Quick & easy moderation tools
A busy community requires the tools to help you bulk moderate and manage posts. InstantForum is designed to make it quick &easy to manage and moderate your community. All moderation tools are inline whilst viewing your forum front-end ensuring you don’t need to jump to a separate area to manage posts. We utilize AJAX to ensure the moderation tools are very responsive.
Encouraging peer to peer support / Q&A
InstantForum helps you quickly identify answers to questions asked within your community.
Users and forum moderators can mark posts as answers which will highlight those posts to help others quickly identify the right solution.
Reputation will be awarded to the user flagging the post as an answer and also the original author of the post. This offers a strong incentive to actually post helpful replies.
Highly Optimized for Google SEO
InstantForum is optimized to ensure your community can easily be indexed by all major search engines. URLs are human-friendly, descriptive and keyword-rich increasing the rank given within search engines. Whilst providing a dynamic AJAX driven user interface you can of course be confident InstantForum will still be indexed by all popular search engines. We use a simple URL structure (no query strings) to ensure search engines can easily spider content.
Every aspect of InstantForum has been written with performance & scalability in mind. All server side & client side code is highly optimized to ensure a minimal server foot print and light-weight responsive page load times for clients. A well designed database schema & well written stored procedures ensure indexes on columns are leveraged for optimal query performance. Data is cached in memory and only requested again from the database if the data changes. Deferred light-weight JSON requests are used for all data exchange ensuring initial page load times are very quick.
Lighting Quick Search
InstantForum offers support for indexed searches to ensure your users are not sat waiting for results. Our indexed search will continue to perform extremely fast regardless of the size of your community. This also allows us to present your search results based on the relevancy of the post and your search terms with the most relevant posts appearing always at the top. All our search queries & database indexes have been highly optimized to ensure the fastest possible search regardless of the amount of data in your system.
Follow the people who matter to you
You can follow individual members within your community. This will notify you via email if your friends post within the forum. We display the number of followers you have on your profile page & the most followed members on your member’s page. Hopefully this will encourage members within your community to fight for the top spot.
Control SPAM in just a few clicks
InstantForum offers several levels of protection to help protect against spam within your community. Moderated forums allow you to review and approve the first few posts from new members ensuring you can validate new members are genuine. Once the new members have been validated by your moderators furthers moderation is not required. You can also of course ban IP addresses. We are never done improving our spam protection. Spammers find new ways all the time however we will always take steps through our release cycles to ensure new measures are introduced to combat spammers.
Intuitive Composing & Editing Experience
Create rich posts in seconds through our dedicated rich text editor.
We wanted to make sure our posting experience was awersome so took the decision early on to develop our own rich text editor from scratch. This allows us to tightly integrate forum specific features directly into the editor. For example uploading images, selecting IFCode (our own mark-up language which allows you to add your own custom tags), attachments and emoticons are all inline within the editor. Our live preview displayed below the editor allows you to see exactly what your post will look like as you compose your message
Share content through social networks or email
You can easily share any post within your community on either Facebook or Twitter with just a single click. You'll find two small buttons below each post which allow you to tweet or add the post to Facebook. If you have the ShareThis.com integration enabled other social sites will be presented.
Tag content to improve its discoverability
To help improve post discoverability you can add tags to all posts within InstantForum. Users can navigate tags either as a list of most popular or as a tag cloud in alphabetical order. You can also use the forum search to search for posts with a specific tag. If your search term matches any of the tags associated with posts those posts will be ranked above others as it’s likely they are the most relevant.
Thumbs Up Posts Or Ideas
You can like all topics & posts within InstantForum. This provides a simple way for your members and visitors to identify helpful posts & recognize others within the community.
If others like your post as the post author you'll receive reputation points. The goal is to encourage users to be helpful in order to gain reputation from others liking their posts. To encourage users too actually like posts you will also be awarded reputation points for liking posts.
Our permission set feature allows administrates to precisely control permissions for groups of users either globally or on a per forum basis. Permission sets allow you to control what members can and can’t access within your community. For example you may wish to allow one group of members to post within a forum whilst another group to be only able to read the forum. Our permissions can be applied on a per-member group or per member basis for total control.
Role based security ensures complete privacy If needed
InstantForum comes with complete role based security allowing you to create private discussions or display different forums depending on the groups you belong to. The role based security is carried throughout InstantForum so your users will only ever see the conversations intended for them.
Fully Featured, Simple Admin Tools
InstantForum is packed with tons of features to help you easily manage your community. As an administrator you can access the admin control panel to easily build and edit your forums, manage members, achievements, reputation levels, moderators or create and customize skins The admin control panel also allows you to tailor roles & permissions to suite your community.
Complete Cross Browser Support
InstantForum produces light-weight, strict HTML 5 & CSS 3.0 W3C validated mark-up. InstantForum has been tested on all major browsers to offer complete desktop and mobile cross-browser support.
Flexible, Extensible, Integrated
InstantForum provides a robust plug-in framework allowing developer’s to add additional functionality without modifying the core code. This allows you to keep your InstantForum installation right up to date without worrying about losing your medications. For example if you wanted to capture unique data during registration you can use our custom registration form plug-in to capture this data. When we release an update to the core product your plug-in will continue to work and you won't need to re-apply any changes to the forum files.
Visual Studio 2012 & 2013 Ready
InstantForum will work great with Visual Studio 2012, 2013 or 2010. Express editions & LightSwitch are also supported. Developers can modify or customize InstantForum from within there favourite development environment.