they must access an activation email to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

ProBoards invites anyone to create an account and build their own forum for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for creating and managing a forum. Users can also download the Pro Board iPhone application. The lite version is free and includes the ability to manage multiple accounts at the same forum, new topic view tab, forum browsing capabilities, the ability to read personal messages and see who is currently online. Users who purchase the full iPhone version (which costs around $3) can also create and reply to forum topics, send personal messages, attach images from their phone camera and click to view full size images on the forum.

Who would you recommend the application to?

ProBoards offers users another good option for a free forum. The site has many perks, although users might find the iPhone app version very appealing. Anyone who has or wants to create an online community can really appreciate the service offered by ProBoards.

  • Get mobile access through either the free or paid iPhone app
  • Customize the look and color scheme of your ProBoards forum
  • Create an account and set up a forum in seconds
  • Send and receive private messages through the forum
  • Check forum server status on the ProBoards website

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