🥳 Congratulations with your brand new Jesusisjehovah forum! The Free Flarum mission is to help people start independent communities, and we are keen to make yours a success. 🚀 Here are 10 cool things to do with your new forum.
### 1. Use your admin powers 🏋️♂️
You have received a mail at email@example.com
with your new password. Click `login` (top-right). Then, click `admin` and `Administration`. Here is where you configure the look & feel of your forum, and where you can enable cool features (called "extensions").
### 2. Pimp your forum 💍
A standard forum looks boring, right? No worries, there are many ways to style your forum. Start by adding a logo & a favorite icon and change the standard colors. All this is done under the `Appearance` section in the admin panel. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can add custom CSS/Less to give your forum a bit of eye candy.
### 3. Set up your own language
English is the default language, but many other languages are supported. Go to `extensions` in the admin panel and search for your language, then enable it. You can also configure Flarum to use this as the default language, if most of your members use that.
### 4. Use your own domain name 🌐
Free Flarum allows you to use your own domain name. Besides looking look/professional, it helps you if you ever decide to move your forum elsewhere, because you won't be tied to the Free Flarum address. To do this, you should register a domainname elsewhere (for example with [Namecheap](https://www.namecheap.com
)). Then go to [Free Flarum Settings](https://www.freeflarum.com/settings
) and enter your domain name. Voila!
### 5. Create an introduction for new members 👨🎓
Create a _Sticky_ post, explaining the objective of your forum, the rules to join, etcetera. Don't be a dictator writing pages full of regulation, because nobody likes to join a prison 😀 You should write something to inspire new members and motivate them to contribute.
### 6. Create interesting posts ✏️
A forum requires interesting content for people to return. Right now, there isn't much here 😉 So let's change that! Good content is meaningful, useful, entertaining. Write something about your expertise. The news from your sports club. An opinionated essay. Make sure that people think: _I hope s/he will post most like this!_.
### 7. Invite people 💌
A forum without users isn't really a forum, is it? So let's invite your friends, colleagues, neighbours over. The first members of your forum should be **active contributors** as to get the discussions started. So ask the first members to write a few posts with meaningful content.
### 8. Use tags 📚️
Once you have many posts, you can organize them around subjects ("tags"). To do that, first enable the Tag Extension, then go to the Tags section and add a couple of categories. Guidelines: don't make too many tags, especially if you don't have posts for them yet. Tip: create content first, organize later!
### 9. Nurture your forum 🌿
As they say: _everything that gets positive attention will grow_. So come back often, and add new posts, guide new members and ensure your forum stays a welcome, inspiring place for all your members.
### 10. Remove this post ❌
Congratulations for making it to number 10. You can now safely remove this post 😉 Make sure you are logged in as admin, then click `delete` right underneath this story.
Finally, here are some useful links:
- [Freeflarum documentation](https://www.freeflarum.com/docs
- [Are you stuck?](https://www.freeflarum.com/support
- [Feature requests or bug reports?](https://github.com/gwillem/freeflarum.com/issues
**Good luck with your forum and building your community!**
Team Free Flarum