Adding a forum by joining a forum service

Just because your web host isn't capable of running a forum or can handle the load, it doesn't mean that all is lost. Where there's a need, the Internet finds a way to fill it. There are many "forum services" on the net that not only provide you with the forum program itself, but hosts it on their server for you. The tradeoff usually comes in the form of putting up with the provider's ad banners on the forum itself. Here are some of the more well-known of such services on the web you can take advantage of now to implement a forum on your site:

Resource list updated Dec 28th, 05'

Forum services online

As you can see at this point in the tutorial, regardless of the type of server your site is hosted on or your budget, there is a forum solution for you. I'll now wrap things up by taking you on a brief tour of how came to be and evolved.