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    Welcome to the relaunch of WebmasterHut, a free online community dedicated to empowering forum administrators and community webmasters.

    Backed by the expertise, knowledge, and resources of a Certified Community Manager and Community Advocate, WebmasterHut is your new home to build forums and online communities. 

    Join the Village. Become a Builder. Grow your Tribe.

  • Re-Launch


    WebmasterHut is currently being relaunched.  The new owner took over on February 8 2020. The website is currently in beta until further notice, but fully functional for existing members.  Our goal is to deliver best-in-class resources, knowledge, and guides to empower forum administrators and community webmasters.

    Our plan:

    • Launch in-depth, authoritative, and objective guides and reviews
    • Launch a glossary of community management terms
    • Launch a site directory of the world's top independent communities
  • Our Beliefs


    Our goal is to bring best-in-class expertise in community management principles into actionable and easy guidance for online communities of all sizes.  

    We don't care what host you choose, what platform you choose, or what theme you install. We learn skills that can be applied for all scenarios.  

    We ask that all members agree to our Village Rules before joining:

    • We understand that community-building is a journey, not a destination.
    • We recognize that community-building requires lifting people up, not tearing them down.   
    • We respect the beliefs and credos of others in the diverse interests of humanity.  
    • We are humbled by what we can learn from others, empowered to teach others, and inspired by the Hut village.

    We're here to grow with you. Become a builder and grow your tribe with WebmasterHut.

  • We're a community ourselves, and we pride ourselves on being a free and supportive community for everyone.

    We welcome all people.  Our Village Rules ensures our community is welcoming, supportive, and educational.   

  • Learn the principles of effective community management, grounded in strategy, member management, and platform technology.  

    Our best-in-class resources cover disciplines such as social sciences, psychology, behavioral economics, content marketing, search engine marketing, organizational management, leadership and more.

  • You bring the passion, leadership, and vision. We can help with everything else, so you can scale the community of your dreams. 

  • By JoelR
    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-04-18/anthony-fauci-sexiest-man-alive There's this specific paragraph that I think is especially relevant to modern communities: In your community, how do you differentiate between discussion of regular people versus authoritative advice?  How do you tone down 'armchair experts' and elevate real experts?  
  • By Shawn
    How do you all feel about registering communities as a legal business? In my country, an LLC or similar would be the most likely registration form. Limited Liability Company - which can help protect your personal assets in the event that someone wants to sue your forum for whatever reason. Do you think it is necessary? Why or why not?
  • By Shawn
    I recently got the flu. I haven't had the flu in a long time and although I'm physically fit and active and pretty healthy, it has taken a toll on me. I pretty much went dark on all my ventures including my main Brand which usually gets my attention throughout most of the day. But the flu like I said, really has done me in. I'm recovering now, thankfully and it isn't as serious as COVID-19 or anything like that but it still disabled me for a good 72 hours. A 72 hour absence can hurt a
  • By JoelR
    An engagement practice for members to visibly share their work online in your community. It offers opportunities for both members and superusers to openly share their knowledge,  purposeful discovery, and growth for others.  It's usually the entire point of communities of practice, for members who all share the same profession or craft. Discussion Questions What kinds of spaces do you offer for your members to 'work out loud'?  (eg. blogs, showcases, or something customized?)  
  • By JoelR
    Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from internal motivation, rather than external rewards. Understanding - and enforcing - intrinsic motivation is key for forum administrators and community managers because it helps uncover the underlying reasons for why people return, participate, and become involved.  Although members can be motivated by external rewards (like badges, money, or promotion), it's usually the intrinsic motivation that drives the behavior.  Members feel greater sat
  • By Shawn
    Whether you plan to make money or not, do you feel like you should treat your forum like a business? Do you plan for it like a business? Develop a business plan? Treating your forum like a business may allow you to make the best decisions to keep it active. 
  • By JoelR
    Touchpoints are any ways that a visitor or member interacts with your community, whether it be through the forums, mobile app, physical (like a conference), or any other form of communication.   Some touchpoints are obvious and through the forum or online community itself: forum discussions, articles, resources, and comments. You may also intentionally position some touchpoints front-and-center, like products or subscriptions.    But many touchpoints can be overlooked, and they're ofte
  • By Shawn
    What I mean by this is http and not https. SSL encryption. When I register a new domain, I automatically add SSL to it using Let's Encrypt as it has proved to be a quite handy took these days. How do you all feel about it? Do you think forums can only be trusted by the masses if security certificates are enabled?  
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