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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
    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?  
  • By Shawn
    I've been watching some of the popular free forum software platforms that I used to frequently use. PhpBB... MyBB... Simple Machines... It seems like most of them are dormant with update activity, not even bug fixes. That always troubles me because most software regularly requires updates. There are always vulnerabilities and bugs to be found. The free software out there can't be that secure and error-less...can they? What are your thoughts on this?
  • By Shawn
    As mentioned elsewhere, the age of social media has put message forum management in jeopardy. Because of how harder it is to run a successful message forum in the social world, integrating psychology into forum management might be the way to the winning ticket. Look at sales, ads and business marketing - the marketer will speak a certain way to the target customer in hopes to sway that customer into purchasing the product or service being marketed. Do you feel the same approach sh
  • By JoelR
    There's a lot of angst over the future of forums, but there will always be an enduring power of discussions, sharing, and learning among a group with similar interests.  A lot of forums in the social, general, and lifestyle niches have slowly declined.   What's your community strategy to grow?   Are you building a content hub with best-in-class resources, tutorials, and knowledge base?   Are you a brand or organization with an existing audience that you seek to serve?  
  • By JoelR
    (Breaking news) Xenforo just unveiled the long awaited redesign of their homepage.  It features a subdued dark blue / gray starburst pattern behind their logo with the tagline: Compelling community platform.  The sub tagline: Xenforo is the solution your customers would choose. Love it? Hate it? 
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