What Is a Forum You keeping hearing the word forum tossed around and you are unsure as to what a forum really is. You think you may have an idea that a forum is a discussion board but why would people go to them and when did they begin? This article will answer a couple questions about forums and give you an understanding of what a forum truly is. Some of the same software you see today has been around since the early stages of forums, some of which have modified the way the run and now are paid such as Invision Power Board which was once also seen as free hosted software known as InvisionFree offering version 1.3. Other software such as vBulletin and phpBB has been around for years and continue to run smooth. The common role of a discussion board is places where people can come together that are interested in a specific niche and share their knowledge or talk about their common interest. Good forums contain a gold mine of informational topics and there are forums for nearly every niche you can think of. Whether you want forums about webmaster, gaming, electronics, or graphics, there is something for you and plenty for you to learn from each. Forums are incredibly flexible and many can be altered to look exactly how you want them, you can even use a forum as a CMS and not use the discussion portion at all. However, there is CMS software out there that allows for you to do so but this is just another use for forum type software. Whether you are looking to join a forum or looking to create one, rest assured that forums have many uses and there are plenty of forums already out there that you can visit to get a grasp for what a forum is and how they can be used. Do a quick Google search for your favorite niche and add forum at the end, webmaster forums for example and you will see a page full of forums that are related to your niche. These forums will all contain loads of information that allow you to see other views on topics and allows for you to gain insight into the topic you are interested in. After reading this article I hope you have grasped the concept of a forum and can now feel its purpose. They are incredibly useful and a great resource for information that you may not be able to find elsewhere.