A Quick Primer on Forum Hosting
A Forum is an an online discussion community, and hosting is a service that provides a space for the forum online (it is hosted on a server at a datacenter, accessible worldwide via the Internet).
Forum Hosting is also referred to as Message Board Hosting, Discussion Board Hosting and even Bulletin Board Hosting. OLI was one of the first Professional Forum Hosting Services and host some of the most established forums online.
We Hand-Picked the Best Forum Software
We install, host and support the award-winning Simple Machines Forum. SMF is elegant, powerful software quickly becoming the Web's leading Message Board system. Update: Now installing the latest version 2 with more features!
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Get a free Domain Name when you order Forum Hosting annually. Or use your existing domain.
Free Demo with the Default Theme Installed
A basic install of the forum with the default theme is here. There are many more designs to choose from, easily installed in your admin section.
Flexible member registration
Allow new members instant access using email activation, or choose more secure settings like requiring admin-approval for new members, all easily configured in the "Registration" settings of the admin section.
No Ads - Unless They're Your Own
We don't put ads on your forum but you're free to place your own ads (there is an "Ad Management" add-on that makes this easy). We can also add your Google Ad code or tracking code by request.
Free Domain transfers
If you already have a domain registered and you want it to come "alive" with a forum, then we give you the easy step to transfer your domain to our hosting servers. Simply use this Order Form.
Trusted Experts and One of the First Forum Hosts
For over a decade now, OLI has hosted forums on fast and reliable servers, installing the latest stable version of the forum software. With OLI you get the experience you need in forum hosting to help you along the way.
Beware of Free and Oversold Forum Services
"Free" forums are owned by the forum company (not you) and many are filled with ads and placed on overloaded servers which means slow forums and downtime. Then there are the privacy concerns... Choose OLI and rest easy.
Your own Social Hub
Members create their own profiles with pictures (avatars), links and contact info. And you can create multiple boards whenever you wish with different "categories" for various topics. You can even make certain boards only accessible to certain member groups.
A Great Communicator: Newsletters and Mass Emails
Email all your forum members with a few clicks using the "newsletter" function, and add news items to your forum homepage to keep members updated on various happenings.
Fast Setup with No Work on Your Side
We install your forum within 1 business day and email you the login info so no tech work is required on your part. Start Configuring Your Forum Easily Here.