Moot forums are brand new, free, and super-easy to set up. If you have your own web hosting for your blog, you can host a Moot forum there, but if you blog on Tumblr, Blogger, or Wordpress.com you’ll need to host your forum elsewhere. If you want that “elsewhere” to be free, too, try Google Drive. It only takes a few minutes to set it up. Here’s how:
- Set up a Moot forum for your blog at moot.it. It’s very easy, just follow the onscreen prompts.
- Set up a new public folder in your Google Drive account. Go to drive.google.com and create a new folder. Call it whatever you like. Click the checkbox next to your new folder’s name and click the “Share” button. On the next screen, under “Who Has Access”, click the “Change” link next to the default “private” setting. On the screen after that, set “Visibility Options” to “public on the web”, then save.
- Go to your Moot forum and click the “embed on your site” link in the right sidebar. A code box will appear on the screen. Copy all of that code into a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit — not a word processing program. Save the file as index.html.
- Open your new index.html file in your favorite browser to confirm that it looks good. If you like how it looks, move on to the next step. If you don’t, you can style the forum to your liking, check out the Moot documentation for details. Save your file when you’re done editing.
- Next, upload your index.html file to your public Google Drive folder. Once it’s uploaded, click it, then press the blue “Open” button on the resulting screen. On the next screen, click the “Preview” link up top. That will open up your forum page. The URL in your address bar is the URL to your forum. You can use the unofficial Google Drive URL shortener gdriv.es to shorten that URL to something a little more memorable.
That’s it, you’re done. Have fun!